A cousin to the BMX bike is the cruiser. While it still offers a light, snappy feel and precise handling, it uses a larger frame that accommodates 24-inch wheels. It's slightly more forgiving and tall riders may find it more comfortable too. If you do plan to race, be aware that cruiser bikes race in their own separate cruiser-class category.
BMX bikes are still designed for racing, although you don't have to race to enjoy their nimble and precise handling. They have 20-inch wheels, 2- or 4-piece handlebars, small seats, long cranks and strong rear hand brakes. The frames are light and sturdy, and the higher the price, the lighter they get.
BMX bikes are generally made of chromoly steel or aluminum. Chromoly frames are a bit heavier and more economical.
Aluminum frames are lighter and are often made of oversize or exotically shaped tubing. Besides weighing less, aluminum is also rustproof. So, if you scratch your frame, there's no need to rush to touch it up.
BMX race bikes also come in different frame sizes. Our chart shows the approximate fit based on rider age. Final fitting is best done in our store. Also, the Pro and Expert bikes are sometimes available in XL (Extra Long) sizes as well.
Dirt Jump, Street and Park Bikes
One feature you may find on park and street BMX bikes, but that’s prohibited on BMX race bikes, are pegs. These steel cylinders bolt onto your wheels and allow you to grind or stall on coping and rails. If you want to run pegs it’s a good idea to use a 14-mm rear axle which is beefier than the 3/8-inch axle on a race bike. This axle will better handle the forces exerted by the pegs.
In order to be able to move the bike into such precarious situations, a flatland frame is much smaller than a standard BMX frame. In turn the wheelbase is shorter, which allows the rider to whip the bike around easily. The top tube and down tube also have a unique styling that gives the rider extra clearance to move on the bike.
Notable component differences are the freecoaster hub and the zero-offset fork. A freecoaster hub allows the rear wheel to spin backward without engaging and turning the cranks. This allows the rider to roll any direction and maintain the same foot orientation — great for balance and tricks. And the zero-offset fork puts a direct line of pressure from the handlebars into the front-wheel axle. This creates an ideal balance point for the front end of the bike.
Flatland bikes run an array of brake setups. Most commonly you'll find both a front and rear U-brake. In this case, a cable detangler is necessary to keep the brake cable from winding around the frame when doing tricks like bar spins. However, there are some flatland riders that use only a front brake, a rear brake or no brakes at all.
You’ll also find that flatland bikes run four pegs, the crankarms are short, the seatpost is long and the tires are slick and inflated very high. As you can see, flatland 20-inch bikes have everything you need to pull off unique tricks back-to-back.
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