BMX Action Test / August 1983  (from Hutch Heaven)
HUTCH PRO STAR

GIBEY'S LAW:WEIGHT IS INVERSLY PROPORTIONAL TO PRICE AND TRICKNESS
 If it don't go,chrome it. 
 Phooey,chrome everything. 
 Aluminum and chrome-moly are good enough. 
 Baloney,they're not good enough. Make stuff that's tricker and lighter. Use magnesium,titanium,. . . NOTHING'S good enough. 
No doubt about it,Hutch does have a passion for a shimmering show-chrome finish. He probably would chrome the tires on his team's bikes if it was posible.
Also,there's no question that he digs dabbling in the bizarre. Unusual,but functional designs. Ultra-exotic materials. Works machine performance and show quality looks.
That brings us to this month's test bike. Before you read the next paragraph,you should warn someone that you may faint in a few seconds. That way,they can reviev you,so you can get on to the good stuff.

Toby goin' for the big d've down The Wall.

Take a stab at the cost of the Hutch Pro Star . . .
$400? Fat chance. $500? Ho hum. $600 Well,you're getting warm. $700? Close,but no cigar. $800? Bingo.
A mere $795 plus tax will putt one of these babies in your bedroom (you don't keep a bike like this in the garage).
Hello? Have you regained consciousness?
Good. Feeling better?
Fine. Now just sit there and we'll give you the full scoop on this high-tech,top dollar,full-race machine.
Hutch's primary goal was to build the ultimate BMX bike. Period. No holds barred. No compromises. A real works machine that's completely built in the U.S. Nothing less would do.
Presently,it's about 98 percent U.S.-made-- just the brake system,spoke nipples,headset,sprockets,and chain are

imported.
As you would expect,this bike is loaded with all sort of exotic hi-tech goodies.
First,you get Hutch's new heat-treated tubular chrome-moly cranks that weigh 1 pound 10-1/2 ounces including the spindle.
By comparison, a pair of chrome-moly forged one-piece cranks weigh in at 2 pounds even.
Lighter weight means a lighter wallet,to the tune of $155.

Hutch is working on a new nylon-bushing headset which,if perfected,will be super-light. Aluminum cups will be part of it. Check the welding on the fork legs.

Next,there's the new Hutch stem,made with a 6061 aluminum clamp and 4140 chrome-moly shaft,that goes for about $25.
Then would you believe the bike has polished titanium spokes? Yup,they're on there too,at $30 a set.
How about Hutch's sealed bearing chromed magnesium hubs with titanium axles that cost $110 per set? Check.
Are you starting to get the idea?

It also comes with Hutch pedals,sealed bearings,with titanium shafts for $85.
And,if that isn't enough,standart equipment includes the Two-'N-One headset lock and stem shim,the new Hutch aluminum spider,the Hutch seat post clamp,and on and on . . .
Hutch is working on an aluminum headset for the Pro Star,a heavy duty version of there mini magnesium headset,which should be stock equipment on the bike by the time you read

Is this tuckes,or is this tucked? In the background is The Pit,a radical riding area about two blocks from Toby's house. In the foreground is R.L. on the Hutch Pro Star. If you've got a taste for performance,and you're a rich kid,this bike is for you.

this. Both headsets employ nylon bushings in place of the standard caged bearings. We're talking super-light stuff here.
Each frame and fork used for the Pro Star bikes will be carefully selected on perfection in the welds and chrome. They're hand polished for a finer-than-frog-hair finish.
Best of all,Hutch will custom build one for you with either their Pro Racer (long) or expert racer (standard lenght) frame.
Bet you want to know what this machine weighs,don't ya? Would you believe a feather-light 21 pounds,14 punces?

