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#1 2010-08-22 8:02pm

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1979 Flying Rhino

http://bmxmuseum.com//image/burrisflyingrhino2small.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com//image/burrisflyingrhinosmall.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com//image/carlburrisracingsmall.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com//image/rhinoaxebladecarlburris.jpg

1979 Flying Rhino

1979 Flying Rhino (a.k.a Axe-blade) - non-serialized. This frame and fork is thought to be Carl Burris's original prototype from Shimano/Tange.

Carl Burris Prototype
UPDATE SEPTEMBER, 9, 2012
After much more research this is being dated further back to 1979 per conversations with Carl Burris who is believed to be the original owner/rider of this frame and fork. He receive his F/F in 1978/79; exact dates are hazy at this point.
I've also added a picture of its current state which is a Carl Burris tribute/recreation based on the few surviving photos.
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I initially filed this under the Rhino section, however, after being led to the April 1981 edition of BMX Plus magazine, I'm quite certain this is a Flying Rhino (a.k.a the Rhino Axe-blade) made by Tange. The reviews for these frames with the Tange TRX forks were fantastic and said to have been some of the best handling frames of their time. I've included a picture of the bottom to show there was never a serial number there where other frames have them. I now wonder if this is an early prototype. I have also included a picture of my original Axeblade from the 80's. One of the only surviving pictures.
The story continues. After further research, I was able to get in contact with Carl Burris, former rider for team "Flying Rhino". Given the proximity of where this frame was found and that it is not serialized, it is possible this is Carl's prototype frame and fork from back in the day. It could also be his former teammates Larry Ruiz (unfound at this point). Also, I have changed the year to 1980 from 1981 as this is when Carl was racing with this frame.
Given these event, this bike has turned into a Carl Burris tribute bike.

This frame is currently under restoration. Currently I do not plan to have it rechromed. The condition you see is "as found".



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#2 2011-01-29 6:54am

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

The story continues. After further research, I was able to get in contact with Carl Burris, former rider for team "Flying Rhino". Given the proximity of where this frame was found and that it is not serialized, it is possible this is Carl's prototype frame and fork from back in the day. It could also be his former teammates Larry Ruiz (unfound at this point). Also, I have changed the year to 1980 from 1981 as this is when Carl was racing with this frame.

Given these events, this bike has turned into a Carl Burris tribute bike. I will be working with Carl in an attempt to recreate his original bike in the picture below.

http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx76/bloud222/Rhino%20Axeblade/Rhino-Axeblade-Carl-Burris.jpg

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#3 2011-09-14 5:14pm

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

Wow I used to have one of those;)


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#4 2011-09-14 5:19pm

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

Damn!!!! Awesome bike thanks for posting..I have had most brands over the4 years, but NEVER one of these..
I would REALLY like to find one of these and the version without the axe blade gussett as well..


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#5 2011-09-14 7:14pm

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

Getting back at the hobby recently and should have some updates to my Carl Burris Flying Rhino recreation soon. I have only seen 2 of the axeblades come up in the US the past couple years. One went to Australia (where most reside I believe) and I own the other. wink

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#6 2011-09-26 3:04pm

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

Finally making some progress on the Carl Burris Flying Rhino tribute.

http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx76/bloud222/Rhino%20Axeblade/burris-rhino-1.jpg

http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx76/bloud222/Rhino%20Axeblade/burris-rhino-2.jpg

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#7 2011-09-26 5:37pm

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

That's cool to have pic's of the bike BITD.
Nice build.


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#8 2012-09-09 10:49pm

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

Made some updates to the original post.

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#9 2013-04-21 3:06am

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

You've done an awesome job man. I keep coming back for a look cool
I know how much work and research went in to the build, especially getting info on the decals.
Looking at it now, I bet Carl would love to have it back big_smile

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#10 2015-02-16 1:28pm

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

Very cool bike and story. cool


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#11 2015-09-02 6:48am

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

I freakin love the old time chrome bmx'ers, that bike looks so lite it's not even funny, simple, classic and ahead of it's time in design, I'd love to have it in my collection.

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#12 2016-07-20 8:32pm

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

Awesome bike with some super cool BMX history. Very cool.

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#13 2017-05-12 8:49pm

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Re: 1979 Flying Rhino

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