RAD (The Movie) Cru Jones Bike Build

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  1. SETFREE

    SETFREE Active Member

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    So this project has been a long time coming (25years in the Making? Lol) I remember when I was young watching this cult class BMX Movie called RAD, It shortly became my Favorite Movie as a kid and I dreamed of one day owning "that bike" one Christmas I got a bike close to it (A Mongoose Mini) but never got the real thing.


    Now that I have had the resources and time I figured I'd attempt the Build, I honestly had no idea how HARD parts where to find for this Bike and how costly it would be.........Boy was I in for a Big Surprise.


    So here goes! The Start to Finish of my "CRU JONES" Bike Build!


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  2. boshwan527

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    If you haven't already...you should head over to bmxmuseum.com

    it's a great community and they have quite the for sale section with way better prices than anything you'd find on ebay.

    If you need a bmx part and you can't find it there...it probably doesn't exist haha.

    Anyways...i'll be keeping an eye out for sure. I love old school bmx! :D

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  3. Burke

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    Outstanding and good luck to you. I wore out my VHS copy a long time ago. But recently scored a DVD version on the bay. Looking forward to this build.
     
  4. Leigh

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    I'm a member at bmxmuseum.com, as already said if you cant find the part there you wont find it :) Loads of good reference material there & all the BMX advise you could want :)
     
  5. SETFREE

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    O' Trust me, bmxmuseum.com has been a huge help, got more then half the parts from there along with help on "what parts" are movie accurate.......it's been a fun build
     
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  6. SETFREE

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    So here goes, doing my research I found out the Bike was a 1985 Mongoose Californian, not extremely hard to find but I wanted to get one in decent condition so I didn't have to put too much work into or re-chrome it


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  7. SETFREE

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    Now as I was preparing to put the Bike together I sent Pictures over to a friend of mine who knows EVERYTHING about this Bike and BMX Bikes, I was told this WAS NOT the right frame, I guess Mongoose made 2 frames going from 84-85' and some marked 1985 (this one being one) was and 1984 that they tried getting rid of and you could only tell by the serial number and stickers, this one said "Chromolly Mainframe" and the 1985 should say "Chromolly All Tubes" ........

    So I was back to square one, Not to mention I got the wrong bars too, These are considered "expert" bar and are 1inch shorter then the Pro class bars used on Cru's Bike, who would have known right?

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  8. SETFREE

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    Now that I have the Bars "Pro Class" it was Time to find the right Frame.........It was Farrrrrr from easy, I could have found a really beat up one but I wanted this bike to look brand spankin new!

    In the mean time I got The Wheels and The Crank! The wheel are really hard to come by and The crank with a BLUE power plate was even harder, but I finally found BOTH!



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  9. Leigh

    Leigh Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This will be a nice build (y)thumbsup:thumbsup Looking forward to seeing this finished :)
    I thought Cru's bike was a Mongoose Expert?? I thought I read somewhere :confused

    Edit: I built this up a few years ago, it was the bike I'd always wanted.
    I sold it 4 years ago because I needed the money, since then 84 Master's have almost doubled in value :cry & I'd love to get another :unsure

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    I do still have two BMX's though :)
     
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  10. SETFREE

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    Beautiful Bike, too bad you had to sell it!.........And yeh I found out by asking people involved with the Movie and even Screen shots of the DVD on my HDTV to confirm it was indeed an 85 Mongoose Californian not a Expert
     
  11. SETFREE

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    So after finding out it was Indeed a '85 Californian I went back on the Hunt and found this Baby!.......Amazing condition ANDDDDD it came with The Right Handle Bars AND the right Wheels (Hard Anodized) You have no idea how pumped I was to find this, Paid a bit more then I wanted but it's cash I was willing to spend because I want this this 100% Movie Accurate


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  12. SETFREE

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    I was really torn on the Wheels, 1. because the 20" Pro Class Hard Anodized wheels are the one's used in the Movie, but I NEVER thought i would find them, they are EXTREMELY RARE, I had this Chrome pair (same style) but it just wouldn't be Movie accurate what do you guys think?


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  13. hankey01

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    I was at some of the filming of Rad. I never did see it tho.
     
