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.