BMX Bikes

1985 Hotfoot Freestyle

The Hotfoot Freestyle was sold for approximately two years - it features in both the '85 / '86 and '86 / '87 catalogues - yet few examples still remain. After seeing Mr.Hotfoot's and Wolf's builds, I knew I had to have one as well! My patience was rewarded when this one came up for sale on eBay and I bid to win.


The simple pink on white and green on white colour schemes seemed a little boring to me so I chose a colour scheme around a set of purple Tech IVs I had purchased. With the colour scheme decided, Lixy developed a set of custom coloured decals and Pete (BMXMadman) refinished the frame and forks in stark white and colour matched all of the parts to the set of levers. Colour matching the parts ensured that there weren't numerous shades of purple which IMHO gives bikes a 'toy store' effect. As it is, the bike has two shades of purple with all of the painted parts and the Kashimax Handler Seat one colour and brake cables a different shade. These two colours are repeated in the decals ..

Again, Rob from Star Plating in Bayswater has done a great job on the bars and cranks. The bars were quite rusty and took hours and hours of polishing to get back to the great condition shown here.

With the exception of the pedals and seat, the remainder of the parts on the bike are original to the bike itself or correct for the model. The Red Stone tuffs spent a full week in a bleach bath but have not returned to their original white colour. The original bike had only a front FS880 calliper but I added a rear one as I wanted also to include the contrasting purple brake cables.

  • Hotfoot Freestyle Frame / Forks
  • Hotfoot Freestyle Bars
  • Red Stone Tuffs
  • Dia Compe FS880 Callipers
  • Dia Compe Tech IV Levers
  • SR MS-423 Stem
  • Kashimax Handler Seat
  • Tange Seiki MX2 Headset
  • Odyssey O2 Gyro
  • Odyssey Gyro Cables
  • Odyssey "Par Ends" Bar Ends
  • AME Cam Grips
  • Sugino 44T Chain Ring
  • Sugino 175mm Cranks
  • Tange Seiki Bottom Bracket
  • Reproduction Decals

The complete restoration of the bike can be seen here.


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