Kuwahara Frame & Fork Guide

This page is a quick guide to understanding and recognizing vintage Kuwahara BMX frame and fork sets.  Kuwahara frames were mainly made by Tange and Koizumi.  Kuwahara forks were made only by Tange with the exception of the Pantera which were made by Giant.

FRAMES

Tange / Koizumi / Giant (Pantera)

1979 - 1985

KE-1

KZ

E.T. / KYZ

KZ-83



KZ-84


Nova

Super Nova

24 (v1)

24 (v2)

Pantera

1979 - 1980

1980 - 1983

1982 - 1983

1982 - 1984



1984 - 1985


1983 - 1984

1984 - 1985

1982 - 1984

1982

1983 - 1984

The Kuwahara - Non Looptail frame w/ Single Gusset

KZ-1 / KZ-2 - Non Looptail frame w/ Double Gusset

E.T. / KYZ - Looptail frame w/ Double Gusset (E.T. 1982 only)

Laserlite / Survivor - Non Looptail frame w/o Gusset
- 1982 Teardrop top & bottom tubes
- 1983 Oval top & bottom tubes
- "Kuwhara" stamped seat post tube & brake bridge w/ "K" stamped dropouts
(Late 1983 only)

Laserlite / Survivor - Non Looptail frame w/o Gusset (Longer top tube)
- 1984 Oval top & Round bottom tubes (Oval top & bottom tubes - early 1984 only)
- "Kuwhara" stamped seat post tube & brake bridge and "K" stamped dropouts

Nova - Looptail frame w/o Gusset
- "Kuwhara" stamped seat post tube & brake bridge and "K" stamped dropouts (early 1984 only)

Nova - Non Looptail frame w/o Gusset
- "Kuwhara" stamped seat post tube & brake bridge and "K" stamped dropouts

24 Cruiser - Non Looptail frame w/o Gusset
- 5" head tube & double thick dropouts

24 Cruiser - Non Looptail frame w/ Double Gusset

Pantera - Non Looptail frame w/o Gusset

FORKS

Tange / Giant (Pantera)

1979 - 1985

KE-1

Round

ARX

TX-1200

24
(v.1 - Gen.1)

24
(v.1 - Gen.2)

24 (v2)

TRX

Giant

KZ-84

1979 - 1980

1980 - 1983

1982

1982 - 1985

1982


1983 - 1984


1982

1983 - 1985

1983 - 1984

1984 - 1985

Factory stock on The Kuwahara (KE-1)

Factory stock on KZ, E.T., and Nova. (and some KYZ)

Factory stock on Laserlite and Survivor (early KZ-83)

Factory stock on KYZ and Apollo

Factory stock on 24 Cruiser Version 1, Generation 1
- Longer steerer tube to fit 5" frame head tube
- Thinner leg tubes

Factory stock on 24 Cruiser Version 1, Generation 2
- Longer steerer tube to fit 5" frame head tube
- Thicker leg tubes

Factory stock on 24 Cruiser Version 2

Factory stock on Laserlite and Survivor (KZ-83 / KZ-84)

Factory stock on Pantera

Factory stock on 'Some' Laserlites (KZ-84) (Very Rare)
- "K" stamped dropouts