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Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

#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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#2 2017-12-19 1:36pm

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Re: Todays Grail find for me. NAVAJO

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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#11 2017-12-19 2:54pm

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How it looked befor Rob shipped it to me.
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#12 2017-12-19 3:11pm

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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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#14 2017-12-19 3:14pm

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Really cool piece of history there!!!


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#15 2017-12-19 3:14pm

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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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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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Radness


Thanks for throwing all your political BS on the bmx museum and stinking it up, now I chant . . . FDT, and that's coming from a 20+ year combat vet with spurs! Flying your rebel flag and stating you want to go backwards is the most disrespectful nazi bs and is the complete opposite of being an American. Your ancestors lost the battle, move on or move out, racism is retarded. Cha

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#18 2017-12-19 4:38pm

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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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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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Very cool.


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#21 2017-12-19 5:02pm

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#22 2017-12-19 5:06pm

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Sick pickup Brian! Absolutely love the OG decals.


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#23 2017-12-19 6:19pm

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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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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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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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