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  1. #1
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    Aug 2008

    Should I get my son a BMX or a Mountain Bike

    I have been taking my son Mountain biking with me every saturday morning and he loves it. He is 8 years old and is using a cheap department store BMX.

    I would like to get him a decent bike, but I am not sure to get him a good bmx or a single speed mountain bike. I was thinking a BMX would be lighter.

    My budget is around $250

    Any suggestions


  2. #2
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    Jun 2008
    Maybe look at a 24 inch wheeled BMX single speed bike, talk to a local bike shop. I think DK does a 24 inch bike, that would keep it simple, bomb-proof, and affordable - plus, the 24 inch wheels are gonna roll a lot better than standard 20 inch wheels. He might not be ready for a 26 inch bike with a transmission just yet, a complicated bike or one that's too big could cause frustration and crashes. Good luck.

  3. #3
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    I had a 24" Giant mountain bike when I was that age. It was a fully rigid 1x5 transmission and from what I remember, not too heavy. The bike held up well, after I outgrew it the LBS was able to find a buyer.

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