Hoffman Laural & Hardy pegs were 2 different types of pegs that were named after the famous Laurel & Hardy comedians. Now if you look at these comedians, one of them was a fairly skinny guy, and the other was a little thicker built. Laurel was the skinny guy, Hardy was the larger built one. Laural pegs are the skinny ones, and Hardy pegs were the fatter ones. They were often used as a set of Laural and Hardy pegs on bikes, Hardy on front and Laural on the back, or the other way around. Just for the record, here’s a graphic to explain clearly.
Now, before anyone messages me and complains about the spelling of the word Laural/Laurel, here’s why it’s different. The comedians name was Laurel, spelt with an e. Hoffman Bikes pegs were spelt Laural with an A. This is how it’s spelt on the header card of the original product, as well as the advertising from Hoffman Bikes. So, Hoffman pegs are spelt Laural, with an A.
Another thing about these pegs, I’m not exactly sure where they were made. I don’t know if they were made in the ramp room, or if they were outsourced to someone to be made. The reason I say this, is a little long winded, but hear me out. Laural pegs were definitely around in the ramp room days in 95, but they also showed up on a number of the first generation Taiwan made Taj completes, and in the 97 Hoffman Bikes catalog after the ramp room production had shut down. So, i’m not sure how the complete Taiwan Taj bikes ended up with these pegs on there. Were the pegs always made in the USA and the bikes got shipped to the US, and then Hoffman put the pegs on after they arrived? Were the pegs made in Taiwan? Were the pegs originally made in the US and then production moved to Taiwan? Then you have the Hardy pegs. Hardy pegs were not only around in the ramp room days, they continued to be around for a number of years after, into 98-99 at least, and maybe later. I’ve had a set of NOS original Gack carded Hoffman Hardy pegs, and I put those next to a NOS carded set of Hoffman Hardy pegs from around 99 with the flame header card, both sets NOS…. and the pegs are identical. I’m talking, literally identical, even down to the exact same machine marks on the ends of the pegs. So, does that mean the pegs were made by the same place all along? Were they made in the USA all along? Were they made in Taiwan? If they were made in the USA, did they continue to be made there into the later years 97/98/99… Who really knows. I’m just putting this out there, because I’m not sure these pegs were ever actually made by Hoffman in the RR, but I could be completely wrong and one day, hope to be able to verify this. The original Gack header cards on these pegs when they first came out had MADE IN USA printed on the card, so I’m going to run with they were at least made in the USA in the early days. See the pics of the header cards I’m talking about below.
LAURAL AVAILABLE COLOURS: Chrome
LAURAL HOLE SIZE: 3/8″ / 10mm
LAURAL LENGTH: 4″ / 10.16cm
LAURAL DIAMETER: 1.25″ / 3.175cm
LAURAL WEIGHT (1 single peg): 0.189kg / 0.416lb
HARDY AVAILABLE COLOURS: CHROME (after ramp room days also black)
HARDY HOLE SIZE: 3/8″ / 10mm
HARDY LENGTH: 4.5″ / 11.43cm
HARDY DIAMETER: 1.5″ / 3.81cm
HARDY WEIGHT (1 single peg): 0.274kg / 0.60lb
RELEASE DATE: I really have no idea on these at this stage. They were around in 95, I’ll just put a tentative date of mid 95 for the availability of these. It could change in the future after i pour over magazines and videos.
Another thing to mention about Laural pegs, is they are so often incorrectly identified. Hoffman Bikes released an updated version of the Laural pegs called “Big Shots”, which is pretty much the exact same design, only these pegs are made a fair bit fatter, hence they are no longer called Laural pegs. They also weren’t made in the USA days, they came a bit later, but given what I don’t know about who was actually making the pegs, it’s possible big shots were made in the USA? I just don’t know, but they were well after the ramp room shut down that they came out. There is going to be a small section at the bottom of this page detailing the differences to help with identifying your pegs correctly!
Now that’s all out of the way. Below is a section for each Laural, Hardy and Big Shot/other pegs.