Robinson BMX

Robinson BMX Racing reference page

Robinson is one of those brands that almost has a cult following, for good reason. Does it have the iconic Robinson name? Then great, it belongs here. Posting up pictures of what I can find including Old School BMX Frames and Mid School parts with a bit of history. Chuck Robinson started designing frames in the late 1970’s, and out sourced the fabrication to another company. Seems as if the brand ran short on capital to properly advertise. In 1987 the Robinson Racing Products brand was sold to GT Bicycles for an undisclosed amount. After the buy out in 1987 some upper end Robinson bikes came stock with parts such as GT Sealed Bearing Hubs and GT Power Series Cranks. In 2001 the party was over for the old/mid school brand of Robinson when GT Bicycles and Questor partners were bought out by Pacific Cycles. I have seen a few 2010’s new school Robi’s floating around the web. I’m not sure who is/was running the show on the new school stuff, or if they are still at it as of 2019.

Here we have a 1992 Robinson SST Frame. It’s full chromoly steel and made in the USA. It has the sought after badge welded to the seat tube. SST’s were a killer mid school race bike with great geometry. I’m not sure if the stickers are original, or if indeed it’s a team model or not. It’s stamped “0392” which makes the manufacture date of March 1992. These earlier models did not have cantilever posts, and often had calipers or Pitbull brakes.

Some Specs:

-American Bottom Bracket Shell ( 66.5mm Width )
-Headtube is 4″ tall and takes 1″ threaded BMX specific headset in 32.5 or 32.7mm Cup size
-Top tube measures aprox 19 1/4″ center of seat tube to center of head tube
-Seat Tube takes a standard 22.2mm Seat Post, and 25.4mm Seat Post Clamp
-Dropout are old school 3/8″ Size with aprox 110mm Axle Spacing

This frame weighs in at 4 pounds 5 ounces on my digital scale. The tubeset is very strong but fairly light as well. They made it just heavy enough to last and to not be too flexy. Dropouts have some decent thickness. Welds look great and the half looptail design is fairly stiff. It’s a straight forward BMX frame design without a bunch of useless bells and whistles.

FSA Afterburner BMX Cranks branded Robinson. These CPI crank arms use an FSA 6 spline alloy spindle. The original Afterburner design came out in the mid 90’s and was CNC’d. Later versions like this example here were produced in the late 90’s and were branded Powerlite, Robinson or GT. Some of the Bearings are sealed cartridge type, while others are looseball “headset” bearing retainers. Super stiff 3 piece crankset that is actually fairly heavy. If you want speed these are a good choice, and will not waste your energy by over flexing. That said, don’t expect a very comfortable and responsive ride for a daily cruise. Overall a very bad to bone mid school BMX Crankset that almost everyone can appreciate.