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1986 Schwinn Predator Free Form EX

1986 Schwinn Predator Free Form EX

‘86 Free Form EX

Growing up, my neighborhood friends had Schwinn FreeForms, Dyno Detours, and a Mongoose Decade. Gary had a white EX and Sam had an orange Z. The bikes I had BITD was an 85 DiamondBack Viper and later, an 87 GT Performer. Even though I had my own bike, I’ve always liked the orange Z because it seemed easier to bunny hop 😂. 

I’m still wanting to build my childhood bike, an ‘87 Performer in Maui Blue. I’ve done a variation/tribute on an 91 coinroll frame and ended up selling that. Because of that lightweight feel, I have been keeping my eye out for “Sam’s orange bike”, the Z.  Well, I saw this freeform EX and kept contemplating because I thought Gary’s bike was heavy (Mags vs aluminum wheels). I figured I’d just swap out the wheels. When it arrived, I took it apart, cleaned it up, OA’d the chrome parts, and Salon50’d the wheels. Well, I got it back together and thought this thing has to remain original. So here it is, (except for a missing chain) all OG down to the Odyssey Barefeet tires.