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2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

#1 2017-10-25 6:09pm

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2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

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2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

"Lady Tre"
My second and final grail.  About three years ago, I came across a photo of one of these, and fell in love.  I don't remember if it was on the now-defunct Kappa BMX website or someplace else, but I knew that I would try hard to make one mine.  Problem was that the bike is EXTREMELY hard to find.  Not only do they number about 70 worldwide (I've read estimates as low as 50), but they were never sold to the public.  Kappa BMX out of Kalamazoo, MI was comissioned to make these bikes for Adidas to be displayed in select Adidas Originals stores around the world.  Plus, with the bike being not only rare, but a Kappa as well, I knew that even if I was lucky enough to come across one, I'd have to come up off some major coin to make it mine.

Fast forward to November, 2011.  A Google search of "Kappa Adidas Cruiser" lead me to the VitalBMX website, where a Chicago guy posted that he had one, and would like to know how much it was worth.  I responded to his post, but never heard back from him.  The following month, one out of Vancouver popped up on Ebay with a BIN of $1650.  I knew I was way out of my league, but I PMed the guy anyway and tell him that I would give him $1200 if I could sell my then yet-to-be-built '84 Skyway T/A XL frame.  Well, as many of you know, I never sold the Skyway (built it instead!), and someone else got the Adidas despite my best efforts.  Back to the drawing board, only this time, I figured I'd never get my hands on one.

Then came March of 2013, just over two weeks ago.  My Museum PM box displays the title "Kappa x Adidas 24" from a user I had never heard of before.  I open the PM to find that it's the dude who had made the post on Vital BMX!  He tells me that he still has the bike, and lives in the Chicago area.  GAME ON!!!  I ask him to email me some pictures, and we set up a meet.  In the mean time, I sell a few things to position myself to come correct.  On Thursday, April 11 2013, I pick the bike up for an unbelievable price.  I will be making changes to it in the near future, but couldn't pass up the opportunity to mock it up, share my story, and make it the first one of its kind in the Museum.  Smiles for miles, let me tell you!

I made a few changes, so here's the parts rundown:

Kappa K-24 Adidas frame (never sold to public)
Odyssey forks (made for Kappa)
Kappa bars (JMC style!)
Odyssey GI Post seatpost
Sun Ringle Bazooka stem (XXL)
FSA Pig/DK RPM headset (sealed cartridge) w/ unknown spacers
ODI Ruffian grips w/ ODI lock rings
Cane Creek seat (embroidered)
DK spc
FSA X Drive cranks (180mm)
FSA sprocket (40T)
Primo Super Tenderizer pedals
Weinemann rims w/ unknown spokes/nipples
Sun Ringle Atilla the Hub cassette hubs (sealed)
Odyssey A Brakes
Shimano Swervo lever (like DX, but silver)
Shimano cable
KMC chain
Intense Micro Knobbie tires (20"x1.75" front and rear)
Custom 44T BMX dice valve caps (thanks, Ted!)


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#2 2017-10-25 7:10pm

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Re: 2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

Great story. My grail bike also I live just down the street from Adidas HQ her in Portland Oregon. My neighbor works there and is on the lookout for me.

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#3 2017-10-25 10:32pm

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Re: 2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

cool
Nice

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#4 2017-10-25 11:01pm

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Re: 2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

cool

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#5 2017-10-26 1:23am

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Re: 2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

I love this bike - its a pure classic, Perron!

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#6 2017-10-26 6:09am

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Nice story! Gotta love persistence and passion! Cool bike as well. Kappa was a great company. Miss having them around.

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#7 2017-10-26 6:13am

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Re: 2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

Awesome bike!  I hope I find one some day!


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      CW Racing stuff...old school, retro
      Torker stuff....Torker T-bars, Torker Hubs, Torker stems, etc.
      REWARD paid for a tip that leads to me purchasing Kappa F/F/Bars/Stems/Decals/Seat Posts, Apparel, etc.
      Vector Freestyler, Vector Freeplay F/F

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#8 2017-10-26 6:48am

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Re: 2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

Thanks, fellas.  Just you all know, my original Museum submission of this bike mysteriously disappeared a couple of days ago.  I contacted staff, and while they were able to restore the basic submission, I lost all the original comments (a couple of pages worth), Likes (65), and a bunch of pictures.  A small thing when considering the bigger picture of life, really, but I'm not at all happy about it.  A huge part of her story vanished without a trace, and some of you know how important history is to me!


