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6 Best Federal BMX Frames (In 2022)

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Even though these best Federal BMX frames aim more toward street riders, park and trail dudes will enjoy them, too.

If a solid frame is what you’re looking for, then you should not miss UK’s finest, Federal.

Fun fact: It’s a bike company owned by Stu Dawkins and Seventies Distribution from Hastings, UK.

Despite some ups and downs in the early days, Federal is staying (extremely) strong, with one hell of a team of pro, AM and flow riders.

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Best Federal BMX Frames

Note: Frames are listed in no particular order. (The 1st one is not necessarily better than the 6th one – they’re all solid!)

1. Jarvis ICS2

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If you’ve seen Joe Jarvis’s welcome to Federal pro team video, you know of his signature frame already. And I tell you one thing – this frame is a machine that can handle any type of (street) abuse.

It comes in two sizes (I really thought they would release a 21″+ version) and in white color only at the moment. The CS is quite long at 13.6″ slammed, but hey, Joe is a large dude.

Note: Joe’s inspiration for his signature frame came from Bruno’s frame with the included ISC2 wishbone. If you need a slightly larger frame (because of the longer CS), Federal Jarvis is it!

Jarvis specs:

  • Top Tube Length – 20.6” – 21”
  • Head Tube – 75.5°
  • Seat Tube Angle – 71°
  • ChainStay Length – 13.6” Slammed
  • Standover – 9”
  • BB Height – 11.8”
  • Price: $461.43 (may vary)
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2. Command ICS

federal command ics frame
Federal Bikes’ Command ICS frame is the company’s team issue frame. This frame has the shortest rear end length currently possible with their V1 ICS wishbone.

This technology allows the rear end to be this short while also allowing clearance for tires up to 2.5” in size. The Command frame comes in at an affordable price and has removable brake mounts which there is no word of whether or not they are included.

When you combine the affordable price tag with the highly progressive, aggressive, technical, modern street frame geometry, you end up with a frame that fits the modern era of BMX quite well.

Command ICS specs:

  • Top Tube Length – 20.75” – 21”
  • Head Tube – 75.5°
  • Seat Tube Angle – 71°
  • ChainStay Length – 12.5” Slammed
  • Standover – 8.75”
  • BB Height – 11.7”
  • Price: $317.33 (may vary)
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3. Boyd ICS2

federal boyd ics2 frame
Boyd Hilder has been on an absolute tear in BMX. With that his signature Boyd frame from Federal has seen an update.

Updates to this new iteration of the Boyd frame include Federal’s new ICS2 wishbone, a new dropout design, and a badge set in the seat stay bridge.

There is also a taller head tube, a longer top tube, and an oval down tube. According to the Federal site, Boyd wanted these secondary changes specifically, and the fact that Federal made it happen is rad to see.

The frame is also drilled for gyro tabs and has removable brake mounts (sold separately). (Great all-around frame for street, park and trails.)

Boyd ICS2 specs:

  • Top Tube Length – 20.7” – 21” – 21.2” – 21.5”
  • Head Tube – 75.2°
  • Seat Tube Angle – 71°
  • ChainStay Length – 13.4” Slammed
  • Standover – 9”
  • BB Height – 11.7”
  • Price: $462.21 (may vary)
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4. Perrin ICS2

federal perrin ics2 frame
Here is Anthony Perrin’s signature Perrin Frame from Federal. This is an update to his frame with a few changes that was released shortly after his Nora cup win for his section in Federal’s full-length FTS video.

This new version features Federal’s ICS2 wishbone, refined investment-cast dropouts, and a taller headtube. The Perrin frame has a progressive street geometry but features a lower bottom bracket height which adds to the stability of the frame.

The frame is gyro tab-ready and has removable brake mounts, which are sold separately.

Perrin ICS2 specs:

  • Top Tube Length – 20.75” – 21”
  • Head Tube – 75.5°
  • Seat Tube Angle – 71°
  • ChainStay Length – 12.9” Slammed
  • Standover – 8.9”
  • BB Height – 11.6”
  • Weight – 5.55 lbs
  • Price: $462.21 (may vary)
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5. Lacey

federal lacey frame
Dan Lacey’s signature Federal frame has seen a few updates. The dropouts have seen a change to investment cast dropouts that are slimmed down in order to keep from catching while grinding.

This is a frame in the modern street geometry genre that is longer than most in the rear-end with a 13.75” chainstay. It also has a slightly higher bottom bracket height at 11.8”. The frame has removable brake mounts and gyro tabs as well as built-in chain tensioners.

Also updated on the Lacey frame is an engraved headtube with a Federal logo and graphics designed by Rich Forne.

Lacey specs:

  • Top Tube Length – 20.5” – 20.75” – 21”
  • Head Tube – 75.5°
  • Seat Tube Angle – 71°
  • ChainStay Length – 13.75” Slammed
  • Standover – 9”
  • BB Height – 11.8”
  • Weight – 5.55 lbs
  • Price: $462.21 (may vary)
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6. Bruno

federal bruno frame
It’s no secret that Bruno Hoffman is an absolute beast of a BMX rider. In that, he has most definitely earned his signature Bruno frame from Federal that he has had for 3 iterations of the frame.

In its most recent version, the frame saw a complete overhaul, according to the Federal site. The frame has updated geometry as well as investment cast dropouts that have a smaller overall shape.

The headtube on the frame has a steeper 75.5-degree angle and an engraved Federal logo on it.

Bruno specs:

  • Top Tube Length – 20.85” – 21”
  • Head Tube – 75.5°
  • Seat Tube Angle – 71°
  • ChainStay Length – 13.6” Slammed
  • Standover – 9”
  • BB Height – 11.8”
  • Weight – 5.55 lbs
  • Price: $462.21 (may vary)
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FAQ

Is Federal a good BMX brand?

I’ve been asked this question multiple times and a simple but powerful answer is: YES! Federal is a quality BMX brand that produces solid frames and bike parts.

When did Federal BMX start?

Federal BMX started in 1999 in East Sussex, UK.

Who owns Federal BMX?

Stu Dawkins and Seventies Distribution own Federal BMX.

Where is Federal BMX made?

All Federal BMX frames and parts are made in Taiwan but designed at Federal in the UK.

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