As an extreme sport dating back to the 1970’s, BMX bicycle racing involves motocross style races on human powered bicycles. This sport involves short, fast, technical racetracks that require a lot of sprinting power and finesse on the bicycle. A BMX bike can function on just about any terrain, but the focus of their design is short, choppy dirt tracks.
Since the inception of BMX bicycle racing, the style of the bike has been adapted for different uses. There are two general categories of BMX bikes available, each with a slightly different design to fulfill a specific function. The most recognisable style is the actual BMX-style racing bike with a small frame, small wheels, and single speed drive train. These have light frames and tyres designed for dirt environments.
Another category of the BMX style is known as a freestyle bike. These maintain their roots in the BMX tradition in terms of geometry, but they are typically heavier and purposed more for paved areas where tricks can be performed. One of the most common upgrades on a freestyle bike is the foot-pegs on the front and back, which give the rider a place to stand while performing.
An important difference between a true BMX race bike and its counterparts is weight, and component strength. While racers value the lightest possible weight without sacrificing strength, other styles are not so dependent on weight. When comparing costs, be aware that lighter components can drive the cost up significantly.
Another important consideration between these two styles of bicycles involves tyre design. While a freestyle bike can utilise tyres designed for pavement, dirt and racing bikes will require a more aggressive tread design that can assist in traction on the dirt.
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