If you are looking for a bike for a smaller rider that might not be quite ready to jump on a 20″ bike, the Saiko is also available in a smaller 18″ version which features a smaller frame (17.75″ top tube length) and wheels to make it easier to ride and control. The Saiko 18″ has a 1020 Hi-Ten steel frame with a chromoly down tube, 75-degree head tube angle, 71.5-degree seat tube angle, 10.75″ bottom bracket height, 7.5″ standover height and a 12.2″ chainstay length. The bike has the Radio AM 18″ fork with 1020 Hi-Ten Steel legs and chromoly steerer tube and 1020 Hi-Ten steel bars with a 7.9″ rise, 26.5″ width, 10-degree backsweep and 3-degree upsweep. The rest of the bike is decked out with Radio Bikes and Salt parts geared toward the smaller rider.
GRIPS: RADIO “AM” grips STEM: SALT “Junior V2” top loading stem, 40mm reach HEADSET: SALT “PRO” int. headset, sealed bearing LEVER: RADIO “AM” alloy brake lever BRAKES: RADIO “AM” alloy u-brake-rear CRANKS: RADIO “Rookie” tubular 3pc crank crmo 152mm, 8 spline BOTTOM BRACKET: Mid size, press fit, sealed bearing PEDALS: SALT “AM” nylon/fibreglass pedals CHAIN: SALT “AM” chain, 510h type SPROCKET: RADIO “AM” steel 25t sprocket SEAT: RADIO “Century 18” combo seat SEAT CLAMP: RADIO slim alloy seatclamp DRIVER: 9t cassette driver, loose ball FRONT HUB: RADIO “Rookie” steel hub, lb 3/8″s, 28h REAR HUB: RADIO “AM” cassette hub, semi-sealed, 9t, 14mm, 28h FRONT RIM: SALT “Valon” rim, straight single wall, 28h REAR RIM: SALT “Valon” rim, straight single wall, 28h TIRES: SALT “Tracer” tires, 2.2 ” front & rear PEGS: RADIO “AM” 35mm x 89mm steel pegs (1 pair) WEIGHT: 10.24kg (22.57lbs) without pegs
The 18″ Saiko complete is a great all around option for the younger rider just getting into BMX. This bike has been scaled down from a 20″ bike with a smaller frame, wheels and parts to make it rider just like a bigger bike, making it easier to transition to a full size 20″ bike later on. The bike comes in Matte Black and Metallic Blue with a 17.75″ top tube length.