Posts in the category Kids’ Bikes

Commencal Fills Out Their 2016 Range from Kids Bikes to DH, with a Healthy Dose of Spank for a Purple Series

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Last month we wrote about Commencal’s all new Meta AM V4 Race, and today they have release another 20 or so bikes for 2016. While mostly updates of current bikes and simplification of current lines, there are a few new (and renewed) bikes and new markets for others. Commencal has also done a good bit to try to lower the cost of entry into many of their bikes. And a curious way they have done that is by spec’ing Marzocchi suspension components pretty heavily. That is pretty interesting since our most recent news from the eminent shuttering of Marzocchi’s mountain bike division, but maybe Commencal knows something we don’t or they just believe in their resurrection? On the higher end side Commencal adds a special edition Purple series of bikes that get a more custom finishing kit the leans heavy on wheels and cockpits from Spank.

Jump past the break for an overview of the new/updated bikes and what we can expect…
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Trailcraft kids mountain bike – unboxed, weighed & first impressions

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After experimenting with kids bikes from Specialized (20″) and Raleigh (24″) for my son, I wanted to get my daughter on something better and lighter. It’s not that those other bikes were bad, they certainly got him out on the trail and are worlds better than what’s sold at big box stores, but they’re heavy. And with retail pricing around $200 to $500, the component spec included a lot of imprecise stamped steel parts.

Then Trailcraft came on the scene and saved Cameron from another hand me down.

Built around a premium 7005-series alloy frame and custom 24″ Stan’s NoTubes Crest wheels and Schwalbe tires, Trailcraft’s Pineridge 24 starts off with a killer foundation for a legitimate mountain bike to get your kiddies off to a rippin’ good start…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Enter Into the New BH Dimension – Interactively discover what riding the new BH Lynx 4.8 Carbon is like from your Smartphone or Tablet in three easy steps: 1- Download the free CLICKar app by clicking on Apple Store or Play Store. 2- Open it and scan the image. 3- Put yourself into the skin of BH Gravity Team riders. BHBikes.com
  • Camelbak acquired for $412 million – BikeBiz reported earlier this week that Vista Outdoor, a designer, manufacturer and marketer in the outdoor sport and recreation market, has purchased the brand. More on the acquisition at bikebiz.com.

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Leg&Go Balance Bike System Helps Kids Get Rad Younger With Configurations for Every Tyke’s Taste

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Designers at Leg&Go have come up with a novel straddle bike concept that stands out for a variety of reasons. The bent birch frames feature an array of built in safety mechanism and are configurable in a variety of ways to accommodate not just growing bodies but also changing tastes of small riders. So whether your tyke is barely learning to walk or is experimenting with downhill runs in the park, the Leg&Go has you covered and your child safe. Push through for more… READ MORE ->

Weekend RoundUp: GoPro Mount by Rokform, KEEN Strider Sandals, Luxury Lazer Street Helmets, Colorful BMX Tires, and More

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New GoPro Mount Turns Smartphone Into Viewfinder: Rokform, maker of smartphone mounting systems for your car, motorcycle, or bicycle, is introducing a new aircraft grade aluminum, made in the USA GoPro Mount to ensure users capture quality images and video every time by turning your phone screen into a view finder. It is available alone or in a kit including one of its protective cases. There is also a version compatible with its existing v3 cases for iPhone or Samsung devices. Rokform.com READ MORE ->

Trailcraft crankset offers upgraded drivetrain for kid’s bikes

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One of the toughest parts of a kids bike to upgrade can be the crankset, with many shipping with the older square-hole mount and triple chainring clusters with all of the rings permanently pinned together. The former means you can’t just slap one a high end crankset on it (which would probably be too long anyway), and the latter means it’s all but impossible to convert it to a 1x or 2x system to save a little weight.

Fortunately, upstart premium youth mountain bike brand Trailcraft is now selling their own cranksets separately, making it easy to upgrade your kids bike to a proper crankset that comes with 32/22 chainrings and an external bash guard, which helps with outboard chain retention. Once you’ve got ’em, you can slap any 104BCD chainring down to a 30-tooth on them, including the Race Face narrow-wide chainrings used on their complete 1×10 Pineridge bikes.

They mount onto the standard tapered square spindle bottom bracket commonly used on kid’s bikes. Weight is 448g (cranks, rings, bash guard and bolts), length is 152mm and retail is $79.99.

Found: Custom 14.3lb Skyde 246 youth mountain bike for builder’s daughter

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If you’re a parent and regular Bikerumor reader, there’s no doubt you’ve been vexed by youth bike offerings. Things are getting better thanks to lighter weight, impressively spec’d bikes from brands like Trailcraft, Culprit, Priority, Transition and Trek (among others) but it’s still few and far between.

But, what do you do if you’re a frame builder and want to take things to extremes? You build your own and enlist the help of your industry partners to make it wicked light, of course!

Here the story of this project, as told by Ronnie Calvet of Skyde Cycles in France…

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Priority Bicycles Brings Sensible Simplicity to Kids Bikes With The Start

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Last year Priority Bicycles was launched with a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for their first bike, the Priority Classic. The Classic was designed as a simple no-maintenance commuter, and since it sold extremely well the company is back this year with their new kids bike, the Start.

Company founder and CEO Dave Weiner is a father of two who decided to revisit the design of kids bikes, which haven’t seen much innovation in quite a long time. Weiner set out to create something that would be easy to maintain, always ready to ride and will last for generations.

Intended for children aged 2-8, the Start comes in two models with either 12” or 16” wheels, and is built with durable, no-fuss components like rust-free aluminum frames, non-inflatable tires, greaseless belt drive and tool-free adjustable (and removable) training wheels.

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Trailcraft adds 1x drivetrain build to premium youth mountain bike lineup

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Launched in November and already moving through several shipments of their premium 24″ youth mountain bikes, Trailcraft Cycles has jumped on the 1x drivetrain movement for kids, too.

Shown above on the founder’s daughter’s bike, they’re now offering a complete bike with a 1×10 option using a Race Face narrow/wide chainring on their own cranks with a Shimano Zee rear shifter/Deore derailleur.

The rest of the spec remains, including the custom Stan’s NoTubes Crest 24 rims with Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires and kid sized alloy cockpit. The bike above is built with Trailcraft’s titanium rigid fork, which is one option alongside the RST air suspension fork. Prices, weights and closeup below…

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