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Old 04-08-09, 12:47 PM   #1
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Lightweight Bike for a 5 year old?

I'm looking for a lightweight bike for my 5 year old son. He has gotten really good on his 12" but now that he is around 3' 5" or so I'd like to get him a bike that he can go faster on. Lots of the department store bikes seem way to heavy so I'm looking for something lighter. Any suggestions? $60 - $200 range.

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Hit some bike shops and see if they have micro bmx bikes. Not sure you are going to find a light one for $200 or under unless you can find a used one. In bikes, going light costs money, generally.

An 09 Redline Flight Micro weighs less than 13 lb, but costs over $600

https://www.jrbicycles.com/storefron...productId=2482
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that is an awesome bike but way out of my price range, how about the Redline MX16? anyone know how heavy that bike is?
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This shows the MX16 at 35 lbs. https://www.derbybicyclecenter.com/s...-BOYS-BMX.html

I have a Specialized HotRock 16, a Haro Backtrail and a Redline Mico Mini for my boys. The Redline micro is half the weight of the other bikes.
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I highly doubt that MX16 weighs anywhere near 35 lbs.
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I'd say the best bet is the Specialized Hotrock from what i've looked at.
I just got a 16" for my sone (he's still small for it). It has real components, an alum alloy frame and alloy wheels to keep the weight down.

BTW - I have a 20" Hotrock for sale but I'm in Socal and not sure you are looking for something used.
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Thanks a ton we went to a LBS and looked at the Specialized Hotrock 16 last night, it is pretty nice! The one thing I didn't like about it is that there is no mounting holes for a rear break, so we'd be stuck with the coaster break on that frame. Other than that I thought the weight was nice for the price, from somewhere I read the hotrock 16 is right around 20lbs .. and a lot of the other 16" kids BMX are in the 25 - 30 lbs range so right now the hotrock is at the top of my list if I don't find something better.
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Old 04-10-09, 11:35 AM   #8
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Haro makes a few nice 16"ers as well. They are a little over the $200 mark, but they're pretty good for a 16" bike. The first one is about 28 lbs., but you could shed about 4-5 pounds by taking the pegs and front brakes off.

Down at the bottom of this page.

Also this one. Go to bottom.

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Specialized must have changed the Hot Rock 16, as I installed a hand brake on my son's bike that we bought in 2005 or 2006.



I would not be too concerned about weight at this point if you are not racing. My 4 year old, who is under 40 lb. in that picture, has absolutely no problems with the Hot Rock 16.
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Wait what kind of bike are you looking for? A BMX freestyle, a BMX racing, or MTB?
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Just for reference, here is a picture of the 4 year old with the HotRock16 and the 7 year old with the Redline MicroMini. I think you will be happy with a 16.

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Wait what kind of bike are you looking for? A BMX freestyle, a BMX racing, or MTB?
well he likes riding fast, doing tricks and off roading ... but hey he is only 5 ... I kinda see his need as the following:

- bmx freestyle bike
- dirt jump bike
- single speed kids road bike
- single speed mountain bike

basically he is 5 and thinks of something new to try on his 12" everyday but with short cranks and 12" wheels he can only go so fast on that thing.
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thanks so much Isharr for the pictures, they help a lot. I'm pretty sure there was no place for brakes on the hotrock we looked at but I guess I need to go look again and make sure. He likes coaster brakes anyhow .. I just think it would be nice for him to learn a hand brake too.
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I looked at the Hotrock on the Specialized website and it was a 16" MTB. That's why I was wondering. And just saying, does he really need to learn how to use a handbrake at that age? Unless he's racing and needs to that's one thing. I didn't learn how to use a handbrake until I was probably 8 and I'm fine now. I don't want to sound ignorant, just wondering.
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The Redline proline pitboss is a very cool 16" race/pit bike. super light and 16" will be easy for a 5 year old to ride.
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