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Old 03-19-08, 05:57 PM
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MTB that acts like a BMX

Is there any MTB out there that rides like an old school BMX bike? Like a racing BMX not a trick bike.

I've gotten so used to my road bike that it's become boring. I want to be able to go for a ride and jump some curbs and knock over some cans with a kick out now and then. I can't do that with my current GT idrive that weighs about 400 lbs. (or at least if feels like it does) Plus I have to hand crank the spring about a thousand times to stiffen up the suspension so I can ride up a hill without to much powerloss.

So I guess the question is whether there are any super light and fun to ride MTB for under ....12-1400 bucks???

p.s. Why are MTB bike wheels so tall? And why are BMX wheels so small?

p.s.s. I don't ride trails so I'm talking about city riding, like through parks, on grass, curbs, lawns >__< etc...
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Originally Posted by Λ Μ View Post
Is there any MTB out there that rides like an old school BMX bike? Like a racing BMX not a trick bike.

I've gotten so used to my road bike that it's become boring. I want to be able to go for a ride and jump some curbs and knock over some cans with a kick out now and then. I can't do that with my current GT idrive that weighs about 400 lbs. (or at least if feels like it does) Plus I have to hand crank the spring about a thousand times to stiffen up the suspension so I can ride up a hill without to much powerloss.

So I guess the question is whether there are any super light and fun to ride MTB for under ....12-1400 bucks???

p.s. Why are MTB bike wheels so tall? And why are BMX wheels so small?

p.s.s. I don't ride trails so I'm talking about city riding, like through parks, on grass, curbs, lawns >__< etc...
You may be referring to what is generally known as dirt jump bikes.
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Old 03-19-08, 06:36 PM
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trials maybe? 20" bikes are called "mod" if you're buying.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...86853708003433

http://koxx.fr/index.php?lg=fr_FR&sec=trial&pg=bikes

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Originally Posted by Λ Μ View Post
And why are BMX wheels so small?
Flickabilty. Makes the bike easier to move around while doing tricks.
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Old 03-19-08, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by BenLi View Post
You may be referring to what is generally known as dirt jump bikes.
yeah maybe.

Like a bike you would want to do this ride....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVAccWTrnIQ
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Originally Posted by markhr View Post
trials maybe? 20" bikes are called "mod" if you're buying....
No none of that teetering stuff......makes me dizzy
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Old 03-19-08, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by wethepeople View Post
Flickabilty. Makes the bike easier to move around while doing tricks.
ahhh that makes sense
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Originally Posted by Λ Μ View Post
yeah maybe.

Like a bike you would want to do this ride....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVAccWTrnIQ
To do that sort of things, people generally use downhill bikes. These bikes have around 7 - 8 inches of travel.

Examples:

http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?sid=08Demo
http://www.transitionbikes.com/2007/Blindside.cfm
http://santacruzbicycles.com/v10/
http://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/...ty/team_dh.php

You need to decide what you really want to do. A downhill bike will be a pain pedalling around town, and a urban bike would likely not be able to handle downhill biking.

Get back to us when you know what you really want.
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Originally Posted by BenLi View Post

Get back to us when you know what you really want.
Thanks for all the information.

I definitely wont be doing that downhill stuff. Just the city stuff. So that dirt jump bike sound about right.

I'll just have to go down to a good bike shop with lots of variety and start riding around I guess
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all i use mine for is skatepark street style stuff



Retail was right around 900.
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Yes, that's why I built/am building this:

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Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
Yes, that's why I built/am building this:

24 or 26? Prety sweet either way.
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Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
Yes, that's why I built/am building this:

looks like you went with the chain tenser instead of switching to the sliding drop outs, why? looks good btw
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zx12rider, 26" and thanks!

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looks like you went with the chain tenser instead of switching to the sliding drop outs, why? looks good btw
I got the horizontal dropouts to go with it, but when they're mounted the disc won't clear the caliper when you take the wheel off. If other discs are like this, I'm not sure why they even offer SS dropouts for this bike. lol
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More like BMX that acts like a mntn bike but...

http://delsolbikes.com/bmx/bikes/group1_sr24.php
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Originally Posted by imcrushingyerhd View Post
maybe the 20 instead...

http://delsolbikes.com/bmx/bikes/group1_sr20xl.php

...that way my big feet wont hit the tire as often
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Originally Posted by zx12rider View Post
all i use mine for is skatepark street style stuff

Retail was right around 900.
nice bike but too expensive for me
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Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
Yes, that's why I built/am building this:
that's a 24 right?
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