My 13 year old wants to try a few mountain bike races this year and we are trying to figure out the best set up out the bikes he has. I think it just under 5 miles with a mix of fields and trails. I know none of these bikes are ideal, but want to see how he likes it before we build a dedicated bike for racing. Here is what we have that he rides currently:
1996 Rockhopper COMP FS Single speed
- 34/16 gearing
- Stock fork - Rock Shox Quadra 21R
- 26x2.1 Kenda Small Block 8
- About 23 lbs, but can drop a few more easily. I also have a rigid fork for this bike as well. It gets us close to the 20lb mark.
- MAG21 fork but we also have another 100mm fork we could use.
- 1x7 gearing
- 26x2.35 Kenda Small Block 8 tires
- All XT components
- Weighs 22 lbs
We also have a few other bikes he rides occasionally that we could get him used to over the next month.
2004 Stumpjumper FSR - he just hasn't had much time on it yet. It loves how it climbs and goes over rocks/roots. He has only ridden a few miles on it. We are just starting to get him fitted for it.
Vintage Steel Stumpjumper Rigid SS - Under 20 lbs - He loves riding this bike, but needs another year of growing before he fits it perfectly.
It easily does 5-6 miles on either bike pretty quickly in some very rooty trails. Lately he has been riding the single speed Rockhopper because he likes the simplicity of the bike and how quick it responds. Any recommendations would be great.
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