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Old 12-09-2011, 07:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Decent Kids Mountain bike

Anyone have any suggestions for a good kids bike. My daughter is almost 10 and has been riding my wife's Specialized hybrid bike and loves it. It is however is just a little to big for her and I honestly don't feel like dropping 600 bucks for a bike for a tall 10 year old. I also ride a Specialized Hardrock and know they are decent bikes. Any suggestions on something maybe around 250.00 bucks or less?
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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craigslist! I havent bought either of my kids a new bike yet and they are 8 & 10. I always wait paiently for the right deal then strike quick. Im kind of a freak when it comes to quality too so the bikes have to be bike store bikes not box store bikes. Kids currently have boys trek, girls specialized 24" mtn bikes. Both were $350-380 new in store and I picked them both up for $180 each both were almost brand new, actually the girls damn near was.
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craigslist! I havent bought either of my kids a new bike yet and they are 8 & 10. I always wait paiently for the right deal then strike quick. Im kind of a freak when it comes to quality too so the bikes have to be bike store bikes not box store bikes. Kids currently have boys trek, girls specialized 24" mtn bikes. Both were $350-380 new in store and I picked them both up for $180 each both were almost brand new, actually the girls damn near was.
Yep, I have been looking there as well. I notice that a good bit of the bikes are 6-9 speeds. I think that would be enough for her now or would you think she would need more gearing options? honestly she would be riding the bike around the neighborhood and maybe some very mild trails. I normally stay with in 3 gears from each other when I'm out riding.
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I picked my nephew up a 24" DB octane for 20 bucks on CL. It needed a new crank. Sunk 40 bucks worth of parts in it and he has a killer little bike. He is 11 and just really figuring out gearing so he didn't need too many options.
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scott and specialized have the best line ups of JR mtbs that hve 24" wheels. keep a look out for used ones.
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My boy also has the DB Octane. Seems like a decent bike, I dont care for the adjustable handlebar riser tho.
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scott and specialized have the best line ups of JR mtbs that hve 24" wheels. keep a look out for used ones.
I agree. My 10 year old has been riding a Trek MT220. They now have a 240. Buts its pretty heavy.

The 24" bikes are OK. But being she's a girl I'd consider a small frame womens bike with a 26" wheel. But you're going to spend more money than you want. Next spring my son will move up to a 26" wheel bike.
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I agree. My 10 year old has been riding a Trek MT220. They now have a 240. Buts its pretty heavy.

The 24" bikes are OK. But being she's a girl I'd consider a small frame womens bike with a 26" wheel. But you're going to spend more money than you want. Next spring my son will move up to a 26" wheel bike.
Yep, I think I'm just going to take her up to the bike shop we buy all of our stuff from and let her pick something out. I think a 26" wheeled bike is going to work out pretty good. She is pretty tall for her age and has zero problems on my wifes bike with the seat dropped down. I would rather spend a little bit more up front for a quality bike that will get free tune ups any time its needed.
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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X2 on Scott bikes!!!! Been looking at the 20" mountain for my 5 year old, this bikes are great. Although i haven't looked into the 24" ones that much, i do know the 20's are getting great reviews. Best thing about the Scott bikes are they are truely built for kids, so a 20' bike has a shock for a 40-60 pound kid that would actually work for them, not some old stiff clunker for looks.... just my 2c!
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Well I've been looking at used bikes on clist for my 9 year old. His trek is so heavy and the 24" wheels hamper him when we ride. There are not many used small frame bikes for sale. I did just find an xs specialized that would be perfect. It's basically the same bike his older brother rides without the discs.
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Oh, I thought you said $2500. LOL


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All my kids are on bmx bikes.

I started with a 16" RedLine Pit Boss a number of years ago as it has an alumnium frame and wasn't 30lbs like all the other stuff. It was handed down to the other 2 but the frame was repowdered each so it was like a new bike.

Right now my 12 year old is on a 20" wheel 20"TT BMX bike that my friend built a frame on. I built him up a 14" frame mtn bike with 26" wheels and he likes the BMX bike better. The mtn bike is hung up in the back room. My daughter has a mid '80's Profile that I picked up locally. And the 6 year old is on the Redline with green army powder'd frame and a camo fork that he and I painted hanging from the tree.

I grew up racing and riding BMX up until college and rode those bikes all over the place. I still ride DJ trails and skateparks but on a 26" rig. There is something to be said of a simple durable bike.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:27 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Oh, I thought you said $2500. LOL


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Gecko - sweet build! I checked out your website - you made some awesome frames bitd. That retro page is a trip. Cool seeing the pics of the Descenders. I didn't get my first mtn bike until '88 but rode BMX throughout the 80's and remember those bikes. I think they had them in an issue of BMX Action or BMX Plus.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:16 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Have a local track. It was windy and cold but the boys wanted us to get out. Here are some videos. Both boys are on Specialized Hardrocks. the 13 year old is on a medium and the 10 year old is on a xsmall. We put flat bars on the the xs small and both have really short stems.

Here are some short videos











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Damn! Nice job on that teeter toter! They are tricky when they are that short.

That skills area looks like fun. I think more parks should have stuff like that available. I hardly see kids riding bikes anymore. A pump/jump track opened in NJ last year and it's a nice setup - the problem is it's over an hour away.

Here are a couple clips from when we were up in Stowe a couple years ago. They have a public jump park but the problem is no one keeps it up so it's never firing at it's full potential. I'd love to spend a month up there with a small skid and get that place dialed. Anyway here are my 2 sons, they were 10 and 4 at the time:

Sean, Stowe Bike Park on Vimeo

Cooper, Riding Stowe's Bike Park on Vimeo
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That's cool.
My wife made me get rid of my kid tracks behind the shop. Not my property but she was concerned with all the liability issues. Damn Lawyers! I understand they are needed at times but so many take advantage of situations and don't want to take responsibility for their own actions. Some times shit happens and it is not anyone's fault but your own.
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Here are 2 more. My 13 year old nailed this thing jump. Got great air but we didn't get video. Then he got tired. We were at it for 4 hours. The pump track killed them.



And here is stupid me on the wall ride. First one ever. I did it about 7 times. Only once successfully. I sucks getting old.

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Try bikesdirect.com I have always had good luck there. Great prices on bikes.
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That's cool.
My wife made me get rid of my kid tracks behind the shop. Not my property but she was concerned with all the liability issues. Damn Lawyers! I understand they are needed at times but so many take advantage of situations and don't want to take responsibility for their own actions. Some times shit happens and it is not anyone's fault but your own.
Yeah, sounding like a retro grouch but it ain't like when we were kids. I had a full bmx track, 1/4 pipe, half pipe, and various jumps and ramps all over in our woods.

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Here are 2 more. My 13 year old nailed this thing jump. Got great air but we didn't get video. Then he got tired. We were at it for 4 hours. The pump track killed them.

And here is stupid me on the wall ride. First one ever. I did it about 7 times. Only once successfully. I sucks getting old.
Pump and jump tracks are a good workout. If i push it i am spent after a half hour on one taking quick laps. 4 hours with the kids is great - that's a long time.

Wall rides are tough - i might build a small one in the back to try and learn them better. That looks like a good one in your vid - i think with wall rides the more speed the better but you have to get into them smooth


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10 year old on the pump track. At least he gets the idea.

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