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Old 07-30-04, 12:34 PM
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What do you think of it? Is this a good bike for not exactly beginner riding, but advanced, and is it a good bike for putting pegs on? Thanks for any opinions.


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Old 07-30-04, 01:30 PM
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this is a good bike for just commin in, it rides great and feels good. you can put pegs on just about nethin and it will be fine
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Old 07-30-04, 01:46 PM
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ok great anyone else? and i was also wondering where to buy front brakes that would match the back ones, i'm trying to turn this into a freestyle bike by puttin street tires and front brakes.

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Old 07-30-04, 07:58 PM
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You will need a new fork to run 990 front brakes - they sell brake plates, but that is NOT the best way to do it for sure.

If you want a bike with a good front/rear brake setup, then get one from scratch that way. Also, no chrome rims = not very great braking. If brakes are important, look for a bike with chrome rims.
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Old 07-31-04, 07:50 AM
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so any bike with chrome rims is bad for braking
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Old 07-31-04, 10:55 PM
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No, any bike without chrome rims will almost always have poor braking. Chrome rims offer the best possible braking surface for freestyle bmx. If you run straight cables, not through a Gyro, or through the fork for the front brakes, then you can get by with straight aluminum, or black rims. But, for the best braking the bike should have chrome plated rims or Duralectric rims. No bikes ship stock with Duralectric rims though.
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Old 07-31-04, 11:56 PM
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Yea I think bmxtrix had a typo. Chrome rims are the way to go like he said. If you run a straight cable (no rotor or spliters) with u-brakes and chrome rims you can get stopping power close to that of lineir pull (v-brakes). The only difference is that the V-Brakes will give you a more analog choice of stopping power from none to locking up your wheel. If you want to run front brakes you will need a new fork. The only thing you could get away with, with the stock fork is a side-pull brake. They have very poor braking ability. There is a slim to none chance you could do brake assisted nose manuals with side-pulls. There are two reasons for this: 1. The way that side-pulls are designed (they are mounted on the very top of the arms) They tend to have A LOTof flex. and 2. The way the cable is used to squeeze the arms allows a lot less force to be transford through the arms and to the rims.
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Old 08-01-04, 02:52 PM
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ok thanx, i dont think ive ever seen a side pull setup, o ya, i finally found the bike i wanted, haro mirra flair 2003, $230, couple mods, good deal?
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I believe it is a good bike but I have never ridden one. Someone around here will know for sure though.
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Old 08-02-04, 12:55 AM
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A side pull is whats on most cheap bikes now a days. It is two arms together to form an upside down U. The pull for the arms is on the right side and it pulls from the top. In the 80's a lot of bmxers ran Strong thick alloy "Dia-Comp" Side-pulls. They worked well enough because they made them thick and strong so they flexed less. Still U-brakes are the way to go.
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Old 08-02-04, 10:33 AM
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ya i couldnt believe it, i saw a bmx bike on here, with disc brakes, and i was wondering, would that work really well, like on a car, or not so well?
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They lock up and are almost water proof. They use them in mountian biking as the top stuff for brakes. I have only seen one bmx with them though.
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Disc brakes on bikes use a very similar technology to disc brakes on a car. Smaller, lighter, but similar.

But, it only works for BMX racing - or dirt. You can't use it on street, vert, or flatland. This is because the disc hangs out beside the rim/spokes and you would end up grinding directly on it or stepping right on it and messing it up pretty badly, very quickly.

Drum brakes are actually a great technology as well, but then you run into weight and reliability issues.
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drum brakes on a bike, hmmm
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Ive never heard of drum brakes on a bike either
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