Collecting old BMX bikes has become a pastime for many current and former riders, and amongst the most popular bikes to collect are numerous models from Haro. If you know anything about the history of BMX, it’s easy to understand why: founder Bob Haro was the godfather of freestyle, and in his wake came legendary team members like Mat Hoffman, Rick Moliterno, Mike Dominguez, and Dennis McCoy. With a roster like that, it’s no surprise that Haro was, and is still one of the biggest brands in BMX, and such a large and passionate fan base leads to past products becoming sought-after collectibles. Even the most trashed Master framesets can garner hundreds of dollars on the resale market, with mint versions rebuilt from deadstock inventory carrying price tags in the 4-figure range. Most of these vintage bikes go unridden; usually because the owners haven’t dropped in on a ramp in 20 years, but more importantly because they’re fragile death traps built with insane geometry that doesn’t work for anyone anymore. When renowned Haro collector John Buultjens took the helm as Haro’s brand manager, one of his numerous projects was the resurrection of some of Haro’s most popular models under the Lineage line, and re-releases such as DMC’s Master and Dominguez’s Sport have been instant sellouts – not only because of their iconic looks, but because these new bikes are actually rideable, with modern geometry and construction that can handle the abuse of riders new and old. With such a positive response from the BMX community, it’s no surprise to see the Lineage line grow, and for 2017 Haro will be offering two more models from the past – the Team Master and the Team Sport Freestyler.
1987 was one of Haro’s most successful years, and the Team Master and Team Sport Freestyler bikes were some of the BMX industry’s biggest sellers. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of these models, Haro is updating the frames to incorporate modern geometry and the finest 4130 to create a bike that looks like it just came out of a time capsule, but can be ridden like something fresh off the welding table. There’s no way anyone would want to ride repops of these models with their original angles, as the first generations came with 18.5”/19.5” top tubes and rear end lengths that were nearly as long. For 2017, riders can choose from three top tube sizes (20.5”, 20.75” and 21”), and the rear end length has been shortened to a moderate 13.75”. The low 11.5” bottom bracket height keeps your weight centered for better rotation, and the head tube angle has been updated to 75 degrees, from the slightly mellower 74.5. While the twin top tubes of the Master and the wishbone standing platform of the Sport remain as a tribute to their iconic looks, the 1” headtube and American bottom bracket have been scrapped for the now standardized integrated headtube and an hourglass-shelled Mid bottom bracket, which means you won’t have to pay inflated prices for archaic old parts to air in your build. Finally, what good would a 30th anniversary bike be without the original paint & graphics? Take your pick of black/yellow/chrome or black/blue/chrome for the Master, and black/white/chrome or black/teal/chrome for the Sport.
The Haro Lineage Team Master and Team Sport Freestyler frames are NOT available now; due to the massive popularity of past Lineage models, Haro is currently taking pre-orders for both frames (and forks/complete bikes if you wanna go all out) at Dans Comp and all Haro retailers. Don’t wait for these things to actually hit store shelves, as it’s almost guaranteed they’ll sell out instantly. You can reserve your model of choice now for $449.99, and they should be available in March of 2017. For more information on the Lineage series and the rest of the modern day Haro lineup, check out www.harobikes.com now.