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  1. #1
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    Dual slalom bikes??

    Has anyone considered a DS bike for a youth trail bike. Pretty good geo. Built heavy but should be able to hit low 20's with XC build kit. 160mm cranks.

    Might could even pull off 24" wheels then grow into 26".

    Something like this?

    I think it is what this kid is riding
    Video: What Were You Doing When You Were 10? - Pinkbike

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    I don't know if I'd call that good overall geometry
    Super slack head angle
    And loooong top tube for anyone under 5-6 or so
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    I'd have fun rebuilding one if I didn't have to buy it outright. I think having to buy a bike like that and then switch all the parts to lightweight XC parts would be challenging to my wallet. Looks Fun though!

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    Top tube shown above is a bit long IMO, even with a short stem.
    You'd be better off looking at some women's XS frames since they have shorter top tubes and may already be built with XC parts. My son and a couple other local kids are riding them.

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    I think that would be a fun bike. A 4" DS bike is a great option for smaller riders, especially if you are considering lots of downhill riding like that kid in the video. Frankly, most of the DS frames out there on the used market are going to be sold you can spec it however you want. My son and I mostly stick to DH, pump tracks, and skills parks. I'm working on a Specialized SX (4") for him now. It has very low standover.

    Finding a light XC bike for big kids that have outgrown 24" bikes is tough these days because the 26" wheel hard tails are just not out there in great numbers anymore. Many are probably gathering dust in garages. You've got to look at used/older bikes that were around before the big wheels became popular.

    If you are going to be keeping to the XC and trial riding only, I second the advice on looking for women's XS frames - there are some decent ones out there.

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