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Best BMX Bike

BMX or bicycle motocross was originally developed as a spin off from true motorcycle motocross. It evolved into so much more than just racing. The sport of BMX is an extreme sport no matter which style of riding you choose to do. Dirt racing, jumps, or flatland tricks, tail whips or tabletops, anything related to BMX is going to be over the top and you need a bike that can handle whatever riding style you choose.

With the variety of styles, there is not a one size fits all BMX bike. Certain bikes are built for racing, some for parks, dirt, and some for flatland tricks. There are bikes that will transition nicely to work for one or two styles but you would have a tough time finding a BMX bike that does it all.

Traditionally they are built with a 20-inch wheel set, although there are exceptions to that. BMX bikes have a geometry that isn't like any other style of bike. It is important for you to determine which style of riding you want to do and then look at bikes that are built specifically for that style.

Redline Flight Team Carbon Pro XXL BMX Bike

Redline Flight Team Carbon Pro XXL BMX Bike

The Redline name is synonymous with winning. The Flight Team Carbon Pro comes in lighter than the competition. The oversized head tube give you added strength and flex free handling. This bike has the stiffness you need when you are riding the big race. The Flight Team Carbon Pro XXL has a rear thru axle for added stiffness on the drive. It is equipped with a built in chain tensioner. All the power on this bike is going through the pedals. From the snap out of the gate to the finish line, this is a top of the line, ultra-light, racing machine, built to win.

Intense Podium Pro BMX Bike

Intense Podium Pro BMX Bike

The Intense Podium Pro is a great option for the rider that may be making a step up from a starter BMX bike but can't commit to the more pricey Redline. This bike comes in at about $1400 so it is still not for the budget conscious rider but winning doesn't come cheap. The Sinz Elite carbon fiber fork offers stiff, flex-free handling. The Podium Pro has quality components, a great ride, and sweet styling.

GT Speed Pro XL BMX Bike

GT Speed Pro XL BMX Bike

As the name would imply, the Speed Pro XL is built for speed. It has a race designed, hydroformed frame, stiff bottom bracket, and Cr-Mo fork for responsive handling. The Speed Pro also comes with a GT-designed CNC machine chain tensioners to keep the chain tight and wheel aligned. This bike is strong and durable, if you don't make it through the race without a crash, you can rest assured your bike will survive.

Redline Proline Pro XL BMX Bike

Redline Proline Pro XL BMX Bike

If you are new to BMX racing and know that the best racing bikes on the market are Redline's but you just don't have that kind of cash, fear not. The Proline Pro XL is a great introduction to the Redline racing series of BMX bikes and the price tag won't leave you feeling broke. The Proline Pro has the same geometry as the winning Flight series. Some of the key features on this lower priced Redline are the 6061 T-6 Aluminum frame with integrated headtube and the stiff, responsive chromoly fork. This bike offers a great starting point for anyone entering their first race.

Haro 300.1 BMX Bike

Haro 300.1 BMX Bike

The Haro 300.1 is the most budget friendly bike on the list. A good bike for the money, however keep in mind, you get what you pay for. This bike will do nicely on dirt, get some serious air, and be great for the trickster, but it won't be the fastest bike on the track. It won't be the lightest on the track either. The 300.1 is built around a chromoly frame with a chromoly steer tube fork with hi-tensile, tapered legs. It is a great starting point for someone just starting out in the sport.

Specialized P.Slope BMX Bike

Specialized P.Slope BMX Bike

The "P" in the name is for Progressive and the Specialized P.Slope is just that, forward thinking. The P.Slope is built like a mountain bike for dirt jumping BMX world. The P.Slope features a full suspension chassis to help out with those tough landings. The front suspension gives you an impressive 100mm of travel, the rear has 85mm of travel, just enough to take the edge off your landings but still ride like a hardtail. With the A-1 Premium Aluminum fully butted frame this bike is built to handle dirt jumps and slopes. The attention to detail, quality components, and durability of this bike is what puts it at the top of the list for dirt jumping. This is the biggest bike on the list and the most expensive but if you are looking to do some serious slopes and dirt jumps it doesn't get much better than this.

GT Fueler BMX Bike

The GT Fueler will give you pro-performance without a pro price tag. Built with a 100 percent chromoly frame and fork, keeping it strong and light. The sealed bearings are strong and quiet. High, wide handlebars give you great handling for tricks. The GT Sandbox tires will grip the berms and even the tight packed walls. The Fueler is a great all-around dirt jumper.

Redline Column BMX Bike

Redline Column BMX Bike

The Redline Column is the most versatile bike on the list. This bike will transition easily from dirt, to street, to skate park. The 100 percent chromoly frame is triple butted and post weld heated treated to give you the strength you need in a bike designed to handle it all. The fork is also 100 percent chromoly and triple butted with post weld heat treatment and tapered legs. The front hub is grind guard compatible. The sealed bearings will give you quiet performance. Not as pricey as the P.Slope but not quite for the budget minded rider.

