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4/21/2017 7:26 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/21/2017 8:10 AM

Hi, I'm looking to get into BMX and want to buy a complete. I have been a skateboarder all my life, and always wanted to get started in BMX messing around with my friends bikes (and a crappy GT I had back in the day) but I never had a proper setup. I am 5'9 and 160lbs. I have done a bit of research, and it seems like most people say the things to look for in a complete are
-full chromoly (as much as possible)
-3pc cranks
-Sealed stuff (as much as possible)
-integrated headtube
-double wall rims
I'm sure there is a lot more to it than that, but my understanding is pretty basic, and it seems if I can find a bike with these features, I can upgrade what I want down the road as I need to.

My budget is around 400$. I know that is the low end of the spectrum, but I'm hoping I can get something decent to learn on for that, and then once I get a better bike, everything will be easier because I learned on a shittier setup.

Here are the bikes I am thinking of
-2017 stolen Heist https://www.danscomp.com/products/102835/2017_Stolen_Heist_Bike.html

-2017 Fit Dugan 1 https://www.danscomp.com/products/102760/2017_Fit_Dugan_1_Bike_(Tom_Dugan).html

-2017 Fit STR https://www.danscomp.com/products/102756/2017_Fit_STR_Bike.html

-2017 Verde Vex https://www.danscomp.com/products/102789/2017_Verde_Vex_Bike.html

-2016 DK Helio http://www.albes.com/dk-helio-2016-BMX-bike/

-2015 fly electron http://www.albes.com/fly-bikes-electron-2015-bike-sale/ (will 20" be too small for me at 5'9"?)

What would be the best out of these? Is there something better for around the same price that I missed?
Thanks in advance

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4/21/2017 8:23 AM

The fly electron is the best on paper. But would probably be a little on the short side.

All the others will be pretty similar. Any bike in a given price range will be almost the same, one might have a few better parts but lack in something else, so there's really not much in it.

Try to find a second hand custom build if you can

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4/21/2017 9:44 AM

Yeah at this range you're just buying whatever brand name you want

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4/21/2017 11:07 AM

Hoffman 'Bama is the best bike you will find in your price range...

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4/21/2017 11:24 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/21/2017 11:25 AM

Hmm, I really like the Fly and the Stolen. The issue is that the fly is 20.2", and the stolen is 21". How noticeable of a difference is it? I know it's mostly personal preference, but I don't have a 20.2 and 21 inch bike around to try them out. For cruising around town and improving hops, manuals, etc., do you guys think it would be better to go a little short or a little long? Or maybe just say F it and get the verde, which is 20.5?
(edit- fly is 20.2, not 20)

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