2022 Cult Control BMX Bike | The Possibilities are Endless (Review)

Who would have thought that you could get a high quality, top of the line bmx bike for under $500? The Cult Control has done just that, and this bike is perfect for anyone looking to get into the sport or upgrade their current set-up. With a full chromoly frame and double walled rims, this bike is built to last. So what are you waiting for? Figure out why I think this is a great bike!

Check out the most recent price of the Control by clicking here.

Here's how it stacks up against my TOP 5 Picks...

2022 Cult Control Important Information

Make/Model Quality Score Street, Park, or Dirt? Skill Level Best Price
2022 Cult Control 5.8 Well Rounded Mid-Level Dan's Comp

My Top 5 BMX Picks

Make/Model Quality Score Street, Park, or Dirt? Skill Level Review Link
2022 Kink Whip 6.9 Well Rounded Mid-Level Watch Here
2022 Kink Switch 6.9 Street Mid-Level Watch Here
2022 Sunday EX 6 Well Rounded Mid-Level Watch Here
2022 WTP Reason 6.8 Street Mid-Level Watch Here
2022 Sunday Soundwave 10 Well Rounded Pro-Level Watch Here

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.

Overview

The Cult 2022 Control BMX Bike is built to shred featuring a 100% chromoly frame and fully sealed bearings all around. Cult aftermarket components such as the Forged Salvation V5 Top Load stem and Cult Match rims ensure that both strength and durability are top notch. The possibilities are limitless with the Cult Control BMX Bike.

from: Dan's Comp

Highlights

  • 20.75" Toptube
  • Full chromoly frame
  • 2x color options
  • Long stable chain stay

Specs

Price

The 2022 Cult Control costs $499.99.

Colors

  • Raw
  • Black

2022 Cult Control Part List

Frame: 100% Chromoly (20.75" Toptube)
Fork: Chromoly Steerer Tube (10mm Dropouts)
Headset: Integrated (1-1/8")
Stem: Forged Salvation V5 Top Load
Bars: 100% Chromoly (30" Wide) (9" Rise)
Grips: Cult Begin
Cranks: Chromoly 3-Piece (170mm Length)
Bottom Bracket: Mid, Sealed
Pedals: Cult Nylon
Sprocket: 25T
Chain: Cult 410
Front Hub: Alloy Shell, Sealed Bearings (3/8" Axle) (17mm Nut)
Rear Hub: Cassette, Sealed Bearings (14mm Axle)
Driver: 9T, Sealed Bearing
Front Rim: Cult Match Alloy Single Wall
Rear Rim: Cult Match Alloy Double Wall
Front Tire: Cult x Vans (20 x 2.4")
Rear Tire: Cult x Vans (20 x 2.4")
Seat*: Cult Pivotal *or 1-Piece Combo
Seat Post*: Pivotal *or 1-Piece Combo
Seat Clamp: Integrated
Brake Lever: Alloy
Brakes: 990 U-Brake
Gyro: None
Gyro Tabs: Impossible
Brake Mounts: Removable
Extras: No :(
Color: Raw and Black
Weight: 25lbs

Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length: 20.75" – Learn what size is right for you here.

Check the size guide to see if it's 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: 13.65”Learn About Chain Stays Here

This is a 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: 75° – Learn About Head Tube Angles Here

This is an Average headtube angle

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: 11.8″

This is a HIGH bottom bracket

A low BB height will make the bike feel more stable since the height of your pedals and cranks are close to the ground.

A tall BB height will make the bike more snappy and responsive since you will be standing higher up off the ground.

F: Stand over height: ??

Cult doesn't tell us what size the standover is...

A low standover will make tailwhips easier, but barspins harder.

A tall standover gives you more to pinch and grab when doing barspins & t-bogs.

Bar Geometry - Learn more here

G: Rise: 9"

This is an average rise

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: 30"

This is an average width

Narrow bars make barspins easier.

Wide bars give you more control and stability when steering.

I: Backsweep: N/A

J: Upsweep: N/A

Other 2022 Cult Bikes

Dougsterbob Score

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 scores for this bike are a result of comprehensive testing on the product. Every aspect of this bike has been carefully considered and compared to other BMX bikes. These scores will allow you to make a smart and confident decision when purchasing the bike.

What is it?

