If I had a son, and he wanted to come riding, and I could afford it. Yes. The end.
Who would spend upward of £600 on a kids bike?
A decent bike will still retain a resale value once your child has outgrown it, so the year-on-year cost might end up less than buying a complete shitter and binning it after a couple of years.
I am ordering an Islabike for my 4yr old tomorrow and my 7 year old got a Specialized Hotrock 20 for his last birthday. I would easily spend £600+ on a decent bike for my kids if I thought it would make them better riders. Both my kids have Honda dirt bikes and they were just under £1k each. Some crazy dad's spend £4000+ on 50cc KTM's for their kids before the kids can walk! There is definitely a market as long as the bikes are quality and work for the kids.
My son got a XS Turner XCE when he was 7. Fitted it with 60mm stem, 165mm cranks, reversed post to shorten the reach & 24" wheels - he was fine. Now he's 13 and has an inline post & 26" wheels, and there's plenty of room for further growth.
My daughter got a 14" Explosif when she was 7 - same idea as above, but with shorter (cheapo) 152mm cranks. Worked a treat. She's move up to 26" wheels too now.
Both bikes have been properly ridden (proper hills, Thetford, Dalby, Chicksands etc.) and are still fine - not trashed or abused in any way.
OK, so it is not a MTB... but proof that some people spend crazy amounts on kids bikes.
This is full customs with Lightweight 650c wheels, Dura Ace Di2 and loads of other exotic kit. 5 figure price for sure.
The point I was making re lightweight full sus is that the Norcos and the Konas are HEAVY with unsuited coil suspension. Kids are light and therefore do not need something to be so overbuilt, which could translate into a much lighter but just as capable full suspension bike.
And if this was possible, is there much of a market? There are kids MX there are kids moto trials bikes so why not some decent mountain bikes?
The forks do seem to be a sticking point though. Tyres less so as Maxxis make some decent 20 and 24 inch ones.
On a previous kids bikes thread on here someone posted the coolest picture of a 6 year old girl riding in the alps on a Specialized fulls susser with 20" wheels - not available in UK.
My kids have got Specialized, Rigeback and Giant bikes - the giant is pig heavy though and has persuaded me that perhaps an Islabike would be far better.
ToysAlways happy to oblige
GW you have really got on my tits here
I have you on my hit list as someone to shoot down at every opportunityYou must be a pretty shit aim then, maybe you should go for an eye test? :/
You must be a pretty shit aim then, maybe you should go for an eye test? :/
True, but I also haven't been hunting in your frequent pastures recently. After this thread I am slightly revising my hit list.
Farticus - a Tuner at 7? I'm jealous!
I wouldnt spend that amount until they were in their mid teens. That isn't because im a cheap bastard, nor is it beause i wouldnt want the best of them it is just a different philosophy to parenting.
Looking at my own childhood the most fun years i have ever had on bikes was spent riding a rigid appolo from halfords. No doubt it would be considered utter crap now but it is still my favourite bike ever and played its part of some great childhood adventures like jousting on bikes with bamboo canes as the lance, doing ghosties off the back, or cycling out to the countryside away from the city, or being the first to ride over to the other side of the river at the ford without falling in (a feat which i imagine the kids of today still talk about) or racing through the woods to set up a guerilla ambush against the invasion by the Russians or Germans. Would not have had anymore fun doing this than had i been riding some pimped out quality bike and i hope any kids i have can experience this uncomplicated fun too.
If I had 3 boys to pass the bike down to, then I'd probably consider it. (although not at the moment as I'm skint).
Personally I'd be looking for something like the Islabikes Beinn 24 in terms of quality and lightweight build, but with full sus.
As it is, the Beinn with fatter tyres is pretty good.
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