The choice of BMX will depend, largely, on your style of riding. A product of the late sixties (believe it or not!) they were a spin off from motocross motorcycles, designed for racing on dirt, over jumps and banked corners. Since then the bikes have split into an assortment of styles and can be built up to suit the rider or compromise between styles.

Types of BMX

Race

A dirt ready race bike. Knobby tires grip the dirt track, while a lightweight frame and parts allow for speedy acceleration and swift handling. These are set up for fast and furious racing over short distances and usually only have rear brakes. Of course, a few showboating jumps are not out of the question too.

Benefit: Light and fast with the finish line a major priority.

Freestyle

The Freestyle category is dominated by beefier frames and wheels; pavement ready tires for better grip on smooth surfaces; detangling headsets allowing the bars to be spun without cable interference and axle pegs allow the rider to stand on the axle areas of the wheels. Having both front and rear brakes allows for greater control on Freestyle bikes.

Benefit: The strong silent type, allowing tricks to be performed smoothly.

Jump

So, we’re looking at a combination of dirt and tricks. Which is a combination of BMX and Freestyle formats. Chunky frames allow gravity to do it’s worst, while knobby tires ensure landings have the grip they require. Who needs front brakes? Not these guys.

Benefit: Big air, sweet tricks, nailed landings.

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