Malvern Star SuperMax, Maxi and Speedwell Sting

While researching information for my '81 SuperMax, '83 Speedwell Sting and up-coming '79 5-Hole gusset builds, 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 Malvern Star or Speedwell 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

Hall of Fame: Speedwell Sting

Malvern Star bikes were also sold by Speedwell under their own branding. Speedwell's market share was greater in the northern states (NSW, QLD) whereas Malvern Star dominated the market in its home state, Victoria. The Sting range of bikes - the MKI, MKII and CrMo - were identical to the SuperMaxes sold by Malvern Star right down to the accessories. It is interesting that only a handful of Speedwell bikes are displayed in the museum as opposed to the dozens of Malvern Stars on display.

Although this frame is identical to the popular Malvern Star SuperMax CrMo, I have found very little information or photos to work from. I started this bike with a NOS frame, fork and padset and used pictures of the corresponding Malvern Star SuperMax CrMo to determine the other parts.

A totally original bike, this MKII Sting has the original Shimano tourney brake calipers, factory fitted with Skyway Tuff brake pads, Shimano factory bent levers, Shimano brake cables, Takagi Tourney 3 piece cranks with Tange BB, Shimano 44t chain wheel, KKT Lightning pedals, Tange seat clamp, Tange 1200 forks, Tange head set, ALPs alloy handlebars, ALPs fluted seat pole and a Nitto MX2 head stem.

His avatar and member name on OzBMX says it all - Speedwell Sting! Josh has built a replica of his childhood bike (shown in the last picture) in the original, gorgeous blue and yellow colour scheme. The only differences from the original are the Tuff IIs and the proper Speedwell pad set instead of the Shimano (?) pad set on the original bike.

As much as I love SuperMaxes, its a welcome change to see a Speedwell - especially one that isn't a MK I or a MK II. Dan's Pro III is a rare bird and is shown here in its unmolested state. I am not sure of the exact year but would hazard a guess at mid-80s?

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