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So a bloke wants to improve his bike handling skills. jump over things, balance the bike, wheelie just generally have fun outside my front door.

 

which does one look to getting - a bmx or a basic entry level trials bike?

 

any advice would be great

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How about Dirt Jump. Was also looking at something to play around on and decided on DJ.

 

Have a look at youtube videos. You're not gonna balance or wheelie, but you will jump. Busy building up my DJ bike

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Agree with Stewie.

 

But there is no reason you shouldn't be able to do most of the things you mention on your current rig.

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Agree with Stewie.

 

But there is no reason you shouldn't be able to do most of the things you mention on your current rig.

no no no no .... I cant do these things on my current steed. I need to get a new bike to do these things.

 

what is a DJ bike ?

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A DJ (dirt jump) bike... is basically an MTB with geometry suited more for getting some air. They usually have a 100mm travel fork on, and run either SS or 1x9 with a chain device.

 

You shoul check out the GT Ruckus SX on obike. Very good value for oney with the discount they're offering

 

http://www.obike.co.za/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=201&category_id=9&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

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A cyclist must always find a reason to justify a new bike. I would agree that a DJ bike would be a better bet than a BMX, mainly because of the wheel size. When I still raced BMX as a kid there were things I could do with 20 inch wheels that felt really awkward on a mountain bike.

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The Ryckus is a DJ bike, I think that would be your best option.

 

A Trials bike is very similar to DJ only real diff is the stem would be longer for better controll when flat and on the back wheel. Bikes are also built a bit lighter.

Trials specific bikes have no seat and are *** for riding around, but are awesome for trials. Trials you also want a rigid fork on.

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patches the bike in your pic (avatar) is a DJ bike then ?

 

nope... that's a downhill bike... a lot heavier than a dirt jump, and harder to get airborne... but strong enought to handle the punishment

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no no no no .... I cant do these things on my current steed. I need to get a new bike to do these things.

 

 

Far be it from me to convince someone not to buy a new bike! :lol:

 

But balancing, jumps and wheelies are just as easy on a "normal" MTB. A dirt jumper's saddle height is not good for wheelies.

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Here's a couple of DJ bikes. Must be some of the coolest looking bikes.

 

They can also be used for urban riding.(Playing around in the city)

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Higher saddle is easier for wheelie but low if better for the rest, also normal bikes geometry is *** for jumping. You can always put the seat up on a jump bike, more than enough to do wheelies

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plus a high saddle while jumping can end badly for dudes.... leaving you with that sick feeling in your stomach, hahaha!

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