Last week we wrote about mountain biking and the varieties of mountain biking that have developed – including downhill, freeride, trial/street and finally XC. Undoubtedly extreme but our question today is whether BMX eclipses the freeride and trial/street riding of mountain bikes as the most extreme form of the sport.
We will let you decide for yourselves but there is no doubt about it – BMX has become very extreme.
The development of BMX bikes came from kids on the west coast in the 1970s wanting to emulate what their older brothers were doing on their motor cross bikes when they only had a Sting Ray to use. The sport blossomed and its development is best described in the video below from RiChArDOsZ
Times have moved on and the old Sting Ray has been replaced by purpose built BMX bikes. In 2008, for the first time, there was BMX bike racing at the Olympic games held in Beijing, China.
What a BMX will look like today – they can cost up to $300.