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#1 2010-01-29 7:56pm

Fatboy
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1997 Powerlite Spitfire

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1997 Powerlite Spitfire

Still a project -was looking for a P-61 and got the next best thing!
SOLD to ej1521

All the Powerlite racing bikes were sweet, so I'm pretty happy with my Spitfire.  This was a lower cost alternative to the P51 and P61 which had both nicer components and frames made ouf of 6061 T-6 aluminum.  This is 7005 series aluminum instead -it doesn't shine up as bright and I guess it's somehow heavier on the table of elements, but it's plenty light enough.  This is a '97 from the frame style and lack of gussets at the chain stay and where the main tubes meet the head tube, but it also does NOT have a flying brake gusset -like all the other 97's I've seen, so I'm guessing this is late in that model year.
20.11 Pro size Top Tube
I've cleaned up the bike -let me know what you think.
Came with these components:
Dyno Pro Bars 28" wide replaced Powerlite Expert alloy handlebars
Dyno Grips on the Dyno bars instead of Redline Grips
Powerlite threadless stem
Aheadset SX-1 headset (rough)
P-Lite race fork -chromoly and very lightweight
Kalloy 27.0 seat post with Powerlite hex alloy seat post clamp
NOS Powerlite padded seat instead of Odyssey seat -trashed
FSA forged and machined 3 piece cranks (AWESOME) with sealed (with caged ball bearings inside) FSA BB.
FishBone platform pedals instead of Odyssey Triple Trap Pedals
45T Powerlite Sprocket replaces FSA spider with what appears to be a 44t Crupi (no logo) chainring and GT alloy nuts
GT Looseball Mohawk hubs on Weinmann ZAC4019 rims replace mismatched set.
IRC MinuteMan Skin rear and Standard with orange skinwalls replace Snafu Dirt Box tires -20x1.75 / 20x2.125
 
 


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Stuff I want: 2000 24" DB Reactor Team frame ,  Voxom and Enigma stuff. Alliant / Radix stem and stuff.  JW and Stiffys stuff.  Cool late mid-school cruiser parts.

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#2 2010-08-28 10:45pm

scottish cream
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Re: 1997 Powerlite Spitfire

that crank is super forged! love it! is the bike lite?

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#3 2010-08-29 7:38am

Fatboy
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From: Seffner, FL
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Posts: 1964
Bikes: 87
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Re: 1997 Powerlite Spitfire

Extremely Light.  With fewer gussets than the P51 or P61, it is even lighter than either.  Frame/Fork is in the For Sale section right now....


Stuff I want: 2000 24" DB Reactor Team frame ,  Voxom and Enigma stuff. Alliant / Radix stem and stuff.  JW and Stiffys stuff.  Cool late mid-school cruiser parts.

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#4 2013-10-02 9:51pm

ej1521
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From: Chicago, IL
Registered: 2010-09-18
Posts: 94

Re: 1997 Powerlite Spitfire

I still have this frame.  I slapped some parts on it and now its the bike I ride the most out of my bmx's, its my favorite.  Thanks again!

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#5 2014-10-13 12:25am

animalistik
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Registered: 2014-07-12
Posts: 304
Bikes: 9

Re: 1997 Powerlite Spitfire

I prefer 7,000 series aluminum because it's stiffer. When you crank out of a start or gate you feel little flex which means more torque being transferred to the drive train. Having ridden chromo and hi-ten bikes in my youth and finally riding 7k series alu you can tell a hugeeeeee difference.

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