Auburn 2013

18 05 2013

Bob Morales, one of the original owners of Auburn (along with Todd Huffman) Is restarting Auburn. He was recently over at the track that started it all for bob, the Orange Ymca. Before Bob did Aubrun and Dyno he did BME. He was a local racer at the YMCA along with some now familar names like: Martin Aparajo, Woody Itson and some guy, Eddie something or other. Just kidding Eddie Fiola. They were just racers in those days and very cool at the track. Pretty fast also and could hold their own. Though the competition at local races in those days at the YMCA was truly like a National. I actually worked for a brief time with Martins dad. Just a fluke thing I wasnt tight with Martin.

Anyway check out the all new Auburn!

After Dyno Bob went on to start a freestyle company called Morales. The bikes still have a cult like following. Not to be confused with Robbie Morales’ Cult.

1989 Auburn BMX ad

7 02 2011

This ad appeared in the November 1989 issue of “Go”. I dont have earlier issues from 1989 so Im not sure how long it was running. The ad is for a “New” model the complete CR20S. The frame set was sold as CR20. The bike complete with high end parts like the GT 3 piece alloy cranks is the CR20R. This new CR20S is a complete bike but with less expensive parts group. But note the bike in the ad still has CR20R decals. Click on the picture to see it larger.

So it is pretty clear the CR20S is probably a 89 model.

1994 Auburn BMX ad

22 01 2010

This shows a 1994 Auburn CR20 advertisement. I also show a closeup of the frame decal details as best I could with no scanner.

94 Auburn BMX ad

1993 Auburn BMX ad

22 01 2010

This shows a Auburn BMX advertisement. I also took closeups of the two bikes, they used different colored decals on different colored frames. What looks like yellow may have actually been neon green I’m not sure. Maybe someone with 93 decals can chime in.

1994 Auburn Bike Test

22 01 2010

In the September issue of BMX Plus! the test the 1994 Auburn CR RX. Cool test pits it against the Haro Monocoque. Hopefully you can find a download of the magazine as I have no scanner. I took these pictures with my camera.

Identifying an Auburn

30 08 2009

Ok this thread is a work in progress. Im using a few sources for now. Catalogs, Bike Tests and some input from owners. This will be edited as errors are found and new information arises.

Early Auburn. 1988-1993

First generation Auburn’s all had the distinctive 2 piece design. How you can spot the old Auburn’s from the newer ones, is where the top tube bends. Original Auburn design the top tube bends down before the seat post tube. This design means the bike is from 1988-1993. Bikes made in 1993 that bend after the seat tube are NOT 1993 builds but rather the 1994 model.  The August 1993 issue of BMX Plus! has a full page ad showing the CR20 and RX models. Still having the old bend before the seat post tube.

First generation Auburn’s ONLY came with a “Tri-Link” back end made from 4130. So 1988-1989 only had one choice, the Tri-Link.  In 1990 the “Works-Link” aluminum back end became available. You can also tell 88-90 models by the down tube decal if original. Auburn font was the original bold square font.

In 1991 the font became elongated and italicized.

It also appears to me that the original model was simply the CR 20R.  When they added the Aluminum Works Link it appears that they used to CR20 S for 4130 Tri=Link back ends and the CR 20 R and RX had the aluminum Works Link back ends.

It is not clear but it appears that all the early bikes sported a 19.5 inch top tube. It wasn’t until the RX bike was launched, in late 1990 as a 1991 model, that a longer top tube of 20.5 became available. The November 1990 issue of Snap shows a full page Auburn ad for the CR20 and CR20RX.

Some say the RX measures 21″. The September 1994 issue of BMX PLus! has a head to head shootout of the Auburn CR20 RX. It claims the top tube is 21″. My Auburn built in May of 1994 measures 20.5″ The 1996 Auburn catalog lists the top tube of the RX model at 20.5″. It is my belief that the 21″ measurements are simply wrong. More reasearch into this will be done to be certain.

Mid School Auburn. 1994-1996

In 1994 they no longer had the top tube bend before the seat tube.

Early 1994 Auburn CR20 EX had a 1′ threaded fork. Mid year they began using a 1 1/8′ threadless fork. In 95 ONLY the RX had the 1 1/8″. But in 1996 all the pro models used it.

1995 model year was the first time you could get a anodized Works Link.

In 1996 the Auburn’s began using canti mounted brakes (aka V brakes). 1996 was also the first time you could get a chrome front end.

It appears Auburn folded in 1997. Some prototypes were released in in the 2000’s. It is unclear if they made any production runs after 1996.

1996 Specifications

26 08 2009

Genes BMX has posted the 1996 Catalog here.

I cant grab the images since they are flash. Here are the highlights.


*Note all the 1996 models now feature 1 1/8 headsets, threadless forks. Chrome front ends are now available.

CR20 RX (Pro XL frame with 20.5 Top Tube, came with Aluminum Works Link)

CR 20 R (Pro frame with 19.25 Top Tube, came with Aluminum Works Link)

CR 20 S (Pro frame with 19.25 Top Tube, came with 4130 Tri Link)

CR 24 and JR20 RX were both 1 piece Auburns)

CR 20 I (Pro frame , 4130 1 piece frame, a first for Auburn)

The Works Link is now available in Black as well as Purple and Green. The Blue is no longer available.

Note the measurements are from the 1996 catalog, the first time they list frame specs.

1995 Specifications

26 08 2009

Genes BMX has posted the 1995 Catalog here.

I cant grab the images since they are flash. Here are the highlights.


CR20 RX (Pro XL frame with 20.5 Top Tube, came with Aluminum Works Link and 1 1/8 headset with threadless fork)

CR 20 R (Pro frame with 19.5 Top Tube, came with Aluminum Works Link, 1 inch headset)

CR 20 S (Pro frame with 19.5 Top Tube, came with 4130 Tri Link, 1 inch headset)

CR 24 and JR20 RX were both 1 piece Auburns)

Works Link also now came in anodized colors of Purple, Blue and Green as well as Polished.

Janruary 1991 advertisement

26 08 2009

This add shows the bikes being distributed by GT. We all know about them. But having owned Jammer numberplates  at one time I also know the other distributors. Strickly BMX was aka Reid Rowlands of Wooden Wheels fame. Wooden Wheels was the best bike shop team ever out of Delaware, led by New Jersey fast cat Greg Ferguson. I grew up racing in NJ and PA and saw alot of the yellow and blue uniforms of Wooden Wheels. TIP Distributing was run by Gene Roden. For those that know their history know Gene was a founder of the American Bicycle Association (ABA).

Ad shows the new Alloy Back end known as the “Works Link”.

March 1988 Bike Test in BMX Action

26 08 2009

**All photos from BMX Action are property of BMX Action and Bob Osborn. Do not use or reproduce without his expressed written permission**

This bike test appeared in the March 1988 issue of BMX Action. Auburns first bike test ever. The photos taken during the day including the color shot below of the bike were taken just off the 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar, California. I was at this photo shoot.

It clearly states that this was a Prototype bike.  Since the issue was in March of 1988, these photos were probably taken late in 87. That means Auburn was born in 1987 with production probably beginning at the end of 1987 also or the start of 1988.