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Unread 04-19-2014, 07:51 PM   #1
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Need some BMX bike help / info.

So my kid's birthday is next week and we have decided to get him a new BMX bike. I found a really cool guy that is associated with the local race track up in Kearny Mesa that builds bikes and he has two bikes right now that I am thinking about. One is a 2007 Haro F1 and the other is a 2013 Fit Benny 3. Both have upgrade parts on them and are in next to brand new condition. Now the problem is I don't really know anything about what are good bikes and what are crap anymore. Shot Mongoose used to be in the top teir when I rode but they are sheet now. Are Haros still good bikes? I have read some reviews that they have gotten really heavy and their geometric makes them ride funny. I know nothing about Fit bikes. Are they any good? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Oh forgot, he also has a 1996 GT Speed Series that is in mint condition. Nice polished aluminum frame. If it was me that would be the choice, but I am not sure if that is what kids want to ride today.

And before you say ask my kid, one it is going to be a suprise, he has NO IDEA we are looking at new bikes for him, and two, he just wants the "cool" in item of the moment. In otherwords I would be buying another new bike in 2 years if we bought him the "cool" one he wants this month.

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Unread 04-19-2014, 11:25 PM   #2
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Pick one and strip the decals off it. Then hand him a stack of decals from different companies and call the bike the "chameleon".

Then remind him cool is not being grounded and he should appreciate whatever he gets.
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Unread 04-19-2014, 11:28 PM   #3
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does he ride skateparks/street or race at the tracks?
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Unread 04-20-2014, 12:55 AM   #4
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He is 10 and pretty much rides around the neighborhood. He has gone to the local park a couple times but sees more time on the dirt jumps he and his buddies build down the street.
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Unread 04-20-2014, 06:29 AM   #5
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I vote for the GT, but that is probably because I had the same one back when I was a sixth grader in 1996.

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Unread 04-20-2014, 06:32 AM   #6
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But holy crap are those Fit bikes expensive. I know it's not my kid, but I would have a hard time giving my 10 year old a $400 + bike.

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Unread 04-20-2014, 07:58 AM   #7
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Honestly if he is just riding around, pick the one you think he would like best. However if by racetrack you mean bmx racing with dirt jumps on a track, then that may be something he may be interested in doing. I didnt find out about bmx racing until i was about 13. I started then, but i wish i had known about it sooner. The people at the track are usually really friendly and will help you out trying to pick a bike for your son. That being said any bmx will be just fine for him to start racing, however a bike meant for racing obviously has its benefits.
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Unread 04-21-2014, 12:55 PM   #8
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I'd say go for an eastern cause there great bikes and there not too exspensive, iv only bought eastern cause of how lightweight and tough they are
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Unread 04-21-2014, 02:27 PM   #9
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GT makes good bikes and I also recommend Free Agent if you're going to spend that kind of coin .. $300+.

I bought the Lumen model for my son a couple years back (when he was 9) and it's held-up well. Bike was probably oversized for him at the time, but these things ain't cheap.


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Unread 04-22-2014, 10:35 AM   #11
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Go to danscomp.com they always have bikes on sale! It's where I used to get all my bmx stuff from
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Unread 04-25-2014, 06:30 PM   #12
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Honestly that GT is a finer piece than either the Fit or the Haro. When I lived in Hawaii the Fits were popular, but on the East Coast Redlines are are little bit more popular. It's funny that geography plays such a factor in the popularity of the bikes. I don't know that I would want a Haro made past say 2003.
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