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Old 04-26-05, 07:48 PM
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Want a new BMX

alright, I want to start training with a BMX since I mountainbike. I noticed while riding my friends BMX bike It felt more rigid and I felt stronger. Thing is I don't know what to get. I am not going to do anything serious. But I want a good bike for $250 remember I am not even hitting anything big or grinding or anything like that, just training on a SS Bmx. I love SS. Anyways my LBS carries trek and redline. What should I get I could also order something else in so any good BMX suggestion would be greatly appreciated.



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Old 04-26-05, 09:33 PM
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SS BMX? What's that?
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SS usually means single speed, but it's kinda redundant here...
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Yes, redundant indeed. I thought that you were talking about the old Profile complete of that name.
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Get a cruiser. 24" wheels will make the transition easy, but you still only get one gear, and a very rigid setup. That will give you the workout you're looking for, but still retain a bit of comfort. I raise my seat and ride to a local track/jump area, then lower and hit the dirt. You can race, do some light jumping if you know how to land, and still do wheelies and generally get stupid. And they're laughably cheap compared to a mountain bike. I think a 20" bike would be too small.
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Originally Posted by Expatriate
they're laughably cheap compared to a mountain bike.
I totally agree. That's why I got one, there's almost no reason not to, and plus they are just BA.
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if you're going the cheap route, get a low-end aluminum race bike. if you want to get something that will last get a quality steel race/jumping frame like an S&M or Metal. on bmx bikes a good frame should be about 300. you can go cheap on most of the components except for the cranks. if you're in the states try https://www.danscomp.com/
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Originally Posted by kwhord
if you're going the cheap route, get a low-end aluminum race bike.
Why? You could get a decent-enough Taiwan-built 4130 chromoly frame that doesn't weigh all that much more and is much stronger for around the same price.
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i did a little research for ya:

Aluminum:
MCS TRACER PRO BIKE: $279.99
TIG welded 6001 aluminum frame, 1-1/8" chromoly racing fork
2-pc chromoly bars, 175mm tubular chromoly cranks,
36H wheels with Alex rims and 3/8" axles, Tektro V-brake, dirt tires, padded racing seat, alloy micro adjust post. 21" Toptube (26 lbs)

this thing has solid components, very good deal.

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DK FURY (24") Cruiser $239.99

2005: 6061 T-6 aluminum frame, chromoly fork, DK Trail stem, DK 2-pc bars, DK Vice grips, Black 36H alloy wheels, 175mm tubular chromoly 3-pc cranks, Wellgo platform pedals, padded race seat, Tektro linear pull brake. 21" Toptube. (25 lbs)

also top-notch for the money, 3 piece cranks, great components.

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FREE AGENT ELUDER BIKE (2005) $229.99

Made from 7005 aluminum tubing with squared chainstays. Racing fork with chromoly steerer, BMX 2-pc bars, 175mm hollow chromoly cranks, 44T chainwheel, alloy platform pedals, 36H wheels with alloy hubs, 16T freewheel, Tektro linear pull brake, padded seat, alloy seat post, dirt tires. 20.9" Toptube (25 lbs)

This is a good bike, but I will tell you I am biased. I personally would stay away from the redline because I prefer the smaller rider-owned companies. the older bmx companies and montain bike co's that also make bmx products seem to always be a little behind. the rider-owned companies tend to push most of the innovations in equipment and then the bigger companies copy them. sorry for the rant, and the thread hijack :0

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Steel:

most of the steel race/cruiser frames are out of your budget.

you can check these out at danscomp website. no I dont work for them. I've just had great experience buying from them over the years. the fill orders very fast. where I live i get my order the very next day!

anyway, hope that helps...
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Oh, I see. You're talking about completes; when you mentioned S&M and Metal, I immediately thought of frames.
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can't build much of a custom bike on a $250 budget. I haven't looked at complete bikes in years, the values are much better now. I got my first "race" bike in the mid 90's it was a schwinn. it had a low-grade steel frame, 1-piece cranks, unsealed wheels, and cantilever brakes. I paid $350 for it in the mid 90's!!!.

now you can get 3X the bike for less money.

those completes will do great for your purposes. good luck.
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One of the nicest completes I've ever had was a Redline John Purse sig cruiser.
But there's reeally no need to disregard a 20" bike, they come in much bigger sizes than they used to.
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If you can find a DK dealer, they have a couple good 24" bikes. The fury is aluminum, and the general lee is cromoly, and has more spokes.
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Thanks Guys looks like I'll have to find a DK dealer and pick up a DK bike thanks.
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