Youth mountain bike advice

Discussion in 'General Bike Talk' started by Chrisbfuse, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. ilnadi

    ilnadi Well-Known Member

    Location:
    CLinton, NJ
    I third that, not too early on a weekend is best (we live 1.5 hrs away)
     
  2. Tarroneus

    Tarroneus Active Member

    Location:
    Maplewood
  3. Matt_

    Matt_ I Get Jokes

    Location:
    Jackson/Howell
    Soooo a slight threadjack/infomercial

    @Norm I apologize if this is against any rules, feel free to delete. This is in no way meant to be competition to mtbnj, actually quite the opposite, hoping to reach more people outside of our community who are otherwise unaware that they can have fun mountain biking with their kids, and ultimately joining organizations such as this and JORBA.

    So guys/gals, last week I created a facebook group "New Jersey Junior Mountain Bikers". Maybe I need to change the name to "Kiddo MTB Club" to sound less like an organization? Open to recommendations...

    Anyway, my main goal (as mentioned) is to get friends/family/etc to consider riding with their kids, beyond a huffy around the neighborhood. No kidding just created it, so it’s a pathetic 3 members. This idea came after multiple coworkers, whom are also cyclists, were asking me about kids bikes for their young'ins, how my kids learned to ride, where to go, etc.

    Made me realize that if other "cyclists" are somewhat underwhelmed with available info/help, there's probably a bunch of kids out there missing out because their parents aren't aware of the family fun they could be having. Yes, LBS is a great source for info, but that's cart before the horse for parents who use box stores as their "LBS" because "why should a kids bike cost more than $50??"

    Would be great if some of you with current or grown kids would join and help spread the word. I think this would also be a good way to set up unofficial/fun rides with the kids, and maybe get more people to tag along.

    /jack

    PS. Scott Scale RC JR 24 is a sick bike too!!
     
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  4. Tarroneus

    Tarroneus Active Member

    Location:
    Maplewood
    link to the group? I want in! My son is 8 and is interested in trail biking, trying to capitalize while the iron is hot.
     
  5. Matt_

    Matt_ I Get Jokes

    Location:
    Jackson/Howell
  6. giff06

    giff06 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    toms river,NJ
    OK for Grandparents to join also???
     
  7. Matt_

    Matt_ I Get Jokes

    Location:
    Jackson/Howell
    Absolutely! Get word out to those grandkids' friends parents too #morekidsonbikes. :)
     
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  8. Chrisbfuse

    Chrisbfuse Active Member

    Were gonna shoot for allaire this Saturday . he has fun on the fatbike so he can still ride until we find something better. Just really gotta decide what to get. They only have a 17 model at brielle. He recommend the 26 superfly but at a grand I really still dig the riprock
     
  9. Matt_

    Matt_ I Get Jokes

    Location:
    Jackson/Howell
    For a grand the Scott Scale RC JR is ready to go out of the box. That's about what I have into my son's bike after the wheelset and drivetrain upgrades (and honestly wish he didn't have the suspension fork, aka anchor)

    Riprock definitely has the cool factor....
     
  10. Matt_

    Matt_ I Get Jokes

    Location:
    Jackson/Howell
    So I'm supposed to be at a robotics competition Saturday, but if it's as nice out as it's supposed to be, family time may have to prevail.... may be up for Allaire.

    Also I just had an epiphany... need to see if the 2017 Superfly frame/fork are disc ready. If so, I have my son's stock wheels & drivetrain that we could swap onto it. You can actually use the rim brakes and upgrade to disc later
     
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  11. TeamMuddySprocket

    TeamMuddySprocket Active Member

    Location:
    Ewing, NJ
    Currently have my 8.5yo daughter on a 20" hotrock ss i picked up from a board member... thinking of a geared 24" for this summer and with kid two probably 4yrs behind size wise will get alot of use.. keep looking at the cleary meerkat, seems reasonably light
     
  12. MadisonDan

    MadisonDan Well-Known Member Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Location:
    Madison, NJ
    Great idea!!! Guessing you have the pre-NICA kids in mind. Just hit the join request button.
     
