Kuwahara Magician EX 1987

Kuwahara Magician EX from 1987 was a cheaper model freestyle bike with a trimoly frame. It was available in four color combos; red/white, grey/pink, yellow/black and blue/white. This bike had the grey/pink color scheme when I found it, but I like the red/white better, so I changed it :-)

Swedish pro rider Andreas “Andy” Lindqvist used to ride one of these (in grey/pink) back in the days when he was sponsored by Kuwa Sweden. I was also sponsored by them in BMX-racing.

I found this Kuwahara on Blocket.se (Swedish version of Craigs list) here in Stockholm Sweden. It was in badly condition, but almost all the original parts was still there. The original rims was a bit rusty, but luckily I had a pair of exactly the same rims in the basement (NOS – new old stock) which was painted in the same metallic red as the frame. The original handlebar was missing, but I had a similar bar which have been refurbished and painted in red. I have got the Anlun stem from the Wåhlander family. The seat was found in an old bike shop here in Stockholm. I couldn’t find the correct Lee Chi brake levers in silver, so I bought a pair in pink instead and removed the paint and polished them. I have made the decals myself. Thanks to Andy for letting me borrow his plotter machine.

This is one of my most beautiful bikes in my opinion, even though it’s not a top of the line bike. :D

FRAME 1987 Kuwahara Magician EX, red (refurbished)
FORK Kuwahara Magician EX 1” threaded, red (refurbished)
STEM Anlun, Potts mod, polished/white (refurbished)
HANDLEBAR Unknown (similar to original bar), red (refurbished)
HEADSET Original 1¨ threaded, chrome
GRIPS A’me Tri, white (NOS)
DONUTS Lizard skins, red (new)
CRANKS Noname. 175mm, chrome (NOS)
SPROCKET Kuwahara, steel 44T, white (refurbished)
PEDALS Victor Grafight X copys plastic 1/2”, white (NOS)
CHAIN Yaban 1/8¨ white/chrome (NOS)
SEAT Viscount/Kuwahara copy, white (NOS)
SEAT POST Kuwahara layback 22.2mm, red (refurbished)
SEAT POST CLAMP Peregrine, polished – red decal (refurbished)
REAR BRAKE Weinmann, silver (NOS)
FRONT BRAKE Lee Chi freestyle, silver (used)
BRAKE PADS Weinmann, black (NOS)
BRAKE LEVERS Lee Chi locking levers, polished (NOS)
BRAKE CABLE FRONT Centurion/Weinmann, white (NOS
GYRO Odyssey gyro 1’st gen 1”, white (refurbished)
GYRO CABLES Savage, white. Odyssey decal (new)
RIMS Steel 48H, chrome/red (NOS)
HUBS Joy Tech steel 48H, chrome (used)
SPOKES/NIPPLES Chrome 185mm spokes. Chrome brass nipples (NOS)
FREEWHEEL SunTour 16T (used)
TIRES Cheng Shin, white skinwall 20 x 1.75” (NOS)
TUBES Biltema Sludge (new)
DECALS Die-cut. Made by me
PEGS REAR Belwin Frame standers, chrome (NOS)
PEGS FRONT Kuwahara, chrome (used)







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