2006 Percentage Designs P-XL
A rich but short history with the one & only Wade Bootes.
Following Wade Bootes' return to Australia after getting renounced by TREK for his infamous banned substance fiasco,
he teamed up with a small volume New South Wales, Australia- based frame manufacturer, PERCENTAGE DESIGNS.
Together, they designed a new aluminum bike, with some super crazy-beefy chainstays.
The production version you see here, got a more toned down version of the chainstays, but intricate
detailing, cnc-milling, hydro-forming & rad fabrication abound everywhere you look.
There is not much info around regarding these now unfortunately obscure frame/forks, so I put my guess at the actual production date at 2006-on.
The PERCENTAGE DESIGNS website that was operational at the time by all accounts was very limited in its info, so fast forward the next ten years or so until now, and that url no longer even exists.
What minimal info I found can be seen here (as well as the ultra-tough looking aforementioned prototype):http://bmxultra.com/interview/wadebootes2005/
(scroll down to half-way down the page)
And one more reference:
I can see various influences in the styling of this P-XL frame, I will leave that up to all you knowledgeable BMXmuseum pros to identify,
and by all means please comment on what other brands have inspired the makers of this Aussie race machine.
As far as what parts I have built it up with - everything should be fairly obvious from the photos.
Suffice to say - the cranks are Sinz 180 with a Profile ring, the disc brake is Shimano hydraulic.
Hubs are Kore in white, with a disc rear version. Hoops are Envy's.
The frame has both v-brake bosses & cable clips positioned for a disc setup, so I took advantage of that to run the disc.
Plus Wade's own bike had the disc too, so it was a no brainer!
Gearing is the ubiquitous 44-16.
Forks are original to the frame, and a carbon/aluminum combo. I utilized a bunch of ControlTech components, and I included a subtle use of green and gold Aussie colors (or colours... as we say here down under!) by way of 4 spokes per wheel & carbon steerer tube spacers.
One of the coolest features is the built-in chain tugs... unlike the useless ones on the Revell 24" I built recently, these ones function perfectly!
I've left the finish of the f/f in survivor mode (sounds funny to say that about a new school bike!) -
this bike had been a genuine racer belonging to a local bmx race guy, but it cleaned up nicely.
I'm keen to preserve its authenticity, as there are so few examples of these bikes.
Please leave any comments below, and by all means,
if anyone has any more info regarding the short-lived PERCENTAGE DESIGNS BMX history, fill us all in.
Thanks for your interest :)
Bike is now SOLD.
Submitted by version7075