BMX is arguably the most diverse and inclusive form of cycling out there, encompassing coastal cultures, urban stunt riding, and hard-nosed rural competition in a single, loosely drawn concept. Most BMX bikes fall into one of six categories. Race bikes are optimized for competition, with stiff frames and extremely specific sizing. Dirt, park, and street bikes all share the same rugged construction and steel-frame aesthetic, but they are each subtly optimized for a particular venue. Most racers south of middle age will want a inch wheel. Manufacturers like Sunday offer skatepark-specific bikes with wheels from 12 to 22 inches, and a diversity of frame sizes as well.
We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers. You can't just watch. That doesn't open the floodgates of adrenaline. To get the full rush, to feel that addictive surge as you sprint headlong toward that ramp, knowing full well you're about to attempt a double barspin — and land it clean — you just gotta do it!
Kids and adults alike can enjoy a rigorous bike race in the dirt running over jumps and ramps to catch some air. We have a wide variety of BMX bikes for different courses and uses. Our racing BMX bikes are the most lightweight, so you can speed down the dirt or street courses more quickly. They also come with narrower wheels for tighter turns.
As expected, the racing got more competitive, the demands on equipment became higher and more specialized, and subcultures naturally formed around street and freestyle BMX. Freestyle BMX has professional riders and teams supported by huge sponsorship competing at adrenalin-fueled events such as the X-games. Feeling spoilt for choice with what BMX to buy? We are here to clear things up, spell out the differences and arm you with the knowledge to confidently purchase the right BMX bike to suit your needs.