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1984 Schwinn Predator Aero

#1 2015-03-26 10:32pm

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1984 Schwinn Predator Aero

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1984 Schwinn Predator Aero

Limited production Akisu built Schwinn. Offered as a "frame only" in the 1984 Schwinn BMX Catalog

This is a NOS 1984 Schwinn Predator Aero/Competition built with era correct NOS parts. I decided to part this one out and pass the frame along June 2021. It was probably the most challenging. Especially matching the pinkish/red parts.
Most all parts were NOS and I figured ways of using aluminum washers and other protective measures to keep everything clean looking when disassembled.


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#2 2015-03-28 8:34am

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Re: 1984 Schwinn Predator Aero

WOW!thats one cool BMX!I wanna see that one built up,cool find.smile


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#3 2015-03-29 8:33pm

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Re: 1984 Schwinn Predator Aero

rbell1970 wrote:

WOW!thats one cool BMX!I wanna see that one built up,cool find.smile

Thanks! Hope to have it completed in a few months..

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#4 2015-12-29 3:00pm

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Re: 1984 Schwinn Predator Aero

So, only the downtube is aero?

And it has an unstamped 'Chicago' badge?

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#5 2016-02-14 12:34pm

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ByStickel wrote:

So, only the downtube is aero?

And it has an unstamped 'Chicago' badge?

The top and down tube are Aero and the Chicago head badge is unstamped. I figured out it was an Akisu built frame, the rear dropout is etched "A-Pro" on one side. It's an odd ball frame compared to the Tange Aero or other Predators. The head tube is the small Road/Mini frame size. It has no chainstay bridge and the rear brake mount is forged. The seat post tube is 15/16"I.D....an odd size as well. Someone on here informed me it was a "Competition" model. A local source informed me there were two different runs of the Aero and that this was the "frame only" model. The welds are high quality for a Taiwan manufactured frame.

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#6 2016-08-22 7:43pm

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Re: 1984 Schwinn Predator Aero

Sweet finds man, to have both of them? Unreal. I think some of the confusion comes from the 20" and 24" "All-Cromoly Competition BMX Frames" being listed together in the 1983 Accessories brochure (with the pic of your Aero 20" frame) and not listing them separate. They got it right when they put them in the normal mainline BMX brochure for '84, but if folks pic up the Accessories brochure it just gets muddled smile

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#7 2017-01-24 1:27pm

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Re: 1984 Schwinn Predator Aero

Very nice. I have one I'm working on too, also nos.  It's a real pain to work with nos!  There are a couple of parts I will have to restore rather than wait in vain for new.

I like the choice of fork. I'm going with Akisu Cr-Mo, the beveled oval one kind of like a super skinny Predator fork. 

Keep at it!


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#8 2017-01-25 9:12pm

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wastingmoneylikeitwasfree wrote:

Very nice. I have one I'm working on too, also nos.  It's a real pain to work with nos!  There are a couple of parts I will have to restore rather than wait in vain for new.

I like the choice of fork. I'm going with Akisu Cr-Mo, the beveled oval one kind of like a super skinny Predator fork. 

Keep at it!

Thanks! The forks are Tange Max Flo. I've done fairly well keeping it mostly era correct and NOS as far as parts. I did end up using a used set of hoops from my Sting build. I'm doing all the components in red and found a set of repro Dia compe brakes that match. The red is tough being as most of it turns pinkish. I'd like to see pics of yours!

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#9 2017-01-29 12:51pm

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I really want to upload it!  When I catch some time I can get some pics of the parts pile. I have to send off the wheel set and then I can put together a partial bike like your pic. I have to budget in two wheel sets since I'm also ready to do the wheels for my Cr-Mo 24.

I have the same issue with anodizing. I'm doing some parts in blue, particularly the wheels.  Add to the fading problem, I'm using the darker more navy blue.

Max-Flo stuff is so cool. If you're going opc it would look great with some Max-Flo. They are rebranded SR tubulars. The Cosmolite gen look sick because they are stamped Max-Flo but they do have the hat pinned boss. The welded ones switched to screened graphics so it's hard to find ones in excellent shape.


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