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Old 11-22-04, 10:23 PM
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New to BMX, considering an '01 K2 DMC Comp

I've come across what looks like a smokin good deal on a BMX bike and I'm thinkin about giving it a shot if I can get one. Amazon has some (new) 2001 K2 DMC Comps for $130 (originally $370). I don't know anything about BMX compnents so I really don't have any idea if this bike's any good, though I understand the brand at least is reputable. I see it has Tektro brakes which I've heard horrible things about. I might try doing some tricks on this thing if I get it- there are some skateboard ramps near my house and I'm really not sure what else. How big of drops can I take on a BMX bike? Is this worth the money? A rotor is what lets you rotate the bars 360*, right?

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...049970-2553762

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Features:

* PAINT Frame: Gloss Black; Fork: Chrome
* FRAME DMC designed cro-moly and steel
* FORK 100% cro-moly 1-1/8" threadless w/1-1/4" legs & 5mm dropouts
* HEADSET Cane Creek Aheadset SBX 1-1/8" steel
* ROTOR SST Oryg 1-1/8'

The 2001 DMC Comp comes equipped with the same frame geometry as the McCoy Pro, but is spec'd with parts that will save you some dough to splurge for extra cheese on that burrito. The K2 McCoy Comp comes decked out with Tektro U-brakes front and rear, 2-piece cro-moly bars and double wall rims. If you are looking for a bike that is designed for performance, but doesnt require you to drop all your coin, the K2 DMC Comp is the bike for you. CRANK SET K2 1pc forged cro-moly 175mm CP; CHAIN WHEEL 44t 2.5mm steel plate; PEDAL K2 black w/CM 9/16" axle; CHAIN KMC 410H 1/2x1/8"; CHAIN KMC 410H 1/2x1/8"; STEM 1-1/8" alloy for Aheadset; BRAKE LEVER(S) Tektro #271A alloy; BRAKES Tektro #905R/905FS U-brakes, black GRIP ATI Schwartz Krayton w/flanges; HUBS K2 forged alloy; /14mm axles 48h, black; RIMS K2 20x1.75" double-wall alloy 48h, black; TIRES 20x1.95" all black freestyle; SPOKE/NIPPLES 14g black stainless steel. FREEWHEEL Dicta 1/2x3/32"x16t chrome-plated SADDLE K2 Grab Bag w/8mm rails. SEAT POST K2 25.4xx2.0mm cro-moly micro-adjust, black. SEAT BINDER 2-bolt forged alloy. PEGS 38mm forged steel, CP
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Old 11-23-04, 12:39 AM
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i would think it would be ok for a beginner, its got alot of stuff i would be interested in having. if you got it i would recommend some smaller gearing(i cant remember why but it seems more out of the way for me)if your one of the people who thinks a bike sucks if it has a 1-piece crank then think again(the general idea is you only need a 3-piece crank if you have broken a 1-piece i believe
i hope that helps and i hope its accurate
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Old 11-23-04, 07:23 AM
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if your a beginner does it matter if u have a 3 piece or a 1 piece crank?
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Old 11-23-04, 08:53 AM
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That's a good deal on that bike. But, that bike is missing a few items that are used these days in BMX bikes to make them better.

1. You likely can't go to much smaller gearing because the brakes on the chain stays will prevent you from going with say 36/13 gearing. You MAY be able to go to 39/14 at some point. But, smaller gearing really isn't required and won't make you ride better.

2. No stock flip-flop hub or cassette hub. So changing gearing means a new hub.

Now - what is very entry level on the bike:
1. Frame - not 100% chromoly means that it won't last as long.
2. Brakes - Tektro stuff is notoriously cheap and has a tendency to fail if mucked with at all.
3. Rims - you can bet that black rims will work with those brakes for about 34 seconds only.
4. Cranks - not many bikes come with good 3-piece cranks, but these guys aren't even trying.

What else? Well, the stem is probably cheesy as are the bars. There may be a lot of little things on the bike that make it annoying - no mention of sealed/unsealed hubs. Though, my guess is unsealed. Steel chainwheels have been replaced by aluminum for years.

IS IT A GOOD BUY? Yes! For $130.00 it blows the crap out of Wal-Mart stuff and will last most beginners at least a couple of years if they maintain it. But, when that rider gets serious, then it wouldn't make much sense to upgrade that bike, but to simply replace it with a much better ride.
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Another question I have is if this bike would fit me... I'm about 5'11" or 6' but skinny so weight shouldn't be a problem.

edit: this is a very noobish question, but flatland literally means riding on flat land, right? i.e. no ramps or anything?

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hey, what does i.e. mean exactly???
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what he is saying is does flatland mean riding on just the flatland

with out any ramps or jumps. IE means "such as" or something like that

that isn't what IE stands for but it kind of explains what he means
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i.e. is short for the Latin word "id est" and means "that is" or "such as" as rice said.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=i.e.

Thanks for answering my questions everyone.

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my fbm just got stolen. i don't know how but im riding a dmc and its alright. not exactly an fbm though. but it works.
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Old 11-25-04, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by .:MTB:.
i.e. is short for the Latin word "id est" and means "that is" or "such as" as rice said.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=i.e.

Thanks for answering my questions everyone.
Learn something new every day - I always thought it meant 'in example' since that's usually what followed.

Anyway - check www.bmxtrix.com and look at the gallery -> videos You will be able to see exactly what flatland is and what is possible. There are some older videos that include vert and park riding.
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Well, "such as" would be an alternate way of saying "for example", anyway.
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k2 makes rollerblades... they should stick to that.
hoffmans are the same price range, and way better.
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Originally Posted by uninelson
k2 makes rollerblades... they should stick to that.
hoffmans are the same price range, and way better.
Always nice to hear another uninformed voice speak up with useless and innacurate information.
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Originally Posted by BMXTRIX
Always nice to hear another uninformed voice speak up with useless and innacurate information.
LOL
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Originally Posted by BMXTRIX
Learn something new every day - I always thought it meant 'in example' since that's usually what followed.

Anyway - check www.bmxtrix.com and look at the gallery -> videos You will be able to see exactly what flatland is and what is possible. There are some older videos that include vert and park riding.
me too, i thought it meant in example
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Originally Posted by bmxrdr88
my fbm just got stolen. i don't know how but im riding a dmc and its alright. not exactly an fbm though. but it works.
that sucks, what happened?
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Originally Posted by BMXTRIX
I am so freaking cool, I will OWN all of you at BMX... I amd the freaking best.
just checking if it works... and it does!!! no offense to you BMXTRIX
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someone raided my garage. it was locked and everything. they took some bolt cutters to the pad lock on the backside of it. i got it back yesterday. damn froots sanded it down. i miss my ghetto stripes!
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