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My Terrible One Barcode build

When I got into this crazy hobby of playing with BMX bikes at the ripe age of 31, I knew nothing and immediately got my hands on 2 Haro bikes. Turns out Haro is junk these days. I’ll pontificate on that point at a later moment.

Shortly after I started, I grabbed an early production Terrible One Barcode frame. This is back when they weighed something near 7 lbs, 12 oz and had an American bottom bracket. The 08 model weighed 5 lbs, 7 oz as a comparison and it also had the much smaller Spanish BB. Terrible one has a strong following but I do believe that the weight of the frame I started with was a bit much. Regardless, I jumped in head first and started buying parts. The following is what I ended up with.

  • Frame: Terrible One Barcode (99 or 2000 vintage if I had to guess)
  • Headset: Solid
  • Bottom Bracket: Profile
  • Bars: Solid Hella Light
  • Grips: Solid Death grips
  • Stem: Unknown
  • Forks: Odyssey Pro Dirt
  • Lever: Diatech Dirty Harry
  • Cable: Odyssey Slic Kable
  • Brake: Odyssey Evolver
  • Pads: Odyssey 4x4 Red
  • Cranks: Eastern 720
  • Pedals: Odyssey Twisted PC
  • Sprocket: Solid 36t
  • Chain: KMC
  • Hubs: G-Sport Homer (front & rear — 14mm, 48h, 4x lace pattern)
  • Freewheel: Odyssey 13t
  • Spokes: Sapim 14g
  • Rims: Odyssey 7K-A
  • Tires: Premium Refuse Resist Folding
  • Seat Post: Shadow Conspiracy
  • Seat: Shadow Conspiracy Penumbra

This resulted in a pretty solid bike that can handle a big guy like me and not need a whole lot of maintenance done to it. Sure, it’s not a sub 30lb bike (or if it is, it’s maybe 29 lbs) so it’s not going to win any popularity contests on the forums, but it’s a darn good bike if I have to say so.

I’m still a total newb at the BMX thing but I think building is where the fun is, hence there’ll be a 2nd build post coming up soon. For now, an already out of date picture.. yes, the Eclat seat is long gone.