We have never said we want the twenty2″ bikes to replace 20″ or 24″s, our mission in developing the Amero Twenty2 is all about creating something new and making BMX stronger by widening its appeal.
So far, Faction’s Twenty2s have sold in 27 countries and every state in the USA. They are being used by riders age 13 to mid-50s and for every style of BMX riding.
22″ wheel Faction Amero – unbeaten
Forgive the infomercial, but the 22″ Amero kit has the highest spec 22″ frame, fork, rims and tyres ever made.
With more than 25 other companies now saying they “are developing” their own 22″ bikes or products, it now means the 22″ scene that we started back in 2008 (with the release of our first complete 22″ bike) is the only growth sector in BMX today.
That many companies getting involved in 22″ also means that the Amero is potentially the most influential bike in BMX since the 1st gen Haro Freestyler (released back in 1982). As that was the last time someone said “here is a new type of BMX” (up ’til then all BMX bikes were intended for and marketed as, race bikes).
But the Haro Freestyler (as awesome as that bike was) did not influence bikes in BMX racing as well (whereas the Amero clearly has). The Amero despite it being designed as a Trails / Park bike has proven itself in BMX racing in both the 20″ and 24″ classes (which has led to other brands releasing 22″ race bikes). While outside of racing it has proven itself as well in Trails riding, Vert, Park, Street and even flatland (which influenced other brands to release their 22″ versions) . It’s done everything we said a 22″ bike could do.
With the other companies now also supporting the 22″ subculture, it shows the “nay sayers” we weren’t crazy after all and that 22″ bikes are clearly a good thing for the BMX industry.
Our Amero has remained unbeaten in all of the independent bike comparison tests it has been involved in, which shows just how good a bike it must actually be (and can’t be said to be marketing hype from us).
In independent tests, the Amero has never lost a rolling race test against 20″ and 24″ race bikes, which proves 22″ bikes are actually faster and 22″ isn’t “just a gimmick” (the rolling race tests remove rider strength, skill and bike gearing ratios so it literally is bike vs bike). These 11 races were held at national BMX tracks and the 22″ Amero beat 3 national #1 adult riders in the process, including the then UK National number 1 Mens Elite racer.
Eddie Fiola also did a similar race test on his Amero 22″ we made for him in the USA in 2010, backing up our test results as legit.
No other bike has been documented winning races in both 20″ and 24″ classes, then the same bike being filmed riding so well in skateparks and at the trails. No problem: double backflips, turn down flairs, 720’s, 360 truckdrivers, 360 double tailwhips in Park and 10ft airs on Vert, not to mention converting trails riders such as Kye Forte to 22″.
No single model of 20″ or 24″ bike or any other single model of BMX bike has ever been banned or called “a cheat’s bike” before like the Amero has in both 20″ and 24″ classes in racing (so good they tried to ban it). Nor in any form of cycling has a bike been sneaked into an event and won.
It may or may not be possible to find a higher spec or as high a spec frame, fork, rims and tyres in the 20″ industry as the 22″ Amero has, but it certainly won’t all be from the same brand. With all that taken into account the Amero has to be a contender for the best BMX ever made.
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