When it comes to buying your first complete bike, you have a couple of fundamental choices where to go: either to the internet and click away via someone’s clickbait Youtube viral hit and some time later one arrives in a box (after several failed deliveries) which turns out to be basically a stinking pile of iron that requires you to assemble it correctly (and good luck with the after-sales care and warranty as well) – OR – you can locate your local BMX shop and go and talk to a helpful human being, size up some bikes in-store, buy a proper bike, maybe get some cool stickers and some new grips, connect with more local riders, and know that those people in the bike shop built your bike properly and will sort your new bike out if it needs any attention. Go to a bike shop, get yourself a decent bike. Decent bikes don’t have to cost the earth either – for example, for the same price as one of those internet-only calamities comes this, the 2019 GT Air.
For just £249 you’re getting a pro-geo bike with a 20″ toptube, slammed 13.5″ back end, cassette hub, 3pc cromoly cranks, 25:9 gearing, GT 2pc bars, topload stem, and 2.3″ tyres – and it’s built durable, with a proper warranty and you KNOW that GT have been building BMX bikes for decades – along with a pro team backing up everything they do. It’s a legit BMX brand – and the Air is a legit BMX bike. It looks solid, it rides great, you know it’s in for the long-haul.
|Frame||GT FS Design, Hi-Ten Steel Tubes, DT Gusset, American BB, Seat Stay Mounted U-Brake, External 1-1/8″ H/T, w/ Removable Rotor Tabs, Odyssey Springfield Brake compatible|
|Fork||GT FS Design, Hi-Ten 2pc. Steerer & Tapered Legs, 31mm Offset, 3/8″ Axle Dropouts|
|Crank||GT Power Series Cr-Mo 170mm 3Pc. 19mm x 8T Cr-Mo Spindle, GT 25T Steel Chainwheel|
|Bottom Bracket||American Loose Ball Bearing|
|Pedals||GT Low Profile FS Platform Design, PP Material, Boron Axle|
|Rims||Alloy single wall, 20″ 36h|
|Tires||Innova, 20 x 2.3″ front, 2.2″ rear|
|Hubs||Steel Body, Loose Ball 3/8″ x 150mm Heat Treated Axle, 36 Hole, 15mm Nut front, Steel Body, Loose Ball, 14mm Adapter x 180mm Axle, 9T Cassette, 36 Hole, 17mm Nut rear|
|Spokes||Stainless Steel, 14g|
|Brakes||Aluminum U-Brake w/ Soft Compound Pad|
|Handlebar||GT Freestyle 2pc., Steel, 8.375″H x 28″W, 3°Up, 11° sweep|
|Stem||New GT Top Load, 1-1/8″, Cold Forged Cap, 32mm Rise, 40mm Length|
|Grips||GT Super Soft 155mm Single Compound w/ GT removable plug|
|Headset||1-1/8″ Threadless, Steel|
|Seat Post||Steel, 25.4 x 200mm|
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