Agree strongly about rigid being better for youngsters. Most kids bike suspension is a pile of cat poo. If it does work reasonably well, it encourages the rider to go faster than their skill may allow. The result is, that when they crash, they crash harder.
My own experience (ignoring my Islabikes free publicity campaign) leads me to go for rigid because it enables kids to develop their skills first, inevitably (almost) at a slower speed. then, when that's taken place and they get a decent suspension fork, they already have the ability to deal with the problems the greater speed creates.
Perhaps someone should see if they can set up an Islabikes import agency in the US
Last edited by atbman; 05-04-09 at 10:56 AM.