At the end of the 1960s, a few American children had no money for a real motocross and imitated motocross riders with their little bicycles and raced. The first BMX discipline, Race, was born. Later on, freestyle BMX bikes were created, which are designed to make stunts and tricks with them.
The predecessor of the BMX was the Sting-Ray-Wheel (Stachelrochen) at the beginning of the 1960s, with which young people also made jumps and races on stretches with steep curves. This form of the bicycle was later developed and came to Europe in the 70s as so-called bonanza wheel. These bicycles were well-known for their numerous technical deficiencies, so the production was discontinued as soon as BMX wheels were offered robust wheels.
In our BMX comparison 2017, you can find out what is important when purchasing such a sports bike, what you have to consider, how to find the best BMX and what you can do with your personal BMX comparison winner.
1. What does a BMX wheel do?
BMX is a sport. BMX wheels are therefore designed for hard use, which is why they have a statically stable frame. The BMX wheels from the Sting Rays from the 1960s took the high handlebar and the 20-inch rim dimension.
As with almost every sport, there are also several disciplines in the BMX driving. From the original form of the BMX-Sports later different disciplines emerged: Race, Freestyle, Dirt, Park, Street, Vert and Flatland.
At the beginning of the 1980s, BMX wheels have become fashionable in children and adolescents. Perhaps you remember the Kinofilme E.T. And BMX bandits, where these bikes played a more or less important role?
2. Race or Freestyle: What discipline do you want to drive?
First, in the majority of BMX tests, the type of freestyle or race? This is what you want to do with your bike. As the freestyle section is subdivided into several subcategories (Flatland, Street etc.), one can buy a suitable BMX for each of these subcategories. If you buy your first BMX bike, we recommend an all-round model, which can be adapted to your needs.
2.2. Wheel Size & Upper Pipe Length: Which BMX suits me?
If you want to buy a BMX, you will soon realize that this is a bit more difficult than buying a conventional bike. The following factors play a role here:
Distance between the handlebar and saddle (measured on the top tube of the frame)
The optimum size of your BMX bike is determined by the body size of the driver. If the wheel is too small, the driver’s own knees or feet are quickly in the way; Especially when you are sitting down.
For example, if your body size is 1.30 meters, a 20-inch BMX should be used. However, agility and control would be lost. If you do not want to do without a 20-inch wheel, make sure that the top tube is slightly shorter, so you can easily reach the handlebar. A smaller 18X BMX would make sense. This ensures agility and comfort.
2.3. Material: & weight Hi-Ten, CrMo or aluminum?
BMX for the race discipline usually consist of aluminum, so that the bike has the lowest possible weight. Aluminum also has the advantage that it is very stable.
Freestyle is mostly made of Hi-Ten steel (High Tension) or the steel alloy CrMo (chrome molybdenum) for the frame of the bicycle and the more stressed parts such as forks, handlebars or cranks.
Hi-Ten is not as stable as CrMo, which is why more steel has to be used when building a bike to make the wheel stable. This also causes the BMX weight to become higher.
In the freestyle area you need pegs for the most tricks. The pegs are screwed to the axles of the wheels. A BMX can have two, four or no pegs. Street and flatland riders usually use all four pegs, two riders or none.
No Pegs are used in the Dirt or Race area. As you can see from our BMX comparison, pegs sometimes belong to the basic equipment of the BMX bikes.
2.4. Pegs, brakes, rotor etc.
Some BMX in the freestyle area have U-brakes. These are brakes that grip the wheel in a U-shape. These have no optimum braking performance, but the advantage that they do not protrude so far from the frame, which is why they can defend better. Frequently due to interfering cables and brake levers in the freestyle area brakes (brakeless) are dispensed with. The drivers braked with the shoes.
U-Brakes have now almost completely replaced by cantilever brakes and V-Brakes from the market. They are still used in the freestyle BMX area. V-Brakes have more braking power than U-Brakes, but braking can be reduced. A lot of the wheels we have presented in our BMX comparison have V-brakes.
V-brakes are particularly popular in the race area. Disc brakes are not used with a BMX, since they are easily bent and quite heavy.
Some BMX wheels have a 360 ° rotor. This allows turning the handlebar 360 degrees, that is, around its own axis. This is important if you want to do certain stunts. If you want to ride freestyle, you should definitely take a BMX bike with a rotor on the handlebar.
3. Pimp my bike: The BMX pimp
If you have been cycling with your BMX for a while and have perhaps become a member of a BMX club, you can add additional equipment to your bike to suit your own needs or to equip your bike so that you can use certain tricks and tricks Stunts with it.
Often, a fall of the handlebars is broken because the ends of the handlebar can break. For this purpose, there are e.g. Aluminum uprights that you can put on the handlebar ends. This also prevents sharp edges.
As a beginner, you are well advised with V-brakes, as these are easier to operate. For stunts however U-Brakes are more suitable, since you can brake with these dosed brakes.
There are also so-called freecoaster hubs, which are necessary for some tricks, because they prevent the pedals from turning when reversing. It is best if the pedals of the BMX are made of plastic, since the risk of injury is less than with metal pedals.
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