The ideal pump track bike
Someone asks this question every five minutes. As with all things, the answer depends on your style:
Any modern DJ hardtail with a short travel, stiff fork. Lighter is better. Shorter stays are better. Place the controls to suit your fancy, then rip it.
– Specialized P.bike
– Santa Cruz Jackal
– Giant STP
Pump whatever you race. If you race 4X/DS on a hardtail, pump that. If you race 4X/DS on a suspension bike, pump on that. Stiffen your suspension and slow down your timing.
– Specialized SX
– Santa Cruz Blur 4X
– Intense Tazer
Ride what you got style
All bikes are fun and pumpable. The more suspension you have, the harder you work for the same pump. Make sure you can move around your cockpit. That means a short stem and a low seat.
– Specialized Enduro
– Bontrager Race Lite
– Trek Fuel
– or whatever …
Old school style
If you want a sweet dedicated pump bike for cheap, get a used 20″ BMX bike or a 24″ cruiser. They’re super fun, and they teach you perfect timing. If your timing isn’t perfect, the bike will tell you in a very clear way. I got to pump a 24″ cruiser a couple days ago, and it was crazy-fast — one clean backside, and it’s ON!
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Pump track bike: hardtail or suspension
It might just eat up all the rollers, but have you ever pumped a 29’er just for fun?