BMX stands for Bicycle Motocross. In its early days, BMX bikes were knockoffs of motocross motorcycles. They were designed to race over jumps and in the dirt. During those times, low-end bikes were complete bikes, meaning that they came fully assembled. The reverse is true in present day.
Many reputable BMX manufacturers nowadays offer “completes”, as they are called, that are top notch quality bikes. BMX companies that are popular and reliable brands are DK, Eastern Bikes, Fit Bikes Co., Haro Bikes, Hoffman, Kink Bikes, Stolen Bikes, Subrosa, TwoHipBikes, and We The People. The list of ten is only some of the well-known companies that distribute the “best BMX bikes.”
Financially, BMX bikes tend to be parent-supported. The price range for the best BMX bikes can span a rather large spectrum, so first knowing your budget means you will narrowed down which BMX bikes can be ruled out and which ones to consider. For this reason, budget is one of the first criteria. Look at your options online or in product catalogues.
Price point has a bearing on quality. Invest in a complete BMX bike instead of a yet to be assembled one where you have to purchase its parts separately. Completes can cost as low as $200 to $1000 or more. A complete BMX bike that costs $200-400 is a lower-end bike, so this bike will not hold up as well as a higher end model, but is great for early starters. $400-600 will get you a mid-range bike with higher quality frame and some parts, which is ideal for tricks and jumps. Moreover, the $600-1000 price range takes the highest quality bikes with more parts, ideal for the experienced riders who can give their BMXs a regular beating.
The best BMX bikes should have frames and parts made out of aluminum or 4130 chromoly. Chromoly is a material with a high strength to weight ratio, thus making the BMX bikes more durable and able to take more jumps, stunts and tricks. Chromoly is also a little bit heavier but costs less. Aluminum frames are rust-proof, lighter and usually have oversize or exotically shaped tubing. Some manufacturers also use the weaker alternative of high tensile steel.
Bike size is one of the most crucial points in bike ownership. The length of the bike’s frame determines how the rider will be position and where the bicycle parts will rest. The four available options in the youth category are Mini, Junior, Expert and Pro for the following age range: 4-6 years, 6-9 years, 9-13 years and above 12 years. Adult BMX size charts are also available. Only the bike shop can perform a proper fitting.
Also important is your choice in the BMX bike parts like wheels/tires, handlebars and brakes. Most complete bikes come with 20” top tubes that may be a small fit. Larger ones are 20.5 or 20.75 inches. Some handlebars tend to be too low or narrow, so a wide bar may be more suitable. If possible, choose linear-pull brakes. Some experts believe that in the best BMX bikes, the smaller the part the better. And, whenever possible, ensure that your purchase includes coverage for regular tweaking and maintenance.
Finally, BMX bikes come in several variations. They are built to suit specific riding styles. Choose racing completes for speed and performance. Freestyle completes are best for new riders and multi-terrain. Street completes are set up without brakes.
Product reviews are a must on the checklist before you hand over the credit card. User impressions about the model of your choice will give a good idea of what you can and cannot do with it. If specific parts are problematic, product reviews will indicate these as well. Now, you’re good to go.