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The 2022 Sunday Forecaster is a low to mid-level BMX bike. It is medium/low quality and designed for new riders who are quickly progressing and learning new tricks. This bike comes at a $559.99 or $579.99 price point and 4 different color options! Beginner riders will enjoy progressing in BMX on this 26.78lb responsive bike.
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.
The 2022 Sunday Forecaster BMX Bike is the Aaron Ross signature model, and has the component list to run with the pros. Sunday Lightning rims, Odyssey Clutch v2 freecoaster, and the Odyssey brake system with removable mounts are just a few of the aftermarket parts that can be found on this model. Every bearing is sealed meaning less maintenance and smooth rolling. Speaking of rolling, the freecoaster that comes stock on this bike allows you to concentrate on the next trick while in a fakie instead of being worried about what position your pedals are in. The Sunday Forecaster proves through and through that it deserves Aaron Ross' signature.
The 2022 Sunday Forecaster costs either $559 or $579.99 depending on the version that you get.
|Frame: Sunday Forecaster, 100% Chromoly, Integrated Headtube|
|Fork: Sunday Forecaster, 2-Piece Chromoly Steerer Tube, Welded Preload|
|Bars: Sunday, 2-Piece (28.5" Width) (9" Rise) (12° Backsweep) (4° Upsweep)|
|Stem: Sunday Freeze Top Load (48mm)|
|Headset: FSA Integrated Conical (1-1/8")|
|Top Cap: Sunday M16, Aluminum|
|Grips: Odyssey Broc Raiford|
|Cranks: 3-Piece, Chromoly (170mm Length)|
|Bottom Bracket: Sealed Mid (19mm)|
|Pedals: Odyssey Twisted PC Pro|
|Chain: KMC Z1 Wide|
|Sprocket: Sunday Sabertooth v2, Steel (25 Tooth)|
|Front Hub: Sunday Low-Flange Sealed (3/8" Female Axle)|
|Rear Hub: Odyssey Clutch V2 Freecoaster (14mm Female Axle)|
|Driver: 9 Tooth (Right Hand Drive)|
|Spokes: Steel, Black (14 Gauge)|
|Front Rim: Sunday Lightning (20") (36 Hole)|
|Rear Rim: Sunday Lightning (20") (36 Hole)|
|Front Tire: Odyssey Path Pro OEM (20 x 2.4")|
|Rear Tire: Odyssey Path Pro OEM (20 x 2.4")|
|Seat: Odyssey Broc Raiford Signature (Pivotal) -Alternate- Odyssey Big Stitch (Pivotal)|
|Seat Post: Sunday (Pivotal)|
|Seat Clamp: Sunday|
|Lever: Odyssey Springfield|
|Brake Cable: Odyssey Quik Slic|
|Brakes: Odyssey Springfield U-Brake|
|Brake Mounts: Removable|
|Gyro Tabs: Drilled|
|Extras: Non-Drive Side Plastic Hub Guard|
|Color: Matte Black/Grey Fade|
|Weight: 26.78 lbs|
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.
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.
Steep head tube angles make the bike “snappy” meaning more responsive to fast turns.
A less steep head tube gives you more control.
This is a medium standover.
A medium standover will make tailwhips easier, but barspins harder. You get less control with a lower standover.
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.
This is a narrow width
Narrow bars make barspins easier.
Wide bars give you more control and stability when steering.
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.
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 with wrist pain and lessens the impact of big drops.
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 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.
This is for the 2022 Forecaster with the freecoaster. The freecoaster versions include Siemon, Ross, and Raiford. Read about the Silve (cassette) version here.
The 2022 Sunday Forecaster scored a 4.6 Dougsterbob Score.
I like that the Forecaster has 4 different color/style options. Giving you the chance to get a bike option that you really like.
Aside from the full chromoly frame, the Forecaster is really low quality. It has hi-tensile steel forks, bars, and single wall rims.
The Sunday forecaster scored a 3.75/10 in the Street Section. This bike has the quality to withstand SOME street riding. It also comes with the freecoaster... street riders love to roll backward without pedaling.
The lower quality parts (especially rims) will also cause some problems since street riding consists of big drops and gnarly grinds. I really wish that they included some pegs with this bike.
The Sunday Forecaster is not a street-specific bike. If you plan to progress and become a really good street rider, you will need to purchase some upgrades or get a more street-specific bike with higher quality.
There are a lot of things that need to be added to the Forecaster to make it a park machine. Consider some park-specific tires, steeper 25mm forks, and a gyro brake system.
The Forecaster is a bad choice if you want to use it as a “park only” bike.
The Forecaster scored a 2.33 in Dirt. This is VERY low. Sadly, this is a terrible option if dirt is your calling.
This bike has a somewhat responsive 75.5º headtube angle which will make it responsive on the dirt.
The freecoaster also causes some issues when trying to ride dirt on a consistent basis.
Do not buy the Forecaster if you plan to focus on dirt. Look for a more dirt-specific bike.
I'm still going to have to classify the Forecaster as a beginner bike. We need to see full chromoly and double wall rims for a bike to get the "mid-level" classification.
Now, having a full chromoly frame is a huge plus, and this makes the forecaster a much better choice over the Sunday Scout. However, it doesn't have much else going for it.
If you are new to the sport, this quality will be ok for you. Just know that as you get better, the parts will start to break. Overall, it is an OK bike, not the best, but definitely not the worst.
The Sunday Forecaster is a very nice-looking bike. This bike, while not pro quality, looks just like a bike that the pros ride. Each color option is appealing to the eye.
The Forecaster has 4 different color options and is fully customizable. Even if the bike is not the right style for you, you will be able to change and upgrade parts.
DISCLAIMER FOR 2022 BMX BIKES: DUE TO THE SHORTAGE FACED EARLIER IN 2020, MOST 2022 MODEL BMX BIKES ARE MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE 2021 VERSION.
The 2022 Sunday Forecaster FC is $579.99. I really think that the value of this bike is low. Keep in mind that this opinion may change as more 2022 models are released. But as of right now, this is a lot of money for a beginner BMX bike that only has a chromoly frame.
In 2021 you could spend $550 and find a full chromoly bike with one or two double-wall rims. If you can spend a little bit more, you can get a much better bike that will last.
The Sunday Forecaster is for someone who is shopping for their first real BMX bike. This person plans to ride street, park, and dirt since the Forecaster is pretty well-rounded. They only have a $600 budget but want to have run riding and progress quickly. This is a good bike to get if you are upgrading from a really low-end bike.
I think it is a little overpriced, but there are not many similar options. If you fit the description, this will be a good choice for you. But if you plan to progress past the “beginner” level… get a better bike.
I would recommend the Forecaster if the Sunday EX or the Kink Switch are over your budget. But keep in mind that the forecaster is still "beginner" quality. And if you are progressing to a mid-level, you NEED a bike that will last.
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The 2022 Sunday Forecaster FC is $579.99. The Brett Silva version is $559.99.
The 2022 Sunday Forecaster weighs 26.78 pounds.
You can get the Sunday Forecaster from Danscomp. I found it in stock here: https://bit.ly/2U2zcW2
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The Forecaster is a better choice than some of Sunday's lower models. However, I really really recommend that anyone who plans to ride for a while gets a mid-level bike instead of a beginner-level bike like this. The amount of money that you will spend on upgrades might quickly add up to the cost of a better, more expensive bike.