Best bmx bike for a 6ft / 1,83m tall beginner?

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5/4/2016 3:46 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/4/2016 3:48 PM

What's up?

I'm 19, 6ft / 1,83m and I'm thinking about getting a bmx bike but I don't know which one I should buy.

I'm from Europe and my budget is somewhere around 300€/400$.

I'm accepting suggestions but please don't bash brands like "haro/eastern/whatever sucks", and don't suggest bikes way over my budget... If I wanted I could buy a 1000$ pro bike but I'm not gonna put that kind of money when I never rode a bmx bike in my life.

Thanks in advance.

All the best.

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5/4/2016 5:56 PM

Welcome to VitalBMX, rick!

For a good beginner bike to start off BMX, I suggest a complete bike from either FIT or KINK. Some of their models MIGHT exceed $400.00 U.S. slightly, but they come with generally good parts. Look for chromoly metal parts, sealed bearings, and, since you're starting, a brake will be good. Mostly all stock completes come with one. I'm sure other members can give you options as well.

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@scootereyn

5/5/2016 9:27 AM

readybmxer wrote:

Welcome to VitalBMX, rick!

For a good beginner bike to start off BMX, I suggest a complete bike from either FIT or KINK. Some ...more

What do you think about kink liberty? It doesn't have brakes but danscomp offers them because they don't recommend going brakeless.

I noticed there's also kink liberator sexton that is pretty much the same but LHD. I'm right handed so rhd is better for me right?

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5/5/2016 9:42 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/5/2016 9:44 AM

The Liberty and Sexton are both solid completes. If they do offer brakes, then that's a definite plus.

In terms of right or left-handed, what really matters is your forwards foot. It's like a skateboard, one foot forwards will feel more natural. On a bike, the drive side is the side with the chain, so if you plan on grinding, this matters.

I'll explain it a bit simpler... Let's imagine a rider is right foot forwards and wants to grind on the right side, i.e., he wants to put pegs on the right side of the bike. However my the bike he got has a right-side-drive, meaning his chain would be more likely to smash against a grind box or ledge he's grinding on.

So, long story short, if you plan on grinding on ONE side of the bike, your easiest option is to find a bike with the proper drive-side, RHD or LHD. If you plan on running FOUR pegs, still try to look for a drive side opposite to your more natural side. Keep in mind that MOST bikes can have their drive side switched, just let a bike shop handle that.

Hope this helps! :D

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Scooter kid trying to ride a bike.
@scootereyn

5/5/2016 10:07 PM

Hey Rick! Welcome to BMX.

There is never an age limit as to when someone has to start BMX, but as for everyone starting out, you have to accept that it will take quite a long time to acquire a decent level of riding (I learned this the hard way XD-I thought I was superman). So it is of paramount importance that you focus on having fun on your bike-the freedom it gives, the smiles if gives from riding a scary line... It's fun, but only if you make it fun.

As for the bike, well, the best bike for you will be one you will have spent countless hours deciding on. It's your tastes that count. We can only steer you in the right direction...

So...recap:

-19 years old
-From Portugal
-1 m 83 cm tall
- 300 min, 400 max budget

I myself am towering at a 1.90 m height, and since I bought my bike 2 years ago to right now, i still am not totally comfortable with it. I still need to go for a higher bar, and if I buy a new frame, I will be sure to go for .5 inches more.
The worst is to end up on a bike that is too small, or too large for you, because you will always have a lingering though of regret hanging at the back of your head, and the riding will not be that fun. Choose the bike wisely.

At your height, I would consider a 21 inch top tube, and nothing (NOTHING) under that. You might even feel more comfortable on a 21.25 to be honest. However, it is hard to find a complete having a 21.25 top tube, so your best bet is to go for a 21 incher and 9 inch tall handlebar (MIN 8.75 inches, 9 should actually be a comfortable medium to start from).

As you are in Europe, I would consider buying from a european brand/retail store as you are going to get more bike for your money than with an imported american one (imagine a 300 dollar bike, add the shipping, tax-it's going to be lower than a european one).

Lastly, for your budget: it looks a bit on the short side. I would consider extending the budget to 500 euros max, as you will then we sure that the bike will be a really good one that will last you for a long time to come. Something you can learn the ropes on and then aspire to go further, all on the same bike.

Here are two decent online retail shops:

1/ http://www.unleadedbmx.com/gb/bmx-complete-bikes-144?orderby=price&orderway=asc

2/ https://www.kunstform.org/en/bmx-bikes-bmx-beginners-c-30_60?cPath=30_60&sort=4a&filter_id=23

I am biased towards WTP, as they have the best reputation. Let the numbers speak (based on more than 10 000 votes):

http://www.thetoptens.com/bmx-bike-brands/

Here are the bikes I have picked out for you based on your height, budget (and some bikes on sale are great bargains):

- https://www.kunstform.org/en/wethepeople-justice-2016-bmx-bike-glossy-black-p-8579

-https://www.kunstform.org/en/wethepeople-crysis-freecoaster-2015-bmx-bike-p-6897

-https://www.kunstform.org/en/fit-bike-co-vh-1-2015-bmx-rad-p-6680

-https://www.kunstform.org/en/flybikes-proton-2015-bmx-bike-p-7166

Have a good time looking around.


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5/6/2016 1:59 AM

If you're in Portugal check out mutant bmx, they've got some pretty cool stuff and based out of Portugal. I bought their cassette hub, and the shop out here carries most of their stuff, May have to build a matching front wheel, and pick up their sprocket. Idk if they have completed though.

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