Brand new reissued Uni Turbo seat + post combo. This is a BMX racing seat. It's primary purpose is to reduce the weight of your early 1980's BMX bicycle. Being able to sit on it is an afterthought of the design (there is not a lot of sitting during a race) and sitting on it is not a comfortable experience. However, the experience is absolutely authentic.
This seat is made MOSTLY in the USA. Here is a breakdown:
- The seat is made from the original Turbo mold. However, the mold was modified in the late 1990's to take a 1" post. Therefore, a shim made by Porkchop BMX (in the USA) from USA made T6-6061 tube
- The decals are reproduced and printed by Porkchop BMX (in the USA)
- The seat post is a Porkchop BMX smooth 7/8" aluminum post with a 0.165" thick wall made in Taiwan.
- The seat is assembled in the USA by Porkchop BMX. The epoxy used is made in the USA.
Color: BLACK plastic seat, BLACK aluminum seat post, WHITE decals (on clear vinyl)
Post diameter: 7/8" (22.2mm)
Post length: From the bottom of the seat it is 15 5/8" (397mm) long. Minimum insertion line is 3 3/4" (95mm) from the bottom.
Weight: 435 grams (this is more than an original seat because of the extra thick wall seat post)
How is this seat different from an original?
When an item is reproduced, it is always good to know how/if the item is different from the original. The seat combo is different in the following ways:
- There is a silver aluminum shim between the post and the seat because the original mold was modified about 20 or so years ago to take a 1" post.
- The "UNI" molded logo on the back of the seat is the molded color of the seat (it is not painted or embossed in white).
- The post is NOT a Uni made post. It is a thicker walled aluminum post from Taiwan.
- The "PRO" lettering is not screenprinted on the post like the originals. On this reissue it is a clear sticker.
- The post is much longer than the original (if it is too long for your needs, simply cut it shorter).
- There is a black rivet through the seat, shim, and post that is visible from the back (see the 4th photo).
Based on these differences, there is no reason to mark this seat as a reissue. it is easily distinguishable from an original just in how it is assembled.
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This seat is legit. I had these when I was a kid and this is better than the 80's version. It's exactly as I remember. Solid construction. I don't plan on sitting on it though. I didn't know how pork chop bmx would approach this build but they did a super job on it. You couldn't expect a better repo period!!!