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Buying A BMX Bike

BMX stands for Bicycle Motorcross and in the 70s it was birthed and exploded with popularity! With the evolution over time, the sport now centres around racing, street and freestyle. There are different BMX bikes designed for different types of riding so to help you find what you’re looking for we’ve put together this handy buying guide.


BMX Size Guide Based On Rider Height

BMX Bike Size Guide
Finding the right size BMX bike can be made easy with this simple chart. We’ve outlined the general size rules followed when it comes to age and height. Important things to take into account with sizing is reach. You want to make sure you can comfortably reach the bars, and that you have a secure grip. The chart above shows you our guide on what frame size you can look for based on the rider's height. If you're unsure what the bike frame is please see the image below.

Feel free to pop into one of our stores where you can speak to a member of staff and find out more.

BMX Frame Guide


Beginner BMX Bikes

If you're new to the world of BMX and you're not too sure which one to get, here are a few that we recommend. Once you've purchased your bike, we always recommend popping into your local bike shop and getting a bike technician  to assemble your bike correctly. We perform this service in our Halesowen and Manchester stores. If you decide to put the bike together yourself, we recommend you bring it in-store so we can perform a PDI check to ensure that is had all been set up safely for you.

The following bikes are suitable for riders 4ft to 5ft 4 inches.

Mafiabike Madmain 20 Complete BMX - Purple Splatter Mongoose 20 U Legion Complete Red Venom 2019 20

Mafiabike Madmain 20 Complete BMX - Purple Splatter

Mongoose 20 U Legion L10 2020 Complete BMX - Red

Venom 2019 20" Complete BMX Red

Mafiabike Kush2+ Complete - Monchrome Black/White Mafiabike Kush2+ Complete - Dusk GT 20 U Mach One Junior 2020 Complete

Mafiabike Kush2+ BMX - Monchrome Black/White

Mafiabike Kush2+ BMX - Dusk

GT 20 U Mach One Junior 2020 BMX


Street vs Racing BMX Bikes

BMX racing bikes are undoubtedly built for speed, acceleration and stability. The key thing racers look for is weight. Obtaining a light BMX bike is ideally what you want when you’re into racing. Racing bikes are often manufactured with lighter materials. As mentioned earlier, not all BMX bikes are the same. There are different types of BMX bikes designed for different styles and types of riding.


Street

The most common type of BMX is currently street. Freestyle riders have fun with tackling urban infrastructure, rails and other street obstacles. To enter into this type of riding you’ll need a BMX complete with the following features:

  • • Versatility
  • • Strong sturdy build
  • • Low profile tread pattern
  • • A strong rear v-brake

Here are a few BMX completes from our stock range that fit this profile.

Mafiabike Madmain 20 Complete BMX Fit 2020 Scumbag LHD FC 20.75 bmx Fit 2020 Series 22 TT BMX

Mafiabike Madmain 20 Complete BMX - Chrome

Fit 2020 Scumbag LHD FC 20.75" TT BMX

Fit 2020 Series 22" TT BMX


Racing

Racing bikes are noticeably lighter than their freestyle brothers and sisters. BMX racing takes place on purpose built racing courses. The following bikes are suitable for racing, not so much for tricks or hard impacts on concrete.

GT 16 U Mach One FW 2020 Complete BMX Mongoose 20 Title Expert 2020 Complete - Red

GT 16 U Mach One FW 2020 Complete BMX - Red

Mongoose 20 Title Expert 2020 BMX - Red


Flatland

Flatland has been referred to many times as the breakdancing of the BMX world. It refers to the style of BMX where the tricks are done by the rider but with the bike. Full of lots of pivots, balance tricks and more. BMX bikes built for flatland tricks tend to have a smaller frames and other features perfect for slow tricks on flat and smooth grounds. To get a bike perfect for flatland tricks, get yourself a BMX with the following features:

  • • Smaller frame and wheelbase
  • • Longer seatpost
  • • Zero-offset fork

Here are a few bikes that fit this bill:

Subrosa 2020 Altus 20inches Complete BMX - Gloss Black Stolen Casino XS 20inch complete bmx red tie-dye United Recruit Jr 2020 Complete BMX - Trans Purple

Radio Saiko 19.25" BMX Metallic Lime

Subrosa 2020 Altus 20inches Complete BMX - Gloss Black

United Recruit Jr 18.5inch 2020 Complete BMX - Trans Purple


Dirt Jumping

Dirt jumping is all about getting in the air, doing tricks and having fun. It’s a style that came from BMX track racing and has since progressed. This type of BMX riding requires purpose-built dirt jumps. The name of the game with dirt jumping it to get air-born! Here are the bike features you’ll need for a BMX for dirt jumping:

  • • Sturdy rigs
  • • Versatile rigs
  • • Low profile tread pattern
  • • Wider tire
  • • Rear u-brake or brakeless
  • • Pegs and cable detangler

Here are a few bikes that fit this description:

Mafiabike Medusa Complete BMX - Purple/Blue

Mafiabike Medusa Complete BMX - Purple/Blue


Park

Park riding takes place in indoor and outdoor skateparks conquering ramps, rollers and jumps. Adhere to this feature list if you’re getting a BMX for park riding.

  • • Versatility
  • • Strong sturdy build
  • • Low profile tread pattern
  • • A strong rear v-brake

Here are a few bikes that fit this description - all of which have high-tech gyro systems:

Kink Curb 2020 Complete BMX - Gloss Atomic Cantaloupe Venom 2019 20inch Complete BMX Haro Mirra Tribute 20.5 TT 2019 Complete BMX

Kink Curb 2020 Complete BMX - Gloss Atomic Cantaloupe

Venom 2019 20inch Complete BMX

Haro Mirra Tribute 20.5" TT 2019 BMX


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When purchasing any complete bike from SkateHut, we do recommend that you bring it in-store to be assembled, or take it to your local bike shop. We perform this service in our Halesowen store and our Manchester store. If you decide to assemble the bike at home, we recommend you bring it in-store to get PDI checked. If you don't get a PDI check this can void your warranty on the bike. We also recommend that you get your bike protection at the same time you purchase your bike - always ride safe! 


If you have any questions or need any advice on buying a BMX bike, feel free give us a call on 0121 501 1111 or get in touch through sales@skatehut.co.uk we’re always happy to help!

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