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1978 Puch Challenger MX

#1 2016-02-12 8:57pm

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1978 Puch Challenger MX

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1978 Puch Challenger MX

This is my 1978 Puch Challenger Mx that hung in my parents' garage for nearly 30 years!

Having recently returned to BMX in my 40s I decided it was time to find this bike, give it some TLC and restore it.  It is nearly all original, including tires. I have not seen another like this one on the museum. Most Puch pics are from 1979 or later and have a tubular steel fork, whereas this one is a classic flat Ashtabula steel. These bikes were popular in the tri-state areas of CT, NY and NJ in the late 70s where you would not only find Puchs, but also the immensely popular Fuji 500x and Rampar R10s. This thing stood out because of the bright yellow color which has unfortunately faded with age.

Here are the specs that I can tell so far:
Frame w/headtube gusset, BB gusset and looptail!*made in the USA (possibly by Speed Unlimited/Thruster, although I heard they did not start making Puch until 1981.)Fork - flat steel AshtabulaCrank - 1 piece AshtabulaBars - unknownGrips - ToadstoolStem - classic one piece "gooseneck", unknownWheels - Araya SteelHubs - Araya Seat - Viscount (replaced original quilted seat)Pedals - good 'ole rat trap steel
My plan is to clean it up, restore and get back to rideable condition. Perhaps I'll see some more names stamped in the parts when I regrease. I welcome any info folks may know about the brand or specific model.  This thing sure brings me back to the early days of BMX. Those were such great times.

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#2 2016-02-13 6:59am

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Re: 1978 Puch Challenger MX

cool
Restoring=new paint?
Hopefully not.


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#3 2016-02-13 7:08am

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Re: 1978 Puch Challenger MX

Never saw one. Cool. Keep it og

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#4 2016-02-13 7:21am

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Re: 1978 Puch Challenger MX

Nice. Consider some high quality auto polish to restore some of the richness and shine to the original paint.


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#5 2016-02-13 11:39am

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Re: 1978 Puch Challenger MX

Thanks gents.  Great idea on the auto polish.  I'll also work on the chrome bits. Will post pics of the process.


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#6 2016-02-13 5:38pm

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Re: 1978 Puch Challenger MX

awesome cool


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#7 2016-02-13 6:33pm

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Re: 1978 Puch Challenger MX

Sick ride!

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#8 2016-06-12 6:28pm

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Re: 1978 Puch Challenger MX

Had the exact bike, got it for christmas, It was bought in Catonsville MD. where I grew up and still live today. That bike was a tank, araya rims were strong on it. Raced it a lot it always took the abuse and never broke.   What great memories!!!!!

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#9 2018-10-02 2:49pm

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Re: 1978 Puch Challenger MX

This was my first BMX bike, identical except mine came with black box bars and a Shimano black pad and quilted seat, everything else looks original as I remember.   78 sounds right, might have been 77.  I’ve been looking for that single gusset Puch frame for 10+ years, very nice that you still have it!  I left mine in the suburbs of St Louis 38 year ago just in case someone finds it....

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#10 2021-01-17 1:03am

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Re: 1978 Puch Challenger MX

I can confirm that this frame was built in 1977 and likely sold in ‘78. Very few were built at the Taiwan Centurion factory for Western States/Centurion. At the time, Howie at Western States Inc. was trying to start a BMX line and went into a licensing agreement with Puch (that actually started in 1974). They also licensed a version of this as the Centurion “Challenger MX.” I rode and tested for WSI along with the Watson Bros and we had 6 prototypes of this frame and broke 5. I have the only remainder with slightly different gussets. Btw - WSI also licensed frames with R&R, which is why there is the R&R/Puch/Centurion model of the double top tube low rise frame. When the deal with R&R fell apart, which is a different story, WSI got serious and Diamond Back was born. I’ll  be putting my Proto back together in a few weeks and will submit it to the museum. Also have an R&R/Centurion Scorcher Team Issue coming soon.

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