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#1 2019-09-24 1:29pm

GAry
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1994 Pr1mo Pro XL

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1994 Pr1mo Pro XL

Recent addition.. super neat design..frame is ok, just has weird clear coat on it...thanks again Brian Hays!
One year only race frame before Primo went freestyle

It is my understanding that these frames were made by B&E in SoCal (also did early S&M frames) for Kuwahara. Kuwahara had leftovers (known as the Champion 400) and Primo bought them and decal'd them as Primo. Primo started in the early 90's as a race company but went freestyle only after just a few short years. Rare frame with original finish and decals. For some lame reason, Primo decided to clear coat these frames. The chrome is very nice but the clear coat is scratched and peeling and the og decals definitely show their age. Top tube is 21.25" center to center and headtube is for std 1" threaded forks.


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#2 2019-09-24 3:02pm

Tresahn
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Re: 1994 Pr1mo Pro XL

ABSOLUTELY love it!. So much I had to grab the other one he had!. Super stoked! Great addition right here to your vast and interesting collection.

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#3 2019-09-24 6:18pm

Kraut
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Re: 1994 Pr1mo Pro XL

Never seen one, bad ass!!

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#4 2019-09-24 7:28pm

NOSTALGIA007
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Re: 1994 Pr1mo Pro XL

Pretty neat history...


For all the Homies that never got a chance to hook up their ride ....

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#5 2019-09-25 1:12pm

Eighty3ste
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Re: 1994 Pr1mo Pro XL

Cool to see you have this in your haul Gary...I sent this frame to Brian about 6 months ago from the uk.

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#6 2020-03-13 11:44am

Papa wheelie 03x
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Re: 1994 Pr1mo Pro XL

I have seen different stories on this frame. One of which was that Howie (owner of everything bicycles and distributors of Kuwahara bitd ) made 400 frame and fork sets and gave them to their dealers and others. Here is the story of how this frame and fork set came about.

My name is Richard Kerr. I am the founder of Rumblefish. C&S distributing had bought the licensing rights to build Kuwahara's here in the U.S.. Back in about 1991, when  I worked at Powerbikes bike shop in Riverside, CA,
the sales rep from C&S came into the shop one day and told me that they had just got the deal to start building Kuwahara BMX frames. Kuwahara's at the time were still being built in Japan. Road bikes and mountain bikes but no Bmx bikes. I asked the rep if they had a design for the frame yet and he replied no so I offered to design it. They paid me to design and build five prototype frame and forks. I did the blueprint and I had Gary at Arc & Spark build the frame and forks. He was already building my Rumblefish frame and forks. The f/f went into production with B&E building them for C&S.
The first f/f sets made were Kuwahara but I do not know how many were labeled Kuwahara. When the production product was made I was cut out of the loop and cut out of my royalties as part of the agreement. At some point C&S decided they no longer wanted to pay Kuwahara the licensing fee and relabeled the f/f as primo, this was their in-house brand. The change to primo was something I heard secondhand from a friend that worked there at the time. I have a page out of the American Bmxer paper that has a picture of the Kuwahara from interbikes bike show and naming me as the designer and I believe I still have a copy of the blueprint.
There is more to the story but this is how the Kuwahara came into being in the early  90's

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