Schwinn Predator (opinions wanted)


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37fleetwood

Riding a '37 Fleetwood
May 22, 2006
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3,648
Lancaster, Ca.
#1
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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AnotherOneBitesTheDust

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 20, 2015
51
2
Middle of WA
#2
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.
 

1979-4ever

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 18, 2017
30
9
Bartlett, Illinois
#7
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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SLM

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 7, 2017
75
127
Michigan, United States
#8
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?
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?
 

SLM

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 7, 2017
75
127
Michigan, United States
#9
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.
 

SLM

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 7, 2017
75
127
Michigan, United States
#10
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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