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#1 2017-12-19 1:35pm

BRIAN HAYS
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Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Notice, I said FIND, not SCORE, because I paid dearly for this stuff but its so VERY worth it. Ive wanted a Navajo since I got back into collecting 15 years ago. They are pretty scarce and the one I did come across a couple of years ago was wayyyyyyy overpriced ...... this one came from FL from the original owner who was a support racer for Navajo named Rob Raulerson. He even included his jersey and pants. Bike is complete how he raced it minus grips, which I have coming. I will totally disassemble, clean, OA bath and wash and polish everything with never dull and reassemble.

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Last edited by BRIAN HAYS (2017-12-19 1:36pm)


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#2 2017-12-19 1:36pm

BRIAN HAYS
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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

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I live for Race Inc, SE Racing, GJS, Navajo, Nomura and GHP!

I'm NOT your "Bud" or "Bro". Call me by my name.

BMX Museum: Where every seller thinks it's the buyers responsibility to pay the seller's Paypal fees when THE SELLER's are the one listing stuff they want to sell. PRICELESS.

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#3 2017-12-19 1:41pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Nice one

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#4 2017-12-19 1:43pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

cool

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#5 2017-12-19 2:02pm

Jettn25
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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Good stuff cool

DK stem right?

Pretty nice selection of parts you got with it. I have to say that I dont know very much about the Navajo ff.


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#6 2017-12-19 2:11pm

uncleivan
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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Don't see those everyday.  Glad you got one of your grails Brian.  Do you know where or by whom the frames were made?  Were they done in house?


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#7 2017-12-19 2:13pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

wow never even heard of this brand before?  nice bike though.  are there others in the museum?  I'll have to check these out now.  smile


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#8 2017-12-19 2:31pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Very cool . Little clean up on it will do wonders.

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#9 2017-12-19 2:36pm

skdevore
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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Man, you got the full display setup there all in one, all you need now is some framed literature.

Those are some beefy looking forks.  cool


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#10 2017-12-19 2:48pm

BRIAN HAYS
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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Parts list:
Navajo frame and fork
Tange headset
DK keyway stem
Powerlite pro bars
Dia Comp MX900 brake
DC Tech 3 lever
Sugino, cranks, 44t sprocket and BB
XC2 pedals
Uni Turbo seat
Xcaliber seat clamp
Mitsoboshi Comp 3 tires 20x1.5
Zap pads
Izumi chain
Pro Class rims with Suzue hubs
Rob used red Oakley grips and red Ame Tri's. Ive got both coming.

Navajo was made in house in Arizona. Blazer started in San Antonio Tx and then when the partners split, one moved to AZ and Blazer ended up becoming Navajo.

Here's an excerpt from the owners son that was posted at BMXSociety:

Navajo was started in 1983 by my dad, Tom Lyttleton in Tempe AZ.  He originally purchased Blazer which was owned by David Gerston.  David was an exceptional welder and fabricator for all things, he could figure out all the technical stuff in his head instantly.  The bikes were awesome and still till this day I ride my Navajo Pro along with my boys.  We even hit the local track here in Houston from time to time. Navajo manufactured a mini, pro and cruiser frame.  Plus we also made forks and a few different types of handlebars.  We supported a small factory team that even had members of the Navajo Nation.  The company ended up folding a few years later, but it was a lot of fun while it lasted.

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Last edited by BRIAN HAYS (2017-12-19 2:52pm)


I live for Race Inc, SE Racing, GJS, Navajo, Nomura and GHP!

I'm NOT your "Bud" or "Bro". Call me by my name.

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#11 2017-12-19 2:54pm

BRIAN HAYS
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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

How it looked befor Rob shipped it to me.
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I live for Race Inc, SE Racing, GJS, Navajo, Nomura and GHP!

I'm NOT your "Bud" or "Bro". Call me by my name.

BMX Museum: Where every seller thinks it's the buyers responsibility to pay the seller's Paypal fees when THE SELLER's are the one listing stuff they want to sell. PRICELESS.

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#12 2017-12-19 3:11pm

Jettn25
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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Very cool

Thanks for taking the time to post the Navajo literature and the parts list. I know that I just learned about a bike co. that I knew nothing about before today. Pretty awesome that you were able to accomplish a pretty significant goal of yours too. To top it all off, you got the entire bike plus the uniform. Santa Claus came early this year for you smile

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#13 2017-12-19 3:12pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

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#14 2017-12-19 3:14pm

teamrandr
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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Really cool piece of history there!!!


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#15 2017-12-19 3:14pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Cool bike, first I have seen of the brand. If those listed weights are accurate I am iimpressed.

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#16 2017-12-19 3:19pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Glad you finally got your grail Brian. It’s certainly one hellava nice Christmas present to give yourself! smile


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#17 2017-12-19 3:32pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Radness

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#18 2017-12-19 4:38pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Sweet bike.  Nice history.  Glad you found your Grail.  The restoration process will be a labor of love, can't wait to see the finished product.  Congrats.


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#19 2017-12-19 4:52pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Thanks for taking the time to post the information up.  Love learning new stuff.


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#20 2017-12-19 4:58pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Very cool.


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#21 2017-12-19 5:02pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

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#22 2017-12-19 5:06pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Sick pickup Brian! Absolutely love the OG decals.


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#23 2017-12-19 6:19pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Very nice, Brian, and thanks for the history lesson.  Perfect example of why hunting for and finding certain Bikes means so much to some of us. cool


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#24 2017-12-19 6:22pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Im guessing theres some beautiful welding on that frame. How about some closeups when you have a chance.

Never heard of Navajo,  interested in seeing more.


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#25 2017-12-19 6:29pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

Way cool, never seen one of these, especially dig the decals & North Jax Schwinn provenance.

Those cranks are pretty bad ass too!

Congratulations on your find.

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