  14. Weaselhammer

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    Oh my holy crap this is awesome. I loved that movie and would love to see it again. This really brings back memories of my GT Mach one frame with Skyway mags, Odi Mushrooms, CompIII pool tires, Odyssey Gyro, etc. I'm really excited to see this build !
     
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  15. TheRealMcFly

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    Do you even have to ask?

    You pretty much have to use the hard anodized screen accurate wheels if you've come this far.

    Finally something from RAD. I think I've still got my VHS.
     
  16. nwjedidave

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    Funny thing about that movie is I was racing against most of the "non star" racers at the time! (Canadian ABA racers) LOL
     
  17. Dirt McGirt

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    Dude you are gonna make me cry years of JOY with this build!!! I can still remember watching this for the first time while spending the night at my friend Jack Callahan's house in 7th grade, and then riding my Diamondback to the PAL track the next day to "race" lol. Such a cult classic. I actually have "Send me an angel" as a ring tone on my iPhone. Some other great movies of note from this time, such as Breakin and Breakin 2 Electric Boogaloo. Both of which I have on DVD hahaha. Anyway keep up the good work.
     
  18. SETFREE

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    Nighteyee, The only reason is The Hard Anodized wheels are scratched on the sides from using the brakes, the chrome ones are not
     
  19. boshwan527

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    I think as long as it's in the spirit of the build, go for what you can.

    I built my dad's race bike form 1980, and I was working on a pretty specific list of parts. I put red anodized Araya 7X rims on it even though he had only ever used chrome 7X, and red 7Bs. Red 7Bs are impossible to find and I liked the red 7Xs. I went with them and my dad loved the bike so I considered it a win.

    So for you I'd say, pro-class rims are pro-class rims. Hard anodized vs. chrome doesn't seem like a huge visual difference at least. I'd say just try to get the strips inside the same color :)

    I've never been a stickler for "screen accuracy" in my prop world though, so maybe I share the same feelings for bmx builds haha
     
  20. Weaselhammer

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    I was so inspired I looked up the movie on Youtube and watched it again, then went on a bike ride :)
     
  21. SETFREE

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    Same type of feeling as you, I guess I just wanna go ALL OUT on this project yeh know?
     
  22. SETFREE

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    Okay So here is where I ran into my first real Problem / Issue with making it 100% Movie accurate, The Grips, if you notice the bars I posted have "team mongoose" blue grips, The grips have since turned a real dark almost Navy Blue from dirt and age, Grips like this are next to Impossible to find (really they are) In new or slightly used condition, I found a guy who sells remolds of the grips are they are PERFECT except one thing........the blue he used is way too light, it's more of a sky blue instead of a royal blue that should match the tires



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  23. SETFREE

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    NICEEEEE!!!! Haha!
     
  24. SETFREE

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    So after much consideration I went with the AM'E Grips, same Area, used on a lot of bikes in the movie, vintage from '85 (easier to find) and they are the right Blue Color, For now I will use these until I find the right pair or I can figure out how to dye this other light blue pair to a royal blue color (any suggestions?)

    So far it's the only thing I've gone away from as far as screen accurate, not happy about it, But the other Dark blue grips would have looked horrible compared to the Blue Tires I got (accurate Chin Comp III Tires, Skinwall)



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  25. pandatrooper

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    I have this movie and BMX Bandits with Nicole Kidman on VHS. Love this build and love these bikes from my childhood!

    I used to have a white Redline frame with an Aero red seat, pads and Sugino cranks. I had those Ame grips too!
     
  26. boshwan527

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    that's like one of my dad's first bikes:
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    I'm only 22, but I've been REALLY into old school BMX haha
     
  27. SETFREE

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    Okay so now for the seat post & seat, The seat post is obviously from a 85 Mongoose Californian but it's the "laid back" style post, The Seat is a Blue Areo with chrome guts (not gold) with the Gold "BMX" lettering on the side




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  28. SETFREE

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    Also got myself a new (old stock) set of Chin Comp III Blue Skinwall tires, easy to find believe it or not.........but them on and BAM, This is what it looked like :)



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  29. Robert412

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    This seems to be coming together quick!
     
