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Eastern's 2019 Lowdown bike is a top seller. It is a lower quality bike designed for beginner bmx riders. The Lowdown has small geometry designed for smaller riders. Eastern used to have a good name for entry level bikes. They disappeared for a while, and are now coming back with the goal of making good bikes for a good price.
⛔️ - Full Chromoly
✅ - Under $500
⛔️ - Double Wall Rims
⛔️ - Pegs
✅ - 3 pc. Cranks
⛔️ - Fully Sealed Bearings
⛔️ - Freecoaster
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Designed for the beginner level rider, the 2019 Lowdown 20" BMX Bike is a perfect introduction to BMX. Tubular chromoly 3 piece cranks and sealed front and rear hubs now come standard on 2019 models. Crafted from tough hi-tensile steel with some dialed Eastern aftermarket grips, pedals, and sprocket give this beginner bike an expert look
|Hi Tensile Steel Lowdown|
|Top Tube Size: 20"|
|Chainstay Length: 13.38"|
|Clamp: Integrated with Frame|
|Lowdown - Hi-Tensile Steel, Tapered legs, 3/8" dropouts|
|Fork Rake: 28mm|
|STEM Forged Alloy Front Load Stem|
|GRIP Eastern Riblet Grips|
|CRANK 3-Piece, Tubular Heat-Treated Chromoly, Bolt for Sprocket, Pinch Bolt with 8-Splined Spindle, 165mm 28.6mm Round Arm|
|BOTTOM BRACKET American Ball Bearing|
|CHAINWHEEL Eastern Phorcys, Cold Hard Steel, 25T|
|CHAIN KMC Z410 1/2 x 1/8|
|PEDAL Eastern Atom Plastic Pedal with 3/8 Chromoly Axle|
|FRONT BRAKE N/A|
|FRONT LEVER N/A|
|REAR BRAKE U-Brake, Forged Alloy|
|REAR LEVER Forged Alloy Lever|
BRAKE CABLE |
|SADDLE Padded Seat with Railed Supports|
|POST Steel 200mm|
|FRONT HUB Sealed Bearing, Forged Alloy Shell, Drilled for 36 Spokes, 3/8" Chromoly Axle|
|REAR HUB Sealed Bearings, Forged Alloy Shell Drilled for 36 Spokes, 14mm Chromoly Axle 9 Tooth Driver|
|FREEWHEEL 9 Tooth Driver with Hub|
|FRONT RIM Alloy, Single Wall, Drilled for 36 Spokes (20")|
|REAR RIM Alloy, Single Wall, Drilled for 36 Spokes (20")|
|SPOKES 14 Gauge with Brass Nipples|
|FRONT TIRE 20 x 2.25|
|REAR TIRE 20 x 2.25|
A: Top Tube Length: 20" - Learn what size is right for you here.
This is a very small toptube. Not many frames have a toptube this short.
B: Chain Stay Length: 13.38”
This is a long chain stay. Longer Chain-stays give you more control when doing manuals and bunny hops.
C: Head Tube Angle: N/A
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: N/A
F: Stand over height: N/A
This is a small standover. Even though I do not know the size, I can tell from the pictures that it is really small.
A small standover makes tailwhip really easy.
Eastern's Lowdown is very cheap. For $289 you can get a very low quality entry level bike. I would not recommend this bike even though it is so cheap. The parts will not last anyone who plans to ride more than a year.
This bike has low quality parts. You do have the option of buying upgrades for this bike. Usually this isn't the best approach because the core parts are weak. Here are some weak parts.
Pressed Bearings. The headset bearings are not integrated. This is just a sign of low quality.
Hi-Tensile Parts. Landing hard on hi-tensile bars will bend them down. Casing a jump on a hi-tensile steel frame will bend the frame.
The bike is less than $300. And this is a good thing. I love low cost bikes because they bring people into bmx.
The parts for the most part are all low quality. The only good thing that I saw was 3 piece cranks. These 3 piece cranks are not even good cranks they are just a cheap version.
Of all the Eastern bikes on the market, this is one that I do not recommend. While the price is right, the parts are not. When you start to progress with bmx and you want to learn bigger tricks you will need parts that last with you. These parts just wont last you much longer than a year.
This bike is great for riders between 5' 2" to 5'6"
Depending on your level of riding, it will last your a little less than a year.
The only thing good about this bike is the price.
Around 28 lbs!