“ Brand: Zinc / For: Children „
We bought this for my sons 8th birthday as he was starting to want a more grown up bicycle for the house. I'm afraid the wheel style was a primary motivating factor in buying this. He wanted the mag style rims, and as he does love riding in mud these are quite practical, the mud slides off easily and you don't need to worry about rust.
As you can see from the photo, this bike is solid black. The only colour are some small labels on the frame and forks and a silver design my son quite likes on the sprocket. While this might not seem very exciting, it does mean the style won't be outgrown quickly, and with a 20" wheel, he could easily be riding this as a teenager, as many of the older boys in our estate do ride very similar bikes. In fact I have one neighbour who is at least 30 who rides one. The minimum age is listed as age 8, but this will depend on your child's height , and more importantly leg length. My son was riding a similar sized bike at age 7 but he has very long legs. at the lowest seat height, this bike will measure 26" from ground to seat.
This has a steel frame, and Argos lists the total weight as 17 kg. My son has an older bike with 20" wheels which we leave at the caravan, and he says this bike is much lighter and faster. I do believe this bike is lighter, whether it is faster or not - I really can not say, but he thinks it is and is well pleased. The frame is listed as 360 gyro frame, but in reality this seems to refer more t the movement of the handlebars, which can rotate 360 degrees, than the frame. The frame is rigid suspension, as I believe all BMX bikes are.
The bike has front and rear hand brakes. My son says both are extremely good now and very responsive. The back brake was not working as well when he first tried it, but only needed minor adjustments. Of course I would recommend testing brakes before sending the child out to play with this. Overall assembly was very quick - perhaps 15 minutes ( plus a few minutes more fiddling with brakes) - with no curse words coming from the room. All tools required are included, along with instructions, but it is basically self explanatory. You put on the front wheel, seat, handlebars, peddles and stunt pegs.
This also features rear stunt pegs, which have the added benefit of keeping the bike itself off the wet grass if it is laid down outside. This bike does not have a kick stand, but most BMX bikes do not have this feature. It does not have any gears either, this has only one speed.
This also has a bell, which I found surprising on a bike intended for older children. It is not very loud and would not serve as a horn or warning, in fact it doesn't seem to have much purpose, and BMX bikes rarely have non essentials. The idea seems to be a bike that is stripped of the extras so there isn't much to go wrong - or add weight. The wheels have reflectors and there is also a reflector on the front handlebars, but the latter one is not very good. As my son never uses his bike at night this isn't much of an issue to me, but if he did ride near dark I would buy a better one. This one often gets turned around and faces the wrong way.
My son loves this bike. As far as he is concerned the bike is perfect, and he says it is "awesome" and should get a full 5 stars. I'm quite pleased with it as well. It seems a good sturdy bike that should last for years, and the price was an absolute bargain. I paid £99.99 for this bike just before Christmas, although he did not get it until February. It was listed then as marked down from £189.99 - which is the current price on Amazon. However Argos now has this at £89.99 and lists it as marked down from £99.99. I searched for months for the best price before buying this and found used BMX bikes usually sell for pretty close to what I paid unless they are in terrible condition. I honestly don't think you'll find anything like this in a similar price range, but of course I would always shop around.