BMX Bike Buying Guide

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The huge selection of BMX bikes for sale can be daunting if you're looking to buy a BMX for the first time BMX Bike Builder has put together some handy guidance on the world of BMX biking to get you started.

BMX Freestyle involves riders doing daring jumps and stunts Riders perfect their tricks by practicing in skate parks, on flat ground, or using obstacles like benches and walls on the street.

BMX Freestyle bikes normally include the following features:

  • Frames made of high tensile steel or chromoly. High tensile steel is used on most entry-level BMX bikes as it's cheaper, but more experienced riders prefer chromoly as it makes the bike faster and easier to manoeuvre
  • Strong wheels and rising handlebars that can withstand the impact of jumping and landing
  • Stunt pegs for tricks like grinds and balancing
  • Rotors (or 'gyros') for 360° bar spins without tangling the cables

One discipline of BMX Freestyling is dirt jumping - dirt jump bikes have most of the features of BMX bikes, but have chunkier tyres for jumping on dirt trails.

BMX Racing is a sport involving riders competing against each other on sandy or hilly tracks. BMX racing bikes are built for speed and usually feature aluminium frames for a faster, stiffer, lighter and more responsive ride.

BMX 'Cruiser' bikes with 24 inch wheels are sometimes used for racing, particularly for taller riders.

If you want to do tricks and stunts on your BMX bike then a racing model is probably not for you - a BMX Freestyle bike is what you're looking for

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