24 Inch bikes for kids. Suggestions?
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.Posted 5 years agojohnikgriffSubscriber
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.Posted 5 years ago
Ah that Genesis looks the part. Not sure on the price tag though!Posted 5 years ago
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”?ianvMember
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.Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years agotinsyMember
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.Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years ago
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?Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years ago
Would they sell? I would think he would be able to shift many multiples the number of fatbikes.lukeMember
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.Posted 5 years ago
The Genesis is nice and I reckon my little man would love it but it’s a lot of money.
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.Posted 5 years ago
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