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    Kids bike gallery

    Let's see how your kids roll. Tell us about your kid and what he/she likes about the bike.

    How have you customized it or improved it fit their needs.

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    I'll start with my friend's first bike, a Haro push bike with some Ritchey parts!
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    Building this up for my son’s 8th birthday in December:


    Marin Bayview Trail 24" mountain bike. Stripped off all the stock components and replaced with:

    • Raceface Atlas cranks + BB
    • Raceface bars
    • Surly 1x1 fork with cantilever bosses removed
    • Oury lock-on grips with Odi clamps
    • Avid BB7 front disc
    • 24"x2.5" Surly Large Marge rim up front
    • 24"x3" Nokian Gazzaloddi
    • SRAM X7 components

    Still waiting on the rear wheel build since I am going to complement the 32/22 front chainrings with a 11-32 Sram PG970 cassette in back.
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    i bought this online for my 7yr old girl









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    My 12-year old and I just built this up, and he loves it so far!

    Frame: Jamis Dragon Pro, 13"
    Fork: Manitou Minute Pro, 100mm
    Wheels: Sun Ringle Black Flag Pro
    Tires: F - Specialized The Captain / R - Specialized Fast Trak
    Cranks: SRAM X7, 32 T
    Cassette: SRAM PG-990
    Front Derailleur: Paul Chain Keeper
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X9
    Chain: SRAM PC-971
    Shifters: SRAM X9, 9-speed
    Shift Cables: Jagwire Ripcord, Red
    Seatpost: Salsa
    Saddle: WTB Volt, Black
    Brakes: Avid BB7
    Brake Levers: Avid SD-7
    Brake Cables: Jagwire Ripcord, Red
    Headset: Cane Creek 100, Black
    Stem: Truvativ Stylo
    Handlebar: Easton EC70
    Grips: ESI Racer's Edge, Red
    Bottle Cages: Bontrager RL, White
    Pedals: Shimano M520

    Weight: 21.1 lbs
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    Part time framebuilder...

    and the kids benefit from having a bike geek Dad. A proper fitting and handling bike helps a kid even more than an adult. I love to build kid's bikes: there is an interesting design challenge getting the small bike to handle correctly and still be useable for a year or more.

    As I said in another post, I was feeling a bit sheepish about spending $300 on 24" wheels...until I talked to another Dad at karate class and he told me he pays $1800/year for each son on ice hockey ice time. And that doesn't include equipment! Yikes! Any of us could use that to justify a $1000 mtb no problem!

    I think all of these have been posted before - and the green shirt pic is a couple years old now (that guy is getting a super 24 this winter...he is just an awesome rider, and now too big for the 20. He has put more than 600 miles on that bike this year.

    Cheers! Get the kids out there and do not skimp on the equipment! B
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    Frame is from a Columbia Trailhead 24" bike, stripped bare and powder coated.
    2000 Rockshox SID XC fork
    Alex ACE-20 rims
    Sapim spokes and nipples
    Shimano RM-66 hubs
    Schwalbe Rocket Ron, run with gorilla tape tubeless
    Origin 8 TorqLite 110mm bottom bracket
    Lasco 152mm crank
    RaceFace Turbine 22/32 rings
    BBG Bashguard
    FSA alloy chainring bolts
    Wellgo M-111 pedals with Titanium spindle
    SRAM PG-951 chain
    Shimano CS-HG80 cassette, 11-34T
    SRAM X.5 medium cage rear derailleur
    SRAM 5.0 front derailleur
    SRAM X.5 trigger shifters
    Avid SD7 levers
    Tektro 530AL v-brake (rear)
    Avid BB7 with 160mm Ashima rotor (front)
    Some ebay centerlock to 6-bolt adapter.
    Token carbon seat post
    WTB Rocket V saddle with Ti rails
    Sette seat post clamp
    Jagwire compressionless brake cables
    Carbon Cycles 60mm stem
    Carbon EC70 handlebar
    VP headset with cartridge bearings
    Lizard Skins Dual Compound Moab grip, cut down to about 90mm.
    Titanium bolt-on skewers

    Weight: approx 20.9 lbs with pedals

    He loves the fork, it's so smooth. He also loves the color (so do I), he picked it out himself.

