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Old 01-28-05, 09:29 PM   #1
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What bike to buy?

My brother is thinking of getting into BMXing and he is lookin for a bike, he's tryin to stay under $250, do you have any suggestions?
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Old 01-28-05, 10:23 PM   #2
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Hey I have a suggestion! You say you want to stay under $250? Well then, my bike was $230, and it's been a really good bike for me. It's a 2004 F3 Haro Freestyle bike, with three peice cromoly cranks, 100% cromoly frame and fork, good rims, Tektro U-brakes both in front and back, 39T/ to 14T gear ratio, a nice gyro, and good bars and tires. Since its 2005 now Haro has released their new line of F3's, and they look very sweet. They have a few part inprovments over the 2004 line, and there should still be a couple of different models that you could get for under $250. I highly recomend Haro, they've been making bikes for years, and some of them are pretty affordable. Heck, Dave Mirra uses a Haro bike, so they have to be pretty good! I suggest checking out their website: harobikes.com . They show all of their bikes there, and have all of the specs for each one. I hope my suggestion is helpful to you!

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Old 01-28-05, 10:48 PM   #3
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It did help thanks
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Sure myenzo, anytime! I'm glad I could actually help someone here!

PS: If you could, would you let me now how that works out? Thanks!
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you can get a real good deal on a fit complete at www.danscomp.com tell em AL D. sent ya.
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If you are looking to go to a bike shop for a first bike, which I recommend strongly, then Haro is an excellent choice for a quality bike at a reasonable price.

Online pricing for bikes is better, but they don't build it for you and if you are a newbie to bmx then you really need a halfway decent mechanic available to tune your bike up and make sure everything is tight. The shop likely offers free service for a month, or a year or something, so USE IT!!! Keep everything tight and watch what they do and you will learn what needs to be done. Play with the bike some yourself, and if you get confused, take it to the shop and ask some questions of the mechanic (not when they are swamped though).

If you are going to buy a bike online, there are lots of excellent deals out there and www.danscomp.com is a good place to start for sure. Or www.flatlandfuel.com if flatland is of interest.
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Yes, I completely agree with BMXTRIX, Haro's are excellent, and buying bikes from bike shops are a good idea unless you know how to build them. And also my bike came with a 2 year free labor warranty, so it was a really good bargain!
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Old 01-29-05, 05:33 PM   #8
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Well, I'll have to tell me brother this. Thanks for all the websites.
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Old 01-30-05, 03:18 AM   #9
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Hey Dudes,
Im currently living in India n it really sux there is a really bad choice of bikes here.I hav a 6 speed indian bike but its really bad.My frend has a really light bike which he bought in Dubai and i lov popping wheelies on it, i dont know the name.My mother is goin 2 Switzerland n i need u 2 help me choose a bike that is suitable for wheelies.
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Old 02-15-05, 09:23 AM   #10
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get a dk.
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Old 02-15-05, 09:28 AM   #11
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this one is from last month, stop
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so should I get a haro too??? I want to ride street? I need under 300 bukcs so coolio HARO
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so should I get a haro too??? I want to ride street? I need under 300 bukcs so coolio HARO

get a mongoose
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so should I get a haro too??? I want to ride street? I need under 300 bukcs so coolio HARO

Well I'm sure that queensrider's suggestion is just as good as mine, and he knows more about riding than I do by a long shot, so I'd trust his suggestions. But as you can see, BMXTRIX's suggested Haro as well and gave some handy buying tips and he definetly knows his stuff. So I'd wait around another day or so and read what other people's suggestions are for bike buying. (unless you cannot wait)
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Old 03-24-05, 12:36 AM   #15
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Well I'm sure that queensrider's suggestion is just as good as mine, and he knows more about riding than I do by a long shot, so I'd trust his suggestions. But as you can see, BMXTRIX's suggested Haro as well and gave some handy buying tips and he definetly knows his stuff. So I'd wait around another day or so and read what other people's suggestions are for bike buying. (unless you cannot wait)

I was joking.
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Old 03-24-05, 10:21 AM   #16
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Dude - you know you can't joke, people take opinions of newbie riders with the same adoration they do for riders who have been at it for 4 year... or 19 years.



ON THE OTHER HAND... For whatever reason, Mongoose has really stepped things up with their bike-shop bikes in the last year. The new Mischief, which is their cheap bike has 36/13 gearing, top mounted rear u-brakes, decent geometry, and just general good build design. It is NOTHING like the bikes that they sell at Wal-Mart and other department stores (stay away from those!).

Actually - stay away from department stores, toy stores, and sporting goods stores altogether. If you want a bike, go to a BIKE SHOP - or online.

Heck, you want crazy from Mongoose, then check out their 'team' bikes which actually include things like Odyssey cassette hubs, chrome plated rear rims, and full chromoly frame/fork. I don't think Haro, or any company making complete bikes, has this level of quality components across their top shelf bikes.

http://www.mongoose.com/bikes/detail..._US&brandID=44
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Specialized parts are pretty good, granted that they're all marketed under the Specialized name (aside from the Truvativ stuff); most everything seems to be either a good-enough design or a knock-off of something that Odyssey makes (ex: the hub shells look different, but the internals are the same as on the Hazard series of hubs).
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I believe Truvativ is owned by SRAM.
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so................all you need to do is post brands and certani bikes that you think i shoudl get ok
thanks
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I believe Truvativ is owned by SRAM.
I said that everything "aside from the Truvativ stuff" is Specialized; I didn't say that Specialized owns Truvativ.
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Oh. It sorta sounded like you meant Specialized marketed everything they make under the Specialized name except for what they market under Truvativ. Never mind then... heh.
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i don't like complete bikes, but thats after i bought one. wat i did was i bought a 04' mongoose expert, and as the parts have busted over the last year or so, i replaced 'em with parts that are to my liking, and are much higher quality. completes are a good way to go to learn on, but as the years pass, and skill increases, you will (if u do wat i did) have a much stronger bike than u had, and u will understand the bike alot better. its a good way to learn. i have also done alot of mods on the actual geometry and so on of the frame, but don't get me started, bottom line is i now have a bike that is perfect for me and my unique style and its all good. thats just my 5cents worth.
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i don't like complete bikes, but thats after i bought one. wat i did was i bought a 04' mongoose expert, and as the parts have busted over the last year or so, i replaced 'em with parts that are to my liking, and are much higher quality. completes are a good way to go to learn on, but as the years pass, and skill increases, you will (if u do wat i did) have a much stronger bike than u had, and u will understand the bike alot better. its a good way to learn. i have also done alot of mods on the actual geometry and so on of the frame, but don't get me started, bottom line is i now have a bike that is perfect for me and my unique style and its all good. thats just my 5cents worth.

That is exactly what I plan on doing too. It seems like a good way to go.
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That is exactly what I plan on doing too. It seems like a good way to go.

it can come out nice, but if you add up what you spent, there is a possibility of it totaling to a similar price of a custom bike
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JMC, im just wondering wut the bike scene is like in south africa. thanks,dont mean to get the thread off task
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