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1997 Torker Kickback

#1 2014-05-30 12:52pm

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1997 Torker Kickback

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1997 Torker Kickback

Mid School re-imagined

I'm addicted to DTT's, and I love bikes with curved tubing.  Naturally, this frame is a holy grail to me.  Torker made several frames with curved DTT's, but the Kickback was the top-of-the-line (full 4130).  Originally outfitted with front v-brakes, rear u-brakes, Sun Rhyno-Lite wheels, Kevlar seat, SST Oryg, etc--it was very well outfitted for the time (minus the 1 piece crank).  That also meant it weighed as much as most MS freestyle bikes--which is to say A LOT.  There are a few other Kickbacks on here that are still stock--so that can give you an idea of what it looked like when I got it.
To my knowledge, these were NOT sold in the USA--and if they were, it was a very, very rare thing.  Mine--as most--originates in Austrailia.  In fact, I paid significantly more to have the bike shipped to me...than I paid for the complete bike.  Given the surface rust on most of the pieces--and the weight--I decided to "lighten" things up by upgrading to NS parts.  I had yet to see one of these types of bikes heavily modified in a NS vein, so that was my aim here (I LOVE NS tech!); 28/9 gearing, sealed BB, sealed HS, sealed hubs.  It is still a MS frame through and through--the 15" CS doesn't lie.  It looks positively weird next to my 13" CS FLATT.
Future plans may included swapping/upgrading the brakes & a potential repaint (provided I can obtain OEM replica decals for less than a small fortune).  I LOVE this frame!  The only downside is the CS brake bosses (very low clearance) & the lack of Mid BB & Integrated HT, and an integrated tensioner; I would be elated if someone were to re-release this frame with these NS features.
I've entered this in the 2014 Flatland Bike Buildoff.  Your vote is most appreciated!


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#2 2014-05-31 6:11pm

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Re: 1997 Torker Kickback

Nice! Good to see this one finished, I know you have some time into this bike. That stem is very cool! Do you know the weight? I am curious, with all the updated parts how much poundage you shaved off? cool


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#3 2014-06-01 3:09am

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Re: 1997 Torker Kickback

Well if my bathroom scale is accurate, this one weighs right at 30 Lbs.  Not bad, considering the stem is a little hefty & I'm using MS bars.  big_smile


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#4 2014-06-08 6:32am

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Re: 1997 Torker Kickback

I love looking at this thing! The frame is so unique, and the choice of colors is very cool


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#5 2014-10-19 1:53am

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Re: 1997 Torker Kickback

Well I swapped out the bars for some WTP neo-controls.  I couldn't adjust the angle of the bars with the y-bars on this stem, so now I have the bars set to a better angle.  Then I come to find out that 7" rise isn't enough for me.  So I may end up doing some 3-bar monte and seeing if one of my other pairs of bars will fit this stem.  I can REALLY feel how low the bars are set on here currently.  I really could use some 9" rise bars--but I have to stick to MS style.

Also swapped out the sprocket for an oil-slick Eclat Vent.  Pics when I can get the time.


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#6 2016-07-11 12:57pm

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Re: 1997 Torker Kickback

cool really dig how it turned out.


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#7 2018-04-17 7:35am

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Re: 1997 Torker Kickback

That bike is sick bro! All that purple ano is sweet!


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