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The 2022 Kink Williams BMX Bike is Kink's best of the best. Sitting at the top of their complete bike line, the Williams has full chromoly frame forks and bars. Ensuring a long life. It weighs 26.9 lbs and comes with 4x pegs & hubguards. This is one of the best BMX bikes available.
Skip right to the good stuff where I give the bike a Dougsterbob Score based on 20 different aspects that determine how good the bike is overall.
Kink Williams 21" BMX Bike Matte Rattlesnake Brown: The Kink Williams is the flagship model in our line and our only signature bike with Kink Pro team rider Nathan Williams. The Williams is a no compromised bike, that gets as close to Nathan’s personal ride as possible with a much more friendly price tag. Stacked with aftermarket parts, and superior manufacturing and materials, the Williams bike is the best of the best in BMX, no question. The Matte Rattlesnake Brown colorway is truly unique and shows off the craftsmanship of the frame.
from: Dan's Comp
The 2022 Kink Williams will cost around $900.
|Frame:100% 4130 Chromoly Double Butted TT / DT|
|Fork:Kink Foundation II 1pc CNC Steerer Tube|
|100% 4130 Chromoly Butted & Tapered Legs 26mm|
|Handlebars: Kink Williams Bars 9.25" 100% 4130 Chromoly 13-Butted TruTherm|
|Stem:Cinema Martinez 48mm CNC 6061-T6|
|Headset:Mission Sealed Integrated (41.8 x 45)|
|Brake Lever:Mission Token|
|Brake Cable:Mission L4 Linear|
|Brakes:Mission Cease V2 (Removable Mounts)|
|Cranks:Kink Ridge 3pc Tubular Chromoly 170mm - 48 Spline|
|Bottom Bracket:Sealed Mid 19mm|
|Pedals:Cinema CK Pedals|
|Chain:Cinema Sync Half-Link|
|Sprocket:Cinema Rewind 25T CNC 7075-T6|
|Front Hub:Cinema ZX Sealed Bolt-in Hub|
|Rear Hub:Cinema ZX Sealed Freecoaster 14mm|
|Driver:Sealed 9 Tooth|
|Front Rim:Cinema 444|
|Rear Rim:Cinema 444|
|Seat:Cinema Waxed Canvas Stealth|
|Seat Post:Kink Stealth 3D Forged|
|Front Tire:Cinema Williams 2.5"|
|Rear Tire:Cinema Williams 2.5"|
|Pegs:4 x Cinema C4 Pegs|
|Gyro Tabs:Tapped For Tabs|
Check the size guide to see if its right for you..
Getting a top tube that is taller than suggested will make the bike feel more controlled and less responsive
Getting a top tube size that is smaller than normal will make the bike feel a lot more snappy and responsive.
This is a short chainstay.
A short chain stay makes the bike feel twitchy. Spins will be easy, but airing and jumping might feel hard to control.
A long chain stay will make the bike feel really controlled. Spins will feel sluggish, but manuals and air tricks will feel nice because it will be more stable.
Steep head tube angles make the bike “snappy” meaning more responsive to fast turns.
A less steep head tube gives you more control.
This is a tall standover.
A tall standover gives you a little more stability & controll. Barspins will be easier but whips can be harder.
Riding a tall rise, will give you more leverage on the bike. Making it easier to pull back and lift the front wheel up.
This is a wide width.
Narrow bars make barspins easier.
Wide bars give you more control and stability when steering.
As far as I know, there is a sweet spot for backsweep. Too much will make the bike feel weird, and too little will make the bike unstable. It seems like the sweet spot is around 11º to 12º. If you need something a little more aggressive and straight feeling, go for 10º, but only do this if 11º is uncomfortable.
There is a lot of discussion about 1º upsweep vs. 4º upsweep. Some people are running experiments and testing if the greater upsweep will make drops feel better. It seems like a lot of street riders run 4º to 5º upsweep. This helps for wrist pain and lessens the impact of big drops.
Now everything above the line is pretty basic info. I break down the specs, geometry and some highlights. But that doesn't really help you find the right bike. So I created the Dougsterbob Score.
The Dougsterbob Score is taken from Doug Demaro's "Doug Score" (He already had the name so I had to get creative with mine haha) Anyway, this assigns a score to the bike based on 20 different aspects. This way you will know exactly what this bike is good for and how it holds up.
My favorite thing about the Williams is the amount of quality that Kink put into this bike. It comes with pegs, hub guards, double wall rims, Chromoly, double-butted tubing on the frame and so much more.
It scored really well in street but not so good in park or dirt. In the end, I'll say whether or not I recommend it.
This quality is so good that you will not have to worry much about the bike breaking when you send it on big drops and gaps.
I recommend this bike for street riders who need a strong BMX bike. It will perform best in the streets although you can ride it on the skatepark.
Keep in mind that the geometry is fairly responsive, but it is not park-specific like other BMX bike geometries. For a park-specific bike, we are looking for a smaller standover, gyro, and better tires for park.
Buy the Kink Williams if you primarily ride street and would like a bike with some minor park abilities.
The Kink Williams is a moderately responsive geometry that will make it hard to control when riding dirt. But the freecoaster is also a nightmare for hardcore dirt riders.
All and all, there are much better choices for riding dirt. I do not recommend the Williams for dirt-specific BMX riders.
You can replace all of the parts that come on this bike with almost any aftermarket bmx part. However, the one-color option is kind of lame.
This looks to be a very solid bike and I’m sure that it can withstand the test of time with the proper care and maintenance.
When you compare the Williams to other high-end bikes, it seems like a no-brainer. But many of these more expensive "pro-level" bikes have fully aftermarket parts packages.
For $800 you are getting a quality bike with a good amount of after-market parks. I know for sure that this bike will last as you progress. the 2021 model had a freecoaster issue but I'm sure Kink has fixed that now.
Overall the Kink Williams is a great VALUE purchase since the price to quality ratio is very good.
The Kink Williams is the most expensive Kink bike out there. It comes with very strong parts and a good geometry for riders looking to progress in the streets... Here's who it is for:
This bike is perfect for someone who is riding at a high level. It cost's a lot so you must have a pretty big budget and plan on riding BMX for many years. The geometry and parts are best for street-specific riders who might ride a tiny bit of park.
For a high-end street-specific BMX bike, you cannot go wrong with the Kink Williams. I definitely recommend it as long as you don't plan to buy it, ride for a tiny bit and then quit. Get this bike if you plan to stick with it and need a beast of a bike.
The 2022 Kink Williams is for sale right now at $800. This is a really high price for a bike. It puts it up there with bikes like the WTP Versus.
I found the Williams in stock here: Dan's Comp
The 2022 Kink williams weighs 26.9 lbs. But keep in mind, this weight includes the pegs and hubguards. It is not a good bike for someone who really hares about a light bike.
I love the Williams since it always comes in at a good price with an insane level of quality. This might be a little over budget for you, but investing in it will ensure that you have a reliable BMX bike. I'm very happy about the number of aftermarket parts and how "street ready" this thing is right out of the box.
You will suffer on this bike if Dirt riding is your calling, but fortunately, most people will be picking this up to grind rails, ledges and get technical in the plazas.