Pretty new to BMX riding, need help choosing bike, have choices!
I am just an ordinary rider, I don't participate in any club or ride 40 miles every morning Just about 2-3 hours a day, even more if I'm up for it.
The bike I want will be used more on dirt surfaces, and a bit on road as well. Basically you can say, 50-70% dirt and 30-40% road. I will be preforming tricks with the bike but I am a rookie at this, unfortunately. But I will still be doing the basics, and other fun stuff with it also.
I have read many reviews that say that it is a good strong dirt, but a bit too heavy, I think it weighs around 12.3 kg. (I have read that Mongoose isn't as 'good as it used to be' or something, and that they are sold in Wal-Mart?)
Eastern Traildigger, This is apparentley as said on the site a good beginner bike, but there are two beginner versions,
Number 1 really doesn't have my interest considering the color, and the second one seems a bit small for me, or I don't really know. By the way, what is the real difference between the two other than design?
The intermediate version of the Traildigger seemed nice aswell:
Stay away from eastern and those mongoose bikes. Spend $350 or so and get something full chromoly. it will last you 10x longer. it pays to spend a little more. Look at the DK Helio for the best bang for your buck right now.
To answer your question, yes some of the companies are overrated I guess you could say. And I guess they think they're stuff is worth more than it really is. But people buy it so it doesn't really matter.
Most people don't like Eastern, but I have to admit, they're high-end completes aren't toooo bad. I wouldn't buy one, but if one was given to me, I would rock it. And DK is a more trusted company among the people here. But DK has the best bang for your buck starter bike right now.
http://www.danscomp.com/101671.php?cat=BIKES right there. kink transition for about a 100 dollars off regular is 470. And if you get it before the 24th of this month you get 10% off if you put in oakley . so do the math thats about 35 more dollars off so thats well under your budget and better than any 350 dollar bike you can get. Id have to say thats the way to go my friend.