BMX Bikes

1980 Giant GMX-250

I had a Giant made looptail in my garage for a long time and was planning to restore it. It was pretty beaten up but with a lot of work could be made into a beautiful bike - the though of all of this work made me lose interest in the bike and I got rid of it. At that stage I had an '88 Repco Freestyle and an '81 / '82 SuperMax CrMo that I was building and I thought I would not miss it. I was wrong ..

A few weeks after getting rid of my previous Giant looptail, I saw this frame and fork on eBay and knew I had to have it. It was already painted and stickered in the colours you see and I knew that was one less decision for me to make. The seller, Grant Nichols, didn't want to post the item though and I arranged for him to hold it until I could get it back to Melbourne.

I had decided I wanted to get some restored wheels from Benny - Ukai rims and Shimano high-flage rims - and a set of Shimano 600 Arabesque cranks and as luck would have it, he was heading out to drop some items to Grant and agreed to pick up and post the frame and my new wheels to me. Happy days!


With the frame and accessories colours already decided for me, the collection for gold parts was on in ernest. Shimano parts were the obvious choice to match the 600 cranks that Benny was preparing and soon I had the NOS chain ring, DX lever and a Takagi chain ring guard. Not many people realise that Takagi was purchased by Shimano in the early 80s and thus it is in fitting with the Shimano theme.

The KKT pedals were sourced from the US and they are absolutely mint and in my mind are perfect for this sort of build. My other choice - the Shimano DX pedals - were way out of my price range and possibly might have looked a little heavy for this build.


The build consisted of a lot of NOS parts and parts restored by Benny. I stuck mainly to Shimano / Takagi parts although I was originally looking to use a Dia Compe 890 calliper instead of the Tourney I finally settled due to its size and the desire to build using most parts from one manufacturer.

The build is detailed here.

  • Giant '80 Frame and Forks
  • Giant Stem
  • Shimano 600 Arabesque Cranks
  • Takagi Chain Ring
  • Shimano High Flange Hubs
  • Ukai Rims polished by Benny
  • Shimano DX Lever
  • Shimano Tourney Calliper
  • KKT Lightning Pedals
  • Tange Grips
  • ALPs Alloy Bars
  • Viscount Seat in Suede


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