• 06-04-2015
    tomson75
    Spawn's newest bike...the Kotori
    Kotori ? 24" - Born to Ride | The World's Best Kids Bikes!

    Video: Give The Kids a Proper Bike and They Take Flight - Pinkbike

    Let me start off by saying that I don't know a damn thing about DJ bikes. I assume there are some differences regarding geometry and wheel/tire choices, but could this bike make a decent trail/DH bike for a 10/11 year old?

    I'm giving up my desire to find a suitable 24/26" combo bike, but that doesn't mean I have money to buy a bike for every discipline my kid wants to try....we do everything from the bike park to 20 mile family rail trails. Pretty sure he would rather sacrifice comfort on a flat trail than in the bike park, but I'd like to find something that is at least CAPABLE of doing it all. These come singlespeed, but they have the option to throw a cassette on there. A front brake would obviously be needed as well.

    Spawn makes some damn good looking bikes, and at 22lbs for the stock setup. If they'd just make a FS AM bike for kids I'd be throwing my paychecks at them liberally.
  • 06-05-2015
    GSJ1973
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    Originally Posted by tomson75 View Post
    Kotori ? 24" - Born to Ride | The World's Best Kids Bikes!

    Video: Give The Kids a Proper Bike and They Take Flight - Pinkbike

    Let me start off by saying that I don't know a damn thing about DJ bikes. I assume there are some differences regarding geometry and wheel/tire choices, but could this bike make a decent trail/DH bike for a 10/11 year old?

    I'm giving up my desire to find a suitable 24/26" combo bike, but that doesn't mean I have money to buy a bike for every discipline my kid wants to try....we do everything from the bike park to 20 mile family rail trails. Pretty sure he would rather sacrifice comfort on a flat trail than in the bike park, but I'd like to find something that is at least CAPABLE of doing it all. These come singlespeed, but they have the option to throw a cassette on there. A front brake would obviously be needed as well.

    Spawn makes some damn good looking bikes, and at 22lbs for the stock setup. If they'd just make a FS AM bike for kids I'd be throwing my paychecks at them liberally.

    These are some really cool looking bikes. I don't see why you couldn't AM/DH this bike at all. To be honest a 28+ pound Full Suspension 24" bike is going to be super portly for a 60-70 pound kid if the trail points up at all so this would be a cool option to keep weight in the 25 pound range and better for your rail-trail/xc rides.

    This bike is 22 pounds as a stock singlespeed, but lacks many parts to ride XC/DH/AM.

    If you want to make it geared and AM worthy you'll need a cassette, derailleur, rear shifter, front brake, and rotor. Keep in mind that's probably 3 pounds of additional parts unless you go XTR level stuff. Schwalbe makes some Fat Albert's in 24" size, which would work better than the Small Block 8's at speed in loose terrain typical of AM/DH riding. See page two of this thread, they are burly tires: http://forums.mtbr.com/families-ridi...-928918-2.html
    If sticking to more xc stuff, the Fat Alberts are going to be much heavier also so keep that in mind.