In May we brought you news of the new ‘Pro Series’ Islabikes range. For those of you who aren’t in the market for a fully fledged race machine for your offspring, we now bring you details of the latest updates to the standard Islabikes range. With the popularity and success of balance bikes, many parents will have experienced trying to find a pedal bike that is small enough for their increasingly adventurous balance biker to progress to – the two new sized models in this range may be what these frustrated shredders (and parents) have been looking for.
Cnoc 14 Small
The Cnoc 14 Small has been designed for riders aged at around three-years-old, but are perhaps slightly smaller for their age. It is also targeted at younger riders who are ready to progress from a balance bike.
Islabikes has also added the gearless Cnoc 20 to its range, which has been designed for riders around the age of five, who are a little taller than average, yet would prefer a less-complicated set-up without gears.
Additionally to these two new models, the full Islabikes range has benefited from a host of updates.
All models feature various spec improvements, however, the biggest updates come on the Creig and Luath. The Creig now comes with a new narrow/wide aluminium chainring paired to Islabikes’ low Q Factor chainset. This works in conjunction with Sram’s GX 10 speed rear mech.
The Luath (for #dirtydropbargoodness), like the Creig, now goes 1 x 10 for lightweight simplicity. New to the Luath 24 and 26 is Islabikes’ own smaller diameter handlebars which are designed to provide improved grip and shorter reach to the brake levers. 11-36 cassettes also feature.
Rothan, Cnoc and Beinn models have now all upgraded to Islabikes’ newly developed own tyre. Featuring the same multipurpose tread pattern developed for the new Pro Series, they are designed to grip well on grass and light tracks but also offer low rolling resistance to aid smaller riders. Each tyre is sized proportionally to the size of the bike and has 72tpi casing which delivers a suppler ride than many standard tyres. Reflective side walls provide important additional safety and remove the need for spoke reflectors, while puncture protection helps children keep rolling trouble free.
Islabikes has also introduced updates to its frames across the board. Lower bottom bracket heights have further lowered standover heights. Key to this development is the new low Q Factor chainset, first unveiled on the Pro Series.
Lastly, the updated Creig and Luath frames also benefit from better mud clearance achieved by the removal of the chainstay bridge. Islabikes has retained mudguard compatibility on the Luath by developing a new stealth mudguard mount in the rear of the seat tube.
The updated Islabikes range is available to order online now. For more information click here.
If you’re contemplating a family bike ride, why not check out our top tips for family cycling?