2021 Wethepeople CRS Freecoaster Review

Overview

We took our CRS complete and gave it a new-school street injection in the form of a SALT PRO sealed freecoaster hub. Now with a sealed front hub and available in two colour options, this entry-level freecoasting whip is ready for anything.

from: wethepeople

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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

Key Features

Key Features
Aftermarket Salt Parts
26.76 lbs
12.75 Responsive Chain Stay

Specs

Price: $439 on Danscomp

Colors

Specs

FRAME MATERIAL: 4130 crmo down tube, 1020 hi-ten
WHEEL SIZE: 20"
TOP TUBE LENGTH: 20.25"
CHAIN STAY LENGTH: 12.75"
HEADTUBE ANGLE: 75°
SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 71.5°
FORKS: SALT “AM 20” fork, 1020 hi-ten , 4130 crmo steerer, 26mm offset
BARS: SALT "CRS 20" bar, 1020 hi-ten
STEM: SALT “PRO” top load stem, 50mm reach
HEADSET: SALT “PRO” int. headset, sealed bearing
BRAKE MOUNTS: Welded
BRAKES: SALTPLUS “Geo XL” alloy u-brake rear
FRONT HUB: SALT “AM” alloy hub, sealed bearing, 3/8”s axle, 36h
FRONT RIM: SALT “FRACTION” rim, single wall, 36h
REAR HUB: SALT “PRO” freecoaster hub, full sealed, 9t, 14mm axle, 36h
REAR RIM: SALT “FRACTION” rim, single wall, 36h
TYRES: SALT “TRACER” 2.35" front & rear
SPROCKET: SALT “GATEWAY” steel 25t sprocket
CRANKS: SALT “ROOKIE” tubular 3pc crank crmo 165mm, 8 Spline
BB: SALT “MID” 19mm, press fit, sealed bearing
PEDALS: ÉCLAT “SURGE” nylon/fiberglass pedals
SEAT: ECLAT “BIOS” Mid padded pivotal seat
GEARING: 25/9
WEIGHT: 12.31kg / 27.13lbs

Frame Geometry

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

This is a smaller toptube size. 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: 12.75" – Learn About Chain Stays Here

This is a short chainstay.

A long chain stay will make the bike feel controlled.

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: 75° – 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: 71.5°

E: Bottom Bracket Height: 11.75″

F: Stand over height: 8.25″

This is a medium standover.

A medium standover will balance controlled and responsive feelings. Giving you the perfect amount of seat to pinch when trying barspins.

Bar Geometry - Learn more here

G: Rise: 8.85″

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: 29″

This is a medium width.

Narrow bars make barspins easier.

Wide bars give you more control and stability when steering.

I: Backsweep: 11º

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: 2º

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

Now the 2021 wethepeople CRS FC is a pretty good bike for $439. It does include some aftermarket parts and a little bit of chromoly that might justify this price. However, in my opinion, it's just a little bit overpriced. For this price, I think you should be able to find something with at least a trimoly frame and maybe one or two double wall rims.

Quality

Like I mentioned above the CRS FC is OK quality especially because of those aftermarket parts. The extra salt parts in a few eclat parts make it stand out from the rest but with that being said, a bike this price really should have some more chromoly if you want it to last as you progressed to a mid-level rider.

Buy if you are learning:

  • bunny hops
  • 180
  • pull up bar spins
  • small jumps
  • small dirt riding
  • fakie tricks

Don't buy if you are learning:

  • Big drops
  • big spins
  • back flips
  • grinding hand rails
  • 360
  • tailwhip

Conclusion

All in all the 2021 wethepeople CRS is a really good looking bike. It could use some quality improvements especially to justify the price. The freecoaster will allow you to shred the streets with ease. But it is built for a brand-new rider who needs a bike with good geometry that will help them progress faster at BMX. If you're new or just learning some basic tricks the CRS FC would be a good fit for you. You just might have to replace parts over time as you progress and as they start to break.

Common Questions

  • Where can I buy this bike? At the time of writing this, Danscomp had the CRS Freecoaster in stock. Check it out here.
  • Is this bike for park, dirt, or street? It is a well-rounded bike that will do good on all park, street, and dirt.
  • How much does it weigh? 27.13 lbs

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