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    My 5yr olds X-Mas Present

    XS 907 off set frame, Moonlander fork, Marge lites laced to Sram x9 hubs, flipped the setback post to make it a "set forward"...50mm stem, cut down RXL flat bar, 170mm Race Face cranks...Set up 1x9 with XO RD and Grip Shift...Larry's set up tubeless...My boy is going to freak out x-mas morning Frame and most of the Bits from Cycle Haven...


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    Cool Christmas present!

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    That is sweet! Your gonna have a great time with your son on the trails next year!

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    If you dont mind me asking how much did you end up spending on that rig? I have a 5 year old also and plan on buying him a bike for his 6th birthday in january and might end up just buying a good mtn bike till he gets a bit older.
    My son is almost 50 inches tall and is borderline fitting on a 24 inch bike How tall is your boy?
    Are you on long island I would love to size y son up on that thing.
    Hope your boy appreciates it!

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    That is one sweet bike.

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    Yes, I'm on Long Island...the XS 907's have 13" seat tube, 24" Stand Over, 22" ETT...He will not be able pull wheelies and jump it like he can his bmx bike but we will have fun in he snow and riding the beach...This is the only thing he wanted...He is as obsessed about riding as I am...This will complete our family fat bike quiver...It will go quite nice with my Muk and my wife's 907...If you want to meet up some time after x-mas for a ride and have your son throw his legs over it just send me a msg...

    Quote Originally Posted by Boatracer View Post
    If you dont mind me asking how much did you end up spending on that rig? I have a 5 year old also and plan on buying him a bike for his 6th birthday in january and might end up just buying a good mtn bike till he gets a bit older.
    My son is almost 50 inches tall and is borderline fitting on a 24 inch bike How tall is your boy?
    Are you on long island I would love to size y son up on that thing.
    Hope your boy appreciates it!

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    That is a real awesome build - making me think about keeping my extra parts to build up one for my daughter. She's already on a Gary Fisher 13" frame 26" wheel build and has a great time on it. Though she does eye my Fat Bike.....

    hmmm - the little gears in the brain are starting to move

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    Sevenz for Dad of the Year!

    Sweet build

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    It is so wrong that your 5 year old will have a nicer bike than most of us adults !!! When I was that age, we didn't have...

    He's going to love it, I'm sure!

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    Can you video your boy when he's sees' this present under the xmas tree. It would be great to see his reaction.

    Awesome bike build.

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    My 5-year-old son gets a Giant 24" XTC.

    Used.

    I am a failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stockli Boy View Post
    My 5-year-old son gets a Giant 24" XTC.

    Used.

    I am a failure.
    Not at all, giving a bike puts you firmly on the cool dad list no matter what, I'm sure you'll get a ton of love from your son just the same.

    If you're bummed out by the used thing, why not turn it into a positive instead, strip the bike down with your son, have him pick a cool color for powder coating/painting, rebuild, and he ends up with an cool custom.

    But honestly I think he couldn't care less that it's used as long as it's an awesome ride he can have fun on.

    That 907 is a sweet looking ride though, I guess there will be several ecstatic kids this christmas..

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    My 4year old is getting snowshoes. Epic fail

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    Like I said on FB........ GREAT MINDS think alike!!
    Our 9 yr. olds Xmas present

    Xmas morning will be one to remember for both our young ones!!!
    Pedal On!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandrenseren View Post
    Not at all, giving a bike puts you firmly on the cool dad list no matter what, I'm sure you'll get a ton of love from your son just the same.
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    I'm kidding, he'll be psyched. Plus, I have a road bile waiting for his March birthday, so he's hardly lacking. The mini fatty looks amazing, though.

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    Please post pics soon. I'm curious to see how he fits on it. In my my head a see a midget sitting in a Humvee.

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    A couple of thoughts. I built up this xs 907 for my then 10 year old. The bike weighs 25 lbs. I used a Pace carbon fork, 44mm snowcats, and went 1x9 to save weight. My boy can pedal this thing around the neighborhood all day, but when it comes to snow riding thats a different story. It's a lot of bike and rolling resistance for kids to push around. If the conditions are at all soft, it makes it that much more difficult. I eventually swapped out the 1x setup to give him back his granny gear for hills and adverse snow conditions. He rides it (not as often as i would like) but prefers his summer bike to the fat bike. I realize not all kids are the same, some are way more driven than others, so maybe approach the project with caution. I may have had to high of expectations. Still fun, and i hope as he gets older and stronger that he will ride it more and farther.
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    SB - what is at all uncool about the Giant ? They look like pretty good bikes to me!




