BMX ACTION Test / April 1985 (thanks to Alex Vesa)

Howdy, gang, Whoo-ee! This should be a fun test. We've got some completely new goodies from Hutch for our slightly more than semi-crazed testers flail upon, so it's definitely drool and slobber time in the Most Factory Magazine test crew holding pens.
Two hot-out-of-the-jig frame and fork sets, that's what. In one corner, there's the Hollywood Series, which is a lot like the Hutch Pro racer that we tested in the December '84 issue.
What's different are some subtle refinements in the geometry, and the option of several eye-sizzling paint schemes - like violet, pink, and baby blue. Whew!
This exact frame and fork will also be used in the future for Hutch's Pro Racer and Pro Star complete bikes, but those scoots will come in more sedate finishes like chrome and white.
In the other corner we have the Judge Series frame and fork. This dude is completely new from the ground up, and comes in your choice of white, candy apple red, and a candy apple metal flake blue that's really sano looking. Read on and we'll give ya the full scoop on these two cool framesets.

Whipping out the Most Factory tape measure and angle finder, we see that the Judge's 74 degree steering head angle is steeper than the Hollywood's 73 degree reading. Chalk up snappier steering for the Judge.
In the seat tube department, the Judge is more vertical, too - 75 degrees to 73. Hmm, that's almost getting into the territory in which a lay-back seat post is necessary, even if you slide the seat all the way back on its rails.
Forks rake is a quick one inch for the Judge, while the Hollywood's remains the same as the old trusty Pro Racer forks at 1 1/8 inches.
You know what's rad? The judge's fork tabs are the same thickness as the

Mike Miranda, airin' out his Hollywood Series Hutch at the Sand Hills in Riverside, California. Is this stylin' or what?

ones used on Hutch's Trick Star forks - we're talking TWICE the thickness of normal dropouts? That helps stiffen things up. Ol' Timmy Judge himself commented, "When you get on the gate with regular forks, you're moving the bars to stay balanced and the forks are twisting a little bit. With these big dropouts, they don't twist. You feel more sturdy. You get on the gate and you KNOW you're gonna take off soon."
The rear dropouts are also double thick. Does this translate into extra durability? Are TJ and Miranda rad? Is Eddie Murphy funny? Does a bear poop in the woods?
The Hollywood has more conventional (and lighter) dropouts for both the frame and fork.

Bottom bracket height goes like this: Hollywood, 11 inches; Judge, 11 inches.
The bikes' rear end lengths are within 1/8 inch of each other, and the front ends are close to the same length, but the Hollywood's overall wheelbase is a little over an inch longer - mostly because the steering head angle and the fork rake aren't tucked in as tight as they are on the Judge. Also, when you're sitting on the Judge it seems a little shorter 'cause of its steeper seat tube angle.
Other differences? Well, the Judge has an extra-beefy 1 inch top tube compared to the Hollywood's 1 incher, and the TJ also has a

There it is--spartan,pristine, ready, and waiting. Exactly one half of Hutch's new frameset attack force--the Hollywood Series--built into full combat readiness. That violet paint is RAD!

massive 1 inch down tube while the H-wood's checks in at a still beefy (but not totally massive) 1 3/8 inch.
The fork tube O.D. for both scoots is exactly one inch.
The Hollywood frame easily wins the weight battle, tipping the marvellously precise BMXA scales at 3 pounds, 8 ounces, while the Judge - with its beefier dropouts larger diameter tubes, and thicker head tube - hits the 4 pound 3 ounces mark.
The Hollywood's forks win too, at a svelte 1 pound, 11 ounces, the Judge's are two ounces heavier.
Costs is in the neighborhood of $169.95 for the Hollywood Series frame and fork, and $179.95 for the Judge series. The extra cost on the Judge Series is for the bigger tubes and the thicker dropouts.
Both frames and forks are totally chrome-moly and the frames have a slightly slotted brake calliper mounting bracket.
Since we had the two different beasts to ride, this was a different test than normal. Also, since these moto-machines don't exist as complete production bikes, the Hutch folks were kind enough to supply us with two complete sets of there actually trick componentry so that we could give both bikes a full-on shakedown.
Each bike was set up as identically as possible to the other - including the same length chains, handlebars set at the same height and angle, and seats positioned identically - so that we could get the true comparison of exactly what each bike would do.
Of cource the next step was to unleash our test woobies and have them find what kind of riding style it takes to go fast on each bike. For that we went out to one of Mike Miranda's fave training and trashing areas, the sand Hills in Riverside, California.
This place is just about an endless stretch of decomposed granite (which is like coarse sand) that's ready and waiting to be built into all sorts of jumps. It's been the training ground of some of referee's fastest locals, including Miranda himself, Kevin McNeal, Lee Medlin and Mean Leo Green (if you remember Leo, you've been around a while).
Even Gibey spent more than a few hours there riding with Miranda when he lived in Riverside.

When you check out all the paint color options, you'll find there's nary a color in the rainbow that's missing. Sheesh, Hutch even invented a few of his own. Let's see, starting from the back, there's the white, pink, candy apple red, baby blue, and our personal fave, the candy apple METAL FLAKE blue. Can you also get components like bars, stems, seat post clamps, hubs and pedals all painted or anodized to match? Of

Miscellaneous comments went something like this:
''The Hollywood feels like it'd snap out of the gate good. It handles great in corners. The back end's short , so you have to watch how high the front
end gets over speed jumps. Other than that it's perfect."
"The head angle's: fine, and the seat tube angle's perfect. If it were laid back any more, you'd flip, and if it were any farther forward, it'd be uncomfortable."
"I wouldn't say that you should buy one of these if you 're gonna ride it on the street. It's a perfect track bike."

