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Old 10-24-08, 09:27 PM   #1
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Looking for bike suggestions

Hey everyone. I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive bike to use for mainly dirt jumping, and maybe a little bit of street riding. Here's the catch though...I'm a small framed girl who's 5'3 and 110 lbs (and done growing), so I want something with a short top tube. I was guessing about 20.00", but if that sounds radically wrong for my size, please tell me before I buy something wrong. I checked the completes on Dan's and it seems like nothing small is full chromoly. I don't have a real budget in mind because I'm not even sure if the bike I'm looking for exists and I'll pay a little more if it means getting a bike that fits, but the closer to that $300 mark the better. Thanks.
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Old 10-24-08, 09:38 PM   #2
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check out the fbm executioner, its not cromo but a pretty nice bike, and small and around the 300 mark
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Old 10-25-08, 12:05 AM   #3
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http://www.danscomp.com/101071.php?cat=BIKES
Closest thing to 300$ but not exactly a 20" TT

http://www.danscomp.com/101125.php?cat=BIKES
This one meets your price but it is an 18" which might not be that bad for you depending. . .
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http://www.vitalbmx.com/product/guid...te-BMX-Bikes,6
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Thanks for the ideas.

$300's not a hard and fast line. If the ideal bike costs more, I wait and save up. I just don't want to piece together a $1200 custom if there's a $500 complete out there. I suck at BMX too much to justify dropping that kind of money.

Is there a downside to going with little wheels?

Brooklyn, do you have any tips for navigating that site? A bunch of the bikes don't seem to list sizes. And some of them post weird information, like it has the Fit PRK 1 listed as "4130 CROMO" but according to Dan's it's only a chromo top tube.
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I guess the smaller completes are typically not full chromoly cause it's not really needed for smaller/lighter riders. In which case if you're small enough to need the smaller size and aren't going to get any bigger you probably don't need the full chromoly either.

As for whether you need a 20" with a short top tube, or an 18", I dunno -- it's been so long since I was 5'3" I really have no idea what it's like. I guess the usual suggestion applies: go find a store somewhere, try a few out and see what feels good.
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Usually I would recommend full CroMo but at your weight and giving the fact that I doubt you will be catching really big air I did find one that should work; http://oldskoolcycles.com/DK_Cygnus.aspx. It has a 20.25" TT which for dirt jumping will give you a little beneficial room over the 20.0 you had in mind. I would stick to 20" wheels because you are still growing and smaller wheels are slower making it harder to keep up with others while riding in a group. What ever you get try if possible to get shorter crank arms if it comes with 175mm's. 170 or 165's would work better for you if you think you will not grow fast or past like 5'6".
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My friend who was 6ft rode an 18" for a while he liked it surprisingly. I tried it out and I was probably 5'5"-6" at the time. I don't remember but I pretty sure I liked that size and if your 5'3" it couldn't be that bad and it would probably weigh less than a 20".
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save up for full chromoly
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Yeah, I agree with fuzzy, save up for the full chromoly.
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or you could buy a complete and just get a new frame. its up to you
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I have no problem with saving up for the full chromoly, but the question is whether I can find a full chromoly small enough. I might go to a shop and try some 18's and see what I think of them.

Red Horn, I'm done growing unfortunately. If I'm light enough to not need full chromoly, that opens up a lot of options. But I guess I'm just hesitant to buy a bike that's made from crappy materials.
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Just looking at that 18" fuzzbox linked earlier...

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Designed for riders approx. 44-54" tall.
Sounds like it'd be a bit small, 5'3" is 63". It is full chromoly though.
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Im 5'6 and 130 pounds, And I feel really comfortable with my 20 inch, I would, If I were you go for a 20, But thats your decision, Your best bet to do problay is too go to a local bike shop, and tell them too throw out some sizes thatd be best for you.
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or you could buy a complete and just get a new frame. its up to you
That is the dumbest thing I've heard. You could get a custom at that price.
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I'm just hesitant to buy a bike that's made from crappy materials.
Some 3 main tube CroMo completes are decent and would allow you to hit your original $300 price point. IMHO you are on the right track looking for a 20 or at longest 20.25" TT. A frame will only generally snap if you have a little weight to you and ride aggressively or are just plain all out aggressive. Dirt is also more forgiving on a frame than concrete.

I have conducted some more research and still feel the DK I linked is your best bet.

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Sorry to revive this, but I did a little bit more research, and found this:
http://www.mirrabikeco.com/blend_one.html

I think I can get it for $440 before tax. I think I've seen a couple of you guys bash on Mirraco, but is there actually something wrong with this bike or do you guys just not like Mirraco because it attracts little-kid-Dave-Mirra-wannabes? It's a full-chromo, with 3-piece cranks and 2-piece bars, and I already have pedals that don't suck that I can put on it, but I don't know what else to look for. I also noticed the driveside is on the left. Since I'm using this mostly as a DJ and not for grinding, is that a bad thing? I don't mind paying the extra cash, but how does it compare with the DK that Red Horn posted before? No one has the Mirraco or DK, so either way I would have to either order it online or custom order from a shop, so I can't try them out before buying.

A lot of websites on fit are mentioning things like chainstay length, ST/HT angle, BB height, etc. I can't find any of that information on the Blend, and most BMX sites don't seem to post any geometry except for TT, so I don't even know how to compare other than going into stores with a tape measure. Is any of that actually important?

I also found this Hoffman, which can't seem to decide if it's full chromo ( http://www.evanscycles.com/products/..._campaign=awin ) or hi-ten ( http://www.danscomp.com/101365.php?cat=BIKES# ). I'm leaning towards the Mirraco, because I don't really like that no one can decide on what the Hoffman's frame is made of and the price seems to put it in "too good to be true" territory. Anyone know the real deal on this bike and whether I should consider the Hoffman at all?

I also test rode an 18" and it felt really weird. Maybe I could get used to it, but I think that option is off my list.
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I think the mirraco would be good for you.
I've rode one before and it felt good. I would say to get that one.
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