I've been so inspired by all the Hotrock custom build threads that I thought I would give it a go. I spotted this bike very cheap locally. It is a girls Merida Dakar 616. 16 inch wheel and I think 8 inch aluminium frame. I think it is 2009. It would be for my 2 year old who will probably be four-ish by the time he is big enough - his Specialized Hotrock 12 should last until then.
At the moment I know nothing about modifying bikes, but I have recently started bike maintenance classes and am willing to learn. I also have a 14 year old who reckons he knows what he is doing when it comes to customising bikes
I reckon if I start on a cheap enough bike then it doesn't really matter if it goes wrong. What I need to know is if this bike is a good starting point to make a decent bike? Obviously I would ideally import a Lil Shredder but that is unfortunately beyond my budget
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