1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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  1. #1
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    looking for 16" ALUMINUM frame kid's bike

    I've tried my 2 LBS and no luck. My son is outgrowing his 12" ToysRUs bike. I'd rather not go back to TRU/Walmart bike again b/c they are so damn heavy! I think kids would get a much better benefit from aluminum frames...

    Crazy how a 16" kids bike weighs 30 lbs.

    Any ideas? I've searched all over the net and only see the Spec HotRod for $200.

    Any input much appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    There's Norco. They have even more choices in 20" kids MTB's. And Kona has a kick butt 20" DJ bike.

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    I just got my 3 year old a 16' Specialized Hotrock. Alu frame and alloy wheels with stainless spokes. He had never ridden any of the cheap bikes we got for him and we wento the LBS to look for me and he jumped on it and started riding it around the store. Needless to say I bought it and now I cant get him off of it.

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    Last edited by jeffgothro; 07-14-2008 at 02:23 AM.
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    Mirra Co...probably the best al 16 inch on the market.


    This is not your little brother’s sidewalk bike. The Mirraco Project 16 is a serious street and park bike for riders from 4 to 9 or 10 years old, or anyone who just isn’t strong enough to throw around a heavy steel BMX bike. At 18 pounds, the Project 16b definitely tips the scales in your favor. USA MSRP: $660



    http://www.mirrabikeco.com/bikes_project_16.html


    Frame Project Series Alloy 16in., 6061 T6, 16.5in. Top Tube
    Fork MirraCo Full Crmo
    Headset FPD 1-1/8in. Integrated headset w/ 15mm cap
    Crankset Lightweight 3-Piece Crmo 152mm
    BB Set Euro BB / 4 Sealed bearing, 48 spline 19mm hollow axle
    Sprocket M3 Alloy 25t
    Freewheel Cassette 9T cog
    Chain KMC Z610
    Pedals Wellgo Magnesium Jr. 9/16in. w/ molded pins, Crmo axles
    Handlebar M3 2-pc 6061-T6 Alloy, 150mm 5.9 " tall, anodized
    Stem M3 Downside CNC Alloy Aheadset 1-1/8in.
    Grips Odyssey Dash Mini w/ flange
    Saddle M3 Jr. 7mm rails
    Seat Post M3 Alloy 31.8mm
    Seat Clamp M3 alloy 28.6mm
    Front Hub Alloy 28H 2 sealed bearings, 3/8in. Crmo axle
    Rear Hub Alloy Cassette sealed bearings 28H, 3/8in. Crmo axle / RHD
    Rims Alloy 16in. 28H black anodized
    Spokes Stainless black, 15g
    Tires Maxxis Hookworm 16in.x1.95in., 110 PSI
    Pegs/Acc. Colony One-Way 7005 heat -treated alloy, 1 pair for 3/8in. axles
    Rotor SST with SST upper & lower cables
    Brakes Diatech 997 U-Brake rear w/ grey soft compound pads
    Brake Lever Tektro 289 alloy w/ adjuster
    Last edited by jeffgothro; 07-14-2008 at 02:42 AM.
    DJ, "Because I'm sure the world need's more dudes stalking the woods stoned out of their mind carrying a deadly weapon."

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