2021 Stolen Compact Review

A really affordable, entry-level bike. The Stolen Compact is for a rider who is small and needs a compact bike. The 19.25" toptube is a good step up from an 18" for kids who are a little taller or growing a little fast. This is a low-quality bike so the parts will not last forever.

Overview

Formerly called the Casino XS, the Compact is meant for smaller riders who want the upgradeability of a 20″ but the riding size of an 18″ bike. Designed to ride like a Pro bike on an Am budget. We make this bike in Taiwan to keep the quality high. For 2020 we upgraded to the after-market Fiction Atlas tires.

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

Colors

Specs

Frame: Hand Welded Hi-Ten Steel, 19.25" TT
Fork: Tapered legs w/ One-Piece Steerer w/ Compressor Topcap
Bars: Tallboy bars, HiTen Steel, 8.75"
Grips: Stolen Loot Flanged, 160mm
Barends: Stolen Vortex Rubber
Stem: Fiction Spartan XS, 40mm
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
Colors: Caribbean Green

Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length: 19.25″ – 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"

This is a short 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

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 compact is very cheap at $339. It is priced similarly to the 2021 Kink launch. With the quality included, I think that this bike is a little over priced. While it is a low price, you should keep looking because you can find something similarly priced with better quality.

Quality

So I understand that this is a beginner level bike, but the quality is actually not that good. It has a full high tensile steel frame, single-wall rims, unsealed bearings, and pressed bearing races. If you're just now shopping for your first bike you probably don't know what many of these things mean, but as someone who is ridden tons of different kinds of bikes, these things will only give you problems in the long run.

If you're just learning basic bike control then this bike is just fine for you especially if you need a 19” top tube. but if you're starting to do any degree of tricks you should look at getting something with a little better quality.

Buy if you are learning:

  • Bike control
  • Bunny hops
  • 180
  • manual

Don't buy if you are learning:

  • 360
  • tailwhip
  • dirt jumps
  • park jumps
  • grinds

Conclusion

Stolon does have some bikes that are a good price for the quality. But the 2021 Stolen Compact is overpriced for the low quality that they're giving you. With that being said it is really hard to find bikes with 19-inch frames so if this is something that you really need you might have to settle for this bike until you progress and grow a little bit. The Compact will work well for brand new riders who are just now trying to learn and figure out the sport. But once you start doing tricks it's going to start breaking.

Common Questions

  • Where can I buy this bike? I saw it in stock on Chain reaction cycles. 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