Darwin Mini Brings New Wheelsize to the Fore

2014StM-bike-Mini-Darwin-green-sideJust when I was starting to get comfortable with all the different wheelsize religions, a little brand named Darwin had to tip the boat. Just like the gap for adults between 26″ and 29″ wheels was crying out for a mid size solution, the deeply unsaturated children’s market has a new savior. If your future Gwinny is too tall for a 12″ and to small for a 16″, you can now procure a 14″ BMX bike to prepare them for their pursuit of the rainbow stripes.

Jokes aside, the Darwin appears to be a well thought out pixie racer kids bike. The company claims to have spent 6 months extensively testing the bike under numerous kid athletes to ensure the best balance, and no expense has been spared in the pursuit of ultimate playground cred. The Mini Darwin 14″ has  an integrated headset, cassette hub, 4 alloy pegs, and a 1pc seat/seatpost combo. They’ve also optimized the gearing to work with the short kid approved crank arms they’ve spec’d. Mini Darwin 14 GeometryAfter looking over the spec’s, we have to say this little ride looks pretty sweet.  No word on pricing or weight yet, but the well equipped whip should be available in Japan come March and in Switzerland and France this April.

Via St. Martin

 

Comments

scott - 03/04/14 - 10:16am

Another dead wheel size brought back to life. Maybe you’ll be able to get more tires for some old scooters now.

anello grande - 03/04/14 - 10:23am

Nothing new. 14′ers have been around for a long time.

foolio - 03/04/14 - 11:14am

Aren’t 14″ and 18″ the size big box stores use from some reason? What’s the reasoning?

Champs - 03/04/14 - 12:56pm

foolio, you’re thinking of 14″C, the box store size. These are 14″B, the old Chilean size for wheelbarrows.

Fanboy - 03/04/14 - 5:16pm

“Champs – 03/04/14 – 12:56pm
foolio, you’re thinking of 14″C, the box store size. These are 14″B, the old Chilean size for wheelbarrows.”

Quoted for pure gold.

But can it enduro?

Andy - 03/05/14 - 2:15am

Ok I have to call this out. Introducing a new nonstandard wheel size for kids bikes are completely pointless. My son outgrew his 12″ in 2 years, his 16″ in another 2 years, and now he’s on his 18″. Which begs the question, why would anyone buy a kids bike that only lasts a year?

Mindless - 03/05/14 - 2:38am

New? WTF. My kids started on 14″ many years ago.

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