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What Big BMX bikes are you riding? 26"/29"???

Old 01-01-22, 11:44 AM
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What Big BMX bikes are you riding? 26"/29"???

We have a local Pump Track now and I'm considering buying a 26" or 29"BMX. Either a Haro, Redline, SE....

What are some good options on a brand that you like?
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My neighbor has a big ripper. Only 29” bike I’ve ever ridden. It’s fast but it’s kind of more like a really light weight and fast beach cruiser than a BMX bike.

I think 26” is already pushing it for a pump track. The bigger gyros will be harder to pull up and push down, without losing enough rolling resistance to make it worthwhile.
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26" OM Flyer




Have a 29" Big Flyer at home too, so i can echo what SkinGriz said about 26" being at the upper end --- The 29'er can be a handful on tight bowl turns, but its fun for other types of cruising
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If I was buying today, I'd get a Fairdale Taj and never look back. Great frame, solid build, and the 27.5" wheel size is a blast. Best of all, they're in stock!


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Originally Posted by DMC707
The 29'er can be a handful on tight bowl turns,
Why? Is it the wheel size or the the resulting wheelbase?
if you were to fit 26” wheels on 29” frame, would it be too big?
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Originally Posted by Fentuz
Why? Is it the wheel size or the the resulting wheelbase?
if you were to fit 26” wheels on 29” frame, would it be too big?
Both wheel size and wheelbase

And fitting 26" wheels to a 29'er wouldnt work -- unless you dont like to have a brake - but the bike is physically too big -- aesthetically it would be horrible , even if it were hypothetically a disc brake machine or something. Im also leery of what putting 26" wheels on a bike designed around 29" would do to the bottom bracket height. a pedal strike on a pump track would not be fun
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Originally Posted by DMC707
Both wheel size and wheelbase

And fitting 26" wheels to a 29'er wouldnt work -- unless you dont like to have a brake - but the bike is physically too big -- aesthetically it would be horrible , even if it were hypothetically a disc brake machine or something. Im also leery of what putting 26" wheels on a bike designed around 29" would do to the bottom bracket height. a pedal strike on a pump track would not be fun
yes, i understand the brake issue and esthetic (if it does nt look right, it s not right).
I was thinking wheelbase is the biggest issue hence my “lack” of handling with my 20” bkie that has pretty much a cyclocross wheelbase length…
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Originally Posted by Fentuz
yes, i understand the brake issue and esthetic (if it does nt look right, it s not right).
I was thinking wheelbase is the biggest issue hence my “lack” of handling with my 20” bkie that has pretty much a cyclocross wheelbase length…

Get the frame that fits you. Different frame sizes are available in 20” wheel frames.
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
Get the frame that fits you. Different frame sizes are available in 20” wheel frames.
my frame is fine for what I do but it s not optimized for bmx

Flat bar gravel bike build…. With a twist
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For me I personally wouldn't go any larger the a 26", especially for the track
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How high can you bunny hop these bigger bmx bikes vs when you where younger on a regular bmx bike?

I remember 1 to 2 feet was easy on a regular bmx bike when I was a kid. Now I am lucky to hit six inches on my gravel bike. I am thinking it would be fun to get a bmx bike again just futz around on but are the adult size bmx bikes so much heavier than before it won't be that much different than my 20lb gravel bike ?
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Originally Posted by sean.hwy
How high can you bunny hop these bigger bmx bikes vs when you where younger on a regular bmx bike?

I remember 1 to 2 feet was easy on a regular bmx bike when I was a kid. Now I am lucky to hit six inches on my gravel bike. I am thinking it would be fun to get a bmx bike again just futz around on but are the adult size bmx bikes so much heavier than before it won't be that much different than my 20lb gravel bike ?
The problem is the larger diameter wheels. No, you won’t bunny hop as good as you did on a 20” wheel bmx bike.
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Originally Posted by sean.hwy
How high can you bunny hop these bigger bmx bikes vs when you where younger on a regular bmx bike?

I remember 1 to 2 feet was easy on a regular bmx bike when I was a kid. Now I am lucky to hit six inches on my gravel bike. I am thinking it would be fun to get a bmx bike again just futz around on but are the adult size bmx bikes so much heavier than before it won't be that much different than my 20lb gravel bike ?
Lots of the big cruisers are really heavy. Good for wheelies, but the long wheelbase and the weight aren't optimal for bunnyhopping. IMO, the closest thing to the feel of a 20" is a 24" cruiser. Super fun, a lot lighter than a 29er, but you can still ride some miles on it.
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Originally Posted by Rolla
Lots of the big cruisers are really heavy. Good for wheelies, but the long wheelbase and the weight aren't optimal for bunnyhopping. IMO, the closest thing to the feel of a 20" is a 24" cruiser. Super fun, a lot lighter than a 29er, but you can still ride some miles on it.
thx

I wish I was good at doing wheelies. Back in the day if I was really really lucky I good probably do a wheelie for 10 to 20 feet. lol 90% of the time maybe 4 or 5 pedal revolutions
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26'r what else.

Haro railer.
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Haro railer.
Nice bike.

Did it come like that?

I have a klunker I really enjoy, except I would like shorter chainstays.
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Nice bike.

Did it come like that?

I have a klunker I really enjoy, except I would like shorter chainstays.[/QUOTE]
all stock except tires + seat.they also came in lime green.
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Originally Posted by DMC707
26" OM Flyer




Have a 29" Big Flyer at home too, so i can echo what SkinGriz said about 26" being at the upper end --- The 29'er can be a handful on tight bowl turns, but its fun for other types of cruising
That’s a nice looking ride.
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Got me a 20221 sunset fade Sunday Hi-C 29ner. Love the bike. Been progressing my wheelies slowly but surely. Anyone that is looking for a 29ner , just FYI. Fully chromo frame, bars and forks.
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I'm thinking of building up an older Specialized P2 with a rigid fork to see how it rides on the BMX track...... I normally race 20", but also have a 24" cruiser. The 26" P2 is allowed in cruiser class though.
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Riding a 2018 SE Big Ripper. a 29'' BMX style bike. I def have more fun on 20'' haro at the pump track but I bring the 29'' with me too.
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I have a 2012 GT Performer 26 that is regularly ridden
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My 29’ers

As I get closer to 60 and just enjoy cruising, I prefer the 29’ers…

2018 Bassett Superstar

2012 SE “Us vsThem”

2019 GT Pro Performer

2021 SE Monster Quad
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I took a hybrid and drewed the hangers and cable stops off and made this thing, 29r
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Originally Posted by Ammoyankee
As I get closer to 60 and just enjoy cruising, I prefer the 29’ers…

2018 Bassett Superstar


Ohhhhhhhh-kay! BAssett with Pro Class homage rims !

I am going to have to do some research here !

Sadly, a scofflaw has relieved me of my Big Flyer and i may need to replace it this spring! That Bassett looks very tempting ! Or a Gary Turner - who knows -- or maybe just skip it -- i still have the orange 26'er pictured by me earlier in this thread thankfully --- but you're right - the 29'ers sure make sweet cruisers for chilling out on the boardwalks and sidewalks

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