2021 Wethepeople Versus Review


Wethepeople designed a really good bike for mid to high-level riders with a park focus. The geometry is aggressive and set up so you can spin like mike spinner himself. With two pegs, this bike is still lightweight at 26.74 lbs.

It’s in stock at Danscomp. Check it out here

Skip right to the good stuff where I give the bike a Dougsterbob Score based on 20 different aspects that determine how good the bike is overall.

Review Video

Overview

An unstoppable skatepark machine! The Versus features geometry borrowed from our Message aftermarket line allowing it to shred transitions and skateparks unlike anything else. We added a sealed SALT PLUS Geo rotor setup with dual cables to give the Versus plenty of braking power and performance. Contra pedals, super lightweight Mirage tires, and a Unify combo seat from ECLAT to help round off one of the most PRO bikes in our 2021 line up.

from: wethepeople



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2021 Wethepeople Versus BMX Bike Review

Highlights

Specs

Price: $729 on Danscomp

Colors



Specs

FRAME MATERIAL: 4130 Chromoly
WHEEL SIZE: 20″
TOP TUBE LENGTH: 20.65″
CHAIN STAY LENGTH: 12.75″
HEADTUBE ANGLE: 75.5°
SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 71°
FORKS: SALTPLUS “VERSUS” fork, full 4130 crmo, butted crmo steerer, 26mm offset
BARS: SALTPLUS “VERSUS” full 4130 crmo bar WETHEPEOPLE “INDEX” front loading stem, 50mm reach
STEM
HEADSET: SALT “PRO” int. headset, sealed bearing
BRAKE MOUNTS: Removable
BRAKES: ÉCLAT “TALON” alloy u-brake rear
FRONT HUB: SALTPLUS “PRO” hub, sb, 3/8”s female bolts, 36h
FRONT RIM: SALTPLUS “SUMMIT” 36mm double wall rim, 36h
REAR HUB: SALTPLUS “PRO” cassette hub, sb, 9t, hollow 14mm axle, 36h
REAR RIM: SALTPLUS “SUMMIT” 36mm double wall rim, 36h
TYRES: ECLAT “MIRAGE” 2.35″ front & rear
SPROCKET: WETHEPEOPLE “LOGIC” 6061-T6 alloy, cnc, 25t sprocket
CRANKS: SALTPLUS “ULTRA” square profiler 3pc crank crmo, 170mm, “TSS” 8 spline
BB: SALT “MID” 19mm, press fit, sealed bearingÉCLAT “CONTRA” nylon/fiberglass pedals
PEDALS: ÉCLAT “CONTRA” nylon/fiberglass pedals
SEAT: ECLAT “UNIFY” slim padded combo seat
GEARING: 25/9
WEIGHT: 12.15kg / 26.74lbs – with brakes, with pegs


Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length:  20.65″ – 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: 12.75″ – Learn About Chain Stays Here

This is a short 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: 75.5° – 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: 71.5°

E: Bottom Bracket Height: 11.55″

F: Stand over height:7.75″

This is a small standover. 

A small standover makes tailwhips and technical tricks easier. But will make bars harder since there is not anything to pinch.



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: 29.25″

This is a wide width. 

Narrow bars make barspins easier.

Wide bars give you more control and stability when steering.

I: Backsweep: 11º

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: 2.5º

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.



Dougsterbob Score

Now everything above the line is pretty basic info. I break down the specs, geometry and some highlights. But that doesn’t really help you find the right bike. So I created the Dougsterbob Score.

What is it?

The Dougsterbob Score is taken from Doug Demaro’s “Doug Score” (He already had the name so I had to get creative with mine haha) Anyway, this assigns a score to the bike based on 20 different aspects. This way you will know exactly what this bike is good for and how it holds up.

Read how I score the bikes here

2021 Wethepeople Battleship Rankings

CategoryPointsPercent of total
Dougsterbob Score120/20060%
Street Score20/4050%
Park Score30/30100%
Dirt Score11/3036%
Quality Score25/4062%
Style Score18/3060%

Dougsterbob Score

Dougsterbob Score: 120/200

The 2021 WethePeople Versus scored 120 out of 200. When a bike scores this high, I have to take it seriously. There are a lot of strong components build into the Versus.

My favorite thing about the Versus is the park-specific geometry. It is absolutely designed for park-specific riding, but can still hold up when riding street.

