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1979 Survivor CYC Stormer

Posted in 1979, Bike Identifying on January 31, 2010 by Racer

Rick of Vintage Mongoose sent me a couple pictures of his all original 1979. Now we cant be certain if its a 79 or 80 but till someone can narrow the year we will call it a 79. It still has the 78 headtube decal which leads me to believe its a 79.

What a great great example of CYC. Thanks for sharing Rick.

Original Ames Stormer

Posted in Ames Stormer, Bike Identifying on October 23, 2008 by Racer

This is an original Ames Stormer owned by Maik Puschert in Germany.

Ames Stormer

Ames Stormer

It has the original decals. Those decals appear to have debuted in 1979 and lasted till the end in 80 or 81. So not sure of the exact year of the frame year of the frame. Dont know the serial number yet.

Unknown Stormer Model

Posted in Bike Identifying on June 17, 2008 by Racer

This Stormer model I cant find an advertisement for. One of the advertisements from August of 1978 mentions a bike they call the “Semi-Pro”. However CYC doesn’t show a picture of the bike. Perhaps the stamped gusset CYC is that model.

Stamped gusset CYC Stormer

1978 CYC Stormer MXR

Posted in 1978, Bike Identifying on May 25, 2008 by Racer

This bike was submitted to the site but I am unsure who the owner is. It is a great example of the Stormer. Even has the seat stay decals in place and the pads. Great color combo for the bike.

1978 CYC Stormer MXR

Ames Stormer

Posted in Ames Stormer, Bike Identifying, CYC Advertisements on May 19, 2008 by Racer

Of all the Stormer models this is perhaps the best built. Named after CYC’s most famous rider Ronnie Ames. Ronnie was almost unbeatable during his years. This bike looks very similar to the Pedals Ready GT? Thats because it is the same frame.

Pedals Ready GT Ames Replica 1977

Pedals Ready GT Ames Replica

Ames Stormer Advertisement 1979? (Click on the link to see full size http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/9726/feb80maybect6.jpg )

CYC Ames Stormer

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CYC General Info

Posted in Bike Identifying on May 17, 2008 by Racer

Here is some general info passed on from Kai of Colorado. He informs me that early CYC didnt have a hole for mounting brakes! They must have sold all their early bikes with coaster brakes. Later he says they added a hole but it seemed to small for brakes and he wondered if it was meant for a fender. This seems unlikely as by the late 70s fenders were non existent. Perhaps it was for a rear reflector and CYC has safety concerns. Perhaps this is why most bikes came with freewheels and they were still pumping out coaster brakes.

The brake bridge or rear tube was very unique. It was curved down towards the tire. The later models had a flat brake bridge like a Mongoose. The CYC bridge however was welded on the bottom side of the seat stays.

Kai is a go to man when it comes to CYC information. He also informs me many bikes appear to have come from the factory with mixed decals. In other words, as a new decal came out, if they had left over decals for say the seat tube they may have thrown them on till they were used up. hence bikes having different style of decals on them. The bikes also appear to have come at times with small Shimano decals on the top tube.

CYC Serial Numbers

Posted in Bike Identifying, CYC Serial Number guide on May 17, 2008 by Racer

CYC it seems did not date code the serial numbers. So they appear to be of little use. However I’d like to begin a data base of bikes and their serial numbers. Perhaps we can unmask a standard. If nothing else this will act like a registry of bikes. If you do not wish to have your serial number published please let me know but I can still ad it to the database since so few CYC’s exist, if we are to find a date code buried in the serial numbers we need as many as possible.

**It is beginning to look like a possible pattern is emerging. Thanks guys for the serial numbers, keep em coming** First two digits of six digit numbers OO= 77, 01=78 & 79, 12 being 79 & 80

On some models the serial number is located on the non drive side (port) rear dropout.

Again just putting this site together if you have anything to contribute please click on the comment button. Thanks to Kai and Brad for all their help.

