First bike with pedals – Islabikes cnoc14 or…
I went for a cnoc 14″ for my daughter when she was 3…. great choice and picked up pedaling very quickly
Superb kids bike. I disconnected the front brake 🙂
I think the 16″ might have set her back a bit on the confidence side.
Easy to sell when they grow out of it.
Good luckPosted 7 years agoTonyLSubscriber
My little boy got a conc16 when he was 3 and he loved it worth the extra cash. Sold it on the classifieds here a month or so back for £80 so it kept its value really well. Lots of people were after buying it. My son has now moved on to BMX entered his first race last Sunday aged 5, Im sure the Islabike has helped him build the confidence to do this. I’ll be getting him another fairly soon once I can convince the wife his intense bmx micro mini is only really suitable for the bmx track.Posted 7 years agojulianwilsonMember
islabikes are well nicely made and come excellently set up to boot. At first I balked at the cost of my boy’s 16″ one, and then had a word with myself and thought about there being flat pedals out there that cost a whisker more than his whole bike! So we upgraded to proper conti explorers on it too. 8)
It is far more confidence inspiring than his big sister’s appollo which is the same size wheels-wise, but weighs twice as much, is much harder to pedal and has crap brakes that are very hard for small hands to pull.
Good resale value too.Posted 7 years agogeoffjSubscriber
I probably sound like a stuck record with this, but I think the specialized and ridgeback alternatives are as good as the isla offerings. Its about weight and size of controls and both these 2 seem to have it right.
Ours have gone/are going
Ridgeback Scoot > Hotrock 12 > Ridgeback MX 16 > Hotrock 20
I’m currently trying to work out what’s next.Posted 7 years agoslowclimbMember
I got my little boy (5) a Cnoc 14 for Christmas last year, absolutely brilliant bike. It has improved his riding amazingly, they are just perfect for kids – brakes they can actually pull, correct length top tubes..they look cool! He can get round the Glentress Blue and Green on it no bother. I cant see me getting him any other brand until he is big enough to buy his own to be honest. To contrast that my daughter (8) got a Kona Hula, she wanted one as all her mates were getting one. Too heavy, brakes too hard to pull, suspension forks which dont really work as there isnt enough of her to get them reacting. Dont get me wrong Kona are decent enough bikes but for kids I wouldnt get anything apart from Isla again, the fact they seem to hold their value is good too. I think Isla even do a trade in scheme but I reckon you get more selling privatelyPosted 7 years agoandyflaSubscriber
I would say go with the cnoc 14, the 16 is a big size jump from the rothan, my boy was at the top of the seatpost of the rothan but still only just fitted onto the cnoc, so I would have thought the 16 would be way to big.
Excellently made, really impressed, I can even ride it …….Posted 7 years agomessiahMember
Bought my eldest a Townsend Alligator 12″ Wheel Boys Bike for £50 when he was 3 – it’s been fine for him and at 5 he is now moving up to a Ridgeback MX16.
The Alligator is moving down the line to his 3 year old brother and he is loving it… but when we bought the MX16 he sat on an MX14 and it would have been better than the Alligator.
I like the Ridgeback’s.Posted 7 years ago
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