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    Componants vs. Style opinions please

    Thought I would throw this out there and see what people think. This will be a first bike for a 6 YO urban neighborhood so there are LOTS of other crusiers, but not a lot of kids riding cruisers (mainly mtb, bmx).

    I found a what I consider really nice 20" Marin cruiser bike at the REI outlet, its a light 7005 aluminum frame with kenda tires and a good headset and bottom bracket, nice crank etc. It's a pretty cool crusier IMO. I really like the bike, but I'm a dad and what do I know.
    REI Marin Crusier $150 on clearance.

    Then also at rei is the 20 in Novara Duster mtb. Decent quality but nothing special basically a mild upgrade over a big box bike. I've also looked around at the local bike shops at Diamondback and raleigh and even a red line but they're $100 more.

    DS will be riding this bike for about 4 years then it will be handed down to his little brother. To me the crusier is the best value hands down but is it cool/stylish enough? Kids don't care about value they just want something the looks cool, heck he'd be happy with a xmart bike as he wants every bike he sits on. Opinions please.

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    Hard to say. A lot depends upon the kid. Generally speaking though, as he gets older he is going to want whatever his friends are riding. Personally, I would look at a BMX-style bike before that cruiser.

    He may not get four years out of a bike that you buy now. My son went through four bikes between ages 7 and 11. He kept growing on me. I started him with a 24-inch mountain-bike, because I wanted him to ride trails w/me.

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    There is nothing wrong with putting a six year old on a cheap BMX bike. There is no difference in that Marin and a box store BMX other than the comfort bike geometry. A comfort cruiser like that does not have the geometry that is correct for learning more advanced cycling skills. That Marin has the same components as a Toys r us bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grimbasement View Post
    I found a what I consider really nice 20" Marin cruiser bike...
    To me the crusier is the best value hands down but is it cool/stylish enough? Kids don't care about value they just want something the looks cool, heck he'd be happy with a xmart bike as he wants every bike he sits on.
    Sounds like you answered your own question. It's not what you want, it's what he wants.

    When I was 8 or 9 my mother bought a bike for me that she thought was a good value and seemed like a nice bike. I HATED IT!!!

    Get the bike your son wants. If it's not a good deal or a good bike, who cares. He'll have fun riding the bike HE PICKED OUT. And fun it what it's all about.
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    Why not show him both and let him pick?

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    If you don't want your son to choose because its a surprise, I would try to find out some clues to what he wants. A cruiser bike is hit or miss.
    Why buy 10 cheap bikes when one nice one will last longer!

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