SE Racing BM Flyer 29er Hardtail

4/5 (8 Reviews)


Product Description

Frame: 7005 AluminumTubing w/ Integrated Head Tube
Fork: CR-MO 1-1/8"


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Xterradork a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore, MD

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2009

Strengths:    great price, solid frame. Disc ready out of the box. Simple, strong, lighter than expected

Weaknesses:    nutted hub on front wheel is painful to replace wheel with disc brakes. seatpost too short,

Bottom Line:   
The 2009 model is called the Stout. This is my first singlespeed and first 29er. The ride is very smooth. Big tires absorb more bumps than I thought with a rigid fork. SS riding is addictive. Overall the quality of the bike is good, the price is great. The only real complaint is the nutted front wheel hub. Not too many vehicles can fit the bike inside without removing the front wheel and it is a pain to get back in place. Also not thrilled about carrying a 15mm wrench when I ride in case of a flat. Otherwise great for someone wanting to try out SS/29er without breaking the bank. The ability to add gears later is a very nice feature. Would give 5 chilis overall if the front wheel was QR.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Loch Raven

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   bikesdirect.com

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   stock 2009 Stout model (red) with mech disc brakes, Shimano 520 pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mlk3454 a Weekend Warrior from Rochester, NY

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2009

Strengths:    Tough frame, geared right for the areas rolling hills, disc and derailleur ready, low price, 29" wheels

Weaknesses:    hubs are not disc ready, nano raptors are better on the road than on the loose trail, if you plan on using this as a commuter on more flat roads you will make out at roughly 13-14mph peddling pretty fast

Bottom Line:   
The Stout is a tough bike and at this price point is hard to beat. It is ready for upgrades if so desired and can tackle most anything you throw at it. It isn't the most popular bike as SE pushes more of their BMX line but this will turn heads in the parking lot and will eat whatever you throw at it.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Tryon Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $440.00

Purchased At:   Trailblazers

Similar Products Used:   This is my first single speed and first 29er

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CSXer from Austin, TX USA

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2007

Strengths:    STRONG, price, great geometry when set up right.

Weaknesses:    Comes spec'ed with wrong stem, cheap freewheel, too small front 'ring.

Bottom Line:   
My review is for the Stout, which is what they call the BM Flyer now. I really like this bike. Ditch the XC stem and put a short, low rise BMX stem on there and feel the difference. You'll want different gearing and better brakes pretty quickly. I'm about to replace the freewheel because of the corny OEM. Super underrated bike!

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   GF, Redline, OnOne

Bike Setup:   SS 34-14, BMX stem, XTR cantis

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ben a Weekend Warrior from East Lansing

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2006

Strengths:    (2005 model) Lightweight, geometry spot on, disc ready, cool name, decent parts, incredible value

Weaknesses:    not everything optimized for SS: vertical dropouts, bad stock gearing, poor quality chain tensioner, dished wheel. Also, bb/cranks use a proprietary spline, and the graphics are too loud for some people.

Bottom Line:   
More bike than you can get for the price anywhere else. The 29" wheels and geometry are spot on to deliver a ride just as good or better than my hardtail 26". At about $180 less than the Redline Monocog 29er, you get the same experience with some inferior design.

Unfortunately, since it is set up like a conversion from a geared bike, a lot of the parts are not optimal for SS. Still, it's a great value, especially if you want a cheap bike to convert to a geared rear.

As a side note: although not available in the US, the 2006 model has track ends but loses the disc mounts.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Burchfield Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   e-bay

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Piranha

Bike Setup:   Stock, soon to replace bmx bb & cranks, which are some proprietary stuff that I can't get a replacement for.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mik a Racer from Chicago, IL

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2006

Strengths:    2005 model is well built. Light weight, solid ride. No shock fork failure here. One speed and I can pace most other riders.

Weaknesses:    The allen crank bolts should be hex bolts. Riding without hands is a task even for me. I would beef up the rims a bit. No room for "U" Lock, no mounts for water bottle. :)

Bottom Line:   
You are "thirty something" and want the freestyle/BMX bike you yurn for from your youth. This is it. Fun on the street, at the skatepark(really)and for off road shenanigans. Skip the extra gears and go for solid axels and some foot pegs and an odessey GYRO.


