I started riding freestyle BMX when I was 13. After two major breaks from riding BMX (through my late teens - 20's and a few years ago) I'm still going. I am 38 yrs. old.
I got back into BMX in my mid-30's after being inspired and reminded of how fun it was. I had the false thinking I was "too old" to be riding street, so I mostly stuck to flatland by riding a few flatland specific frames. By the second or third year of riding flatland, I started to get knee pain that was making riding BMX unbearable. I attribute that to being overweight and the tiny flatland frame. Through MTB'ing and the therapeutic motion of pedaling, I lost 45lbs and my knee is much better.
In April of this year, I decided to get back into riding after a three year hiatus. I received an invite to attend the Old School BMX Reunion (OSBMXR) at Woodward West, and so I started building a bike. I was hesitant on getting back into BMX and didn't want to spend a whole lot, and the 21" Haro Zebra looked good.
After putting it together, I have been extremely surprised on how well this bike rides. The feel, the geometry and the Haro reputation are all done with great thought. Understand, that this frame shares the same geometry specs as Haro's flagship frame - the SD V2 - so if you don't mind the 1lb. weight penalty, this frame will suit your needs.
I ride street, park and flatland (mostly street), and I have progressed significantly in the last 4 months of riding after being away for three years. I attribute this to the great, confidence inspiring geometry and careful thought into my build. I've had to upgrade quite a few things, so the "cheap" original parts that I put on have been replaced by upgrades.
Don't get caught up in the stigma of a sub-$200 frame. The Zebra shares the same attributes of much more expensive frames - geometry-wise, it's the same as the Haro SD v2.
The paint did come off when I peeled off a sticker, so be aware that the paint quality may not be the highest - which I would assume comes with a lower cost frame. However, if you don't mind cosmetics, this frame is a great value, backed by Haro's history and reputation.
Here's a video of me on my Zebra. This is 4 months of riding. I know I have a lot to work on, but hey, I'm old!
I'll be posting a bike check on my Instagram soon. Please check it out if you're interested: @dionridesbikes
Growing Old from Dion Rides Bikes on Vimeo.