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#1 2011-12-09 6:27pm

Jon1971
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Tell me about Fishbone bikes

Based on searching here, all I've been able to find out is that they were Taiwan made, full chromoly and very, very cool looking. I found some other speculation, but nothing definitive and I am curious about them.  So, what else can anyone tell me? Were they a subsidiary brand or just a short lived boutique brand? Anything else?


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#2 2011-12-09 6:28pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

Fishbone was pretty shortlived for a brand, Mongoose was actually the manufacturer i believe.
I also believe they will become pretty rare due to not too many being around


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#3 2011-12-10 12:44am

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

not all fully chromo , my 8 year old son has a fishbone kong fu aluminium frame with chromo forks .it has fishbone sushi bars , fishbone stem , fishbone giro , chainwheel ,and seat . they also made brake levers , brake plates ,seatclamps , hubs , cranks and seatposts . they wern't all that rare in the uk and there are a few new parts still floating about at cyclesport city .i loved the sushi bars , rode them for 10 years , then sold them , then bought them back for my sons bike . the frames i remember were the big ass , ninja and kong fu.i think they started in the late 90s , and their bikes wern't available as completes . great looking fat tubes and built solid

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#4 2011-12-10 12:50am

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

They weight about 6 tons. Weird and ugly looking bikes.

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#5 2011-12-10 7:07am

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

I like mine. Thier not 6 tons heavy. My ninja is about 30ish and my Big ass is about the same. They were thinking when they built them. My BA fit fat tires with acres to spare. I cant say the same for my KHE. They even used 5130 cro mo.


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#6 2011-12-10 7:16am

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

I rode one from 1997 - 2003 and loved it.  A little heavy but that was the mid-school solution to breakage, right?  I spent $5 short of grand custom building mine at Dan's Comp and it was the first hand-picked everything bike I ever had.  It was a smooth and solid park, street and flatland bike for many years.  I was an idiot for selling it when I did - before restoring and collecting I thought I could only have one bike at a time.  I have an old beat up frame that I will eventually restore.  Looking forward to riding it again.

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#7 2011-12-10 4:03pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

Thanks for the answers guys! I just got a Big Ass that's complete except for the wheels and decals. Frame, forks, bars, stem, funky detangler, seat, post, clamp, Dia Compe 990s front and rear with a weird plate on the front of the front brake (forks have 990s mounts, so I don't understand what the plate is for). Fishbone cranks, sprocket and pedals and pegs that I can only assume are original. Only things not labelled Fishbone are the grips (Eastern) and the brakes (Dia Compe levers and the 990s). From the research I've done, I think there are wheels, or at least hubs, but they seem pretty rare and expensive, so I'm just trying to hunt down a set of nice chrome wheels. Sadly, my Hazard Lites have 14mm axles and won't fit. It may be time to break out a file.

It doesn't weigh 6 tons. More like 5.98348567 tons. The wheels would probably push it up to 6 though.


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#8 2011-12-10 5:43pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

Jon1971 wrote:

It doesn't weigh 6 tons. More like 5.98348567 tons. The wheels would probably push it up to 6 though.

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#9 2011-12-10 5:58pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

just another heavy bike


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#10 2011-12-10 6:18pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

Did you score this from the Philly CL? I was wondering what kind of condition it was in.  the price listed was reasonable.

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#11 2011-12-10 6:24pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

DonnyCrash wrote:

Did you score this from the Philly CL? I was wondering what kind of condition it was in.  the price listed was reasonable.

In a round about sort of way, yes. A friend bought it and I traded him to get my greedy paws on it. It's in really, really good condition. I wouldn't call it mint, but definitely close to it.


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#12 2011-12-10 6:32pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

Nice. I had thought about calling a couple times but just couldn't  pull the trigger. I hate those stupid CL pictures you can never tell from those things.

