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    Bike skills.

    How well do BMX skills transfer over to mountain bikes? I have been wanting to get a BMX bike, to ride some park, urban, pump track, DJ, pretty much every practice BMX has to offer, it all looks fun as s***.

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    It's all good on 2 wheels. But I wont ride a 20" bike lol. I would think any type of riding will help in
    areas of other types of riding though. I like the woods too much to do the urban thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bataivah View Post
    It's all good on 2 wheels. But I wont ride a 20" bike lol. I would think any type of riding will help in
    areas of other types of riding though. I like the woods too much to do the urban thing.
    20" wheels look soooo tiny, ive got my eye on a few 24"s.

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    I've been trying all sorts of BMX stuff that I learned as a kid on my FS bike. LOL...

    I can bunnyhop continuously until I run out of breath, make jumps over small obstacles & ditches, lift the rear (but not spin around)...nothing too crazy... yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shibiwan View Post
    I've been trying all sorts of BMX stuff that I learned as a kid on my FS bike. LOL...

    I can bunnyhop continuously until I run out of breath, make jumps over small obstacles & ditches, lift the rear (but not spin around)...nothing too crazy... yet.

    -S
    I try and do the same thing. I was just watching "Life Behind Bars," and Brandon Semenuk was killing it on a BMX bike. It inspired me to try to get back into bmx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBerNick View Post
    How well do BMX skills transfer over to mountain bikes? I have been wanting to get a BMX bike, to ride some park, urban, pump track, DJ, pretty much every practice BMX has to offer, it all looks fun as s***.
    According to the "bible" BMX bikes are very responsive, and less forgiving and requires quicker, more precise movement than bigger wheel bikes, when you improve your fast movement, you also improve your slow movement, but not the other way around.

    I add the DJ bike to my stable and have already seen the improvement, I'll be adding the BMX sometime in the future. I messed around with it a few times and know that it's not forgiving and certainly don't roll over things well

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    According to the "bible" BMX bikes are very responsive, and less forgiving and requires quicker, more precise movement than bigger wheel bikes, when you improve your fast movement, you also improve your slow movement, but not the other way around.

    I add the DJ bike to my stable and have already seen the improvement, I'll be adding the BMX sometime in the future. I messed around with it a few times and know that it's not forgiving and certainly don't roll over things well
    I had a DJ bike, Haro Steel Reserve 1.1. I really used it more as a SS trail bike then a DJ bike. Kinda regret selling it. But it def improved my mountain bike skills when jumping and riding off drops. Wasnt very forgiving tho.

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