proper kids XC/downhill mtn bike

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

  1. MichaelM

    MichaelM Veteran

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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(
     
  2. OP
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    Crackle

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    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.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. OP
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    Crackle

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    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.
     
  5. SteppinRazor

    SteppinRazor New Member

    Have a look as Isla Bikes. XC,not DH - two very different types of bike
     
  6. MichaelM

    MichaelM Veteran

    Location:
    Tayside
    Re Laggan:

    There's an uplift service at weekends to the top of the blue route - a well laid course that goes downhill, without being a full on downhill course - unless you want it to be by jumping everything !



    W A R N I N G ! ! !

    There is some nice kit in the shop, and you will be under no pressure at all to buy. As a result of this, you will feel the urge to hand over your credit card and spend LOT'S of money on shiny bike bits....
     
  7. OP
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    Crackle

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    I did at an event - full range. I like 'em but for off-road stuff the geometry is all wrong. Youngests Beinn 20 is one of the best kids bikes I've seen but anything other than rough forest tracks and it's really out of it's depth. I got my oldest to ride the 24 at the event and it's just not right for what he wants to do. Ideally I'd buy him two bikes but that's not a realisitic option.
     
  8. OP
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    Crackle

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    I looked at the website and it looks good. I did have a leaflet about it but I hadn't taken a proper look and hadn't spotted the uplift option at all.

    It's only a couple of hours from me so it looks like a good weekend day out. Weather's not too promising this weekend, see what next is like. Also have to decide what to do with the youngest (8) as I'm not sure his Isla is up to the route. Might ride it first and see.

    Bike shop and a cafe: Better not take the wife then, she has a much weaker spending will than me! I know, unusual but there you go.
     
  9. MichaelM

    MichaelM Veteran

    Location:
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    Take him as well.

    There was a guy doing the blue the other week with a kid's seat on the back -with kid in it. It's cleverly designed and keeps the "core" bikers happy but can be rolled by anyone who doesn't (can't-like me) jump.

    Also, all the guys on big bikes take the uplift - they whizz off and the less aggressive riders follow on behind.
     
  10. MichaelM

    MichaelM Veteran

    Location:
    Tayside
    Take him as well.

    There was a guy doing the blue the other week with a kid's seat on the back -with kid in it. It's cleverly designed and keeps the "core" bikers happy but can be rolled by anyone who doesn't (can't-like me) jump.

    Also, all the guys on big bikes take the uplift - they whizz off and the less aggressive riders follow on behind.
     
  11. OP
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    Crackle

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    Ah well! All ideas temporarily suspended. This weekend was the first chance I got to try him on a 24" wheel bike. Although he can ride it he can't do anything on it, which rather defeats the object. So for now it's make do for a couple more years 'till he grows more. I might even have to bite the bullet and buy him another 20" wheel bike as he's nearly killed this one.

    MichaelM, went to Laggan Wolftrax, not riding though as the weather was bad and No.1 son had twisted his knee on a trampoline. The guy there might have a 20" ex-hire Kona to sell me. He's going to check and ring me but I might well go back before then on a nice day, with the bikes. So thanks for that.
     
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