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    2018 Norco Charger 4.1 24" kids bike

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    Went to see where my dude was at size wise and whether he fit on a Fluid 2.3 plus or the Charger 4.1 and, well, they were having a 20% off Labor day sale...and he was close enough on the Charger! Weight is 24.5ish with reflectors and steel pedals. The fork gave proper sag and seemed like it dampens with his weight. Cranks look too long but everything else fits nicely.

    Post up if you have questions on it! I know it helps to have someone with the bike in hand when trying to figure out what to do for the kids!

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    The little dude is loving this bike. We have a lot of goathead thorns on our dry, hardback trails, so I went with the Rocket Ron 24x2.1 and went tubeless. Saves about 3/4lb over the Kenda's with tubes and gives way more traction on our terrain. With his weight, I'm guessing we'll end up in the teens for tire pressure.

    This bike will be 10 speed with 11-36 gearing by next week, once I upgrade his sisters drivetrain and pass on the hand-me-downs . After that, new bars, stem, seat post, clamp, pedal, skewers, and a Trailcraft DM crank.

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    Finally got to all the upgrades today...

    The biggest improvement was the crank length. Even though the Trailcraft 140mm dm crank is quite nice, the Norco 152mm that came on the bike was actually pretty light. The heavy part is the square taper bottom bracket. But man, that 12mm reduction makes him fit soooo much better. The Trailcraft crank is pretty pricey so if youíre not trying to reduce weight or bearing friction, maybe look at the Spawn cranks.

    The next best improvement was the Cane Creek 40 series headset. It looked like there was a big spacer in there that prevented the handlebars from being lowered, but it was actually a bearing cup as well as a spacer. The new headset was 27 grams lighter and the sealed bearings will last much longer. The shorter headset and flat, 620mm carbon bar set the height perfect for my 48.5Ē 6 year old.

    I bought another set of Xpedo Spry pedals for this bike. If youíre looking for value on weight savings, these bad boys dropped 180 grams of weight over the stock pedals and have a much smoother bearing. Money well spent.

    The 10 speed system is in and it works but the rear triangle is so short that it makes for a pretty bad chainline. You can hear a tiny bit of grinding when pedaling the 36t cog. I think it would get pretty bad trying to go bigger than 36t or 11 speed but it works for now.

    Current weight is 22.78 lbs.

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    This looks like a pretty good option, esp. liking the 67.5 ht angle.

    I'm seeing a "Charger 24" and the "Charger 4.1" what's the difference?

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    I think they renamed it the 24 for 2020 but itís the same frame. Looks like some different parts and tires but generally the same.

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