2021 Kink Launch Review


For only $329 you can get on a compact BMX bike that is built for a beginner. The 2021 Launch weighs 26 lbs 4 oz, which is pretty light for a complete BMX bike. The frame and bars are a little smaller than the Kink whip, making it better for the smaller rider.

Highlights

⛔️ – Full Chromoly
✅ – Under $500
⛔️ – Double Wall Rims
⛔️ – Pegs
⛔️ – Fully Sealed Bearings
✅ – 3 pc. Cranks
⛔️ – Freecoaster – What is a freecoaster?

2021 Kink Launch Overview

The 2021 Launch continues the legacy of a truly remarkable bike. This bike is still one of the best value-priced models in the market, hands down, year after year. Available in Matte Dusk Black, Gloss Digital Lime, and Matte Truffle Brown colorways, the Launch pairs its great color selection with even better components.

The Launch is equipped with both a sealed integrated headset and sealed Mid bottom bracket, which drastically improves performance and virtually eliminates maintenance of these components. Combined with a parts package that includes Kink Stryker forks, Kink T875 8.75″ bars, and Mission Triumph 3pc tubular chromoly cranks, this bike is a rookies dream.

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Other 2021 Kink Bikes

Bike ModelBike PriceBike Quality
2021 Kink Coast $149.99Kids
2021 Kink Roaster $199.99Kids
2021 Kink Pump$259.99Kids
2021 Kink Carve$319.99Kids
2021 Kink Kicker$319.99Kids/Beginner
2021 Kink Curb$289.99Beginner
2021 Kink Launch$329.99Beginner
2021 Kink Gap$379.99Beginner
2021 Kink Gap FC$399.99Beginner
2021 Kink Gap XL$379.99Tall Beginner
2021 Kink Whip$439.99Mid-level
2021 Kink Whip XL$439.99Mid-level
2021 Kink Switch$499.99Mid/high-level
2021 Kink Cloud$599.99High-level
2021 Kink Williams$749.99Pro-level
2021 Kink Drifter$449.99Mid-level

2021 Kink Launch Specs

Price

$329.99 on sourcebmx

Colors

Specs

FRAME MATERIAL: Hi Ten Steel
WHEEL SIZE: 20″
TOP TUBE LENGTH: 20.25″
CHAIN STAY LENGTH: 13.25″
HEADTUBE ANGLE: 75°
SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 71°
FORKS: Kink Stryker 4130 Chromoly Steerer Tapered Fork Legs
BARS: Kink T875 8.75″ 100% Hi-Ten Steel
STEM: Kink Bold HRD 50mm
HEADSET: Mission Sealed Integrated (41.8 x 45)
BRAKE MOUNTS: Welded
BRAKES: Mission Cease V2
FRONT HUB: Mission Covert Unsealed 3/8″ Axle
FRONT RIM: Mission X7
REAR HUB: Mission Function Semi-Sealed Cassette 14mm
REAR RIM: Mission X7
TYRESKink Sever 2.4″
SPROCKET: Mission Rank 25T
CRANKS: Mission Triumph 3pc Tubular Chromoly 170mm – 8 Spline
BB: Sealed Mid 19mm
PEDALSKink Hemlock
SEAT: Mission Warsaw Combo
GEARING: 25/9
WEIGHT: 26lb 4oz

Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length:  20.25″ – Learn what size is right for you here.

This is a short toptube.

Designed for riders who are 5′ 3″ to 5′ 9″

B: Chain Stay Length: 13.25” – Learn About Chain Stays Here

This is a longer chain stay, it will give you more balance when doing manuals and pulling up for higher bunny hops.

C: Head Tube Angle: 75° – Learn About Head Tube Angles Here

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: 11.6″

F: Stand over height: 8.75″

This is a medium/tall standover.

A medium stand over provides a good balance between responsiveness and control.

While a tall stand over allows you to pinch more of the seat for bars and t-bogs.

2021 Kink Launch Price

Kink’s Launch is one of the less expensive bikes in 2021. It only costs $329, which is pretty cheap for a compact BMX bike. The Launch is designed to help new riders get into BMX for a low price, that way they can fall in love with the sport.

2021 Kink Launch Quality

The quality is pretty consistent with a $300 bike. Not the best. While the 2021 launch has some good parts like the Bold HRD stem, Sever tires, and Kink Hemlock pedals. The rest of the parts are standard beginner-level parts.

Highlights

Really Affordable

It is just a little more expensive than the Kink Curb but still considered really cheap. It would be easy to convince your mom/dad to buy this bike for you.

Lowlights

Hi-tensile steel/single wall rims

I just saw a picture on a Facebook group of a guy asking “what forks should I get next?” The forks were bent backward. This is what happened when you take a bike crash on hi-tensile steel. The parts bend and break a lot easier.

Buy if you are learning:

  • 180
  • 360 taps
  • Manuals
  • pull up Barspin

Don’t buy if you are learning:

  • Freecoaster tricks
  • Grinding hand rails
  • Huge drops
  • 720
  • Flips
  • Whips
  • Big 360

Review Video

2021 Kink Launch Conclusion

If you get the 2021 Kink Launch, you should be a pretty new rider. The specs are designed to help a new rider get a grip on tricks and progress a little faster due to the smaller 20.25″ frame. If you are already riding at a mid or high-level, the Launch will not last your very long.

 

Douglas Laird

Douglas is a 23-year-old BMX rider who got his first true BMX bike for his 13th birthday and has been riding nonstop for over 10 years. “Bmx has taken me too well over a hundred skateparks across multiple states and countries.” Dougsterbob.com was born to help people understand the sport that has changed my life for the better. My goal is to help you with everything BMX related. With over 200 BMX posts and counting, dougsterbob.com is quickly growing to be one of the best bmx related websites.

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