2001 Huffy M-80 DJ-2
2001 Huffy M-80 Cory Nastazio Signature model. Awesome mid-school tank!
For a brief time, Huffy began making legitimate BMX and trail bikes. They had a roster of pro riders tearing it up on the track and at competitions around the world. This is a little piece of that period in time.
I was working at a Dick's Sporting Goods store as a bike assembly tech when this bike came out. I remember the shipment arriving and I saw "HUFFY" really big on the box. I thought I knew what to expect as i snipped the thick white packing straps and tore open the shipping box. Image my surprise when i pulled out this behemoth! 48 Spoke wheels, Double wall rims, Actual TIG welds 4130 frame and bars, three-piece cranks, cable detangler, alloy pedals, U-brakes, alloy levers! I could barely believe my eyes. Huffy made department store garbage, not this. Was I in bizzarro world?!
I knew then and there that I would have one. it was so inexpensive for what you got. $329.00 out the door, and with my discount... well... I'd be a fool not to snag one. I put one in layaway and figured I could just do the slow pay as my checks came in.
Then one day I saw this bike in the back by the compactor. It was missing its stem and seat. Everything else was there. I asked my manager what the deal was. He told me it was returned and it needed to be disassembled and tossed in the compactor to be smashed. I couldn't believe it. I couldn't let that happen. I convinced him to let me save it, so it somehow fell out of the compactor before it could be smashed and I picked it up before I went home that night. Needless to say, I cancelled my layaway.. :)
I assembled the bike and rode it for a while. At the same time, I also had an S&M NG Dirt Bike. tghey looked similar, So I grabbed a tape measure and took some measurements.The frames were nearly identical in dimension and angle. It was crazy. Huffy was a little lighter wall thickness and had a ridiculously large down tube, but the rest was spot on. I can confidently say that the M80 frame was a copy of the S&M next generation Dirt Bike. Cory Nastazio rode for both S&M and Huffy so it makes sense.
After a while, the M80 got scavenged for parts, but after a number of years I made it back home to my mom's and I found it in a box packed up to sell. Glad I never got around to doing it. So, I submit to BMX Museum my Huffy M80. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
Submitted by DamienE