Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

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Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby roundthebend » Wed Oct 10, 2012 21:07 pm

Hi

My son is showing an interest in road bikes. I want to encourage that but don't have a big budget to play with. It's his 13th birthday this month and with additional funds from his grandparents we might be able to get £250 together.

I've seen a few 2nd hand options on ebay but nothing that's the right size or condition or price. Then I spotted this which looks great but seems to be a bit lacking on information.

Ammaco XRS600

I'm looking for opinions on this bike, and general opinions on what to look for. I ride myself but it's either my hybrid commuter or the mountain bike. Road bikes are a bit of a foreign topic for me.

With regard to putting a mail order bike together, I've done it a few times and have a full bike toolkit and workstand so not afraid to do that if required.
Ta
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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby nochekmate » Wed Oct 10, 2012 21:54 pm

Don't waste your money on the Ammaco. Poor quality components and will not offer a pleasant riding experience.

£250 secondhand can get you something much better - Specialized Allez, Trek 1.2 etc

PM me your requirements sizewise and location - happy to keep a look out for you. I am always looking out on the secondhand market.

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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby roundthebend » Wed Oct 10, 2012 22:10 pm

Thanks. PM incoming, but no harm in adding the info here I guess...

He's 4'10" and skinny! Not sure of his inseam but I'll get that checked.
We're in Peterborough, but I'll drive 50 miles for the right bike.

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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby nochekmate » Wed Oct 10, 2012 22:26 pm

Probably not too many bikes on the secondhand market for 4'10" junior, so this will limit your options somewhat.

Seen secondhand Giants around at that size

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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby roundthebend » Wed Oct 10, 2012 22:28 pm

He currently borrows my hybrid which is a 19" road-influenced frame - Muddy Fox Milano. It's too big but he's happy on it. So, I suspect he'd be happy with a slightly big bike that he can grow into.

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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby OwenB » Thu Oct 11, 2012 08:40 am

Decathlon have a 24" wheel road bike which looks pretty good.
I scoured ebay for my lad and ended up finding him a 47cm Dawes cheap which has served him well so far. But I have to admit it took a long while finding something suitable on there

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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby roundthebend » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:45 am

Ta.
I like the look of the Decathlon bike - the B TWIN Triban Junior right? Just concerned that it's too small for him - he's already about 150cm and will grow. And it says the seat-post is not height-adjustable?! So perhaps a ladies or XS mens bike would be more suitable.

I need to see something in the flesh maybe.

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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby othello » Thu Oct 11, 2012 16:05 pm

I know someone with the BTWIN Triban Junior and its a nice bike. Decathlon stores will order one in to try, so worth doing that if you have a store near you? Seatpost certainly goes up on the ones I've seen!

Islabikes are unfortunately out of your price range, as will a Moda Major. These both come on the second hand market but still go for more than your £250 I'm afraid.

An XXS adults frame *might* fit, but will depend on model. An XS womens frame is an option if you can find one that is in neutral colours. Womens frames have shorter top tubes etc so a very small one might fit better.
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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby hammerite » Fri Oct 12, 2012 09:21 am

a 24" bike will be too small, we have 8yo riding the 24" wheel Isla Bike Luath.
My lad is 5' 2 and has just grown out of the 26" wheel version.

Worth keeping an eye on Isla Bikes on eBay, they usually sell for £250-350. As he's 13 I'd probably recommend the small 700c wheeled Isla Bike Luath. The problem with going for the younger kids Isla Bikes, they're single chain ring, whilst the 26" wheel version may fit it's probably a bit basic for a 13yo.

The adult version of the decathlon Triban could be a possibility, I always felt they were quite heavy though.

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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby roundthebend » Sat Oct 13, 2012 22:22 pm

Thanks for the link OwenB.
That says it's 48.5cm frame size (19"). I was thinking that he might be able to ride up to a 50cm frame and that would give him room for growth. I know, I know, it's not great for him now but he's likely to have a growth spurt around now and I'd hate to have to replace it within a few months.

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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby roundthebend » Sun Oct 14, 2012 20:25 pm

Search is over as I won an ebay auction for a 50cm Carrera TDF. Size is possibly a touch too big, fingers crossed it isn't. If it is,then I'll have to resell it and find something else, but this one seemed like a great price for a decent spec.

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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby roundthebend » Tue Oct 16, 2012 17:11 pm

Search back on. EBay purchase cancelled.
Some sizing advice would be grand if you can offer any.

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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby OwenB » Tue Oct 16, 2012 18:11 pm

As previously mentioned my step son has a 47 which he gets on with great he was about 4'11 when I bought it, he's about 5'2 now and its about perfect for him now with still room to grow.

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Re: Beginner youth bike...Ammaco

Postby roundthebend » Fri Oct 19, 2012 20:07 pm

Any thoughts on the Raleigh Rapido: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Raleigh-Rapid ... 4849bd6a07

Or Raleigh Pursuit: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Raleigh-Pursu ... 2c68e7cc75

I'm guessing they're poor quality. It's proving really difficult to pick up something even semi-local for our budget.

I wonder if he might just benefit from having something that functions and looks right, to see how he gets on with it as a hobby.


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