Talk to me about kids bikes
We bought a Pinnacle Kauri for my daughter who is only 135cm. It’s a 26er but made like a small adult 29er, so the standover etch is much lower. But there’s plenty of room to grow. It’s a very nice bike too, but rigid only.
Does he need suspension? Depends how he wants to ride.Posted 5 months agoandy4dSubscriber
I have read various threads on here about kids bikes, which have helped so thanks. I am still unsure what to get my youngest though.
He will be 10 soon and is 147cm so seems to fall between 24″ (seem to go up to 145/150 cm)and 26″ (seem to be from 150/155cm) wheel sizes. I have had him on a few 24″ bikes and they look fine but i feel they have little room to grow. Trouble is I can’t find any xs 26″ bikes for him to sit on so not sure if they will be too big. Any thoughts/experiences
He wants to start coming to the trail centre with me but not sure if he will love it or stick with it so thinking of going second hand in case he hates it (but not ruling out new).
Also do kids need a suspension fork or is it just excess weight, similarly are disc brakes overkill or needed.Posted 5 months ago
Looked at the usual vodoos/ carrera in Halfords and seen nice looking used felt, cube and trek.
Sorry for long post…its a minefield
Our 6 year old does trail centres on a rigid 20” bike with a little help.
We rented a full suss bike for the Alps though.
Our older one had both rigid and full suss at 8. At UK trail centres he only rode the rigid though.
You don’t need suspension – it can help but equally the weight can hinder.Posted 5 months agoJolly Green GiantMember
My daughter is 10 and 5ft 1. She has outgrown her trek mt220 24 and moved up to her sisters S 26″ Schwinn. An XS 26 would be better but she doesn’t ride that much to justify getting one and she is undergoing a bit of a growth spurt so would soon outgrow it.Posted 5 months agoSplash-manMember
In my experience it seems as if 24″ wheels get out grown fairly rapidly.Posted 5 months ago
Both my boys moved from 20″ to 26″ wheels. They went directly to a 16″ frame.
The benefits of going with a 26″ wheel frame is that you can easily change frames and components are all of the readily available and generally cheap second hand if wanted.
Mine both had front suspension but I changed out things like stock handle bars and seat posts as these are generally made from solid scaffold poles.
I had disk brakes on the kids bike but purely because that was what I had available in terms of wheels.jamj1974Subscriber
If you are anywhere near the West Midlands we have an XS Canyon you could try. It’s 650b – but I don’t think that makes a lot of difference.
I’ve swapped the stem for a shorter model and moved the controls a little inboard – and with those mods it fits my son who is 142cm.Posted 5 months ago
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