Thankfully, gone are the days of limited choices in cheap steel bikes for children; parents now have options for lighter, better performing bikes that are typically safer and more fun to ride. Taking things a step further, new children’s bike start-up Guardian Bikes has signed an exclusive agreement with SureStop to bring the latter's braking technology to younger riders – claiming to be the 'safest bike on the block'.
SureStop is a braking technology that hit the market in 2011, first seen on bikes from Jamis. It aims to bring the benefits of ABS braking to recreational bicyclists. Simply put, a single back brake lever is used to control both brakes, initiating the rear brake first and then the front. Squeeze the lever hard and brakes will grab firm, but not lock the wheel – rendering panicked over-the-bars incidents nearly impossible.
Lightweight parts and a quality alloy frame make this a higher-end kid's bike
Beyond the braking technology, Guardian Bikes use quality alloy frames to create a bike that’s relatively lightweight, with the six-speed 20in model claimed to weigh 9.5kg (21lb). For comparison, see our previous ‘best 20in children’s bike grouptest’.
Guardian Bikes say their bikes are designed with a low center of gravity for an easy riding experience.
The first shipment of Guardian Bikes are expected from the end of September, with two 20in six-speed geared colour options and two 20in single-speed colour options to begin with. We’re told 24in-wheeled options will follow in the near future.
Featuring Shimano Tourney six-speed components, the geared 20in bikes will retail for US$419. The more basic single-speed options will sell for US$369. Launching at Interbike last week, we’re told Guardian Bikes is in discussions with distributors outside the United States.
For more information, check out GuardianBikes.com