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1983 Murray X20R

#1 2009-06-29 5:07am

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1983 Murray X20R

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1983 Murray X20R

Did you know that some Murrays have decent entry-level/mid-grade parts?

That's the lesson here. I picked this Murray up a few weeks ago off CraigsList for cheap. I knew some Murrays have nice parts, so I jumped on this, bought it within a half hour of the guy posting it (he looked really surprised!).
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Non-original parts on this: Seat post (says Pro-Neck, but who knows), Wald handlebars and foam grips, not sure about the Carlisle Aggressor tires. Everything else is original. This was not the upgraded model with the cromoly frame and the Araya rims. It has steel rims and is not a cromoly frame.
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Parts of note on this: Elina seat, ACS seat post clamp and hubs, Takagi cromoly cranks 175mm, Sugino spider, KKT SMX pedals, ACS brute-style stem, MX-1000 style brake (some Murrays had Dia-Compes, but I don't think this one is). Just the seat was worth twice what I paid for this bike.
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Riding notes: felt a little awkward for some reason. Probably due to the really heavy front end. Those forks are really beefy and I suspect are weighing the whole bike down. Due to the very heavy front end, I would grade this bike as a "D+" as a rider.
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Too many good parts on this to keep it together. I parted it out this afternoon to use the hubs and seat now, and some other parts later.


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"BICYCLING DON'TS: Stunting, doing wheelies, or 'dirt biking' places stresses on bicycles far above design intentions.
Damage such as broken welds, bent forks, and 'flat spots' on rims will result" -- Breaking all the bicycling rules since 1977.

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#2 2009-06-29 9:21am

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Re: 1983 Murray X20R

Totally forgot this bike existed wow this brings back some memories


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#3 2009-06-29 9:44am

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Re: 1983 Murray X20R

Yeah, I have this one and bought off of ebay as it is minus the pads a few years back.......
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#4 2009-06-29 9:53am

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Re: 1983 Murray X20R

I still have boxes full of these padsets, if anybody needs some?
Handlebar pad is V shaped, they are actual CAL-Lite pads..


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#5 2009-06-29 12:33pm

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Re: 1983 Murray X20R

Hey 80sbikedude, does yours have alloy rims? Those are different than mine, either a different year, or yours came slightly differently equipped. There was the X20C too, which had the Arayas (sometimes UKAI I think) and a cromoly frame/fork. If mine had been a bit nicer, I'd have considered keeping it a complete.


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"BICYCLING DON'TS: Stunting, doing wheelies, or 'dirt biking' places stresses on bicycles far above design intentions.
Damage such as broken welds, bent forks, and 'flat spots' on rims will result" -- Breaking all the bicycling rules since 1977.

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#6 2009-06-29 1:15pm

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Re: 1983 Murray X20R

Yeah, mine has the Arayas on it but it is still the mild steel frame. Also, I did get the pads from Gary that are on the bike in the pic. :)


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#7 2009-06-29 2:15pm

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Funny, this is the only bike I've had up here where I've been asked if it's for sale! Almost makes me feel bad it's a goner :) I hope I get offers on the nice bikes I'll post later, or I'll think I just should have stuck with $20-$40 rides!

I was about 2 seconds away from ordering the replacement pads (I'd need a v-bar of course) from GAry (good deal) when I decided to part it out.


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"BICYCLING DON'TS: Stunting, doing wheelies, or 'dirt biking' places stresses on bicycles far above design intentions.
Damage such as broken welds, bent forks, and 'flat spots' on rims will result" -- Breaking all the bicycling rules since 1977.

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#8 2010-09-12 4:25pm

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Re: 1983 Murray X20R

I had one of these when I was a kid. I can remember it was a bike you did not want to do wheelies on unless you wanted to pull your arms off ( real heavy front forks)


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#9 2010-09-12 4:34pm

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Yes, the forks weigh a TON. They're super beefy legs. I still have this f/f. I'll probably polish it up and sticker it and have it on the f/f's display I'm working on.


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"BICYCLING DON'TS: Stunting, doing wheelies, or 'dirt biking' places stresses on bicycles far above design intentions.
Damage such as broken welds, bent forks, and 'flat spots' on rims will result" -- Breaking all the bicycling rules since 1977.

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#10 2010-09-23 9:45pm

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Re: 1983 Murray X20R

I had one of these when I was about 11 and rode it for about 2 years till I got my SuperGoose.


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#11 2011-11-15 7:14am

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Re: 1983 Murray X20R

A lot of people don't realize, but Cru Jones rode a model of this bike as his race bike in the movie rad on the Hell Track. :)
My first race bike. :)


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#12 2012-04-13 2:02pm

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I am the original owner of this bike.  Very surprised when I saw it on this site.  Brings back a lot of memories.:)


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#13 2012-04-13 4:40pm

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Hey, that is so cool. Got your PM, and EX20 let me know that the tires are original (which is what I suspected) and that the headset that was on it was a replacement, as were the Takagi cranks.

Now, if I could only find one of MY old bikes!


WTB: Nothing, unless it's a real cheap local survivor score!

"BICYCLING DON'TS: Stunting, doing wheelies, or 'dirt biking' places stresses on bicycles far above design intentions.
Damage such as broken welds, bent forks, and 'flat spots' on rims will result" -- Breaking all the bicycling rules since 1977.

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#14 2012-04-29 6:15pm

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Re: 1983 Murray X20R

Got one of these as my first bikes as a kid!  Brings back memories!  :D

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