The 2020 Altus Bike by Subrosa is an entry-level bike designed for new riders. The point of this bike is to get people into the sport by offering an affordable bike option. The bad news is that these bikes aren’t always designed to last.
2020 Subrosa Altus Overview
The Subrosa Altus is a modern entry-level BMX designed for riders who want to enter the world of BMX and learn some tricks. The Altus is made for BMX beginners but features parts like a 3-piece chromoly crank, a cassette hub, lightweight aluminum rims and a rear U-Brake with solid quality, as well as modern geometry and quality brand parts like the Shadow Ol Dirty grips, the Subrosa Mid seat/seatpost combo, Subrosa Petal Sprocket, Rant Squad tyres and lightweight Rant Shred Plastic pedals make this one a great beginner BMX.
2020 Subrosa Altus Specs
|FRAME MATERIAL: Gusseted 1020 Hi-Ten Steel|
|WHEEL SIZE: 20″|
|TOP TUBE LENGTH: 20″|
|CHAIN STAY LENGTH: 13.25″|
|HEADTUBE ANGLE: 75°|
|SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 71°|
|FORKS: 100% 1020 Hi-Ten Steel – 30mm Offset|
|BARS: 100% 1020 Hi-Ten Steel – 2pc 7.75″|
|STEM: Rant Alloy Top Load|
|HEADSET: 1-1/8″ Threadless|
|BRAKE MOUNTS: Welded|
|FRONT HUB: 3/8″ Loose Alloy|
|FRONT RIM: Rant Squad 36H Alloy Single Wall|
|REAR HUB: 14mm Semi-Sealed Cassette|
|REAR RIM: Rant Squad 36H Alloy Single Wall|
|TYRES: 20” x 2.35”|
|SPROCKET: Subrosa Petal Steel|
|CRANKS: Chromoly 8 Spline 3pc 170mm|
|BB: American Loose Ball|
|PEDALS: Rant Shred Plastic|
|SEAT: Subrosa Mid 1pc Combo|
|WEIGHT: 12.5 kg (27.5 lbs)|
A: Top Tube Length: 20″ – Learn what size is right for you here.
This is a small toptube.
Perfect for riders that are between 5’0″ to 5’6″
This is a longer chain stay! This will give you more control and stability.
Steep head tube angles make the bike “snappy” meaning more responsive to fast turns.
A less steep head tube gives you more control.
D: Seat Tube Angle: 71°
E: Bottom Bracket Height: 11.7″
F: Stand over height: 8″
This is a medium standover.
A tall standover gives you more stability and will make bars, and t-bogs easier.
2020 Subrosa Altus Price
One of the cheapest bmx bikes in 2020. It is made out of lower quality parts in order to keep it cheap. However it is still a step higher than department store bikes.
2020 Subrosa Altus Quality
The quality of the Altus is pretty low. This is how they keep it affordable. The point of a low-quality bike is to make it affordable for new riders. The high tensile frame bars and forks can bend over time, and single wall rims don’t last to big drops. That’s why this is only a good bike for beginners.
Good for beginners
The bike is cheap and lower quality. Which makes it perfect for a brand new rider who wants to get a new bmx bike without spending a bunch of money.
Not build to last.
To be honest, the bike will last a new rider a year or so depending on how hard and how often you ride. But once you progress to a mid or high-level rider, the bike will break.
Buy if you are learning:
- 360 taps
- fakie tricks
Don’t buy if you are learning:
- huge drops
- big 360
2020 Subrosa Altus Conclusion
I think the Altus is good for a first bike. But after that, you will need to look at grabbing a better quality bike. Use this bike to learn tricks like bunnyhop, 180, and manuals. The geometry makes it better to learn these tricks on.
Frequently Asked Questions
This bike is great for riders between 5′ to 5’6″
I’d say for a beginner it will last around a year.
For a new rider, I think it is good. But if you know any tricks… it will break on you.
The 2020 Sono weighs 27.5 lb
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