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1992 Cardboard Lords Emancipator prototype

1992 Cardboard Lords Emancipator prototype

Very Rare first 1 of 2 Cardboard Lord Emancipator prototype frame sets built. This was my personal bike I raced in the A-PRO class until around 1995. This is also the bike that was reviewed in BMX Plu

A little history on the Cardboard Lords... In the late 80's - early 90's, a group of us - my brother Phil, Shane Clopton, Charles Long and myself were going to quite a few national races on the weekends. As a way to help pay for our way to BMX races, we made and sold number plates and decals. At the time our brand name was LPD for Leapin Product Development. Leapin was Charles' nickname. At a race in Chandler Arizona in 1989, our make shift campsite of tents and cardboard bike boxes got noticed by Gork and Spike Jonze. We ended up getting a small photo in BMX Action magazine. A few months later, we met Chris Moeller at a race. He had remembered us from the photo and told us he was going to start calling us "The Cardboard Lords". The name stuck, so from that point on, our brand was the Cardboard Lords.

The name was basically borrowed from the Plywood Hoods (Dorkin in York videos) who were also a break dance group known as the Cardboard Lords. They were the originals and not associated with the group of us from Oklahoma City.

Anyhow, Charles and I were working together in a bicycle shop in the early 90's. We were both bike technology geeks, and were frequently brainstorming ideas to make our own bikes. We finally pooled our money together and had a local frame builder (Keith Woodhouse)  build 2 frames. 1 for Charles and 1 for me (the bike pictured). Keith was partners with Freddie Karcher (Frames by Freddie) who still builds custom bikes to this day. The frames were basically a copy geometry wise of the S&M holmes, but with many new tech features.
The importance of this bike is it was a big turning point in BMX industry. All bike up to this point were using the 1" threaded fork with a quill stem. Also, 99% of all BMX bikes were using 7/8" (22.2mm) seatposts and sidepull brake calipers. This was the first frame to use a 1 1/8" threadless fork/stem/headset combo, an oversized (26.8mm) seatpost and cantilever brakes.

Submitted by JoeyMesa

  • Race
  • Company: Cardboard Lords
  • Model: Emancipator
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Headtube angle: 73
  • Seattube angle: 71
  • Toptube length: 21"
  • Headtube size: 1-1/8"
  • Details Cardboard Lords prototype 1 of 2 Emancipator XL frame, fork, custom 1 1/8" stem, Dia-compe 1 1/8" A-Headset, Shimano XTR cantilever brake arms.

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