Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Between the mountains and the lake.
Bikes: 8 bikes - one for each day of the week!
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Racing bikes have a single brake, lower spoke count, are almost always aluminum, and have longer chain stays. They are designed to be light.
Freestyle bikes may have front and rear brakes, higher spoke count for stronger wheels, are usually steel, and have much different geometry. Strength is important, high speed stability is not.
A happy kid will have one of each.