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Old 10-28-10, 02:55 PM
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10 Year old to race next year

My son who will be 10 in 13 days really want to start racing MTB next year. I am really excited but have run into one little problem, a bike for him. So the question comes up, what kind of bike? Not the brand ( I am a Specialized guy) but should I go full size and lower the seat? A 24", 26" or 29"?

I have looked at the kids bikes (24") and just don't think they are right for him. He can really get to it on his BMX so I think a little work and he can handle a full size no problem.

Any suggestions?

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Old 10-28-10, 03:41 PM
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As long as a full size bike doesn't make it difficult for him to control it over rugged terrain, go for it. Otherwise, best to get him a bike that he can control.
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My 9 yo just started riding a 26" wheeled bike - (12" frame) - and it's a specialized. He is very big for his age though. At first he was a bit intimidated by the size - he went from a 20" wheeled bike - but really liked after his first off road ride, because of how much more smooth and better control it had.
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How tall is he?
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My son started racing on 15" Hardrock when he was 10. He raced XC and DH on it for the first year or so and then moved on to something nicer.
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My son is rather tall for his age and handles a 20" BMX really well. I do like the Hardrock idea though and will try him out on one next time we get close to a bike shop.
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The KHS Alite series seems to be a favorite starter mountain bike in the high school racing scene. I would look into those as well.
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