24 Inch bikes for kids. Suggestions?

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  • messiah
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    Genesis Core 24… looked awesome in Bothy Bikes a few weeks ago… but nae cheap 👿

    reedspeed
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    My lads got a Carrera blast,with formula brakes & hope discs,I’ve also changed the twist grips to thumb shifters & swapped the tyres,my thinking is it’ll do him till he’s about 11,he’s 7 now !..

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    Offspring #01 is starting to outgrow his Bein 20. Islabikes will not ship international so they tell me. Which is a shame as as Bein 24 was first choice.

    Looked so far at Giant which seemed awfully heavy.
    Should be passing a CUBE dealer on the way to work so may pop in to see their offering as it looks the part and the price would suggest it may be lighter/ more fit for purpose.

    Anyone got any suggestions of what to look at? Happy to pay Islabikes Bein 24 money.

    Premier Icon johnikgriff
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    2nd the Genesis Core 24. Had an Islebile Benin 20 before (now his sisters) great bike and looked at the 24 but didn’t have a front chainring, disk brakes or suspension forks. Had a good look round and was pretty disappointed with what I saw compared to the Isla, until a friend who works in a local bike shop phoned to say they had a Core. Very very please, he has only had it 2 weeks and he has come on leaps and bounds.

    Tweak Cycles had them on offer last week.

    Premier Icon Nobby
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    My lad’s Spesh A1 FS was a great bike – only sold it last week.

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    Get someone on here to ship a Beinn 24 to you?

    Premier Icon alexpalacefan
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    Can you get Dawes? I use a fleet of Dawes Phantoms to teach with, great bikes.

    APF

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    Scott Scale or Voltage available in 24″. Spesh Hotrock, Trek MT220?

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    Stinky 24?

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    Ah that Genesis looks the part. Not sure on the price tag though!
    A bit of interwebbing tells me that “most”of the bikes from the big brands weigh in at about 12 kilos 😯
    Are some bouncy forks and a chance of discs worth the extra 3-4 kilos over the Islabike? I can’t see that they are.
    Am I just a bad Dad who is buying what I think he needs. Paying no interest in what he may “want”?

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    We’ve had a few Specialized Hotrocks here. My 11yr old girl has a Scott Scale junior (24).

    All recommended. Light. Well built. Good residual value.

    ianv
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    The Isla bike is only worth the weight saving if it will be ridden relatively sedately. If your son likes to ride downhill or to jump then it is not the best option ime. The lightweight comes at the expense of solidity. The forks on many of the 24 inch bikes may not be great but they do make a massive difference on rough terrain. For general mucking about, the Scott voltage has probably the best geometry (it’s like a mini chameleon) and is pretty tough. It can also take a decent fork if you want to upgrade it.

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    The point on forks is valid, but I wouldn’t say that the Islabike isn’t solid. The one my son has got is noticeably better built than the Trek the lad next door has – Beinn 20 in our case.

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    He is starting to get some confidence and beginning to get wheels of the ground/ride at speed.
    Small for his age 9 hence just getting bit enough for the 20″.

    Currently thinking Scott Scale and Cube with the outside bet of a Spesh in the mix too.

    Time to get round the local shops and see what they are like up close.

    tinsy
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    Pop into a Halfords to compare the big brands to the Carrera, when I was looking the Carrera nudged it really but got rejected on colour, we bought a Felt, it was OK but loads heavier than the Carrera.

    Might be worth measuring some old 80mm SID’s AC height for an inexpensive set of light forks.

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    Tinsy – just what I was thinking. The Beinn 24 (unlike the 20) has a 1 1/8 headset, meaning a good selection of lightweight 26″ forks will fit. Knock the travel down by 20mm and you’ve got a 10kg bike with slightly slacker handling that ought to work very nicely.

    The downside is to get the brakes to work you may have to factor in a disc brake, disc hub and wheel rebuild.

    But you get to take them with you for the next bike up when your youngster grows again.

    Or hand it down to the next junior shredder in your family.

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    No Halfords here in Aus I am afraid.
    This is really getting to me now. I may have to pop the little wretch on the rack and stretch him till a 26″wheel bike will fit. I would think I could cobble together a far better bike from the spares cupboard than can be bought for a 24″and a lot cheaper to boot!

    Any left field suggestions?

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    You know what. I would think Brant is missing a trick or two here. Little carbon frames with the option of rigid carbon or 100mm suspension. All in house finishing kit. Must be able to make something light and better value than the big players.
    Would they sell? I would think he would be able to shift many multiples the number of fatbikes.

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    Small 26″ disc frame running 24″ wheels, DH stem, inline post and short cranks. Upsize the components as he grows.

    Left field enough?

    I think mamadirt is the expert on tiny frames.

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    More left field…
    http://lilshredder.com/

    Possibly a little small.

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    IGM. I like it. Just not the price tag.

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    I had thought about a really small 26er frame but not thought about 24 inch wheels. I think he will still be too small though.
    Only just getting into the bracket for off the shelf 24 inch.

    ianv
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    He is starting to get some confidence and beginning to get wheels of the ground/ride at speed

    Go with the scott voltage and eventually stick a decent air fork on it.

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    To check, try him on a 26″ bike with no air in the tyres / tyres off. This will approximate to a 26″ frame and 24″ wheels. Though clearly he can’t actually ride it like that it will allow stand over and reach checking.

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    That Dale looks the business. One of mine has a Lefty so that would make him feel special. Can’t seem to find anymore information on it though.

    The 26er thing is dead in the water. his inside leg is only 58cm.

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    One of our customers this year had a ridgeback that was lightish and reasonably well equipped. Can you get them in Aus?

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    That Ridgeback weighs in at 27lbs.
    That really is a bit on the “sturdy”side.

    b r
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    Don’t make the mistake of buying a bike that he’ll grow into, you’ll only put him off.

    My son went from a 20″ Raleigh to a Trek MT220, works well and was very adjustable and not too heavy – when older I got him a Norco B-Line (24″ DH/Freeride).

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    My 2p worth, I put a longer seatpost a longer stem and slightly wider riser handlebars on my sons Beinn 20. It looks the dogs and did him an extra 18 months.

    luke
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    Same boat my 9yr old lad has just outgrown his 20 inch Ridgeback and so looking for something bigger, that Cannondale looks lovely but I couldn’t see it on the UK site, bloody typical.
    The Genesis is nice and I reckon my little man would love it but it’s a lot of money.

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    Just found a GT Zaskar 24. Bit over budget but have an iron in the fire. The Dale is not in stock till late november.

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    Trigger pulled on a Zaskar 24.

    Should arrive sometime this week and I shall report back on the findings. Had to order it blind as none of the wretched shops would get anything in without a deposit. Fair enough I suppose as they could well get lumbered with something they had little chance of moving on easily.

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