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Old 06-12-18, 06:58 AM
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Bike Upgrade for My 9 YO Granddaughter

My granddaughter started out on a VOOM 4 last spring.


I switched the 8 speed SRAM grip shifter for a push button shifter and she's really getting the hang of how and more importantly, when to shift. I've been raising the seat incrementally as the has grown over the last year (mostly in her legs) and she's about to outgrow the 20" frame. I just placed an order for a 24" Giant XtC Sl Jr.


3x8-speed
Hydraulic disc brakes
Air fork with progressive lock-out

She should be able to grow with this for a few more years.

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Great Job!

I just upgraded my 7 yr old with a new 20" bike. I looked hard at the Voom. It is hard trying to find a lightweight kids 20" bike.
I eventually went with the Cannondale Quick 20 and he loves it. And I also upgraded to a trigger shifter.
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If that's a current photo of your granddaughter, she might be able to get a few more months out of that 20" bike. In any event, you're undoubtedly going to make sure that she's comfortable with the greater reach to the brakes and the overall size of the 24" bike before taking her out on extended rides.

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If that's a current photo of your granddaughter, she might be able to get a few more months out of that 20" bike. In any event, you're undoubtedly going to make sure that she's comfortable with the greater reach to the brakes and the overall size of the 24" bike before taking her out on extended rides.
That's from last year on her 1st ride with the VOOM 4. (hence the "last spring" caption) I've since raised the seat about 3" and she can still put her feet on the ground from the seat.
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Looks like a pretty good fit.

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Hi. I don't want to teach grandad to suck eggs, but she looks to have her arms at full stretch. Is the saddle moved as far forward as it will go to make it a bit easier?

I only ask, because we regularly do this when our club's youngsters get a new, larger bike. Of course, when they've grown a bit (usually 20minutes later), we have to put the saddle back in its original position Oh, and since our Saturday Bike Club members range from 3 to 16 it's a fairly frequent occurrence
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