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.

Read how I score the bikes here

Everything you need to know about the Cult Control and its utility

Category Points
Dougsterbob Value Factor 11.60
Street Score 4.67
Park Score 3.33
Dirt Score 5.38
Quality Score 5.8

Dougsterbob Value Factor

Value Factor: 11.60

Is the Cult Control a good value?

The Cult Control Scored an 11.60 for the Value Factor. This means that the Cult Control is good value. When you spend your hard-earned money on this bike, you can be sure that it is going to a high-quality bike that is definitely worth the price.

You can spend a little bit more and get the better quality Cult Devotion which has a Value Factor of 11.93.

Is the Cult Control a good bike?

The Control is a good bike. For only $500 you get something that not many other companies can compete with. It has a full Chromoly frame, fully sealed bearings, and a double-wall rim. For a beginner to the mid-level rider, this is a great choice.

Riding it at street spots

Street Score: 4.67

The Cult Control scored a 4.67 in the street section. Sadly, the Control does not come with pegs or hub guards which reduced its street cred drastically. The high-quality nature of the Control gave it some additional points since it can hold up to hefty street riding. All you need to do it is slap on some grind sticks. (pegs)

Is the 2022 Control for street riding?

The Cult Control is not classified as "street specific". It's actually a little better for riding dirt jumps. If street riding is your calling, skip the Control and get something like the WTP Reason or the Kink Switch.

Riding it at the Skatepark

Park Score: 3.33

The Control scored a 3.33 in the park section. It is not a really responsive bike and it is actually impossible to put a gyro on the Cult Control. How frustrating. There are a lot of things that the Control needs to earn some more park points.

Is the 2022 Cult Control good for riding skateparks?

No, the Control would not be the best choice if park riding is your main goal. You have much better options for park riding. The Control is more well-rounded for riding a little bit of everything. Check out the Wethepeople Versus to see a park-specific bike.

Riding it at the dirt jumps or pump track

Dirt Score: 5.38

The Control scored a 5.38 in the dirt section. The long stable geometry on the Cult Control gives it the ability to handle high speeds often seen at the trails. It also has a cassette and not a freecoaster which makes the gearing better set for the dirt.

Check out the WTP Revolver to see a dirt-specific bike. (Check it out here)

Is the Cult Conrol good for riding dirt jumps and pump tracks?

The Cult Control is best geared for riding dirt jumps and pump tracks. But like I mentioned earlier, it is a well-rounded bike for all types of riding.

Quality Score

Quality Score: 5.80

What about the Quality?

The Control scored a 5.8 in the quality section. It's important for anyone with a riding ability to consider getting a bike with this level of quality or above. You do not want your bike to fall apart on you after only a few months of riding.

Riding a high-quality bike is important to have fun and progress safely.

The Cult Control includes these high-quality parts that make up its 5.8 Quality Score

  • Full Chromoly Frame
  • Some Chromoly Forks
  • Full Chromoly Bars
  • 1x Double Wall Cult Match rims
  • Fully Sealed Bearings

Should you get it the Cult Control

If you are a mid-level rider but your budget is a little lower than you care to admit.. this bike will be fine. I have nothing against this bike.. But the Kink Whip is the same price and has much better quality. The only reason to buy the Cult Control over the Kink Whip is because of the Control's 20.75" toptube which is better for taller riders than the Whip's 20.5" toptube.

Common Questions

What is the Price?

The 2022 Cult Control is $499.00

How Much Does it Weigh?

The 2022 Control does not have the weight listed yet. But the 2021 model was 25 lbs.

Where to buy it?

You can get the Cult Control from Dan's Comp here: https://bit.ly/3APc0K2

Buy if you are learning:

Click the trick you want to learn, to see the BIKE SCHOOL lesson

Don't buy if you are learning:

  • Be careful on BIG dirt jumps or BIG street drops
  • You obviously can't do grinds unless you buy some pegs

Conclusion

With the Cult Control, you can take on any type of terrain and feel confident. If you're looking for the perfect bike to conquer your neighborhood's trails or skateparks with ease, it is just what you need! The Cult Control is high-quality at an affordable price point; it even has great parts like Cult match rims and sealed bearings. So if you want one of the best mid-level bike out there without breaking the bank - be sure to check it out here.