ASK THE BMXPerts: WHAT’S A SAPIENT?
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Dear BMXperts,
I’m just getting into BMX and I learned how to pro hop on my friends DK. Anyway, I am trying to save a few bucks I searched Craigslist for a bike at a great price and found a Sapient Mx1 for $80. I thought it would be a good price so I could still afford to customize and upgrade it. Was it a good choice? Thanks guys!
Jordan Wilkerson

ANS- To be quite honest, we had to look this brand up because we had never heard of it. Guess what the number one search result was on Google? A BMX Forum page with a topic titled “Has anyone ever heard of Sapient and are they any good?” Not a good sign, but we looked into the brand just the same. For the money, they got a lot of things right, like the gearing, the geometry and the overall look, but for a serious rider, or rider looking to get serious, the MX1 is still a hi-tensile steel frame, fork and bar at the core and has one-piece cranks, making it a fine “starter” bike, but not something you are going to want to invest in upgrading. You probably wont want to hear that with a quick search we also turned the MX1 up at a few online retailers, brand new, on clearance, for $99. So have fun on it while it lasts Jordan and save your money for a bike that will handle the abuse of a developing rider. You can get a great bike, fit with three-piece cranks and chromoly tubing for around $300 and something like that will not only perform better, it will hold up for the long haul and be worth the upgrades.


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