Serial Numbers (Listed in numerical order)

6 Digits

# 000123 (1979/80 Stormer MX- A survivor.  SN stamped on non drive side dropout)

# 000165  (1977. Date stamped 06-26-77. SN stamped on non drive side dropout. Flat brake bridge. Dual gussets.)

# 000625 (1977 Stormer MX.  Survivior. SN and date 07-18-77 stamped on left side dropout. Ashtabula cranks stamped 77)

# 001333 (1977 Stormer MXR – This bike has a date code stamped into it of 09-06-77. Double Gusset with curved brake bridge original red paint and decals. Tange TX 500 fork is stamped 7F [May 77]. Takagi MX cranks stamped T7-51 )

# 001375 (1977 Stormer – This bike has a clear date code stamped into it of 09-17-77)

# 002454 (1977 Stormer MX – Chrome frame with no decals. SN stamped on non drive side dropout)

# 002617 (1977 Stormer MXR – The Tange TX 500 fork is stamped 7F[May 77]. The Ashtabula cranks are stamped ‘77. Double Gusset? Curved brake bridge.)

# 010217 (1978 Stormer MXR – Original paint (blue) and decals. No date stamp. Curved brake bridge, Double non stamped gusset)

# 011293 (Year Unknown- Double Gusset, Curved brake bridge. Stamped on non drive side dropout)

# 014481 (Year Unknown- Double Gusset, Curved brake bridge. Stamped on non drive side dropout. Chrome)

# 018166 (Year Unknown- Double gusset, Curved brake bridge)

# 018287 (1978-9? Stormer MX.  Original complete bike. Has lightning decals)

# 018714 (1978 Model? It has the double gusset, curved brake bridge, and lightning decal on downtube)

# 018981 (1978? Stormer. Unclear if its a MX or MXR at this time. Double Gusset, Curved brake bridge)

# 120119 (1978 or 9 Stormer Jr.?. Double Gusset, Curved brake bridge. The decal appears to be original. But it is unclear what makes this a Jr. and not a regular MX. Top Tube is 18.5″ has large BB.)

# 121489 Stormer unknown model. Original color, Candy Apple Red.

# 122612 (1978? Stormer MX. Double Gusset, Curved brake bridge)

# 122824 (Maybe 1979-81) Original owner just got his old bike back but unsure year it was first purchased.

# 124981 (1980 Stormer. Unclear if it is a MX or MXR at this time. Original paint & decals. Double Gusset, Curved brake bridge) The decals appeared in 79 but it appears was the 80 model.

# 125018 (1979 Stormer MX. Double Gusset, Curved brake bridge. Candy Red. Lightning stickers, Ashtabula cranks stamped A0979 Survivor, forks stamped 9F)

# 125174 (1979  Stormer (?) Unclear if it is a MX or MXR at this time. Double Gusset, Curved brake bridge)

# 782791 (1980 Stormer – This one has Tange TX 1200 leading axle forks stamped 0I[Sep.,'80] and Ashtabula cranks stamped A 27 80.)

5 Digits

# 03389 (1977 or 78 Stormer. The serial number is also date stamped with 10-03-77.  Being made late in the year it could be a early 78 model. Unclear at this time. Has double gussets and the curved brake bridge.)

# 05422 (1977 or 78 Stormer. The frame is date stamped 11-21-77. It has 78 Decals. Curved brake bridge and double gussets.

# 08203 (1978 Stormer. The serial is stamped on the dropout. Traditional gusset with diamond cutout (appears aftermarket).

# 14941 (1978 Stormer. The serial is stamped on the dropout. Traditional gusset. Frame has lightning decal with Shimano decal on the top tube.)

# 15005 (1979 decals. Perhaps CYC Semi-Pro) The serial number is stamped on the BB. Gusset with CYC stamped into it.

# 15154 (1979, Model) The serial number is stamped on the BB. Gusset with CYC stamped into it.

# 15775 (Year, Model Unknown. Perhaps CYC Semi-Pro) The serial is stamped on the BB. Bike has CYC stamped in the gusset.

# 16323 (Year, Model Unknown Perhaps CYC Semi-Pro) Decals are from like those on the 1979’s. The serial is stamped on the BB. Bike has CYC stamped in the gusset.

