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11/21/2020 11:20 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/21/2020 12:33 PM

Hello cool cats and kittens.

I recently bought a WTP Seed 16 inch for my son as he's mental about bikes in general and skateparks. He's 5 years old and he likes to ride mtb, park and street. I used to skate when I was a kid. Now I'm 32 years old. We both mtb as well as I take him to the trails as well on his little mtb. Now that he also wants to bmx I must say I'm eager to go for it myself. I have never been on a bmx before so I don't now how it feels. I was looking at the WTP Audio 22, but I'm still a bit noobish about bmx (doing my research though). Problem is my height, I'm 6 ft 6 and have long legs and arms. I'm used to mtb sizing where I have a top tube of about 660mm and a 50mm stem. Will a 22 Audio fit me, will I need bigger rise bars than the stock ones, and.. can you ride the skatepark and do tricks, grind,... with a 22 inch? Do you recommend other bikes than a WTP Audio which are roomier? Looking for a complete bike not frameset. Oh btw, we're located in Belgium so I don't want to buy from USA due to very high import taxes. UK and main land Europe links and websites are fine and mostly even free shipping and no import duties. Thanks a bunch.

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11/21/2020 1:00 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/21/2020 1:02 PM

The WTP Audio would probably be your best bet.

I'm not sure how tall the bars are for the 2020 model, but the 2019 has 8.75" bars. If the 2020 is the same you could definitely go up to 10" for more comfort.

As for how you'll feel on the 22"... That's hard to say. David Grant is 6'6" and rides for BSD on a 20" with a 21.6" TT and 10" bars, so I think you should be pretty good on the 22" WTP with a 21.9" TT.

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11/21/2020 1:03 PM

Bryan91 wrote:

The WTP Audio would probably be your best bet.

I'm not sure how tall the bars are for the 2020 model, but the 2019 has 8.75" bars. If the 2020 is the same you could definitely go up to 10" for more comfort.

As for how you'll feel on the 22"... That's hard to say. David Grant is 6'6" and rides for BSD on a 20" with a 21.6" TT and 10" bars, so I think you should be pretty good on the 22" WTP with a 21.9" TT.

Thanks Bryan, upping the rise would probably be necessary indeed.

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11/21/2020 1:03 PM

i've seen people kill it on 22'' bikes, they're definitely ready to take that abuse of tricks.

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11/21/2020 1:48 PM

Mike hoder is 6' 5" and he rides a 21.25 frame and his signature bars come in both 31" long x 9.5" rise or 30" x 9" rise so I think you'll be fine with a 22" and 9" rise bars.

if you like the feel of bigger tires could always get a 22" frame with 24" tires
https://www.danscomp.com/sunday-2021-model-c-24-bike-22-toptube-surf-blue-sbx-171-sfb/p1216842

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11/21/2020 3:37 PM

Bryan91 wrote:

The WTP Audio would probably be your best bet.

I'm not sure how tall the bars are for the 2020 model, but the 2019 has 8.75" bars. If the 2020 is the same you could definitely go up to 10" for more comfort.

As for how you'll feel on the 22"... That's hard to say. David Grant is 6'6" and rides for BSD on a 20" with a 21.6" TT and 10" bars, so I think you should be pretty good on the 22" WTP with a 21.9" TT.

Dude you need at least 10 inch rise bars.

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11/21/2020 5:23 PM

BSD makes some super tall frame if you wish 20” wheels, that raider frame exist in 21.9” and there’s the safari up to 21.8” with a shorter backend.

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11/21/2020 6:03 PM

He's only looking for a complete, so a 20" is pretty much out of the question.

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11/22/2020 1:11 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/22/2020 5:07 AM

Thanks for the comments so far guys. Reassures me that there are other trees on a bmx.

With I've found so far:
- WTP Audio 22: 21.9" top tube, about € 830 brand new
- Stolen Spade 22: 22.25" top tube, about € 580 brand new
- Verde Spectrum XL 22: 22.25" top tube, about € 760 brand new
- Fit Series 22: 22.125" top tube, about € 660 brand new
- Subrosa Malum 22: 22" top tube, about € 700 brand new

I think all are full cromo, sealed bearings throughout and double wall rims. Essentially looking for the most room I think... My shop only carries the WTP of that list and I already bought a WTP for my son there. The rest are online purchase.

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11/26/2020 10:54 PM

Given the above info, what would you think?

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11/26/2020 11:12 PM

I’d get a wtp audio because I personally like wtp over every other listed brand and they have the highest quality parts for the money you’re spending

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11/27/2020 10:51 AM

If any of the tall guys in here want a Macneil Deuce Deuce (22" top tube bmx frame) I just put one in the sell/swap.

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11/28/2020 2:49 PM

Subzerohero wrote:

Given the above info, what would you think?

The WTP is going to have the better frame/ parts, but being on the taller side myself, I can see trying to get the longest TT option available. Are you able to have that local bike shop order the Audio and give it a test ride, before buying?

I know David Grant went to 21.9" TT (20" wheel), but went back down to a 21.6", because he said the 21.9" was too long. Also, (like already mentioned) Mike Hoder is just an inch shorter than you and David Grant and has been riding a 21.5" (not 21.25") for almost 10yrs.

So, given the above it's definitely a possibility that the Audio's 21.9" TT will be long enough for you. Also, the Fit Series 22 actually has a single wall front rim (just an fyi).

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