1992 Cycle Craft Pro XXL
4130 Chromoly 21" toptube 4.47 lbs frame
CycleCraft has always had a reputation for quality frames, forks and bars.
Joe and Betty Martino started production in October 1984. Some of the fastest and best jumpers of the mid 80's and early 90's rode for CycleCraft. Rich "The Butcher" Bartlett and Brian Foster being two of the most notable. Sometime around 1990 Fred'Z bars and forks were made by Cyclecraft; They were named after Betty's cat because he was the epitome of "coolness"
I started racing around 1990 and Cyclecraft helped me out with a deep discount on product and after a few months welcomed me to the co-sponsorship team. Joe and Betty did a fantastic job of making the team feel like an extended family. (There was even a CycleCraft team 'Zine that went out to all the team riders)
In September of 1992 CycleCraft was sold to Terry â€œShagâ€ Shaughnessy and production was moved to Florida. On September 4, 2008, three investors from Central Florida, Patrick Deats, Ed MacKenzie, and Darin Moore purchased all physical and intellectual assets of the company from Terry â€œShagâ€ Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy had been the owner, heart and soul, and visionary for the company for the past twenty years.
That brings me to today..... I found a Cyclecraft XLX bike listed on craigslist.org about 2 weeks ago. (Bought it quick knowing I may not ever find another one.)
My original Cyclecraft was a Tennessee made XLX painted gloss black by Brian Foster in 1990. (He is color blind but somehow had no trouble painting fades and other cool multiple color paint jobs on hundreds of frame and fork sets)
The bike I found on Craigslist.org appears to be a 1993 Florida made XLX. (Interesting find of the day.... There are no vent holes in the bottom bracket or head tube! The welds look super nice, beautiful beads, nice job just quality craftsmanship throughout. (Quick someone call Shag and find out who was welding CycleCrafts in 1993.) The Serial Number is A23 XLX.
(I believe this means it was the 23rd XLX made in an unkown year (1992? or 1993?) but let me know if you know different.)
This frame was originally candy/ metalic purple (as seen on the chain stay bracket). I decided to paint it candy / metallic blue. I spent 4 hours prepping it for paint...It was heavily stickered and scratched but a bit of hand sanding fixed that.
It came with a few interesting parts. 1" S&M forks, DK stem, S&M bars made in Santa Ana CA etc. I'll post more pick as it gets painted and built.
* I posted new pics as my other bike.... Somehow this got posted as 2 bikes but they are the same frame at different stages.
Submitted by 4130rider