what year were those Neon taperlites around/available?
I remember getting my first set of white taperlites when they first came out in 89. Maybe, Christmas of that year I saw the yellow, orange, and pink appear. I believe early the next year I saw the hyperlite on a couple pro bikes at Shasta. By the 90 Mt Hood NORBA everyone was running around with taperlites. Mombat says tapelite 89, hyperlite 90.
I wouldn't like being the right chainstay in your bike.
Yeah. The 1st generation Bullseye BMX crank spindles are notoriously short compared to the options available on 2nd generation and up. And, the Yeti loop stay is notoriously wide. I've since dialed in a few extra c-hairs of clearance.
Would the fork and stem originally have been decalled up?
The "decaled" Accutrax came in '90. When I got my first Ultimate back in '89 the FTW had a couple regular down tube decals on it. A friend also bought a FRO from the factory and it came with a FTW stem with no decals. So, it was hit or miss decal-wise. The Moon Units are from '94, I did have "correct" black Diacompe hangers on there, but the Paul units look like they belong with those brakes.
The way I think it was... '89 is the tweener. Pre-89 was 1". Post-89 has the chain stay gusset. Some of the Yeti gurus can probably add some good info here.
is that a round top tube rather than oval?
I think the 88 and earlier had the 1" steerer and round top tube. Cable guides were a different colored horse on the seat stays as well, I believe.
Thanks for the kind feedback everyone.