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    $350 budget for a kids bike

    I don't have a lot of $$ but I would love to get my 9 year old into mountain biking. He likes riding his 20" single speed thru the neighborhood and paved park trails. I like riding the MTB trails around here, and there are some nice family friendly trails. This would be his first bike with gears and front fork.

    I have been looking at a lot of threads on this site, but they boil down to cheaper new bikes and $1000+ new bikes. I am keeping it at a $350 budget ceiling as I only spent $800 on my used specialized fuse. that budget has to include any upgrades and I prefer to not have to do too many.

    Would you recommend a lower spec new bike or an older used higher spec bike? I am looking at a 24" GT from 2012 that had a MSRP of almost $1000. Has cable disk brakes and a coil fork.

    I am leaning towards used as I like depreciation and I would have $$ left over to get the bike professionally tuned up.

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    Check pink bike i have seen a lot o nice bikes there. Got my son FS there for ablut 400 us less than retail price.
    SC Megatower, SC Hightower LT(sold) , SC Tallboy 3(sold), Scott Genius, Commencal Meta HT

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    Score a dirt jumper like this specialized P2... I got one for my son when he was 8 and he rode it until he was 14 (little too old by then). I put a dropper post on it and it made a huge difference. I actually need to sell it, needs some love though.
    It's the perfect time of year, Somewhere far away from here.

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    I bought a dirt jumper and lots of used gear from Pinkbike, I had been watching it for a while, but all the kids bikes are either in Canada or local pick up only.

    My son is way too small for a 26 DJ.

    I did pick up a GT Zaskar 24 today. It fits him perfect and the condition is excellent, never ridden in dirt. It is very light feeling, has a coil fork but I got it for $275. MSRP was $975 new.

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