My daughter is turning 9 next month and she's a hard worker who is excelling in everything she's doing, loves to ride her bike and Dad's very proud and want's to reward her with a nice bike. Due to the fact she's the oldest of three and a Mom who doesn't trust the world most of it is in coldesac or around town and trips to Mammoth. We've been traveling around visiting all the LBSs multiple times and trying everything on hand and she's blowing everyone away with her capabilities. She's flying around on everything even medium sized hardtails and Safire's that she can barely touch her toes with and riding in and out of stores in control. She roles through the gears, attempting to pop wheelies and is giving feedback on them.
Sizing wise I've figured that out. My main goal is I'd like to get her something that I can then share the experience of planning ahead for upgrades and maintenance and servicing it. I'd like her to be motivated to save for something else besides Justin Beiber memorabilia (not yet; but trying to avoid it) or put on her christmas list. Real tangible rewards that she uses regularly for her savings or hard work is what I'm thinking. Along with something else to do together including the tough stuff of teaching her about vehicle maintenance.
I'm assuming we'll start taking the Gondola in Mammoth this year and doing easy trails down. My concern is a disk equipped Myka isn't that far off from the bottom line used Juliana (she doesn't mind used). So my real concern as she grows in size; safety wise and her capabilities will have outgrown the capabilities of the HT for the Mammoth trails (I'm hoping so at least) and we'll need to get her a FS anyways. Of course I'm hoping we'll start local trail riding but with the youngsters it's kind of tough right now but that's irrelevant.
So Dad's & Mom's any and all your thoughts appreciated :-)
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