Johnny Chopper (2005 - 2010)
Here’s a link to my list of what parts I have and what I have
materials to make over the next few weeks. http://www.johnnychopper.com/
After weeks of deliberation, I am sorry to inform everyone that Johnny Chopper will be ceasing operation in late Feb 2010. My wife and I have put everything we have into the business over the last 12mths and in particular the last 6mths to keep it going. It’s a real shame as 2010 was shaping up to be a great year with Kamakazi riding a JC f/f, signature bars for Luke Madill and a few other great projects. We will be finishing existing orders over the next 2 months and getting stock and machinery ready to sell, and whatever stock (if any) is left will still be for sale after Feb. I hate to say it but unfortunately the “global economy” has taken it’s toll on JC also as a large number of our “retro” customers were in the USA and UK and large orders are almost non-existent now from these countries. Offshore manufacturing is another major factor in contributing to the end of JC, we simply cannot compete with offshore product pricing in the BMX race or street market.
A bit about Johnny - Johnny Chopper was started by myself and trademarked in ’95 when I used to produce custom chopper bicycles, started collecting OSBMX parts and do the odd motorcycle and car customising. Chopper bicycles were only made part time and there is less than 20 in existence which were made from ’95 – ’99. The Johnny Chopper name wasn’t seen again in the bicycle world until 2007 when I started fabricating replica OSBMX parts that were hard to find and also started fabricating new school race parts. This grew into a large inventory of replica and retro parts and framesets over 3 years and my own line of race parts including frames, forks, bars and cranks all of which were proudly made by myself in Australia. I will continue to keep the trademarked name Johnny Chopper.
Current customers – If you currently have a project with JC or parts on order don’t panic - nothing has changed and you will receive your order asap.
To all customers past and present – Thank you all so much for your support and patience over the last 3 years to help Johnny Chopper become the brand it is. I hope you all hang onto your JC parts and cash in, in 20 years time on ebay or whatever is around then. It would be great if some JC parts become collectable at some stage as there was never any large numbers of anything produced and a lot of custom and one off projects have been made. I will be updating my website over the next 2 mths with all the info I can give on numbers of items produced, serial #’s, colours, team info etc. It will be in a printable format and I urge anyone interested to print out or copy and paste the info for future reference and I of course will have copies.
Future customers – I will be posting a For Sale ad shortly on ozbmx for limited parts that I have in stock to sell or the material to manufacture. It will include retro/replica bars, forks, cranks and seat posts only, no more frame orders will be taken, sorry.
Team JC – Thank you to all JC team riders and sponsored riders and their parents for your support, and thankyou to all team sponsors. it has been a fantastic journey having a Racing Team, Aussie made products and getting into BMX again.
Other products – I will be continuing to sell Stealth hubs (True Precision) and SNAP BMX Products.
JC owners – If you own a JC bike whether it be
Race, retro or replica please consider submitting it to the Johnny Chopper
section on http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/
As for my family and I, I’ll be looking for a “real job” very soon and will continue riding BMX until I can’t anymore.
Ph: 0416 561 887
Fax: (07) 4155 6928