The history of BMX
BMX started as a movement in Southern California in the 1970s and BMX racing quickly became a phenomenon. Inspired by motocross racing, kids began racing their bicycles on off-road dirt tracks pretending they were motorcycles. The term BMX is also an acronym for ‘Bicycle Moto Cross’. The manufacturers soon started creating bikes designed specifically for the new sport. BMX became a lifestyle and has since then developed into several different disciplines and models.
Different Types of BMX Bikes
There are many different BMX models intended for various types of riding. Classic BMX bikes are made for racing on dirt tracks and jumps. Newer BMX models are designed for riding down the street or freestyle riding. Depending on what you want to do with your bike and where you want to ride there are specific types of BMX bikes with different configurations. Here is a breakdown of different types of BMX:
Dirt BMX bikes are similar to the original BMX bikes and are used to ride dirt trails where riders often jump from the tracks to do tricks. Dirt bikes feature tyres with thicker tread for better grip and control. Dirt BMX bikes often have a longer top tube and are built to withstand the poundings from jumps.
Flatland BMX bikes are used to perform tricks on flat ground and require a lot of balance and control. These bikes have different frame geometry because flatland riding requires precise balance on multiple parts of the bike. Flatland BMX bikes often have a shorter wheelbase and have four pegs on the end of each wheel axle.
Park BMX bikes are used for riding at skateparks, jumping and doing tricks on quarterpipes, box jumps and spines. Park riding is probably one of the most recognizable riding styles for people in general. Park bikes are often made lighter to improve agility. Brakes may or may not be installed.
BMX race bikes are designed for dirt track racing and going very fast. Race bikes are built for speed and are mostly made from aluminium. The bikes feature a larger front sprocket than other BMX bikes in order to create a high gear ratio, enabling the rider to pedal at high speeds. Racing BMX bikes are required to have brakes.
In Street BMX you ride your bike through manmade obstacles such as stairs, rails and curved walls. Street BMX bikes are heavy and strong, made for riding on hard and flat surfaces. The bikes have pegs on the wheel axles for grinding and often have no cable brakes to enable the rider to spin the bars.
Monza BMX bikes
Monza Bicycle Club Inc have introduced a genuine old school BMX with heritage from the demanding bicycle motocross (BMX) bikes of the 1980´s. Alot of attention has been put into the design details of our dream bikes from the past, but also developed to deliver a modern tier one Dirt and Race bike experience. Monza riders enjoy a daily ride in the sun, some laps in the tracks or a ride out with the kids. The properties of the Monza BMX provides a maintenance free fit made in reliable 4130 chromoly steel (frame & fork) keeping the genuine feel of a true BMX cruiser. Monza bikes are available in 24” & 26”.
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