Image courtesy of ASV Photographics
The opening night included 130 guests with Brisbane’s most iconic and professional Freestylers pre-1995. We had riders from every Freestyle scene in Brisbane from that decade – the Sloths, the Wholemeal Posse, the Brick on a String Posse, Prody, the Drain Kids, CTD, and Team Obscene just to name a few. At least one rider from every Brisbane Freestyle team from 1979 to 1995 was present on the opening night.
An autograph wall was set up at the entrance of the exhibit for many of the past Brisbane riders to sign. Over the weekend many of the old crew were also signing their pictures on the wall as well some of the bike frames on display. Randal Huntingon signed one of the few Maxxim Freestyle frames to exist and Denis Caddy and Scott Edintingon autographed one of Scott’s original General Fred Blood Pro frames.
A special screening of the Prody videos was on playing in the back courtyard wall. This was the first time the videos have been screened to the public in a number of years and Clint Millar has announced that the Prody boxset will be available in 2014. Speaking of Clint and Colony BMX we also showcased a prototype 20th anniversary Colony Prody frame. There is a massive interest in this frame being a re-release of a Brisbane made frame from 1993. Colony will be taking pre-orders of this bike in the coming months.
As the weekend rolled on there was a huge influx of old local riders coming out of the woodworks. More photographs, stories, bikes and video footage has emerged and will be added to future Unscene projects for archiving and documentation. With that, this is what Unscene is really about – preserving our local heritage and giving validation to a bunch of guys who made Freestyle in Brisbane, and Australia what it is today.
Lastly I would like thank everyone who contributed to the exhibit, and the sponsors – Clint Millar of Colony BMX, Glynn Hicks of Hicks Six Co/ Pro Sixty Five, Roberto from Robertos Custom Powder, Jerry Badders of Vans USA and Richard and Mik over at Crossley Cycles.
Photographs are available to view on the Exhibit page.
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.)
If anyone has one of these frames or any of the other Maxxim Freestyle parts drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org