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: Malvern Star Maxi

The SuperMax and Maxi range of bikes typically shared basic componentry but differed in colour schemes and the level of accessories fitted - with the Maxi typically getting lower cost parts and these bikes were aimed at the lower end of the market. Originally, the Maxis were released with Tange pinch forks and foot brakes with the remaqining parts - seat, Takagi cranks, headset and so on - common to the SuperMax.


Known on OzBMX as jasbins, has a couple of bikes in the 'Hall of Fame' including this 1979 'Fanta' Maxi. Its early pedigree is confirmed by the lack of the retainer column on the headstem and the Ashtabula stem. Orange was one of the original colours available for Maxis (not SuperMaxes) and works well with black accessories.

   
MuckyPuppy's orange Maxi sports a pair of Tange 1200 forks and an MX2 stem like its bigger brother, the SuperMax. But the orange paint, pads and decals are all scream Maxi .. The orange and red work well together with the white Tuffs breaking up the colours.


Although technically a lower model than the equivalent SuperMax, this Maxi still features some high end parts including a Takagi OPC with matching chainwheel guard, Shimano Tourney calipers, Shimano pre-bent levers and OGK Grips. The Maxis got a basic colour range and Tange pinch forks whereas the SuperMaxes got different colours and the more upmarket, Tange 1200 forks.

   
Another jasbins Maxi, this Series II rider features a classic blue and yellow colour scheme offset by matching, polished chainring guard, Nitto MX2 Stem and Tange 1200 forks. The colour match between the Skyway Tuff 1s and the original Malvern Star paint is nearly perfect!


Judging by the serial number on this Maxi, I assume this was an '85 model made by Merida in Taiwan. I found this on eBay and it appears to be completely original - including the pads and decals.

   
Masquerading as a PK Ripper in its baby blue and brown colour scheme is this 1986 Malvern Star Maxi. This is a classic ‘80s colour scheme and Brett has extended it to include the chain wheel then fitted the bike with classic alloy rims, chrome hubs, handlebars and forks.


Though not as popular as the SuperMax CrMo it replaced, this model is a nice looking bike with classic geometry though it looks like many other Taiwanese bikes built by Giant, Merida and the like and has relatively low-end accessories. As such, the model is often overlooked by collectors .. this particular bike was purchased in its original glory by Clayton to add to his growing collection.

   
Jason started the rebuild of his '84 looptail Maxi with the intention of keeping it original but then decided to add the parts he always wanted as a kid. The finished bike features a striking yellow and red colour scheme with colour matched bars (they were too rusty to re-chrome) and red forks. The excellent decals were made by Decal Central in Queensland and a number of parts came from BMX Works.


These are my favourite Malvern Stars as it is almost a Repco Hotfoot. What? Well of course it is a Giant made looptail similar to the GMX-250 and similar to the first Repco Hotfoot. This example was found on eBay and looks to be original.

   
Again, not sure on the year of this model but from the look of the dropouts it could be a Giant made model from '85 or '86. Another of Clayton's bikes, this one is complete with a pink Viscount seat, pink Dia Compe 901 brakes and Tech IV lever and the original service manual.


Not sure who owns this bike but it sure looks original. In fact, with the exception of the missing coaster brake and what looks like an Nitto MX-2 copy, you could pass it off as original.

   
A quick search for jasbins on this page will show he has a real SuperMax problem - this is his sixth SuperMax / Maxi to grace this site. This one features an OG Maxi frame, TX-1200 forks, Nitto MX-2 stem, ALPs bars, Takagi OPC, spider, chainwheel and chain guard, Elina seat and an original Nagoaka seat post.

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