2022 Kink Switch Review


The 2022 Kink Switch is great for street riders. This bike comes with a full chromoly frame, forks, bars, double wall rims, and fully sealed bearings. The Switch has a high level of quality, and an even better price point. You get a lot of bike when you spend $599.99 on the Kink Switch. Sadly it only comes in one color option and weighs 27.8lbs.

You almost can’t go wrong with this bike, but it may not be perfect for everyone. Later in the post, I’ll describe who this bike is perfect for.

Check out the most recent price of the Switch by clicking here.

Here’s how it stacks up against my TOP 5 Picks…

Make/ModelQuality ScoreStreet/Park or Dirt?Skill LevelReview Link
2022 Kink Switch6.25StreetMidResearch
2022 Kink Whip6.25Well RoundedMidResearch
2021 Kink Switch6.25StreetMidResearch
2022 Sunday EX5Street/Well RoundedMidResearch
2021 Cult Devotion6.25Street/DirtMidResearch
2022 Sunday Soundwave CS10Street/parkProResearch

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

The 2022 Kink Switch utilizes a dialed-in geometry designed for those that want a bike for technical riding. To help this style of riding, the components chosen have characteristics to help such as geometry and material used to make them. The Kink Trident fork has a 26mm offset, 1-piece steerer tube, and is constructed from 100% chromoly. The Mission Deploy freecoaster helps chain tricks together whether you are rolling forward or fakie, meaning fakie manuals just got a whole lot easier. Kink even took grinding into consideration and included 2 Mission nylon pegs. The Kink Switch slays manuals and 180’s bringing more lines together in the streets and in the park.

from: Danscomp

Highlights

  • Good quality
  • 20.75″ Toptube Option
  • Full Chromoly frame, forks, and bars
  • Great quality to price ratio
  • Freecoaster
  • 4pc bars

Specs

Price

The 2022 Kink Switch costs $599.99.

Colors

  • Matte Oxblood Black

2022 Kink Switch Part List

Frame: 100% 4130 Chromoly 
Fork: Kink Trident 4130 Chromoly (1-Piece Steerer) (Tapered Fork Legs) 
Headset: Mission Sealed Integrated (41.8° x 45°) 
Stem: Kink Bold HRD (50mm Reach) 
Bars: Kink F900 9″ 4-Piece 100% 4130 Chromoly 
Grips: Kink Ace Flangeless 
Cranks: Kink Ridge 3-Piece Tubular Chromoly 8 Spline (165mm Length) 
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Mid (19mm) 
Pedals: Kink Hemlock NF 
Chain: Mission 510H 
Sprocket: Mission Nexus 6061 Aluminum (25 Tooth) 
Front Hub: Mission Invade Sealed (Bolt-In) 
Rear Hub: Mission Deploy Sealed Freecoaster (14mm Axle) 
Driver: 9 Tooth Sealed Bearings (Right Hand Drive) 
Front Rim: Mission Mylar 
Rear Rim: Mission Mylar 
Front Tire: Kink Sever (20 x 2.4″) 
Rear Tire: Kink Sever (20 x 2.4″) 
Seat: Kink Chinaski Stealth (Stealth Pivotal) 
Seat Post: Mission Stealth Aluminum (Stealth Pivotal Seat Post) 
Seat Clamp: Integrated 
Lever: Mission Token 
Brake Cable: Mission L4 Linear 
Brakes: Mission Cease V2 (Removable Mounts) 
Gyro Tabs: Drilled (Not Included) 
Extras: Mission Nylon Pegs (2) 
Color: Matte Oxblood Black 
Weight: 27 lbs 10 oz

Frame Geometry

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

Check the size guide to see if it’s 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°

E: Bottom Bracket Height: 11.6″

F: Stand over height: 9″

This is a medium standover. 

A low standover will make tailwhips easier, but barspins harder. 

A tall standover gives you more to pinch and grab when doing barspins & t-bogs.

Bar Geometry – Learn more here

G: Rise: N/A

H: Width: N/A

I: Backsweep:  N/A

J: Upsweep: N/A

Other 2022 Kink Bikes

PriceBikePark, Street or Dirt
$749.992022 Kink CloudStreet
$369.002022 Kink CurbWell Rounded
$449.992022 Kink GapWell Rounded
$469.992022 Kink Gap FCStreet
$449.992022 Kink Gap XLWell Rounded
$409.002022 Kink LaunchWell Rounded
$599.992022 Kink SwitchStreet
$499.992022 Kink WhipWell Rounded
$499.992022 Kink Whip XLWell Rounded
$899.992022 Kink WilliamsStreet

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

2022 Kink Launch Rankings

CategoryPoints
Dougsterbob Score4.9/10
Street Score6/10
Park Score4/10
Dirt Score1.33/10
Quality Score6.25/10

Dougsterbob Score

Dougsterbob Score: 4.9

The 2022 Kink Switch scored a 4..9/10. This is a pretty good Dougsterbob Score. The biggest thing here is the price to quality ratio, and with the Switch, you are getting a lot of bike for the low $599.99 price point.

