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Five Cheap BMX Bikes for Under $200

Updated on September 5, 2014

My Favorites: The Best Cheap BMX Bikes Under $200

Riding a BMX bike is an absolute blast. It's hard to describe how fun it is until you try it. Fortunately, it's a sport that's pretty inexpensive to get into. As with most things you get what you pay for, but there are some surprisingly great, cheap BMX bikes under $200 out there, and you might be shocked at how little one has to pay for a decent ride.

Whether you're an adult looking for a BMX to do tricks on, or a younger person looking for an all-around ride, BMX bikes are legitimate and growing more popular by the day. Finding a cheaper BMX bike below $200 isn't difficult anymore, though you'll probably need to find it online.

This lens is intended for anyone who is just getting into riding BMX bikes and wants to find a good, fun to ride, well-built and reliable BMX ride for less than $200.

We'll look at five different BMX bikes that are extremely suitable for a 'first ride' for anyone wanting to get into it. I'll talk about the pros for each one, including the riding style, the components and materials involved (including brands, which ARE important!), the price tag and what you can expect from each one.

Hopefully through this article, you'll find a good first cheap BMX bike that will suit your riding style perfectly and provide you with tons of enjoyment. This list is by no means exclusive, just simply my personal favorites.

Let's get started!

BMX Bicycle Tips:

Tips For Buying a Cheap BMX Bike Under $200

Before we get to the bike reviews, here are some quick tips. If you're looking to purchase an inexpensive BMX bike for under $200, you're buying on the lower end of things, so you'll have to be extra careful to not pick up a dud. There are a few telltale things to watch out for, and I'll list a few of them here.

Putting It Together:

If you purchase a bicycle online, you'll need to be prepared to put it together yourself. BMX bikes under $200 purchased online will usually come in a cardboard box and will require assembly. Putting together these guys (especially the tangle-proof brakes) is tricky if you're not experienced in it. It's a good idea to bite the bullet and take it to a shop for assembly unless you're confident to do it on your own. It should only cost around $25 to get it put together professionally.

Avoid Unknown Brands:

Avoid 'no name' brands and sketchy looking products. There are a lot of bike models out there, and not all of them are built with quality materials and strong metals. Unbranded cheap BMX bikes under $200 might be made with sub-par materials, and those should be avoided. All the ones listed here are great quality and highly recommended.

Diamondback Viper X - A Beautiful, Cheap BMX Bicycle For Less Than $200

The Diamondback Viper is a simple, strong and no nonsense BMX bike under $200. It's got a lot of great features, like a rock solid chromoly crank and a front brake line detangler to keep your brake lines clean during bar spins, along with 36 hole rims and large DB Sound platform pedals perfect for trick riding and stunts. Super straightforward, with nice clean lines, this is an ideal platform to build upon and really make your own. It's just one of many examples of amazing, inexpensive Diamondback BMX bikes out there.

It comes in multiple color options, and the link below will periodically sell out because this is such a popular model, but they always renew their stock so check back. As entry level BMX bikes go, it's cheap and worthy of adding upgrades and new parts to down the road.

Kink Curb Micro Drive BMX Bike - A Fast, Durable and Cheap BMX Bike Below $200

If you've done a bit of searching already, you've probably noticed Kink. They're great, beautiful bikes, and they last forever. They are a high quality brand, and this is one of their most affordable models today (most range above $400). The fact that there's a cheap BMX bike for under $200 is pretty exciting. The best part is, Kink didn't skimp on components or manufacturing here. Sure it's basic, but at this price who cares? It has everything you'll need.

The wheels sport 36 spokes each, and they're really strong. That means that they'll stand up to jumps and drops with no issues. The frame and fork are strong high tension steel, and it can take a beating. The Cipher sprocket and chainring and single rear 'U' brake are pretty decent quality too; it's actually surprising to get so much bike for such a low price. It's a micro drive gearing, so it's a treat at the park or just for riding in general, very easy to get up to speed. The tilted saddle ensures you'll be comfy when seated.

Take a look, it's a good, inexpensive BMX bike for under $200 (after the sale price) that you should really consider. You may also want to check out some of Kink's more premium BMX models, they just get better.

Framed Team BMX Bike - A Cheap BMX Bike Under $200 With A Great Build

The Framed Team is another example of a nicely outfitted, cheap BMX bike available for a fantastic price. It's rare to see bikes priced so low when they come with so much. When a great brand produces a cheap BMX bike for less than $200, it's a good thing, and something to take advantage of.

