2021 Stolen Casino Review

A low priced beginner bike, the Casino is made from low-quality hi-tensile steel. The geometry is designed to feel like a higher level bike. The quality is very low on the 2021 Stolen Casino, but it works well for a brand new rider that is learning the basics.

 

Overview

The Casino series is one of the top-selling completes available today. Designed to ride like a Pro’s bike on an amateur’s budget. We make this bike in Taiwan to keep the quality high and selected a bunch of after-market Fiction parts so it will last.

from: Stolen

Highlights

  • ⛔️ - Full Chromoly
  • ✅ - Under $500
  • ⛔️ - Double Wall Rims
  • ⛔️ - Pegs
  • ⛔️ - Fully Sealed Bearings
  • ✅ - 3 pc. Cranks
  • ⛔️ - Freecoaster - What is a freecoaster?
  • ✅ - Brakes
  • ⛔️ - Gyro tabs
  • ⛔️ - 4 pc bars

Specs

Price: $339.99 on Danscomp

Colors

Specs

Frame: Hand Welded Hi-Ten Steel, 20.25" TT
Fork: Tapered legs w/ One-Piece Steerer w/ Compressor Topcap
Bars: Tallboy bars, HiTen Steel, 8.75"
Grips: Stolen Loot 160mm
Barends: Stolen Vortex Rubber
Stem: Fiction Spartan, 52mm
Headset: Standard 1 1/8″ Threadless
Brake Lever: APSE Alloy w/ Hinged Clamp
Brakes: APSE U25 Alloy U-brake
Cranks: Fiction Zeus Tubular 4130 Chromoly Arms, 8 Spline
Chromoly Spindle, 165mm
Sprocket: Stolen 25T
Bottom Bracket: Sealed MID 19mm
Pedals: Wellgo PC w/ Boron Spindles
Chain: Z-410, Black
Front Hub: Unsealed 3/8″ Axle
Rear Hub: Rampage 6061 Alloy Cassette w/ 14mm Chromoly Axle
Driver: 9t Sealed, One-Piece Chromoly
Front Rim: Fiction Trojan Alloy (Single-wall)
Rear Rim: Fiction Trojan Alloy (Single-wall)
Seat: Fiction Moto Combo Seat
Seat Post: Alloy 200mm included w/ Seat
Seat Clamp: Integrated
Front Tire: Fiction Atlas 2.30″
Rear Tire: Fiction Atlas 2.30″
Weight: Approx 25.75lbs

Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length: 20.25″ – Learn what size is right for you here.

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.

B: Chain Stay Length: 13.75" – Learn About Chain Stays Here

This is a really long 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.

C: Head Tube Angle: 74.5° – Learn About Head Tube Angles Here

Steep head tube angles make the bike “snappy” meaning more responsive to fast turns.

A less steep head tube gives you more control.

D: Seat Tube Angle: 71°

E: Bottom Bracket Height: 11.75″

F: Stand over height: 8.75"

This is a tall standover.

A tall standover makes your seat higher up and will allow you to pinch it easier when learning barspins.

Bar Geometry - Learn more here

G: Rise: 8.75"

Riding a tall rise, will give you more leverage on the bike. Making it easier to pull back and lift the front wheel up.

H: Width: N/A

This is a wide width.

Narrow bars make barspins easier.

Wide bars give you more control and stability when steering.

I: Backsweep: N/A

What does backsweep do?

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.

J: Upsweep: N/A

This is a normal upsweep!

What does upsweep do?

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.

Price

The 2021 stolen casino costs $340. While this may seem like a really good deal a lot of entry-level bikes like this are priced low but they come with very cheap low-quality parts. So when you buy something like this and you think that you are saving money think again because overtime you're going to have to replace the parts as you progress and this can get expensive.

Quality

It's really weird reviewing a beginner level bike like this right after reviewing all the Super high-end Wethepeople bikes. When I see things like a pressed headset bearing, high tensile steel frame, forks, and bars, and single wall rims... all I can imagine is the person riding it and doing a big 360 and absolutely destroying the bike. The parts on this bike are not built to last but rather built to be cheap and keep the bike affordable.

Buy if you are learning:

  • Manual
  • 180
  • Bunnyhop
  • x-up
  • basic park jumps

Don't buy if you are learning:

  • 360
  • dirt riding
  • bar spin
  • grind tricks
  • tailwhip

Conclusion

This bike is for someone who doesn't have a whole lot of money saved up. It's an entry-level bike with entry-level quality designed to help you build up confidence as you start to understand what BMX is. The parts on this bike will not last as you start to learn basic tricks and medium-sized jumps but it is good for gaining confidence.

If you're looking for a bike that has better quality but is around the same price tag, I want you to take a look at the 2021 Kink Launch or Kink Curb, these are better quality bikes at better prices.

 

Common Questions

  • Where can I buy this bike? I saw this bike in stock at chain reaction cycles. You can Buy it here
  • Is this bike for park, dirt, or street? This bike is well rounded. Good for all 3.
  • How much does it weigh? 25.75 lbs