Strider Rocker turns your balance bike into a rocking horse

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Not ready to release your little on onto the mean streets? That doesn’t mean they can’t get some saddle time in the air conditioned comfort of your own home. The new Strider Rocker bolts onto their 12″ Strider bike for hours of fun. The low to the ground design helps keep them stable (enhanced lateral stiffness?). Retail is $79.99, available now. Detail pic below…

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Not ready to release your little on onto the mean streets? That doesn’t mean they can’t get some saddle time in the air conditioned comfort of your own home. The new Strider Rocker bolts onto their 12″ Strider bike for hours of fun. The low to the ground design helps keep them stable (enhanced lateral […]

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Cratoni Maxster Pro gives kids a proper ventilated helmet

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When making helmets for kids, most companies tend to end up with designs where ventilation is seriously lacking. One version of that are hardshell helmets designed to take a lot of regular abuse, but even most lighter, in-mold helmets suffer from lack of big openings, often just because it is a bit more difficult to maintain strength and impact resistance when you are dealing with a smaller helmet and less material to start with. But now Cratoni looks to have made a big improvement with their line of Maxster and Maxster Pro helmets, which open up the front vents as much as possible and add big rear facing exhaust vents in a design that looks a lot more like a modern trail helmets. And with these designed for kids down to a tiny 46cm head, it looks like some young trail shredders might be getting a cool new lid soon…

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When making helmets for kids, most companies tend to end up with designs where ventilation is seriously lacking. One version of that are hardshell helmets designed to take a lot of regular abuse, but even most lighter, in-mold helmets suffer from lack of big openings, often just because it is a bit more difficult to maintain […]

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Review: Specialized Camber Grom 24″ youth full suspension mountain bike

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There’s something to be said for getting a kid started on a fully rigid hardtail. But if your local trails are super gnarly, there’s also a pretty darn good argument for getting them suspended as quickly as possible. Traction aside, it’s more about comfort and safety, assuming the weight penalty isn’t too grand. If you a) have a little tyke at home that’s itchin’ to keep up with you, and b) are already thinking this might keep them from bouncing around uncontrollably, then the Specialized Camber Grom might be worth a look.

First up, Specialized didn’t continue this model into their 2017 lineup. But they’ve still got inventory, which you can find if you search past models on their website. If you’re fine with that, read on why their FSR suspension is ready made for smaller riders…

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There’s something to be said for getting a kid started on a fully rigid hardtail. But if your local trails are super gnarly, there’s also a pretty darn good argument for getting them suspended as quickly as possible. Traction aside, it’s more about comfort and safety, assuming the weight penalty isn’t too grand. If you […]

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Trailcraft Cycles offers lightweight 24″ alloy fork, adds custom bike configurator online

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Lets say your kid already has a bike and you’re not ready to plunk down $1,600 or more for a sweet new Trailcraft so they can keep up with you. Now, you can at least drop a pound or more from the front end by swapping in the new Trailcraft 24 alloy rigid fork.

Weighing in at just 650g, it can save upwards of 1,000g off cheap suspension forks that come on low end kids bikes. That can really help your tyke lift the front end over small obstacles and help them hustle up the hills a little better. It’s available in five colors to match their bikes, which includes black to go with just about anything you might already have. It uses a threadless 1-1/8″ steerer with 38mm offset and 410mm axle-to-crown measurements, retail is $189.

If you are looking for a complete bike, they’ve added a custom configurator to their website that shows you all the options and updates the prices in real time…

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Lets say your kid already has a bike and you’re not ready to plunk down $1,600 or more for a sweet new Trailcraft so they can keep up with you. Now, you can at least drop a pound or more from the front end by swapping in the new Trailcraft 24 alloy rigid fork. Weighing […]

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New, Old, and Reincarnated – Commencal gives us a first look at their 2017 lineup

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Is it time for 2017 bikes already? It looks like Commencal’s thinking well ahead, as they’ve just recently announced a few of next year’s models. In 2017 consumers will see an interesting mix of new bikes, old models and some smaller revisions from Commencal. And this is just the first glimpse of what’s to come – there’s more news slated to be announced later this summer.

