1987 Haro Group 1 RS1
A bike so cool that even when I was freestylin', I wanted one. This is how I would've built it...
I remember the first time I saw this bike in a magazine, must have been a BMX Plus because back then, I was living in Argentina and that was the only BMX magazine around, especifically in Downtown Buenos Aires. Had to take a 40 minute bus ride, walk a couple of blocks and take the subway for another 20 minutes or so, walk about 5 blocks and I'd finally arrive at the news stand that carried magazines from all over the world, if I was lucky, BMX Plus was there. Other times, if I my mom needed to go to downtown, I'd go with her and she'd take me to the news stand.
Anyway, I was already into freestylin' more than racing but this bike just made me wish I were good enough to stay in BMX so I could get one!
Fast forward to 2017, I was up late and saw member Bshotti's listing for his restored 1987 Haro Group 1 RS1 frame, fork and bars...even though I wasn't planning on spending any money, I bought it right away, it was too nice to pass it. He did a great paint job, nice decals and it was in really good shape, not perfect, but really good shape.
It was finally time to finish it, I'd been looking for a Redline sprocket and a Kashimax seat for a long time, if I had the money there were no good candidates or they were too expensive, when I had no money all the good deals would come up....you know the story.
Finally, one evening I was visiting Robert (HEFRMLA!) and talking about builds and stuff....all I'm gonna say is that the parts I needed were here in Tucson all along! The Kashimax seat came with some incredible OG stickers and they are gonna stay there!
It gave me the motivation to get on this build and finish it.
I polished the brake lever, AD990 and hardware, gave the TNT stem, Redline sprocket and Peregrine clamp a brushed aluminum look. Member KrisH painted the Tech 7 body and I chose a blue brake cable housing to give it a Pistol Pete look. I wish I could put a red Hutch stem on it as Pet had at one point, but it is financially impossible at this point.
I hope you like it as much as I do, it is a bike I dreamed having as much as I dreamed having a Haro Master....
Frame: 1987 Haro Group 1 RS1 - repainted with reproduction decals
Forks: 1987 Haro Group 1 RS1 - repainted with reproduction decals
Handlebars: 1987 Haro Group 1 RS1 - repainted with reproduction decals
Pads: Haro (Thank you John Buultjens!)
Grips: A'ME Tri
Stem: TNT Pro
Headset: YST, retainer ball
Brake lever: Dia Compe Tech 7 - restored
Rear Brake: Dia Compe AD990 - restored and polished
Seat: Kashimax survivor (thank you HEFRMLA!)
Seat clamp: Peregrine Donut Alloy - restored
Bottom bracket: Redline Techmatic w/Double Dimple spindle - reproduction made by a guy named Robert who bought the rights to the name Techmatic and makes accurate reproductions of the original ones, super nice guy.
Cranks: Redline Flight 401 175mm - rechromed
Sprocket: Redline Flight 44t (thank you HEFRMLA!)
Chain: new KMC, chrome
Pedals: Hutch Pro restored, JDB cages and new allen bolts
Front Wheel: Peregrine 36 chrome hoop by Ukai laced to Peregrine 36h chrome sealed bearings hub by Suzue, NOS Asahi chromium spokes 15ga - survivor
Rear Wheel: Peregrine 36 chrome hoop by Ukai laced to Peregrine 36h chrome sealed bearings hub by Suzue, NOS Asahi chromium spokes 15ga - survivor
Freewheel: Suntour 16t
Tires: Tioga Comp III 20x1.75 rear and 20x2.125 front combo - reproduction set
Submitted by racer155