Believe it. And this is for a bike that will hold up under the thrashing of a full size brute.
But you'd have to be out of your tree mangle this bike. It should have its own pedestal in your bedroom. Race it on Sunday,carefully tune and clean it afterwards,and then put it back on display for the rest of the week.
Okay,we know you're dying to know what it's like to ride a no-compromise dream machine. So read on as we put it through the paces.
THE TEST THAT ALMOST WASN'T

The Hutch Two 'N One headset lock multiflex fighter combo is trick,but the new Hutch stem needs perfecting.

Oh,just thought we'd let you know--the test bike was stolen. This was the first Pro Star that Hutch built. As soon as it was done,it was carefully polished to gleaming perfection and rolled out into Hutch's display area before being shipped to BMXA for a shakedown. That night some scoundrel broke in and made off with it. No test bike,no test. Fortunalety,some quick dedective work netted the turkey and the bike. The only casualty was that the ends of the bars had been cut down.
Okay,okay,back to the point. Even at $800,this bike wont automaticaly bring a World Championship to your doorstep.

The rider still does the work. But you can't fight a bike and still get good results. It must work with you. That's why the Hutch is nice. With the ultra-light weight,you can throw it around wherever you want to on the track.
The lither weight also helps starts and acceleration. It snaps very quickly out of the gate.
We would have preffered a slightly longer stem to stretch out the front end a bit. With this mirror exception,the power position was excellent.
Speed jumping was a breeze. There were no surprises while in the air,just a good front to rear balance.
Overall,we had no complaints on any aspect of handling. Nothing absolutaly thrilled us but nothing bugged us either. The bike responded flawlessly to each input-- nothing more,nothing less.
DURABILITY
With the lighter weight,you'd expect less durability,right? No doe.

This was  one of those deals you get goin' wide open,then pitch the bike sideways.

We fully pounded the Pro Star at a riding area called The Pit,near Toby Henderson's house. It handled everything-- aerials,double jumps,endo landings,and complete throwaways.
In fact,nothing broke except the stem pinch bolt when we were torquing it down.
Also,everything ended up as straight as when we started. A Certificate of Merit should go to the new Sun rims-- they're tough cookes.
They handled all the thrashing with just a few twitches in 'em. That's amazing considering the punishment they took.

THINGS WE DIDN'T LIKE
The angle of the ACS seat doesn't work with the seat tube angle of the Hutch. This becomes instantly aparent when you sit on the bike for the first time. The nose of the seat is pointed down too much.
From now on,the bikes will come with Elina Turbo seats and a Hutch chrome-moly seatpost. This'll bump up the bikes weight a little,but it should still be very close to 22 pounds.
Neither hub fit properly in the frame or fork. The front hub needs 1/2 inch spa

That's Buff on the Hutch Pro Star,demonstrating classic bunnyhopping style. And that's Biberson in the chair. Buff's pedal came ine inch from his nose.

cing to be in the right position without squeezing the fork legs inward. The rear end of the bike has to be spred 1/4 inch to accommodate the rear hub.
Hutch says he has to make the hubs to fit the majority of the bikes on the market. But for the price of this bike,these small details should be taken care of.
WHO WOULD BUY ONE?
That's a tough question. For the money,you probably could buy a good quality race bike and still have enough money left over to buya thrasher.
But while some people ops for the ordinary,there are these who crave something

The Hutch hub. We're talkin' mega-exotic here. The hub is chrome-plated magnesium,the axle is titanium,and it has sealed-bearings.

more. They want more luxury,exotica,speed,and trickness. That's why people buy Lamborghinnis, Ferraris and Porsches. In BMX, that category belongs to the Hutch pro Star.
If price isn't that important, or you just want the ultimate bike, bar none, then the Hutch Pro Star is for you. It's definitely a BMX status symbol.
The bottom line is this: If you're a rich kid with taste for high performance, this bike is your bike.

Moto exotica: The new Hutch Aero-Speed tubular chrome-moly, sealed-bearing crankset. The pedal arms, spindle, spindle bolt and even the aluminum spider are heat-threated.


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