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4/13/2013 8:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/13/2013 8:41 PM

Hi! I was looking around on Google for some info in bmx bikes and it lead me here. I have a few questions hopefully you guys can answer. So I'm new to all this and know nothing about bikes so if you want to give me some advice or anything I'll read every reply long or short.

So I want to buy a bmx bike with a budget of $200 - $350. Looking for something I can ride to work and back everyday and do nothing big but like jump a small flight of stairs maybe. I would like something that can last me a long time. Not planning on doing any ramp jumps, or big air or anything like that. Hopefully you guys can direct me towards some good well known brands, I don't want something cheap that'll break within the next year.

Also is it better to build or buy a complete bike? Which is cheaper?

Any advice or info for a newb is appreciated ! :D

Thanks in advance!

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4/13/2013 8:46 PM

save up some more. that price range is gonn be pretty much garbage bikes. you want something all sealed full cromoly

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4/13/2013 8:48 PM

I'd just go on kijiji and look for bikes or save up some money.. Because you really can't get a good complete bike for $350.. Or you could save up and buy a new one. And brands pretty much any thing just pick a bike you like.. lol.

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4/13/2013 8:56 PM

Just buy a cruiser 24' BMX. Don't know why you'd want a bmx if you're not doing anything though.

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4/13/2013 11:06 PM

If you build a Bike, it will cost thousands if you're looking for brand new parts.

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4/13/2013 11:55 PM

get a Haro 200.1 its $329.99

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4/14/2013 10:44 AM

Brayden_Buckingham wrote:

Just buy a cruiser 24' BMX. Don't know why you'd want a bmx if you're not doing anything though.

Something that I can start with, grind rails and small jumps. But nothing at a park yet. Thanks for reply tho :D

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4/14/2013 10:49 AM

Yeah if you're just getting started and want a new bike not used or anything save to about 450-550 and that will get you a decent one that will last. The 250-350 range is not the best bikes, unsealed hubs, not full chromoly frames etc. Ya get what ya pay for.

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4/14/2013 11:40 AM

see if you can find some 2nd hand customs, that can throw up a decent yet cheap bike

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4/14/2013 1:52 PM

With 250-350 you can get some cheap complete bikes that usually don't last long.
The best thing is always building, but being a new rider you never know what you want exactly. plus it's waaaaaaaay more expensive to build a custom.
The best thing you could do is to search for some used customs, there are some pretty good deals if you look hard enough.
Before buying it post it here so people can tell you if it's any good or if it's meh.
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4/14/2013 5:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/14/2013 5:18 PM

http://www.easternbikes.com/products/completes/2013/117

Hows that? Rate it from 1-10 for a beginner. Pros / cons?

It has specs but I have no idea whats good or whats bad.

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4/14/2013 6:41 PM

user1001 wrote:

http://www.easternbikes.com/products/completes/2013/117

Hows that? Rate it from 1-10 for a beginner. Pros / cons?

It has specs but I have no idea whats good or whats bad.

bad... idea. Its hi-tensil steel. wich is verry brittle. and it has an unsealed standard headset. that thing will break in a few months. there are no "pros" to that bike. Check craigslist. you could get a decent custom for that price.

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4/14/2013 6:45 PM

user1001 wrote:

http://www.easternbikes.com/products/completes/2013/117

Hows that? Rate it from 1-10 for a beginner. Pros / cons?

It has specs but I have no idea whats good or whats bad.

I'd give it a 5.

Pros:
The upgrade warranty.
Sealed rear hub

Cons:
Hi ten steel frame/fork/bars- this is not as strong as chromoly and I never trust it.
26.5 Lbs- it's not super heavy but most stock bikes are around 25 lbs now, weights not everything but light bikes are fun.
American bottom bracket- it's pretty outdated, you want mid or spanish bottom bracket.

It seems a bit out dated and quite generic, nothing special. Eastern has better models.

Used customs are good but have pros and cons. I just paid 200 for a used Fly that's all custom but it is missing spokes and has a cracked rim. I have spare parts like rims etc. My old Fly I also bought used and it had stripped bolts etc. These aren't big issues for people that ride and have a bunch of spare parts but for someone just starting it can be annoying as they don't know exactly what to get or what it needs.

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4/15/2013 1:01 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/15/2013 1:02 PM

Thanks for all the feedback everyone!

Anyways I've thought about it and you guys suggested saving a bit more.

I was going to get it this month but I guess I can wait til next, when my birthday comes up.

Can you guys recommend a good full bike for a newb? (upping the budget to $550) (same usage just street riding minor grinding no big ramps yet..)

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4/15/2013 2:50 PM

user1001 wrote:

Thanks for all the feedback everyone!

Anyways I've thought about it and you guys suggested saving a bit more.

I was going to get it this month but I guess I can wait til next, when my birthday comes up.

Can you guys recommend a good full bike for a newb? (upping the budget to $550) (same usage just street riding minor grinding no big ramps yet..)

If you have 550 bucks to spend, you can get a dialed used custom that kicks ass.

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4/15/2013 4:28 PM

I would just go on danscomp they have last year models on sale plus an extra 15% with no code and you can get free shipping right now I think.
they'll be crappy but if your not doing heavy riding they'll be ok

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4/15/2013 4:58 PM

mrmatrix66 wrote:

get a Haro 200.1 its $329.99

i would say 350.1 little mor eexpensive but more worth it

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4/16/2013 5:39 PM

Decided to get something available at the local shop.
Both have hiten steel frames but its okay for a start I guess.

Which one do you think is better?

http://www.danscomp.com/products-BIKES/102198/2013_Cult_CC01_Bike.html#

or

http://www.danscomp.com/products-BIKES/102211/2013_Sunday_Primer_Bike.html#

Thanks for all the replies!

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4/16/2013 5:41 PM

sunday all day

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4/16/2013 5:49 PM

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS
http://www.danscomp.com/products-BIKES/102158/2013_Kink_Whip_Bike.html
its cheap all chromaly
all sealed bearings
sealed alienation wheels
and preaty light

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4/16/2013 6:20 PM

WallmartBMX wrote:

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS
http://www.danscomp.com/products-BIKES/102158/2013_Kink_Whip_Bike.html
its cheap all chromaly
all sealed bearings
sealed alienation wheels
and preaty light

wooow, if only I could ride it somewhere to get a feel for it. (first bmx bike, wanna ride before i buy =/)

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4/17/2013 1:54 PM

Before I put in the order, I'd like to ask one more thing. Is it better to have someone assemble it for me, or should I assemble it myself? I think it would be beneficial if I did it myself so I know what goes where but then again I'm worried that I'll screw it up.

On top of that its about 100 bucks to get it assembled where I checked.

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4/17/2013 1:58 PM

Yeah do it yourself. It comes with the harder stuff installed so all you gotta do it put on the front wheel, bars, pedals and seat. All that is easy, 100 bucks is fucking ridiculous never go there I will come to Canada and put it together for free before I let you pay 100 bucks for someone to do it.

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4/17/2013 2:00 PM

user1001 wrote:

Before I put in the order, I'd like to ask one more thing. Is it better to have someone assemble it for me, or should I assemble it myself? I think it would be beneficial if I did it myself so I know what goes where but then again I'm worried that I'll screw it up.

On top of that its about 100 bucks to get it assembled where I checked.

You should probably get some help like from your dad or something like that if you have no clue what your doing.

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4/17/2013 2:06 PM

Yeah get some help. If you really need it I'll make a video showing you how to since I can't ride atm, 100 bucks is a lot for doing some easy shit.

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