Join Date: Jul 2005
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Massiman is right, the KDR1000 is a very nice kid road bike but has a hefty price tag if you're looking for a starter bike.
My son has been riding and racing mountain bikes for almost 3 years now, last summer he got a KDR1000 as a birthday gift and fell in love with it rigth away. He also got a new Gary Fisher Marlin for this year's MTB racing season. He will be racing road and dirt on our local kids leagues as long as the event don't conflict with each other, in the case of conflict the road events are his choice.
Getting back to the bikes I would recomment a MTB to get started and if the kid shows real interest and commitment then spend the big bucks on a nice bike. Search the forums for kid bike related threads, there's a lot of info on age/bike size and kids bikes.
As Massiman mentioned I'm selling my son's former ride, it's a Diamondback Octane 24 heavily upgraded. The only original items on it are the frame, headset and rims; everything else has been upgraded.
This is the bike that Massiman is talking about that is for sale, asking $300 O.B.O. plus shipping.
He's riding this ones now
Trek KDR1000, no upgrades so far but some are coming.
Gary Fisher Marlin GS, 1 week old and the stem and handlebar were replaced.
Here's the kid on the bike's maiden ride.
Feel free to PM or email me for further info, will gladly reply.