Help picking beginner complete (Fit, United, etc)

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11/25/2014 11:23 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/25/2014 1:22 PM

Hi everyone. I'll start by saying that I don't know anything about the BMX world. I am here to get help choosing a new complete bike for my 11 year old daughter for Christmas. Her previous bike was a hand me down cheap Diamondback. My 14 year old son has a Fit Aitken 1 and she would like something similar.

The local bike shop here is very small and the only bike they have in stock is a 2014 United Cory Martinez for $529 Canadian. They have the regular price listed at $619 but the distributor told me list should be $600.

There's another bike shop a few hours away that will ship bikes for me. Listed below is what they have for leftover Fit bikes:
- 2014 VH 1 $489.99 (was $579.99)
- 2014 Dugan 1 $489.99 (was $579.99)
- 2014 Aitken 1 $489.99 (was $579.99)
- 2012 BF 2 $485.99 (was $649.99)

I tried searching on here but wasn't able to come up with much information on how all these bikes compare. My daughter will be using it around town and will take it to the local outdoor park now and then. I appreciate any advice. Cheers.

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11/25/2014 12:09 PM

Buy a Brian foster complete from transitionBmx

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11/25/2014 12:21 PM

Thank you very much for the reply and info about Transition BMX. I just got off the phone with a bike shop and they wouldn't even deliver a bike 10 km for free or discount one single penny. I will definitely shop with Tranistion instead.

Any reason you recommend Brian Foster over the other models I listed? My daughter's favorite color is green so I know she would like the Dugan 1. Silly to choose a bike for a color but she's 11 and won't be doing anything too extreme. I'm open to other suggestions and will check out the Foster now.

Thanks again

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11/25/2014 12:26 PM

he recommended it because its of higher quality than the others

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11/25/2014 12:50 PM

What the fuck is a "2014 Universal Cory Martinez"

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11/25/2014 12:57 PM

kaneBMX wrote:

What the fuck is a "2014 Universal Cory Martinez"

It was probably a typo he probably meant United.

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11/25/2014 1:21 PM

Yes indeed. Sorry for the brain fart. I did mean United. I told you I didn't know anything! smile

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11/25/2014 1:22 PM

Looking into the Foster now. Cheers

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11/25/2014 1:26 PM

What's everyone's thoughts on the 2014 United Martinez?:Photo

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11/25/2014 1:31 PM

The BF 1 (Brian Foster) is $589.99 for the 2015 model (no 2014s left) and I can get a 2014 Dugan 1 for $499.99 with a free Fit DVD and t-shirt. Both bikes are available with free shipping. Do you think the Foster model is worth the extra $100 ($$90 plus tax)? Sorry for all the questions. Thank you for any reply.
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11/25/2014 1:55 PM

The We The People Reason looks really good this year, might be cheaper than some of those above also

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I ride to stay on two wheels and have fun!
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11/25/2014 2:03 PM

Look for :

All chromoly
Sealed bearings
Integrated headset
25-9 gearing
Double wall rims

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11/25/2014 2:19 PM

The 2014 Dugan 1 will hold up well and it comes with a free dvd and shirt that's a bonus

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11/25/2014 2:43 PM

Thanks. I am talking to the shop now about ordering. They said "All of Fits 1 Series bikes are very similar specs wise. The only main difference is the size. The Dugan 1 is the smaller size, 20.25” top tube length, so it would probably be a better choice if you’re looking for an entry level fit."

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11/25/2014 2:49 PM

You can't go wrong with any of the bikes in the Fit line. They are all great.

Where in Canada are you? If you aren't too far from Windsor you could drive over to our retail store and save a ton of money. Depend on where you are even with shipping from our site you may come out ahead.

www.albes.com

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11/25/2014 2:54 PM

MidWestBMX wrote:

The We The People Reason looks really good this year, might be cheaper than some of those above also

I looked into this bike but looks like it is only available at shops in Ontario, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. I am in Manitoba. Thank you for the suggestion.

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11/25/2014 2:59 PM

I am in MB but will take a look at the link you provided Albes. Thank you

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11/25/2014 3:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/25/2014 7:50 PM

I see the Fit ARF 1 is now marked down to $499.99 on Transition BMX. Is it considered any better than the Dugan 1? I am guessing its similar.

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11/25/2014 3:13 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/25/2014 7:50 PM

Also the VH 1:

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11/25/2014 3:13 PM

SMman wrote:

I see the Fit ARF 1 is now marked down to $499.99 on Transition BMX. Is it considered any better than the Dugan 1? I am ...more

Right in line with the Dugan 1.

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11/25/2014 3:14 PM

All the "1 series" bikes will all be the same as far as quality. There will only be small differences in them such as tires, grips, stems, ect...

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11/25/2014 3:15 PM

It's pretty similar

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11/25/2014 3:19 PM

Great. Thanks for confirming my thoughts. I e-mailed the seller and told him to let me know which one he can give the best deal on. Thanks for all the help. My daughter will be happy Christmas day smile

Any thoughts on replacement seats for my son's Fit Aitken 1? Its probably a personal preference but wondering if there's a recommended brand and model. Thanks again.

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11/25/2014 3:26 PM

Wtf Albes is a Canadian bike shop? Are you guys going to have any Black Friday deals?

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11/25/2014 3:38 PM

I was told the VH 1 and ARF 1 have higher bars and that the Dugan 1 would be a better choice for my daughter.

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11/25/2014 6:44 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/25/2014 6:45 PM

I am almost set on the Fit Dugan 1 but have 2 more bikes from a shop I had great service with in the past. Any thoughts on these two?

2014 Specialized P20 AM:
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2012 Norco Volt:
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11/25/2014 7:15 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/25/2014 7:18 PM

The biggest difference between any of the Fit 1 Series bikes and the Specialized is that the Fit has sealed bearing wheels, while the Specialized is loose ball bearing. Any of the guys on here will tell you that sealed bearings are the way to go and will hold up much better in the long run. Another major advantage of the Fit bike is that it has chromoly thoughout the main triangle of the frame, as well as the main tube of the fork. Chromoly is a steel alloy that is much stronger and lighter than the hi-tensile steel used in the Specialized. The Fit has a proper Pivotal Seat and post, not a one piece combo... there's tons of value in Fit's bikes for sure.

source: http://www.specialized.com/ca/en/bikes/archive/2014/pseries/p20-am#specs

Looking at the 2012 Norco Volt the first thing I notice is that it has an old style frame with a standard headset (this is the main bearing that the fork rotates on). BMX has moved on to Integrated headsets as a norm because it is much stronger (the bearing is supported by the frame and not an external press in cup) and a lot easier to install. It's hard to tell wether or not the wheels are sealed or not, they don't give enough detail in the specs. (I would guess that they are not because it's usually something company's tell you about)

source: http://www.norco.com/archives/2012/?id=volt-205

A picture explaining standard vs. integrated headsets:

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11/25/2014 7:52 PM

Thank you for the detailed reply Chris. I am going to go with the Dugan 1 and will be ordering tomorrow.

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11/25/2014 9:48 PM

Just got a Dugan 3 myself... it's great so far. Enjoy the new bike!

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11/26/2014 5:25 PM

I purchased the green Dugan 1 today. Thank you for all the replies and advice. Sending out a big thank you to Chris at Transition BMX for top notch customer service. Its surprisingly hard to find here in my province. If anyone wants great service in Canada, Transition BMX is the place to go.

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