Wow, very nice build! So, basically only the frame and saddle are stock?
Seat, seat post clamp, stem, skewers and head set.
Originally Posted by BeginnerCycling
My son didn't like the Specialized colors or I would have saved some money and gotten the regular 21 speed HockRock and thrown these parts on it.
Keep in mind, I started all this thinking I would build a XS26 inch frame with 24 inch wheels. So all these parts are from that build. It just ended up too big for him.
Had I not started down that route, I doubt I would have gone as far as I did with this, especially the wheels.
I will say the cranks are worth it. Most kids bikes come with cranks that are too long and the rings are horrible, making shifting hard for little hands.
Right on dude! Your little dude is riding in style… without carrying granite slabs and cinderblocks everywhere he rides.
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Can I ask what length cage dérailleur worked out best for you?
And what led you to choose the spinner over the rst f!rst 24? Availability?
It's a long cage. For the Spinner it was availability. I'm not worried about have too many adjustments on a fork for a 10 year old. Just being able to vary the air pressure and have a much smoother fork is enough.
Originally Posted by tubored
Nice job on the build!
Edit: I would cut the steerer. By the time your son gets big enough to top out, he'll be onto a 26". I used a flat bar and a 6 degree stem (inverted for -6) to get a better hands to saddle height for my son.
Yea I just haven't gotten around to that yet. It's next on the list.
Originally Posted by IAmHolland
Is the weight on the Spinner Air fork @ 1729 grams a typo ? I have the Spinner coil 24" fork & it weighs 1680 grams.
Originally Posted by TwoTone
Sorry about missing the start of your project.
Where did you end up picking up the Spinner 24" air fork? How do you think it compares to the F1rst fork?
Obviously I'm heading down a similar path as you. The one thing keeping me on the Canndale path is the fork. Otherwise, if I can get a good quality 24" air fork, I might just pick up an AL frame bike and do a custom build.
My only fall back is that my boy has a younger sister that can take advantage of any 24" specific parts that are of good quality.
I can't compare it to the F1rst Fork since I've never seen one or used one. At the time I bough my son a bike the only 24 inch bike with an air fork was the Scott at $900+ if I remember correctly.
Originally Posted by traffic002
I got the fork from a member on here Demo9. He run lil shredders. He had both 20 and 24 inch spinner airs. Home Page
Here is the source for the F1rst Air RST F1RST Air 24" MTB Federgabel schwarz
Here's a thread about it RST F1RST Air 24"
While the F1rst air has rebound and the Spinner doesn't, I haven't seen a need yet with my son to adjust the rebound. The fork as it was was worlds better than any of the junk that comes on kids bike and was much lighter. I don't think you can go wrong either way.
When I first bought the Marin, I didn't know I'd be able to source the air fork, so I need a frame with disc tabs and a fork with disk tabs. I originally wanted this bike, Specialized Bicycle Components but for some stupid reason they put a fork with no tabs on it.
In the end I'm very happy with the Marin, Specialized did me a favor because in my research I also found that the chainstays are about .5 inches shorter on the Marin which I feel will make manuals/wheelies easier for my son to learn. Heck look at the big deal adults make about .5 inches on a chainstay on a large adult bike, imagine what that is on a small kids frame.
Hope this help and good luck on your build
Sorry I never noticed your post. It's not a typo, but keep in mind if we aren't using nice expensive scales that get calibrated all the time, our numbers will be off.
Originally Posted by xc71
I never compare my weights with someone else's. My scales are just ok cheap ones. I use them just for my own comparisons.