New BMX Bike for 14yr old son - rookie

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4/4/2017 3:13 PM

hello everyone

so my 14yr old wants a BMX bike but I have no idea whats good and what to get him. I know i will need to go get him sized up for a bike but other than that no idea...

hes pretty daring and learns fast, skate brds etc....

as far as price points Im more of the mind set to by once and get something good and if wanting to upgrade go better parts etc. hate to buy something then be like this sucks...

hes gonna ride to school and hang out maybe even go to skate park ..but thats up to him...

Cost: i don't mind paying up to 600 or 800 but hes just starting out so maybe price points and the ability to upgrade if he chooses too!

300-500:
500-600:
600-800:
800-up:


Heres what i was looking at from what I've read so far
*chromoly everything
*sealed bearings everything
* double walled rims/ welded... is the single wall ok for now?
*brakes for sure
*crank size/ teeth?
*?? dunno anything else

Brands:
wethepeople
fitbike
verde
sunday





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4/4/2017 4:51 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/4/2017 4:54 PM

Great starting complete with a good reputable name, street cred and a freecoaster with double wall rims and 3 pc cranks
Fit Begin 1- $440
https://www.danscomp.com/products/102758/2017_Fit_Begin_1_Freecoaster_Bike_(Brandon).html

Then anything Sunday (made by odyssey) and Hoffman are good safe bets

edit: I am a pro bmx rider and these are the bikes I'd recommend for a family member, however if you want one with brakes that is a different story. thing is, stopping with your foot in the back tire is just as good if you can teach him that (try youtube videos)

Hope that helps!

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Dax in Miami

I ride for:
Reklamation Bikes (Colorado)
London Bikes (Texas)

4/4/2017 5:09 PM

What's his height? That will play a bit of a roll in top tube length. If he's around 5'10" (probably unlikely) then get him a 21" top tube. Even if he's a bit shorter, he'd still grow into it. This is a good bike with a 21" top tube. https://www.danscomp.com/products/102846/2017_Cult_Devotion_4pc_Bike.html

For a 20.75 top tube, he should ideally be around 5'8" or so. BUT, I'm 5'10" and I'd prefer to ride a 20.75 so it's all person preference. He should test out some bikes with different top tube sizes to see what he likes. If he does prefer a 20.75 (or hell, I don't know. Maybe even a 20.5) then this would be the bike. https://www.danscomp.com/products/102772/2017_Fit_Benny_Sig_Freecoaster_Bike_(Ben_Lewis).html
It does happen to have a freecoaster, which is a whole different can of worms. It'd never be ideal to start him out on a coaster. I'd say stick with cassette.

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4/4/2017 5:14 PM

DanTheBikerMan wrote:

What's his height? That will play a bit of a roll in top tube length. If he's around 5'10" (probably unlikely) then get him a 21" top tube. Even if he's a bit shorter, he'd still grow into it. This is a good bike with a 21" top tube. https://www.danscomp.com/products/102846/2017_Cult_Devotion_4pc_Bike.html

For a 20.75 top tube, he should ideally be around 5'8" or so. BUT, I'm 5'10" and I'd prefer to ride a 20.75 so it's all person preference. He should test out some bikes with different top tube sizes to see what he likes. If he does prefer a 20.75 (or hell, I don't know. Maybe even a 20.5) then this would be the bike. https://www.danscomp.com/products/102772/2017_Fit_Benny_Sig_Freecoaster_Bike_(Ben_Lewis).html
It does happen to have a freecoaster, which is a whole different can of worms. It'd never be ideal to start him out on a coaster. I'd say stick with cassette.

One thing in common is that we are both recommending the FIT bikes (owned by S&M). Cult is the brand Robbie Morales started after he left FIT so both are ideal companies to support.

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Dax in Miami

I ride for:
Reklamation Bikes (Colorado)
London Bikes (Texas)

4/4/2017 7:02 PM

Verde Luxe here. One of the best completes out there. Been riding 20 years and this is one of the best bikes I've ever owned and I've owned only custom builds. Photo

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4/5/2017 12:23 AM

Metalbmxer wrote:

Great starting complete with a good reputable name, street cred and a freecoaster with double wall rims and 3 pc cranks
Fit Begin 1- $440
https://www.danscomp.com/products/102758/2017_Fit_Begin_1_Freecoaster_Bike_(Brandon).html

Then anything Sunday (made by odyssey) and Hoffman are good safe bets

edit: I am a pro bmx rider and these are the bikes I'd recommend for a family member, however if you want one with brakes that is a different story. thing is, stopping with your foot in the back tire is just as good if you can teach him that (try youtube videos)

Hope that helps!

Thank you very much for the info
I'm going to check out your bike recommendation​
Also, I need to measure him and take him to get sized on some bikes as you guys stated..

I'd prefer he have brakes..Lol as he wants to ride to school and with his friends. On the street n stuff

Is wethepeople crisis 2017 any good as well?

You guys are great!

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4/5/2017 12:30 AM

DanTheBikerMan wrote:

What's his height? That will play a bit of a roll in top tube length. If he's around 5'10" (probably unlikely) then get him a 21" top tube. Even if he's a bit shorter, he'd still grow into it. This is a good bike with a 21" top tube. https://www.danscomp.com/products/102846/2017_Cult_Devotion_4pc_Bike.html

For a 20.75 top tube, he should ideally be around 5'8" or so. BUT, I'm 5'10" and I'd prefer to ride a 20.75 so it's all person preference. He should test out some bikes with different top tube sizes to see what he likes. If he does prefer a 20.75 (or hell, I don't know. Maybe even a 20.5) then this would be the bike. https://www.danscomp.com/products/102772/2017_Fit_Benny_Sig_Freecoaster_Bike_(Ben_Lewis).html
It does happen to have a freecoaster, which is a whole different can of worms. It'd never be ideal to start him out on a coaster. I'd say stick with cassette.

Thank you all for the info..
Need to measure him and get him on some bikes as mentioned by you and find out the preferred
Top tube but I think it might be 20.75 or the 21
But as you said he he needs to get on them

Thanks ! You guys are good!

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4/5/2017 12:32 AM

seanthemechanic wrote:

Verde Luxe here. One of the best completes out there. Been riding 20 years and this is one of the best bikes I've ever owned and I've owned only custom builds. Photo

Sean,
Wow that's a nice bike..
800 but I think might be to much for him at 14 and just starting ..But what do I know ..Nice bike for sure!

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4/5/2017 5:26 AM

seanthemechanic wrote:

Verde Luxe here. One of the best completes out there. Been riding 20 years and this is one of the best bikes I've ever owned and I've owned only custom builds. Photo

youngcat wrote:

Sean,
Wow that's a nice bike..
800 but I think might be to much for him at 14 and just starting ..But what do I know ..Nice bike for sure!

Something that will last him a long time for sure though

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