The Framed Team includes a high tension steel frame that's a great, strong platform for most riders. The gearing on these bicycles is 9t by 25t in the front end, so it's a micro drive, but it's suitable for a wide range of riding styles and it's super responsive. If you need to tackle hills or the park, this is a nice one to pick. An APSE rear U-brake and wide, comfortable trick pedals and 36 spoke alloy rims round out this nice machine.

If you're an adult looking for a 20" BMX bike to ride trick style, this is a nice choice, the seat is tilted to allow for more comfortable riding and cruising.

This is a nice choice for an entry rider who wants to feel out what kind of riding they'll be doing. A great cheaper BMX bicycle for under $200. Framed has a bunch of cheap BMX bikes that perform really well, so if you don't like the look of this particular one I'd encourage you to check out the rest of their line.

Mongoose Spinn Freestyle Bike - Inexpensive Freestyle BMX Under $200

The Mongoose Spinn is a cheap BMX bike, well under $200, that's perfect for someone interested in freestyle riding. Not only is this a great looking ride, it's well built and very inexpensive. Mongoose is a pretty good brand name, and I'm impressed with the Spinn all in all.

This bike features a tough, strong chromoly frame that's intended to take a lot of punishment. It has micro drive gearing, meaning that it's easy to power up steep inclines, jumps and ramps. It's a great trick bike for that reason. It has strong 48 spoke wheels that will withstand jumps and drops with no trouble, and it includes 4 pegs front and rear, so you'll have plenty of places to put your feet.

Mongoose is one of my favorite brands, so I can't recommend the Spinn enough. And for well below $200, a cheap BMX bike that's perfect for newer riders.

Shaun White Supply Co Thrash BMX Bike - A 'Shaun White Approved' Cheap BMX Bike Under $200

While it's a lesser known brand mark, the Shaun White Supply Co has a great spokesperson. The snowboarding legend has put his mark on this inexpensive BMX, called the Thrash, and it's one of the best BMX bikes under $200 out there today. It's solid, well built, fun to ride and looks great.

These bikes feature a high tensile steel frame, 36 spoke wheels for extra strength and rigidity, and a rear U-brake. The micro drive features a 9 tooth freewheel and 25 tooth front sprocket provide a really great gearing ratio for powering up ramps and doing tricks, perfect for someone who prefers a trick riding style. The high rise handlebars are comfortable and give you plenty of clearance for your tricks.

It's a less well known brand, but I'm impressed with the Shaun White Supply Co Thrash. It's a perfect ride for someone looking for a good BMX bike for under $200 that can handle a trick and stunt riding style.

Eastern Bikes Lowdown 120 BMX - A High End but still affordable BMX Bike

Ok, I'm breaking a rule here, while this bicycle is definitely inexpensive, it's not a 'cheap BMX under $200'. It's slightly over that price, but I'm including it just because I'd like to encourage you to consider spending a little bit more. A little bit goes a long way! If you're not familiar with them, Eastern is a great brand that produces a lot of great rides and has a really sound rep. They tend to run a bit pricier than the range we've been looking at, but it's worth the cost.

The Lowdown has a lot of nice features. A chromoly 1-piece crank is really nice and durable with large platform pedals, allowing for a good stance and stability. The bike is one that features a micro drive gearing, so it's perfect for all around riding or tricks. It's got a great underside mounted U-brake that won't interfere with your front wheel tricks whatsoever, and the coaster brake is an option too.

This is really an amazing find, so I do recommend the Eastern Lowdown 120. It's a cheap BMX bike that's not quite under $200, but absolutely worth taking a look at!

More to Check Out: - More cheap BMX bike options

The bikes I've listed above are not the only I'd recommend, just a few of my favorites. If you're not interested in those, here are some other choices in this price range that might make you happy.

Remember, it is really tough to find a high quality BMX bicycle at this price point. I'd highly encourage you to increase your budget by at least another hundred. If you do, so many options become available to you. The Eastern bike pictured directly above is a prime example of that. However, if you're a casual rider looking for something inexpensive, these are good options for you.

Buying a Cheap BMX Bike For Under $200

As you probably already know, bicycles are getting more expensive and BMX bikes are no exception. Finding a good, reliable and inexpensive BMX bicycle for less than $200 is a tricky task. It's important to do your research, find out what kind of riding you're likely to do, and pick a bike that'll suit your needs without compromising on quality.

