2021 Stolen Stereo Review


The 2021 Stolen Stereo is perfect for a new rider who wants a little higher quality beginner bike. It has nice looking colors and weighs around 26 lbs. This bike has a few aftermarket parts which really make it stand out.

Overview

The Stolen Stereo is designed and engineered to handle the abuse of hard riding while still retaining the stylish looks associated with the Stolen brand. It features a strong and lightweight frame equipped with a mix of aftermarket parts from Stolen and Fiction, complete with high-quality sealed bearings. Plus, it features modern geometry and large handlebars, making this freestyle bike an agile, responsive, and dependable choice for experienced riders and enthusiasts alike.

from: Chain Reaction

Highlights

  • ⛔️ – Full Chromoly
  • ✅ – Under $500
  • ⛔️ – Double Wall Rims
  • ⛔️ – Pegs
  • ✅ – Fully Sealed Bearings
  • ✅ – 3 pc. Cranks
  • ⛔️ – Freecoaster – What is a freecoaster?
  • ✅ – Brakes
  • ⛔️ – Gyro tabs
  • ⛔️ – 4 pc bars

Specs

Price: $399.99 on Danscomp

Colors

Specs

Frame: Hand Welded Hi-Ten Steel, 20.75″ TT
Fork: Tapered Legs & One-Piece Steerer w/ Compressor Topcap
Bars: Tallboy, 2-Piece HiTen Steel, 9.0″
Grips: Stolen Loot Flanged, 160mm
Barends: Stolen Vortex Rubber
Stem: Fiction Spartan, 52mm
Headset: Fiction Savage Sealed Integrated w/ 15mm Alloy Bearing Cover
Brake Lever: APSE Alloy w/ Hinged Clamp
Brakes: APSE U25 Alloy U-brake
Cranks: Fiction Zeus Tubular 4130 ChroMoly arms, 8 Spline ChroMoly Spindle, 170mm
Sprocket: Stolen 25T
Bottom Bracket: Sealed MID 19mm
Pedals: Fiction Mythos w/ Chromoly spindles
Chain: Z-410, Black
Front Hub: Stolen Rampage Sealed 3/8″ axle
Rear Hub: Rampage 6061 Alloy Cassette w/ 14mm Chromoly Axle 
Driver: 9t Sealed, One-Piece Chromoly
Front Rim: Fiction Trojan Alloy (Single-wall)
Rear Rim: Fiction Trojan Alloy (Single-wall)
Seat: Stolen Fiction Moto Combo Seat
Seat Post: Alloy 200mm included w/ Seat
Seat Clamp: Integrated
Front Tire: Fiction Atlas 2.30″
Rear Tire: Fiction Atlas 2.30″
Weight: Approx 26.0lbs

Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length:  20.75″ – Learn what size is right for you here.

Check the size guide to see if its right for you..

Getting a top tube that is taller than suggested will make the bike feel more controlled and less responsive

Getting a top tube size that is smaller than normal will make the bike feel a lot more snappy and responsive.

B: Chain Stay Length: 13.2″ – Learn About Chain Stays Here

This is a medium chainstay.

A short chain stay makes the bike feel twitchy. Spins will be easy, but airing and jumping might feel hard to control.

A long chain stay will make the bike feel really controlled. Spins will feel sluggish, but manuals and air tricks will feel nice because it will be more stable.

C: Head Tube Angle: 74.5° – 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: 11.75″

F: Stand over height: 9.25″

This is a tall standover. 

A tall standover makes your seat higher up and will allow you to pinch it easier when learning barspins.

Bar Geometry – Learn more here

G: Rise: 9″

Riding a tall rise, will give you more leverage on the bike. Making it easier to pull back and lift the front wheel up.

H: Width: N/A

This is a wide width. 

Narrow bars make barspins easier.

Wide bars give you more control and stability when steering.

I: Backsweep: N/A

What does backsweep do?

As far as I know, there is a sweet spot for backsweep. Too much will make the bike feel weird, and too little will make the bike unstable. It seems like the sweet spot is around 11º to 12º. If you need something a little more aggressive and straight feeling, go for 10º, but only do this if 11º is uncomfortable.

J: Upsweep: N/A

This is a normal upsweep!

What does upsweep do?

There is a lot of discussion about 1º upsweep vs. 4º upsweep. Some people are running experiments and testing if the greater upsweep will make drops feel better. It seems like a lot of street riders run 4º to 5º upsweep. This helps for wrist pain and lessens the impact of big drops.

Common Questions

What is the Price?

The 2021 Stolen Stereo Costs Right at $400. And $400 is an OK price for this bike. Their description really hypes it up a lot more than it should.

It’s a high tensile steel frame Forks and bars with single-wall rims. This means that the bike will not hold up to mid-level tricks like big 360s tailwhips or even barspins. While it is worth $400 you can find some better options that are the same amount of quality just a little bit cheaper. 

How Much Does it Weigh?

Stolen’s 2021 Stereo weighs around 26lbs. This is the weight with brakes and without pegs. Taking off the brakes will make it a little lighter, and adding pegs will make it a little heavier.

Is it good Quality?

The Stolen Stereo is a beginner quality bike without anything really special to make it stand out. It is OK quality but nothing crazy.

There isn’t really anything on the 2021 Stolen Stereo that makes it stand out as a really good quality bike. Like I mentioned before, it has high tensile steel frame, forks, and bars, along with single wall rims.

These parts aren’t gonna hold up when you start to do bigger tricks. The only thing I do see is a handful of fiction aftermarket parts. But fiction parts are generally lower quality so while they are a step up from stock parts they’re not that much better.

Buy if you are learning:

  • Manual
  • 180
  • bunny hop
  • tire tap
  • foot jam
  • feeble
  • smith
  • double peg

Don’t buy if you are learning:

  • big 360
  • tailwhip
  • grinding hand rails
  • back flip

Conclusion

The 2021 Stolen Stereo is designed for beginner riders. If you’re looking for your first or even your second bike this would be a good choice for you the quality is for someone who’s just learning tricks like one eighties 360 tire taps and basic dirt or basic park tricks. Once you start to progress past these tricks your bike is gonna start to break. A cool thing about this bike is that everything is customizable meaning that you can upgrade parts later and this is really important as you start to progress. 


Common Questions

  • Where can I buy this bike? I saw this bike in stock at chain reaction cycles. You can Buy it here
  • Is this bike for park, dirt, or street? This is a very well rounded bike. Good for park, dirt, and street.
  • How much does it weigh? 26 lbs

 

Douglas Laird

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