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.
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.
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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