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Before we began working at Odyssey or addressing work on Fairdale styles, and before my time as an owner of T-1 i got eventually to design a bike for my then sponsor Hoffman Bikes. During the time the “Taj” frame represented every little thing I wanted in a bike. We got the geometry right and we made it STRONG. That has been all that mattered… something which wasn’t probably break. I was evaluating that old framework today and thinking about the differences between old-school bicycles (thats mid-school if you should be genuine “Old-school” collector) and modern BMX bikes.

Into the untrained eye this old Taj frame doesn’t truly look all that distinct from a contemporary bicycle. Considering that a number of todays top bikers weren’t also born when this frame ended up being built what has 16 several years of BMX technology introduced united states?

There clearly was a brand new Sunday Aaron Ross framework laying around the office thus I believed it would make a good baseline evaluate to my old Hoffman. The most apparent distinctions is the fat. The Aaron framework is 2.6lbs lighter then your Taj yet its probably more powerful. in which we merely thickened tubing to help make bikes more powerful today we can use heat-treating and custom butted and extruded tubing.

The beastly dropouts on the Taj take into account a large part of the body weight huge difference. The internally supported hollow dropouts from the Sunday are Method stronger and far much lighter.

The precision of modern BMX bikes is light years beyond what we had the ability to do in yesteryear. Gone are the days of using a vehicle jack to squish tubing into oval shapes. And those days are gone when your only tubing alternative had been right gauge tubing in a extremely limiting range sizes and thicknesses. Now we are able to spec tubing to-be thicker and thinner at exact things and extrude virtually any form.

The headtube on that Taj framework wasn't gonna break-off without a fight. This is somewhat before Aheadsets were used in BMX while the response to the dangerously weak quill stem had been the Hoffman Bikes Superfork. The steer tube on that fork ended up being practically solid and you also better believe it place some hefty anxiety on a frame.

Thank heavens we did away with those old pressed in headset glasses and threaded headsets. Man that has been a drag breaking the glasses everyday, feeling all of them shift about, and achieving to develop ways to keep carefully the really thing tight. Incorporated headsets are incredibly amazingly easy to put in… drop them in and go.

What a design problem it had been on rear stops of bikes in the old days. We had been starting to determine we desired smaller backends, nevertheless cassette style rear hub ended up beingn’t used. How will you reduce the backend but leave area for a fat tire, huge 7/8″ tubing but still fit cranks and a 46 tooth sprocket?

I rode the backend with this cycle at about 14.5 ins. I remember it feeling amazing after driving bikes with 15 inches chainstays for so long. Not really all that different then some contemporary trails style bikes that may be operate as long as 14.25″, but may seem like perhaps the tiniest differences in the chainstay length tends to make a positive change in how a bike feels.

I will be therefore grateful for all your refinements BMX bikes went through. Bottom brackets you don’t need hammer to the frame, headsets it is possible to put in with perfection in mins, geometry not limited by huge gearing, and frames that are excessively honest and strong without getting hefty.

Nevertheless, we don’t desire you to think I’m bashing on these old bikes (and don’t stress, these old bicycles takes a bashing!). The simple truth is, this old Hoffman remains here and still perfectly rideable. With very limited sources and technology Mat’s crew built bicycles that have been appropriate completely to your biking for the time… and capable stand up to just about anything!

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