"It seems like the Judge turns a little quicker than your body does,
and you have a tendency to go wide 'cause your body's leaning out and the bike has already turned. It takes more getting used to "
''The TJ definitely feels stiffer than the Hollywood. When you land off a jump you don't feel any give - so you'd better land right 'cause the frame's not gonna flex and give you any extra to straighten it out."
"To me, the TJ feels a tad sluggish out of the gate 'cause both the head angle and the seat angle are so steep. It handles good in the air - both bikes handle about the same in the air .''

A southerly view of Miranda headed north in the midst of some classic Crews stylin'.

What did Timmy Judge have in mind when he designed the Judge Series? "For a long time I wanted a bike that steered faster. It works.
It's great, man. You just sit back, aim it where you want, and hold on .
" It jumps up a storm, boy. No doubt. The old Pro Racer jumped good, but I did a couple things to this one so I'd be able to do even more. I just wanted to be able to hit a jump and hang out in the air for a while."
Final feelings from our test crew were pretty much summed up by Kirk Chrisco, ''If you want to race hard and keep at it, either one would be a great bike. The Hollywood is more for an average rider, and the Judge Series is just for riders who like extremely quick steering."

The Judge is definitely more durable, stiffer, and requires more at-
tention from the rider. If you've got killer concentration and want a very quick steering bike, this is your cup of tea - guaranteed.
It's also heavier and more expensive, but the extra expense in the beginning may be worth it in the long run - especially if you're a highvoltage thrasher or you want a bike that's strong enough to double as a freestyler when you're not racing.
Everyone agreed that the geometry of the Judge Series frame and fork is perfecto-mundo for freestyle.

More aerial radness, this time on the Judge Series scoot. Both bikes handle most amicably--nothin' funny at all happens while airborn. That's Capt. Kirk Chrisco at the controls.

Most of our test dudes said that they'd pick the Hollywood Series as their first choice 'cause it's simply easiest to ride.
Both these framesets are excellent quality, race-bred moto equipment, so making a decision between the two requires you to examine what kind of rider YOU are, and what you NEED.

Ol' Hollywood Mike doin' a lil' flattrackin'. The Hollywood series chassis was more willing to let the back end drift out in corners, while the Judge Series would slide, but the back end would only come out to a certain point. The Judge's happier railin' the burms.


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$ 169.95
Violet,pink,and baby blue

3 pounds, 8 1/2 ounces
1 pound, 11 ounces
1 inch
1 3/8 inches
1 inch
1 1/8 inches
11 1/4 inches
14 1/4 inches with 36 5/16 inch wheelbase

35 5/8 inches to 36 11/16 inches


White,candy apple red,and candy apple metal flake blue
4 pounds, 3 ounces
1 pound, 13 ounces
1 1/4 inches
1 1/2 inches
1 inch
74 1/2
75 1/2
1 inch
11 inches
14 1/2 inches with 35 3/16 inch wheelbase

34 5/8 inches to 35 3/4 inches


HANDLEBAR: Hutch Pro, chrome-moly
HANDLEBAR STEM: Hutch Pro, aluminum and chrome-moly
GRIPS: Hutch, rubber
HEADSET: Tange BMX 125
RIMS: Araya 7X, aluminum
SPOKES: 36, .080, with brass nipples
HUBS: Hutch, low-flange with aluminum shells and hollow 4130 heat-treaded chrome-moly axles
TIRES: Tioga Comp IV, 20x1.75 front and rear
BRAKE: Dia-Compe MX, rear only
BRAKE LEVER: Dia-Comp Tech 3
CRANK: Hutch Aero-Speed, three-piece tubular chrome-moly, 180mm.
PEDALS: Hutch, sealed-bearing, cast aluminum bodies, aluminum cages, and chrome-moly shafts
BOTTOM BRACKET SET: Hutch sealed-bearing
FRONT SPROCKET: Takagi aluminum chainwheel, 43 teeth
SPIDER: Hutch, aluminum
REAR SROCKET: SunTour, 15 teeth
CHAIN: Izumi, 3/32 inch
SEAT: Kashimax Aero
SEAT POST: Hutch, chrome-moly
SEAT POST CLAMP: Hutch, aluminum


PURPOSE: Pure racing. Exotic frameset for the street
AGE RANGE: 13 and up racing, 12 and up street
QUALITY OF FINISH: Very good to excellent. Totally hot looking colors that are reasonable durable for a painted finish
QUALITY OF WELDING: Very good. Fairly clean beads with apparent good penetration. It's just a hair sloppier than we expect from Hutch
GEOMETRY: Very good to excellent. The Hollywood series is more for the average and up rider, while we would only recommend the Judge Series to folks who are VERY experienced due to the extremely quick steering. The Judge Series frameset DOES work great for riders who want a race bike that can double as a freestyler
HANDLING: You ride towards the back end of the bike on both models, but we had a tendency to lean back even futher on the Judge series to give ourselves a little extra safety margin for the ultra-quick steering. Both bikes handles equally well in the air.
Hutch Hi-Performance, Inc.