The mini BMX is a pared down take on the standard BMX bike and delivers all of the fun in a compact package. They have taken off in the UK in a big way and look like developing into a cool craze for kids and adults of all ages.
A mini BMX bike may look small but don?t be fooled; these little machines have been designed and built to the same exacting standards that the full size bikes have enjoyed. That means high quality components and high tensile or heat treated frames. The bikes are used by young and old alike for stunt riding and tricks and just for having fun. The small frame and weight of the bikes can make them ideal for such activities and many top BMX riders have got involved with mini BMX bikes and endorsed some of the models and brands.
Mini BMX bikes are an ideal fit for children but hugely extendable handlebars mean that they can also be ridden by adults. Close attention has been paid to achieving the ideal geometry for stunts and to provide easy and comfortable riding. Component selection is key in ensuring a robust bike with more than enough strength for some serious stunts and a long life. Mini BMX bikes can be used on purpose-built tracks or simply enjoyed in the street or park.
Mini BMX bikes are rapidly forming the central part of a street culture based around the thrills and spills provided by these diminutive but stylish machines. They often feature vivid colours and motifs, with contrasting components and accessories. The construction is designed to minimise weight but at the same time retain a high degree of strength, which will often be required for the punishment that many of these mini BMX bikes routinely take. There is extensive use of lightweight alloys, aluminium and plastics for non load-bearing features.
The mini BMX market also has an active market in aftermarket components and accessories. These can include specialist cranks, pedals, wheels, handlebars and chains. Some enthusiasts will use these components to build their own custom mini BMX bike. Older mini BMX bikes dating back to the 1980s are also in demand for those who like a more retro look. There is also equipment, such as mini ramp sets, which allow enthusiasts to build their own mini BMX courses.
The popularity of mini BMX bikes is based on their ability to deliver fun, either on a specialist course or simply riding with friends. The bikes may be a perfect size for kids but they are increasingly being taken seriously by competition level riders, who appreciate the unique geometry and lightweight construction of the tiny bikes, which can often allow stunts not achievable on full size BMX bikes. Mini BMX bikes are therefore growing in acceptance into mainstream BMX culture and are fast becoming the centre of a recognised new niche in the sport. For competition or just for fun, mini BMX bikes deliver a unique experience.