Repco Hotfoot

While researching information for my '85 Team Hotfoot and up-coming '82 Team Hotfoot build, I got so sick of finding information then losing it again that I started copying images of bikes, parts and advertising material into a single place. To assist others, I have reproduced this information over the following pages .. most of the information can be found on OzBMX and BMXMuseum and I am not pretending that this informtion will replace either of these valuable resources.

Please browse through all of the material I have collected:

If you have any Hotfoot information or photos, please forward them to me and I will add them to the site. I am especially interested in brochures and advertisements as these are most valuable when restoring bikes back to their original glory.

Hall of Fame

Below are some Hotfoot bikes that have taken my fancy and influenced me in my builds. The beautiful thing about these bikes is that they span from factory original - down to the brakes, calipers, seat and other small parts - to a modern build where the only OG part are the frames and fork. That's one of the things I like about Hotties and their builders - anything goes. These aren't rare bikes and no-one is going to get upset that you have chosen non-original parts or colours.


Hall of Fame: Hotfoot Freestyle

Currently, only four or five Freestyle frames are known to exist in Australia and New Zealand. Like other Giant made frames, these feature a build date on the RHS dropout and a serial number on the LHS dropout.


Mr.Hotfoot's freestyle is an expression in individuality! Featuring custom decals by Lixy and a colour scheme designed by Mel and Mick, this bike is striking! Whereas the original bike had a coster rear brake and a cheap MX copy, Mick has fitted a set of polished MX1000s with the front altered for the cable to enter from underneath.

   
Legless found this 1985 Hotfoot Freestyle on the NZ Trade Me. After powder coating it orange, he fitted some altered WeThePeople 750mm wide bars, Odyssey Pitbull brakes and a Redline chainring / dual pinch cranks. The decals are customs designed by Legless.


This is my own '85 Hotfoot Freestyle which I have restored to a factory style - original bars, cranks and so forth - but have changed the colours around. The fantastic paint of both the frame and forks in white and the accessories in a custom colour matched to the OG colour of the Dia Compe Tech IV levers was done by Pete MadMan, the decals by Lixy.

   
Wolfs '85 Hotfoot Freestyle retains the original pink colour scheme put swaps out the cheap parts for some high quality equivalents including the Redline cranks, Hutch pedals, Skyway tuffs, Skyway handlebars and Tioga disk and seat clamp.

Supra34's 1988 freestyle is a totally original example of the Repco freestyles .. OK, its not actually labelled a Hotfoot but the spirit of them is there. The blue, black and white colour scheme is screams Haro.
   
Joe (131Racing) has a couple of worthy bikes in the Hall of Fame already but this restoration of an '88 Freestyle takes it to a new level. After respraying the bike himself and restoring and replacing all of the parts, Joe worked with Glynn Hicks of www.prosixtyfive.com to create some custom decals that are similar in design to the originals but include colours that match the build of the bike. The overall result is fantastic!


Found this '88 Freestyle on eBay - the seller has provided a nice set of detail pictures of what is essentially an original bike. The only things that appear to have been replaced along the way are the seat and rear brake cable which now bypasses the detangler.
   
Adrian's latest build started out to be a basic blue / black 'off the shelf' 88 freestyle but it needed a freshen up and new lease of life .. not content to stick to the factory colour, Adrian chose a nice colour combo of pink and blue to make it stand out from the crowd. Decals and pads were reproduced to perfection by Stephen at EsemDesign.


Because one wasn't enough, Adrian had to have an original. This bike was purchased in excellent condition - even the brake blocks are hardly touched. Unfortunately tyres where well and truly gone and a lay back seat post has been fitted, this bike is completely original and one that will be treasured and preserved for years to come. No rebuild or restoration required on this one, maybe just a bearing grease one day!

   
Adrian bought the final piece to his Hotfoot collection as a restored bike but sought out original parts to bring it closer to factory spec .. chrome bars, pink / white grips (found in the UK after a couple of months of searching) and Redstone Mags (from eBay US). The Redstones managed to get lost in transit thanks to Fedex but an observant Auspost work in Sydney contacted Adrian and got them delivered just as he had started the process of locating a new set. An original rotor, Sugino chain ring and NOS reflectors finish the package.

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Extra Info / Links

   OldSchoolMags.com  Have you ever wished that you could go back in time to the late 70's and early 80's when you could walk into a newsagency and see the latest issues of BMX Action, BMX Plus, Super BMX and Freestylin' in the racks as crisp and clean as the day they were printed? If you said yes to any of these questions, this is the site for you ..

   BMX Works  This site has everything you will ever need to restore an old school bmx from loose parts - nuts, bolts and bearings - through to complete brake sets, cranks sets and finishing parts, such as pad sets and decals.

   Madman's BMX Painting Services  Pete's work is second to none. I have two frames painted by him - a Hotfoot Freestyle in white and a Hotfoot 24" Cruiser in Hazard Yellow - and both have come out beautifully. Pete can also handle the stripping of paint and chrome and other prep work.

   Re-Rides  Sydney Australia based BMX restoration and photography. Rebuilding retro BMX bikes from 80's old-school, 90's mid-school and 00's new-school era's.

   SDBMX  SDBMX sells a distinctive range of cast alloy BMX rims that will finish of any old-school, mid-school or even new-school build. Styles include the Blizzard, Cyclone, Hurricane, Tornado and Typhoon.

Blizzard Cyclone Hurricane Tornado Typhoon

   Vintage Mongoose  Anyone who is interested in Mongooses (Mongeese?) has probably already found this site. When I was restoring my Motomag, I found this site invaluable for information and reproductions decals and grips. Warren, who is behind this site, is a local who is passionate - no obsessive - about the Mongoose brand and it shows.