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calebolsen calebolsen
6/25/2016 9:06 PM

So I've ridden dirtbikes my whole life but now I live in California and I can't just kickstart my bike and ride out my garage..

So I want to still ride some form of bikes and my friend told me about bmx racing. We have a local track that looks fun but first I need to get a probably start off just riding around town having fun and learning how to manual very good befor I hit a track because I here that's vital to learn to be able to ride a track good. But anyways I've been reading around on forums but can't get any good info!

So basically the only thing I know is that I'm looking for a 21" frame because I'm 5'11! I have a 500$ budget.

So what are good brands? Brands at the top of the line and mediocre brands? Also I've heard "complete bikes" are junk and the only way to get a quality bike is to build your own. How much more money is it to build your own? And does it give you beter quaility and performance?

So just fill me with info on what to look for, good brands, size bike, and anything else I should know befor I spend money on a bike and start riding.

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readybmxer readybmxer
6/25/2016 10:40 PM
calebolsen wrote:

So I've ridden dirtbikes ...more

Well, most of us here on Vital are either street, park, dirt, or flatland riders. For BMX racing, you'd want to look for different things compared to a freestyle BMX bike setup.

To clear things up, there are many good and very solid complete bikes out there, it's a misconception that they're junk. Of course, there are pretty bad completes out there, but good ones exist, too. In terms of building your own, you'd be looking at $1,000 dollars and up. The reason why many people (myself included) have built their bikes to their custom liking is simply because everyone is different. One rider may love bars that are 10 inches tall, but another may hate high bars and stick with a 8.5 inch bar, things like that. If you begin your BMX journey with a complete, chances are you'll eventually end up replacing the parts on it to your liking in the years to come with your bike setup, resulting in a custom-built BMX bike.

So, you're into racing? Are you 100% sure you want to ride on strictly tracks?

It sounds like you are new to BMX, which is completely fine, we all start there, but let me fill you in about the different styles of riding that BMX has to offer, maybe racing isn't your thing.


This is BMX PARK:

This is BMX DIRT:


So, as you can see, many styles and options. Maybe see how many of these styles interest you, and, from here, we'll be able to help you out much better for picking out a bike.

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calebolsen calebolsen
6/25/2016 11:38 PM

So I've checked out all those and yes I'm going to stick with racing. Park and dirt don't interest me that much the only other one is be semi interested in is flat and street. But other than that is much rather stick with racing and just having fun out on the street maybe doing some bunny hops onto things here and there..

And I'll stick with just buying a complete this isn't going to be my main hobby just somthing fun I could do on the side so I'm going to try and stick with my 500+- budget.

So yes I'll be looking for a race bike.

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grumpySteve grumpySteve
6/25/2016 11:50 PM

The GT pro series xl is worth looking at, it's around your budget and has everything you need

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calebolsen calebolsen
6/26/2016 12:11 AM
grumpySteve wrote:

The GT pro series xl is ...more

That does look like a very good bike I'll keep that as an option! But just so I have different bikes to compare to do you guys have any others I could look at?

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Brayden_Buckingham Brayden_Buckingham
6/26/2016 12:28 AM

Haro makes some racing bike that you can check out . Seen some in person and they look good . Don't know about prices but I'm sure there's some for you

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calebolsen calebolsen
6/26/2016 12:56 AM

Has anybody heard of the brand Redline? If so is it a quality brand? There's a redline exspert that's a good price and looks good but is it actually a good bike?

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grumpySteve grumpySteve
6/26/2016 1:10 AM

Redline are good, which expert though? They have a few different models, with expert being the better version of each model. The proline expert and flight expert look good. The flight actually looks amazing but is a fair bit more than your budget. And some of the components are pretty specialist so you'd either need to be able to service it yourself, or find a bmx race specialist nearby (I wouldn't trust any old bike shop with replacing that bb)

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calebolsen calebolsen
6/26/2016 8:05 AM
grumpySteve wrote:

Redline are good, which ...more

If I went the redline route I'd get the proline exspert I'm fine with spending 600$ on quality...and what do you mean by maitence? Do the BB in the crank need to be replaced regularly?

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grumpySteve grumpySteve
6/26/2016 8:47 AM

The flight expert has a press fit bb, I'm not sure on the size but seems like something similar to a pf30, which have issues. As long as they're installed properly they're fine. But if not they fail pretty quickly, and I'm not sure how many shops out there will have relevant experience of fitting them. The proline has euro, which can fail, but will probably be fine and more shops should be able to replace easily enough as they're pretty common

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