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Building A Kids Mountain Bike | Dream Homework

The family that bikes together...well, has FUN together! It's that time in our kids lives when we want to start looping them in to our passion...riding in the woods on fat tires. Problem is, the state of (really) small mountain bikes is a difficult one. It's not a very big market and rightfully the manufacturers mitigate their risk by not producing a ton of options. Buying off the shelf bikes for kids who are 'tweeners' (too big and advanced for off the shelf bikes and too small for 'adult' sized bikes) is really difficult but we were determined to get it done right for them. I want to ensure my kids could really 'feel' and control the that meant careful choosing of frame and parts alike. WIth the help of Boulder Cycle Sport and some of my great friends and long-time industry honches, we were able to source and build up the following for the youngsters:

  • Kinesis 'label-less' frames - 14" for 26" wheels
  • Carver ridged carbon fiber front forks
  • WTB wheels (tubeless)
  • Shimano SLX group set
  • 60mm stems & flat bars
  • Old seat posts lying around
  • Kenda rubber
  • ESI grips ('suspension'...yes, these boys will learn tire pressure before suspension use)
  • Cane Creek headset

Bikes came in about 17lbs and I can still move into lighter territory, but that will be the fun part. Some porn...

Huge thanks to Pete Webber, Johs Huseby and Zach Edwards of Boulder Cycle Sport for their time and guidance to build these new mountain bikes for the boys. Such great friends who want to see the next generation riding smooth and understanding how it all comes together. My oldest actually used this whole experience to document it for his 'Dream Homework'...a month long assignment that will culminate in a presentation and this video he helped put together....

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