  13. Matt_

    Matt_ I Get Jokes

    Location:
    Jackson/Howell
    Exactly, start em younger so they're ready to go when they hit NICA age as opposed to learning about it for the first time at school.... and get more people interested in the sport (along with more LBS support vs box store bikes)
     
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  14. Matt_

    Matt_ I Get Jokes

    Location:
    Jackson/Howell
    Plus child labor is great for trail maintenance. That's a direct quote from @mike_243 btw
     
  15. choop

    choop Well-Known Member

    Excellent idea! I joined the group.

    I tried getting a neighborhood ride together at Allaire last year during the spring/summer. But with kids sports, vacations, etc. it just never materialized the way I had hoped. Hopefully this will be a better springboard to get some more kids in the trails.
     
  16. choop

    choop Well-Known Member

    My boy is just on the verge of being ready to move onto a 24" We are going to size some out this week. I rather he be a bit big on a 20" and handle the bike better than be really small on a 24" and have issues moving it around. Ideally I would love to buy a frame and build it up, but I can't find many 24" frames. I am leaning towards the rip rock, but I have issue putting a 50 to 55 lb kid on a 30 lb bike. It just doesn't add up when adults complain about how heavy a 25 lb bike is.

    This is one of the few bikes I have found that understands that kids need lighter bikes and build them up far better than any of the big brands. But it ain't cheap.

    Trailcraft
     
  17. oobaa47

    oobaa47 Well-Known Member

    Just a suggestion, but maybe the Moderator can put in a subgroup under General Bike Talk, titled "kiddy talk" where we can discuss, well, all things childish.

    Also looking for a bike for my 8 1/2 year old daughter. I want to transition her from a steel 20" over to what would be her first geared bike, probably looking at a 24".

    In my very limited research, this is what I've come up with so far. Looking for a 1x drivetrain with a rigid fork. Prices are just approximations.

    raleigh lily 24 $280
    giant xtc jr 24 lite $230
    giant xtc jr 24 disc $390
    specialized hotrock 24 $350
    trek precaliber 24 $300
    cleary meerkat 24 $560
    scott scale rc jr 24 $1000
    huffy granite 24 $86.29 (sorry couldn't resist)

    I'm sure there's a lot more out there, but in a week's worth of looking, this is what I've come up with so far. Please feel free to opine and add your own suggestions. thanks
     
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  18. Matt_

    Matt_ I Get Jokes

    Location:
    Jackson/Howell
    The Pine Ridge Pro is what I modelled my son's bike off of. We started with the Superfly 24 that we got on sale, then upgraded the drivetrain and components with used parts from here. Then Santa had the elves build him a Stans MK3 wheelset.

    For about half the price of the Trailcraft we have a bike that's no more than 1lb heavier (which can be fixed by upgrading to the XCR air fork for another $150.... maybe for his birthday). Oh and he has those heavy ass bars/stem, but they're so cool they're worth the weight!

    If @Chrisbfuse doesn't want them, the offers out there for any of you guys who want a 24" wheelset that has a shimano freehub and can be run disc or rim brakes. Simple way to upgrade a 2017 Superfly 24 to 1x9 or 1x10. Add on a Suntour XCR air fork, and bb7 disc brakes (if there are caliper tabs on the frame) and you'll have a sick little bike!

    Edit: Price for rims = Join JORBA and attend at least one trail maintenance
     
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  19. Matt_

    Matt_ I Get Jokes

    Location:
    Jackson/Howell
    It's easy to swap to 1x... I like the Raceface 30T nw for kids bikes.

    I wanted a rigid fork too. Ended going with a better bike (for reasons previously stated) figuring I would swap out the anchor fork for a Trailcraft aluminum fork. My son is small and did really well, and I think the fork helps him when he doesnt time logovers properly.... so I've changed direction to considering air forks for the next upgrade (which is actually cheaper then the Trailcraft rigid fork... go figure)
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  20. Chrisbfuse

    Chrisbfuse Active Member

    I really appreciate the offer, I'm gonna go to brielle tonight and size him up. Going to look at the 24 and 26 superfly. At a grand the 26 is up there but looks like killer specs. Ill update tonight
     
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