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#1 2012-12-27 8:39am

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Lightest 80's bmx bike

I remember when I was growing up in the early 80's how everyone wanted there bike to be the lightest. Was there a stock bike that could boast that they were the lightest bmx bike out there back then? What was it made of? frame fork accesories etc.?  what was the actual weight? Your thoughts. IM not really a race guy, I primarily had freestyle bikes as a kid which werent the lightest bikes but Im thinking of doing an old mongoose or Diamondback in the future and could use some enlightenment thanks


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#2 2012-12-27 8:41am

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

a titan mini   with all drilled out parts   i htink mine was somethin like 10.5 or 11 pounds complete


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#3 2012-12-27 8:42am

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#4 2012-12-27 8:49am

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Holy S**t 11 pounds supporting, and Im guessing an average of 130 to 160 pound kid. thats amazing.


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#5 2012-12-27 8:50am

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Im guessing %100 chromo parts or titanium?


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#6 2012-12-27 8:51am

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

The cook bros in my bikes is 21lb 5oz. That's my lightest for a pro sized bmx bike. I don't see much to do to cut any more weight on it.


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#7 2012-12-27 8:52am

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

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I remember when I was growing up in the early 80's how everyone wanted there bike to be the lightest. Was there a stock bike that could boast that they were the lightest bmx bike out there back then? What was it made of? frame fork accesories etc.?  what was the actual weight? Your thoughts. IM not really a race guy, I primarily had freestyle bikes as a kid which werent the lightest bikes but Im thinking of doing an old mongoose or Diamondback in the future and could use some enlightenment thanks

I assume you mean expert/pro sized, right?

If so, the complete 1983-4 Diamondback F1 with a rear only brake was right around 19 LBS ... probably the lightest production, cro-mo BMX ... clearly this is up for debate.
I want to say that the P.K. Ripper was right up there when similarly equipped (sub-20 lbs) 6061 aluminum frame.

Oh yeah, if your folks (or you, FTM) could afford to pay double, then the Hutch Pro Star was 18 LBS 14 oz .... ( I have a childhood friend that weighed just under this at birth ... LOL)

Most out-of-box completes were in the 21-25 LB range when "stock".

Now, moving to the later 80's a few titanium bikes came on the scene, but I don't recall if the "Pro-sized" ones were much under this ... I know when it came to minis and micro-minis the titanium bikes were feather-light (under 12 LBS modified)


I hope my recollections help a little ...


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#8 2012-12-27 8:56am

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yes I was pretty much thinking of expert/pro. It would be nice to see a few of these afore mentioned lightweights. any pics??


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#9 2012-12-27 8:59am

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The cook bros in my bikes is 21lb 5oz. That's my lightest for a pro sized bmx bike. I don't see much to do to cut any more weight on it.

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#10 2012-12-27 9:00am

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

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yes I was pretty much thinking of expert/pro. It would be nice to see a few of these afore mentioned lightweights. any pics??

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=424695&p=2

^ There was a similar thread ... some pics of a few of these.


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#11 2012-12-27 9:01am

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

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Holy S**t 11 pounds supporting, and Im guessing an average of 130 to 160 pound kid. thats amazing.

he is talking micro miny BMX thay have rider waight limits way low. made for 6 year olds to 10year olds

they can be crazzy light.  http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/titan/39339


but a bike made for a teen I would say free agent  pro / limo's wear verey low in waight. for big older guys and girls
http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/free_agent/45074


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#12 2012-12-27 9:03am

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yes   minis   not pro size   rider would be 7-10 years old 

http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz306/bird6961/racing%20photos/bmx%20bikes/DSCN1464.jpg

even a micro mini

http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz306/bird6961/racing%20photos/bmx%20bikes/DSCN1459.jpg

even a mini cruiser
http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz306/bird6961/racing%20photos/bmx%20bikes/titanminicruiser.jpg


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#13 2012-12-27 9:07am

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Diamondback F1 (83-84)


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#14 2012-12-27 9:09am

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A 70's G Boy, A Race Inc. A Pk Ripper. Those are the ones I got that are super light, evil light, specially the G boy, rare too. [img][/img]http://i45.tinypic.com/295cm87.jpg[img][/img]http://i50.tinypic.com/v67red.jpg


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#15 2012-12-27 9:10am

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

Most frame sets in either expert or pro were comparable in weight from all companies. Within a few ounces I'd think.

Bikes compared would have to be similar like a chrome-moly GT Pro compared to cro-mo Hutch Pro racer, cro-mo GT expert compared to cro-mo Robinson expert, AL PK Ripper compared to AL Race Inc ect.

I'd wager the lightness would more depend upon parts selection.

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#16 2012-12-27 9:12am

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

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A 70's G Boy, A Race Inc. A Pk Ripper. Those are the ones I got that are super light, evil light, specially the G boy, rare too. http://i45.tinypic.com/295cm87.jpghttp://i50.tinypic.com/v67red.jpg

you for got FMF but we are talking 80's not 70's tongue


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#17 2012-12-27 9:13am

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

makes sense Coco...thanks. How about cruisers...not minis. think a bigger guy like me might benefit from something a little bigger maybe,also was wondering has there ever been a lightweight buildoff?

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#18 2012-12-27 9:17am

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

just a guess but I would say the 4140 chromoly  1983 Slingshot bikes
http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/slingshot/28129


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#19 2012-12-27 9:19am

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

UPSMAN wrote:

makes sense Coco...thanks. How about cruisers...not minis. think a bigger guy like me might benefit from something a little bigger maybe,also was wondering has there ever been a lightweight buildoff?

yes to booth or just get a 20 inch PRO xxl there nice and roomy can be built super   lightweight with the right parts.

here are some to think about geting

Robinson Pro AMTRACK
http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/robinson/?pg=4


ELF Dubble Cross
http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/elf/


thats just 2 there are lots of XXL sized 20'' bike frames mad for big guys if you plan to jump it go 20" if you just want to cruis around town go 24"

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#20 2012-12-27 9:56am

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oops, lol, I can't read either, ha ha ha. I did forget Race Inc. I just finished a 76 Laguna gt\Race Inc. preserial that's unreal. I'll be posting pics here in a minute. I got it done yesterday smile


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#21 2012-12-27 11:06am

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#22 2012-12-27 12:11pm

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

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The cook bros in my bikes is 21lb 5oz. That's my lightest for a pro sized bmx bike. I don't see much to do to cut any more weight on it.

You can knock over a pound off by switching to a UNI seat.  I'd leave it as it is, but a UNI seat knocks off over a pound on any bike that doesn't have one already.


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#23 2012-12-27 12:17pm

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

Well it sure as sh*t wasn't my 1986 St. Tropez, which was ironically dubbed the 'Aerolite'.  Weighed about as much as the average 35-year-old woman from Central Ohio.  Think piano heavy.

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#24 2012-12-27 12:44pm

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My very first bike was a Blue Cinelli F n F from Ken and Dori at Granada Cycles in St, Charles MO.  It had all campy parts.  It was a 1980 if Im not mistaking the last year they spent time on the bmx frames.  It dressed out at 19lbs.  That was my very first bike and bike build at age 13.



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#25 2012-12-27 12:45pm

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Re: Lightest 80's bmx bike

I used to have a 84 diamondback when I was 15 or so, and it was very light I used to jump the hell out of It. yikes

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