(Save ~$1150 ) Vintage 1994 Sport 14, 52cm/Sm, #215
Frame number 215
Size 52cm / Sm
Year Built 1994
This ready to ride collector’s classic was built within the two years of Bike Friday’s history. This was the bike design featured in our first big advertisement in Bicycling Magazine titled “No Joke and About Time”. The original Bike Friday “Sport 14” frame design later developed into the New World Tourist model which has become the most popular in Bike Fridays history. Founders Alan and Hanz Scholz started the Bike Friday design using classic road bike geometry (73 degree head and seat tube angles with longer chainstays) for excellent bike handling characteristics. Then they figured out how to fit it into a suitcase.
This bike includes many vintage features. The frame has dual brake mount braze-ons so it can be set up for 406mm or 451mm wheel sizes. Currently the bike has 406mm wheels. The rims themselves are hand-drilled in-house to work with the high-quality hubs. This bike has the keyhole style folding seat mast with ovalized tubing, a scalloped seat clamp, and hinges built with a multi-part construction (we changed to another design later in 1994). The chain stays are asymmetrical and the main frame down tube is offset in order to give clearance for wide chain rings when the bike is folded. Fun Fact: we often got calls from customers concerned that their bike was “crooked”. The main frame is the original diamond style – we changed to a mono tube main frame around 1995 that was inspired by an employee’s personal bike experiment.
– History written by Hanna Scholz (second generation) interviewing my dad Alan Scholz
- Bike weight as shown: 22.5 lbs.
- True Temper 4130 Cromoly Frame Tubes
- Suntour XCE drive train and hubs
- Detachable Trailer hitch
- Does not include saddle or pedals
Equivalent New Price: There are so many special vintage details on this bike, we don’t make an exact equivalent. ~$2,000
Vintage Collectible Price*: $850
*Sold as is, this frame no longer includes frame warranty
*Alan will sign the frame before it ships to you
*Includes Certificate of Authenticity and Letter of Provenance signed by Alan and Hanna