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1983 Cook Bros Alpine


 

The history of Cook Bros. Racing, Cook's and Cook's Quality Parts (CQP) is a tangled web that is difficult to unwind.  This is the story that I have been able to uncover so far.  As I get better information, I will post it here.

Craig And Gary Cook are the brothers in Cook Bros. Racing and they made BMX and cruiser stuff in the late 1970's and early 1980's.  Gary sold his share to Craig in the early 1980's and Craig later (1983?) sold the company to Jack Witmer.  Apparently, there was a dispute between the parties, possibly over payment, and the non-compete clause was voided between Jack and Gary.  Gary started up CQP with similar/identical designs shortly thereafter.

 


 
1978

Slant Line stem from the 1978 catalog:
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1980


Cook Bros. Cruiser from the 1980 Trailmaster catalog:
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1981


August 1981 article from Super BMX magazine:
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Uni-Clamp steering system catalog page from 1981:
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1982

June 1982 article from Super BMX magazine:
Cook  Cook


 

1983

1983 article from Super BMX magazine:
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1984

These scans are from the Jack Witmer era and I am guessing them to be from shortly after the buyout but they could be late 1983 or later):
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1984 BMX catalog pages:
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1985

June (first two) and November (last) 1985 Cook Bros. ads:
Cook   Cook   Cook



1986

January 1986 Sushi Bar ad:

Cook

1988

August 1988 Bicycle Guide Upgrades article:
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1989

June 1989 Cook Bros. press release:

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1990

December 1990 CBR Press release:
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1991

January 1991 Cook Bros. press release:

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May 1991 C.Q.P. ad:
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1991 C.Q.P. info sheets:
Cook  Cook



1992

1992 Cook Bros. Racing catalog
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Cook Cook Cook Cook Cook Cook


June 1992 C.Q.P. ad:
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1993

VGS Stem ad plus 1993 price list:
Cook  Cook


1995

Undated catalog (I am guessing 1995 due to the Arroyo Grande address and availability of a compact crank):

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1996

Another undated ad sheet (I am guessing 1996 due tot he Arroyo Grande address and the introduction of the E crank):
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1997

1997 Cook Bros. Racing catalog:
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Other

Gary Cook: As one-half of the infamous Cook Bros., Gary and his brother Craig produced some of the highest quality bike products during the 80’s. Was one of, if not thee, first “high quality precision” part makers. Could be credited for lightening up BMX a bit His company introduced many “firsts” for BMX, such as built-in chain tensioners and a “A-Head’ish” clamp-on stem years ahead of its time. With the selling of Cook Bros., Gary has gone in and out of the BMX scene, with CQP (Cooks Quality Parts), maker of a 2-speed system for BMX. (from ababmx.com)

Craig Cook: The Golf Instruments Company has a long and distinct history in the design and manufacture of innovative sports equipment. With roots going back to early Southern California car, boat, and dragster racing, three generations of Cooks have designed, invented, and capitalized on California’s fanatical enthusiasm for sports.

Craig Cook, Owner of Golf Instruments Co., first learned about materials and design from his perfectionist/inventor father, and after graduating from college with an Industrial Arts degree in 1972, began Cook Bros. Racing. The company pioneered. the sport of Bicycle Moto-Cross in Southern California with their Alpine Mountain Bike, which was one of the first mountain bikes in the world. (It is on display in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Crested Butte, Colorado.) Other innovative Cook Bros. Products included sealed bearing BMX hubs and the 7075 billet aluminum crank arm. The company is still a holder of two United States Patents for component designs.

Continuing the tradition, in 1987 Craig started a new company called C.D. Products producing a line of mountain bike frame sets.

When golf became big business, Craig turned his interests in materials and design to golf equipment and started re-manufacturing a popular loft-lie gauge. Soon his new company, Golf Instruments Co. was producing a complete line of loft-lie gauges in three different styles. Their newest offering is a high-precision, high-tech shaft puller for delicate graphite composite golf club shafts. (from golfinstruments.com)


Cook Brothers Cranks (from the Bike Pro catalog)


COOK BROS. RACING CBR CRANK ARM SET

These cranks are machined from solid pieces of 7075 T6 aluminum stock. Each of the arms is turned on a lathe to produce the tapered shape, with a 37.72mm diameter ball at the B/B and a 29.14mm diameter ball at the pedal end. The ball shapes are then milled flat with the specific angles required for the spider and pedal and B/B spindle installation. The pedal end ball is drilled through and tapped with 9/16" by 20 threads per inch threads for the pedal spindle. The crank arm dust cap hole is bored and tapped with 22mm by 1mm threads, (no caps are provided with this crank arm set). The square B/B spindle hole is milled with 2 degree tapered sides when the rear of the arm is machined. The back side of the arm is drilled and tapped for a Torx bolt that holds the spider to the rear of the arm. The rear of the large ball has three steel pins driven into it. These pins are used to fix the precise position of the spider on the arm before the Torx bolt holds them together. The crank arms are high polished, and then anodized. After anodizing, the Cook Bros. logo is finely engraved on the face of each arm. The spider is machined from a single piece of 6.63mm thick aluminum plate stock. It is cut to shape, then drilled and tapped for the chain ring bolts where needed. The arms have a 6 degree offset for chain stay and ankle clearance, and come with a triple chain ring spider (adapter) with threaded inner ring bolt holes. The chain ring bolt pattern is the standard 110mm outer, 74mm inner. The crank arm set will work with any standard 2 degree tapered bottom bracket, and naturally Cooks recommends their own sealed bearing bottom bracket. The crank arms come anodized in Black, Purple, or Silver with the spider anodized in Black. We stock them in 171mm, 176mm, or 181mm lengths. We found the CBR Mountain cranks to have a Bike-Pro Q measurement of 168mm. Cooks CBR cranks come as right arm with spider, left arm, and a set of five steel inner chain ring bolts with aluminum spacers. Chainrings, the double chain ring bolt set, crank bolts, and crank arm caps will be needed separately. The 176mm arm set with spider in Black weighs 507.5 grams. The inner bolt set provided weighs an additional 35 grams. Be sure to specify color and length.

