Guide

Kuwahara Frame Sets

This page is a quick guide to understanding and recognizing vintage Kuwahara BMX frame and fork sets.

Between 1979 and 1986 Kuwahara frame tubes were mainly made by Tange Japan.  However, they were welded together by companies like Tange, Toyo, Koizumi and Kuwahara.  Kuwahara forks were made and welded only by Tange. The only exception is the Pantera frame and fork which was made by Giant in Taiwan.

From 1986 to 1988, Kuwahara frame and forks were made and welded by Anlun in Taiwan.

Years ActiveDetails
Kuwahara1979 - 1980Non Looptail Race frame w/ Single Gusset
- Rear dropout has single triangle hole
Apollo1981 - 1986Non Looptail Lugged Race frame (Mild Steel) w/ Single Gusset
- Rear dropout has no hole
KZ1980 - 1983KZ-1 / KZ-2 - Non Looptail Race frame w/ Double Gusset w/ Drilled Centerpull Hole
E.T. / KYZ1982 - 1983E.T. / KYZ (Tri-Moly) - Looptail Race frame w/ Double Gusset (E.T. 1982 only)
E.T. / KYZ1982 - 1983E.T. / KYZ (Hi Tensile Steel) - Looptail Race frame w/ Double Gusset (E.T. 1982 only)
KZ-831982 - 1984Laserlite / Survivor - Non Looptail Race frame w/o Gusset
- 1982 Teardrop top & bottom tubes
- 1983 to February 1984 Oval top & bottom tubes
- "Kuwahara" stamped seat post tube & brake bridge w/ "K" stamped dropoutsÊ(Late 1983 and on)
KZ-841984Laserlite / Survivor / Bravo - Non Looptail Race frame w/o Gusset (Longer top tube)
- 1984 Oval top & Round bottom tubes (Oval top & bottom tubes - early 1984 only)
- "Kuwahara" stamped seat post tube & brake bridge and "K" stamped dropouts
KZ-851985 - 1986Laserlite / Survivor / Bravo - Non Looptail Race frame w/o Gusset
- 1985 to February 1986 Round top & Round bottom tubes
- "Kuwahara" stamped brake bridge and "K" stamped dropouts
Nova1983 - 1984Nova - Looptail Race frame w/o Gusset
- "Kuwahara" stamped seat post tube & brake bridge and "K" stamped dropouts (early 1984 only)
Super Nova1984Nova - Non Looptail Race frame w/o Gusset
- Round top & bottom tubes
- "Kuwahara" stamped seat post tube & brake bridge and "K" stamped dropouts
Super Nova1985 - 1986Nova - Non Looptail Race frame w/o Gusset
- 1985 to February 1986 Round top & bottom tubes
- "Kuwahara" stamped brake bridge and "K" stamped dropouts
24 (v1)1982 - 1983Non Looptail Race frame w/o Double Gusset
- 5" head tube & double thick dropouts
24 (v1)1984Non Looptail Race frame w/o Double Gusset
- 5" head tube & new style dropouts
- "Kuwahara" stamped seat post tube & brake bridge and "K" stamped dropouts
24 (v2)1982Non Looptail Race frame w/ Double Gusset
Pantera1983 - 1984Pantera - Non Looptail Race frame w/o Gusset
.- Rear dropout has single triangle hole
Exhibitionist1984Twin top & bottom tube Freestyle frame w/o Gusset
1985Twin top & bottom tube Freestyle frame w/ Gusset
Scamp1985 - 1986Scamp / Scamp CB (Coast Brake) / Scamp Jr. (16") - Non Looptail Race frame w/o Gusset
- Rear dropout has single triangle hole
- "Anlun" stamped brake bridge and dropouts
Laserlite-30001986 - 1988Non Looptail Race frame w/o Gusset
- Round top & bottom tubes w/ closed end tubes on rear triangle
- "Kuwahara" stamped brake bridge and "K" stamped dropouts
Nova Titlist1986 - 1988Non Looptail Race frame w/o Gusset
- Round top & bottom tubes
- "Kuwahara" stamped brake bridge and "K" stamped dropouts
Bravo KT1986Twin top tube Freestyle frame w/ Gusset
- Built-in loop stander connected to twin top tube
Bravo Pro1987 - 1988Pro / Team - Twin top tube Freestyle frame w/ Gusset
- Built-in standers on rear triangle bottom tubes
- Cross bar from seat post tube to bottom tube
Magician1986Single top tube Freestyle frame w/ Gusset (Tri-Moly)
- Built-in loop Stander above brake bridge
Magician1987 - 1988Pro / EX (Tri-Moly) - Twin top tube Freestyle frame w/ Gusset
- Built-in loop stander connected to twin top tube
- Cross bar from seat post tube to bottom tube
Hopper1987 - 1988Non Looptail Race frame w/o Gusset (Tri-Moly)
- Rear dropout has no hole
- Built-in chain guard tabs

NOTE: All frames were made from 4130 chromoly steel unless noted otherwise. All dropouts feature the 3 hole design unless noted otherwise

Years ActiveDetails
Kuwahara1979 - 1980Tange Made - Factory stock on The Kuwahara (KE-1)
Round1980 - 1983Tange Made - Factory stock on KZ, E.T., Nova, KYZ, KM-1 (high end model)
ARX1982Tange Made - Factory stock on Laserlite & Survivor (early KZ-83)
TX-12001982 - 1985Tange Made - Factory stock on KYZ and Apollo
24 BMX1982Tange Made - Factory stock on 24" BMX Generation 1
(Gen. 1)- Longer steerer tube to fit 5" frame head tube
- Thinner leg tubes than Gen. 2 forks
24 BMX1983 - 1984Tange Made - Factory stock on 24" BMX Generation 2
(Gen. 2)- Longer steerer tube to fit 5" frame head tube
- Thicker leg tubes than Gen. 1 forks
24 Cruiser1982Tange Made - Factory stock on 24" Cruiser
TRX1983 - 1984Tange Made - Factory stock on Laserlite & Survivor (KZ-83 / early KZ-84)
Giant1983 - 1984Taiwan Made - Factory stock on Pantera
Exhibitionist1984Tange Made - Factory stock on Exhibitionist & Bravo (KZ-84)
- Built-in peg standers at top of forks
- Thinner leg tubes than 1985 Bravo forks
- "K" stamped dropouts
Bravo1985 - 1986Tange Made - Factory stock on Exhibitionist & Bravo (KZ-85)
- Built-in peg standers at top of forks
- Thicker leg tubes than 1984 Exhibitionist forks
- "K" stamped dropouts
K Fork1984 - 1986Tange Made - Factory stock on Laserlite, Survivor (KZ-84 / KZ-85) & Super Nova
- "K" stamped dropouts
K Fork1986 - 1988Anlun Made - Factory stock on Laserlite-3000 & Nova Titlist
- "K" stamped dropouts (Gen. 3 Logo's K)
Freestyle1986Anlun Made - Factory stock on Magician & Bravo KT
- Built-in peg holes at top of forks
- "K" stamped dropouts (Gen. 3 Logo's K)
Magician EX1987 - 1988Anlun Made - Factory stock on Magician
- Built-in peg holes at bottom of forks
- "K" stamped dropouts (Gen. 3 Logo's K)
Scamp1985 - 1986Anlun Made - Factory stock on Scamp

NOTE: All Tange “K” Stampings use the Generaton 2 Logo’s K w/ Flag above the K unless noted otherwise