HARO MASTER - GENERATIONS
In 1984 Haro added the name Master to its top of the line freestyle bike. The bike remained basically unchanged from the ’82-‘83 Freestyler except for 3 key changes. The bottom bracket shell was now machined for added strength. The headtube gusset was welded solid and there is a chainstay gusset added behind the bottom bracket shell. The other difference was Haro added bold new graphics to their lineup. This bike was also made by Torker in the US. The serial number format for this bike was as follows: T which stood for Torker followed by two letters which was a date code followed by the four digit production sequence followed by an F which stood for freestyle. This serial number is located on the inside of the right rear drop out. This bike is considered a 1st generation ‘84 Master.
The 2nd generation 84 Master was also made by Torker in the US and had several distinguishing features from the 1st generation ‘84 Master. From the seatmast forward the bike is identical to a 1st generation Master. From the seatmast back it is completely different. The differences are the seatstays and chainstays substantially taper toward the rear dropouts. The coasterbrake tab has been relocated to the top of the chainstay and the rear dropouts are flared at the bottom to reduce flexing. The serial number format for this bike is as follows: T which stood for Torker, the month of production, the year ‘84, followed by the four digit production sequence, and letter M which stood for Master. The serial number is located on the inside of the right rear dropout.
The 3rd generation ‘84 Master is often referred to as an overseas ‘84 Master. This bike is similar to the 2nd generation ‘84 Master except the seatmast is about ½ inch taller and there are “chevrons” stamped in the headtube gusset. The seatstays and chainstays taper were reduced slightly to add strength and the ends were closed at the dropouts. The serial number format for this bike is as follows: the year ‘84, month of production, followed by the four digit production sequence. The serial number is located underneath the bottom bracket. The coasterbrake tab was also beefed up on this model as well. These bikes were offered in a Chrome or white finish. This was the first of this generation to be offered as a complete bike from the factory, in ’84 the Haro Master retailed for $325!
1985 Haro Master
In 1985 Haro revolutionized the freestyle industry by producing a line a bicycles with built in standing platforms and fork stands on their bikes. The ‘85 Haro Master was one such bike in this line up.
The ‘85 Haro Master is very similar to the ‘84 overseas Master. The ‘85 Master features built in L shaped rear chainstay standing platforms and swedged front forks for added strength. The forks also feature removable standing platforms. Also new in ’85 were the addition of cable guides that run along the bottom of right top tube and the left inside of the forks for Potts mod cable routing. Another change on the ‘85s is that the twin top tubes were extended an inch further past the seatmast for more standing room. The ’85 Master also got a new color added- Neon Green!
In late ’85 Haro experimented with the color Pink on a very limited run of Masters, as the legend goes there were only 5 produced. The graphics remained basically unchanged for ’85 with the exception of the three accent stripes being changed to two. There are two different decal combinations for the White and Chrome ’85 Masters. The early versions featured the word “Freestyler” in red on the downtube on both the white and chrome framesets and the word “Master” on the seatmast is solid. On the late versions the word “Freestyler” is neon green on the downtube on both the white and chrome framesets and the word “Master” is outlined on the seatmast.
The serial number for this model is located on the inside of the rear dropout and is in this format: 85 for the year, month of production, e.g.: 03 for March, followed by the four-digit production sequence number.