By Racer

Models (Pre GT)
Jr. [17.5″ Top Tube]
Pro 24″
26″ (3-Bar)

**I think thats it. If I ever find test scans from the magazines for Powerlite I will ad them for each model.

Early Powerlites ’77-78 had square brake bridges.
’79 and later had a slotted brake bridge.
It seems both the Pro and Jr. were available with Euro BB’s
Correct me if Im wrong on that.
Jrs. cam stock with Euro BB and Pro was an option.
1977-81 bike had a front gusset with hole.
1982 and on they dropped the gusset.

Again feel free to add to this.


39 Responses to “Bike Models”

  1. 1 james gideon
    August 23, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    i have a power lite p51 pro al i want to sell

  2. 2 how much>
    December 14, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    email me with a price,i have the first one ever made still!!! i want to build a cruiser. how much do you want? mark rink

  3. 3 john
    April 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    i also have a 97 power lite p51 pro al for sale. do you know anyone thats interested?

  4. 4 Karie
    April 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I have a bicycle that has powerlite all over it, its a 20″ “Ditch” Style number P1000TG and the serial # is C030821541 Can anyone tell me about this bike like the year, what its worth, and how much it cost? please and thank you.

  5. 5 nikolas
    August 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    i have a powerlite p-17 and i want more infomation please reply

  6. 6 cullen
    September 21, 2010 at 3:45 am

    i have a p19 i want to know about
    it is a powerlite
    and i may want to sell it
    check “local bicycle” for more
    as is to sell now $100

  7. 7 kevin
    October 12, 2010 at 12:55 am

    i have an older powerlite spitfire and i was wondering wat year it is please help.

    • 8 dave french
      May 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      i just bought a spitfire as well. its green, white lettering, gt. parts.
      serial number g01800016 but dont know the year.

  8. 10 andrew obrien
    March 23, 2011 at 7:10 am

    wanting to buy powerlite coqpit pro to xxl sizes.Australia.will buy from overseas.

  9. 12 Lisa
    May 3, 2011 at 3:13 am

    I have a powerlight bike that says Highschool on it. Does anyone know anything about this bike? Age, worth or really anything.

    • May 3, 2011 at 3:37 am

      Pictures are needed. It could be an actually late model when they made Freestyle bikes. Or Highschool could just be a sticker, as in fact could any Powerlite stickers on it. Try the BMX Museum or Vintage BMX and post pictures asking for help IDing. Worth will only get you booed. Its worth what people are willing to pay, to get max value sell it on eBay but shipping will cost a bit. So often complete bikes sell better on Craigslist. If its a modern bike it wont be worth too much.

  10. 14 scott
    May 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    i got a powerlite black bike dont know make i got a seial number YC96060161

    • May 26, 2011 at 4:49 am

      Its almost certainly a 1996 model.
      Other then that would need to see pictures of it and top tube lengths etc to narrow down the model. They made both AL and 4130 frames even.

  11. 16 ivan
    August 5, 2011 at 5:33 am

    i want to know what year is my powerlite bike my serial # is wy9L0066

  12. 18 Mike
    August 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I have a powerlite p51 for sale, not sure what year it is though…

  13. 19 chris
    August 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    i just picked up a power light jr .suntour 3 pc. stem is unstamped .looks like original front araya it has the smallest axle i have ever seen.jr forks 20 inch.i.bottom bracket tube is 4 3 pc only .more to come as i find out .for sure a keeper

  14. 22 glo
    December 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I have a 1996 powerlite ditch do you know how much they are worth

  15. 23 Tim g
    April 29, 2012 at 2:37 am

    CurIous what year this Powerlite is? Serial #05970341

  16. April 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Not sure , cant tell a model from the serial number usually. If it has a P stamped on it that would be good or an XL. If it has canti mounts etc then it probably is a 97. I think all the bikes by then except maybe the lowest models had canti mounts. To lazy to look. Generally speaking the higher the number the better the model.
    A P51 is better bike then a P19 for example without looking to be sure lol.
    Powerlite never really made a bad bike, but none of them command too much money when sold. It also depends on its parts etc.

  17. 27 Bruce Gradek
    July 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Is ‘ball burnished’ another way of saying polished in terms of describing the frame?

  18. 29 Brian W.
    July 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    You left out the SRX model. I own one that I am restoring. I’m not sure what year I bought it. I think its an ’83 or ’85. I mail ordered the frame/forks and bars direct from Powerlite.

    • July 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      What was the SRX model?
      Was it bigger or smaller then the Pro? What colors did it come in. Was it complete bike or frame set etc.

      • September 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        Sorry I didnt check the notify box! Its an expert. Its smaller than a pro. Same goes for the expert bars. The frame has a 18.5 TT. As far as i know Powerlite did not sell complete bikes. Go to:, click on bike & product tests, and scroll down the list. There is a pdf from an old bmx magazine test of the SRX. It has alot of info.

  19. October 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I have a power lite ditch model #P1000TG not sure how old it is the date code is CMP1117JC if you could let me know what year it was made and where i can order parts for it that would be great

    • October 10, 2012 at 6:23 am

      Well Its my guess that the date code is 1 for 2001. But that would be the build year and not perhaps the model year.
      If 11 is a month code then it would be a 2002 model. Just an educated guess.
      Any GT dealer may still have some old parts lying in the back room, check there and of course on eBay.

    • 34 Brian W.
      October 12, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Check out It is a great place to get information and members sell old school parts

  20. 35 Kieth
    December 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I have a powerlite ditch I want to sell and every thing on it is powerlite

  21. 36 Bruce Gradek
    December 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    What size Ditch? Pics?

  22. 39 Avi Azoulay
    November 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Hi I’m about to submit my Powerlite into the BMX museum and I’m almost sure about what model I have but I thought I would check with you all first OK the serial# 98500 I believe it to be 1978 Pro XL it’s my favorite bike to ride and I would kill for a set of forks that match the frame . I am not quite period correct on my componants , but it a bike that’s riden almost every day . I have S&M 11s for my handle bars , a GT layed back . I have one piece Redline cranks with a Crupi chain ring . I have a set of Sinz 20 1 1/8 rims , and my stem is an old school Dyno that’s really skinny looks like the DK ones . When I put those S&M bars on it with layed back seat post that’s when it felt like a glove to me . I just fit perfect and don’t look awkward riding a 20″ at my age . It’s like a smooth and fast ride it’s always tuned before every ride I pay about 20 min worth of my time going through everything cause I take long rides and don’t like to carry anything not absolutely essential to the ride.

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