2020 Fiend Type O XL Bike Review

The 2020 Fiend Type O XL is just like the 2020 Fiend type O, the only difference is that the type O has a 21" TT instead of a 20.75".

Highlights

  • 25 tooth sprocket
  • 3 pc. cranks
  • 24.8 lbs

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2020 Fiend Type O XL Overview

The Type O XL is intended for the beginner rider and features a Hi-Ten Embryo frame with a Chromoly top and down tube for strength, an integrated headset, Chromo steerer, Hi-Ten leg forks, 9″ handlebars, Fiend Crown topload stem, flangeless Fiend Team grips, 165mm Chromoly 3pc cranks with a sealed Mid BB, Nylon pedals, Fiend 1pc seat/post combo, Mission X7 rims, Mission Siege sealed rear cassette hub, Mission Echo 3/8″ unsealed front hub, 25-9 gearing, 2.4″ street tires and a Mission Cease rear brake and Token lever.

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2020 Fiend Type O XL Specs

Price

$429.99 on sourcebmx

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Specs

FRAME MATERIAL: Hi-Ten Embryo frame with a Chromoly top and down tube
WHEEL SIZE: 20"
TOP TUBE LENGTH: 21"
CHAIN STAY LENGTH: 12.75"
HEADTUBE ANGLE: 75°
SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 71°
FORKS: Chromo steerer, Hi-Ten Legs, 26mm Offset
BARS: Hi-Ten Steel, 9" Rise
STEM: Fiend Crown Top Load 50mm
HEADSET: Sealed Integrated
BRAKE MOUNTS: Welded
BRAKES: Mission Cease rear brake
FRONT HUB: Mission Echo 3/8″ unsealed front hub
FRONT RIM: Mission X7
REAR HUB: Mission Combat sealed rear cassette hub
REAR RIM: Mission X7
TYRES: 2.4″ street
SPROCKET: Fiend Type O Steel 25t
CRANKS:
BB: Sealed Mid
PEDALS: Nylon pedals
SEAT: Fiend 1pc seat/post combo
GEARING: 25/9
WEIGHT: 35 lbs

Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length: 21" - Learn what size is right for you here.

This is a tall toptube.

Perfect for riders that are between 5'8" to 6'2"

B: Chain Stay Length: 12.75” - Learn About Chain Stays Here

This is a medium chain stay designed to balance tech and flow riding.

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"

F: Stand over height: 8.5"

This is a medium standover.

A tall standover gives you more stability and will make bars, and t-bogs easier.

2020 Fiend Type O XL Price

It is good that the type O XL only costs $430. But I still think that it is pretty overpriced.

2020 Fiend Type O XL Quality

Here's what is low quality about the bike:

  • Not full chromoly frame
  • Single Wall rims
  • No pegs
  • Unsealed front hub
  • Weak bars and forks

Highlights

Under $500

For a lot of kids and parents, $500 is a reasonable price for a bmx bike. A study shows that parents are spending around $422 per child for Christmas. So a bike around this range will help get kids into bmx.

Lowlights

The frame isn't full chromoly.

You can read about the difference in chromoly and hi-tensile here. Basically, hi-tensile steel will bend over time. That's why I recommend full chromoly, all of the time.

Buy if you are learning:

  • Bars
  • 180
  • small airs/transfers
  • x-up rides

Don't buy if you are learning:

  • Whips
  • Big 360's
  • Big drops

2020 Fiend Type O XL Conclusion 🤩

I really don't think this is a great bike. I have seen lots of other "XL" bikes with better quality for the same price. While I like the idea behind this bike, it's too overpriced.

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