Kuwahara Nova 1983 – Black

I found this Kuwahara Nova at Blocket.se (the swedish version of Craigs List) in the summer of 2013, in Solna outside of Stockholm from a guy who had got it since it was brand new in 1983. It was bought at TWS (Two Wheel Service) BMX shop in Märsta.

It was blue when I bought it, but since I already have a blue Nova, I decided to go for black instead. It’s been powder coated in black by Jesper R. Thanks mate!

The seat post comes from an Kuwahara LaserLite. The Dia-Compe 890 brakes and Tech-3 brake levers was anodized in gold, but faded, so I had them polished instead.

Parts marked with *** is original from when the bike was new.

FRAME 1983 Kuwahara Nova, black (refurbished) ***
FORK Tange, black (refurbished) ***
STEM Win, polished/black (refurbished) ***
HANDLEBAR Kuwahara, black (refurbished) ***
HEADSET Hatta MX-II, candy red (refurbished) ***
HEAD LOCK SunTour, black/silver (used)
GRIPS OGK, black (used) ***
CRANKS Takagi Cr-Mo, 170mm, chrome (used)
BOTTOM BRACKET YST, looseball bearings (NOS)
CHAINRING Takagi steel, 44T, black (refurbished) ***
SPIDER Takagi/Tioga, chrome (NOS)
CHAINRING BOLTS Takagi, chrome (used)
PEDALS KKT SMX 1/2”, black (refurbished)
CHAIN Red Star 1/8“, black (NOS)
SEAT Concor Aero (Elina Turbo copy), black (NOS)
SEAT POST Kuwahara LaserPost, chrome (used)
SEAT POST CLAMP SunTour broken arrow, black/silver (used)
BRAKES Dia Compe 890, polished (refurbished) ***
BRAKE LEVERS Dia Compe Tech-3, polished (refurbished) ***
BRAKE PADS Dia Compe, gum (NOS + used)
BRAKE CABLES Dia-Compe, clear (NOS)
RIMS Araya 7X shineside, 36H, gold (refurbished) ***
HUBS SunTour low flange, 36H, gold (used) ***
SPOKES CyclePro 184mm, red (NOS)
NIPPLES CyclePro brass 14g, chrome (NOS)
FREEWHEEL SunTour 16T, black (used)
FRONT TIRE IRC BMX Racer 80X, 20×2.125”, black skinwall (NOS)
REAR TIRE Duro Comp III, 20×1.75”, black skinwall (new)
DECALS Kuwahara repop decals. Homemade “Nova” decals.
PADS Kuwahara, black (used)

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