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June 03, 2019 4 min read 1 Comment

By now you've probably seen them flying around your local skatepark or BMX track - Wildcat, Fatboy, Venom, Rocker, R4, just some of the brands in existence today... so just where did these crazy little bikes come from? We thought it was time to dive a little deeper and pay homage to the real pioneers of MiniBMX, as well as shine a spotlight on Wildcat’s foundation as a true OG in the MiniBMX movement.

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To begin, the correct term for the style is ‘MiniBMX’, the uninitiated often misquote  it as ‘rocker’ or 'minirocker'. This is only a brand name, and just one of the myriad of companies that kicked off around the same time, well after the conception of MiniBMX. The true story goes back many years before this.

Unconfirmed accounts pinpoint origins in Indonesia circa the 1960s (pre-dating BMX!). Legend has it that riders adapted cart wheels onto crude frames making tiny, fully functioning bikes. However, ahead of their time and with only a small following, these miniature bikes faded into the mists of time.

Fast forward to 2011. True credit for the first modern day MiniBMX must be given to several young Indonesian BMX riders working at ‘Kate Bike’ (pronounced kah-teh) who discovered these mythical tales of MiniBMX. Inspired by what they found, they assembled rudimentary set-ups and made videos, giving birth to the modern sport. Thanks to Youtube and social media it spread rapidly, attracting several British and American companies into production and commercialization. 

At this time MiniBMXs were a still completely new product with no specialized design parts available, so new MiniBMX productions could only use cart wheels, baby stroller parts and inferior parts from kids bikes to make simple assemblies. These early incarnations were not strong enough for advanced riding and often failed, resulting in the birth and death of a series of brands.

...and so, Wildcat was born.

The MiniBMX factory began producing parts in 2012 for ODM during the initial explosion of the sport (ODM = Original Design Manufacture - design, manufacture and supply to other name brands). After nearly three years of refinement and a hunger to step out of the shadows to deliver the very best, WILDCAT was born in Spain. With a professional team of researchers and developers working alongside the REDBULL riders, WILDCAT successfully developed the first generation of ORIGINAL MiniBMX, the first full strength MiniBMX with 100% specialized design and true BMX bloodline characteristics across their full range.

To this day Wildcat is the ONLY true MiniBMX brand (to our knowledge!) that owns and operates their own production lines. This allows constant evolution and innovation of their offering, keeping Wildcat well ahead of the competition.

 

One of the first Wildcat Mini BMX

 

One of the very first MiniBMX's made by the MiniBMX Factory

2015 - Wildcat successfully designed and developed professional accessories compatible with full size freestyle BMX use, standards of production and specialized processes.

2016 - Wildcat developed new lighter, stronger and truer heat treated wheel hubs, replacing the inferior cart style wheel still used by some brands today... Also the CNC9t driver and the integrated CNC steering tube.

2017 - Wildcat developed a specialized removable disk brake system.

2018 - the new generation and worlds first aluminum alloy MiniBMX frame was successfully developed alongside the new Turbo wheel. Total bike weight has been reduced to just over 7kg making this the lightest and strongest MiniBMX in existence by a long shot. The new design is an astonishing 3kg lighter than its predecessor.

2019 - Wildcat launches in the USA after incredible demand and request. Along the launch in the USA comes the brand new Pro Series - taking Wildcat to a whole new level of ride.

Including the Pro Turbo Wheel as standard, this aluminum and nylon wheel is made to be stronger and lighter than anything else on the market - helping you get higher highs and stronger jumps.

New generation Wildcat Wheel

The new gen Pro Turbo wheel now included as standard on all Pro Series Wildcat's

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To date, WILDCAT holds more than 20 different patents, and continues to lead the charge in innovation and evolution of MiniBMX design and manufacturing, as well as supply genuine parts for other brands worldwide. WILDCAT lays claim to the highest weight and strength rating globally, and also offers the best warranty policy of any MiniBMX brand. This is but one of the many reasons we chose to bring WILDCAT to the North American market.

WILDCAT uses only high quality materials such as high carbon steel, chrome molybdenum steel and aluminum alloy, and through innovative design and specific processes of welding, casting, forging, precision CNC, thermal treatments, polishing and coating bring you the highest quality performance MiniBMX in the world. Why would you ride anything else?

