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    Bike for 11 year old girl

    I've looked at the trek MT 220 (24"). At over $300, it's a little pricey for something she'll outgrow in at most 2 years.

    Any other suggestions?

    For use, it's neighborhood riding and bike paths.

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    Don't know where you live, but I'd check craigslist for a used bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank10 View Post
    At over $300, it's a little pricey for something she'll outgrow in at most 2 years.
    If she takes care of it at all it will still have residual value in two years.
    "When man first set woman on two wheels with a pair of pedals, did he know, I wonder, that he had rent the veil of the harem in twain? A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Typewriter Girl, 1899.

    "Every so often a bird gets up and flies some place it's drawn to. I don't suppose it could tell you why, but it does it anyway." Ian Hibell, 1934-2008

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    Look at craigslist, some LBS have used bikes for sale, bike Co-op or try a re-cycle, thrift shops, if all else fails shopping during the off-season should get a better price.
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
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    My family put me in charge of finding a bike as a birthday gift for my neice last year when she turned 10. We bought her a GT ZuM in the smallest frame size (XS) at Performance Bike for $350. It has 26x1.75 wheels/tires and 8 gears (Shimano rapid-fire shifters to boot, instead of those sloppy grip shifters you see on most kids bikes), and the only modifications I had to make was to swap in a very short stem so she can reach the handlebars, and a nicer Trek WSD saddle. She rides it perfectly.

    I kept the longer 100mm stem that it came with though, because I know as she grows she will be needing a longer effective top tube length, and I will swap that back onto the bike when she needs it in a couple years. The seatpost can be raised another 6 inches if necessary, and with longer stems this bike should last her at least 5 years, and she is able to keep up with her parents most of the time.

    The attached photo shows how she looks riding the bike.. I did add about $100 worth of accessories for her though: Saddle bag, bar ends, bell, water bottle cage, Cateye Enduro 8 cyclometer, in addition to the shorter stem and Trek saddle.
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    I keep watching craigslist, but I'm not finding much. I've checked some LBS and they have very limited selections for kids. Maybe 1. I like the GT zum idea, but she's a little small for her age.

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    How about a WTB ad in craigslist?
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
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    I'll try the WTB way. For decent brands, Trek, GT, Diamondback, ... ?

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    Bought my then 9 yo son a Giant Boulder in XS size. He is 13 now and still rides it. Check this model, it comes in steel and aluminum.

    Good luck

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    I sized her on some bikes. 14" is great, 15" is doable, 16" is too big

    I saw a GT outpost 15" that might work on craigslist. they are asking $130

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    Yep, the GT ZuM iin XS size that I bought for my neice is 14".

    The 15" Outpost should work, since it has a similar frame. I have no doubt it will last your little girl at least 5 years-- Keep raising the seat and changing the stem to a longer one as she grows.

    I chose the ZuM because the maintenance is easier and the bike is lighter-- No front derailleur, no suspension fork.

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    I finally saw a zum at the bikeshop. it's a great bike. they are asking $379 and offering no discount

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