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Old 04-16-17, 05:30 PM   #1
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Fat Bike for my kiddo

My son asked for "one of those bikes with the fat tires" for his birthday. He will be turning 12 and is growing taller by the second. Im thinking possibly a 24" kids bike, or a very small framed 26". Due to his gaining altitude at an alarming rate, I don't want to have to take out a mortgage on a fat bike, but my pride just won't let me go to Wally World to take the Huffy Challenge. Im fairly open to buying a frame and building it up myself. Looking to keep it under $500 total. Anyone have a recommendation for manufacturers in this range? Or, possibly a place that sells last years models for a decent price? I'd give preference to steel, but aluminum isn't a deal breaker. I've been monitoring local craigslist and offer up. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-18-17, 11:28 AM   #2
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Specialized sells some with plus and fat tires. The lowest model is $500 MSRP. For my liking these look a little odd. The 11" frame size is very low so the top tube ramps up hard to meet the wheel size, which is probably as big or bigger around than a 26er was.
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/ki...rock-24/118235
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/ki...tboy-24/115456

26ers have pretty much departed bike stores. Plenty of nice ones for sale on Craigslist, though.
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Old 04-18-17, 11:40 AM   #3
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I don't know how tall your son is but my guess is that a small adult bike would be better than a kids bike, given the rapid growth phase. There's also bikeisland.com which is bikes direct bikes that have been scratched or blemished. Note the menu option Bikes>Choose bike by size to search for a specific size.

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Old 04-19-17, 01:55 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. He would definitely dig the red specialized. I haven't been to bike island before today, great prices on bikes and parts
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Surly sells some with the fat tires.
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