About Wildcat Mini USA

We’re a small family business and we’re incredibly proud to bring you the BEST MINI BMX IN THE GAME. Other brands say similar things, but saying you are the best and being the best - as it turns out, are not quite the same thing.

Having two boys in our family meant that we were begged for the latest craze at the skate park, and so we started to check out the various mini BMX's on the market. After trying another brand first, we then discovered Wildcat - a craze that is sweeping Australia, New Zealand and Europe. 

I then visited the factory myself, before agreeing to become the exclusive distributor of Wildcat Mini's for the USA and Canada. The strength, innovation program and safety of these Mini BMX's made it a no brainer for us to bring Wildcat to North America.

So what are you waiting for? Come join the Wildcat family and get shredding!

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Wildcat parts pegs

Just some of Wildcat's extensive high-spec parts range


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Joseph
Joseph

October 04, 2019

The coolest bmx’s on earth

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2A royal purple

I really like it so far. I'm 5'10 145lb and 34 years. I bought to ride with my son who is just learning to ride. so now I can have fun and trick while he is learning the basics. So I have the one piece crank and it feels good and strong. (Was a lil hesitant) I also got the break. And with some adjustment it stops me real nice. At 145lb wasn't sure how it would work. but it does good, very happy about that. Frame is beautiful and feels super sturdy. Only things I don't really like are the pedals (seem cheap)(sorry)and the seat could be more adjustable. I know you can buy em but at 370$ I assumed it would adjust and the pedals would be of decent quality. The box was ripped and a screw on the headset was bent and it is also pretty scratched. Just went to local bike shop and replaced the screw but the scratches are lame. Anyway I love it and it's super fun to ride around the house. I'm just a big kid

Thanks so much for your review Travis - they are the best to ride around with your young kids - before you know it he'll want his own. Sorry there was an issue with the bolt - glad you got it sorted. If you have a photo of the damage to the box, please send it through to us so we can follow up with FedEx. Enjoy riding it.
Mini bike

This is a wonderful bike thank yall my son loves it and great wonderful service I recommend to anyone. All parts where there and was an easy install once again thank you

Thanks so much Florentino - really pleased that your son loves the bike. Hope he gets hours and hours of fun on it.
Wildcat review

I got 2 bikes so I’ll combine em. I got the Blue Pro and the chrome mini freak.

In my opinion the grips on the bikes are too wide. It does give you plenty room to grip however it forces the break handle clamp into the bar bend. So It doesn’t sit right and isn’t snug. I’d also like them to have a much longer seat post for a higher seat setting.

I also think the Pro should come with the pegs.. it just should. That being said, the bikes are awesome. They’re very good build quality and tough little bmx’ers. I’m an old dirt jumper/park rider and don’t feel like I have to take it easy on the bike at all. I’d break something before the bike does. Having fun learning to ride them.

I like the larger chro-mo bars on the freak a little better than the bars on the pro. Just a better fit for me. I do like the pro wheels, they seem a little tougher then the standard wheels, however the standard wheels are perfectly fine.

Overall cool bikes. At the skate park I had both kids and some parents ask me where I got them :-)

Ride on.

Huge thanks for your review and really helpful feedback Ren - that's appreciated. Really pleased that you love the build and quality of the bikes - but would prefer it if you don't break anything on yourself first ! Will pass your feedback in regards to the bars and grips onto the team - we are always looking for feedback so we can keep improving them.
Stellar

I bought my son a mini for Christmas! The customer service was wonderful in explaining what needed assembled and if I, a super not handy mom, could pull it off on Christmas Eve. haha! Which I was able to btw! They are very quick to respond to any emails and issues. My son has been on his bike as much as possible since Santa brought it. We get tons of questions and compliments about where we got it and how cool it looks. Good purchase, great customer service! Highly recommend!

Love it Jayne, and so pleased that you found it easy to get the few parts assembled. Hope it gives hours and hours of fun for your son. Shred hard and so glad you’re part of the Wildcat Pride.
Awesome

Very awesome

Thanks man, appreciate the 5 stars.