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ssoucy

Feb 12, 11 9:47

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Have a 9year old daughter that is into riding and we are looking into getting her her first "real" bike. Up to this point she rides a single gear kids bike. However, she keeps up up to about 10miles and then gets tired due to hills etc. We have been to several LBS and they are all pointing us into a mountain style bike. Just wondering what opinions on the subject would be here. She is about 4'7" tall.


QuadsofFURY

Feb 12, 11 9:53

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My 9 yo. daughter has a KHS Flite 650: http://www.khsbicycles.com/05_flite_650_07.htm

Fuji also makes a couple - one of which is: http://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/ace_650

Trek, Orbea, and Specialized also used to make bikes on which she could fit, but I haven't been in a shop for awhile that would carry them. Oh, you might look at Redline too. I got the KHS b/c it is a bike she can grow into and it has "grown up" components on it (and one bad ass wheelset for a 9/yo).

Or, you can always go this route (sorry, somebody was going to do it - so it might as well be me):




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rroof

Feb 12, 11 9:59

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Another good option is a Redline Conquest 24. Gets a road and cross bike in one. Very durable, decent components for a kids bike and great resale with so many kids getting into cyclocross.

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B.McMaster

Feb 12, 11 10:38

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The mountain style seems to be a consistent route.

This is the only option I've found for when they get a little taller than they currently are. Although thanks to the above post - now there are 3.

http://www.jamisbikes.com/...racomp650c_spec.html


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Ti T'war

Feb 12, 11 10:54

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You can always go with a planet x stealth. It comes in a XXS with a 47cm TT. 650 wheels. It is about the smallest I've found as far as TT.

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PhilDBasket

Feb 12, 11 11:06

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I've got my 8 year old nephew on a Felt F24, he's about 4'3" and the seat post is nearly buried. Here's a link:

http://2010.feltracing.com/...ad/F-Series/F24.aspx

Not sure if they're visible in this image but the dual top-mounted brake levers facilitated the transition from his mt. bike.




BrianD

Feb 12, 11 13:54

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Have four daughters under the age of twelve, with the oldest three having competed in triathlon already (on their mountain bikes & kids bike)....running into the same issue trying to locate a road bike for the little ones....thanks for the post.


trigeek5

Feb 12, 11 14:09

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I saw one of these at the LBS and they look sweet. I second the nomination.


R900

Feb 12, 11 16:23

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rroof wrote:
Another good option is a Redline Conquest 24. Gets a road and cross bike in one. Very durable, decent components for a kids bike and great resale with so many kids getting into cyclocross.

Cross bike is a great idea, as the kid races are growing like crazy. Our son is on a Trek KDR (no longer made, but great resale). There are a few around, most seem to be in the $700 range.


Donzo98

Feb 12, 11 16:34

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I bought my son a Specialized Allez Jr. He has had it about a year. Awesome bike if you can find one.


steveandbarb1

Feb 12, 11 16:36

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Have you ever thought of a tandem? For the next 4 years it could be an experience that will create memories for a lifetime.


DiamondJaxx

Feb 12, 11 16:47

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I went through the same problem trying to find a bike for my 7 year old to ride in triathlons. I found this 2010 Fuji Ace 24 on sale our a LBS near the end of the year. It's been great for him, and hopefully it will allow him to grow a little. He's very tall for his age and has long legs. It's not as good of a bike as the adult versions, but he only rides it for training and races and we take good care of it and have not had any problems yet.




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