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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.

Bottom line

As an adults’ cruiser or Big-Kid’s wheelie-bike, the Big Ripper generally delighted. Serious tricksters found themselves eventually upgrading a lot of components, but this is part of the BMX enthusiast’s hobby. This is a cult-bike. One look at YouTube or social media, will tell you that the Big Ripper has a great many satisfied customers. For a low-maintenance, head-turning alternative to a singlespeed or cruiser, you can add the 29 inch BMX.

Expert Reviews

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User Ratings

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