A lot of riders choose the Switch over the Kink Whip because the switch comes more “street-specific”.

Is the Kink Switch a good bike?

The Switch is a really good bike that comes with strong chromoly on the frame forks and bars. Along with that, you are getting the street-specific parts needed to take your bike out and cruise the streets. This includes pegs, freecoaster, and 4pc bars.

Street Score

Street Score: 6

The Kink Switch scored a 6/10 in the street section. It is a pretty good bike for street riders since it comes with street-specific parts.

The parts on the Kink Switch can hold up to big drops and big gaps which is required for mid-level street riding.

Is the 2022 Kink Switch for street riding?

Yes, the Kink Switch is built for street-specific riding. It comes with a freecoaster, high-quality parts, 4 pc bars, and even pegs. These will make street riding more fun and more effective.

Park Score

Park Score: 4

The Switch is not necessarily for park riding. However, it scored a pretty good (4) in the park section. So I recommend this for someone who primarily rides street but dabbles in park every once in a while.

You would be able to upgrade a gyro and park-specific tires to get that score up a little bit. But right out of the box it scores pretty high. The reason for this is the responsive geometry. The Switch has a short and responsive 12.75″ chain stay. This will make technical park riding easier.

Is the 2022 Kink Switch good for riding skateparks?

The Kink Switch is for the occasional skatepark goer even though it’s not super-specific. You can ride park on the Switch but this is not what it is best used for.

Dirt Score

Dirt Score: 1.33

The Switch scored a 1.33 in Dirt. Even though the Switch is a great bike, it is not great for riding dirt. Let me explain why.

Freecoasters suck on dirt. The slack on a coaster makes it really hard to make up your speed and get to the next jump if you land low or case the previous jump.

This bike is also pretty responsive, which can be a downfall for dirt riding. We want long and stable geometry on dirt-specific bikes.

Check out the WTP Revolver to see a dirt-specific bike. (Check it out here)

Is the Kink Switch good for riding dirt?

The Kink Switch will perform well on a pump track but it is not dirt-specific. The responsive geometry seen on the switch will make it hard to control at high speed.

Quality Score

Quality Score: 6.25

The Switch scored really well in the quality section. It has strong parts that can last as you progress and take some slams. You need a bike like this if you’re riding at a mid-level or higher.

A 6.25 quality may not seem like much, but if you look something like the Sunday Forecaster which is $550 and a (3.5) quality score… The Switch seems like a really good deal. And it is. Not many bikes in this price range score so high in quality.

Riding a high-quality bike is important to have fun and progress safely.

The Kink Switch includes these high-quality parts that make up its 6.25 Quality Score

  • Full Chromoly Frame
  • Full Chromoly Forks
  • Full Chromoly Bars
  • 2x Double Wall Mision Mylar Rims
  • Fully Sealed Bearings

Style

The Switch’s color looks interesting. I like the idea but you’ll have to take a look and tell me what you think. Basically, one side of the frame is one color, and the other side is a different color. Aside from that, i love the way it looks with the pegs, 4pc bars, and the top load stem.

Value

For $600 you get a lot of bike. Compared to other bikes at this price, the Switch wins on value every time. You are getting full chromoly components and street upgrades. At the $600 price point, the Kink Switch is the best valued BMX Bike in 2022.

If you are considering this bike and have the money…go for it. The quality will last as you progress. Plus this is definitely the best bike for the price.

Should you get it?

If you are a mid-level rider, who loves riding street more than anything else, this is a good choice for you. Especially because you know that when you spend your $600… you are getting a lot of bike. Make sure that 20.75″ toptube is right for you by checking out my size guide or by filling out a Free BMX Bike Recommendation.

Would I recommend it?

I definitely recommend the Switch. Any bike that is a fair price with good quality. Is good in my book.I love how kink thinks of innovative ways to make a street-specific bike with responsive geometry for under $600. This is a really good bike with great value.

Common Questions

What is the Price?

The 2022 Kink Switch is $599.99

How Much Does it Weigh?

The 2022 Kink Switch Weighs 27.8lbs

Where to buy it?

You can get the Kink Whip from Dan’s Comp here: https://bit.ly/3ERJN8N

Buy if you are learning:

Click the trick you want to learn, to see the BIKE SCHOOL lesson

Don’t buy if you are learning:

  • High level park tricks
  • High level dirt tricks
  • High level street tricks

Conclusion

The Switch is a great bike for a great price. I know that when I was a mid-level rider, this would have been perfect for me. But sadly, I bought a low-quality bike that broke within a few months. Fortunately for you guys, there is all of this information out there for you to make an informed buying decision and get a bike that is worth the price.

2022 Kink Switch Review $599.99
  • Street
  • Park
  • Dirt
  • Quality
2.3

Summary

The 2022 Kink Switch is great for street riders. This bike comes with full chromoly frame, forks, bars, double wall rims, and fully sealed bearings. The Switch has a high level of quality, and an even better price point. You get a lot of bike when you spend $599.99 on the Kink Switch. Sadly it only comes in one color option and weighs 27.8lbs.

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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