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    Youth 20 inch Mt. Bike Choices


    I am trying to sift thru the choices in a youth Mt. bike for my daughter...

    Here are the choices I have found locally..

    Trek Mt Lion 60 ($199- fixed front fork)
    Gary Fisher Cosmo (suspension fork 50mm, $209-219)
    Raleigh Rowdy ($199)
    K2 Zed 20 ($more pricey $249 at one place)
    Diamondback Octane 20 (Dick's and one bike store..$180)

    Specialized (bit small frame for her already so we eliminated it)

    All but the K2 have a steel frame. All have alloy rims but not all have alloy hubs. All but the trek have a front suspension fork. All have virtually the same gear system, same style brakes/levers.

    Any thoughts are appreciated.

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    Donating member Richard D's Avatar
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    In terms of performance I doubt suspension forks on bikes of that price will add much but you might find your daughter wouldn't consider riding one without

    It might also be worth trying to find Giant's offerings, as I know they do a bike that 'grows' with the child.

    I doubt there will be much to chose between the bikes in terms of components or build quality, but style or paintwork might mean the difference between a bike your daughter wants to ride and one she doesn't.

    Currently riding an MTB with a split personality - commuting, touring, riding for the sake of riding, on or off road :)

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