BMX - 14 mm axles
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Ive always had old school bikes, and now Im purchasing my first new school. Im looking to do freestyle riding, and I have a few questions about the axles. What are the pros and cons of 3/8 vs 14mm? I see some of the bikes still come with 3/8 axles in the front, while the rear has 14m dropouts, why is that? I thought most new school bikes come with only 14mm axles for the more aggressive riding nowdays. This being said, is the 3/8 better and more versitle than 14mm, or maybe heat treated differently and better produced than in the 80s? Could someone help me out with this, Im looking to purchase a bike soon.
02-23-08, 10:29 PM
same heat treatment and material. Some people out there just says that 3/8 axle tends to snap when pegs are used and tip of sxle to drop out is put on strain. you will find particularly dirt jumping bikes with a 3/8 on front and 14mm axle on back since more weight and more impact is on the back, but street bikes has both 14mm axles as stated in my 1st sentence. And 3/8 axle well, race bikes particularly and light duty jumping bikes.
As for better products in the 80's? Nah, bikes just has evolved, 1 and1/8 stem, thinner steer tube, thinner yet wider bottom tube as opposed to thicker tubing. Lightness against 80's bike? About the same. Just stronger stems, forks and wheel set designs and brakes has really taken off in the past 20 years.
I guess many more people are doing racing, or park riding rather than freestyle/flatland these days. Most bikes I see have 3/8 front and 14mm in back. Ive always had just 3/8 and jumped and hopped all over them, and never really bent them before. But now I have 14mm option. Also the pegs are larger, to be placed on 3/8 also. Hmm decisions... Thanks for your help.
02-24-08, 11:12 AM
This just in, folks: park riding isn't freestyle anymore.
Is that pertaining to my question CMcMahon? cuz, I dont see anything up there in my paragraph saying it was.
OH wait, yea I did say that.. gee golly.. yeah your right its not. Wait, isnt it freestyle? It seems like it is.
Or wait.. maybe I was saying it was?
02-24-08, 06:04 PM
Park, street, flat, dirt or vert. I don't worry what it is or isn't. I just ride my bike.
Your absolutely right brother!
02-24-08, 08:00 PM
vert=park to me.
1) It's ALL BMX
2) 3/8 axles are just fine up front.
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