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Product Review: Dynacraft Tony Hawk Boom Boom Huckjam 20-Inch Silver BMX Bike

Posted by silentarchimedes on September 13, 2008

Front Angle View

Front Angle View

I’ve always wanted a BMX bike as a kid, but we were never able to afford one. Now that I’m too old for one, I decided to get one anyway for my short commute to campus. I ended up getting the Tony Hawk Boom Boom Huckjam 20-inch Silver BMX bike at KMart for $149.99. I have seen it on sale at KMart for $134.99.( On a side note, KMart has by far the worst customer service ever.) Here’s a short review of the bike after riding it for about a month.

The bike is a series of BMX and mountain bikes released under the Tony Hawk Huckjam name, although its not listed on the current list of bikes on the website. These bikes are built and distributed by Dynacraft. Since I bought this as is from KMart, I did not have to go through the assembly process. There are front and rear hand brakes and no coaster brakes (good). There were two main the reasons I wanted to get a BMX bike. One, they are usually much lighter than mountain bikes. This bike, although lighter than mountain bikes, is still heavier than typical BMX bikes. Even the fncluded and removable four freestyle pegs are pretty heavy. According to Amazon, the shipping weight of the bike is 43.2 lbs, which makes the bike roughly 38 lbs or so. I had wanted a bike under 30 lbs. The second reason is my height. I am 5’8″ and I feel most comfortable on a bike when my feet are flat on the ground while I’m seated on the bike. It’s also safer when I can plant my feet quickly during emergencies. A 20″ BMX bike fit the bill. However, I had to raise the seat to its maximum height.

I am using this bike purely for transportation and fun, and not for exercise, so I didn’t want to spend too much money on it. I had wanted a bike closer to $100 bucks, but it was definitely difficult to find one I liked at that price. All the Mongoose ones that were priced cheaply were either of poor quality or too heavy. After searching for a while at Walmart, Target, Sports Authority, Dick’s, Modell’s and KMart, I couldn’t stand it anymore and settled on this one.

Side View

Side View

I also wanted a dull inconspicous color since I did not want to draw attention to myself. The silver on this bike is more of a multi-silver, with different shinyness. I plan to sandpaper and spray paint the bike with a clear matte to dull the color.

BMX bikes contain one gear. The gear on this one is roughly gear 5 on a 10-speed bike. It makes uphills difficult but doable for short distances less than 1/4 mile. Another advantage to one gear bikes is that the gears don’t jut out to the right of the bike too far. This allows you to wear long pants and jeans without worrying about it catching on the gears. This bike also comes with a plastic gear protector anyways.

Overall, I am pretty happy with this bike. It seems pretty well built. Although there appears to be a paint chip inside one of the aluminum bars, that makes a sliding noise when I have it stored in my car. While I ride the bike, there is no sound. The seat of the bike is also pretty comfy. I remember riding BMX bikes as a kid and they seemed hard, narrow and uncomfortable.

I am sure I would’ve been happy with a Mongoose at this price also. But I got this one and I’m happy with it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment on this post or email me.

PICTURES

Lower Angled Bar

Lower Angled Bar

Gears

Gears

Wheel

Wheel

Front View

Front View

Freestyle Pegs

Freestyle Pegs

Seat

Seat

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20 Responses to “Product Review: Dynacraft Tony Hawk Boom Boom Huckjam 20-Inch Silver BMX Bike”

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  2. nick said

    i would like to bie this bike for my b-day on apirl 2nd can i have the price

  3. yo goti said

    wow youre not very smart…

  4. i have had that same bike for about a year in a half and ive never seen or meet another person with the same bike.And i havent seen it in stores anymore and i was wondering were i could get another one.

  5. Emily said

    i have this bike and it works great. its fun to ride around on and acually really light. i think im going to get another one after this bike.

  6. dany said

    i got this bike that thing is fricken fast i be racing other pll with it and i beat them i recomend ppl to buy it

  7. Anonymous said

    exelent exelent

  8. jake said

    how do you higher the seat? im having a little trouble

  9. silentarchimedes said

    Hi Jake,

    Just loosen the silver screw holding the black cylinder (look at the Seat picture above, it’s right above the silver frame). Then just pull the seat and the pipe connected to the seat (says Tony on it) up. You should be able to pull it up a few inches before the entire seat comes off. At the desired height, just tighten the screw. Most bikes are like this.

  10. q linda es mi bici yo tengo una es linda esa bike

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