Bike for a 9 year old

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Bike for a 9 year old

Postby chrisw333 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:11 am

Hi

I am looking for a bike for my son who is about to turn 9.

He curently has an Islabike Beinn 20. He likes the brand and it really helped his confidence when we first bought it. (He's not a strong rider and the isla was a revelation after his first steel monstrosity - big mistake)

I think he would fit a Beinn 26 small, but at £350 it is out of my price range.

I have been thinking about a Specialized Hotrock 24 - watching a few on ebay etc or have seen a new one for £242
http://www.bestbikeproducts.com/product ... 2201&rs=gb

Any other recommendations for 24" decent kids bikes? Anyone else spotted any bargains out there or got one for sale?

Thanks

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Re: Bike for a 9 year old

Postby apreading » Mon Feb 06, 2012 22:10 pm

Whereabouts are you? I have a Hotrock A1 24" in Berkshire. You need to make sure you go for the A1. The one you linked to is the lower model which has a much heavier frame and poor components - he wont thank you after having an Islabike. The A1 is (in my opinion) comparable to the Islabikes and one of the few options that is, but its less money!

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Re: Bike for a 9 year old

Postby t4tomo » Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:15 am

Careera Blast 24" is worth a look depending on what Halfords ae selling them for - they come down to around £200 when there is a promotion on - you may find a second hand one too.
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Re: Bike for a 9 year old

Postby chrisw333 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:17 pm

Thanks Tomo. I had a look at a blast at the weekend, but currently selling at £275. They look like decent bikes but they have disc brakes which I think my be guilding the lilley at this age. I also thought it was a bit heavy, but I'm not sure how it compares to the likes of the Hotrock in that respect.

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Re: Bike for a 9 year old

Postby chrisw333 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:21 pm

apreading - sorry missed your post. I have seen the A1 frames on the net - wasn't sure if this was just aesthetics or strength & weight.
Berkshire is a long way for me (Midlands) but how much are you looking for and what's the age & condition like?
Many thanks

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Re: Bike for a 9 year old

Postby JBA » Tue Feb 07, 2012 21:12 pm

Check out the Trek MT220 as well.
We bought one for my son when he was 8 and sold it two weeks ago after 3 and a half years of good use.
Trek kids bikes are 'dialled' for small riders and have plenty of adjustment for when they grow.
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Re: Bike for a 9 year old

Postby apreading » Tue Feb 07, 2012 22:51 pm

chrisw333 wrote:apreading - sorry missed your post. I have seen the A1 frames on the net - wasn't sure if this was just aesthetics or strength & weight.
Berkshire is a long way for me (Midlands) but how much are you looking for and what's the age & condition like?
Many thanks


Sorry - I am not in the midlands any time in the next month either, apart from a visit to Cadbury World next monday when I will have all the family in tow!

I wont do posting for bikes either, so probably a non-starter.

Anyway - a pic below.

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They go on ebay for asround about the £180 mark second hand, sometimes more. This is definitely the best bike other than an Isla (in some ways better as more gears and suspension, which works unlike many childs bikes). I recommend you look for this if you want something more affordable but equally good. I am sure you will find one locally if you keep watching ebay.

Only go for the A1 version though - all others are HEAVY, this is superlight.

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Re: Bike for a 9 year old

Postby chrisw333 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 19:48 pm

Thanks for all the advice, it is much appreciated.

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Re: Bike for a 9 year old

Postby wilso78 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 09:44 am

I bought my son a Carrera Blast 24 and he loves it, the front susupension does actually work on them and its not too heavy at all for him (he's 7 years old).

I got his 2nd hand for £60 so there is some bargains to be had if you look around/wait. Try your local gumtree and adtrader as well as ebay

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Re: Bike for a 9 year old

Postby cycle monster » Fri Feb 17, 2012 22:51 pm

My 9 year old son has a Giant XTC 24" and loves it. We ride every wekend and it needs little maintenance, solid bike. It has made him a little too much quicker for my liking though!


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