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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the SE Bikes Big Ripper. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
10 reasons to buy
- The 29 inch wheels on the Big Ripper allow adults up to and over 6 foot tall, to ride a BMX bike as an everyday commuter.
- A bike doesn’t come much simpler than a BMX, which is why riders described this as a great alternative to a beach cruiser, singlespeed or fixie.
- Big Rippers come in a number of color-schemes and themes. The flashy appearance of these bikes is a big draw to buyers, who mentioned the paint-job, finish, pads, grips, saddle, valve-caps and top-cap details.
- Many reviewers commented on how lightweight it was, especially for a huge BMX.
- Younger riders and grown-up kids called this an ideal wheelie-bike.
- Tires lasted a long time for commuters and riders who didn’t use the Big Ripper for regular wheelies.
- Some of the more adventurous users felt that this huge BMX performed in jumps and tricks.
- To most reviewers, the Tektro brake delivered good stopping power.
- A few cyclists felt the saddle was soft and comfortable. The in-built bottle-opener was appreciated.
- The flip-flop hub on the rear wheel was valued for delivering two ratio options: cruising and trick.
6 reasons not to buy
- At least two reviewers felt that componentry was average, necessitating early upgrades.
- At least two riders had problems with the freewheel failing within a few months.
- For some wheelie enthusiasts, the tires wore out too quickly.
- For one reviewer, the rims bent and required regular truing.
- A number of reports mentioned that the decals peeled off too easily.
- The retro ‘bear-trap’ pedals were painful on shins during accidents. Most riders replaced them.