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1985 Free Spirit FS1000

#1 2012-07-03 12:00am

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1985 Free Spirit FS1000

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1985 Free Spirit FS1000

My first Murray's welds never looked this good

I got this bike as part of a lot purchase of bikes. The lot didn't originally include this, but after asking the seller if he had anything else, he stated "I've got a chrome Murray in the shed".  I told him that a Team Murray was the very first bike I ever bought, so he took me out to the shed.When I first saw it, it was equipped very differently from this - it had box bars, a single stem, and and steel coaster brake wheels on it. When I first saw this, I didn't think it was a Murray as I had never seen a Murray frame like it. While I had seen x20's before, this has a tubular brake mount, a pre-chroming serial on the bottom bracket, and super fine welds and chroming. It also came with a faux- Landing Gear fork, as opposed to the regular forks, something i had never seen on a Team Murray. After convincing him to include it in the deal, I took it home and soon found out through the museum that it was a X20c, a model I have never seen or even heard of before. Turns out that besides these being made out of chromoly tubing, they were built by ELF for Murray - thus the quality touches.  This was the frame and forks that were built for the factory team, and was used at other times used by some other notables such as RL Osborn.  While I do not know for a fact that this bike was sold as a X20c, that is the only model that came with this frame by description. Some people say that this frame pops up on occasion on some X20r and Free Spirit models as well due to production issues, so it is possible that this could have started life as a X20r or a FS700.

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The Museum gods now decree that this is, in fact, a Free Spirit FS1000. Hmmm. Most FS1000's I've seen don't have Heli arc welds, or are as light as this.

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#2 2012-07-03 3:14am

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Re: 1985 Free Spirit FS1000

Very Nice! cool


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#3 2012-07-03 5:22am

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Re: 1985 Free Spirit FS1000

Badass murray!

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#4 2012-07-04 11:05pm

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Re: 1985 Free Spirit FS1000

Wow! Really nice score!

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#5 2013-07-06 8:29am

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Re: 1985 Free Spirit FS1000

Does anybody have any additional information on this frame set. I have one but I don't think it's a full chromoly frame. The brake bridge is round and the welds around the brake bridge to the seat stays are sloppy steel. The welds around the chainstays to the bottom bracket are sloppy steel. The fork legs to the base tube are welded in the sloppy steel fashion. Apart from that the other welds on the frame are indications of a chromoly put together. The serial number is stamped at the bottom bracket and starts with a "C".

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#6 2014-07-01 9:58am

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Re: 1985 Free Spirit FS1000

Thanks for posting yours. I recently got one, also in a lot of bikes. Gut told me it was his old redline from 1970...yeah, no. But I knew by the welds it was nice but the drops looked Murray. I was stoked to find out mine was a C as well with the round brake bridge too. One more thing we have in common is that I happened to have an x20r padset too! So thats what went on mine! cheers - dan

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#7 2015-07-06 10:22pm

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Re: 1985 Free Spirit FS1000

From everything I've found out these are free spirit frames with the tube brake bridge , x20c all have flat murray type , but does anyone know if these free spirit frames are in fact chromoly , yes the welds look nice but that doesn't mean chromoly.

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#8 2016-01-10 7:16pm

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Re: 1985 Free Spirit FS1000

It's a Free Spirit FS1000, obviously confused ALOT for a real Murray X20C. ALL X20C'S HAD A FLAT BRAKE BRIDGE!!! I hate how much bad information is out there on the real X20C's, even the owner of this site claims he has two X20C's and really has two Free Spirits and everyone is playing follow the leader!!!

THE REAL MURRAY COLLECTOR ON HERE!!!

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#9 2017-03-03 1:21pm

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Re: 1985 Free Spirit FS1000

marsface wrote:

It's a Free Spirit FS1000, obviously confused ALOT for a real Murray X20C. ALL X20C'S HAD A FLAT BRAKE BRIDGE!!! I hate how much bad information is out there on the real X20C's, even the owner of this site claims he has two X20C's and really has two Free Spirits and everyone is playing follow the leader!!!

THE REAL MURRAY COLLECTOR ON HERE!!!

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You're correct: Unless he can produce an MO serial number on the head tube, it's just an Asian-made copy of an X20C. Sears had the volume to solicit those.


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