1990 Peregrine Expert

Out of all of my Peregrines, this one is the strangest. So the public story as we know it starts when a www.bmxmuseum.com member tries selling the frame for $5000. As you can imagine, the backlash from the community was quite harsh. A year after it was originally posted the bike was still for sale, but the community had moved on, so I approached the owner and we struck a deal. He is actually a nice guy who had to deal with his deceased brother's collection.

I am going to preface this story that most of this in hearsay and conjecture. No Peregrine employees have ever been interviewed to my knowledge.
Let's go back in time a little. It is circa late 1990's, most likely around '97-'98. Steve lives very near to the Peregrine warehouse. Because let's face it Peregrine never had a factory. Most everything was made overseas, badged and assembled in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Steve liked to dumpster dive for bike parts and when Peregrine closed it's doors for good, Steve hit the jackpot, because a lot of items went in the dumpster. There is hearsay that the Peregrine inventory was sold and only "unwanted" items ended up in the dumpster, we may never know what really happened.

So this bike was part of Steve's dumpster retrieval. I do not believe this bike was ever ridden or assembled for riding. I will point out the oddities along the way and share what I have learned about the Peregrine Expert.

This is the original head tube badge. I currently regret removing it, but in time I will rectify my mistake. I believe this is the only original decal left on the bike, but then again, maybe it was a sample..


Anyone who collects Peregrine knows that original Peregrine decals are extremely rare and hard to come by. So I found a set of reproduction decals for an '87-'88 Peregrine Expert. Why is that important? I will explain later. So here is the head tube badge after.

Here are a couple of pictures of the other decals that were on the bike.


Okay, now we are going to step into the twilight zone... Seat clamps where they do not belong. See pictures below. That is right, you are not seeing things. There is a Peregrine seat clamp below the platform on the seat tube, and one on the left chain stay. There are many speculations as why they are there and how they got there. The truth is, I don't know either. What I do know is that the clamps were NOT put on the bike after it was constructed and chromed. The aluminum clamps would not be able to handle the stress of being stretched far enough to get around the tubing, and there are not any stress fractures.Besides the decals, they look unused.

Moving on to the rear drop outs. First, why would you grind the opening to be square? Second, why are there really large washer marks? My speculation is that this frame was mounted for mechanical reasons, like assembling other parts, or reasons I cannot fathom.


This frame does not have signs a bottom bracket was ever installed.

The seat tube did have a seat clamp installed at one time.

Yes, it is definitely a Peregrine! 


All of the pictures above are before I cleaned it. It did not have any rust to speak of. It was just dirty. The pictures below show it cleaned up.

Here is is with the new decals. At this point I was missing the seat tube decal, but I did get one.


On to the fork. I looked for a fork for a couple of months, impatiently mind you. I could not find an original Peregrine fork, so I settled on an '87 Schwinn Predator fork. I know the fork is not correct, however it is better made, has a cool integrated cable guide and to the untrained eye, looks correct. If I ever install the correct decals, I will put on a correct fork. However this frame may never had a matching fork?? 



Schwinn decals removed and Peregrine decals applied.


Picture of parts I have collected for this bike. I have not tried to stay part correct or era correct at all. This build is purely for fun and show.



Peregrine made Cosmic brake cables in red, but they are relatively hard to find. I am not sure I would have wanted to cut apart an original set anyway. I also have not been able to find gyro cables in cosmic red. I am not sure anyone made them, so I bought a set of generic cosmic cables and made my own. You can see the knarp I had to use in the left brake lever.

The next part of this process is finding cranks. My main issue is paying an exorbitant price for Peregrine cranks.  They are so popular that recently a complete set sold for $800 on ebay.com. I managed to find two right orphans for a really good price. The hard part was finding a match. My theory is they came in pairs, so the other side is out there somewhere.

I was able to purchase a damaged left crank from a www.bmxmuseum.com member. The spindle boss was so rusted that when it was sand blasted, it disintegrated. One of my neighbors helped me make a new spindle boss.

He then cut out the old one and welded in the new boss. And off to get re-chromed they went.

Here they are after re-chroming. Now I need to find crank decals. Thank you to http://www.badgermetalfinishing.net/ for the great work!

I mocked up the bike to see how it would look with the wheels and seat on it. I think it is looking good!


Since the last post I have worked on the last remaining items to finish this bike. I got the cranks installed with a Redline bottom bracket and Peregrine Platinum sprocket. I think the bike would look better with a black sprocket, but I have not found the right one yet. As you can see, I also installed the crank decals and Izumi chain. I still need to get the cups for the cranks.

 I also found a set of NOS first generation 9/16" pedals.

I apologize for the late afternoon winter sun, but it was above freezing, and the sun was shining, so I grabbed the opportunity to shoot some pics. Some more detail pictures....










Parts List:

  • 1990 Peregrine Expert Frame with extra seat clamps :)
  • 1987 Schwinn Predator Fork
  • Peregrine Q2 Bars
  • YST Headset
  • Peregrine Twister Rotor
  • Lee Chi Rotor Bracket
  • Custom Gyro Cables
  • Peregrine FSX-111 brakes
  • Peregrine One Stop Brake Levers
  • Peregrine Wild Pair Grips
  • Peregrine Power Stem
  • Peregrine 22.2 Trick Top Seat Post
  • Peregrine Seat Clamp (x3)
  • Peregrine Constellation Seat
  • Peregrine Cranks w/Redline BB (restored)
  • Peregrine Platinum Compact Disc
  • Peregrine First Gen UF-1 Pedals
  • Izumi Black & Red Chain
  • Peregrine Super Pro Wheels (rebuilt)
  • Panaracer Tires
  • Peregrine First Gen Pegs

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