  30. SETFREE

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    Here are Two Small Screen Shorts for reference to those who forgot what Cru Jones' Bike looked like :)



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  31. SETFREE

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    Took about 6 months, you guys are getting to see the "quick" version of the build Lol
     
  32. SupernaturalFan

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    Funny you should mention BMX Bandits. I've actually got the same bike Nichole rode in the flick. It's not a replica per say but it is the same colours. Here she is:
    1981 Malvern Star SuperMaX - BMXmuseum.com
    Well worth clicking!

    Great build man, those pro classes don't come cheap. I bet your wallet felt that one. If you want I'll have a dig around and get you a complete part run down which should make it easier for you.
     
  33. SETFREE

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    Wallet felt it for sureeee! Lol, But again this was a Bike from my childhood, I wanted to do it right.......Thanks for the part list, but I got it all :) been researching every part for months to find out, I am finished, just putting it together for all of you guys to see little by little...........already have all the parts :)
     
  34. Leigh

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    This is Awesome!
    If it was up to me, I'd use the accruate rim's & grips. I think it'll look like a screen used version & the wear marks aren't that bad.
    Have you tried using something like washing up liquid & water on the Mongoose grips?? I have the exact same Ame grips (inc the colour) on one of my bikes :)

    You'll have to have a pop at building the E.T. Kuwahara KZ1 next :)
     
  35. SETFREE

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    Okay so now for the Pads!.........Nylon Pads are hard to come by with no Markings (solid red) but i finally came across a set that had zero markings!

    The Yellow was a bit harder but I finally found a Cali-Lite Yellow Stem pad! Circa 1985! Now the thing is it was debated for a while what pads where used on the bike but it was found out to be Nylon and no Leather like some have said before (as you can see from the pictures of Cru's Bike)


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  36. SETFREE

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    O'yeh! Forgot to say, The Red Pads had yellow tape around each end of Cru's Bike.......I figured go with electrical tape, but then it came to me! Cru used a Hockey Helmet to ride, The Movie was in Canada, so what else would they have used? HOCKEY TAPE.......Bam, so that's what I used (No Pictures Sorry) just figured I'd add that little bit lol
     
  37. SETFREE

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    Now for the Breaks..........I had these Lee Chi Brakes that honestly would have done fine because almost all the Mongoose Cali's came with these, BUT it's not what was on the real Cru Bike.

    In one scene you can clearly see they are Pro Class Brakes (would make sense because almost everything on the bike is pro class) so I looked and looked and looked but couldn't find them until about 3 weeks ago when I came across a NEW IN THE BAG set.........couldn't tell you how pumped I was, Got them for a good price too!


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  38. Leigh

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    Score with the brakes :thumbsup
    They look identical to the Dia-compe MX900's & tech 3 levers, there's also the MX1000's the same but with quick release & quick adjust.
     
  39. SETFREE

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    Yup! Almost went the Dia-Compe route until I found these
     
  40. trooper1m

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    Loving this build. Been riding for 31 yrs, currently restoring my old Trick Star and have pre-ordered the 24" skyway TA. Really looking forward to seeing how this comes together, loved RAD as a kid
     
  41. BoboFatt

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    Nice choice for a build, what a classic. This is better the * sliding!
     
  42. SETFREE

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    Got the Pedals and new stickers today!!!
     
  43. SETFREE

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    It's Finally Finished!!!.........Here is a quick picture, more to comes once I get my better pictures off my Canon 5D
     
  44. SETFREE

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  45. Wes R

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    I remember in the mid 80s (when i was learning to ride) the BMX was as important to your school image as shoes and clothes.
     
  46. Weaselhammer

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    This really brings back memories, I am so glad you posted this build, which looks FANTASTIC ! I wish I could go back in time and ride the halfpipe again.
     
  47. SupernaturalFan

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    That is soooo very radddddd!!!!!
     
  48. Leigh

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    That is a thing of pure beauty!! Awesome (y)thumbsup:thumbsup
     
  49. SETFREE

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    Thanks Guys! Believe it or not it took me the longest to find the stinkin' pegs lol........This is 100% movie accurate other then the grips being AM'E instead of Mongoose, I have the Mongoose grips but the shade of blue is off and makes it look funny
     
  50. SETFREE

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    O! Forgot to Mention I am working on Cru's Helmet as we speak :)
     

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