BMX Bikes

1979 Malvern Star SuperMax 5 Hole

The early 5 Hole gusset version of the SuperMax is by far my favourite so it seems strange that I built a Series II and CrMo before focussing my attentions on this one. Having said that, I have been collecting pieces for this build for a number of years now, just waiting ..

I bought this frame and forks from The Professor and got the frame stripped and painted a unique baby blue by Pete (Madman's BMX Painting Services) and had the Tange TRX forks re-chromed by Starr Plating in Boronia. SuperMaxes never came in baby blue but I believe the cheaper model - the Maxi - did.


All of the parts on the bike are either NOS, new reproductions or restored original parts. The NOS parts include the Takagi cranks, Shimano Tourney callipers, Shimano DX levers, Kashimax seat and the OGK grips. Restored parts include the Ukai rims, Suzue High-Flage hubs and the WIN alloy bars.


Restoring the alloy bars was a labour of love. I bought a set of eBay and stripped them of their anodising and set about to restore them by first sanding out the scratches and them polishing them on the wheel. I think I removed about a millimetre of meat from the gouges on the upper bends of the bars near the brake levers and around the crimping where the previous stem had sat. In retorspect, I am not sure why I didn't just buy some better ones !

I have a full build story on the website here.

  • Malvern Star SuperMax Frame
  • Tange TRX Forks
  • Tange MX125 Headset
  • Nitto MX2 Stem
  • Suzue High Flange Rims
  • Ukai Box Rims
  • VP Pedals
  • Suntour Seat Clamp
  • Takagi Tourney 3pc Cranks
  • Shimano DX Levers
  • Shimano Tourney Callipers
  • Kashimax MX Seat
  • Comp II Tyres (Reproduction)
  • Tange Seiki Bottom Bracket
  • OGK Grips
  • WIN Alloy Bars

The complete restoration of the bike can be seen here.


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