Wow! Been years since I've been here as a regular.

Looking to buy a new bicycle for my daughter. She would like to get into mountain bike racing with Dad. So I have been looking for a good bicycle for her to race with. What I am looking at, because of its light weight and excellent (for a kids bike) components, is the 2006 Hotrock A1 FS 24 21-Speed Girls. Anyone able to suggest where I might do better? Unfortunately metal prices have driven costs up.

Out the door it's pricing at $372.00 I haven't found a better price (shipping) online anywhere and the bike shops won't budge on price due to increased prices of metal.


FRAME Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, double-butted TT/DT, CNC HT, formed DT, forged drop out, w/06 replaceable hanger


FORK RST Capa T6A, 51mm travel, alloy steerer, coil MCU spring w/preload adjusment, juvi spring rate

HEADSET 1-1/8" threadless

STEM Alloy A-Head, 1-1/8"

HANDLEBARS Alloy, flat, 6 degree sweep, 540mm width

GRIPS Kraton "Revo" type

FRONT BRAKE Tektro "V", linear spring, stainless steel pipe

REAR BRAKE Tektro "V", linear spring, stainless steel pipe

BRAKE LEVERS Tektro junior "V", alloy, linear pull compatible

FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Acera, 31.8mm clamp, bottom pull

REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Altus, 7-speed

SHIFT LEVERS Shimano RS-41 "Revo" twist shifters, 3/7speed

CRANKSET Truvativ ISO-Flow w/alloy outer ring

CHAINRINGS 22t heat treated Cro-Mo/32t heat treated Cro-Mo/42t 7075 alloy

BOTTOM BRACKET Truvativ 68x113mm, square taper

PEDALS Dual sided, composite body, steel cage, toe clip compatible

CASSETTE/FREEWHEEL Shimano MFHG-37 freewheel 7-speed 14-28t

RIMS SUN CR-18, 24", 32h, double walled w/machined sidewalls, eyelets

CHAIN Shimano IG-31

FRONT HUB Joy-Tech, alloy hub and QR, 32h

REAR HUB Joy-Tech alloy hub and QR freewheel type, 32h

SPOKES 15g(1.8mm) stainless

FRONT TIRE Specialized Roll X, 24x1.8" blackwall

REAR TIRE Specialized Roll X, 24x1.8" blackwall

TUBES Specialized schraeder valve

SADDLE Body Geometry Kids MTB

SEAT POST Alloy, micro adjust, 27.2x300mm

SEAT BINDER Alloy collar w/ QR

NOTES Chain stay protector, Water Bottle and Cage, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual

High performance Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum frame with double-butted top tube/down tube, CNC head tube, and formed down tube RST Capa T6A 51mm suspension fork with alloy steerer and adjustable Coil/MCU spring

Lightweight alloy handlebars

Durable Truvativ ISO-Flow crankset with lightweight alloy outer ring

Lightweight SUN CR-18 alloy, double wall rims with machined sidewalls for improved braking performance