BMX Buyers Guide

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BMX stands for ‘bicycle motocross’, with bikes designed for jumps and stunts in skate parks and urban areas. Given their size, durability, and simplicity, BMX bikes are a great option as everyday bikes for older children and adolescents.

Freestyle

Freestyle BMX are durable and manoeuvrable, designed for performing stunts on street features and in skate parks. Frame and components are designed to be strong and reliable. Lower priced bikes are not suitable for stunt riding. As bike become more expensive, the components becomes more suitable to skate parks and ramps.

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Race

Race BMX are more speed oriented than freestyle BMX bikes, as they are designed for racing. There is more of a focus on being lightweight, and feature a riding position that is more stable and nimble at high speeds.

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Frame

BMX frames are generally made from steel or aluminium, with higher end bikes made from chromoly.

Chromoly has a high strength to weight ratio, making it ideal for the rigours of BMX. They come in a variety of wheel sizes, with the race variety generally 20", but ranging anywhere from 16" to 26". Dirt jump and freestyle BMX bikes are generally 16" to 20", depending on the age and size of the rider.

Wheel size

  • 16 inch: kids BMX
  • 18 inch: small freestyle BMX
  • 20 inch: standard BMX wheel size
  • 24 inch: dirt jump wheel size, or cruiser style for older / taller riders