I'm looking to get my 12 yr old son a new bike. He would fit a 52 no problem now but I am thinking of the future and getting something that he could grow into like maybe a 54 or 56. Trouble is the 54's are sold out so next size up would be the 56. He's growing like a weed so I'd hate to get something only to have to replace it next year or so. Does this sound like a logical plan? Appreciate your input. Thanks!
2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1979 Austro-Daimler
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....