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#13 2012-12-07 4:42pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

I have owned 2 Fishbone Big Ass bikes over the years. Bought the "kit" back when they 1st came out. Slightly heavy but really good bike overall. Used my 1st one for 2 years until I HAD to buy the Redline FS880 when it came out. Sold the Fishbone right after and regretted it. Although, months later the kid that purchased the bike called me and had an issue with the forks.. the steerer tube had actually crushed from the stem clamping on it. Weird.  I purchased another one probably 5 years ago and still have it collecting dust.

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#14 2012-12-07 4:51pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

I had picked up a set of nos fishbone big ass forks with the screw in pegs.  Would of loved them for a flat land build but sold them to help with another build.  Great stuff.  And I believe they will be rare.   There are still nos stuff floating around but mostly in the uk like someone previously said.  I remember them growing up and never saw any around


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#15 2012-12-07 5:23pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

I don't know a whole lot about them either but the Big Ass and the Kong Fu are pretty cool! I haven't had one yet but I'm looking into getting one. All I have is some old Fishbone external gyro cables


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#16 2012-12-07 5:33pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

They sure looks like they weight 6 tons, but they are also some of the coolest looking mid school bikes.  I would love to own.


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#17 2012-12-07 6:02pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

I have a big ass!!:lol:Fishbone that is...its all fishbone too..i have yet to see one this complete...the hoops are fishbone with blowfish freecoaster.levers,UFO gyro,cranks,seat ,post and clamp...really cool rig well balanced and burley...........

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#18 2012-12-07 6:59pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

XJguy wrote:

They sure looks like they weight 6 tons, but they are also some of the coolest looking mid school bikes.  I would love to own.

They are 6 tons. I'm a race guy so It really feels like a tank to me. If you look at the one under my bikes it's just about all fishbone parts on it.


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#19 2012-12-07 7:48pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

Jerry A Hutcher wrote:

I have a big ass!!:lol:Fishbone that is...its all fishbone too..i have yet to see one this complete...the hoops are fishbone with blowfish freecoaster.levers,UFO gyro,cranks,seat ,post and clamp...really cool rig well balanced and burley...........

picture or it didn't happen

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#20 2012-12-07 8:04pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

I'm building one right now it's very cool looking still trying to find pegs for it

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#21 2012-12-07 8:07pm

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

4 years is what i have into mine, i have 2 pegs lol and they are at the machine shop getting doubled lol
still need wheels and i have fishbone chain rings

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#22 2012-12-08 2:39am

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

Im sure it was the frame co that made mongoose made fish bone not actually mongoose. I ran some parts in 90s fat cranks & blow fish f/c hubs. The UFO makes me laugh every time I see one.


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#23 2012-12-08 9:40am

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

i think most of the big-ass frames were sold as kits, not completes.  i wanted a pair of the blow-fish hubs BAD back in the day.

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=474590

i still rock sushi bars on my ride.  one of the best freestyle bars ever, imho.  my zippo was rebuilt (theft recovery) with a straight-up stem, x-ufo & bad-ass bars.

these bars will someday be one of the most expensive to acquire, even though they weren't that comfortable, imho (zero sweep sucks).

http://bmxmuseum.com/forsale/10480#.UMN7WIZvUeU


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#24 2013-05-15 2:12am

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

Fishbone's owner/creator used to be a rider for GT as well as Haro back in the day, and it was out of his working relationships with names like GT, Haro, Odyssey, Mongoose & exc. that led him to design his own brand Fishbone which was founded in 1995. His first invention was the X-UFO. then came the FBP, 1st generation Ninja, the Big Ass, the Kong-FU, & the 2nd generation Ninja.... Fishbone also helped on the DMC Mongoose project in 1998, and helped in the brand Mosquito BMX which made itself known at a bike show in Taiwan. Fishbone despite what you hear was never affiliated with the Mongoose brand other than aiding in on certain things, it was it's own factory. I got more info plus some old pics on my site if you want to come check it out? LMK? He rode with Martin Aparijo & others of whom I got pics of! cool


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#25 2013-05-15 2:45am

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Re: Tell me about Fishbone bikes

I had to stop and check out the fishbone section. I had never paid much attention to them. Till now. Strange looking cool bikes. Thanks cool


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