MTB for a 12yr old?
My son is now 11, and I’ve just got him an XS Rockhopper (from eBay) which is a good size with a shorter lower stem and some narrower and completely flat bars. I also looked at Mykas as they seem very nicely proportioned in XS. The XS Rockhopper as now set up is very similar in size to his Islabikes Beinn 26 S – reach and seat height – but the front end is still a fair bit higher. Hopefully it will last him a while with a few tweaks to bars and stem as he grows.Posted 4 years ago
My nephew needs a new bike, he’s 12, just over 5ft and obviously still growing. I was thinking Isla Bikes Beinn 26 size large but it’ll only last him a year or so at his age.
Any ideas which bike to get with “growing room”?
I think he wants a new bike but I reckon 2nd hand is better, as it’ll only last a few years at bestPosted 4 years ago
My not quite 11 year old (medium height for his age) is easily riding a 14″ Inbred off road with short susp fork and short stem. If your nephew can fit a 16″ then that should last a while.
It is a bit of a lump with fairly hefty frame tubes (presumably so it passes fatigue tests for heavier riders than just kids). So maybe just be careful what parts you fit to avoid it getting too heavy.Posted 4 years agob rMember
I think he wants a new bike but I reckon 2nd hand is better, as it’ll only last a few years at best
Which is at least a year longer than a lot of adults on here keep a bike…
Don’t assume he’ll grow that quick, and you can always just stick a longer seat post in and wider bars on. Or buy 24″ wheels too and run them first.Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
See the pics in my post in that thread…Posted 4 years agoCrellMember
13″ or 14″ Cube (Acid) for my now 11 year old. When I was looking the cubes had the most compact geometry I could find, particularly TT and standover. He’s had it for ~2 years and aside from trimming the bars and fitting a shorter stem, it’s been great (forks are a bit crap – recon coil, air is much better for kids). He’s 1 M 55 ish now and still has lots of growing room.Posted 4 years ago
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