Maximum BMX started as a project to build Larry Hess Jr. a frame that combined relatively high ground clearance (11 3/4 inches) with a low slung top tube. They were welded up out of GT's Santa Anna factory, but the company was otherwise independent of GT. A number of pro and expert racers including Scott McDaniel, Tinker Juarez and others who were factory sponsored along with many others who received Maximum co-sponsorships across the country. The company created a 20 standard and extra long (as pictured), a 24 inch cruiser, a junior, bars, posts, jerseys and pants. The XL received an additional 1/2 of top tube and a larger diameter bottom tube.