What to know
In this guide we’re assuming you’re looking for a complete bike that you can roll out of the shop, or the box we’ll send it to you in, and hit the race track for an arvo or night of racing. Or maybe you’re a parent looking to cut a few laps on the track with the kids because god damn it, you want to join in on the fun! You were pretty handy back in the day and looking for a fun way to work on the fitness levels. That’s why BMX racing is perfect for the whole family.
We are currently working on a comprehensive BMX race bike sizing guide, having a bike that “fits” you is essential for your riding progression and you should have this sorted before hitting the checkout button. Generally speaking you need to be fitted when you choose a race bike, so coming in-store is a great way to do so. If this isn't an option then check the sizing chart below.
What’s your racing level at the moment? Or are you stepping it up? From just starting out, to hitting the national championships, we have you covered with the best race bikes for this year, and cross-reference them with their price so you can hit that sweet spot.
At this price point, you’re going to get on a bike that will easily handle racing at the club level for the first time racer and would typically be used for the first year/season of racing. You might be looking at some of the club coaching sessions to get your rider ready for some racing or looking for a race BMX bike to ride the local pump track and occasionally the race track.
A bike at this level and price point will take care of all or the above riding scenarios, but not necessarily will you be skimping on the main frame material, which for our suggestions here, are an all aluminium/alloy frame to keep the overall weight down. If you’re coming from a freestyle and buying a race bike for your little one, they will be featherweight. Forks and handlebars will be hi-tensile steel, or just steel. Wheels will have loose ball hubs with single-walled rims which mean they won’t be as strong as double-walled rims, but are fine for the majority of riders at this level as they won’t be hitting the bigger jumps yet.
You’ve survived your first year of racing and now you’re ready to crank it up a notch or two, and step onto a more serious race rig. These BMX race bikes will have sharper race geometry, more alloy and chromoly (lighter and stronger) components and overall, be a little lighter than the bikes at the entry level.
Bikes at this level in sizes Expert and smaller will typically have chromoly forks, alloy handlebars and double-walled alloy rims. All spec’d to take the hits of a rider who’s probably jumping, and who’s speed demands a sharper handling, more responsive BMX race bike. Other components like the hubs will have sealed bearings that require little or no maintenance, and provide better dust and water sealing. Brakes too are likely to be of a higher quality.
Here you’ll also find good quality 24 inch cruiser race bikes. Perfect for mum or dad to get out on and chase the kids down on the track.
If you’ve come straight to this level, then you’re probably upgrading from your first or second race bike that you’ve hammered into the ground whilst learning the craft of BMX racing. Maybe you’re just starting out and want to jump straight into the deep end and onto a high-end race bike. No harm in that. Afterall, in comparison to other bicycle sports, a BMX racing bike is relatively cheap compared to, say, mountain biking.
At this price point, you’re also looking at complete, ready to go BMX race bikes in the bigger sizes from Expert XL, up to Pro XXXL and into the 24 inch cruiser class. Frame materials are usually a higher quality aluminium, and carbon fibre forks versus chromoly are often spec’d. This is a typical upgrade most racers make to a mid-level race bike. Other upgrades found at this level are disk brakes versus V-brakes and nice touches like internal cable routing. In fact, most parts are of a higher quality reflecting the price and often the bikes have had design input from elite level racers, leading to race focused geometry and a sharper machine all round. One thing you will probably add are a set of clip pedals as all complete race bikes are supplied with flat pedals as the type of clip pedals a rider runs is a very personal preference. See our range of clip pedals here.
Still not sure what's the right bike for you, or maybe can't find what you're looking for?
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