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JT 8000


Owners: Donald Bellio and Terry Ten Eyck


We realized that Jack Taylor was nearing his 8,000th frame and wanted to do something special with the serial number of 8000, thus the JT 8000 was born. We had a draftsman who also raced bikes do a full size blueprint of the frame we wanted made.

We had the frame design analyzed for stress by an engineer at the School Of Mines based on our drawing. The frame was an overkill to safely accommodate four 200-pound riders going fifty miles per hour.

We sent the blue print to the Taylor Brothers in England to build the frame. They shipped only the frame back with a single coat of grey primer. Rich Gangl helped finish off all of the alignment of the braze-ons and helped us build the bike for test rides.

The Build & Spec:

Built:  1984-1985

Wheelbase:  119.5 inches

Weight:   91 pounds

Builder:  Jack Taylor of Stockton, England 

Finish work:  Richard Gangl of Golden, Colorado

Paint:  Jim Cunningham at Cycleart in San Marcos California

Tubing:  Reynolds 531 straight gauge, with a 4130 chromoly steel downtube,  and Santana Ishiwata chainstays and fork

Crankset:  Campagnolo Tandem, Nuovo Record track crankarms and chainrings synchronized at ninety degrees

Chainrings:  Campagnolo 64, 58, 36. The 64 was custom-made for the project

BBs:  Suntour sealed.

Freewheel:  Suntour New Winner 13, 15, 18, 22, 28, 34

Brakes:   Three Phil Wood disc brakes with a custom front hub for reversing the thread on the hub for dual disc brakes

More Brakes:  Two sets of V-brakes, and a Suntour XC powercam 

Cables:  Custom stainless steel aircraft cables