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Originally Posted by UrbanPrimitive View Post
By flatland I do, in fact, mean totally flat. Tricks that I can practice in a tennis court. As for the brakes issue, I noticed that the sinner states that it's "brakeless" despite the fact that it comes with caliper brakes. My question about brakes earlier came up because on road bikes caliper brakes are the gold standard, and those are on bikes that have to deal with 45+ mile per hour descents. I know some are cheap, and you get what you pay for, but what I'm really curious about is whether there is something inherent to bmx riding that is contraindicated for using caliper brakes, or if U-brakes and cantis have become standard because that's what's been used since the '80s when all of this got started.
Thanks for the links. I'll be burning some time tomorrow flipping through those pages.
Freestyle started with calipers, not U brakes. Caliper brakes on BMX bikes have to reach much farther to hit the rims, and aren't nearly as good as road bike calipers. U brakes are used on freestyle bikes because they work, and are fairly low profile, so they aren't prone to getting snagged during tricks. (which, I assume is why cantis and Vs never caught on outside of racing)

If you want to run brakes that are worth having on the bike, get something with U brake mounts. If you want to do street/ramp and flatland, you'll probably want a bike that's more set up for street. Flatland specific bikes have different geometry, that makes other types of riding awkward or difficult. Considering that guys have been riding flatland since freestyle bikes were adapted from race bikes, I'd say that it's easier to ride flatland on a street bike, than it is to ride street on a flatland bike.
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