Kink Local BMX Bike

The Kink Local is another more budget friendly bike. It is slightly heavier than some of the bikes on this list. At just over 25 pounds, it will be hardly noticeable. The high wide handlebars offer the control you need when hitting the dirt. The two piece tubular chromoly crankset with T-6 sprocket gives you a smooth ride. Although it doesn't have all the features the other bikes on this list have, it is a great place to start.

Giant Method 00 BMX Bike

Giant Method 00 BMX Bike

Giant has their own version of a versatile BMX, the Method 00. This bike was designed with help from pro riders and it gives you a lot of bang for your buck. The geometry of the Method 00 is a bit more aggressive than some but it will transition nicely from the dirt, to the street and then out to the skate park. It is built around a full chromoly frame and fork. It also has a full chromoly crankset. The wider handlebars are a perfect combination with the 21-inch top tube. It is equipped with Alienation Black Sheep Rims. The Method 00 is a great option for those who are new to the sport.

KHE A-Damn Flatland BMX Bike

KHE A-Damn Flatland BMX Bike

As the name would imply, this is A-Damn flatland, and a really good one at that. The A-Damn is built around an Adam Kun pro model 100 percent chromoly frame and watching a professional flatlander like Adam ride A-Damn series bike is sure to have you searching for one of your own. The KHE Addict fork is double butted 100 percent chromoly. It has a signature series chromoly handlebar that is mulit-butted. The attention to detail for a flatland bike shows right down to the chain tensioners and the ultra light weight of just over 19 pounds.

Fit Benny Signature Flatland BMX Bike

Fit Benny Signature Flatland BMX Bike

The Fit Benny Signature is a Ben Lewis signature design. Inspired by Benny to fit his riding style. This is your way of owning a bike that was designed by one of the great flatlander's. It is built with a full chromoly frame, fork and handlebars. Sealed front and rear hubs, and geometry to match Ben's specs are just a few reasons to check out this bike. It is loaded with after market parts, Animal tires, Animal MK3 pegs, Animal Hamilton pedals, and more. If you need more inspiration watch Ben Lewis in action, you may be convinced this is the bike for you.

Sunday Soundwave Special Flatland BMX Bike

Sunday Soundwave Special Flatland BMX Bike

Sunday Bikes is offering you not just a team inspired bike but a team ridden bike. The Soundwave is the bike that the Sunday team rides. Riding this bike comes with a price, not one that everyone can afford, at around $1150. If you are a serious flatlander and want to ride like the pros, this may be the bike for you. Take all the best aftermarket parts you could possibly want and put them into this bike and you have the Soundwave Special. Built with a full chromoly frame, fork, and handlebar, the Soundwave also has removable brake hardware. It is equipped with an Odyssey Aerospace wheel set and Odyssey Aaron Ross tires. This bike will leave you feeling like a part of the team in no time.

KHE Evo 0.F Flatland BMX Bike

KHE Evo 0.F Flatland BMX Bike

The KHE Evo 0.F is another great flatland BMX from KHE. Built around a 100 percent 4130 chromoly frame, this bike also features a chromoly fork and handlebars. The Evo 0.F has an internal headset and front U-Brake. This bike has a clean, classic look with a matte black frame and white tires and is equipped with four pegs for the trickster in you. It comes in at a nice weight, 23.81 pounds.

Eastern Bikes Shock BMX Bike

Eastern Bikes Shock BMX Bike

The Eastern Shock is a great place to start if you are new to the sport of flatland BMX riding and not sure you want to invest too much in a bike. The Shock gives you a sturdy bike to test the waters with. It is the least expensive bike on the list and the heaviest bike on the list. It is built with a hi-ten steel frame, designed specifically for flatland riders. The geometry on the Shock is comparable to more expensive flatland frames. It has heat treated, tubular, 3-piece chromoly cranks, front and rear u-brakes, and comes with four pegs. This would be a great entry level flatland bike.

Eastern Cremator BMX Bike

Eastern is a household name for BMX bikes that fit most any budget. The Cremator is no exception with a slim price tag of around $480. Don't let the price fool you. The Cremator gives you a full chromoly frame, fork and handlebars. It also has a sealed bearing front hub and a fully sealed rear hub. The double wall alloy rims will give you a strength on the landing. The Cremator is equipped with two pegs to get you started on your first flatland tricks. It comes in at a fairly light weight of just over 24 pounds and comes in two great color options. Add to that Eastern's lifetime warranty and lifetime upgrade policy and you truly have a winner with the Cremator.