44T BMX Club, Chicago -- USA-MADE SINCE 2010
Beware of my alter ego, PLANTAIN -- "If there's one thing I won't guarantee, it's your safety!"
Luther Is A Good Ol' Dog Club -- See you at the Rainbow Bridge, my friend!
Ford Mustang — what a dance we had!
Free AgentFree AgentBontragerTNTBossSupercrossSkywayKappa GTProfileProfileELFRobinsonRobinsonPowerlitePowerlitePowerlitePowerlite...and "non-BMX" SchwinnSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnWorksmanGT!
FLY ON FOREVER, BIRD!!!
The warrior embraces all around him. The desire to kill no longer exists. Only peace remains. -- King of Qin, Hero

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#9 2017-10-27 12:09pm

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Re: 2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

Love the color of this bike! cool

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#10 2017-10-27 12:11pm

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Bummer about the lost info sad
I wondered why this was just posted

Fav'd it smile

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#11 2018-07-04 9:05am

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Great story, and very awesome 24.


44T BMX Club Chicago-Indiana Chapter.

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#12 2019-01-23 12:10pm

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Re: 2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

Sweet ride.  Boy do the right tires make a huge difference.  I'm sure I fav'd this before it disappeared, gonna do it again right now. cool


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#13 2019-01-31 9:44am

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Re: 2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

46 Complete K-24 Bikes were made. 45 were ordered by Adidas, partially assembled at Todd Britton's Breakaway Bike Shop, and were then shipped to Adidas Originals stores around the globe. 1 frame was made custom - we still have a few Adidas gussets left over.
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#14 2019-01-31 9:47am

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Thanks for adding, Gary.  That’s the same response he gave me when I asked the question on the Kappa FB page.


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Beware of my alter ego, PLANTAIN -- "If there's one thing I won't guarantee, it's your safety!"
Luther Is A Good Ol' Dog Club -- See you at the Rainbow Bridge, my friend!
Ford Mustang — what a dance we had!
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The warrior embraces all around him. The desire to kill no longer exists. Only peace remains. -- King of Qin, Hero

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#15 2019-01-31 9:48am

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skdevore wrote:

Sweet ride.  Boy do the right tires make a huge difference.  I'm sure I fav'd this before it disappeared, gonna do it again right now. cool

Thank you, sir.


44T BMX Club, Chicago -- USA-MADE SINCE 2010
Beware of my alter ego, PLANTAIN -- "If there's one thing I won't guarantee, it's your safety!"
Luther Is A Good Ol' Dog Club -- See you at the Rainbow Bridge, my friend!
Ford Mustang — what a dance we had!
Free AgentFree AgentBontragerTNTBossSupercrossSkywayKappa GTProfileProfileELFRobinsonRobinsonPowerlitePowerlitePowerlitePowerlite...and "non-BMX" SchwinnSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnWorksmanGT!
FLY ON FOREVER, BIRD!!!
The warrior embraces all around him. The desire to kill no longer exists. Only peace remains. -- King of Qin, Hero

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#16 2019-08-30 8:32pm

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The only bike on the museum I visit monthly, I've lusted after since I first saw it.  Serious DIBS. cool

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#17 2019-08-31 6:50am

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WalkerInTN wrote:

The only bike on the museum I visit monthly, I've lusted after since I first saw it.  Serious DIBS. cool

lol I really appreciate the props, buddy.


