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#1 2012-10-14 2:13pm

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1985 Pro-Lite Craig Campbell Freestyler

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1985 Pro-Lite Craig Campbell Freestyler

Only a handful still exist ... and I found one a few miles from my house this morning :-)

There's only one other Pro Lite CC on the museum and a couple more on RADBMX ... I don't know who many were made but there must have been a few to be the 'best selling frame'! ... mine's number 303. Got some Oxalic acid coming to soak in and get the rust off... then I can see what state the chrome is ... would love to have it rechromed... but baby blue paint would be more affordable. Pro Lite released 2 freestyle frames at the same time but it was only the Craig Campbell edition that had the 'looptail' & was made from Reynolds 531 tubing... and wore the signature.
Quote from Mark Noble - former editor of RIDE UK : "I recently put back together my old Pro-Lite Craig Campbell bike (frame number 03) using various old parts from the shed and a couple of bargains from eBay, and it’s brilliant. To the layman who knows nothing about BMX, I can explain to them that it’s akin to restoring James Bond’s Aston Martin. A classic British BMX brand with a world-renowned Englishman at the helm. Craig was the first rider outside of the United States to be sponsored by Haro Bikes (chosen by Bob himself), and from that point on his career bloomed – British magazines were all over him, with TV appearances aplenty (even on the Benny Hill Show), and kids nationwide looked up to Craig as pure BMX inspiration (I know; I did) and hence when his signature pro model frame came out from UK upstart company Pro-Lite in the eighties, it was the fastest selling frame in the country – outselling Haros and Skyways put together. Now I can ride my Pro-Lite again, it feels like a sofa on wheels – laid-back geometry, high bottom bracket and seat, short yet relaxed, and it feels almost flexible compared to my modern bike. It’s a miracle that Craig used to get six feet out of Satan’s Toilet in Southsea on one of these things; but he did, and it was the stuff of legends…"







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#2 2012-10-14 5:05pm

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#3 2012-10-14 8:10pm

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Great story on a cool bike and rider!


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#4 2012-10-15 1:30am

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Re: 1985 Pro-Lite Craig Campbell Freestyler

Good job on the score mate, Craig Cambell was on of my fave riders bitd. Time for a tribute build?

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#5 2013-01-24 2:01pm

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Re: 1985 Pro-Lite Craig Campbell Freestyler

Basically, its my boyfriends birthday soon and Ive just brought him a n original Craig Campbell chrome Pro-Lite frame, I dont really know much about them other than that not many have survived. What I was wondering is if anyone knew how this bike would have looked as a brand new bike in 1985? Its been mentioned to me that they only came as a frame, but dont know how true this is. Ive googled pictures of them but can only find Craig Campbell riding a green one with green decals. I wanted to buy him some basic bits to get started but dont know what colours/makes to look for for it to be original.Any help appreciated x

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#6 2013-01-24 3:19pm

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xCLO wrote:

Basically, its my boyfriends birthday soon and Ive just brought him a n original Craig Campbell chrome Pro-Lite frame, I dont really know much about them other than that not many have survived. What I was wondering is if anyone knew how this bike would have looked as a brand new bike in 1985? Its been mentioned to me that they only came as a frame, but dont know how true this is. Ive googled pictures of them but can only find Craig Campbell riding a green one with green decals. I wanted to buy him some basic bits to get started but dont know what colours/makes to look for for it to be original.Any help appreciated� x

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