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    Nothing wrong with the Giant at all, and the price was right. Looking at the mini fatty makes me think about how long we'll have to wait for the snow to melt before we can ride. Wish I had the bucks to build up a mini fatty for my kid, maybe I will look into moving to a fat frame when he's a little taller. He thinks the world of my Pugz.

    Plus, he has a 24" black & red Pinarello waiting for his birthday, and that really doesn't suck. Probably made by Giant, too.

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    I got a fatty for my 9 year old, a great deal of our riding is done on loose gravel or snow, so it makes sense. I am in the process of modding it to fit him better.
    I have been thinking of going 1x9, but with a 23 tooth chainring. The little guy never goes fast at the best of times, so it doesn't make sense to bother with the higher gears. My concern is that 23x34 won't be low enough a gear for him, especially if I get 145mm cranks to go with it.
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    My 5 year old cannot reach the pedals even with short cranks, so there is no danger of her getting one for at least 3 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandrenseren View Post
    Not at all, giving a bike puts you firmly on the cool dad list no matter what, I'm sure you'll get a ton of love from your son just the same.

    If you're bummed out by the used thing, why not turn it into a positive instead, strip the bike down with your son, have him pick a cool color for powder coating/painting, rebuild, and he ends up with an cool custom.

    But honestly I think he couldn't care less that it's used as long as it's an awesome ride he can have fun on.
    ^^ This. When my son was 9 and ready for his first 26'er, we made a project out of it. Bought a Barracuda frame off eBay for $40, and pieced together the rest from my parts bin (I had moved to 29"). Showed him how to install the headset, cranks, true the wheels, etc. He was so psyched when he proudly told his friends that he built his own bike. A few years later, he and I teamed up to build a 26'er for my daughter...donor frame from a friend, sanded it down, painted it baby blue, sourced decals from eBay, put more of my parts bin on it. She was thrilled. 'course, a year later, she discovered softball and the bike hasn't seen use since...

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    Every kid needs a cool 'Fat Bike' Dad! Nice work

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    I can't speak for the other lucky soon to be new Fat Bike boy; but we were lucky enough to have a friend who's wife had an XS 9:zero:7 that we could test fit with a pedal around their LBS.
    Our Zack had the all to familiar fatBike smile as we were pedaling around for damn near 2 hours. This was in August, with pick up Nov. 30th. He fit the XS with very little trouble and that sealed the deal!!
    The snow riding concerns me some, but we have plenty of sled-head trails, and I've been grooming winter singletrack since our 1st snow!
    I don't know who's more excited..... Me or Z.
    Although I like the non lethal form of torture, he's been told they couldn't get one in his size!! All the while his green machine has been sitting tucked away nicely in our basement!! Ha Ha
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    This is on my list of things to do. My 9yr old has out grown his mini box bike so it's time for another.

    the word of caution, he rode his mini on the bmx track 2 times and wasn't interested anymore. Good thing i converted a specialized hotrock into a mini and didnt drop massive coin on one. None the less he rode it everyday on the street with me so i guess its a win. Lucky I got a maniac 5 yr old trying to jump ramps already.

    I say 2x9 so they don't get frustrated with too tall of a gear and lose interest because it's too hard to pedal.

    I got a pile of parts already for this project. And thanks for the inseam measurements that helps a lot.
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    You're one awesome dad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sevenz View Post
    XS 907 off set frame, Moonlander fork, Marge lites laced to Sram x9 hubs, flipped the setback post to make it a "set forward"...50mm stem, cut down RXL flat bar, 170mm Race Face cranks...Set up 1x9 with XO RD and Grip Shift...Larry's set up tubeless...My boy is going to freak out x-mas morning Frame and most of the Bits from Cycle Haven...

    Dude, you must have a super tall 5 year old! My almost 9 year old at 52 inches and 60 pounds struggles on a 13" 26er bike right now, his 24" is the go to still in our garage.

    You should check out some Sinz cranks, your son will have way more fun on shorty cranks spinning than trying to muscle adult length cranks.

    Is XS size a custom option? I don't see it on the site unless it's brand new. That so rad! Well done sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSJ1973 View Post
    Dude, you must have a super tall 5 year old! My almost 9 year old at 52 inches and 60 pounds struggles on a 13" 26er bike right now, his 24" is the go to still in our garage.

    You should check out some Sinz cranks, your son will have way more fun on shorty cranks spinning than trying to muscle adult length cranks.