44T BMX Club, Chicago -- USA-MADE SINCE 2010
Beware of my alter ego, PLANTAIN -- "If there's one thing I won't guarantee, it's your safety!"
Luther Is A Good Ol' Dog Club -- See you at the Rainbow Bridge, my friend!
Ford Mustang — what a dance we had!
Free AgentFree AgentBontragerTNTBossSupercrossSkywayKappa GTProfileProfileELFRobinsonRobinsonPowerlitePowerlitePowerlitePowerlite...and "non-BMX" SchwinnSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnWorksmanGT!
FLY ON FOREVER, BIRD!!!
The warrior embraces all around him. The desire to kill no longer exists. Only peace remains. -- King of Qin, Hero

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#18 2019-11-07 1:24am

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That's a beauty!!
Nice to come across another one.
I also have one (Passed adidas collector) not a bike guy so my knowledge is lacking on the bike side outside of the adidas part.
I wonder if you'd be so kind as to give me details on the back brake you have fitted?And if it came in that colour?
I was hoping to customise and ride the thing years ago but it's just been stood gathering dust/half finished and i'd like to get at least one ride before i think about letting it go.
Will do an introduction with pics later

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#19 2019-12-18 5:17pm

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pokey27 wrote:

That's a beauty!!
Nice to come across another one.
I also have one (Passed adidas collector) not a bike guy so my knowledge is lacking on the bike side outside of the adidas part.
I wonder if you'd be so kind as to give me details on the back brake you have fitted?And if it came in that colour?
I was hoping to customise and ride the thing years ago but it's just been stood gathering dust/half finished and i'd like to get at least one ride before i think about letting it go.
Will do an introduction with pics later

Hey, I'm guessing you're the guy who I had the brake discussion with on Facebook -- yes?


44T BMX Club, Chicago -- USA-MADE SINCE 2010
Beware of my alter ego, PLANTAIN -- "If there's one thing I won't guarantee, it's your safety!"
Luther Is A Good Ol' Dog Club -- See you at the Rainbow Bridge, my friend!
Ford Mustang — what a dance we had!
Free AgentFree AgentBontragerTNTBossSupercrossSkywayKappa GTProfileProfileELFRobinsonRobinsonPowerlitePowerlitePowerlitePowerlite...and "non-BMX" SchwinnSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnWorksmanGT!
FLY ON FOREVER, BIRD!!!
The warrior embraces all around him. The desire to kill no longer exists. Only peace remains. -- King of Qin, Hero

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#20 2019-12-19 6:47am

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perront wrote:

pokey27 wrote:

That's a beauty!!
Nice to come across another one.
I also have one (Passed adidas collector) not a bike guy so my knowledge is lacking on the bike side outside of the adidas part.
I wonder if you'd be so kind as to give me details on the back brake you have fitted?And if it came in that colour?
I was hoping to customise and ride the thing years ago but it's just been stood gathering dust/half finished and i'd like to get at least one ride before i think about letting it go.
Will do an introduction with pics later

Hey, I'm guessing you're the guy who I had the brake discussion with on Facebook -- yes?

Yes mate that's me..We've spoke via the kappa FB page and Private Message!!Same guy cool

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#21 2019-12-19 9:47am

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pokey27 wrote:

perront wrote:

pokey27 wrote:

That's a beauty!!
Nice to come across another one.
I also have one (Passed adidas collector) not a bike guy so my knowledge is lacking on the bike side outside of the adidas part.
I wonder if you'd be so kind as to give me details on the back brake you have fitted?And if it came in that colour?
I was hoping to customise and ride the thing years ago but it's just been stood gathering dust/half finished and i'd like to get at least one ride before i think about letting it go.
Will do an introduction with pics later

Hey, I'm guessing you're the guy who I had the brake discussion with on Facebook -- yes?

Yes mate that's me..We've spoke via the kappa FB page and Private Message!!Same guy cool

cool


44T BMX Club, Chicago -- USA-MADE SINCE 2010
Beware of my alter ego, PLANTAIN -- "If there's one thing I won't guarantee, it's your safety!"
Luther Is A Good Ol' Dog Club -- See you at the Rainbow Bridge, my friend!
Ford Mustang — what a dance we had!
Free AgentFree AgentBontragerTNTBossSupercrossSkywayKappa GTProfileProfileELFRobinsonRobinsonPowerlitePowerlitePowerlitePowerlite...and "non-BMX" SchwinnSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnSchwinnWorksmanGT!
FLY ON FOREVER, BIRD!!!
The warrior embraces all around him. The desire to kill no longer exists. Only peace remains. -- King of Qin, Hero

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#22 2019-12-19 12:10pm

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Re: 2003 Kappa K-24 Adidas

Always makes me think about Run DMC. big_smile

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