A Guide to
The best BMX bikes will be suitable for riding over jumps and obstacles and doing tricks. However, if you know you want a BMX specifically to use for racing, flatland tricks, skate/BMX parks or jumping, there are bikes designed exclusively for each discipline.
While a full size BMX typically comes with 20inch wheels and is generally suitable for riders of 12 years old and up, bikes with 18, 16, 14 and even 12inch wheels are available for younger riders. Once they reach three or four years old, children who have got to grips with a strider bike are usually big enough to step up to a 12 or 14inch BMX. You never know, they might even get into BMX racing as they get older!
Materials and Components
The golden rule when buying any bike is to buy the best one you can afford. As a rough guide, 20inch BMXs typically start at around £200 and go upwards from there. The Ruption Force is a solid, inexpensive starter bike.
Entry-level BMXs tend to be made from steel, while more expensive models come with cromoly or aluminum frames. More expensive bikes will have lighter wheels, improved brakes, sealed bearings and gyros (which let the bars spin without snagging brake cables). Check out our advice on styles of BMX bikes for more information on choosing the best BMX.