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    1988 Rock Lobster

Probably one of the earlier single speed specific bikes.  This was the second single speed made by Paul (the first was about a year earlier).  The frame was painted white and then splattered with pink and blue.  Various areas were then masked off and then a neon yellow top coat was added.  According to Paul

"The paint is all original and not what I asked for. It has to be the ugliest paint job in my career history."

Just like the origins of mountain bikes, the father of single speed mountain bikes will probably never be known, but this has to be one of the earliest bikes built from the ground up to be a single speed.

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Frame Tange MTB Cro-Moly double butted
Fork Cro-Moly straight blade
Rear Shock NA
Rims Super Champion Gentlemen 700C rims rolled by Keith Bontrager to a 24" rear and 26" front
Hubs Shimano Sealed Mechanism front, Sunshine road rear (drilled to 72 holes to experiment with different rims and lacing patterns)
Spokes stainless steel
Tires Tioga Farmer John rear, Farmer Johns Cousin front
Pedals Suntour Cyclone
Crank Cook Bros Racing, 36 Specialized ring
Chain KMC *
Rear Cogs Suntour single speed freewheel 
Bottom Bracket Shimano
Front Derailleur NA
Rear Derailleur NA
Shifters NA
Handlebars Steel
Stem TIG
Headset Shimano Dura Ace
Brake set Dia Compe 984
Brake levers Dia Compe 183
Saddle Vento Propizio
Seat Post Shimano Deore XT
Colors Neon yellow with white stripes (with blue and pink splatters)
Size 20"
Serial #   049JM

 

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