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Eastern Shock: Complete Bike Eyeball Review

Props to Eastern for stepping into the game with an entry level-bike featuring flatland-friendly geometry. With an 18.5” top tube, 75 degree head angle, 71 degree seat tube angle, and 13.75” chain stay length, the Shock’s geometry is comparable to that of many pro-level frames which cost more than this entire bike. Other features that give the Shock flatland appeal are its included front and rear brakes, plus gyro detangler.

While the frame geometry and brake setup look good for flatland, some of the bike’s other features appear to be geared toward other styles of riding instead. Potential buyers who want this bike purely for flatland use will probably wish that it came with a freecoaster hub (even a cheap one), rather than the 9t cassette hub featured here. The Shock also comes up short out of the box by including only one pair of pegs. Sure, anyone can buy another pair of pegs; but another included pair would be nice, especially if we are to consider this as a flatland bike. Other street-ish stock components include the fat 2.3” tires and a small one-piece saddle/seatpost; nothing wrong with these on a BMX bike per se, but people who want to ride this specifically for flatland will probably opt to switch those out (especially the tires). The handlebars included here appear to be for smaller street-oriented riders too, with 10 degrees of backsweep and a height of only 6.5.”

Add the set of included 175mm heat-treated chromoly cranks, and you’ve got a pretty decent setup here, especially for the price (only about $290). But all in all, this bike seems most appropriate for a smaller rider with street intentions, rather than for an average-size adult flatlander. We suspect that this may have been Eastern’s intention all along, despite the fact that their website refers to the frame as being flatland-specific (instead of just being small).

In closing, an adult-size flatlander on a budget would probably be better off saving up an additional $50 and buying something like a DK Opsis, which comes with a chromoly frame and fork, two sets of pegs, and a freecoaster. But if you know a kid who’s dying for an entry-level BMX bike, the Eastern Shock would be pretty damn sweet. Hopefully this is a sign of more flat things to come from Eastern, a company with a long, well-deserved history of respect in BMX circles.

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