To say that one person invented the idea of freestyle is a pretty bold claim to make. To say that one person lived it, recognized it, labeled it, packaged it and delivered it to the world in the most exciting and creative fashion is simply fact. And if he is not the creator, he’s the undeniable catalyst of the sport he called Freestyle. He is Bob Haro.
“one person lived it, recognized it, labeled it, packaged it and delivered it to the world”
In 1981 Bob Haro and Bob Morales embarked on a tour of North America doing freestyle demos at bike shops and county fairs. It was during that time that Bob Haro had a vision to create the
world’s first freestyle-specific frame and fork; a year later in 1982, through a collaboration with Torker (then located in So Cal), the Haro Freestyler was born. Conventional geometries previously used were replaced by steeper, more refined angles. Wedge gussets and reinforced chromoly tubing strengthened the key load points, and a built-in coaster brake bracket and a heavy duty front fork were combined to deliver the ultimate Freestyle package, allowing for bigger tricks, bigger air, and even bigger ideas.
“in 1982 the Haro Freestyler was born”