ELF stands for Extra Light Frames and was started in 1981 by Ken Pendergraft. He started the company out of his Santa Ana, California garage and slowly brewed into a major BMX racing brand. Most of the promoting was done through his BMX Race Teams which were located throughout the United States. Over the years ELF has produced many iconic frame designs such as the Double Cross, Double Butted, Traction Plate, and DX-III just to name a few. ELF has made lots of BMX goodies as well including stems, hubs, padsets, seatpost, handlebars and partnered with Cook Bros to design and build an ELF Branded Dog Bone crankset. I’ve owned quite a few frames and parts over the years from ELF, always loved the stuff they have made.
This is a mid school ELF Frame made out of 4130 Chromoly tubing. This frame is stamped CR1194 which means Cruiser made in November 1994. It has a 19.5″ top tube center-to-center and aprox 112mm axle spacing. Designed for smaller lighter weight riders and is most likely a Junior or Expert model. Takes a standard 1″ threaded fork and 30.2mm cupped headset. Euro BB shell is aprox 68mm wide. Most 1995 and later ELF Frames have cantilever brake mounts, so I am going out on a limb here by saying this is probably the last year caliper brakes were used on most ELF Frames. Super rad little race frame that I would imagine has some sort of weight limit. The craftsman ship on this is nice and should be a USA built frame.