1976 FMF Team Replica
If you know the name FMF, you know they have been making motorcycle stuff for a long time.
This bike is a FMF Team Replica, a collaboration project between FMF and pioneering BMX company Race Inc. Like a lot of great BMX innovations, this bike came from the brain of Race Inc. (and later SE Racing’s) Scot Breithaup.
In 1976 Race Inc. released the RA-7 model which was the first mass-produced aluminum BMX bike. Race Inc. RA-7 frames ended up being sold as FMF Team replicas, Peugeot CXP-500s and Cycle Pro Spoilers and Foilers.
FMF dabbled in the BMX world for only a single year, 1976.
The frame gussets were the magic elements to these bikes. Using lightweight aluminum to make a racing machine that was going to be jumped, crashed and abused was risky at the time (as evidenced by the hundreds of broken steel frames that littered the nation’s BMX tracks). The bottom bracket, head tube and seat stay gussets added all the strength needed for these bikes to survive their hard life.
This FMF has all the cool parts available in 1976. There’s an aluminum FMF handlebar attached to a “double gooseneck” stem. Preston Petty Works GP grips. A Redline fork. There’s a fluted aluminum seat post, a Kashimax saddle, Takagi one-piece cranks and Union pedals. The pads have snaps, not Velcro, to attach them. The Bendix coaster brake hub controls the speed on this bike, and everything rolls on Araya 7B rims.