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1980 Toowoomba Bicycle Company Cobra Pro
 

1980 Toowoomba Bicycle Company Cobra Pro

The LixBMX 'RAWR' Custom Pro

The Toowoomba Bicycle Company's original release of the 'Cobra Pro' consisted of a Diamondback TK frame by Koizumi (Centurion gusset version - identical to the Pro Star A-Series and Centurion Force) with matching Koizumi forks. 

This old 1980 frame set (complete with Koizumi forks) came to me mid 2012 in need of some serious TLC with a few bends here and there (which I've managed to pull out) and its fair share of rust. Uninspired to restore it to its original spec, color and artwork, it sat in my garage for a good 8months until the Pushies Galore bike show here in Brisbane Australia announced their 2013 BMX Build-Off competition in May. With the Build-Off rules stipulating DIY refinishing only and no 'name brands' this seemed like the perfect opportunity to breath new life into the Cobra Pro. 


So, after a mad 2 months, 50+ hours of designing, filing, sanding, polishing, clearcoating, airbrushing, stitching, fabricating and assembling, with just one week to spare before the 2013 Pushies Galore bike show and Build-Off deadline....here it is. Meet the LixBMX 'RAWR' Custom Pro...

PARTS LIST

(My build budget was <$100, so most of these were restored from stuff I had lying around):

Frame & Forks: 1980 TBC Cobra Pro by Koizumi (stripped, polished, custom detailed and clear coated)
Bars: Mongoose Supergoose cromo, (stripped, polished, custom detailed and clear coated)
Cranks: Sugino Mighty 3PC with matching 43T chainring (stripped and polished) with grey crank caps and chromoly chainring bolts 
Bottom Bracket: Hi-Tech square taper
Pedals: Carbon Cycles eXotic PC platforms in 'Cola' (translucent brown) with crmo spindles
Chain: KMC (cleaned/stripped and polished)
Wheelset: Alex 36spoke alloy rims, black/shiny side, with low flange Mongoose hubs (cleaned, shiny sides and spokes to be polished) with silver missile valve caps
Freewheel: Dicta 16T
Tyres: Duro whitewall 1.75, street tread
Seat: UGP (stripped and recovered in custom tooled, stitched and brush dyed leather) with black seat guts 
Seat post: Generic cromo layback (chrome finish)
Seat post clamp: Tuf-Neck copy (stripped and polished)
Grips: Vans waffle grips by Cult, in brown with black bar plugs
Headset: Odyssey Dynatron
Stem: SR MS-420 (stripped and polished)
Brake (rear only): MX-1000 copy (stripped and polished) 
Brake lever: Dia Compe MX-124, black (refinished for another build, but not used)
Brake Cable: Hi-Tech inner with neon pink housing

FRAME SPECS

Material: Tri-Moly (front triangle 4130 chromoly, rear stays hi-ten steel)
Frame Weight: 2.55kg
Top Tube Length: 19"

Before:

OG 1980 Cobra Pro



My Build Design Sketch...


LixBMX RAWR Custom Pro build design sketch


'Making Of' Video...


Watch the video on Vimeo... http://vimeo.com/69861851

Winner of the 2013 Pushies Galore BMX Build-Off...

Yeah, I have furry ears. It was cold that day! ;)



More Pics...


LixBMX 'RAWR' Custom Pro

LixBMX RAWR Custom Pro

LixBMX RAWR Custom Pro

LixBMX RAWR Custom Pro

LixBMX RAWR Custom Pro

LixBMX RAWR Custom Pro

LixBMX RAWR Custom Pro

LixBMX RAWR Custom Pro

Heaps more pics of the whole restoration process, from start to finish, detailing the treatment of the frame, airbrushing the heat-tint, making of the seat cover, head tube badge etc at my BMX blog here: http://www.lixbmx.com/#!lixbmx-rawr-cobra-pro

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