Alright guys, I'm back again, the bike buying bug has bite me once more. I thought for awhile that I wanted to get a BMX bike but being 6'4 and 220lbs, it didn't seem right. So I was sittin at the bookstore today reading some UK mountain bike magazine when it dawned on me that I should get a urban/jump bike. But I wouldn't really be using it for jumping, just mainly urban stuff. Ya'll know I have a Surly Instigator but it's my pride and joy and won't be coming with me to school. So this is what I'm looking for...an urban/jump bike to be used to play with and commute to work. Work is only 2 miles from school and it's all downtown, I could practice my urban skills on the way . This is what I'd like it to have, horizontal drop-outs, I want it to be SS to keep things simple and I want it to be steel. I glanced through the freeride frames but nothing seemed to jump out at me. I'd like to keep it as cheap as possible, being that I have the surly. Also, do I need a front suspension system? I don't know, maybe. What do you recommed pre-built and then if nessacery, frame only. I hope this makes sense.
I don't know if I want to run 26" or 24". What advantage does the 24" have over the 26"? DMR I looked at but a bit pricey for what I'm willing to spend. I did find the P.2 Cro-mo and the Haro Zero. I really liked the Haro Zero because it was cheap but I can't seem to find any information on it.
Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
24" accelerates better, is a little stronger and makes the bike fit shorter (like a bmx but with an adult sized TT)
Isn't the azonic steelhead going for like 150$ on jenson right now. That woul dbe a good place to start. Either that or look at the Transition TrailOrPark...not cheap but oh god the frame is amazing to ride. (I LOVE STEEL)
Can't find info on a mtb haro...hmmm...might because they don't sell
The p1 is single speed but there's two versions of it. The aluminum one with dual 26" wheels, and the cromoly with 24/26 and a gyro.
The p2 is heavier and uglier (hehe), and it has gears.
The p3, probably a bit lighter, and it has better stuff on it. But still gears.
I think you could put together a pretty sweet bike with the Steelhead frame; I was toying with the idea myself. But $300 for a bmx seems more viable than $750 or so for a build with the steelhead frame and lower-end components.
Then again, I'm only 5'11, and a bmx bike wouldn't seem quite as small to me.
I think I might go with the Haro Zero, replace the fork and sell my old GF to get some cash for a new fork. I heard that the Suntour fork on it was a rebadged Manitou MZ or was it marzocchi. GAH! I can't remember. I figure someone needs to get it to find out if it sucks or not. I'll take up that responsibility.
Ok so it comes with a rebadged Marzocchi MZ comp, which I heard sucked but really, I own a Surly with, soon, a Z1 so this won't be a real jump bike. Just a play bike/commuter, only 2 mile ride from school to work.
Well I wouldn't say I would NEVER use it for jumping, just light jumping. You know I was diggin around on ebay and found a Mongoose Ritual for $449. It's a 4120 frame, awesome frame! But comes with a RST fork, ew. Looks like I'm stuck between the Haro and Mongoose, maybe the P2 chromo but it would have to be a hell of a deal.