The GT 2017 Slammer is a classic freestyle BMX bike. It's slightly more expensive than similar options, but it makes up for the price with its solid build and durability. As the name suggests, this is an entry-level bike designed to withstand a lot of slamming. A great option for beginners, who know they'll be riding hard.
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Pro More durable than similar counterparts
The welding on the joints of the frame makes it more durable than others at this price point. The frame is 100% high tensile steel, which is not as sturdy as chromoly (a lighter, more durable material used in professional BMX bikes, but also a lot more expensive). Still, high tensile steel frames are well suited for beginners, and thanks to the welding this bike will withstand more abuse than similar counterparts.
Pro Easy to upgrade
Changing or upgrading your setup will be simple, because most parts used on this bike are standard ones. This bike also has an integrated head tube, which is good news should you want to change it. Integrated head tubes slide in without a fight and without the need for sophisticated tools.
Pro Good for peg use
The tire tube overlaps the top tube (you can see this just under the seat), and this makes the joint more rigid. It's a good mechanism for learning to grind on the back pegs (which are included with this bike).
Con More expensive than similar bikes
It's more durable than its competitors, has superb welding and comes with pegs (unlike other bikes in the price range.) However, it's still questionable whether all of these makes up for the higher price.
Con Needs constant maintenance
In order to maintain the parts in a good state, you will need to thoroughly clean your bike after each use, or you'll need to replace the original bearings with sealed bearings. The Mongoose has loos- ball bearings, which means that there is no protective casing at all around the balls of the bearings. Water and dirt can get in and around the balls when you take the bike outside.
Con Needs assembly
This bike comes in a box, with the small parts assembled. You will need to attach the front wheel, set up the brakes, and attach the handlebars and the seat. If you run into trouble when assembling it, you can always take it to a mechanic.