Even though it scored really low in dirt, and average in street, the bike is a high-performing shredding machine. Make sure to check at the bottom to see if I recommend it or not.



Street Score

Street Score: 20/40

I scored the WeThePeople Versus a 20/40 for the street section. Coming with 2 pegs and 3 hubguards out of the box, this really isn’t a bad option for street riding.

This is a strong bike overall, so taking it on gaps and drops won’t be an issue. Its tires also have a good grip for the streets.

This BMX bike can be used for street riding sometimes, but if you’re planning to do it on a regular basis, then there are other strong candidates at this price range.

Park Score

Park Score: 30/30

The WeThePeople Versus scored 30/30 for the park section. This bike was made to be ridden in the park and every part complements it.

This BMX bike has a very responsive geometry and the Mirage tires are lightweight and have low rolling resistance. It also comes with a gyro, which is one of the most fundamental parts of park riding.

There’s not much more to say. If you love riding in the park, then this bike is a very solid choice.

Dirt Score

Dirt Score: 11/30

For the dirt section, the WeThePeople Versus got a score of 11/30.

This bike’s responsive geometry makes it very hard to control for dirt riding. If you plan to buy this bike to ride dirt jumps, then it wouldn’t be a very good option. 

The WeThePeople Versus wasn’t made to be an all-around BMX bike and dirt riding is its biggest weak point. 

Quality Score

Quality Score: 25/40

I gave this bike a score of 25/40 for the quality. The WeThePeople Versus’ parts are all Chromoly and it has double-wall rims. Which is exactly what you need for a strong BMX bike.

Although this is a very customizable bike, I would have been better if it had more color options. 

This looks to be a very solid bike and I’m sure that it can withstand the test of time with the proper care and maintenance. 



Style Score

Style Score: 25/30

The colorway of the Versus isn’t really my thing. However, some people love the simplistic design.

I would love it if we had a couple of different options to choose from. Just because only having one color option really limits the number of people that would enjoy this bike.

The good news is that everything on the Versus is fully customizable. So you can replace any part with an aftermarket part and run into virtually no headache.

I’m not a fan of the Versus’ style.

Value

Value: 7/10

Compared to the higher-end battleship and revolver, this is a relatively low-priced bike. But it is not a perfect value.

With the Versus purchase, you are getting a solid bike, but for the $700 price tag, I’d like to see some more high-quality after-market parts.

7/10 is amazing for the value, but there is some room for improvment.

Should you get it?

The WeThePeople Versus knows their target audience and it is for those mid-level riders who are planning to pursue park-riding for the long term.

If you are a beginner looking for a well-rounded bike that can do-it-all, then this isn’t for you. This isn’t a cheap bike. At around $685, there are other bikes that can be used on dirt, street, and park.

Would I Recommend it?

YES.

If you love riding park and know that it is what you solely want to do on your BMX bike journey, then this is the bike for you. The WeThePeople Versus is a park-oriented BMX bike and can help you improve your park riding skills in the future.



Common Questions

What is the Price?

The 2021 Wethepeople Versus costs $685. This is a really high price for a bike. It puts it up there with bikes like the Kink Williams.

How Much Does it Weigh?

The 2021 Wethepeople Versus weighs 26.74 lbs. This is fairly light for a bike with pegs and hub guards. But keep in mind that most pro’s park bikes are close to 21 or 22 lbs.

Where to buy it?

You can buy the Versus from my store here. (obviously, I’m going to plug my new shop 🤫) But if for some reason it is out of stock, or you hate me and want to buy somewhere else, it is available below.



Buy if you are learning:

  • 360
  • tailwhips
  • barspins
  • park tricks
  • 540

Don’t buy if you are learning:

  • Good for any trick


Conclusion

Last year the Wethepeople Versus made a lot of appearances in my free bike recommendations. I was very excited to see the 2021 Versus was still the high-quality park machine that I expected. This bike is perfect for a rider who’s already doing some pretty high-level tricks but sadly their old bike is starting to break. They’re shopping for a brand new bike with really high quality because they plan on progressing to the next level. The versus is the bike to take you to that next level. 

However, the park-specific geometry is going to make progressing in street and flowing dirt a little bit harder. So keep that in mind and make sure you’re set on being a really good park rider. 

Best Place to Buy: Click here to buy it from Danscomp

 

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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