Posts in the category Kids’ Bikes

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

Trailcraft Pineridge 24-inch 1x youth mountain bike with Race Face chainring

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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Berliner 2015: Euro Kids Bikes, from Pushing to Shredding

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At the Berlin Bike show we spotted several unique bikes for getting kids on two wheels, including a company or two that we had never seen before. Most of the bikes were actually of the balance bike or push bike variety, but even there a little variation made for some cool products. The Pink Stripe Vespa replica above, aptly named Scooter, is one of several laminated plywood options from UK company Kiddi Moto. This one includes footboards that help train the push-and-balance motion, and retails for 170€ in either pink, red, or a Union Jack themed BritPop option.

Lean in after the jump for some more ways to get the little ones rolling…

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Transition Announces the Ripcord 24” All-Mountain Bike for Young Shredders

Transition Ripcord 24" all-mountain bike, action

A lot of birthday or Christmas lists are going to get started as soon as young mountain shredders lay their eyes on Transition’s latest bike. The Ripcord is a 24” do-everything mountain bike with kid-specific ergonomics and a solid build of quality components, aimed at young riders who would otherwise be thrashing lesser bikes to pieces as their skills develop.

“We wanted to build a kid’s bike that provided the same killer riding experience as the rest of our line, and the last thing we wanted to do was create a product that required immediate upgrades due to sub-standard components,” said Transition Bikes Marketing manager Lars Sternberg. “The young riders these days pick mountain biking up so quickly they can easily outgrow their equipment, and we wanted to be sure our bike was going to go the distance. The Ripcord is meant to do that and much more.”

Curious to see what your kid could do with a bike like this? Keep reading…
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SOC15: New aluminum Mongoose gravel grinder, fat bikes and 27.5+ are well spec’d & consumer direct

2016 Mongoose Selous Expert gravel grinder road bike

Mongoose is, perhaps surprisingly for us North Americans, still making well spec’d, high quality alloy-framed bikes, but you won’t find them in bike shops anymore. No, like many boutique and foreign brands, they’ve gone consumer direct.

Leading the charge is the Selous Expert, a brighter-side-of-celeste-green gravel grinder with a double butted aluminum frame that’s running thru axles and disc brakes front and rear. There are also adult and kids fat bikes and a new 27.5+ hardtail…

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SOC15: Morpheus Offers 2 Kids’ Bikes in 1 with Vimana Jr, Vimana Gen 2 & V-Slope on the Way

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More riders than ever are looking to pass down their love of mountain biking to their offspring which also means more riders are looking for kids’ mountain bikes. As we all know, quality bikes are pretty expensive which is even worse when your kid will outgrow it right before your eyes. That’s exactly what makes the new Morpheus Vimana Jr. so interesting. Taking full advantage of their adjustable chainstay design, the Vimana Jr. can grow with your little one as they progress from 20″ to 24″ wheels.

While the Vimana is certainly skewed to the DJ/park side of the spectrum, the build should make for a bomb proof bike that young rippers can use to hone their skills…

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SOC15: Giro Dime and Quarter Change the Entry Point to MIPS, Introduces New Grinduro Race Format

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The big news at the trade shows last year for Giro was that along with Bell they had partnered with MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) to integrate the technology into their helmets. Up until that point, MIPS was still fairly limited in its implementation but with Giro and Bell going all in the number of MIPS equipped helmets is increasing rapidly. 

As is often the case with such technologies, that also means the entry point to the protection is more affordable than ever. Case in point – the new Giro Dime Jr. and Quarter Adult helmets which will set you back just $60…

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SOC15: Trek introduces Performance Oriented Fuel EX JR and Farley Kids’ Fat Bikes

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For a number of cyclists with kids, their children’s bikes benefit from gratuitous hand-me-downs. Those reused parts add up to some pretty sweet rides for the kids, but ultimately the frame and fork are typically still heavy and don’t perform as well as many adult bikes. In an effort to create lifelong riders, Trek took a long look at the bikes that their own employees were custom building for their kids and decided to offer that performance right off the shelf.

Using all of the technology found in the full sized Fuel EX mountain bikes, the new Fuel EX JR has been built from the ground up for an ideal fit for the little ones. Most importantly though, the suspension has been completely reworked since simply lowering the pressure on a shock built for heavier riders won’t do the trick. Oh, and the 26″ wheels look so much at home on the 12.5″ frame that it will leave you wondering how they were ever the standard size for adult bikes…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Little Bellas Kids 

  • Empowering the next generation of female mountain bike shredders – While walking the grounds today at the 25th Annual Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA, I saw these little girls in matching jerseys  rooting on the pro women’s short track cross country race. The young ladies are a part of The Little Bellas which is a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling. After the short track race, the pros had a Q & A session with the Little Bellas at Primal Wear’s exhibit tent. (Primal Wear provides the jerseys to the Little Bellas) The future racers asked questions like “What do you do to get pumped up before a race?” and my favorite, “What’s your most embarrassing moment at a race?” where the answer involved jumping out of a port-a-potty naked. It’s great to see the current generation of pro women mentoring and sharing their passion, knowledge and good times with the future of women’s mountain biking. Visit littlebellas.com to find the program nearest to you.

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycles Bits & Pieces

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  • Bike Pure Release Ethics Brochure – Bike Pure today launch it’s publication titled “Rebuilding Ethics in Cycle Sport: A Guide for Riders, Parents and Coaches”. The 44 page full colour brochure is aimed at educating both riders, coaches and parents of cyclists on the importance of sporting ethics, integrity, sportsmanship and anti-doping. This free guide is available to be shipped in hard copy format from bikepurestore.org or as a direct PDF download from bikepure.org.
  • New training software to help coaches and student-athletes across the countryTrainingPeaks has announced a partnership with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) to provide world-class online training software and educational content to help interscholastic mountain bike team coaches succeed. For more information on NICA visit nationalmtb.org or call (510) 524-5464.

Clothing, Gear and Tools

  • DeFeet brings the art of Greig Leach and the wonderous Paris-Roubaix bicycle classic to their Aireator socks – Greig Leach inspires and amazes enthusiasts world wide with his artwork. In addition to his prints, Leach has compiled books with his cycling creations, such as the Book de Tour, art of the Tour de France, in 2014. To order your pair of Aireator Greig Leach Paris-Roubaix Special socks, visit DeFeet.com.
  • Kinetic Releases Major inRide UpgradeKinetic has announced the launch of a major update to its inRide power training app. The update includes new home-screen graphics, improved guided workouts, direct social media sharing, and real-time workout graphing. The app update is currently live and is available for download from the iTunes store now.

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