So my little dude needed a new ride. He is 7, but I hated wasting coin on a bike we will trash, and then I have to maintain. I looked at Junior options from Kona (the most complete 24" bikes I found), Specialized, and Trek; I knew I wasn't going to get what I wanted.
Fireeye 4130 13" Spitfire frame - $97 on clearance
26" RS Recon fork - $99 on clearance
Halo Combat 24" wheelset (heavy, but cheap, reliable, and disc compatible) - $50 for the set, yep, on clearance
Race Face Chester 165 crankset - $101 retail, so done was bound to get me
Maxxis 24" Holy Rollers 2.4", rim strips, and tubes - $40 all that old 24" downhill stuff is cheap these days
Hand me downs and bartered components:
Avid BB7 140 rear, 160 front
Avid FR5 levers
SRAM X.0 9 speed rear shifter
SRAM X.0 9 speed rear derailleur
Race Face handlebars
Sinz mini platform pedals
Not too bad, I got a bike I know will last, and I am in it under $400, which is only slightly more than what I was expecting and way cheaper than the Kona I was leaning towards, plus better components to boot.
Don't me wrong, this thing is no cream puff, but it handles well and should build some confidence in his line picking and control.
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