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    lighter stem / handlebars for Haro Z12 (suggestions?)

    I'm looking for suggestions to take some weight off my daughter's 12" Haro.

    I was hoping to find a lighter stem & handlebar combo than currently configured but the LBS said the 1" size makes it tough...

    She's petite and will be making the transition from a skuut, so every lb counts.

    Also, I was surprised how little rotational momentum the wheels carry. I guess that's why most kids jump up wheel sizes as soon as they comfortably can?

    Thanks!

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    Is it a quill stem? Those are heavy and you'll be relegated to eBay for older parts and cruiser components for the most part. I don't know that you'll save weight there. Swapping to a lighter aluminum bar that you trim down for width will likely be effective, though. Take one out of your parts box, or snag a Performance special, etc...

    Of course, in the grand scheme of things, the 12" bike isn't the place to be saving a bunch of weight. Sure, it's heavy for its size, but you can't do much about it and she's going to outgrow it quickly.

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    At her age, heavier bike makes a stronger rider....sorry I can't help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montana Rider
    I'm looking for suggestions to take some weight off my daughter's 12" Haro.

    I was hoping to find a lighter stem & handlebar combo than currently configured but the LBS said the 1" size makes it tough...

    Also, I was surprised how little rotational momentum the wheels carry.
    A noble aim, indeed. My son's 12" bike is ridiculously heavy (25+ lbs?). He does struggle to carry it around, but rides it just fine.

    Regarding the stem, your choices are very limited, if it is like my son's bike. A typical 1" quill is, i believe, 22.2mm in diameter. There is a 1" std. that is slightly smaller (21.2 or something), and is the domain of heavy cheap stems, as far as i could find. The only stem I could find was also pretty long (8cm) for such a little bike.

    As for the wheel momentum, have you looked at the bearing adjustment? Inexpensive bikes notoriously come with bearings waaaay too tight, and properly adjusted roll just fine.

    I haven't seen any lightweight 12" offerings (or accessories). A micro-mini BMX is the first chance you are going to have at that, but they are for bigger kids than a 12" bike (starting at about 5 years old)

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