Bike

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The complete bike needs to be well suited for the intended style of riding, both in strength and weight. Most complete bikes on the market will work for the entry level rider.

Bars

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Handle bars are somewhat of a ‘preference’. Choosing bars to best suit your riding is an important aspect in bicycle control. Bar height and set up are usually chosen to fit the geometry of the bike, too low and a rider will not have enough leverage.

In addition to height, back sweep and up sweep are important factors in the feel of the bike as well as influence on wrists and bike control. Another factor as with any product made with tubing is tube thickness. As companies try to save weight, tube wall thickness on everything from handle bars to frame strength are affected.

Sprocket

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Chainrings are ever evolving as hub gear ratio changes. Profile offers a spline drive chainring that has 48 spines, eliminating the need for chainring adapters. Most of these are similar machined using aluminum.

Cranks

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Over the years our ‘collective’ knowledge has led us to ride and recommend only 4130 crank arms. Years of aluminum designs have failed, many within only days of riding.

Many companies have come and gone in building cranks, Profile has held to consistently high standards over the decades. For this reason we recommend the best of the best, hand made in the United States.

Forks

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What to look for in finding forks you can trust your face to…

- 4130
- One piece machined steer tube
- Heat treated dropouts
- Sufficient fork blade strength

Trusted brands like DECO and S&M make legendary forks as well as Oddysey 41Thermal forks also.

Frame

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What to look for in finding forks you can trust your face to…

- 4130
- One piece machined steer tube
- Heat treated dropouts
- Sufficient fork blade strength

Trusted brands like DECO and S&M make legendary forks as well as Oddysey 41Thermal forks also.

Grips

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Self explanatory…Looking for comfort here.

Hubs

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Hubs are manufactured in predominantly 36 spoke low flange in modern component manufacturing.

Here looking for good reputation(anything BMXCollective carries), quality bearings and design. This will ensure a good roll.

Pedals

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Most pedals on the market have spindles built with similar materials. Shaving weight is a good thing but not at the expense of one’s body. Be careful and steer away from ‘disposable’ designs as many pedals are made with cheap poly plastic platforms that may easily fracture.

Pegs

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Rims

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Rims are predominantly 36 hole in this market so finding a strong rim that won’t ovalize quickly is a crap shoot. Thicker spoke gauge in combination with good rims and hubs will contribute to a good life your rims.

Seat

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The style of riding you work with will dictate the style of seat used. As with seat posts Jay Miron’s ‘pivotal’ design, seats on the market now generally follow the same design.

Post

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Seat posts today generally follow Jay Miron’s McNeil ‘micro-adjust pivotal’ design. Unless you plan on riding your seat slammed we recommend a seat post with a little length. The small amount of additional weight is well worth the strength it will add to your frame.

Spokes

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Along with strong rims and a good hub we recommend at least a medium gauge spoke to add to the strength and help eliminate flex in 36 spoked wheels. Spokes may be laced in three cross pattern meaning each spoke crosses three others in the building of the wheel.

Stem

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Looking for a good strength weight ratio, stack height and proper reach for the size and style of the rider. Classics include Backhand Bikes, the S&M Redneck, and a few other trusted brands.

Tires

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