Despite the inevitable shift from domestic, to overseas, manufacturing, Haro remained loyal to their US-based frame builder and in January of 1984, a new model came to life on the fixtures at Torker. The Haro Master represented Bob Haro's vision for the ultimate freestyle vehicle – born from the Freestyler concept but featuring a series of improvements and refinements informed by rider feedback.
The next big statement was another entirely new concept; the Haro Sport. The rapidly evolving vert scene demanded dedicated equipment with better handling. The Sport featured an extended wheelbase making it more stable at speed, and in the air. A standing platform around the seat mast provided some extra versatility, and the frame entered the market in around May of '84.
In October, Haro delivered the third of a bike range that set the standards in the Sport for the decade ahead. The Haro FST – Freestyle, Street, or Track, targeted entry-level riders. Built from quality raw materials and available as a complete bike, the FST was affordable but carried the same striking graphic scheme as the Sport and Master. The 1984 Haro Freestyle range set the tone and the standards in the scene and became the companies blueprint for continued success throughout the 1980s.
Aside from product development, the business of promoting the company brought a group of talented new riders together. For the leading bicycle brands, the tried and tested formula for success was simple – assemble a team, hook a portable ramp to the hitch of a Chevy Day Van, and stage freestyle shows at bike shops all summer long. In the summer of 1984, San Diego locals Marc McGlynn, and Tony Murray joined the Haro Freestyle team, having made a name for themselves riding in The King of the Skatepark's series at The Pipeline in Upland, and the Skate Ranch in Del Mar.
The universally-talented ramp and flatland rider Ron Wilkerson signed on as a team rider in the fall of 84, with additional duties as Haro's Freestyle Team Manager. Ron left sponsor GT and relocated from Novato in northern California to Leucadia in San Diego. Brian Blyther was another prodigious vert rider and a member of the legendary community that called the Pipeline Skate Park in Upland there second home in the early 1980s. Blyther's smooth, at times effortless, style put him in contention in the pro ranks, and his smooth transition to riding ramps made him a mainstay of the touring team through the mid-to-late 80s.
East coast vert rider Joe Johnson joined the team in December of 1985, following a recommendation from Ron Wilkerson, and the submission of a video of Johnson riding his famed backyard ramp set-up. Dennis McCoy became Haro's first out-of-state recruit in the November of '84. The all-rounder from Kansas City debuted at an AFA contest in Pleasanton, California, in March of 1985, and immediately and made an immediate impact with fast-linking runs – honed on the streets, and in the underground parking garages of his home city. McCoy's strengths on-ramps were also evident. His domination of the overall category in the "Overall" category during the mid-1980s challenged every rider in the scene to reevaluate their game plan.
In 1986, Haro ventured into the BMX Racing market with a dedicated bicycle range. Having collaborated with the top tier race brands, and riders through the early 1980s, providing dual-branded number plates and team clothing, productive, yet, non-competitive relationships developed that benefitted all parties. But as the freestyle market continued to grow exponentially, many of the established race brands developed freestyle specific products. This shift in loyalties left a clear path for Haro to unveil its new Racing Division, and newly recruited AA Pro racer; Pete Loncarevich at the ABA Grand’s in Oklahoma in November of 1985. The companies first complete race bike – The Haro Group 1 RS1 - made a definite statement, with a high-spec component group and stunning graphics. When the prodigious Mike King also signed on to race for Haro in 1986, the company enjoyed immediate success and was quickly recognized as a leading force in the sport.
The mid-1980s was a pivotal era for Haro Designs, as the company scaled and capitalized on the exponential growth of the freestyle market. The three-bike line up of the Master, The Sport, and The FST was the most advanced range of bicycles available, and Haro's rider roster included the most exciting young talent in the scene.