2022 Sunday Primer PARK Review - BMX Bike for New Park Riders

Sunday's 2022 Primer Park bike is a park specific bike designed for beginner riders. It has compact and responsive geometry along with a gyro brake system. The bike will feel snappy and responsive for learning spins and technical park tricks. For $449.99 you will get a BMX bike that weighs 25.8lbs.

Here is how it compares to my favorite BMX Bikes

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 2022 Sunday Primer BMX Bike is ready to shred your favorite riding spots. Designed to be an entry level bike, Sunday made sure to kit this model out to be able to withstand hard hits and abusive new tricks. Sealed bearings in high stress areas and chromoly cranks contribute to the strength and durability needed for a rider learning new tricks. The Sunday Primer Park is hard to look past for the amazing parts and great price.

from: Danscomp

Highlights

  • Compact Park Geometry
  • Odyssey Gyro Brake System
  • 20.5" Toptube

Specs

Price

The 2022 Sunday Primer costs $429.

Colors

  • Gloss Black

2022 Sunday Primer Park Part List

Frame: Sunday Primer, Integrated Headtube
Fork: Sunday Primer, 2-Piece 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 (1-1/8")
Grips: Sunday Cornerstone
Cranks: 3-Piece, Chromoly (160mm Length)
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Mid (19mm)
Pedals: Wellgo Platform, Plastic
Chain: KMC S1
Sprocket: Sunday Sabertooth v2, Steel (25 Tooth)
Front Hub: Sunday Low-Flange Loose Ball (3/8" Axle)
Rear Hub: Sunday Sealed Cassette (14mm Axle)
Driver: 9 Tooth
Spokes: Steel, Black (14 Gauge)
Front Rim: P-7X, Aluminum (20") (36 Hole)
Rear Rim: P-7X, Aluminum (20") (36 Hole)
Front Tire: Odyssey Path Pro OEM (20 x 2.4")
Rear Tire: Odyssey Path Pro OEM (20 x 2.4")
Seat: Sunday Badge (Combo)
Seat Post: Combo
Seat Clamp: Sunday
Lever: Odyssey Springfield
Brake Cable: Odyssey Quik Slic
Brakes: Odyssey Springfield U-Brake
Brake Mounts: Welded
Gyro Tabs: Drilled
Extras: N/A
Color: Gloss Black
Weight: 25.8 lbs

Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length: 20.5" – 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: 12.7" - 13" – Learn About Chain Stays Here

This is a medium/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: 75.5° – 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: 11.5″

F: Stand over height: 8"

This is a small standover.

A small standover will make tailwhips easier, but barspins harder. You get less control with a lower standover.

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: 28.5"

This is a normal width.

Narrow bars make barspins easier.

Wide bars give you more control and stability when steering.

I: Backsweep: 12

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: 4

This is a STEEP 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 with wrist pain and lessens the impact of big drops.

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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.

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

2022 Sunday Primer Park Rankings

Category Points
Dougsterbob Score 59/200
Street Score 5/40
Park Score 17/30
Dirt Score 8/30
Quality Score 4/40
Style Score 18/30

Dougsterbob Score

The 2022 Sunday Primer Park Scored 57/200. This is a low score, but typical for beginner-level BMX Bikes. It has low-quality high-tensile steel parts and will not last mid-level riders as they progress with the sport.

My favorite thing about this version is how responsive the geometry is. This is great for someone who wants to learn spins faster.

It scored really well in the park section but that's about it.

Street Score

The Sunday Primer Park scored a 5/40 in the street section. Obviously this is not the best choice for a hard-core street rider. It scored really low because it does not have any parts that make it street-specific. Generally, we want to see pegs, hubguards, and a freecoaster.

The quality is really low with full hi-tensile steel. So the chances of it withstanding big drops and gaps are very low. Most riders will break this bike after riding and progressing for a few months.

If you are brand new and get this bike, plan on buying some upgrades to make it good for street. Read about the best upgrades here.

Park Score

The Sunday Primer Park scored 17/30 in the park section. The bike is designed for park riding. It has a gyro, responsive geometry and some other small things that will make progressing in park EASY.

The 12.7" chainstay is drastically shorter than the 13.2' chainstay that comes on the normal primer. Learn about short chainstays here

If you are a beginner park rider... this is perfect for you. Literally designed for a rider like you. But if you are a higher level park rider, get the WTP versus instead.

Dirt Score

For the Dirt section, the Primer scored a very low 8/30.

The Primer Park's short and responsive chainstay will make dirt riding really unstable and uncomfortable.

We like to see long chainstay, mellow headtube angles, bigger front sprockets, and dirt specific tires. This bike has none of that.

Quality Score

The Sunday Primer only scored a 4/40 for the quality. This is incridibly low, since this bike is a pure beginner bike. I'm not saying its bad, but it really is only made for brand new riders who need a bike to learn on. Bigger tricks will break everything on this bike.

Everything is fully customizable, which means that later on, you can upgrade these parts with higher-quality aftermarket parts. But this is an expensive process.

Like I mentioned, not a great bike for anyone over 180lbs or anyone riding at a mid to high-level. The low quality is ok for a new rider, but that's about it.

Style Score

You only get one color option with this bike but overall, it looks pretty stylish.

If you want to add your own taste and flavor to it, you can upgrade and switch out almost any part on the Primer. Doing this will allow you to fully customize it for you.

Value

The 2022 Primer Park is $449, and in my opinion, for a complete base hi-tensile steel bike, that's way too much. This theory is based on 2021 prices, and i have a feeling that all 2022 bikes will be up in price. If that is the case, this is a fair price and will be a 5 in value. But as of right now, I think it's too much for what you get.

For $500 you can probably 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.

Overall, the Primer is a little overpriced. Currently a lot of bikes are sold out and it's important to just get on a bike and start riding. So I recommend getting it if you are a brand new rider, and then just upgrading parts as you go.

Should you get it?

The Sunday Primer is a decent bike for a brand new rider. The low-quality parts will last someone who is just starting out and trying to figure out how BMX works.

If you are shopping for your first BMX bike, and you like the color options, get this bike. Yes, it is slightly overpriced, but the most important thing is getting on a bike and gaining bike control. After a while, your parts will start to wear out and break, but fortunately, you can upgrade each part with virtually no headache.

Would I recommend it?

If you can't find any other beginner-level bikes in stock, yes I totally recommend it. But if you can find a Kink Whip, Sunday Ex, or WTP Reason in stock, go with one of those. The quality is sooo much better.

Common Questions

What is the Price?

The 2022 Sunday Primer Park is for sale right now for $449.

How Much Does it Weigh?

The 2022 Sunday Primer Park weighs 25.8 lbs. This is actually a pretty light bike. I'm impressed.

Where to buy it?

You can get the Primer from Danscomp. I found it in stock here: https://bit.ly/3dXFzR7

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:

  • big 360
  • drops
  • grinding
  • backflip
  • tailwhip

Conclusion

I'm not a huge fan of the Primer just because I think it's low quality and a little overpriced. Now, lots of people get this bike and they have a good experience with it. It just seems silly to me to spend $449 on a bike that might only last a few months when you can get a $550 bike and have a real machine.

You will always be able to upgrade your bike to make it specific for your type of riding though.