Riding BMX bikes is not only a healthy form of exercise, but is also a ton of fun for riders of all ages and sizes. Some obsess over reducing their bikes weight but the truth is, it doesn’t really make that much of a difference. Other worry about being too heavy to ride a BMX, don’t worry you’re probably fine.
A basic BMX bike weighs around 25 pounds. Lighter and more expensive BMX bikes weigh around 20 pounds depending on the components. Lighter doesn’t make a BMX better and might make a bike feel more flimsy and fragile. You can reduce weight by upgrading a BMX with lighter components.
Let’s dive a bit into BMX bikes’ varying weights, the pros and cons of a lighter bike, materials, and your own weight vs bike weight.
What’s A Good Weight For A BMX?
One of the factors to consider when you’re on the hunt for a new BMX is its weight. The weight of your bike influences your speed up to a great extent. The average weight for a BMX would be somewhere between twenty-three to twenty-six pounds, which is fine for most (new) riders.
Lighter bikes are considered more efficient because they will accelerate faster, are more nimble, and easier carry. However, when it comes to BMX bikes, these bikes are designed to be off-road. Weight alone isn’t important, it’s more about the quality of the BMX bike parts. Speed alone won’t make you a better rider, stability and quality is also pretty important.
The majority of BMX riders are comfortable going for bikes that weigh between 25 to 28 pounds which is considered a ” good weight. Ás long as you pick a bike in that weight range, you should be good.
Lightweight VS Heavier BMX:
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of lightweight BMX bikes VS ‘normal’ BMX bikes. I checked a couple of forums and this is what people say:
- Lighter BMX bikes are faster and nimble.
- They are suitable for competitive purposes due to their speed.
- Lightweight BMX bikes provide better resale values.
- Lighter (BMX) bikes are more expensive
- Lighter bikes are twitchy
- They usually have a higher sensitivity to road bumps and aren’t suitable for off-track roads.
- Lighter BMX bikes can only be used on smooth tracks.
Now, coming to heavier bikes:
- Weight results in more stability
- Heavier bikes are generally more cost-effective.
- They are suitable for all kinds of styles.
- More durability as compared to a lightweight bike.
Heavier BMX bikes require more energy and effort to peddle due to their heavyweights, but hey, nothing wrong with a good exercise.
If you are looking for BMX bikes specifically for road racing, lighter ones would be considered more suitable.
Regardless, the choice between lighter or heavier BMX bikes solely depends on the preference of the rider. Many riders feel that the more lightweight BMX bikes tend to be more unstable and need to be replaced more frequently and, as a result, costs more money than their original price.
You might think that heavier BMX bikes make it harder to perform stunts, as they require much more effort and power to be controlled.
From what I could find on the web is that most BMX bike riders prefer to keep a balance when it comes to their BMX bikes’ weight. Don’t just think about weight, the quality of the BMX, matters way more than the weight of the bike itself.
The durability of a BMX bike is perhaps most important to almost all the riders. BMX bikes are relatively expensive compared to regular bikes. Better invest in a wuality bike that can last for a while without having to replace parts every 3 months.
Am I Too Heavy to Ride BMX?
No, you’re not too heavy, as long as you can still walk without having to rest every 60 seconds you are fine. No one can ever be ‘too heavy’ to ride a BMX. BMX bikes come in varying frame sizes that are customized according to your requirements.
Different frame sizes can hold different weights, let’s see how much weight standard BMX bikes can carry. Note that as soon as you start doing gnarly stuff, a BMX needs to be able to comple with stress from impacts.
- The micro-mini frame can take up to 60 lbs.
- The junior frame can take up to 110 lbs.
- The expert frame can take up to 150 lbs.
- The pro frame can take up any size.
So, if you think you’re too heavy to ride a BMX, just visit your local bike shop and ask for proper advice.
How Much Do Pro BMX Bikes Weigh?
Pro BMX bikes have been the go-to bikes for decades when it comes to taking the dirt tracks. According to the biker’s requirements and needs, BMX bikes are customized by adjusting their tire size, top tube length, and frame sizes. The Pro sized BMX bikes are designed for individuals aged thirteen and above, with heights varying from five feet six inches to above six feet.
Usually, basic BMX bikes weigh somewhere around twenty-three pounds. Again, this entirely depends on the customization of the BMX bike. Road racers prefer bikes to be lighter (around twenty pounds). On the contrary, off-track riders prefer relatively heavier BMX bikes due to their stability and durability. Pro BMX bikes fall under the category of heavier bikes. These weigh around twenty-five pounds.
How to Make a Bmx Bike Lighter
It’s all in the bike parts. Now you can replace certain parts for lighter stuff but that sh*t is expensive. I know a few MTB riders who are obsessed with weight and spend tons of money on lighter components. The funny thing is, it doesn’t make them go faster or a better rider.
Light BMX bikes are the ones utilized for competitive purposes. Bikers part-taking in races or performing stunts often go for lighter BMX bikes as they are efficient in these cases. Certain factors add up to a BMX being considered ‘lightweight.’ We will be discussing them one by one. Let’s start with the BMX frame.
The frame of a BMX bike is considered to be one of its heaviest ad largest components. Usually, bikes with a frame made out of titanium are deemed to be the lightest. These tend to weigh as low as sixteen pounds. However, they may not be cost-effective. So, for this reason, Chromoly designed BMX bikes are preferred as this specific alloy is not only light in weight but is also more substantial than steel.
The pedals tend to add a significant amount of weight to a BMX. Light BMX bikes comprise of pedals made out of either plastic or aluminum. On the contrary, heavy bikes have reliable steel pedals.
Pedals that are hollow and compact are preferred to cut down the weight on BMX bikes. However, many people still prefer to buy a BMX bike with steel pedals because they provide more grip and have a longer lifespan remaining stiff. In contrast, many riders complain that plastic pedals lose their grips rather quickly.
When it comes to the handlebar steam of BMX bikes, they comprise of a series of bolts. Light BMX bikes have hollow stem bolts. This is because solid stem bolts weigh down your BMX by adding unnecessary weight to it. Hence, it is advised to replace them to make your BMX lighter. Moreover, lightweight BMX bikes are constructed with hollow wheel axles instead of solid aluminum.
Grinding pegs are components that come with many BMX bikes. These are usually made out of stainless steel to increase durability. However, to make the bike lighter and take off some weight from the wheels, pegs could be replaced with lighter counter parts. They unnecessarily weigh down the bike.
So, instead of using stainless steel pegs, plastic and aluminum ones are preferred since they are much lighter. Not everyone agrees though, plastic isn’t exactly durable.
There are many types of BMX bikes so it’s hard to say what will work for you. From light weighing bikes to heavy weighting ones, you should always choose something according to your needs.
Freestyle, dirt, skatepark, flatland, racing, it all depends on your intended purpose. Your BMX bike will always weigh according to your specific needs and requirements, and budget.
I’m an aged skateboarder and I still shred responsibly. I started skateboarding 25 years ago but also love surfing, snowboarding, or anything that involves a board.