The 2006 model swaps aluminum forks for cro-mo(think less shock) also changes out the rear dropouts for some forkends to tighten the chain and straightened the seat tube. I don't like the blue color and the website last I checked stated 2006 model not available in US.
SO get the 2005 model at a discount and it's red to boot!

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Chicago is My trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $575.00

Purchased At:   Uptown Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Pacific MTB, Giant MTB, HARO FS and many others.

Bike Setup:   Swapped the Kenda Klaws for some Schwalbe "Big Apple's" and seat bag for chain lock. Dumped the axel skewers for some bolt-ons(this is the big city if they want to steal it bad enough make em' bring their tools).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by George Seibel a Weekend Warrior from St. Davids, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2006

Strengths:    Fun, Robust

Weaknesses:    No complaints here.

Bottom Line:   
I rode it on a whim while at the bike shop and fell in love. The big wheels are a gas. I put gears on it, but to tell you the truth, I'm considering going back to single speed because I like the toughness and simplicity. Other reviewers mentioned the weight, but I don't find that to be a problem. I got it really cheap because the frame was scratched. $279 before I added the extra parts. What a deal! One of the reasons I bought it was to encourage myself to get more off the trail, and it has. The geometry and big wheels are pretty confidence inspiring.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Valley Forge N.P

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Trek 3500

Bike Setup:   Added gears and a front brake

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Danno from Bay Area, CA, US

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2006

Strengths:    Burly. Nearly impossible to break. No bunk parts, even the stock tires (Kenda Klaws) are decent. Fun geometry: short top tube, short stem, big riser bars. My red 2005 came with disc hubs...the rear is a regular cassette with spacers, and the frame has all cable stops, disc tabs, and hydro guides, so you can gear it or disc it with no problem.


Weaknesses:    Heavy, almost 28 pounds.
Stock gearing is 41-18, which is only usable on flat pavement. It uses BMX cranks, so just get yourself a 28-32T chainwheel (depending on local hills) and you'll be good to go.
Racer types will hate the geometry.


Bottom Line:   
A great technical terrain play bike, and a blast to ride. Other people might go faster, but you'll have more fun.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Jackhammer

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   uh, lots of bikes

Bike Setup:   Stock except for gearing.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Seth a Racer from Wooster, Oh

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2006

Strengths:    Lots of fun, fairly light aluminum frame and fork, bombproof frame, fork, crank and wheels, simplicity, disc ready, 29" wheels, single speeding is just plain fun.

Weaknesses:    Short top tube, I don't need 36 hole wheels, little on the heavy side.

Bottom Line:   
The bike is tons of fun and you cant break it. I love the simplicity of single speeds and this one is no exception. I do quite a bit of mountain bike racing and of course this isn't an ideal racing bike, the top tube is too short and its really just a big kids bmx bike. Its great to train on and being disc ready is a big plus. I bought it as a starter 29er to see if I would like it and if performed flawlessly. I'll be upgrading to a more raceable 29er soon.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Vulture's Knob

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Local Shop

Similar Products Used:   Redline Monocog, Fisher Mt. Tam SS.

Bike Setup:   Carbon seatpost, longer stem, surley singleator.

Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating


2005 SE Racing BM (big momma) Flyer 29er! Disc brake + 7 speed upgrade (PICS)

Hey guys new here be easy on me. I've been looking for the original manufacture specs on this bike. Every internet search of the bike inevitably leads me back to this site... so I figured I would ask you guys for more info. I am very interested in how many of these frames were made, seems like ev ... Read More »

BM Flyer availability

Does anyone know of someplace that has a 19" BM Flyer for sale? A shop somewhere that has one? I am looking and can't find one. Thanks.Read More »

BM Flyer Race Machine?

Has anyone used a Bm flyer for doing 24hr or endurance racing. If so what was the set up and how comfortable is the bike over longer distancesRead More »

BM Flyer - ride reports?

We've got one in the shop now, and it seems to be one of the oddest packages i've seen. it could almost be a usable 29er right out of the box if it weren't for the tall bmx gearing. i did a search for this bike in the forums hee, and no one has mentioned it or said anything about it in a while. ... Read More »

Se Bm Flyer

Hey All got an email back today from SE, put me onto the Australian agent. But still no luck with none of them ordered yet, had a good chat with the agent though, and there might be a chance for latter in the year. Maybe some more of us might get some emails as well. :DRead More »

Read More »



 

EUROBIKE





   

MTBR on Facebook