which is best for 9 yr old - 24" or 26" wheels?
Hi all, can I get some advice?
I want to get a new MB for my son, who'll be 9 soon. He's quite tall.
He has outgrown his 20" wheeler, and is using my wife's old 1994 Giant ATX 870 with 26" wheels and a 16" frame. It is a nice light bike, about 11.5 kg
He rides it fine and likes it, but it's just a bit too big for easy mounts/dismounts
I had my heart set on getting him a 24"-wheeled MTB, but the choices are a bit limited and he'll outgrow it in a couple of yrs. the best bike available locally is 12 kg - he test-rode one in the weekend and loved it.
Another bike shop suggested getting 26" bike with a small frame - 14" - and certainly this opens up more options.
He hasn't tried one yet
I don't know which will be best. I thought the 24" bike would be better in terms of overall smaller length, wheelbase, etc, and therefore hopefully more manoevrable
Also, what is the best brand? A couple of people have said Giant is the best in terms of weight and value. I have 'budget' XL framed Giant and Trek 4300, and I probably prefer the Trek.
What do you all think is the way to go from here for my son's bike?
thanks, Al, New Zealand