3 Tips to Buying the Perfect BMX
There are many things to consider when buying a new BMX, and it can be quite daunting at first. We're here to help. We've broken down the process into what we think are the 3 most important factors when picking your next bike.
1. Skill Level
First step is figuring out which skill level you're at. Your skill on a bike is pretty important when choosing a new bike as it determines the strength that the components need to have to handle the abuse you dish out to the bike.
Beginner: You’re just starting out in the amazing world of BMX.
Hopping gutters and doing skids. Generally shredding around your neighbourhood with your mates on your first real BMX.
Intermediate: You’re becoming more comfortable on 2 wheels (or even one) and you’re a regular at the skatepark. Manuals, 180’s and feeble grinds are high up on you trick register.
Progressive: You’re riding style and control have evolved pushing you onto more advanced tricks and a bike that can handle more abuse.
2. Rider Size
Rider height and weight also plays a big part in choosing your perfect ride. Bikes of different levels are designed with a range of geometries to suit riders of all heights and sizes. While there's no set rule on what sized bike you should ride (in the end it's all about personal preference) we created a rough guide for which bike you you should feel most comfortable on.
Under 140cm: Juvenile sized bike include 12” wheeled balance/pedal bikes, 16” wheeled bikes and 18” wheeled bikes.
120cm - 170cm: Youth sized bikes will generally all have 20” wheels, and a top tube range of 18.5” to 20.75”.
160cm and taller: Adult sized 20” bikes will have a top tube range from 20.5” to 21.25”.
As much as we would all like the latest and greatest custom BMX we don't all have an endless budget to work with. We've split our range of bikes into the 3 main price levels with a brief overview below of why the bikes are priced the way they are.
Sub $700: Often feature Hi-tensile steel frames, steel forks bars and cranks. Sealed bearing rear hub. Single walled rims.
$700 - $1000: Usually feature more durable part-chromoly frames. Forks with a chromoly steerer and chromoly bars. Chromoly cranks. Sealed bearing headset and bottom bracket. Sealed bearing front and rear hubs.
$1000 and up: General feature stronger and lighter full chromoly frames with removable brake mounts, chromoly forks, bars and cranks. Sealed bearing hubs, bottom bracket and headset. Double walled rims.