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IF you kid does treat it well, reward him by buying him a nicer bike when he is older.
The Marin and Trek are entry level MTBs but if they do get the itch to ride seriously they are decent enough to get them started. One of my kids has already done a couple tris on the Trek. They have taken tons of kid abuse and held up great.
The best thing to do is come up with a long term family bike succession plan. The key is not getting the best quality for a 7 year old but getting through multiple growing kids without ruining your own bike budget ;-). If you have more than one kid, you want to size this bike so it can be handed down. At the age you are talking, any bike, even from WalMart, is going to still be in its prime when it gets outgrown.
It's a close-out deal and is less than half the cost of a Felt F24 or Specialized Allez Junior Double 24" (other models I looked at). From what I could tell, similar top tube lengths and standover heights for all three. The Javelin has Tiagra derailleurs, Dura-Ace 9 speed downtube shifters (kids might find STI shifters hard to use), and 650c wheels. The other two models I compared have Sora derailleurs (a step down), STI shifters, and smaller 24" wheels - which might be harder to find quality replacement tires and tubes for than the more common 650c size. I think the Felt (and maybe the Specialized too) is a couple pounds lighter than the Javelin, probably due to having a more fragile carbon fork and smaller frames/wheels.
Another nice kid's road bike option that my 10 year has is REI's Novara Pulse (26" rims), which has cantilever brakes and the frame clearances to take both road and some MTB knobby tires - a nice, versatile kids road or cyclocross bike.
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The 8-year-old will be ready for a big step up next year, to a 24" or 650 size road or cross bike with a full range of gears.
They're both chagrined that their bikes don't have gears when all of their friends ride around on much fancier bikes, but they ride their bikes more than their friends ever do, and know they will get nicer bikes once they grow out these.
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If it is just to play in the neighborhood, just go to Walmart/Target and let him pick one out. Now if you do not know how to completely work on bikes, go to a LBS and do the same. The difference there is that at Walmart/Target there is a limit to the damage he can do, but at the LBS you will have to set the limit, unless that P4 is aceptable choice :-0 because he wants to be like daddy :-)
That is how I did the around the house bike. The MTB I pieced together in an attempt to save money. Yea, right!! But it sure is tough and nice :-)
and here it is in action....... (not sure if it will work but sweet video)
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Got my 8 year old daughter one like that in your link except it has 6 speeds. It's a great bike, a little bit heavy but nothing like the Huffy clunker she had before. That Huffy was so heavy and crappily geared she couldn't pedal it up hills (which are in abundance where I live). I only paid about $60 for the Raleigh second hand and after a wash and tune up it was like new.
The specialised kids bikes are good too but pretty expensive new.
I'm not bragging on him but he rails on the thing much better than bike kids with geared bikes, just like the freaking old man
Check it out, not the cheapest but a really nice upgrade, I got the 20" wheel model here, I think I paid about $200
I love it as:
1) It has gears - so he can actually ride uphill - but not as fast as I run:).
2) His T2 time is faster than mine :).
3) The rate he's growing - he'll be able to ride it until he's 16.
4) No carbon (it is heavy).
I think the front shock is overkill. The grip shift is SRAM. My son couldn't shift the ?Shimano version well at all.....
I'd go mnt bike for sure - and definitely check if they can shift up and down easily.
It was more money - about $200+ on sale I think but 100x better quality than K-mart specials....
Other than that! I bought my grandson a redline cyclocross bike. He loves is , calls it his road bike. STI shifting good for trails, kid races, street, gravel. It has 24" wheels. He learned to ride clipless pedals .