1978 SE Racing BD-III
1978 SE Racing BD-III
Rare version of the Mini Ripper before it became known as the "Mini Ripper"
Scot Breithaupt designed the alloy FMF Jr. Pro for Greg Hill in 1977. Scot started SE racing and the new name was the GH Flyer which was in a SE ad but no picture. Greg left to join Team Schwinn so the name became BDIII, Breithaupt Development III.
This and the JU-6 were advertised together featuring non-oval top tubes. SE did not have forks yet so they were spec'd with Cook Bros. forks in the ad. Scot soon had Cycle Pro forks spec'd with SE's until the Landing Gear fork was finalized in 1979. With further testing the frames were adjusted to have oval top tubes to prevent breaking.
This was a hit with the smaller racers and talk about SE's gnarly color combo with shades of blue and brown which have been so unique and never duplicated.
1979 Derek Brown from Colorado joined SE and was the new little factory hot shoe. The frame was renamed to the DBIV.
Once Derek left SE the final name became the Mini Ripper.
Scot was reunited with the BDIII at the 2011 BMX Society event in Bellflower California and here's a video from that day.
SCOT BREITHAUPT and the BDIII
Scot had some great products and "The Ripper's" are still around today! Innovation, quality, and so stylish...thanks Scot!!!
Frame – SE BDIII
Fork – Cycle Pro
Stem – Webco SuperStem
Bars – SE standard
Grips – NOS original Oakley I's with Motorcycle stamping
Brake lever – NOS Team Products
Brake cable – NOS Shimano SE brown
Caliper – NOS Shimano Tourney
Brake pads – Mathauser finned
Headset – Stronglight alloy
Hubs – NOS Campagnolo
Freewheel – NOS Suntour
Spokes – Double butted
Nipples – Brass
Rims – NOS Araya 7b
Front Tire – Mitsuboshi Competition II Yellow label black wall 20 x 1.75
Rear Tire – Cycle Pro Snakebelly blackwall 20 x 1.75
Chain ring – NOS Shimano
Chain – NOS Regina
Spider bolts - Shimano
Cranks – Shimano
Bottom Bracket – NOS Cook Bros.
Pedals – Bob Reedy
Seat – 1st generation UNI
Seat post clamp – Laguna PLME
Valve caps – Alloy
Pad set - Original SER 1st generation pad set
Plate - BDIII
Jeff "JT" Tollefson
Last edited by JT (2011-07-20 5:46am)
Re: 1978 SE Racing BD-III
I love this ride JT. I need a set of those pads!
Looking for Cook Bros. slant stem (blue or silver), Cook Bros. BB, Cook Bros. hubs (blue or silver), and a Cook Bros. seat clamp! Oh, and a set of black comp II tires!!