I totally busted that Segment. Muffin earned.
Culprit’s Junior series road bikes come in two sizes, a 20″ wheeled version and the 650C version tested by my son, Harrison. From the spec to the frame, they’re aimed at the performance crowd – as in, parents who are into cycling and understand why better parts make for a better experience.
Other than wheel and frame size, the two models are very similar: 7005 alloy tubing with aero shaping, Token wheels, Shimano 105 derailleurs/cassette/chain, TRP brakes and Microshift levers/shifters. They both use the same aero-shaped carbon seatpost with dual offset clamp positions. Cockpit is a Culprit branded alloy bar and stem and slim, traditional looking performance saddle, not some puffy perch like on most kid’s mountain bikes.
Where they differ is with crank length and forks. Both use custom CNC’d three-piece cranksets, with 140mm and 152mm arm lengths depending on model. Gearing is also adapted to the intended ages and their strength, with a 40/32 on the Junior One and 46/36 on the Junior Two. The smaller bike uses a 7005 alloy fork, but the larger Junior Two upgrades to a carbon fork with alloy steerer.
Solid spec for a kid’s bike, and when they’re all put together and you get your kid out on the road with you, that’s when it gets special…
READ MORE ->