Schwinn Predator (opinions wanted)

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  1. #1 Posted Mar 29, 2017

    Riding a '37 Fleetwood

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    ok, I'm going to build a bike for my cousin's son (he's 35) and he kind of wanted a bmx rather than a balloon tire bike. since I'm not into bmx really, I'm looking for help. this gem is one of my options, the other is a mid 90s Redline freestyle bike that's seen better days.
    so, what do I have and is it worth bothering with.

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  2. #2 Posted Apr 9, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Looks like an '83 Predator with what they refer to as having the Atari decals. They can be made to look very cool when restored. Its up to you if its worth messing with. It does have a different fork, crank and bars that were replaced at one time.
     
  3. #3 Posted Apr 11, 2017
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    I would look for a King Sting frame/bike or Powerlite.
     
  4. #4 Posted Apr 19, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Here's mine my buddy restored King Sting style

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  5. #5 Posted Apr 21, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    No offense to your buddy's predator/Sting but the King Sting was only offered as a 26". The Sting was the 20" model. I wondered if SLM's reply was referring to a 26" bike?
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    That's what makes it a custom. ,they are only original once , no reason to point out the obvious.
     
  7. #7 Posted Apr 21, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    No reason to call me out as "pointing out the obvious". Just thought I'd mention it, not sure it's obvious to everyone?
    20" king sting, yes that is custom for sure, kind of anomaly really.
    Anyhoo, the person who is receiving the bike is 35 years old, that's why I asked if SLM was suggesting a 26" BMX cruiser. I don't think he meant throw king sting stickers on it, SLM said king sting/powerlite frame or bike.

    I wondered this myself when this post first came up. Wouldn't something larger be a more suitable rider for someone who is 35 years old?
     
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  8. #8 Posted Apr 23, 2017
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  9. #9 Posted Apr 23, 2017
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    Correct a BMX Cruiser would make a better ride for a 35 year old . Yep That 20" sting needs "Sting decal " not a King Sting decal (26") Cruiser.
    Even a 24" Predator would be ok for a 35 year old.
     
  10. #10 Posted Apr 23, 2017
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    And a 20" Predator with bi oval tubing is a very different bike than a 20" Sting with tri oval double butted head tubes. My spouse designed the King Sting at Schwinn .
     
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