Originally Posted by oneponychick
My daughter is almost 10 years old, 4'7" tall, and has outgrown the huffy. She has expressed an interest in doing more riding with me. I want to get her something that is light weight like a road bike, but slightly more upright position for her comfort. We'd ride paved paths or roads only.
Ideally I'd like to keep the price under $350.
Who makes a bike that would fit her needs?
I just went through this exercise with my 10 year old daughter. She "fit" the smallest framed road bikes just fine, but could not stretch out enough comfortably to work the sti shifters/brakes. The solution is just where you're headed - a road frame with flat bars.
The two lines we looked at were Fuji and Giant. In your stated price range, you're looking at thier entry models - Fuji Absolute and Giant FCR 3 respectively, both close to $400 retail. We got lucky and found a 2005 Giant FCR 4 for $350 (this model was dropped for the 2006 lineup, so bargains are possible). Both bikes are road type frames with 700c wheels, both have V brakes and rapid-fire trigger shifters, and both come in small sizes. For the Fuji look for a 13-15" frame, and for the Giant an XS. You'll have to get her on one to see how it fits. At 4'7", she's at the lower limit.
With the FCR 4, we had the shop replace the 700x28 tires with 700x23 and install a saddle more suited to her size. She loves it so far, and can easily crack off 20 miles with us on a casual ride.
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Last edited by bigbossman; 03-13-06 at 12:00 PM.