Keepin it Wheel
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Moto Fantom29 ProSL hardtail
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Originally Posted by Jyyanks
I have a 48 inch 6 year old and am currently looking to get him a bike with 20" tires. Based on a response from another user on this forum, I'm thinking I may have to look at a 24". How tall is your 8 year old and does he "fit" the 24 inch bike or is it still a bit big for him? Thanks!
Hey Jyyanks, no worries. My 8YO is definitely taller than 48", I haven't actually measured him lately, but I would guess 54" at least. He's half a head taller than all his classmates. So if you're asking technically, maybe the 24" bike doesn't "fit" him in the sense of a trained physiological fitting. Take a look at the bike:
and you will see that the seat tube is quite short, which allows me to put the seat low for him. I've got only about an inch of seat post showing, and he definitely looks like a little kid on a big bike, but he gets around just fine and is comfortable (and excited).
Unfortunately, there's a big difference between 20" and 26", and that difference is only split by the occasional 24" bike, but those are pretty rare it seems (not common enough to provide demand for a wide variety of tires!) I've never heard of a 22" to fit in that middle space.
To get back to your question; my third son, who will be 6 in November, is riding a 20" Trek MTB. He is _very_ tall (almost caught up to the middle son). I know he is more than 48" because he was about 48.5" summer 2010 when we went to a water park and he met the 48" height requirement for all the rides. For him I think the 20" is a good fit, and the 24" would be a difficult stretch, and probably the 24" also too much of a stretch for your 6yo.
For my 8yo I see the 24" as a little bit of a stretch for now, that he'll be able to grow through over the next 3 years at least. As I mentioned, my 11yo is riding a 26" MTB with the seat all the way down.
Somebody should (has anybody ever?) start a thread of "How tall are your children, and what size bike do you have them riding?". Seems like that would be very useful and could perhaps even be made sticky.