How BMX bikes should fit

Here’s a draft page from my book-in-progress, Pro BMX Skills.

It’s amazing how similarly various BMX pros fit their bikes.

The book won’t be done so soon, so we might as well spread the love:

Says AA pro Jason Richardson: “A few years ago I realized the margin for bike setup is super minimal. Pretty crazy.”

This concept has huge ramifications for the way we fit on our DJ/DH/FR bikes. As soon as I get Pro BMX Skills done … after all these work projects … after I write the 2nd edition of Mastering Mountain Bike Skills … I need a 30-hour day!

15 replies
  1. Bikemonkeys says:

    Lee, Any idea on when the book will be published? It seems like I prepaid a long long time ago. From what I’ve seen so far, when it’s done it will be a resource that we will direct new riders to as they come out to the track and experienced riders reference as they progress in the sport.

  2. Francois says:

    Hi Lee.

    Excellent infographics as usual.
    So, if I understand, the bmx book will come after the 2nd edition of MMBS? I have the 1st version, should I get the 2nd edition too.

    I just want a new book…your books of course.
    note: I prepaid for the bmx book long ago too.


  3. Chris says:

    PDF’s will be cool for those in other countries. I had to wait until I moved to the USA before I could order MMBS.

    I’m going back to Oz in June or July so if the BMX book is not ready by then, a PDF only will do fine for me. Keep the paper. The value is in the information and the entertaining read.

  4. eric says:

    Hi Lee, I’m starting to wonder if my DH frame is too small. I’m 6’4″, and I ride a large Morewood Izimu (which is not a huge bike). Any thoughts on how this translates to big bikes? Should we be looking for pretty much the same in terms of fit? Thanks!

  5. leelikesbikes says:

    Hey Eric, that bike does look pretty short under you. The rear tire is way back there (long stays), but your head is pretty far over your front wheel.

    My guess is you want a DH bike to be relatively longer than a BMX bike.

    If it works, great. Perhaps try a longer bike and see how that feels. My guess: On a longer bike it might be easier to stay balanced over the BB.

    Keep us posted!

  6. Ian says:

    Thats funny I used to race Jason every saturday at the local BMX tracks here in Vegas. Now look at him. That is awesome.

  7. Tony says:

    Hi Lee
    I have been making some very slight changes to the fit of my cruiser – it seems like as you get closer to having the setup correct, smaller changes make a bigger difference in feel.
    anyway — I sure would like to have a pdf of the fit chapter…….any chance?


  8. leelikesbikes says:

    Hey Tony, I am churning through the equipment chapter as fast as I can, given all of the madness these days. I will make it available as a pdf.

    And yes — as you reach perfection, each incremental improvement gets harder.

    As in life.

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