BMX bikes have become very popular in the past few decades and are used in a range of environments. Used on dirt tracks, skate parks and more, BMX bikes are in a league of their own. BMX has branched out in a range of disciplines including
Keeping all of these disciplines in mind, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the options of BMX bikes available to you. We’ve put together a simple guide to help you choose the best BMX bike for your kid!
There are a few primary components of a BMX bike you need to consider when choosing the right BMX bike. From size to quality of materials, we’ll cover it all here.
Most BMX bikes come in one size and that’s usually the 20” model. You’ll be able to find some wheel sizes bigger like a 22” or 24 inches, but they’re normally used for BMX Trails.
For your child to be comfortable riding a 20” BMX bike, they will need to be at least 114cm and recommended to be 8 years old.
At Vuly Play, we have the most common sized BMX available which is the 20-inch bike
BMX Bikes are designed for you to push limits off-road and in the skate park, that’s why if you’re looking to buy a BMX that can take the brunt of falls and tricks, the ideal material is steel or aluminium as they’re both lightweight for easy manoeuvring and durable enough for tricks around the skatepark.
For the stronger material, you’ll be looking for BMX bikes made from chromoly. Chromoly is alloyed steel stronger than standard steel and mainly used for riders.
The BMX hub is vital to a BMX bike as it enables the wheel to freely spin. Hubs are located on both the front and rear wheels and the same type of hub is generally found on both.
BMX Hubs are categorised into 3 different types
Tyre choice is an important part of a BMX bike and more important when you start considering the different types of disciplines. For most riders, who will mostly use it for street and skate park riding, smooth rolling and wide tyres are recommended.
If you’re looking to take on some more rough terrain and got dirt or trail riding, you’ll need to be on the lookout for tyres with more tread and traction. This will help with better handling.
18 inch BMX bikes are common for the younger riders who are looking to join in the skatepark. Because they are smaller in frame, they’re more suited to kids that are aged between 6-7
20 inch BMX bikes are the common size for BMX bikes. The recommended minimum age for a 20 inch BMX bike is 8 years old and can be used by both kids and adults.
There isn’t a specific age once it gets to 22 inches or bigger. Generally, 22 inches and 24 inch BMX are made larger and used for BMX trails. Riders with a height of over 170cm may be suited to ride BMX sizes larger than 22 inches.
Most adults ride BMX bikes with 20” wheels. When buying a BMX bike, the traditional reference to wheel size and rider height is a bit different. It may look like a BMX bike is too small for the rider but that’s because the small frame allows the rider to have more control over the bike especially when doing tricks.
We hope you have a better idea of what to look for when buying a BMX bike! But remember, a 20 inch BMX bike is the most common size used by both children and adults so don't forget to check out Vuly's BMX bike. If you've read through all this and found out you're after a different kids bike, check out our assortment of children's bikes here. You'll find kids mountain bikes, balance bikes and classic bikes of all sizes so there's a bike for every child!