1985 Murray X20c
My first Murray's welds never looked this good
I got this bike as part of a lot purchase of bikes. The lot didn't originally include this, but after asking the seller if he had anything else, he stated "I've got a chrome Murray in the shed". I told him that a Team Murray was the very first bike I ever bought, so he took me out to the shed.When I first saw it, it was equipped very differently from this - it had box bars, a single stem, and and steel coaster brake wheels on it. When I first saw this, I didn't think it was a Murray as I had never seen a Murray frame like it. While I had seen x20's before, this has a tubular brake mount, a pre-chroming serial on the bottom bracket, and super fine welds and chroming. It also came with a faux- Landing Gear fork, as opposed to the regular forks, something i had never seen on a Team Murray. After convincing him to include it in the deal, I took it home and soon found out through the museum that it was a X20c, a model I have never seen or even heard of before. Turns out that besides these being made out of chromoly tubing, they were built by ELF for Murray - thus the quality touches. This was the frame and forks that were built for the factory team, and was used at other times used by some other notables such as RL Osborn. While I do not know for a fact that this bike was sold as a X20c, that is the only model that came with this frame by description. Some people say that this frame pops up on occasion on some X20r and Free Spirit models as well due to production issues, so it is possible that this could have started life as a X20r or a FS700.
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