FAQ

How much does the Amero kit cost?

We sell worldwide from our web site. So far we have sold our 22″ products in 28 countries and every state in the USA. As each country has a different currency prices often vary so its easier if you just contact us direct and say what country you are from then we can work out a price for you.

Some examples are an Amero kit in the UK is £500.00 or for countries in Europe it is 650 Euros with free shipping.

Our prices will remain the same as similar spec products from 20″ brands as advertised in bike stores in those counties.

We do offer free world wide shipping on our Amero kits. For smaller orders such as wheels or tyres we only charge 25% of the shipping cost.

Shipping times from UK to USA for example normally takes 3 to 5 working days. Or UK to Australia, NZ, South Africa or Japan is 5 to 7 days. In 10 years of shipping orders out we’ve never had a parcel not arrive. We only accept payment via Paypal.

What is the geometry of the Amero frame?

We designed our Amero frame and forks as a Trails, dirt jumping frame that you could also ride in Street, Park or Vert. So with Trails as it’s primary use our frame geometry reflects that.

Top Tube: 21.5″

Chain Stay: 14.25″

Head Tube angle: 74.5 degrees

Seat Tube angle: 71 degrees

BB height: 12.5″

Stand over height: 9″

Fork rake: 33mm

Wheel Base: 37.75″

Here is why we went with those numbers.

Our Amero frame top tube is 21.5″ long. This has proven long enough for riders who are 6.5ft tall with size 15 shoe size to still do bar spins, X,ups or turn downs on no problem. Yet still short enough for double tail whip 360 jumps or 720 jumps (all those moves we have already documented on film on our Amero). In other words the top tube doesn’t need to be any longer or shorter than that.

Chain stay rear end length is 14.25″ from centre of BB to the centre of the rear drop out. We made 8 generations of frame prototypes each with different geometry to test ride. We found that 14″ and shorter rear ends consistently looped out on landings at the trails where as 14.5″ felt too long. 14.25″ was the perfect “sweet spot” as it looked, felt and rode the best.

Head Tube angle is 74.5 because you don’t need a steeper head angle for trails and you don’t need a mellower head angle as 22″ wheels provide the extra stability anyway. Please note: If you had a 73 degree head angle frame then decide to run say a 2.4 size front and 2.0 tyre rear you will lose half a degree or more from your head angle. Possibly giving you a 72.5 or 72 degree head angle. No brand would ever market a bike with a 72 degree head angle as it would just be too unresponsive. So with 74.5 degrees its bang on perfect to begin with or even if you do run different size tyres back and front you still would have a 74 or 73.5 degree head angle.

BB height: Our prototypes also had higher and lower BB heights and we found that 12.5″ was the perfect sweet spot, low enough for easy manuals but high enough to help you easily spin the bike in the air.

The seat tube angle is 71 degrees and standover height is 9″ .

We were the first to develop this combination of frame geometry for 22″ bikes back in 2011 and so far the Amero has never lost a comparison test with any other type of 22″bike. It handles better than other 22″ bikes because it’s lighter, faster and has proven to have the most agile geometry.

Use the Contact form on the homepage if you want the full frame spec.

Why haven't I seen a twenty2 in any magazines?

We knew before we started making our first prototypes back in 2001 that the 20″ BMX media would never allow 22″ bikes to even be mentioned in their magazines. Which is fine by us as it defines 22″ bikes as “underground”.

It also defines the 22″ as the most banned, censored and controversial subject or product idea ever in BMX. Which is pretty funny as at the end of the day its only a bike. If 22″ is the only bike banned in BMX then also means it literally is the only Renegade BMX. If your not banned then your not a Renegade.

You don’t see MTB mags saying “MTB is strictly 26″ only, or if it isn’t 26″ then it isn’t an MTB”. Only in BMX do you get this lame attitude and it defines BMX sadly as the pettiest of all forms of cycling.

Even in the Lycra clad world of road cycling you can have any size wheel bike you want. Same goes for other sports like Skateboarding, Surfing or Snowboarding nobody has an issue with different wheel or board sizes. The 22″ subject exposes how over serious the BMX world actually is. BMX isn’t a wheel size and never will be, you ride the bike that looks, feels and rides the best for you.

We asked each of the magazine editors to run either street/trails/ramp or race comparison tests between a 20″ a 22″ and a 24″ but they all refused. If they didn’t like 22″ bikes then that was their ideal opportunity to shoot them down. So you have to ask why didn’t they? The answer is they didn’t want to take the risk the 22″ would win or be every bit as good as a 20″ or 24″. They all saw the 22″ as a threat to 20″ and 24″ instead of it being a positive addition to the BMX industry as we have always intended it to be.

We’ve never said 22″ will replace 20″ or 24″ bikes. We developed our 22″ bikes to bring something new to BMX to widen it’s appeal. BMX will have a stronger future with 22″ as part of BMX than without it.

But thats all water under the bridge as they say as each of those magazines  have now gone bust anyway. Hopefully they’ve taken their snobby attitudes with them. The 22″ scene in contrast now has more than 40 brands making 22″ bikes or products and continues to be the only growth market in BMX today.

Can I race a twenty2 in 20inch and cruiser class?

Yes, you can race a 22″ wheel bike in 20″ and 24″ by just changing the tyres. The rules say that for 20″ you need to have a tyre diameter under 22.5″ tall and to race in 24″ you have to have a wheel over 22.5″ tall.

I used our 22″ F22 tyres to race in 24″ class as they are just under 22.5″ tall at 60psi or can expand to 22.75″ tall at 75 to 80 psi. They won’t expand any taller than that even at 100psi. So that means they are legal in either class if you want.

But when i raced in 20″ class i used the 22″ Megnah tyres as they are fine at 60psi but i would not advise going above 65psi with them. We do hold some stock of the Megnah tyres but we had nothing to do with designing or manufacturing them and i would only recommend them as a race tyre.

I found that i won in both the 20″ and 24″classes on our 22″ Amero and it did equally well in either class.

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