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What Is a BMX Freestyle Bike?
Freestyle BMX bikes are used for performing tricks, jumps and stunts, and can be ridden either on the street or at the skate park. Freestyle bikes, sometimes referred to as BMX trick bikes, are recognizable thanks to their large handlebars and small, thick tires.
The bikes are built to be strong and sturdy to withstand all the impacts that come with this style of BMX riding. The frames are usually built from super durable Chromoly or Hi-Ten steel, making them heavier than lightweight race BMX bikes.
The Different Styles of Freestyle BMX
Over the years, freestyle BMX has expanded to include various different styles. Although these vary from one another, there are no fixed rules for them and there is substantial overlap.
Street BMX is for performing tricks and stunts on the streets and urban areas, just like skateboarding and skating. When street riding, you use objects like rails and curbs to grind and do stunts.
Park BMX usually takes place in skate parks and the goal is to execute tricks on obstacles such as ramps and rails. Park BMX can take place at a multifunctional skate park or an arena built specifically for BMX bikes.
Here, the aim is to perform stunts and air tricks on a vert ramp, which is basically a big half-pipe with a vertical top section. The riders go from one side of the half-pipe to the other, aiming to gain as much air time as possible for different tricks. It has a reputation for being the most extreme and difficult style of freestyle BMX.
In Flatland BMX, riders aim to perform tricks and spins on plain surfaces. There are no ramps and rails, and flatland is often regarded as the most artistic of all freestyles. Many flatland riders also take part in other freestyle riding types as well.
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