# 16469 (Year, Model Unknown. Perhaps CYC Semi-Pro). The serial is stamped on the BB. Bike has CYC stamped in gusset.

# 16814 (Year, Model Unknown.Appears to have original seat mast decal from 1977, has flat brake bridge under, traditional gusset)

4 Digits

# 1100 (Year, Model Unknown. Flat brake bridge. )

# 1198 (1976 or 1977, Model Unknown. Flat brake bridge. Date stamped on dropout of [12-27-76]. So it is a 76 made and may be a 77 Model.)

# 1293 (1976 or 1977, Model Unknown. Flat Brake bridge. Date Stamped on dropout of [01-11-77].  Not sure when they switched to 77 model.)

# 2491 (Year, Model Unknown. The serial is located on the non drive side dropout. Dual Gusset. Flat brake bridge.)

# 2958 (1977 Stormer MX – Flat brake bridge below tubing. Dual Gusset. This bike was found with original decals. Serial along with date code [04-05-77] on non drive side dropout.)

# 3636 (Year, Model Unknown. The serial is located on the non drive side dropout. Dual Gusset. Flat brake bridge.)

CYC Bike Models

Posted in Bike Identifying on May 16, 2008 by Racer

Stormer (Originally all Stormers where bikes by other companies like Redline. CYC was a distributor and most bike companies at the time didn’t sell complete bikes. CYC would fill that gap. Jim Melton at JM Cyclery was the one lacing up the CYC wheels for the complete bikes called Stormers.)

Stormer (1981) This model may or may not have ever been released. No adds from 1981 show the bikes. In fact it appears CYC went out of business in 1981. See the 1981 section of this site for details on the last Stormer model.

Ames Stormer (Started life as Pedals Ready/GT Ames Replica. Pedals ready was the Pro Shop at the Western Sports-A-Rama track in Orange, CA. Gary Turner was starting to make bikes so they teamed up. Gary’s son was younger racer like Ronnie Ames so making a bike for smaller riders was a no brainer. Ronnie was one of the hottest racers at the Western Sports-A-Rama track. Pedals Ready/GT also released a Dennis Dain Replica for larger riders)

Stormer MX (Mild Steel)

1978 Top Tube= 18.5″ Rear End= 14-16″ Weight=?

Stormer MXR (Tri-Moly)

Stormer JR (Mild Steel)

1978 Top Tube= 18.5″ Rear End= ?” Weight=?

Stormer Comp I First shown in the January 1981 issue of “Bicycle Motocross Action”. Page 21. The bike is first prize in a BMXA Drawing Contest. Loptail frame with NO front gusset. Parts include ACS Zwheels, Comp 3 tires, Tuff Neck, Alloy V Bars, Ame grips, Kashimax seat, Tange TRX forks, Shimano Tourney brakes and Takagi CroMo cranks.

Stormer Comp II First shown in the January issue of “BMX Racer”. See the 1981 section of this site for images and details. Unlike the similar named Comp I above, the Comp II was a totally different bike based on the Ames Stormer. Im guessing they no longer called it the Ames Stormer since Ronnie didnt ride for them in 1981.

Stormer Semi-Pro First shown (or at least mentioned) in the August 1978 issue of BMXA. Only spec of the bike is that it weighs 27 lbs. I believe it is the bike with the stamped CYC gusset.

Panther (Tri-Moly) It reportedly came out in 1980. One is shown in the BMX Musuem. It appears to be the next generation Stormer. The Panther is the same bike, just without the front gusset. Perhaps the Panther and the Comp 1 are the same, except the Comp 1 is all 4130. More info is needed on all the bikes.

1975/1976 CYC Stormer

1977 CYC Stormer

1978 Stormer

 

1978 CYC Stormer MX
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Dave Rich's CYC Stormer

1979 CYC Stormer

1980 CYC Panther

1980 CYC Panther ad

CYC Logos

Posted in Bike Identifying on May 16, 2008 by Racer

1975-1977 the CYC “Y” logo is used

1975-77 CYC Y logo

1978-1981 the CYC “Box Bars” logo is used

1978-79 CYC Box Bar logo

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