Me and my daughter (or should that be my daughter and I) are going to build her first proper mtb bike as a longer term project, she actually asked me to. She has SEN and she's moving up from a 20" hotrock to a 26" wheel size, she previously went form 14" to 20" (10 inch frame) without any issues at all.
I had a quick look, I cant decide whether to get a kids specific (difficult to get just a frame and value for money -expensive), xs frame/ womans frame (difficult to get hold of) or jump/x4 style frame (plentyful and cheapest option, I could have a go too).
What are the pros and cons putting brands and colour aside of the three types of hardtail? Shes looking at developing her skillset and confidence. I know Isla bikes is the flavour of the month... I'm old skool.
But what I ideally want is:
12 , 13 or 14 inch max frame size, geared, qr,
26 inch wheel size - got some already,
a low top tube - more clearance the better for an easy exit,
chain/ bash guard -hopefully iscg compatible to keep the chain in place running 1x8/9 maybe 2x9 later,
disk brake mounts is a must - if its got v brake bosses too thats fine for starters as I might buy some s/h Avid 'v's before moving to disks to aid the transition,
a 1 1/8 headset -I got a pair of newish 100mm forks.
I already have a few bits and to keep want servicing and carrying spares to a min. My thoughts are to get a jump frame and try that out as it may teach her more about control, technique and confidence if that doesnt work I can always swap the frame, I'm just concerned about the geo -the top tube length and head tube angle.
I'm based in NE London, if you have a cheap frame or corrected rigid forks or BB's brakes that fits the bill you can PM or email me to keep this post clear for others to use as guidance in the future.
So whats the wisdom of the crowd? Which type of frame should I look at and why? What are my options?
Thanks, shaun & little rider.