Size-171-176-181 / Color-BK-L-S  


 

COOK BROS RACING RSR SERIES CRANK ARMS

The Cook Bros. Racing RSR cranks are similar in style to the Cooks CBR arms, (the same aluminum stock, 7075-T6) and are made using the same manufacturing techniques, however there are some important design differences. The arm dimension is slightly smaller in diameter, and they have a half-round shaped slot milled down the back of the arms. The milling is to create greater clearance for smaller chainrings, front derailleurs and generally to produce a lighter crank. The left arm of the CBR set, in a 176mm length, weighs 224.5 grams, while the 176mm RSR left arm weighs just 188.5 grams. The 176mm right arm of the CBR set weights 283 grams while the 176mm right arm of the RSR set weighs 248 grams. The spider has been reworked, having all excess aluminum milled away to reduce any extra weight. This crank set is compatible with all 2 degree tapered bottom brackets, and uses the standard 74mm and 110mm bolt pattern. The crank arms are anodized in Blue, Black, Purple or Silver, with the spider anodized in Black, and come in 171mm, 176mm, or 181mm. We found the RSR cranks to have a Bike-Pro Q measurement of 167mm. Cooks RSR cranks come as right arm, with spider, left arm and a set of five steel inner chain ring bolts with aluminum spacers. Chainrings, the double chain ring bolt set, crank bolts and crank arm dust caps will be needed separately. The 176mm arm set, with spider, in Silver, weighs 436.5 grams. The inner bolt set provided weighs an additional 35 grams. Be sure to specify color and length.

Size-171-176-181 / Color-B-BK-L-S   

 

COOK BROS. HYPER-C MOUNTAIN CRANK ARM SET

A compact version of the RSR arms is available, achieved by making the right arm with a spider that has 58mm inner bolt pattern and a 94mm outer chain ring bolt pattern. These Hyper Drive-C compatible arms are slightly lighter and compatible with all 2 degree tapered spindle B/B's. They are also made in Black, Lavender, or Silver anodized finishes, with the spider anodized in Black. The Cooks Hyper-C cranks come as right arm, with spider, left arm, and a set of five steel inner chain ring bolts with aluminum spacers. Chainrings, the double chain ring bolt set, crank bolts and crank arm dust caps will be needed separately. The inner bolt set provided weighs an additional 35 grams. Be sure to specify color and length.

Size-171-176-181 / Color-BK-L-S  

 

 

COOK BROS. PCH ROAD RACING CRANK ARM SET

Cook Bros. makes a Road model of the RSR cranks using a 130mm bolt center diameter pattern. Machined of 7075-T6 aluminum, the PCH crank arms are made using the same techniques involved the RSR Mountain arms, and have the milled slot on the rear of the arm. The PCH cranks are made anodized in Black, Lavender or Silver with the spider anodized in Black. We found the PCH cranks to have a Bike-Pro Q measurement of 160mm. The PCH cranks come as right arm with spider and left arm. Chainrings, the double fixing bolt set, crank bolts and crank arm dust caps will be needed separately. The 171mm PCH cranks weigh 436.5 grams. Made in USA, specify color and length.

Size-171-176-181 / Color-BK-L-S 

 


 

 

 

COOK BROS. "E" CRANK ARM SET

The Cook Bros. "E" series cranks are more traditional in their styling. They are machined from 7075-T6 billet aluminum. Unlike the other Cooks arm sets these have a rectangular cross section, not round, and the E cranks use a replaceable, user installed spider. At the pedal spindle, the arm is 27.83mm, it reduces above the pedal to 18.5mm. On the left arm, at the B/B spindle area widens to 37.5mm. The arms are 14.14mm thick at the pedal spindle and thicken to 26.4mm at the B/B spindle. The right arm has five round posts protruding from the back of the arm. These five posts are drilled and tapped for the inner fixing bolts to anchor in. The spider with the outer fixing bolt pattern drilled into it also slides over these five posts. Custom aluminum spacers used with the inner fixing bolts tighten down over the machined plate aluminum spider. The right arm has four stubby extensions that the posts are fastened to. The extensions lie perfectly over the spider. The posts incidentally are positioned so that only a 58mm bolt center diameter can be used for the inner chain ring. There are three choices of Bolt center diameter for the spider, either a 94mm BCD or a 110mm BCD or a 130mm BCD. At the moment, the arms are made only in a 175mm length, Cooks believes that they may introduce a 181mm version in 1995. The arms come anodized in Blue, Black, Grey, Lavender or Silver. The standard spider with the 110mm BCD weighs 47 grams, the 94mm spider weighs 34.5 grams. The spiders are available in the same colors. We found the arms weighed 396.5 grams, and had a Bike- Pro Q measurement of 162mm. The inner steel bolts and aluminum spacers weighed 38.5 grams. The E crank set comes as right arm, left arm, spider, five steel inner fixing and the five custom aluminum spacers that hold the inner chain ring and spider in place. Chainrings, the outer fixing bolt set, crank bolts, crank arm dust caps and will need to be purchased separately. Specify crank arm color, spider BCD pattern and spider color.

Color-B-BK-GY-L-S                               
94mm BCD replacement spider  Color-B-BK-GY-L-S 
110mm BCD replacement spider Color-B-BK-GY-L-S  
130mm BCD replacement spider Color-B-BK-GY-L-S  
 
 
 

 

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