Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: Kona Jake, Kona Jake the Snake, Kona Major Jake, Kona Kula, Ridley Excalibur, LeMond Buenos Aires, Pinarello Gran Turismo, Pinarello Montello, Trek 614, Austro-Daimler Team, Motobecane Grand Record, Schwinn Voyageur, Nishiki Olympic, Steyr Clubman
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My daughter is the same age and I'd like to have the next bike I get her be one that will fit her until she reaches her full height (more likely with a 12 year old girl than a 12 year old boy, I realize).
Given that with a boy, you're likely to need at least one more replacement before he's through high school (assuming he keeps riding beyond 16), I would be tempted to get the one that fits now and just be prepared to replace the frame in a couple of years. Bikes that are too small can be made to fit with long stems and seat posts. Bikes that are too big are tough to make fit.
This coming from a guy who rides a 52 at age 39....