Help please STW Massive – Suspension forks for 20" wheels
My eldest lad is 6 and is really enjoying mountain biking. Quite a lot of the riding I do with him is on quite rocky / rough descents so he could do with a pair of forks that actually work. Does anyone know of any proper forks that would take a 20″ wheel? Perhaps air sprung so they can be set soft enough? A few inches of plush travel is all thats needed, rather than an elastomer that hardly moves.
All suggestions welcome, thanks!Posted 6 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
White Bros – theres a pair that keep on popping up on eBay but they’re wanting about £300 or something stupid. Sounds daft but it might be worth getting some dirt cheap things new off eBay (loads of them to choose from for about £20) and then modding the internals – getting some super soft elastomers and stuff.
Or, if you want to go mad:
Posted 6 years ago
Oh that BMW is fantastic isn’t it? I’d get but I don’t want to turn my child into a spoilt brat!
Big tyre run soft and modding are good ideas, I’ll look into bigger volumes tyres for sure as its a hardtail that he rides anyway. Perhaps I could swap out the elastomer for a soft spring or dril some small holes in the elastomer to give a bit more inital compliance?
Hmmm! Sounds fun….Posted 6 years agojivehoneyjiveMember
You could build a 20″ rim on an mtb hub and lower some air forks using travel spacers to give 60-80mm travel, or get some 150mm forks and a head angle slacker than a travellers bowels ready for Champery 2024.
Or as with the brooklyn, get some Marzocchi or similar with removable crown and flip the crown and steerer, or use boxxer crowns on 32mm forks of your choice.Posted 6 years agowwaswasSubscriber
that’s going to be an awful lot of extra weight for him to be trying to hoik up over obstacles, though.
most kids that age are so light their bikes tend to just float across stuff anyway, maybe a set of these carbon for 20″ wheel forks would give some spring without weight;Posted 6 years agorootes1Member
in recumbent land there are a few 20″ wheel forks..
Posted 6 years agomoniexMember
I would have thought a 6 year old would fit a 24 inch wheeled bike with a small frame easily, unless he is extremely small. Kids grow quick so I would not bother with all the mods etc, look for a nice 24″ bike. My youngest is 8 and has now just gone up to 26″ wheels and he is so much more confident.
We alo own a norco b line with 24″ wheels, but the fame is quite big and my 10 yr old rides this in he alps eventhough he rides a 26″ hardtail.
We also owned a hotrock a1 FS and a hotrock a1 FSR, both good. The FSR has a tiny 12.5 inch frame and should fit your son. Full Susser that actually works for litte ones. Look out for a used hotrock with RST forks, these worked great, the sr suntour ones fitted to the newer bikes are a bit rubbish unless your son weighs 10 stone. We used both….
Look for a used FSR if you do a lot of descending, I think they have now been discontinued by spesh so hard to get hold of. We just sold ours when my 8 yr old moved up to 26″.
Good luck.Posted 6 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
I take its probably a quill stem on your sons bike? Not sure if its of interest but I have some 2002 MXCs that are in the classifieds for £35 posted. They’re obvously for 26″ but only 80mm travel and a short steerer (hence the price!) but coupled with a flat bar and a lower rise stem your lad will have Ragley-esque geometry and forks that are dead easy to setup really soft (air/oil).Posted 6 years ago
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