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Old 09-30-07, 10:57 PM   #1
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Nice bikes for the kids?

I'm thinking about a build for a couple of young kids. I know that there are a few decent kids bikes out there, but a scant few that would be race worthy.

Scott makes the Spark and Scale with an impressive build.
Specialized makes the Hotrock 24" FSR, I know...could be a decent foundation.
I like the fact that you can get 152mm triple on one of Specialized's girly bikes.
I've seen some dinky little BMX'ers that are actually the right size for a kid, but I want somthing that they could do some XC racing on.

How 'bout other light and proportionate frames/forks/components? Any others that y'all recall?
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I had my son riding/racing on a 24" wheeled Performance bike back in about '95, and I know things have changed a lot since then. Rigid fork so he certainly learned to pick his lines. I WAS able to build wheels and find 24" tires, not easy, tho. Of course the thing about the 24"wheels or smaller is that they don't roll/roll over as well as full size. And of course, no more than about two years or so and they're up to a bigger bike.
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Old 10-01-07, 04:35 AM   #3
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get them something to last, since they will need a 26'er in the next couple years. ive seen 24" in the freeride category (with the 26'ers), which looked kinda funny, but never XC. good luck
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get them something to last, since they will need a 26'er in the next couple years.
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It looks like Kona makes some good childrens bikes. My little bro got a Trek Mt. 220. I dont think its race worthy but its a good bike for his age.
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I have recently gone through the pain of buying a 24 inch wheel bike for my 8 year old son and spent a lot of time shopping and trying to decide what he was actually going to use the thing for. He has been racing BMX for a few years and loves the dirt jumps and skate parks plus we don't have a lot of XC riding in our area so we were looking for a more downhill/dirt jump style bike.

I really like the specs on the Scott bikes you mentioned but haven't actually seen one as they seem to have a small presence in Western Canada.
Here is a list of bikes we looked at that you may want to check out.
Giant STP 125
Fisher PreCaliber 24
Fisher Opie 24
Kona Stuff 2-4 this was high on our list
Rocky Mountain Soul24 - this is a really nice little bike that I would have bought had I not found a better deal. The Rocky Mountain website shows a 14 inch as the smallest size but it fits smaller than the measurements would suggest.

We ended up picking up a slightly used Norco Kompressor (literally 6 rides), certainly not an XC race bike but ideal for where we ride. I have to keep the thing under wraps for 4 months until his 9th birthday, that will give me some time to find and install some lighter parts on the thing (the current tires weigh 3 pounds a piece!)

Depending on how big the kids are you may also want to consider some of the small 26 inch wheel bikes. I found one that on paper fit but couldn't actually find one in a store. It was a Devinci Cameleon and it came in an XXS size.
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