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    Bike Choices for 6 yr old

    Hello all,

    I know little to nothing about road bikes. My youngest has grown up around 5 athletic siblings and has picked up the best from each of them. He is strong in the water, runs well for a 6 year old and is great on him MTB (40 miles rides in the summer are a weekly deal). He wants to step into a coulpe of junior Tris or duathalons as soon as we find ones for his age....

    Stats- My son just turned 6, has a 58 cm inseam and is 52" tall. He averaged 85 miles a week on his MTB last summer (down to 20 miles on the trainer). We did take him to a local shop for fitting and he was well suited for the Specialized Allez with regards to step over, reach to the bars, etc.

    In finding him a road bike for this coming spring, I realize how little we know.... We don't know anyone who can make comparisons on pluses and minuses of any of the below bikes and what might be a good value... Any guidance would be greatlyappreciated.

    Models I could find for youths---

    Specialized Allez Junior Double 24"--Can get for $550 locally
    Pennarola Zircone--Can get for $700 shipped....international They offer a 22" model...I could not find any right ups on Pennarola
    Felt F24--$650 shipped from within US
    Trek KDR 1000 24"--$620 locally
    Argon 18 D-2 24"--$450 shipped..International

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    Faster but still slow slowandsteady's Avatar
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    What components are available on those bikes? You may also want to look at the Pinarello Kui.

    http://www.pinarello.com/main_eng.php
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    Good Bike for a Competitive 6 Yr Old

    Thanks for your thought....I will include the bikes and their equipment below

    Specialized Allez Jr Dbl.$550
    FORK Specialized FACT monocoque carbon fork legs, crown, and steerer with Zertz inserts

    HEADSET Specialized Mindset Plus, 1 1/8" integrated threadless, sealed stainless steel cartridge bearings, carbon 20mm cone with two 5mm alloy spacers

    STEM S-Works FACT carbon stem, magnesium face plate, 31.8mm clamp

    HANDLEBARS S-Works FACT carbon aero handlebar, racing drop, ergo/aero shaping, 31.8mm clamp

    TAPE Body Geometry Bar Phat, cork ribbon w/2.5mm gel padding

    FRONT BRAKE Shimano Dura-Ace

    REAR BRAKE Shimano Dura-Ace

    BRAKE LEVERS Shimano Dura-Ace, 10-speed, STI, flight deck compatible

    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Dura-Ace, 31.8mm clamp, bottom pull

    REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Dura-Ace, short cage

    SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Dura-Ace, 10-speed, STI, flight deck compatible

    CASSETTE Shimano Dura-Ace, 12-27t

    CHAIN Shimano Dura-Ace, 10-speed

    CRANKSET Shimano Dura-Ace, double crankset, Hollowtech II 2-piece design

    CHAINRINGS 53x39T

    BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano Dura-Ace, Hollowtech II

    PEDALS Composite-body test ride pedals

    RIMS Shimano Dura-Ace, sleeve-joint and machined aluminum rim, silver

    FRONT HUB Shimano Dura-Ace, 16 hole, Shimano QR

    REAR HUB Shimano Dura-Ace, 20 hole, aluminum freehub body, Shimano QR

    SPOKES Stainless 14/15g butted aero

    FRONT TIRE Specialized Mondo Pro, 700x23C, aramid bead, 120TPI

    REAR TIRE Specialized Mondo Pro, 700x23C, aramid bead, 120TPI

    TUBES Specialized standard presta tube, 0.9mm thickness

    SADDLE Body Geometry Alias, carbon reinfoced base, hollow titanium rails, microfiber cover

