BMX - 2008 Hoffman Dekko AL
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04-15-10, 12:34 PM
I am looking for a BMX bike for my 8-year-old grandson. I expect he will ride the bike in our neighborhood and at a local bike park when he visits during the summer. I am considering a "like new" Hoffman Dekko AL that I can get for less than $300. Is this a good bike? I would like to buy something that will last several years.
04-16-10, 02:58 PM
8yr old? is he going to fit a 20 inch? no need for pegs, gyro and stuff, to heavy. 300 or less leaves a lot of room. I used to like Hoffmans, but I havent seen the new stuff. getting the bike to last years wont be to much of a problem, getting him to fit it for years probably will be trouble tho.
at 8yrs old Id prolly get him a 16 inch, and let him run that until hes 11-12 and then get him a 20 inch, heres my suggestion.
Yes, an 8 year old will fit on a 20 just fine. My son and his friends were riding 20s at age 7. I think a Hoffman of any type will be fine for an 8 year old. My 8 year old has a Haro and a Redline, the Haro was bought used for $80 and the Redline was gifted to him but took a little over $100 in parts to get ridable.
As the father of an 8 year old and a 5 year old, I have been through the progession from 12" to 16" to 20". At around 6 years old or so, a 16 is just too small. Top tube is too short. Remember these boys are just riding the bikes in most cases, sitting on the saddle.
Here is a shot of my son on the Redline taken last year. As you can see, his knees are still coming up pretty high.
04-16-10, 05:10 PM
ya I guess I goofed there, my 8 year old son still rides a 16, but I never thought about short 20's, well then Id still go with a redline...
funny about the knee thing, my 10 year old daughter rides a 24 and her knees are still to high...
04-16-10, 07:48 PM
Thanks for the responses! I found I could buy a new in-the-box 2008 Hoffman Dekko AL for $270 and decided that was a no-brainer for a new bike with a 100% Chromoly frame. Hope my grandson likes it. :)
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