Maxxim was a Redcliffe based BMX racing company created by ex-pro racer, Duane Prasser in 1988. The bikes were popular amongst the Australian racing community during the late 1980’s through to the mid 1990’s. In 1989 it was reported in Aussie Action that Maxxim had put together a Freestyle Team and was in the process of creating a Freestyle line:
“Thinking about Maxxim, D.P. told us this week they are moving into the freestyle market. Barry Huntington and his boys, previously known as the G.T.-Reebok Freestyle Team will now be known as the Maxxim-Vans Freestyle Team. Where will these Maxxim boys stop?” (Ransom, BJ 1989, ‘Have You Heard’, Aussie Action, April/May, QBH4424, p. 5.)
The Freestyle line included a Maxxim frame and fork, and handle bars, seat post and double barreled seat clamp made by Maxxim’s parts brand, Beyond.
(Above: A Maxxim Freestyle frame, forks & Beyond seat clamp.)
There are three known types of the Maxxim Freestyle frame – a blue prototype built for team rider, Randal Huntington, a second prototype and the production model (pictured) which was available for sale to the public. The second prototype is very similar to the production model with minor upgrades including knurling on the top tubes and rear platform brace; and a stronger seat tube gusset.
The Freestyle line is hard to come by these days. The original blue prototype still exists along with two of the production frames and a pair of the forks.
The frames were notorious for breaking and there was one report of a rider snapping the head tube after one afternoon mini ramp session.
(A crack on the down tube has been gusseted near the head tube for extra support – a common place where these frames broke.)
(Above: The twin top tube and platform with knurling. The Beyond double barreled seat clamp.)
(Above: The chainstay gusset which is common on most Maxxim race bikes.)
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