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    Ibex Alpine 320 vs. Scott Scale Jr. 20

    How do these two bikes compare to one another? I'm in the market for my 7 year old son, and I want to get him a "real" mountain bike, not something that's just got nice paint and a few gimmicks.

    I've looked into the Specialized Hot Rock, Diamondback, Raleigh's, and the Gary Fisher 20" mtn bikes, as well as the Ibex and the Scott. By and large, the Scott and Ibex are the only two that get referred to as a "real mountain bike with real components, just smaller."

    So, how do these two compare to one another? The Ibex is available online, and the Scott seems to be somewhat of a unicorn, being so late in the season, as most stores are sold out. I found one,but will have to travel about 3 1/2 hours to get the Scott....although I will be in that area anyhow, so that is not a factor,

    Any advice? I've heard the Scott has a better frame, but the components are better ont he Ibex. I've also read conflicting information about whether or not a 7 year old needs more than 7 gears. I live at 7,400 feet, and the terrain is anything but flat in my area, so low gearing would definitely come in handy! How is the build quality? I've seen the Scott in person but not the Ibex. The Scott did definitely catch my felt nicer than my own Cannondale.

    Lastly, my son is 7, around 4"2" tall, and about 57 lbs. I would like 3 seasons out of this bike, but the Ibex bike is recommended for 6-8, while the Scott is recommended for 7-9 yrs. old. Should I consider a 24" for my son? I also have a couple of daughters who are younger, so it would get plenty of use.

    Thanks for any help or guidance!

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    I can't speak for the Spark, but I do own 2 little Ibi (ibexes???).

    I have both the 20 and 24 inch kids bikes. They are really very nice bikes. They are truly shrunken "real" mountain bikes. The frames have nice welds and replaceable derailleur hangers. Dual quick release wheels and seatpost. Real, but low end mountain bike components. In fact, I put my parts bin Deore XT shifters and v-brakes on the 24 inch bike. The suspension forks are pretty much useless, but there are no good small wheeled forks available, as far as I know.

    We live a mile high and camp at close to 8000 feet, so the granny gear does come in handy. I don't think the girls have ever used the big ring, though.

    As for size, my little girl is 44 inches and rides a 20. My oldest rides the 24 inch wheeler, and she is 52 inches. They both fit well right now, with several inches of seat post showing. They seem to have longish top tubes, to they should still fit with the post maxed out.

    Here is a 7 year old on a 20 inch Ibex 320.

    Last edited by laurenlex; 05-30-2009 at 02:36 PM.

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