QUOTE (Axlepeg @ Feb 26 2010, 11:28 AM)
Are we missing a group pic in the last post?
I never thought about it before.....i have no pics of us .....i wish i did ! Come to think of it, none of us owned a camera....i think we spent all our money on bikes. lol. We were all perpetual motion....we didn't stay still long enough for a photo in those days lol.
I'll do up a resto thred for the TRICKSTAR and keep you all up todate on the process of the rebuild and "the search for the parts" he ran back then. I found this on an indipendant web site for hutch.........thanks to hutchbmx.com for the folling info.
In 88 Hutch made a new bike called the Trick Star 2 which had the twin top tube design and 990 mounts. The bike was supposedly primarily designed for vert riding. It worked fine as a flatland bike as well. The 88 version had small chainstay platforms like the original Trick Star that were at an angle. The 89 and later versions did not have these. This particular frame was not without it's problems. First off flatlanders didn't like the fact that the 990 mounts were on the bottom of the chainstays instead of on top. Being on the bottom puts your brake in the way of being able to do certain tricks. Second, the bike had a serious design flaw which has left many people calling it the most fragile freestyle bike ever built. Hutch decided to do the loop tail a little differently on this frame and consequently the idea they used was a bad one. The rear end always cracked by the dropouts. Had Hutch done the rear end just like they did their other bikes then there likely wouldn't have been a problem. Kudos to Hutch for seemingly solving "the Torker crack" problem on their twin top tube bike. The Trick Star 2 had two seat tube gussets, one acting as a frame standing platform and one welded a little lower. Whether or not that really solved the stress crack problem that plagued other twin top tube frames I can't say for sure but I still haven't seen a Trick Star 2 cracked there. Unfortunately the rear end design ruined everything anyway so it doesn't really matter.
Hutch made a different version of the Trick Star 2 called the Trick Styler. The Trick Styler came as a complete bike only and had 24K gold in the stickers and on many of the parts as well. A pretty nice looking bike. No Trick Stylers ever had chainstay platforms. In 88 the Trick Styler had a sticker that said 4130 on the loop tail. The 89 and later models didn't have this sticker. They instead had stickers on the seat tube that said 4130 Chromoly - 24 Carat Gold.
All Trick Star 2 and Trick Styler frames were 100% 4130 chromoly and made in Taiwan.
(By the way, for those who don't know what I'm talking about when I refer to "the Torker crack" it was just a term we used to describe the problem twin top tube bikes had in which the welds around the seat tube gusset would crack from stress. Torkers always cracked there. Being as Bob Haro made his first bike after the Torker frame design all Haro frames broke there too.)