BMX bikes explained
BMX Bikes are compact heavy-duty stunt bikes that come with 20-inch wheels and wide tires. The bike design has an upright handlebar position with a steep head angle for quick steering. The small nature of the bike makes it very agile and is ideal for jumping, tricks and stunts. A BMX bike is equipped with a single gear is most often used in a skate park or street environment.
What are they made from?
Chromoly: Due to the demanding nature of BMX riding, the frames have to be strong yet agile and light enough to perform quick movements and get airborne. High tensile steel is the most common material used in cheaper models, whereas chromoly is the ideal choice for professionals and experienced riders due to its lower weight.
Aluminium: BMX race bikes are built using aluminium as they are ridden on less technical courses and require speed and maximum stiffness for power transfer.
What kind of riding can I do on a BMX?
BMX Racing: BMX race bikes are built for purpose built courses that contain jumps, banked corners and rollers. Race bikes are usually built from aluminium and need to be light and are built primarily for speed.
Freestyle/Street: This is perhaps the most common form of BMX riding today. Freestyle riding mainly revolves around riding in skate parks or on the street and involves tackling ramps and street obstacles. Other forms of freestyle BMX also include dirt jumping which is a gravity orientated jump contest.