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1990 Cook's Cruiser 26

1990 Cook's Cruiser 26

Stainless Cruiser Prototype, made by Gary Cook after he sold his share of CBR

There isn't agreement on the provenance of this gorgeous frame. Bobby Cook (Gary's son) believed it was made when CQP was sold, but before they tried to launch Just Cruz'n in 1993.

Others believe it is a prototype from the mid-80s after Gary Cook sold his share of Cook Bros. Racing to Jack Witmer, but before CQP was started. Gary did make another stainless frame, branded as Cook's, but it had similar / same geometry as the original Cook's Bros. Racing cruiser. The most obvious design difference with this frame is the sloping 3rd bar. The original CBR cruisers, and the later Cook's cruiser had level / parallel-to-the-ground 3rd bars.

But there are other design differences that make this bike unique. For one, the frame is quite large, even for a 26" cruiser. The seat mast measures 19.625" C-C and 21.25" C-T. The seat mast is also curved. 

The bottom bracket bearings are SR-10 (SAE 1-3/8") and the spindle is 5/8"--the same as old school Cook Bros. Racing BBs.  EXCEPT: these bearings press directly into the frame; no cups. This is similar to a Spanish BB, except that it pre-dates that standard and the spindle and bearing dimensions are very different. 

But really whacky is the 132.5mm rear dropout spacing. Quite odd for a frame that doesn't have a derailleur hanger or any cable stop braze-ons. I can't recall any hub manufacturer who would've had a 130-135mm o.l.d. single speed hub back in the late 80s, or early 90s. Maybe coaster hubs were that wide?

An enigma!

(Updated photos here:

Frame: 26" 17-4 stainless steel. 23.25" top tube, C-C. 1" tubing seat mast, top tube, 3rd bar; 31.8mm downtube. Curved seat mast (19.625" C-C and 21.25" C-T). 132.5mm rear dropouts. SR-10 / 1-3/8" press-fit bottom bracket
Fork: 26" 17-4 stainless steel, 1" tubing
Seat post: CW Racing "Brassy" layback with brace; maybe the only one in existence?
Handlebars: Gary Turner BXGT-Pro welded by son Craig Turner, copper plated by BMX Museum member Chaby
Stem: 1st Gen Pro Neck, polished, with bronze bushing installed as stem stiffener and bling
Cranks: CQP Pro-Lite 177mm titanium
Spider: CQP aluminum BMX / Single speed 
Chainring: 43t Pete's Precision Products
Hubs: Polished 2nd Gen Cook Bros. Racing (with shaft collars on the rear to get to a 132.5mm O.L.D.)
Spokes: Phil Wood double butted
Rims: Velocity Cliffhanger
Saddle: Selle Storika
Grips: ODI Vans
Pedals: White Industries platform with Bruce Gordon stainless tubing toe clips
Freewheel: 17t White Industries 
Brake Lever: Paul Components 2nd gen
Brake caliper: Re-Issue Dia-Compe Nippon
Brake cable housing: stainless spiral wound
Guts: Ideale
Seat post collar: Climax 2-PC stainless steel shaft collar

  • All-Around
  • Company: Cook's Quality Products
  • Wheel Size: 26"
  • Toptube length: 23.25"
  • Headtube size: 1"
  • Seatpost size: 22.2mm