Redline Syntax BMX Bike

Redline Syntax BMX Bike

Even a company with some of the most top notch BMX bikes in the industry manufactures bikes for the budget minded rider. Redline does it with quality and style. The Syntax comes in some really cool color options. It has a full chromoly triangle with an integrated head tube, removable brake hardware and 3-piece tubular chromoly crank. Although it doesn't have a full chromoly frame, it still comes in at a respectable weight of just 24.9 pounds. This bike will transition nicely from dirt, to street, to skate park and it retails under $500.

Diamondback Venom Pro BMX Bike

Although the Diamondback brand has lost some of its once solid reputation for building the best bikes, they do still have bikes that are worth riding. The Venom Pro is one of them. It has a full chromoly frame with integrated head tube. It is equipped with Alienation 440 rims and tubular 2-piece chromoly cranks. This bike looks good and is a great option for riding the streets or the parks.

Sunday Gary Young AM BMX Bike

Sunday Gary Young AM BMX Bike

Sunday built this bike for taller riders on a budget. Gary Young is a name that is synonomous with the X-Games and park competition. The Gary Young AM is built with a 21-inch top tube and Sunday's dent resistant Wave down tube. It has Gary Young grips and a Gary Young Principal Pivotal seat and seatpost. This bike has some quality components and is a great starting point for the tall riders.

Haro 200.1 BMX Bike

Haro 200.1 BMX Bike

The Haro 200 series has been redesigned with a smaller diameter headtube. The 200.1 has a hi-ten frame and hi-ten threadless fork. The cranks are three piece tubular chromoly. The 8.25 inch handlebars give you a comfortable ride and easy handling for the park. Least expensive may equate to heaviest in some brands, but not Haro, this bike comes in at just over 25 pounds. This bike is the least expensive on the list with a price tag of $330, worth looking at for someone on a tight budget.

Redline Flight Pro BMX Bike

Redline Flight Pro BMX Bike

Redline is one of the original manufacturers of BMX bikes. It seems only fitting that they be at the top of this list, winning races since the early '70s. When BMX first came on the scene it was the cross-over from moto-cross motorcycle racing to the world of bicycle racing. Redline started by designing motorcycle frames and transitioned nicely into bicycles. The Flight Series has a world championship design and is built for the serious competitor. The Flight Pro is built to snap right out of the gate. The carbon fiber fork gives you quick, responsive cornering. The lightweight R6 aluminum frame won't hold you back. The Flight 2.5 crankset transfers power to the rear hub with lightning speed. The Flight Series is the true definition of BMX.

Eastern Bikes Shock BMX Bike

Eastern Bikes Shock BMX Bike

The Eastern Shock is a great place to start if you are new to the sport of flatland BMX riding and not sure you want to invest too much in a bike. The Shock gives you a sturdy bike to test the waters with. It is the least expensive bike on the list and the heaviest bike on the list. It is built with a hi-ten steel frame, designed specifically for flatland riders. The geometry on the Shock is comparable to more expensive flatland frames. It has heat treated, tubular, 3-piece chromoly cranks, front and rear u-brakes, and comes with four pegs. This would be a great entry level flatland bike.

Haro 500.1 BMX Bike

Haro 500.1 BMX Bike

The Haro 500.1 is for the rider who wants to head out to the BMX park and maybe take on a few walls and tail whips along the way. The full chromoly construction keeps this bike lightweight. Haro BMX bikes have proven geometry and will fit most riders with not much more than a seat adjustment, right out of the box. The Haro 500.1 is high flying, comfortable and will grab some nice air. If you are heading out to ride the bowls or hit the ramps the 500 series is the bike to look at.

GT Performer 20 BMX Bike

The GT Performer 20 is a great option for conquering the concrete jungle and not breaking the bank. This bike was built to take on the streets. The chromoly frame design is strong without adding weight. The down tube is gusseted for added strength. The Performer is equipped with steel pegs and ready to grind. It's a bike that will get you noticed with the black and gold design.

Kink Curb 20" BMX Bike

Kink is a great example of what most people picture when they think of a BMX bike. If you are a rider that loves heading out to the skate park, the Curb is a great place to start. The Curb frame is 100 percent high-tensile steel, so it won't be the lightest weight bike on the list, it will be strong. That being said, at just under 26 pounds, this is certainly not a tank. With color options in black, gray, orange, and flame red, you will stand out in the crowd.

VickyL
I've been a cyclist since I was a child. I've owned as many as 5 bicycles at a time and all served a different purpose. I had a mountain bike for rough trails, a hybrid for on and off rail trails, a light weight racing bike for road riding, a modified mountain bike for longer distance riding, and a touring bike. I currently own the most compact folding bike available on the market. It's great for commuting and travel. I do the basic maintenance on them and I use a bike for travel purposes. I have had the folding bike down the east coast and from California to Maryland. I'm currently a staff writer for a NYC bike shop and enjoy seeing all the new equipment as it hits the store.
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