    SEAT POST Specialized Pavé FACT carbon seatpost with Zertz insert, 27.2mm

    SEAT BINDER Specialized, forged/CNC, double wedge


    Pennarole Zircone---$700
    Frame Alum.7005 Double butted Pennarola
    Weight: 1.38 kg
    Fork CR.MO. Pennarola
    Painting Colours: Red or Yellow or Blue
    Rims F.I.R. (Italia) 32 holes
    Spokes Inox ACI (Alpina) Ø2mm
    Inner tubes Cheng Shin (26“)
    Paraniples Vittoria (26”)
    Tires Vittoria Rubino (26”)
    Vittoria Tubolar Juniores (22”/24”)
    Stem Modolo (Italia) MO18
    By choice: sizes 70/90/110
    Handlebar Modolo (Italia) Venus
    By choice : sizes 34/36/38/40
    Tape Cork Pennarola
    Seat post Aluminium Ø27.2
    Saddle Selle Italia Junior
    Bottle Pennarola
    Bottle-cage Aluminium
    Mechanical Group Campagnolo: Xenon & Miche 9v
    Pedals Not included
    Hubs front./rear. Miche 32H
    Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Xenon 9 speed
    Front Derailleur Campagnolo Xenon 9 speed
    Dual control lever Campagnolo Xenon Ergopower
    Crank set Miche 125 35/39 (22”)
    Miche 145 36/42 (24”)
    Miche 165 38/44 (26”)
    Bottom bracket Miche or VP
    Sprokets Miche 17/25 – 9 speed
    Brakes Miche Performance
    Chain Miche 9 speed

    Felt F24---$650
    SIZES 24" Wheel x 40cm
    FRAME Felt F-Lite 7005 Alloy Frame, Butted Main Tubes with Forged Dropout & Replaceable Hanger.
    FORK Carbon blades with 1-1/8" CrMo steerer and Alloy Crown
    HEADSET Aheadset 1-1/8"
    STEM FELT 1.2 6061 Alumnim 3D Forged with 7° Rise, 80cm
    HANDLEBAR Felt Ø26mm 6061 Alloy with Ergonomic Drop, 26.0mm, 370mm
    GRIPS: Felt Gel Ribbon Tape with FELT 3D Logo
    SHIFTERS Shimano, 24 speed
    F/DERAILLEUR Shimano Sora
    R/DERAILLEUR Shimano Sora
    CRANKSET Sugino XD-2200, 2-PC Alloy, 50/38T, 160mm
    BB SET FSA Cartridge with CRMO JIS Spindle
    CHAIN Z8 8-Speed
    FREEWHEEL Shimano 8-Speed Cassette, 12-23T
    BRAKE LEVERS Shimano Sora Dual Control w/Tektro top mount levers
    BRAKES Dual Pivot, Cartridge Brake Shoes, Stainless Hardware and Teflon Bushings
    SADDLE: Felt JR Racing
    SEAT POST FELT Alloy Micro Adjust, 27.0mm, 250mm
    F/HUB Felt sealed alloy QR
    R/HUB Felt sealed alloy QR, cassette, black
    RIMS 24 x 1" Alex w/CNC sides
    TIRE 24 x 1" Kenda Koncept with Flat Protection
    SPOKES Stainless 15G
    PEDALS Dual Pedals, Alloy Clipless One Side Flat other Side

    Argon 18 D-2---$480------Lite on information
    Sunrace Components
    Argon 18 offers small --but real-- racing bikes for small --but real-- budding athletes.

    Geometry, crank length, components, all have been adapted in order to let tomorrow’s champs ride real race bikes today.

    24'' Wheels

    Color and frame Aluminum
    Aluminum
    Weight: 1285g

    Carbon
    Aluminum
    Weight: 472g

    Features Benefits Geometry
    Thermo Tech 1005 Series aluminum frame

    Light and stiff, enhances performance.


    HDS design Optimally balanced rigidity, light weight and comfort. Increased stiffness of frame sections stressed by power transfer.


    AFS design (for 650c or 24’’ wheels) Specially adapted geometry for kids.


    Carbon fork

    Clip-and-strap pedals Require no special shoes.


    Aluminum alloy crankset, stem, handlebar and seatpost

    Reduced weight.
    Cold-forged dropouts with replaceable derailleur hanger

    Repairable in case of accident.

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    Personal preference would be the Specialized or the Felt, but that is mainly because I am very familiar with their adult bikes and the overall quality.

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    I doubt you are really getting all that Dura Ace for $550 on the Specialized. I would bet you have the wrong specs. If true, I am buying one!

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    Are you sure you are getting all Dura Ace on the Specialized???? Dura Ace is top of the line!
    "Ride lots." -- Eddy Merckx

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    Where is this Specialized for sale? If this is for real, I'm going to buy one (or three!) just for the DA bits and throw the frame out by the curb!
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    look for a cycling club with a bunch of juniors. I have heard that clubs like this try to pass bikes around since these kids outgrow them so quick.

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    At the rate kids grow, definately check out the club angle; as for a new purchase, ask him what color he wants.... these things are important to 6 year olds!
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    Thanks for all of the advice. I will digest these and make a move.

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