Bicycles come in sizes. Not just wheel sizes. When most people see sizing, they think of the wheel size. This is how bikes are sold at department stores. Those frames are sized generically. BMX race bike sizing differs from road or mountain bike sizing. BMX sizing is done with the top tube (TT). The top tube is the uppermost tube of the frame. To measure the top tube, measure from the center of the seat tube to the center of the head tube.

BMX race bikes come in these general sizes: Micro, Mini, Junior, Expert, Expert XL, Pro, Pro XL, Pro XXL and Pro XXXL. You may encounter Mini XL and Junior XL, Expert XXL, Short Pro, XXL, XXXL, and XXXXL. These are manufacturer specific sizes and not as common these days. It is important to size a race bike correctly. Too long and it handles like a dump truck. Too short and it is unstable. Ultimately, racing a bike you are most comfortable on is the best advice we can give. The 20” wheel size race bikes are called ‘class’ bikes; 24” wheel size race bikes are ‘cruisers.’ Cruiser sizing for adults is more or less only two sizes, and kid cruiser sizes do exist; these kid cruisers are niche and are most often found at bigger tracks and National level races.

Try out the rental bikes at your local track. They should have multiple sizes for available. Up until rider’s hit the Pro size frames they’ll likely have to size up every two seasons. The below sizes are just guidelines. We can help you pick the right size.

Generalized roundabout approximate BMX race bike sizing:

Micro: 15 to 16.5” TT. This typically has an 18” wheel (a few may have 20”) and is for 4- to 5-year-olds.

Mini: 17 to 17.5” TT This is usually the first pedal bike for most riders. Ages 5 to 7.

Junior: 17.25 to 18.75” TT From about ages 7 to 10.

Expert: 19 to 19.5” TT Ages 10-13.

Expert XL: 19.5 to 20” TT This size is good for ages 10 to 13. This is an in-between size. The Expert XL is unique since it often uses a blend of pro size parts and expert size parts.

Pro: 20.25 to 20.5” TT Ages 12 and up.

Pro XL: 20.75 to 21.25” TT Ages 12 and up, height from 5’7” to 6’0”. Most adult riders find this to be their preferred size due to increased stability without much reduction in maneuverability. For many adults coming into 20" class racing the Pro XL is a good starting point.

Pro XXL: 21.25 to 22” TT Height from 6’0” and up. Riders under 6’ might like the XXL because it is very stable for them.

BMX Race Bike Sizing