Sunday 2022 EX BMX Bike Review - (Jullian Arteaga Signature)

The 2022 Sunday EX Arteaga is a mid-level BMX bike. It is medium quality and designed for riders with some experience, but not experts. This bike comes at a very competitive $589.99 price point and a cassette hub. Progressing riders will continue to enjoy BMX on this 25.75lb responsive bike.

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

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.

Review Video

Overview

The 2022 Sunday EX Arteaga is a great quality bike for the price. It may in fact be the best value Sunday complete in 2022. Sunday says: The 2022 Sunday EX BMX Bike is designed as a pro-level bike, with a screamin' price tag. As Julian Arteaga's signature bike, you will find a plethora of aftermarket components included on this build such as the Odyssey C5 Cassette Hub, Sunday Saker cranks, and Odyssey Springfield braking system with removable mounts. Fully sealed bearings create a level of smoothness and reliability that is unmatched. For the ultimate strength, Sunday constructed the frame, forks, bars, and cranks out of 100% chromoly. If you want to ride a bike that is pro-level and won't fold from going too big, check out the Sunday EX BMX Bike.

from: Danscomp

Highlights

  • Mid-level quality
  • Julian Arteaga Signature
  • 100% Chromoly

Specs

Price

The 2022 Sunday EX Artega signature costs $589.

Colors

2022 Sunday EX Artega Signature Part List

Frame: Sunday EX, 100% Chromoly w/ Wave Downtube
Fork: Sunday EX 100% Chromoly w/ 2-Piece Steerer Tube and Welded Pre-Load (25mm Offset)
Bars: Sunday, 100% Chromoly 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: Sunday Saker (165mm Length)
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Mid (19mm)
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted PC Pro
Chain: KMC Z1 Wide
Sprocket: Sunday Sabretooth v2, 6061 Aluminum (25 Tooth)
Front Hub: Sunday Low-Flange Sealed (3/8" Female Axle)
Rear Hub: Odyssey C5 Cassette, Sealed (14 Male Axle)
Driver: 9 Tooth
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: Sunday Badge (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 Mustard
Weight: 25.75 lbs

Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length: 21" – 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: 13.2″-13.5”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

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: 9"

This is a medium standover.

A medium 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 narrow 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

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.

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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 Ex Arteaga Rankings

Category Points
Dougsterbob Score 4/10
Street Score 3.25/10
Park Score 3.33/10
Dirt Score 2.67/10
Quality Score 4/10

Dougsterbob Score

The 2022 Sunday EX Arteaga scored a 4/10. This is not a fantastic Dougsterbob score, but accurately represents what riding this bike will hold up to.

I like that the EX is a mid-level bike, with modern geometry helping progression and 100% chromoly construction.

While the frame, fork, and handlebars are made out of good material, single wall rims both front and rear really hold back this bike’s capability,

Street Score

The Sunday EX Arteaga scored a 3.25/10 in the street section. It scored this low because it is missing pegs, hub guards, and a freecoaster. Most progressing riders will consider buying the EX and plan to ride street. It’s possible but you need some upgrades first.

The lower quality parts (especially rims) will also cause some problems since street riding consists of big drops and gnarly grinds. The EX is not designed to hold up to this kind of riding.

The EX is not a street-specific bike. If you get this bike for riding heavy street, plan on buying some upgrades to make it good for street. Read about the best upgrades here.

Park Score

The Sunday EX Arteaga scored a 3.33/10 in the park section. This bike can have a gyro brake system but it doesn’t come with it. Aside from that, the geometry is pretty standard and does not offer the snappy and responsive feeling that you want on a park-specific bike.

There are a lot of things that need to be added to the EX to make it a park machine. Consider some park-specific tires, steeper 25mm forks, and a gyro brake system.

The EX is a bad choice if you want to use it as a “park only” bike.

Dirt Score

A 2.67 dirt score means that the bike doesn’t have anything dirt-specific. The EX is pretty plain and is missing some crucial dirt-specific items.

For the section, I like to see a bike with dirt-specific tires, special gearing, and a long stable geometry. The EX has virtually none of those things. Except the 13.5” chainstay at maximum. This is borderline stable, but that alone isn’t enough to make it dirt-specific.

If dirt is your true calling, don’t buy the EX. Look for a more dirt-specific bike.

Quality Score

The Sunday EX Arteaga is a medium-quality bike. It has a frame, forks, and bars that are made from chromoly steel. Single-wall rims too, but all sealed bearings throughout.. Riding a mid-quality bike is ok for a newer rider’s progression since they are not riding hard enough to break the 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.

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.

Style

The Sunday EX Arteaga is a very nice-looking bike. I’m always impressed with how Sunday designs their bikes asthetically. This mid-level bike looks just like a bike that the pros ride. That is tough to do since bikes at this price generally look like junk.

The EX has 1 color option but is fully customizable. Even if the bike is not the right style for you, you will be able to change and upgrade parts.

Value

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 EX Arteaga is just under $600.. The value of this bike is decent. Keep in mind that this opinion may change as more 2022 models are released. But as of right now, other bikes exist with similar quality but lower prices.

For $600 you can probably find a full chromoly bike with two double-wall rims. If you can spend a little bit more, you can get a much better bike that will last.

If you are considering this bike because nothing else is in stock… go for it. I think it is more important to buy a bike and start riding since you can always upgrade the bike as you progress.

Should you get it?

The Sunday EX Arteaga is for someone looking to get a better bike as they progress. This person plans to ride street, park, and dirt since the EX is pretty well-rounded. They only have a $600 budget but want to keep riding BMX for a while. This is a good bike to get to continue testing out the sport.

I think it is a little overpriced, but it's an overall decent bike. If you fit the description, this will be a good choice for you. But if you plan to progress past the mid-level… maybe get a better bike.

Would I recommend it?

I think the EX is going to be one of the better bikes in 2021. Yes, the quality is lacking but overall it is a pretty solid choice. Especially considering that most bikes of this quality are around this price. I want you to get the absolute best bang for your buck when it comes to buying bikes... but that might not be possible in 2022. Getting the EX and upgrading the wheels is a smart choice.

Common Questions

What is the Price?

The 2022 Sunday EX is for sale right now for $589.99.

How Much Does it Weigh?

The 2022 Sunday EX Arteaga weighs 25.75 lbs.

Where to buy it?

You can get the Sunday EX from Danscomp. I found it in stock here: https://bit.ly/3BUPKAb

Buy if you are learning:

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

  • Good for any entry to mid level park, street, or dirt tricks.

Don't buy if you are learning:

  • 720's
  • huge drops
  • backflip

Conclusion

The EX is a very expensive bike with relatively low quality. Well, actually the quality is pretty decent. Single-wall rims just bum me out. I would recommend this bike if it's within your budget and matches the type of riding that you do. The only better quality bike is the Sunday Street Sweeper.