proper kids XC/downhill mtn bike

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by Crackle, 19 Oct 2007.

  1. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    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.
     
  2. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

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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:
     
  3. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

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    Specialised Hardrock? They do a 24" wheel in that model.
     
  4. OP
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    Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    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.
     
  5. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

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    I used to ride off road on a bmx, so anything is possible.

    I'll ask on mlehworld for you, as i know some folk have got 'children' that ride
     
  6. OP
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    Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    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.
     
  7. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

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    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:
     
  8. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

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    Crackle

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    :rolleyes:

    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
     
  10. OP
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    Crackle

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    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?
     
  11. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

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    Yes, sorry about that:blush: Looks like it's back to the Raleigh Shopper:biggrin:
     
  12. OP
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    Crackle

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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:
     
  13. Kona Stinky Jr would be good.
     
  14. MichaelM

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    Crackle

    Crackle Pah


    :tongue::smile:

    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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