In this article we’ll check out the revived Meta SX in V3 form, the re-release of the Meta TR V3 as an entry level model, and new hardtail models for both adults and junior-sized rippers. And once you’ve soaked up the info, check out a video of Commencal’s riders putting the new bikes into action…
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Is it time for 2017 bikes already? It looks like Commencal’s thinking well ahead, as they’ve just recently announced a few of next year’s models. In 2017 consumers will see an interesting mix of new bikes, old models and some smaller revisions from Commencal. And this is just the first glimpse of what’s to come […]

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Culprit switching gears to components only; blowing out adult, junior road bikes

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Expat Josh Colp has been designing cockpit parts and complete framesets in Taiwan for quite some time – sometimes for others, and more recently for his own brand, Culprit Bicycles.

Now, he’s switching the focus exclusively to components. Josh has been developing integrated triathlon bar and stem systems recently for the abandoned Legend tri bike project, so our guess is that’s what we’ll see first. But we’ve also ridden his standard stems and handlebars on several of his bikes we’ve reviewed and found them both stiff and comfortable. Should be interesting to see where he takes it.

In the meantime, all remaining bike and frame inventory has gotta go, including the well-spec’d kids road bikes…

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Expat Josh Colp has been designing cockpit parts and complete framesets in Taiwan for quite some time – sometimes for others, and more recently for his own brand, Culprit Bicycles. Now, he’s switching the focus exclusively to components. Josh has been developing integrated triathlon bar and stem systems recently for the abandoned Legend tri bike […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Get ’em started young. Mountain Creek Kid’s Camp this weekend – This Saturday in Vernon, NJ Mountain Creek Bike Park is running their mountain bike Kid’s Camp for your little ripper to work on developing the fundamental skills that build confidence and the ability to have more fun on their bikes. Taught by Kathi Krause, 3x Masters World Downhill Champ there is a half day option for ages 6-9 for just $70 and a full day for 10-15 year olds for $120. They’ve also got 2 more Kid’s Camp dates later in the summer, plus a couple in the early fall. MountainCreekBikePark.com

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Get ’em started young. Mountain Creek Kid’s Camp this weekend – This Saturday in Vernon, NJ Mountain Creek Bike Park is running their mountain bike Kid’s Camp for your little ripper to work on developing the fundamental skills that build confidence and the ability to have more fun on their bikes. Taught by Kathi Krause, 3x Masters World Downhill […]

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Week in Review: Rolling resistance science, lots of new bikes, gear reviews and more!

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Lots of great enduro and mountain bike reviews this week, plus plenty of new bikes for all types of riding from Pivot, Trek, Bianchi, Budnitz and others. Plus, if your kids are looking to get the pro treatment, Isla Bikes unveiled their complete line of “pro” level youth bikes for mountain and cyclocross. Catch up with everything we covered this week on the list below, each link opening in a new tab for your reading convenience…

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Lots of great enduro and mountain bike reviews this week, plus plenty of new bikes for all types of riding from Pivot, Trek, Bianchi, Budnitz and others. Plus, if your kids are looking to get the pro treatment, Isla Bikes unveiled their complete line of “pro” level youth bikes for mountain and cyclocross. Catch up […]

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Isla Bikes gets pro with new race-ready kids’ cyclocross and mountain bikes

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The options for kids bikes just keep getting better,and we couldn’t be more excited…particularly when there’s a disc brake cyclocross on offer, filling in a category that’s been sorely deficient in youth sizes. And Isla Bikes has built not one, but three different wheel size options, fitting 8 year olds and up with 24″, 26″ and 700c options, and all equally ready for slicks to turn them into road bikes.

Add in an even wider spread of sizes for mountain bikes and you’ve got everything you need to get your kid across the finish line…

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The options for kids bikes just keep getting better,and we couldn’t be more excited…particularly when there’s a disc brake cyclocross on offer, filling in a category that’s been sorely deficient in youth sizes. And Isla Bikes has built not one, but three different wheel size options, fitting 8 year olds and up with 24″, 26″ […]

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