Are there coaster brakes?
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Shaun White 18-Inch Whip 1.3 BMX Bicycle
ITEM#: 15329998The Shaun White Supply Company 18 inch Whip 1.3 BMX Bike is the perfect ride for any novice BMX rider eager to be a pro. The steel frame, forged 3 piece crankset and knobby wheel give beginning action sport athletes a big taste of the real deal. The junior seating, rubber grips, and coaster brake hub cassette allow them to handle the ride while they have a maturing skill set. Two-time Olympic gold medalist and skateboard champion Shaun White has partnered with D6 Sports to create, produce, and deliver authentic action sports products at an affordable price. This bike is proof their combined inspirations are changing the action sports world.
- Color: White/green
- Model: SHA09049WH13TRU
- Frame: Steel
- Forks: Steel with 3/8 inch dropout
- Saddle: Padded junior BMX saddle with steel rails and seat guts
- Wheels: 28H Steel 18 inch rims
- Tires: Knobby 18 inches diameter x 1.95 inches wide front and rear
- Seat post: Steel 25.4 mm post
- Handlebars: Steel 2 piece BMX handlebar, 5-inch rise, alloy 4 bolt stem
- Materials: Steel, plastic, kraton rubber
- Seat dimensions: 9 inches long x 5 inches wide x 1.5 inches high
- Dimensions: 43.30 inches long x 7.10 inches wide x 19.30 inches high
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My recommendation would be tempered with the statement that if you buy this bike you better have some more than basic knowledge about bikes and their components and how to build/adjust them. Otherwise you may end up with a very pretty very big paperweight. First, being a BMX bike means that there is no rear wheel coaster brake so your only means of stopping or slowing down is with the single rear wheel handlebar mounted hand brake, one that is at the bottom end of quality and function that I have ever seen. That brake works through the BMX standard "gyro" at the headset that allows the front wheel to rotate 360 degrees without brake cables binding around the steerer tube. This all makes the initial setup and adjustment quite the chore, especially with literally no readable instruction manual. It was a good thing that I have been building and repairing bikes for 15 years or I would have been stumped about putting this together and getting it to actually work as designed. Add to that the absolutely amazing degree that the rear wheel was out of true nearly made it impossible to get the brakes working right while still allowing the rear wheel to spin without brake grab drag. I cannot imagine how such a small diameter wheel (only 18 inches) could be nearly half an inch out of true, requiring nearly an hour with a spoke wrench getting the darn thing back to straight. Beyond that everything is pretty standard---had to install the old school handlebar mount and adjust the angle of the bars to my son, then reposition the brake lever to its proper angle for my boy to use optimally. Seat post and a fixed bolted seat post clamp. Again a bit archaic way of attaching the seat to the seatpost but it adjusts with a simple crescent wrench so no real biggie there. Similarly bolted on wheels at each end, and you only have to install the front one in assembly. Crank on the left and right marked matching green pedals and fill the tires with air and you are good to go. If you don't know much about repairing or adjusting bikes be prepared to pay somebody to do it for you, or at least do the final adjustments once you do the basic build. Besides a crescent wrench and a Philips screwdriver and a single allen wrench the only tool I needed was the spoke wrench to true that rear wheel. I did not install the included BMX front and rear axle pegs as I do not anticipate my 6 year old using them (do not really want him to either) and was worried they actually might cause more problems and accidents getting caught on something. From the standpoint of who should buy this bike, I think it is better suited to a slightly older child, maybe 8-13, who Is interested in BMX and savvy enough to make use of the front gyro, the pegs, and to reckon with the limited stopping power of the single hand brake setup. For your average kid's bike stick to either coaster brakes like most kids start out with, or jump up to front and rear hand brakes like those found on almost all mountain bikes, even those built for this size rider, or better yet a combination of both types. Not quite up to the level I expected from something bearing Shaun White's name, but then again it really wasn't that expensive so what can you really expect for the price.Read More
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Questions & Answers
Hello mikwitt, this does have a coaster break. Thank you for shopping with us.
NO, a single hand brake on the rear wheel via a gyro device at the head tube. Brake is not really very strong either, a problem when it is the only stopping device for this bike.
Does this bike have hand brakes?
Hello kymountainman, This bike is so much fun! Yes this has a hand brake and it controls the rear caliper brake. I hope this helps. Thanks for shopping with us.
Single rear hand break via a gyro device at the headset to a difficult to adjust rear caliper grabbing painted rims. Not a lot of stopping power in that setup.
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