Wow you really convinced me lol.(im a sarcastic dick ) But seriously, i've been shopping around online & checked dans list. I haven't found any other brand that offers chromoly frame and forks, 3 piece crank, front & rear brakes and a gyro for $200-$300. I had a GT Performer & that sucker was tough. I rode it around 20 miles a day for several years with little maintenance (hard ridin). I ask cause that was over 10 years ago & i was better at trickin on my buds' bikes. It was slow & heavy - could've been the old school heavy mags. What's so bad about GT? No one on here seems to like them but the specs make them look like the best deals around.
Go for the GT as a starter bike. Don't listen to dmh bmx.