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To find the top 5 BMX bikes for street, I had to compare a ton of different specs from each bike. After a ton of analyzing and comparing, I came to the conclusion that the Sunday Darkwave is the best BMX bike for street riding in 2022. The Darkwave is pro-level quality with a full aftermarket parts package. The pegs/hub guards and freecoaster give you everything you need to shred street.
Right behind it was the Wethepeople Battleship and the Kink Williams in that order. Let's take a deeper look at these bikes to see why they earned their spot on this list.
I created a handy tool to compare and analyze all 80+ BMX bikes and you can use it for free. The Dougsterbob App lists scores for each bike according to how well they perform in street, park, and dirt. It even analyzes their quality and their value so you know how good of a bike you are looking at.
When you are buying a BMX bike for street riding, there are a ton of important factors to consider. You will need pegs to grind, hub guards to protect those hubs, and maybe a freecoaster to do certain street tricks. While these are important things to consider, the reality is that a lot of it is preference.
I'll explain some things you need to look for when buying a BMX bike for riding street and help you understand what is the right choice for you.
Best BMX Bike for Tall Street Riders
Frame: Sunday Darkwave, 21.25" TT, 100% chromoly, aftermarket frame
Bars: Odyssey BROC Bar, 41-Thermal, aftermarket bar
Cranks: Odyssey Thunderbolt, 170mm, 100% chromoly, 41-Thermal, LHD
Street Score: 10
Quality Score: 10
The Sunday Darkwave is Sunday's NEW top-of-the-line complete. It has a big 21.25" toptube and full aftermarket chromoly parts. This bike is equiped with 4x pegs & hub guards, a freecoaster, and a sprocket with a bashguard. It will hold up to huge drops and respond to technical street lines. This is the perfect bike for street.
because of the big 21.25" toptube, this bike is really only for taller riders (6+) if you want the best street bike based on your height, get a free bike recommendation from me and i'll find it for you.
Best All-Around Street BMX Bike
Frame: WETHEPEOPLE "BATTLESHIP" FRAME, 4130 FULL CRMO
Bars: ÉCLAT "STRANGLER" BAR, 4PC, POST LIQUID HEAT-TREATED 4130 CRMO
Cranks: WETHEPEOPLE "LOGIC" TUBULAR 3PC CRANK
Street Score: 9.11
Quality Score: 9.8
This bike is one of the best available. With a full pro-level parts package and 100’s of dollars in aftermarket parts… you really can not go wrong. The Battleship is designed to be exactly like a pro BMX rider's bike. With good parts that can withstand harsh riding and harsh crashing. It comes with pegs and hub guards, you’ll never need another bike.
Best Street BMX Bike on a Budget
Frame: Kink Williams 100% 4130 Chromoly Double Butted TT/DT (NOT AFTERMARKET)
Bars: Kink Williams 9.25" 100% 4130 Chromoly
Cranks: Kink Ridge 3pc Tubular Chromoly 165mm – 48 Spline
Street Score: 8.89
Quality Score: 8.4
I recommend the Williams for riders who want a great street-specific bike, without spending a ton of money. The Williams is marketed as a pro-level aftermarket bike and this is only partially true. It has some aftermarket parts but the most important one, the frame, is not. This results in a lower quality score than bikes like the Battleship, Soundwave, and Envy. All in all, it scores over an 8 in value meaning it's a good bike for the price.