    Is XS size a custom option? I don't see it on the site unless it's brand new. That so rad! Well done sir.
    I had the same thought about the Sinz. The other option if you have access to a drill press and pedal taps is to redrill the 175's to something shorter. Even if the crank is thinner where you have to locate the new holes your little guy won't put that much load on it. I did it years ago to an old style XT crank and it worked great.

    However:

    For the poster who went with a double chainring, put a guard on it. My little guy put his foot down in line with the rings once, when stopping, and embedded 6 or 8 teeth into his calf. Makes for a nice scar and story 20 years later but not much fun at the time.
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    A very happy Fat Biker here













    We thought about the Sinz 140mm cranks but the 110 BCD turned us off...Did not want to go with a 36t chainring...We have some mod's to adjust the fit in mind but wanted to get him on the bike first before we made our final adjustments.

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    He looks very happy! He will be able to ride that bike for a few years as it seems to be a little bit of a strech now but he seems to be making it work.

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    He does look stretched out but confident and very much in control. Nice work. Hope he has many miles of smiles on the bike.
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    Lucky kid, he sure looks happy!
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    Very Sweet... Nice work.

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    That's one happy kid. Good job dad.

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    If you are looking for shorter cranks with the ability to run smallish chainrings, the Profile Racing cranks go down to 145mm and fit down to a 23 tooth ring.

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    Love it! I can't wait until my son is big enough for a fat bike, trying to talk my wife into one now.
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    I applaud wanting to get your son a great bike for Christmas but at the risk of coming across like a preachy jerk that bike looks way to big for that boy. Sure he can ride it in the driveway but get out in the real world and he will run into problems that will likely turn him off to biking.

    Think of yourself riding a 60 pound bike with 48" wheels, 255mm cranks a 30" top tube and 40+ inch standover height. You could do it but would it be fun when the going gets even a little bit difficult.

    Sorry to sound like a jerk but I've watched too many kids struggle with too big and heavy bikes and none of them were even close to where you all are at. Hopefully your kid will prove me wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sryanak View Post
    I applaud wanting to get your son a great bike for Christmas but at the risk of coming across like a preachy jerk that bike looks way to big for that boy. Sure he can ride it in the driveway but get out in the real world and he will run into problems that will likely turn him off to biking.

    Think of yourself riding a 60 pound bike with 48" wheels, 255mm cranks a 30" top tube and 40+ inch standover height. You could do it but would it be fun when the going gets even a little bit difficult.

    Sorry to sound like a jerk but I've watched too many kids struggle with too big and heavy bikes and none of them were even close to where you all are at. Hopefully your kid will prove me wrong.
    No worries...This is not his only bike...He has 3 others to choose from. I'm not one of those pushy fathers that lives vicariously through their kids...He does not ride bikes because I push him to do it...He does it because he loves it...Is the bike big...YES...But it is something he will grow with and into...Do I think this bike is for every 5yr old...absolutely not...but my son he will get years of use and smiles out of it...Honestly, I'm not worried about him loosing interest...but if he did I would support him in any other activity he chose to participate in. A few pics of him riding over the last 3 yrs:

    First Kids Race...@ 2.5yrs old (no training wheels)


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    I'm betting he will be fine.Now if only his dad could ride! ( :

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    Now thats a stud Kid biker!

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    Those are great shots of him riding. Here's to many years of you two riding together.
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    For those of you who may have missed this in the Fat Bike Films thread....

    Fat Bike Kid!!! My Son's first beach ride...

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/56447668" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/56447668">Fat Bike Kid</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user3773000">Sevenz</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    Hey dad give me call when he out grows that bike.
    Still cleaning my Fatback.
    It's a life style.

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    Lol, nice video. Lucas is definitely a stud rider and has wanted a fat bike for about two years! I can barely get my son on the balance bike at 3yo.

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    Where is that beach video? I was showing the pictures to my son (5yo) and he knows your son He wasnt sure from where but he was in pre school at the ymca in bayshore and now goes to school in west islip.
    My sons birthday is in january and will be getting a new 24" fuji mtb. he definitly has the passion wants to ride daily.
    ask your son if he knows Willam

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    Love the credits at the end!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boatracer View Post
    Where is that beach video? I was showing the pictures to my son (5yo) and he knows your son He wasnt sure from where but he was in pre school at the ymca in bayshore and now goes to school in west islip.
    My sons birthday is in january and will be getting a new 24" fuji mtb. he definitly has the passion wants to ride daily.
    ask your son if he knows Willam
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    Sevens, Have fun riding with your little guy. Before you know it they are this age and have left home, at least they still come back for the holidays. Picture was two days ago now it's 45 out and blowing 45 so the snow is fading.
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