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  • Bikes for Young Teens
  • paulj1001
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    I have twin lads, 13 in Feb. Good mountain bike riders and currently riding Isla Creig 27 hardtails which have been brilliant bikes. Added dropper posts, decent pedals and proper tyres.

    We ride singletrack in the Peaks, Coed/Bike Park Wales etc and have been abroad riding. They can handle reds no problem and are progressing well. They are about 5ft 1″ and 7 3/4 stone. Strong for their age group and they love their biking so keen to encourage them.

    We are wanting get their next bikes and the thought is a full sus. Have looked at some second hand bikes like Trek Remedy or Whyte T130 of 2-3 years old. I dont mind spending for a decent bike but I am nervous that due to their weight/size a full sus might be heavy and counter productive. Will they get the benefit as one reason the Islas have been so good is their light weight.

    Should I get them a more progressive hardtail rather than a full sus? Would be interested in views and recommendations of possible bikes. Plan is maybe to try to hire one for a day to see but haven’t yet.

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    We went FS.. Starting with a Liv Embolden, then a couple of 15/16 year Specialized enduro/FSR, then moved on from there.

    T-130 is a decent shout though.

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    I got home last night and my 11 year old pointed out he’d just raised his seatpost to its maximum on an XS adult bike. I measured him and he’s grown an inch since August!

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    One of my 11 year old boys has gone from size 8 to 10.5 this year. His cycling and mountain bike shoes have gone through his 41’s (I always/mostly buy almost new off of eBay), my wifes 42’s and then my wide 43’s and now 45’s. Please stop growing!!!

    Dont start me on getting riding kit, mainly shorts. Hillingdon kit is all good, but anything else, mainly shorts are the issue. Problem is very long legs no bum… Youths all to short, XS/S adult assume big ar$e

    Both this twin and more normal sized brother are on used Orange Zest 26’s which have been amazing. Now looking for a good 27.5 HT, I think I have found one he will love. I will post a update tomorrow if it works out…

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