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#1 2014-03-14 6:33am

pharv85
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1999 S&M Challenger XL

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1999 S&M Challenger XL

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After my 1996 S&M Challenger BMX bike was stolen in the late-1990’s, I quit riding trails, got a driver license, and ‘grew up’. Now 14 years later, I had earned a Bachelor's degree (civil engineering), a Master's degree (civil and environmental engineering), a beautiful wife (married almost six years), and a steady engineering job, but something was missing...
As some of you already know, I worked down in Southern California (Orange County) from late-2013 through 2014. After talking to my younger brother in early-2014 about the trails that he’s been building in Northern California (he’s a Pro BMXer), I remembered that Sheep Hills was somewhere in So. Cal. I did a quick internet search that same night and realized that Sheeps was only a few miles from my hotel! I was pretty excited, so the next day after work, I made the 5.4 mile drive to the trails to see what they looked like, and I was blown away!!! There were maybe 15 guys there; some were riding, some were digging and building, and others were watching and filming. Since I didn’t have a bike, I talked to the first guy I saw (I later found out that he was the founder and owner of Black Market Bikes), picked up a shovel, and helped him build a new line. I then helped another group of guys build up an existing berm and watered some lips and landings that were dry. After about two weeks of consistent digging (both during my one-hour lunch break and after work), I knew that I needed a chromoly bike to give trail riding another go smile .
I bought this 1999 S&M Challenger XL bike off of a fellow Museum member (SteelRacing) on November 27, 2011. I honestly only wanted his 2002 Standard 125R bike, but after he offered me his Challenger for an additional $200 cash, I had to take it. Since I primarily only collect high-end mid-school aluminum BMX race bikes, this Challenger got very little use and I almost forgot about it. But when I found Sheep Hills and discovered that I wanted to get back on a bike, I took the Challenger out of storage and my brother and I put it back together in early-2014.
Well after driving the bike down to Southern California last weekend (March 8, 2014), I hit my first dirt jump in 14 years on Monday (3/10/2014). After four days of riding, I’m still only hitting very small tabletops and the like, but I’m having an absolute blast! I bought some new Vans shoes and another Bell helmet too wink .
Parts ListFrame: 1999 S&M Challenger XL (original yellow powercoat)[url=http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3564]
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Fork: Ciari Pro (original yellow powercoat)
Handlebars: S&M Race XLT (chrome, cut to 27" wide)
Stem: Answer Stubbie 2 (anodized black)
Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet (1-1/8", anodized black with silver logo)
Grips: S&M Logo (black)
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Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

I love riding trails!  Here are some brands that I endorse.
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#2 2014-03-14 6:36am

Burning River
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From: Westside Of Cleveland
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Re: 1999 S&M Challenger XL

Excellent bike and story . cool


" Some may never live, but the crazy never die. "

     ~ Hunter S. Thompson 

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#3 2014-03-14 7:14am

pharv85
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From: Vacaville, CA
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Re: 1999 S&M Challenger XL

Burning River wrote:

Excellent bike and story . cool

Thanks smile .  Did you see that I researched the frame, fork, bars, and future bars too cool .

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Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

I love riding trails!  Here are some brands that I endorse.
[img]http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/55510/logo_signature_58a1697307.jpg[/img]

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#4 2014-03-14 7:25am

Burning River
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From: Westside Of Cleveland
Registered: 2010-11-27
Posts: 14079

Re: 1999 S&M Challenger XL

Yeah all that stuff is great for someone wanting to do the same . cool


" Some may never live, but the crazy never die. "

     ~ Hunter S. Thompson 

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#5 2014-03-14 9:05am

Quetzal
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From: Long Beach, CA
Registered: 2010-05-28
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Re: 1999 S&M Challenger XL

cool


Midschool's cool fool

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#6 2014-03-14 12:22pm

pharv85
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From: Vacaville, CA
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Re: 1999 S&M Challenger XL

Burning River wrote:

Yeah all that stuff is great for someone wanting to do the same . cool

Right on.  At around 5 lbs., the frame's a little heavy by today's standards, but not by much.  The geometry is also comfortable and I don't have to mess around with integrated headsets, 990 brakes (I never liked those), and mid/Euro bottom brackets.  And for $200 (I found it on Craigslist), you can't beat the price cool .  I also got good deals on the shoes and helmet - $20 cash for the shoes (a local eBay seller sold them to me for cash) and $10 cash for the helmet (another CL find) smile .


Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

I love riding trails!  Here are some brands that I endorse.
[img]http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/55510/logo_signature_58a1697307.jpg[/img]

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#7 2014-04-01 10:05pm

pharv85
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Re: 1999 S&M Challenger XL

I took four days off from riding, and then came out firing today cool .  Here's a picture of me hitting Hobo at Sheep Hills for the first time.  If you want to see the video (and potentially more videos/pictures in the future), find me on Instagram.

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb370/pharv85/Misc/Sheep-Hills/Sheep-Hills_140401_Hobo_01_zpsc3660bb8.jpg

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Last edited by pharv85 (2014-04-08 1:00am)


Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

I love riding trails!  Here are some brands that I endorse.
[img]http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/55510/logo_signature_58a1697307.jpg[/img]

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#8 2014-04-01 10:11pm

cru jones 2
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From: California
Registered: 2005-07-01
Posts: 1381
Bikes: 13

Re: 1999 S&M Challenger XL

Yea buddy!!!!!


whips*chains*chromoly frames

I put the "x!" in bmx!

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