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#1 2013-01-06 7:04pm

Tiller
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2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

I'm going to get my kids new frames, or possibly completes this year. Looking to get some opinions about new expert size and pro size offerings that are out this year.

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#2 2013-01-06 8:14pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

I'm all about Gunslinger bicycle frames.  Adjustable dropouts make dialing in bottom bracket height a breeze.  They're hands down the stiffest frame on the market.  USA made in San Diego.  Check 'em out at GunslingerBicycles.com.


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#3 2013-01-07 5:44am

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

I just got my 8-year-old son an SE Ripper Jr.  I usually stick with U.S. made stuff where I can find it, but in this case I couldn't justify spending $1,000+ for a custom build he'd outgrow in a couple of years.  Frankly, I was surprised by how nice the SE is ... super light, good parts mix, more than adequate workmanship, unbeatable price.  Prior to that he was riding a Redline, which also has some very nice completes but which tend to be more expensive than the SEs. 

I've seen some GHP completes at the track that look pretty nice as well, and this member has several for sale: http://bmxmuseum.com/forsale/48937#.UOrQUHePyqg.


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#4 2013-01-08 6:12pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

Thanks for the info so far.  I've seen some pro size gunslingers in my area at local tracks recently.  Like the idea of adjustable dropouts too.  Been looking at the Phoenix frame too, but seem so costly!

True about the SE's too. I've noticed that their stuff holds up well.  As for GHP's still not that familiar with them.  Its just hard because there seems to be so many new companies out too and the different grades of aluminum involved.  Just the other day saw a kid on a "Black Crown" frame at the track. I'd never heard of that company.

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#5 2013-01-09 2:38pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

Check out       azbicyclegallery.com   nice selection up of SE and GT bikes.

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#6 2013-01-09 2:42pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

psykopath bikes are also made in the USA for 2013 there a non profit bike company there profits go towards injured bmx riders so its a cool deal check them out.... http://www.psykopath.com/

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#7 2013-01-16 1:08pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

my $.02, if you go alu, get 7000 series alu. the '13 lines are all very stiff and responsive. I personally like to get out of the gate like a dragster, but there are a few good American Steel companies doing in right, as evidenced above. + SBC and S&M

ride whatcha like. there are no wrong answers here, just opinions.

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#8 2013-01-16 6:01pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

I'd always recommend Supercross. The new Blur frame looks awesome and I hear good things from people who have bought them. Mine is a couple years old and couldn't be happier with it. Although I can't argue with SE as a very good choice.


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#9 2013-01-16 8:56pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

jasvanek wrote:

I'd always recommend Supercross. The new Blur frame looks awesome and I hear good things from people who have bought them. Mine is a couple years old and couldn't be happier with it. Although I can't argue with SE as a very good choice.

A Blur is actually on the list of frames that I'm considering. 

I've always liked supercross but never had one,  probably would never be able to afford the Envy either.

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#10 2013-01-16 9:43pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

issue with the supercross and why they are so light is the super thin tubing, so take that into account if you travel with it.


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#11 2013-01-17 5:54am

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

Tiller wrote:

jasvanek wrote:

I'd always recommend Supercross. The new Blur frame looks awesome and I hear good things from people who have bought them. Mine is a couple years old and couldn't be happier with it. Although I can't argue with SE as a very good choice.

A Blur is actually on the list of frames that I'm considering. 

I've always liked supercross but never had one,  probably would never be able to afford the Envy either.

Love how the Envy looks, wouldn't ride one myself. I'm a big dude so I wouldn't feel too secure on one. Too light a frame, I want some meat on the bones. Blur isn't that much heavier (once the bike is complete) and is very durable and stiff. I'm not an elite rider and the extra pound isn't making a difference is my race results. I'm just a fan of the brand.


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#12 2013-01-17 11:41am

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

+1

1979 Diamondback wrote:

I'm all about Gunslinger bicycle frames.  Adjustable dropouts make dialing in bottom bracket height a breeze.  They're hands down the stiffest frame on the market.  USA made in San Diego.  Check 'em out at GunslingerBicycles.com.

Gunslinger frames look awesome, and the adjustable dropouts are super cool.


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#13 2013-02-13 6:16am

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

You could also check out the Redman frames.  I like the square tubing on the rear.

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#14 2013-03-23 8:35pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

My son and I ride the new Felt frames.  We raced them in Oldsmar and were very happy with the quality and stiffness.


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#15 2013-03-24 7:46am

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

My son is on a Standard Expert frame this year with Answer Dagger forks bars and brakes, Prodigy carbon rims with Stealth hubs and Ti spokes, Profile mini cranks chain wheel and stem.  Pretty happy with it.  The only thing I should of done is a two piece front sprocket.  I never change his gear but, I should have for the indoor at SteelWheels. I would rather spend the extra loot for a custom, because it seems that most of us end up replacing everything down the line anyway.

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#16 2013-03-24 10:09am

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

Best bang for the dollar is the DK Elite series.

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#17 2013-04-25 2:33pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

pk ripper elite series

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#18 2013-04-30 3:26pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

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#19 2013-04-30 6:13pm

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Re: 2013 frames and completes. Any opinions?

The '13 Redline flight completes are very nice. New rear hub has more contact points. New DK Elites have some nice parts also. If your going the custom route their is alot to choose from. Imo you can't go wrong with Crupi.

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