    He loves to ride trails. His favorite is the standard TNGR loop at Long Ridge OSP. It has a good mix of shade, singletrack, long descents, climbing, switchbacks, and technical bits for a kid.
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    I'm lovin the nice hand-me-down saddles. Most saddles that come with kids bikes are garbage. Our cushy saddles are better for them.

    Seeing some good pedals too and not much of the $2 plastic ones.

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    One more for the list...

    I picked up a used Giant XTC JR 20 on craigslist. It's still too big for my son who just turned 5, but I couldn't pass up the deal. He's riding it if we go anywhere with hills, but for the local dirt jumps, we take the 16" SS hotrock.

    Upgrades:
    Easton Monkeylite carbon lorise bars I had laying around, cut ~1.5" off each side.
    Sinz crankset with 125mm arms (stock was 140)
    Shimano nothing fancy square taper BB
    Kenda wire bead small block 8 tires
    Not shown, but a friend gave me a Ritchey carbon super logic post. He had crushed the bottom portion of the post and cut it down to about 8", so perfect for the next couple of years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maleonardphi View Post
    One more for the list...

    I picked up a used Giant XTC JR 20 on craigslist. It's still too big for my son who just turned 5, but I couldn't pass up the deal. He's riding it if we go anywhere with hills, but for the local dirt jumps, we take the 16" SS hotrock.

    Upgrades:
    Easton Monkeylite carbon lorise bars I had laying around, cut ~1.5" off each side.
    Sinz crankset with 125mm arms (stock was 140)
    Shimano nothing fancy square taper BB
    Kenda wire bead small block 8 tires
    Not shown, but a friend gave me a Ritchey carbon super logic post. He had crushed the bottom portion of the post and cut it down to about 8", so perfect for the next couple of years.
    OH behave! Monkeylites ftw!!

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    I picked up a 2005 or so Specialized Hot Rock about a year ago for my son and documented the build then. I have done a few upgrades since. As it sits now:

    Specialized 2004 13.5" hotrock.
    Stock 165mm cranks with Sinz bottom bracket (dropped nearly 1/2 pound from stock with this)
    1x7 with 32 tooth front chainring, Paul Chainkeeper, stock freewheel.
    Race Face Stem, Price Point Sette flat bars.
    SRAM x3 derailleur and x5 shifter.
    Sette seatpost and Odysey BMX Saddle.
    Stock rear wheel with Alex rim.
    2001 Sid XC 80mm fork with Sun Ryno Lite XL 24" rim and Deore Disk hub (thanks to Chad at Redbarn). For a little more the Sun Envy Light is about 80 grams lighter.
    Avid BB7 front brake and Single Digit 7 rear.
    Kenda SB8 Tires.

    Hits the scale at 24 pounds even.
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    Riding slowly since 1977.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Building this up for my son’s 8th birthday in December:

    Marin Bayview Trail 24" mountain bike. Stripped off all the stock components and replaced with:

    • Raceface Atlas cranks + BB
    • Raceface bars
    • Surly 1x1 fork with cantilever bosses removed
    • Oury lock-on grips with Odi clamps
    • Avid BB7 front disc
    • 24"x2.5" Surly Large Marge rim up front
    • 24"x3" Nokian Gazzaloddi
    • SRAM X7 components

    Still waiting on the rear wheel build since I am going to complement the 32/22 front chainrings with a 11-32 Sram PG970 cassette in back.
    Primo looking kids bike, I bet he's crazy about it.

