Why get a really good kids mountain bike?

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This is Domingo, a pretty average sized adult, and here’s me riding a 24” kids mountain bike. We’ll get back to that in a minute, but first let’s talk about kids bikes in general.

I know that pricey kids bikes are a tough sell for most parents. Kids grow really fast, and they change their interests from day to day. For $150 bucks, you can get them something that pedals around until they grow out of it. From what I can see, this is what most kids end up with. Given the reasons I mentioned, it’s hard to blame any parent for this, especially when you consider the other costs that come along with kids.

Some parents do see the value in spending a little more though. A nice kids bike will have better parts and a smoother ride, but I think that’s obvious to most people. “Good parts” isn’t a good enough selling point for most parents, but I think the weight of the bike should be.

At 6 years old, I weighed about 45 pounds, but the weight of this cheap 20” kids bike is 36 pounds. Now let’s say you weigh 160. How would you fare on a 130 pound bike? How well could you stop it, or maneuver it? That’s about what this bike would feel like to a 6 year old.

Even if they have the strength to pedal and climb hills with it, let’s also consider the brakes and shifters. You hear that? That’s a little kid shifting gears. Kids learn real quick, but their hands aren’t very strong. A well designed kids bike will not only be to scale with their weight, but also use parts that are refined enough for little hands. These kids were all able to hold a decent pace on Saturday, partially because they’re all bad asses, but also because they have decent bikes.

So with those points made, let’s have some fun. We have here, two nice kids bikes that I’ll be giving away later this afternoon. Before that, my sister and I are going to take them out on some easy trails to see how they ride. I assembled both of these earlier this week, knowing that we’d be doing this, so I made sure they were both tuned up from top to bottom.

The plan was to go easy on these bikes, but I was having a little too much fun on what felt like a 24” dirt jumper. Lucky for this bike, there were no jumps around.

I decided to take a chance and see if I could bunny hop the hardtail on to this picnic table. The lower bench was no problem but the top part looked pretty scary. Keep in mind that this also means dropping off the other side—all 155 pounds of me. Both bikes left the trailhead in perfect working order, ready for more abuse from the kids.

And abuse them they did… From hard shifting, to crashes, to direct impacts on the chainrings, these bikes held up to exactly the kind of abuse you could expect from kids. If you want see more about this event or these bikes, check the description for a link to my previous video.

So nobody expects you to get a $3000 carbon race bike for your kid, but getting a better bike with kid friendly components will ensure that they get a fun and enjoyable introduction to mountain biking. At the very least, do it for yourself. After all, the faster they go the more fun it’ll be for you to follow them.

Comments

Nike Kicker says:

How much is the one with big tyres

Sergej Nadazdin says:

I am a boss at shifting!

Treewater miller says:

My 24 inch survived slik rock, is that good?

Willie Wonka says:

how tall are you

King Derpy says:

I am just over 200 pounds as of last night, at 5″11 (I am not fit xD) but I find using a 150 lb bike easily.

Dan Cross says:

I’m 12 and my first bike was bought from Kmart when I was 10, that was before I knew what a good bike was so when I recently bought a new bike I chose a trek Marlin 4 and I could easily feel the difference

Arya Semiyari says:

1:35 for a second I thought that was the finger.

OTR-MTB and Fitness says:

Love a video checking up on the little fat bike gangsta kid :)

Dorothy Lando says:

Evan and Emmett

The One and Only Eddie says:

1:35
wow just wow.

Niko says:

fuck i have a 200 dollar mtb no disk brakes no suspention im 16, why 7-10 years kid gets disk brakes , suspention

Angel Tovar says:

cool mountain bike

Rodrigo Avila says:

Since you haven’t grown since you were a child the bike is perfect for you!!! Hahahaha

Jason wong says:

0:35 that guy who grabbed the kid was like:”fuck no.”

Tomas Ortiz says:

Kid at 1:34 aint feeling great

Joe Watson says:

on 1:33 u see a kid put the rude finger up

Robbieb says:

Some one so savage 1:35

paintsplatta99 says:

bitch I’m 155 and ride a 400 pound bike…my motorcycle. Obv I’m being facetious – love your videos. carry on.

Edward Page says:

I just bought a second hand £70 pound bike ohh I want to ride trails but I bet that bike would die out there

Anumanti says:

Im 13 and i ride 27.5 inch tires, size L frame. What size do you ride?

PartScavenger says:

Am I the only one thinking “Let them ride a 90lb bike–I had to.”? It makes you appreciate getting a summer job and buying a nice bike. :)

Zin Thura says:

The kid with the yellow backpack looks like a b

Ghostlk Karr says:

look at 1:35

hunted walrus says:

155 pounds he is really light

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