The 9 Best BMX Bikes of 2021
One of the most popular bicycle types among the youth has always been the BMX. We might even go as far and say that BMX bikes have played a huge role in the upbringing of many talented cyclists today.
Originally built for off-road racing on dirt tracks and to withstand the test of time on gnarly skateparks with fast-rolling pump tracks, there’s a large following among this particular bike type. By 2021, there’s a variety of those bikes from 16″ wheels to 20″, 24″, 26″, and even 29″ available, although most of them share the same characteristics.
BMX = Bicycle Motocross
Mongoose – Legion L500
One of the best BMX freestyle bikes
Mongoose is a giant in the world of BMX.
The Legion L500 represents the company as a part of their flagship line, and it has been equipped with many great features useful to a competent trick rider. The frame and crank arms are both made of tubular Chromoly steel for confidence inspiring strength and stiffness when grinding rails. Double-walled rims hold fat, 2.4-inch tires which make the L500 more than capable on quarter pipes and stair sets alike. Small additions, like a pivotal seat, freecoaster hub, and half-link chain, will appeal to experienced BMX riders.
If you’re the type who already has a good variety of tricks under their belt, there’s no doubt that Mongoose’s top bike will do the trick.
- Fork – 4130 Chromoly
- Frame – 4130 Chromoly, BMX freestyle geometry, removable brake mounts, integrated headset
- Chain – KMC HL1 Halflink
- Front Hub – Aluminum, sealed-bearing, 3/8 in bolt, 36H
- Rear Hub – Aluminum, sealed bearing freecoaster rear hub, 14 mm axle, 36H
GT – Dyno Pro Compe LTD
MSRP $725 GT
GT is another of the brands that have been around forever and know quite a bit about how to make BMX bikes.
For young riders, they built the GT Kids Bank, a fully-featured park-ready bike built on 20” wheels. The steel frame and single-piece crank promise durability even after failed jumps send the bike crashing down. The loose-bearing bottom-bracket is low maintenance and kid-friendly addition. The Bank has been equipped with many classic BMX components, such as tall riser bars, a high clamp force u-brake, and pegs on the front and rear axles.
- Frame – Dyno 87′ Pro Compe Design
- Brakes – Promax P-1 Aluminum V-Brake w/ Soft Compound Pad
- Seat Post – Alloy Micro Adjust 25.4 x 300mm
Redline – Proline BMX Race Bike
One of the best BMX race bikes
For riders who want to go a bit faster on their BMX bikes and for competition BMX racing, the Redline Proline Pro delivers a design built around speed.
With an extra-large chainring and longer wheelbase, the Proline Pro offers an optimal geometry and gear ratio for quicker rolling. A lightweight aluminum frame keeps the bike capable on vert, while the tapered Chromoly fork deals with abuse on the front wheel from less-than-perfect landings.
For both BMX racers and those looking to gain more velocity on a bike with a true BMX heart, the Proline Pro is Redline’s best pick.
- Aluminum alloy Redline frame
- Redline Microline seat/post combo for ease of use
- Vee Speedster 16×2″ tires
- Pedals included
Fairdale – Taj
Many people choose to ride BMX bikes around town as a form of transport. After all, who doesn’t want to be able to bar-spin on the way to the football match?
But when you’re riding your BMX further it’s useful to have larger wheels. The Fairdale Taj looks a lot like an 80s MTB, except it has 27.5 wheels and a tweaked geometry with high-rise bars and an internally routed front brake line. You can comfortably sit and cruise, play around on stair sets or ride a trail. Equipped with high-end components from Odyssey and FSA, you can trust that everything is going to feel great.
For casual BMX riders who need to get across town, check out the Fairdale Taj as a high-quality pick.
Sunday Bikes – Soundwave Special
The Sunday Soundwave Special is a complete BMX made up of 100% aftermarket components.
Essentially, you’re getting the pedigree of a custom bike without the lengthy process of selecting each individual part. Sunday touts this bike as the best complete BMX money can buy. The frameset and crankset both come with a lifetime warranty, so if you manage to break it while riding Sunday will replace it for free. Odyssey parts grace the bike in many other places. This is a bike that’s super sturdy from head to toe.
If you need a bike that absolutely shreds and does so in style, the Sunday Soundwave Special is at the top of the list.
Cult – Gateway
An adrenaline-induced rush provides the BMX rider with dopamine, maxing out their stoke and giving them intense levels of euphoria.
The Cult Gateway provides entry into the chaotic and addictive world of modern BMX. Cult makes a lot of high-end BMX parts, and a good number of them feature on the Gateway. Perhaps most importantly, the geometry of the frame is focused around tricks. A tight inner triangle can be whipped around with ease. Sealed hubs fair well against repeated shock force as well as water.
The Gateway urges riders on a budget to try advanced tricks, those they might not have the confidence to do on a less technical frame.
Mafiabikes – Kush 2
One of the best boy’s 20-inch BMX bikes
The Kush 2 aims to offer up a pro-level BMX bike at an entry-level price.
With features like a CNC machined internal headset and double-walled rims, it’s apparent that efforts have been made to include durable and well-engineered parts that would be found in higher-end models. Three-piece cranks offer better customization and easier replacement. 2.4 inch Lagos Crawler tires bounce off lips and curbs nicely.
For anyone looking to get a good bang for their buck and explore the world of BMX, the Kush 2 is a contender with great specs.
- A lightweight BMX
- Big 29″ Bars with an 8.5″ rise
- Alloy single wall front rim and double-wall rear rim
- 2.4″ Lagos Crawler Tyres
- Tapered Fork Legs
Haro – Master DMC
One of the best 24-inch BMX cruisers
MSRP $650 Albes
Some bike frames are iconic and define entire eras in different parts of bicycle history.
When Dennis McCoy turned pro in the late 80s, he went on to shape the sport of BMX. The old school DMC frames with a split top tube are one of the most memorable things to have come from that time. The Haro Master DMC serves up the same retro look with updated technologies. A sealed integrated headset along with a CNC aluminum top load stem keeps the ride feels solid in the cockpit. 24-inch wheels are helpful when pedaling further than just around the skate park.
The Haro Master DMC is a retro BMX frame paired with modern components, perfect for those who want to ride in classic style
- Frame – 6061 Alloy Twin Top-Tube Frame w/ Integrated HT & Mid BB Shell
- Weight – 27.8 lbs
- Pedals – Haro 78 Plastic w/ Cr-Mo Axle, 9/16
- Tires – Kenda “Kranium” 24 x 2.1″
- Rims – 24″ Alloy 36h, Double Wall
- Brake – Promax TX-117 Alloy V-Brake
HARO – Thread One Bike 2021
One of the best adult BMX bikes
MSRP $1,150 JensonUSA
Back in the ’90s, BMX riders inspired MTB riders to switch up their gear and move away from traditional road bike designs.
From the 2010s onwards, MTB riders have been inspiring BMX riders to get off the pavement and hit jumps on singletrack. The Haro Thread One borrows heavily from both BMX and MTB designs to come together as a DJ (dirt jump) rig designed for big air time. An X6 aluminum frame is durable but also light enough to lift up further, easier. A Manitou Circus Sport 100mm fork offers plenty of giving for the landing.
For those hoping to hit big jumps, look to the Haro Thread One.
- Fork – Manitou Circus Sport, 100mm Travel
- Brakes – Tektro Auriga HD-M275 Hydraulic
- Tires – Kenda Small Block 8, 26 x 2.35″ / 2.10″
- Grips/Bar Type – Haro Counterfeit
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