proper kids XC/downhill mtn bike

I'm looking for a new bike for my 10 year old for Xmas. It needs to be a proper mtn bike, good quality, as living near Aonach Mor in Fort William means he's quite good already, did his first black trail today or at least a part of one.

So anyone know a good 24" wheel bike with proper suspension and disc brakes suitable for XC and downhill that isn't just built for looks? Not an Islabike, I know they're good my youngest has one but they don't cut the mustard in this case.
 

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this works fine for adults, so should be fine for your lad
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=86450
lot of cash for a kids bike and it will need upgrading continually and need need bits replacing, so just like your bike then :rolleyes:
 
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Yes I was looking at the Kona Stinky. It doesn't just cut the mustard it slices the bread and cooks the sausage!

I looked at the Specialized, nice bikes but I'd have to talk him out of disc brakes which he's set upon due to dad's inability to get either of the V brakes on his mtn and trials to work well enough for him. I think he has a problem because he only has small hands so needs more pounds per squeeze.

Also I was thinking more around £500 mark. I see Kona do a few lower down the price range but without rear sus. He is into jumps so would he need rear suspension? I'm outside my experience here as I can only just keep him insight downhill now.
 
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Thanks for that, appreciate it. I have a Mtn bike but it's 10 years old and I'm not a mtn biker, so differences in geometry and suspension and different bikes for different purposes elude me.

I think he's more of a downhiller than a XC kid, probably age, he doesn't have the strength and endurance yet to ride steep or far but he does have very good bike handling skills and reactions, better than dad. So hopefully that should be more of a pointer to his needs.
 
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User76 said:
On reflection, kids have to learn. Buy him a Raleigh shopper from a local tip, and if he really whinges, agree to take the basket off for him:biggrin:
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Yeah we had that talk today. We did a 12 mile blue route in Aonach Moor and I told him he had to do more riding if he wanted a good bike. His brother did the same route on his Islabike with road tyres on. I dunno kids today :rolleyes:

What I can't decide is whether to go for a more downhill oriented bike or a XC type bike. I favour the latter cause it's more versatile. Need to look and try some
 
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User76 said:
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=22088

I'm too bloody soft I am. The link above is for a Hardrock, with hydraulic discs and seemingly quite good suspension. It is a hardtail mind, so downhill may still turn out to be quite character building for him:wacko:
That's an adult bike ain't it? - D'you mean the Hotrock

http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?sid=07HotrockBoys

I like the look of that one. Are those braze-ons on the fork for disc mounted brakes?
 
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Taking a closer look at the geometry has ruled out the Kona's as the frame standover is too high. :rolleyes:

So may have to throttle back expectations slightly. Specialized looks OK, as does the Marin.

http://www.marin.co.uk/marin-2008/bikedetail.php?ModNo=3805

May try to find another one and check them out in the flesh. Don't want something too heavy or with too cheap suspension as it's always the first thing to go, especially as he jumps so much. :rolleyes:
 
Kona Stinky Jr would be good.
 
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MichaelM said:
A D.H. bike that's light enough for a 10 year old to use for XC too with decent suspension, disc brakes and for £500.

Let me know when you find one!

Comes close though a bit over budget...


http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b4s1p1356

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Yeah! Like I said I've throttled his expectations back.

Most of the one's I've looked at, he's still too small for anyway and if they don't fit the bill I'm not going to spend megabucks on them. Giant looks nice but to spend that kinda of money I've decided he needs to be fairly high up in the junior worls rankings xx(

I also now appreciate DH and XC differences and if he has one bike it has to be a XC otherwise family rides will be a nightmare.
 

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What bike is he on now?

assuming his frame fits how about putting on a decent set of forks and maybe a disc brake up front? Could be done cheap(ish) second hand and decent suspension makes a world of difference.

Get him hooked on upgradeitis while he's young and you'll never have money again xx(
 
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MichaelM said:
What bike is he on now?

assuming his frame fits how about putting on a decent set of forks and maybe a disc brake up front? Could be done cheap(ish) second hand and decent suspension makes a world of difference.

Get him hooked on upgradeitis while he's young and you'll never have money again xx(

It's not worth upgrading. It's a Trek MT-60 kids bike, bought when he was 8. Size wise he's nearly out of it and since he started doing stuff like this [piccy] it's started to die.

The trouble is I'm not sure how long this phase will last. We've done some rides recently and like I said he's away downhill but he's dragging on longer routes, he'd rather scrat round little trails and technical bits and downhills and jumps.

Starting this thread has kinda focused me a bit more about what he needs (as opposed to what he wants), so I'm thinking XC of reasonable quality which can be upgraded/fixed whereas this one can't but that's me wanting to drag him around longer routes but maybe I shouldn't.
 
From when he was about 11 my friend's son, who is a better rider than all of us (he's now 14) had a small Kona Stinky FS bike in a 15" frame (the Stinky Jr is a hardtail IIRC), - they do them as small as 13". While he was still growing, they used 24" wheels on it for a couple of years, and then went up to 26" wheels as he got bigger.

If you want something like that the best place to look is the www.Descent-World.co.uk classifieds. Lots of younger kids on there sell small DH bikes with good specs for decent money so you could do OK. Also ask on Descent World for advice.
 
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From when he was about 11 my friend's son, who is a better rider than all of us (he's now 14) had a small Kona Stinky FS bike in a 15" frame (the Stinky Jr is a hardtail IIRC), - they do them as small as 13". While he was still growing, they used 24" wheels on it for a couple of years, and then went up to 26" wheels as he got bigger.

If you want something like that the best place to look is the www.Descent-World.co.uk classifieds. Lots of younger kids on there sell small DH bikes with good specs for decent money so you could do OK. Also ask on Descent World for advice.
Thanks for that. That's a solution I hadn't thought of, very neat idea, I'll look into it. I had noted the 13" frame in adult bikes but hadn't thought of swapping the wheels but of course with disc brakes it's possible.
 
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