- Any decent kids mountain bikes out there?
Chris85 – my kids have had Islabikes right the way through until my daughter got a much more expensive pony. Although the first one you buy is a hard hit on your pocket, the second hand value is so high, the cost per year is probably lower than many cheaper options.
I could eulogise about the fit, the kiddie friendly brake levers, sensible gearing etc but a quick search will get you lots of people doing that. It’s an investment you won’t regret as your son will want to bike with you as his bike will work uphill as well as down.
Good luckPosted 3 years agodarrenspinkSubscriber
Grand and half mind you.Posted 3 years agoDavePSubscriber
Depends what you want to do with it.
My sons had Kona Stinky (full sus, very strong, quite heavy, slightly rubbish front forks). Other son had Marin Bayview Trail SE – really nice, light, rubbish fork (replaced with air fox – secondhand – running almost no pressure). both used in the alps.Posted 3 years ago
my boy (9)has a carrera blast thats been upgraded. Isla bikes are light and decent spec but a lot of money if they don’t take any interest in it. there are full sus bikes like mentioned above but again very expensive. The kona is probably the best of the bunch, the commie is a DH bike and very heavy.
Lewis’s carrera blast 22.78lb
Posted 3 years agoTraceySubscriber
Abigale was on a small Giant Reign at 10 and Katie on a extra small Giant Trance built from second hand parts and frames mainly off here. Decent builds and air forks can be done on a very tight budget and then the frames can be sold on as they out grow them and the old bits put on a bigger frame. It all depends what they want to do with it but ours had to be built to do everything that we rode including two weeks in Verbier every yearPosted 3 years agogriffiths1000Member
Kona Shred 24. Bought new for my son now my daughter has it but just about outgrown so will be looking for a new home soon.
Upgraded parts: Bomber air forks, 9sp deore gears, cane creek lock on grips, dmr v8 pedals, Deore lx rear mech.Posted 3 years ago
Everything else as standard spec.globaltiMember
At the age of ten they don’t need suspension; they are not going to ride down a mountain. Suspension doubles the weight of the bike and kids that size don’t have the weight to make it work properly anyway. Do him and your pocket a favour and buy him an Islabike, then sell it for almost the same money when he outgrows it.
The Bheinn 26″ comes in small or large size, it’s a superb bike and rides beautifully:Posted 3 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
I disagree on the suspension thing. We bought good, old air forks off retro bike (Marzocchi x-fly, Manitou Mars and a Fox Talas32), and fitted them to an Islabike Beinn 26, a Trek 4300 and Specialized Hotrock WSD. Thes forks work, and they are pretty much the same weight as the Islabike steel forks.
All our lads have been on theses since about 9 yeas old.Posted 3 years agoadrenalindaddyMember
Build your own and get your son/daughter involved, they’ll have more of an attachment and learn something too.
I started both my kids on Scott voltage Jnr 20’s which they rode in the alps but I did upgrade to disc brakes and 9 speed gearing, now I’m moving them over to small sized adult frames (2nd hand) but I’ve built up the wheels to 24″ and shortened the cranks so they’ve got ground clearance. They’re running some nice kit, but it will last and follow an upgrade path, rather than paying for some compromised kids bike every other year.
CheersPosted 3 years agoMbnutMember
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Poah tell me more about you son’s bike please, it looks really good.
Have you changed the hubs so that the rear has a proper freehub? Also did you change the forks?
forks – RST F1RST air 24Posted 3 years ago
Brakes – avid elixir 3 160mm rotors
Crank – Thorn 150mm + RF NW 30t
Pedals – DH sport direct from china
Chain – KMC X10 93
cassette – XT 10sp
Rmech – SLX shadow + medium
shifter – zee 10sp
Wheels – superstar switch evo (rebadged Novatec D881SB front and D882SB) laced to Alex ACE 20 rims with sapim race DB spokes. titanium QRs
tyres – schwalbe rocker ron set up tubeless
saddle/seatpost – SDG bel air & Kore T-Rail post
bar – eXotic Scandium Riser Handlebar 620mm
stem – standard
grips – uberbike lockonsjonathanSubscriber
That’s the nicest Carrera I’ve ever seen 🙂
Definitely build your own – you get want you want then, rather than having to make compromises where you don’t want to. Finished this earlier in the year for my 9 year old:
Thinking about some Thorn cranks for it as the Raceface ones are a bit long I think.Posted 3 years agonreMember
Thanks for the links poah – gives me some good ideas for my daughters Carrera Luna. Already has a set of RST XMO forks (1.5 lb saved in one hit) and lighter tyres, but your articles on the blog are very useful!
Can I ask for the contact at Alex rims? Been looking for a way to get hold of some ACE20s for a while…Posted 3 years agojonathanSubscriber
Poah – useful blog on the cranks. Those RF ones are 165 and were a bargain etc, but probably are at least 10mm too long for him. At least if I get some Thorns now I’ve got the rings and bash to fit.
Frame is an old Kona stuff which was a bad ebay buy (needed welding), fork is fancy cut down Pace things (lightweight coil, adjustable travel). Shifters and mechs are old XTR/XT 9sp stuff I had knocking about. Wheels are Spank Tweettweet rims on SLX hubs. Deore brakes – cos shimano levers are the best for little hands I think. Funn Enduro stem and Answer bars, Raceface Deus XC post (in stupid 27.0 size), silly light San Marco Saddle and Schwalbe mow joe tyres. He loves it 🙂Posted 3 years agojohnj2000Member
24inch Cube Race for my daughter. Got it at age 7 and she turns 10 in a couple of weeks and loves it. Good thing is that it’s unisex in colour so it can go to my son next year when daughter moves to a 26, she can ride my small 26 with the seat right down now 🙁 they grow up so fast,Posted 3 years agodazzydwMember
OP. In a word. No.Posted 3 years ago
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.
Good resource for kids bikes/components here:Posted 3 years agomoniexMember
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….
SimonePosted 3 years ago
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