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    VVA Topanga

    This was found on a facebook page a little over a year ago if I remember correctly, original camo paint, bought as a frame and fork only. It's time to put it back together .



    VVA Topanga-top3.jpgVVA Topanga-top2.jpgVVA Topanga-top1.jpg

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    Another great project. I have one of these I need to put back together.

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    Very cool frame.

    Right up my alley.

    Would love to find one, but guessing not many made it to the East coast.



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    This looks fun. Look forward to watching it go together. What year is this one.
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tductape View Post
    This looks fun. Look forward to watching it go together. What year is this one.
    Not sure on year, around 25-27 were made according to VVA, from what I've read he started making them in 1979. If I remember this one has a 32 on the BB shell putting it more at the end of the run so I would say 80-81 if they weren't all made in 79.

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    A couple of photos from the files.

    VVA Topanga-topanga_rider.jpg

    VVA Topanga-topanga.jpg

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    badass
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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    We just acquired one for our shop collection. Love the camo, ours is black. Enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainblacksox View Post
    We just acquired one for our shop collection. Love the camo, ours is black. Enjoy it!
    is yours complete? got some pics?

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    Bentforks,

    Can you drop me a PM?


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    Just arrived!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails VVA Topanga-0ad5d265-c024-4ddf-8f3d-48f5d4b59eed.jpg  


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    I would love to try one of those.
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    A few modifications

    Added TA crankset for better climbing. Serial number 038. Victor indicated to me that he numbered them sequentially. More than likely there are 40 or so out there.
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    The reason behind the bike was that before 1979 there were no alloy 26" rims on the market, and the 26" tires sucked.

    Victor used BMX wheels and tires for the weight savings and the availability of more aggressive dirt tires. These became obsolete as soon as the wheel and tire suppliers entered the market with 26" products.

    VVA was not a downhill racer, and the bike reflects that. The "modern" mountain bike was born in the DH arena. A Topanga would not have been competitive in NorCal.

    Gary Fisher won a Topanga in the 1980 R2C, took him about a year to collect his prize, which he immediately gave to his girlfriend.

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    And the question is, where is Gary’s ex-girlfriends bike? 😀

    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    The reason behind the bike was that before 1979 there were no alloy 26" rims on the market, and the 26" tires sucked.

    Victor used BMX wheels and tires for the weight savings and the availability of more aggressive dirt tires. These became obsolete as soon as the wheel and tire suppliers entered the market with 26" products.

    VVA was not a downhill racer, and the bike reflects that. The "modern" mountain bike was born in the DH arena. A Topanga would not have been competitive in NorCal.

    Gary Fisher won a Topanga in the 1980 R2C, took him about a year to collect his prize, which he immediately gave to his girlfriend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob L View Post
    And the question is, where is Gary’s ex-girlfriends bike? 😀
    Four wives and a baby mama later, I think he lost track.

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    Lol. Lost to annals of time!😀

    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    The reason behind the bike was that before 1979 there were no alloy 26" rims on the market, and the 26" tires sucked.

    Victor used BMX wheels and tires for the weight savings and the availability of more aggressive dirt tires. These became obsolete as soon as the wheel and tire suppliers entered the market with 26" products.

    VVA was not a downhill racer, and the bike reflects that. The "modern" mountain bike was born in the DH arena. A Topanga would not have been competitive in NorCal.

    Gary Fisher won a Topanga in the 1980 R2C, took him about a year to collect his prize, which he immediately gave to his girlfriend.

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