OP. In a word. No.
Sourcing small frames and air forks, machining long cranks to make them short cranks, adapting nonmatching drivetrains by the power of bodge, building light 2cross wheelsets, for road, mtb and cyclocross bikes for 2 growing kids has basically taken over my life. And shed. It never ends. It's awesome.
Any decent kids mountain bikes out there?
OP. In a word. No.
Good resource for kids bikes/components here:
At age 10 a 26" wheeled hardtail with small frame should do nicely, depending on how tall he is.
We started our boys on xs rockhopper frames, really nice ride. Used 14" on one scandal too, but too long in the top tube for kids.
I had no problem with 170 cranks for my 10 year old. Probably not perfect, but then my boys have quite long legs. 13 year old now wears 32" length trousers, they soon grow! My oldest is now on his 3rd 26" wheeled hardtail frame.
My oldest actually outgrew one frame before I built it up! Bought him a knolly xs frame for the alps just after last years trip (when he still used his norco b line 24) , but by the time I got around to building it up he had outgrown it. His little brother loves if though....
Saw a kid on the school run on Monday on a mini Carrera full sus rig. Setup looked pretty tidy and like you could easily chop a few grams off it, also had front and rear disc mounts on the frame and forks.
Get an on one frame they did a small one or a dj frame from anyone an some shorter forks 120mm them some 24 inch wheels an build it with what you want
moniex - don't suppose you still have the norco b line 24 and are planning to sell?
Sorry, sold it a few months ago! Great bikes, but by the time we sold it only the frame was original, everything else was upgraded. The kona stinky 24 was lighter (custom build though), but also smaller. B line 24 comes up very big for a 24" bike....
I'd say check these out:
Bergamont big air tyro
Sadly mine have now outgrown these and are on 26" bikes. The bergamont big air tyro does come up used sometimes in Germany.
moniex - thanks very much for the recommendations, I will check them out. I have also just found a spesh gromhit in sweden and a commencal 24. (Sorry took so long to reply - just found this thread again!)
dan, love the Whyte bike.
There's also Frechdax sold via propan bikes. Various specs but not cheap.
My lad had a carrera blast from being 6/7 on 24" wheels,it was wellodded by the time he'd done with it ,earlier this year I sold it ,he's got an Orange crush now 15",26" wheels I've dropped the forks to 100mm & he loves it,& can ride it !,the little fecker ,a bit too good for a 9 yr old.
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