You get what you pay for, and obviously if you pay a bit more you'll get a lot more for your money, but it's entirely possible to get a solid, entry-level BMX for a low price. Just keep in mind that it won't be perfect, and that you'll probably have to put it together out of a box when it arrives.

A Note: If your bike comes with a front brake cable detangler (that allows you to spin the bars without the cables tangling up), I highly recommend taking it to a bike shop to tune. They are really tricky to get just right, and can require a professional touch to be effective!

Good Luck!

Gear and Accessories:

After you've got the bike itself you'll no doubt need some accessories to go with. Often they don't come with pegs, so you might want to pick up a set of those. Also, helmets and pads can be a big help, especially if you're planning on some trick or stunt riding, or just want to cruise down to the park. And don't forget to make the bike your own with custom gear. It's a blank canvas and you get to decide how it looks.

What Do You Think of BMX Bicycles?

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      BikePro 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'd go with the Framed Team. It's affordable, durable and has a micro drive which is better for hills and tricks. I was going to say the Kink Curb, but it appears to have gone up in price.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I need a bmx for my grandson. We live in the rural mountains--no parks and no paved roads. He would be doing tricks on dirt, grass and gravel with plenty of hills. Which of the above would be the best for this application? If not, any direction you could give I would appreciate. Gotta stay on the cheap-side. Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The kink is the only one on that list that stands as #1 with build quality and performance. I know this from years of experience and working for the number one bmx website. Needless to say don't go for the lesser known brands, geometry, weight balance ect are going to be issues on them

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      BikePro 4 years ago

      @anonymous: High ten is not weak. Heavy, maybe, but at the $200 range what do you expect? Many of the bikes above have sealed bearings. Besides, there's nothing wrong with unsealed, as long as you repack occasionally and do routine maintenance. Remember people, you pay whatever you've convinced yourself you should. ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What you failed to mention is that every bike mentioned above is madeof a hi-tensile steel, which is surprising heavy and weak. Also, each bike has unsealed bearings. Unsealed, meaning that the bearings in the wheels, and in the headtube and bottom bracket of the frame are susceptible to the elements. Remember people, you get what you pay for. Really decent bikes don't cost a penny under $700.

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      DavidMichaelRay 4 years ago

      Very informative. As a someone that's gone through the entirety of BMX price-ranges, products, all the way up to building to spec part by part, I can't stress enough how NOT important "top of the line" is in the beginning. Just jump in and DO IT! If you need the bells and whistles and the pricey flash you'll know it. Until then this is a good start.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Good review! Very helpful :)

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      My grandson loves his BMX bike. Great info about them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i love BMX, i own a 2012 sapient capa pro, i picked it up new for $150 and it is really good quality, the only thing i don't like is brands like sundae make their bike $700 or more so it's to expensive to get..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I fell for a cheap unbranded bmx... Now I'm stuck with it for at least 4 months. I wish I saw this page before I bought my crappy bmx bike.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      You sure seem to know your bikes! Another great lense.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. It always freaks me out when I see kids and big kids :-) doing the tricks and everything they do on these bikes....

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      OCDiscusFish 5 years ago

      nice lens!, please check us out too!

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      BikePro 5 years ago

      @ismeedee: Yeah kids love BMX bikes! I had one as a little boy. They're good because they are simple and easy to learn on.

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      tomzi123 lm 5 years ago

      very good bike reviews thank you

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      I think most children would love to have a BMX bike

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Good advice! I think my little boy is going to be into BMX!

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      BikePro 5 years ago

      @JoyfulReviewer: Thanks! Yeah, I don't really ride like those guys on TV, I value my neck!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Nice BMX bike reviews. Just watched some BMX competitions on TV ... those daring tricks always amaze me. Welcome to Squidoo.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Welcome to Squidoo. Nice lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      GeekoIcho 5 years ago

      Hey bikesbikesbikes! You know what, my dad is also bike enthusiast. And a portion of his enthusiasm is passed on to me, that's why I checked out your lens though I'm not a big fan of bikes. :DD This is great!

      Though I have a question. Do you ride mountain or racer bikes too? :)

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Nice lens, great info! :)

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      BikePro 5 years ago

      @squidoopets: Thank you! Nice to see a fellow Lower Mainlander on here!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Appears to be very useful information. Thanks for sharing. Welcome to Squidoo! ;-)

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Very cool bike lens, and nice to meet someone so close, I'm an hour east of Vancouver.

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo. Really helpful BMX bike reviews.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great bike reviews!