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    Specialized Safire for Kids. Anyone with experience.

    I have an opportunity to pick up a 2011 small Specialized Saphire for my son at a very good price. It has many upgrades. Stans 26" wheelset, 1x10, all Raceface bars, stem, crank etc. Suspension just serviced. Owner says it's right at 25 lbs. as built. About the same as a Trailcraft suspension bike. Cosmetically a bit rough but that's not an issue for me. Anyone have experience using one of these for a younger kid. My son just turned 10 and is ready to get off his 24" Orbea. Thoughts?

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    Do it. This is the bike my son went to after getting off a Rocky Mountain 24" hardtail, right around 9-10 yrs old. He rode the bejesus out of this thing, St George to Front Range trails, Moab and many points in between. It was an awesome bike. He was only on it for a season and a half before going to 27.5, but it was a great bike and he's really tall for his age.

    I had to cut down a dropper post to get it to fit the short tube insertion on the frame, but other than that, it was great....without the upgrades you speak of. PM me if you're interested in a cut down Joplin dropper for cheap - think i still have it.
    I would advise not taking my advice.

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    Thanks, I will be in touch about the dropper if the bike checks out. We will be looking at it this Saturday.

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