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    1981 Bruiser

The Bruiser was an early bike available through Ira's Bike Shop in the early 1980's.  There were likely 20 or less of them produced and this was the last one made with the rear drum brake.  The fork was originally a Tange BMX fork with added braze-ons which was fairly quickly replaced by the Stumpjumper fork that currently resides on the bike.  Rody, of Groovy Cycle Works, did a great job on the paint which really highlights the fork crown.  Rody does a fair amount of "restoration" work on older bikes so give him a shout if you have a project.  Check out the before and after photos below to get an idea of what is possible.  Neat touches include the braze-on pump hanger and Campagnolo drop outs.  It appears as if some of the components were upgraded at about the same time as the fork so we tried to put back on more original parts for circa 1981/82. 

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Frame 4130 Cro-Moly
Fork Specialized Stumpjumper
Rear Shock NA
Rims Araya 7X
Hubs Phil Wood front, Atom drum rear
Spokes Stainless
Tires Specialized Stumpjumper
Pedals MKS BMX 7
Crank TA Cyclotourist
Chain Sedis
Rear Cogs Suntour 6 speed freewheel
Bottom Bracket Specialized
Front Derailleur Suntour ARX
Rear Derailleur Suntour ARX
Shifters Suntour Mighty
Handlebars Mongoose
Stem Pro Neck
Headset Tange Motocross
Brake set MAFAC cantilever front, Atom drum rear
Brake levers Tommaselli Racer
Saddle Brooks
Seat Post SR Laprade with Breeze seat sandwich
Colors Brown
Size 18"
Serial #   None
 

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