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The 2020 Cult Gateway is one of the best bmx bikes for brand new riders. The small frame geometry will help bmx riders progress quickly and easily. However, this is a beginner level bike, and a rider with a big bag of tricks will break it.
⛔️ - Full Chromoly
✅ - Under $500
⛔️ - Double Wall Rims - Learn about single vs double wall rims here
⛔️ - Pegs
✅ - Sealed Bearings
✅ - 3 pc. Cranks
This Cult Gateway features a CrMo construction, outstanding aftermarket-quality parts and is your stepping-stone into the world of progressive-freestyle BMX riding. Darting from feature to feature as you hit even the most daring jumps with confidence, this fast and stable BMX is built to stylish session your favorite riding spots.
This awesome freestyler is equipped with superb Cult-quality components, including a 9T cassette rear hub and is armed with sealed bearings throughout. It’s fitted with 3-piece CrMo cranks to power it towards any feature, while Cult Match rims wrapped in 2.4" Cult X Vans tires roll it with efficiency and confidence-inspiring grip.
All this innovation ensures that you’re prepared for whatever your next day behind the bars throws at you, and encourages you to ride harder and faster, with more confidence than ever before.
|Material: CrMo Front End|
|Top Tube Length: 20.5" - Learn what size is right for you here.|
|Chain Stay Length: 13.65"|
|Headtube Angle: 75° - Learn About Head Tube Angles Here|
|Seat Tube Angle: 71°|
|Forks: CrMo Steerer Tube 10mm Drop Outs|
|Bars: 100% CrMo 9x30"|
|Stem: Top Load|
|Brake Mounts: Welded|
|Brakes: 990 U-Brake|
|Front Hub: 3/8" Sealed with 17mm flange nut|
|Front Rim: Cult Match SW Alloy|
|Rear Hub: 14mm, Sealed with 9T Sealed Driver|
|Rear Rim: Cult Match SW Alloy|
|Tyres: 2.4" Cult X Vans|
|Sprocket: 25T Member Style|
|Cranks: 3PC CrMo 170mm HT|
|Bottom Bracket: Sealed Mid|
|Pedals: Cult Nylon|
|Seat: 1pc Padded with Cult Logo|
A: Top Tube Length: 20.5" - Learn what size is right for you here.
20.75" Is medium-short length.
This is good for riders that are between 5'2" to 5'8"
B: Chain Stay Length: 13.65”
This is a long chain stay. Longer Chain-stays give you more control when doing manuals and bunny hops.
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: 11.75"
Imagine this: You get a summer job cleaning for your local grocery store. They pay you $10 an hour and you have to work around 12 hours a week. Not much work right? You would only have to work for 4.1 weeks before you could afford this bike.
Any beginner bike that costs less than $500 is a super good deal. Even without full chromoly, it is a fair price.
The quality is significantly higher than Walmart bikes. The Cult Gateway has TRImoly construction. (this means that the top tube, downtube, and headtube are chromoly.) Having a little bit of chromoly on the bike makes it a lot stronger. The downside is that the hi-tensile steel back end starts to bend as you learn to spin.
Cult designed the Gateway for the new rider. The specs like the 20.5 top tube and 13.2 chainstay will give the new rider more control. It will also make progressing a little easier.
The sad reality of hi-tensile steel. Fortunately, it isn't the whole frame. The bike will last until you get pretty good and start doing like consistent 360 down drops and stuff like that.
The Gateway is the perfect bike for a new rider. If you love bmx and want a good bike to help you progress with entry-level trick.. this is your bike. The $500 price point makes it pretty affordable, and the quality makes it worth your time. Some things will break as you progress but that's just how bmx goes. Leave a comment if you have any questions. 👇
This bike is great for riders between 5'3" and 5'8"
Depending on how aggressive you ride and how much you crash, I'd say it should last around 2 years.
Good for a new rider!
It weighs around 25 lbs