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Posted by: kelsey TITLE: AGE / VALUE:   Malibu hopper beach cruiser
i was recently given an orange malibu hopper beach cruiser by my grandma. as far as i know, everything is original and it is in great shape. i can~t seem to find any info about the manufacturer or pictures to help id the year. i found a serial number: OD0604473. my best guess is its from the late 60~s but i have no idea!!
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Posted by Austin
I agree with Ken. Built in Taiwan 70-80~s. Malibu Hoppers in red had the female frames. The male frame is a blue bicycle.
Prices vary. I~ve come across people wanting $35 for just the frame. I picked one up last week for $25 and it was complete. Tires were weather checked but that is it. I saw one selling on craigslist a few months ago for $100. Just have to find the right buyer.
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Posted by ken
Note this is all speculation on my part. In my opinion (without recognizing the brand) the Japanese coaster narrows it down to roughly 1972-1988, and most likely the whole bike is Japanese (a couple of manufacturers were still working in the US, but we~d recognize their names). Earlier, the hub would be Bendix, and later came Taiwan et al. I would personally guess later in the 80s because of the balloon tires, which made a comeback with the mountain bike.
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Posted by Brian
I have the same design as Kelsey I believe it has the "Malibu Hopper" and "California" Stickers. The tire size is 26x2.125 and the county of orgin on the reaction arm is Japan. Please let me Know!
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Posted by ken
First I suggest you examine the hubs. The coaster brake will tell a lot about the bike~s origin and age. Coasters from the late sixties could be expected to be American or European. see
http://sheldonbrown.com/coaster-brakes.html
Our Mr Brown says, "The reaction arm is usually the place where the make and model of the hub is embossed."
The country of origin is often on the hub shell of the front wheel.

Tire size is also indicative, since balloon tires went away almost entirely for a while.

Kelsey, please let us know tire size and whatever else you can find.

On a separate note of pure speculation, I don~t remember any orange cruiser from the day. I~d like to hear from the rest of you oldies.

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