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    Crosspost from my thread

    Here is an update on my son's Marin Bayview Trail Disc

    So the upgrades so far are

    Spinner 24 inch Air fork with lock out
    RaceFace Next Sl carbon bars
    Complete 9 Speed XT drive train(except cranks)
    Shorten Iso Flow Cranks with Truvativ Rings
    Wheels, Novatec hubs laced to Velocity Aeroheat rims DT spokes and nipples
    BB7 brakes
    Tire are on the way, Schwalbe Rear Mow Joe 24x1.85 Front Rocket Ron 24x2.10
    Shopping for a seat post now, undecided about the seat


    Here are the weights:
    Stock Upgrade Change
    Fork 2040g 1729g -311g
    Bars 324g 165g -159g
    Front Wheel 1020g 940g -80g
    Rear Wheel with cassette 1600g 1500g -100g
    Seatpost 317g 150-200g -167-117g
    Tires 620g x2 F445g/R420g -375g
    Brake lever 76.7g
    Shifter 124g
    Shifter/Brake pod 168g x2 Total: 201g x2 +66
    FD 179g 154g -25g
    RD 310g 184g -126g
    Caliper 198g x2 163g x2 -70g
    Fork
    Seat 309g ? ?


    Sorry about the formatting, in the edit window it all looks lined up, when I post it I lost the tabs.

    If I take the seat post as 145g, then I've shaved off 1325g. Not as much as I hoped, but a lot of it was for the performance of the new parts over the stock one


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    I have a 5 year old boy turns 6 right after christmas what can anyone recommend for a 20" mid-priced bike?
    Anyone have one there kid grew out of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiRob View Post
    Primo looking kids bike, I bet he's crazy about it.
    Thanks. Fortunately he doesn’t even know about it yet. His birthday is December 1st.
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    Intense Balance Bike

    My wife thought I was crazy when I bought this during the Christmas sale at Performance Bike last year for around $50-60 (since my son was only 11 months at the time). Had the intense head badge and decals in my toolbox to help fit in with the "cool kids"

    My son loves it since he always see's Mommy and Daddy on their bikes. At 21 months now he can finally touch the ground while seated so hoping to take him out to the park for some practice this weekend





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    Lol!

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    Test fitting the new bike...

    No action shots yet but he's pretty stoked just to be sitting on it




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    Here are few pictures of my son's bike. It started out this morning as a 14" Sette Reken and together we moved the parts to a new Jamis Dakar XCR Expert 13". I built him the Reken last august for his 8th birthday with a decent spec and 24" wheels that I built. He's really improved and loved going with me so when Jenson had the 13" Dakar XCR, I bought it. Glad I did he loves the new ride! We will move the Reken to his street ride and also loan it friends when they want to hit the trails with us.
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    Jake is on a XS Giant Boulder that has been upgraded with a SRAM X-7 2x10 grouppo, wider bars and shorter stem, mix and matched tires Maxxis Ardent 2.35 in front and a Kenda Nevegal 2.2 in back.


    Ryan rides a 24" Giant Areva, it has been a great little bike.


    Conner just got a Giant XTC jr 20.

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    Getting ready to take home my sons new Hotrock xc. He couldn't wait to get it muddy.
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    87' Giant Commotion

    My son's 1987 Giant Commotion...overhauled. Last summer, I got lucky and found the bike on Craigslist for a song (stock and VERY used condition). I stripped and repainted the frame, and upgraded several things like bars, stem, shifter, brakes (old ones), cables, grips, seat (old one), cranks, pedals, and tires. My 5 year old son loves it and it was a fun project for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    I'll start with my friend's first bike, a Haro push bike with some Ritchey parts!
    We had specialized hotwalk for our kids, but I reckon I might treat the next boy with this Haro, I love orange..

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    He's still too young to "ride" a bike but Santa still had to get him one for Christmas.
    He just learned to walk, so he should be gliding along soon. Right now his rides consist of me pushing him around the house. Which is why I adapted a bar to the handelbars. That way I can steer him and keep him upright while I walk beside him. Without the bar I was killing my back!

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    My son Jared new bike he just got for christmas. He had to go ride it ASAP. 24 inch Giant XTC jr

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