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  1. #1
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    Experience/Impressions of Jamis X.20 for kids?

    Can't find any good reviews or information on the X.20 that I'm thinking about picking up for my kid. Not sure if I want to get a mountain-style bike or a BMX-style for 6 year old.

    I would probably pick one up that is used...probably 2011 or 2009.

    Only issues I can find are:
    Front shocks might be a waste for kids at this age (adds to weight)
    The crank might be too long
    Not the lightest bike

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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    Frame is standard butted aluminum and has pretty darn nice geometry....great starter bike. Fork is really poor, just too much stiction and too stiff a spring....ditch it for a much lighter rigid cromo fork. Crank length is fine for most kids, but since it is solid aluminum it could be cut, drilled out, and tapped to a shorter length if so desired. Weight is normal for price range and spec, changing out fork would take a couple pounds off, and spending another 250 on wheels would take off another pound or two.

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    Got one for my daughter a year ago or so and she rides the crap out of it,singletrack,bike paths,Even been to Rays in Milwaukee.It is a good bike but is a crappy fork like them,all.She was just 6 when she got it and is now 7 and still fits her great.

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