- Kids mtb
Have a look at Saracen and Commencal.
Check the spec on the Vitus but I think the seatpost is 27.2mm which makes dropper post upgrade slightly more problematic.
Saracen Mantra 2.6 https://www.saracen.co.uk/bike/mantra-26
Commencal Meta HT Junior https://www.commencal-store.co.uk/meta-ht-junior-2019-c2x26307506Posted 4 months agofunkynickSubscriber
My littl’un went from a 24″ Islabike up to a 26″ Frog 69 MTB when he was about 8 1/2… his riding was pretty good before but it really helped him improve… plus he’d been nagging for ages to get s’pension forks!
Anyway, the Frog has been brilliant, so would definitely recommend, although as pointed out above, it is 27.2 seat post and 1 1/8th straight head tube if you are planning on doing any serious upgrading…
But by ‘eck is he growing up fast… it’s only been about 9 months since we bought it, and it was a teensy bit too big for him then, but it already looks like he’s got about half the seat post showing… I can see the questions starting soon about a new one already!!!
As for any other bikes, just thinking about what bikes turn up at the kids bike skills… the Whyte kids bikes are really nice in the flesh… not seen the Saracen or Virus… a couple of the kids are on nice Orbea bikes, but they might be 24″ now I think about it…Posted 4 months agoDickBartonMember
Also have the Frog 69 MTB…I’m going to change the chainset as the 140mm cranks aren’t long enough. Long legs and I can see a struggle where others are sailing up stuff (shorter kids with longer cranks and same gearing).Posted 4 months ago
Also stuck a dropper on that I had not being used…that also transformed the stuff being tackled.
It’ll be a fs next but hopefully in another 2 years!bartimaeusMember
I’m pretty sure the Nucleus 26 has the same internal cable routing as the adult Nucleus and the Sentier (looks like it from the pics), so you can fit one of these:Posted 3 months agofranksinatraMember
I’m about to hit the order button on a Voodoo Nzumbi for my 9 year old. He’s not quite ready for 27.5in wheels yet as slightly small for his age. I don’t want to spend a fortune as he will need to move bikes again within a couple of years. Halfords doing 20% trade in at the moment on scooters or bikes so I have dug out an old scooter from behind the shed and that will bring price down to £320. Seems a bargain to mePosted 3 months agonatrixMember
I’ve just got a Hoy Bonaly 26″, it doesn’t have suspension but as he’s quite light I’m not convinced that my son needs it. The lack of suspension keeps the weight down – 10.2kg including pedals
To some extent it depends on what type of riding they do.Posted 3 months agofunkynickSubscriber
The suspension thing can be tricky… in the end it really depends on what sort of trails they are riding…
I resisted getting my littl’un suspension for as long as I could… but considering some of the stuff he was able to ride at the time I decided that it would be worthwhile. Which is how we ended up with the Frog, as their forks are able to be set up for kids weights.
And it’s actually made a huge difference in his ability and confidence in what he can ride now…Posted 3 months ago
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