I've been building bmx bikes out of Danscomp since the late 90's. I'm 29, 6'3", 170 lbs. From BMX to Downhill. I ride park, dirt and street. When I had money I built a fully custom Fly Bikes Pantera frame and I loved it until I got into hybrids/cruisers. I've built a custom 26" Kona hardtail as well on that front, but needed some money for bills after I injured my shoulder snowboarding 3 years ago. Now I'm getting back into it with little money. I know what quality bikes are, and I know exactly what I bought when I picked this up. I have enough experience to ride smooth on a cheap bike.
What they don't tell you about this bike:
It is made of Hi-Tensile Steel, not 4130 chromoly. Hi-Ten steel is only 2/3's as strong as 4130.
The headset is actually a good quality set. The head tube is 1-1/8".
The forks are extremely heavy, and don't support much of any thing other than cruising around.
The rear hub is a freecoaster hub, which means when you roll backwards the pedals don't move.
The rear hub is problematic as it is a freecoaster, as even high end brands are problematic. They often get bound up, and restrict wheel movement making you work harder.
The rear hub bearing nuts on the NON-drive side need the washer taken out between the inside bolts #the dark grey wide, small washer#. Those bearing nuts need to cinch together so they don't move. This also means you need to get a fender washer to make up for the space next to the dropout as well as the diameter of the bearing nut washer is too small and will damage the dropout slot if tightened down.
The front wheel rolls well and the bearings stay tight. It could last a while if treated well.
The rim size is 24"x1.75".
The tires are 24"x2.30" and are VERY heavy.
The one piece cranks will hold up to some jumping but they come loose often. After hitting a 3 set of dirt jumps twice they were noticeably loose but haven't bent yet.
The bottom bracket is an American size.
The pedals will NOT fit 3-piece cranks and are plastic.
The gearing is 25/9T. #Front sprocket is 25 teeth, the rear cog is 9 teeth# It's pretty hard to pedal with 2.30" knobby tires and a sticky freecoaster hub.
Both axels are 3/8".
What I recommend with this bike:
The forks really stink. I am serious. The worst forks I've ever ridden. Including old school rock shox from the 90's- those were better. Go to pinkbike or craigslist and find some used Rock Shox Judy's or Marzocchi DJ3's as those are the cheapest forks that hold up well that will work with this headset and front wheel.
Get some cranks asap. I can't tell you enough how annoying it is to have to keep tightening them. I found some 3-piece Rant S-8 cranks on Danscomp and some mid size bottom bracket bearings with an American adapter cup for really cheap. Look for the Primo BB Kit and be sure to select the American size.
Throw on some chain tensioners as the rear wheel will move around and is not easy to maintain the correct chain tension without them.
Next is that rear wheel. The freecoaster hub is fun to play around on but it's not reliable. Build a wheel or find a cheap one with a bmx rear casset hub so you can put a 9-12T cog on it. I recommend a 10-11T cog as it's pretty hard to pedal and get acceleration. If you run smaller tires you could get away with a 9T cog.
The frame is great for a tall guy. Especially if you have big feet as the frame is a little relaxed. It's super stable on jumps yet still pretty easy to flick around. Snobby rich riders will you that you can't jump on a Hi-Ten steel frame but I have already proven them wrong. Way wrong. I never bent a frame when I had a Hi-Ten mongoose back in the 90's and I abused that bike hard. This frame is built way better than that one and I approve of the welds. I put together this bike with cranks, pedals, chain tensioners and a fork for three hundred. Just know you will need some parts with this for a fulltime bike. I would not recommend this bike to a young kid, it's really heavy until you change some parts again if you expect them to do more than ride around the block. Otherwise it's fine for cruising around.
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