The purpose of the Ride UK BMX 100 is simple. It’s a compilation of the best BMX parts, accessories and complete bikes that are currently available, irrespective of price, method of sale or country of origin – though of course we have favoured the UK BMX industry where possible.
From the latest products with the newest manufacturing technology available to celebrated classics of the BMX world, the Ride UK 100 celebrates good design and high quality. More than that – we’ve not just chosen the best products, we’ve also chosen the most interesting ones. A BMX bike is a simple machine but we’ve got lots of proof here that there are many clever solutions to designing crucial parts of it.
“From the latest products with the newest manufacturing technology available to undisputed classics of the BMX world, the Ride UK 100 celebrates good design and high quality.”
When we send it down handrails, rip around berms or blast over big jump boxes, we obviously concentrate on the task at hand. However, the parts we choose to put our trust in when doing these daring things are often worth a bit more consideration. BMX parts have a clear job to do but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be exquisite examples of product design. Sometimes they’re even quite beautiful.
The past couple of years have proven that the most expensive products are not necessarily the best. At the same time, new is not automatically better either – just simply different. BMX has seen a diversifying market, and as designs are refined, companies have proved they can still deliver interesting products through times of change.
However, finding the stuff that really works can be a difficult task, particularly when there are so many brands and new product releases out there to choose from. Our team of gear experts, led by Robin Pearson, have spent the past year picking out the finest innovations in BMX.
This then is the Ride UK pick of the best BMX products for 2017/18. We have reviewed the following categories: complete BMX bikes; Frames; Bars, Forks, Stems and Grips; Hubs, Rims and Tyres; Pedals, Cranks, Pegs and Sprockets; and Accessories and Protection.
Words by Robin Pearson and John Wells
Photos by Robin Pearson (unless credited)
Curated by Robin Pearson, Scott Connor,
Seb Hejna, John Wells and Ian Gunner