2020 Subrosa Altus Review

The 2020 Altus Bike by Subrosa is an entry-level bike designed for new riders. The point of this bike is to get people into the sport by offering an affordable bike option. The bad news is that these bikes aren't always designed to last.

Rant Squad Tires
100% Hi-tensile steel
7.75" Bars (Hi-tensile)
Single Wall Rims
Chromoly 170mm 3 pc. Cranks
Small 20" Top tube
Semi-Sealed Cassette

⛔️ - Full Chromoly
✅ - Under $500
⛔️ - Double Wall Rims
⛔️ - Pegs
⛔️ - Fully Sealed Bearings
✅ - 3 pc. Cranks
⛔️ - Freecoaster - What is a freecoaster?

2020 Subrosa Altus Overview

The Subrosa Altus is a modern entry-level BMX designed for riders who want to enter the world of BMX and learn some tricks. The Altus is made for BMX beginners but features parts like a 3-piece chromoly crank, a cassette hub, lightweight aluminum rims and a rear U-Brake with solid quality, as well as modern geometry and quality brand parts like the Shadow Ol Dirty grips, the Subrosa Mid seat/seatpost combo, Subrosa Petal Sprocket, Rant Squad tyres and lightweight Rant Shred Plastic pedals make this one a great beginner BMX.

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2020 Subrosa Altus Specs


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FRAME MATERIAL: Gusseted 1020 Hi-Ten Steel
FORKS: 100% 1020 Hi-Ten Steel - 30mm Offset
BARS: 100% 1020 Hi-Ten Steel - 2pc 7.75"
STEM: Rant Alloy Top Load
HEADSET: 1-1/8" Threadless
FRONT HUB: 3/8" Loose Alloy
FRONT RIM: Rant Squad 36H Alloy Single Wall
REAR HUB: 14mm Semi-Sealed Cassette
REAR RIM: Rant Squad 36H Alloy Single Wall
TYRES: 20” x 2.35”
SPROCKET: Subrosa Petal Steel
CRANKS: Chromoly 8 Spline 3pc 170mm
BB: American Loose Ball
PEDALS: Rant Shred Plastic
SEAT: Subrosa Mid 1pc Combo
WEIGHT: 12.5 kg (27.5 lbs)

Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length: 20" - Learn what size is right for you here.

This is a small toptube.

Perfect for riders that are between 5'0" to 5'6"

B: Chain Stay Length: 13.25” - Learn About Chain Stays Here

This is a longer chain stay! This will give you more control and stability.

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: 11.7"

F: Stand over height: 8"

This is a medium standover.

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

2020 Subrosa Altus Price

One of the cheapest bmx bikes in 2020. It is made out of lower quality parts in order to keep it cheap. However it is still a step higher than department store bikes.

2020 Subrosa Altus Quality

The quality of the Altus is pretty low. This is how they keep it affordable. The point of a low-quality bike is to make it affordable for new riders. The high tensile frame bars and forks can bend over time, and single wall rims don't last to big drops. That's why this is only a good bike for beginners.


Good for beginners

The bike is cheap and lower quality. Which makes it perfect for a brand new rider who wants to get a new bmx bike without spending a bunch of money.


Not build to last.

To be honest, the bike will last a new rider a year or so depending on how hard and how often you ride. But once you progress to a mid or high-level rider, the bike will break.

Buy if you are learning:

  • 180
  • 360 taps
  • fakie tricks
  • footjam

Don't buy if you are learning:

  • flips
  • tailwhip
  • 720
  • huge drops
  • big 360

2020 Subrosa Altus Conclusion

I think the Altus is good for a first bike. But after that, you will need to look at grabbing a better quality bike. Use this bike to learn tricks like bunnyhop, 180, and manuals. The geometry makes it better to learn these tricks on.

Frequently Asked Questions

How tall do you have to be for this bike?

This bike is great for riders between 5' to 5'6"

How long will this bike last me?

I'd say for a beginner it will last around a year.

Is this a good bike?

For a new rider, I think it is good. But if you know any tricks... it will break on you.

How much does it weigh?

The 2020 Sono weighs 27.5 lb

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