I want to buy a BMX. With it, I want to learn to bunny hop and cruise around and have fun on it. Hopefully it would be lightweight. I am a beginner but I would like to buy a quality bike so it can have a high resale value if I decide BMX is not for me. Also my brother does flatland so I can maybe give it to him if I dont like it.
My budget is $200.
I would like a straight brake (not the gyro brakes that lets you spin the bars around), to cut down on weight; and I'm pretty sure I wont be trying any barspins.
Actually I think brakes would be optional, I can always buy some brakes later.
I would like the frame and fork to be full 4130 chromoly steel, because I read on the forums its lighter
I would like for it to be somewhat lightweight (<30lbs) and have 3-pc cranks.
Listed below are some bikes I picked out on craigslist around my area. Could you please have a look at the links and tell me which ones are worth it? I know there are a lot of links but I am new to BMX so I have no idea what to look for. My brother told me to look for companies that make exclusively BMX bikes (not also road/mtn bikes). But I noticed that Haro makes exclusively BMX bikes, but it seems some of their bikes are pretty bad, so I'm not sure if haro is a good company.
Yellow Haro BMX X-01 Backtrail Series - $150
Red Haro Bmx bike - $200
Rhythm BMX Bike - $175
Free Agent BMX Race Bike - $200
RedLine Tarmac and Trail Series - $150 (are these 1pc or 3pc cranks?)
Giant Bmx Bike - $150
EASTERN LOWDOWN BMX BIKE - $150
20.75'' DK BMX Park bike - $200
MirraCo Blend 2 BMX Bike - $20
2008 Haro F2 20inch BMX Green - $200
Haro F2 series bmx bike - $150
GT FLY - $110
Fitbike Freestyle BMX Team Edt. - $200
Freeagent BMX bike - $170
Custom BMX Haro/Fly/Fit - $200
haro f3 bmx bike - $90
Fuse BMX Model-III - $125
dragonfly bmx biike - $150
20' bmx bike mirraco.fivestarpark - $180
BMX RACING BIKE MOSH EXPERT - $175
GIANT GFR BMX BIKE / BICYCLE - $100
20inch Redline Bmx Bike - $80
Hoffman bike - $150
mosh bmx bike - $250
free agent hell cat - $200
dave mirra 20" $250 obo
20" BMX Fitbike XL - $225
BMX Intense.. - $240
GT BMX Bike - $250
dirt jumping bike built - $200
Also what is the difference between a freewheel and cassette in the rear? I understand cassettes can be made smaller (9-11t) and freewheels are restricted to 15t and larger, but are cassettes better than freewheels? are they better made or last longer? From what I understand, a smaller tooth cog would wear out faster than a larger cog. But I guess with a smaller cog you can run a smaller chainring in the front and it would be less weight and size? Is that the appeal to using small cassettes?