The trick to buying an entry-level Dirt/Street/Park bike for a smaller rider (4’4″-5″) is finding one that has the right geometry, the right gearing, the right look (yes, it’s important) that isn’t too heavy, and that won’t break the bank. SE has decades of experience designing and engineering BMX bikes, and the Wildman is a prime example of a D/S/P Freestyle bike that delivers what you need for a price that you like.
Wildman’s hi-tensile steel frame and fork use new butting technology that allows shapers to shave considerable weight while retaining the strength needed to stand the rigors of D/S/P riding. Chromoly bikes are lighter (the material of high-end D/S/P bikes), but also command considerably more in price. At an overall weight of 25 lbs, Wildman isn’t going to be notably heavier than most of its counterparts at the skatepark, and certainly will deliver the performance a rider needs to learn flatland tricks, ramp riding, or even big-air dirt jumping.
Equally important for developing freestyle skills is the geometry. At 19 “, Wildman’s top tube is sized for younger riders in the 4’4″-5” range. This compact geometry allows the rider to manipulate the bike without too much collateral weight shifting around. The rider will get the same feel over the bike that older/larger riders feel on their bikes.
A 170mm one-piece crank can take almost any beating, and a slew of aluminum alloy components and wheels keep the weight down and the performance up. Notably, Tektro alloy U-brakes with alloy levers give great stopping power for enhanced street safety, but also offer excellent modulation so that the rider can regulate speed–an absolutely critical element to executing any trick.
A strong, light, and safe bike that brings the right geometry, the right components, and the right look to the street, the park, or the dirt jam, the Wildman will make a wild man of your young man (or w
Slightly smaller frame suits younger riders who are learning ramp or street tricks
Overall lightweight is conducive for successful rider development
Tektro alloy brakes provide safe, instant stopping and also even modulation for speed regulation
Includes a pair of pegs for grinding tricks