June 05, 2019
It's been a much anticipated journey since the 2019 Haro Lineage Bashguard Master was revealed to the BMX world at Interbike last year but they have finally arrived! With so much hype around these bikes expectations were high and John Bulltjens and the team at Haro certainly have not let us down.
Available in Chrome, Black/Chrome and Red/Chrome and with a price tag just shy of 2k, you might be wondering what makes this bike so special? Design, finish and attention to detail are all boxes Haro needed to tick to make this bike a success and in my opinion they have nailed all three.
We've had some comments on social media that this bike is too expensive for a "repop" Haro, but seeing is believing and any true enthusiast that see's this bike in person will easily be swayed by the Masters attention to detail and quality . This is a bike Haro have invested years of R&D into to make sure it is not only functional but a true tribute to the Team Masters of the late 80's and early 90's that riders like Ron Wilkinson and Mat Hoffman made famous back then. The detail in the design of the bashguard and how it fits to the frame and around the rear tyre is simply amazing. It's not just there for looks, Haro has built this bike to be ridden and the design of the bashguard ensures it is well and truly up to the task.
Besides the treadless stem, cassette rear hub and pivotal seat you could be forgiven for thinking this bike is straight out of the 1980's. The decals are a recreation of those used on the 89 Master and Haro have left no stone unturned when it came to recreating era correct parts to give this bike the right look. The alloy Fusion cranks, Lineage Super Pro wheels and Kneesaver bars are amongst a host of parts that wouldn't have looked out of place on any bike two and half decades ago. My favourite part of the bike though? Without a doubt the chrome finish! I'm a huge fan of chrome and couldn't resist getting one for myself. While not show quality chrome it is of a very high standard, something rarely seen on BMX bikes in this day and age. The Lineage Super Pro wheels are also chrome plated, along with the hubs, bars and forks, all to the same standard as the frame.
Overall this bike may have a price tag higher than the average retro BMX bike but it far and away exceeds the quality of most and for the work that Haro have put into the bike I think it is pretty good value for money. Limited world wide to just 100 of each colour it's sure to become a modern collectors item!