Child CX Bike

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Child CX Bike

Postby Mark Elvin » Mon Nov 05, 2012 15:35 pm

My eldest daughter (12 yo) has been paying attention to road bikes lately, but I'm a little worried about the abuse she'd give the wheels, so I'm looking for a small frame CX bike. Has anybody come across such a thing?
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Re: Child CX Bike

Postby Mike Healey » Mon Nov 05, 2012 18:58 pm

Islabikes, Islabikes, Islabikes.

Did I mention Islabikes?

www.islabikes.com

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Re: Child CX Bike

Postby baudman » Mon Nov 05, 2012 21:45 pm

On top of that already sound advice ;)

Road-bike wheels will handle a lot more abuse than people give them credit for. Smaller (24" vs 700c) wheels are also likely to be a little stronger, all things considered. There's nothing to say that a CX bike will come default with stronger wheels than a kid's roadie - nor is there anything to prevent you putting stronger wheels on a roadie.

Really, the best way to get strong wheels is to get them hand-built. Not extraordinarily expensive - but yeah, it will add to the overall cost of the bike.

Of course, a CX frame will be built to allow for greater tyre clearance, so that will protect the rims a little and give a smoother ride. (That may have been what you were thinking from the start, before I started my rant) ?
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Re: Child CX Bike

Postby Mark Elvin » Tue Nov 06, 2012 07:41 am

Mike Healey wrote:Islabikes, Islabikes, Islabikes.

Did I mention Islabikes?

http://www.islabikes.com


I saw their website, but couldn't make out if they were up to much or not?
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Re: Child CX Bike

Postby othello » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:19 am

Mark Elvin wrote:
Mike Healey wrote:Islabikes, Islabikes, Islabikes.

Did I mention Islabikes?

http://www.islabikes.com


I saw their website, but couldn't make out if they were up to much or not?


Go and watch an U12 or juniors local cross race and you can't move for Islabike Luath's! My 2 kids both have them (Luath 24's) and they are great. Light, well specced and worth the money.

Unless your daughter is going to fit 700c wheels, and be able to go for a small adults, there isn't a huge amount of choice. Apart from the Luath, Moda have recently launched their MinoCross bike with 650 wheels.
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Re: Child CX Bike

Postby Mike Healey » Wed Nov 07, 2012 23:05 pm

othello wrote:
Mark Elvin wrote:
Mike Healey wrote:Islabikes, Islabikes, Islabikes.

Did I mention Islabikes?

http://www.islabikes.com


I saw their website, but couldn't make out if they were up to much or not?


Go and watch an U12 or juniors local cross race and you can't move for Islabike Luath's! My 2 kids both have them (Luath 24's) and they are great. Light, well specced and worth the money.

Unless your daughter is going to fit 700c wheels, and be able to go for a small adults, there isn't a huge amount of choice. Apart from the Luath, Moda have recently launched their MinoCross bike with 650 wheels.


And as was confirmed on another thread, s/h ones can sell for up to 90% of their purchase price a year later when she's grown out of it.

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Re: Child CX Bike

Postby Mayhemwmb » Sun Nov 11, 2012 07:24 am

We've been pulling our hair out whilst trying to sort a bike/bikes for our son, (8 years). He is tall for his age and we've now decided on a novel way to resolve the issue, our local shop has an xxs Ridley Crossbow CX bike, this is disc specific, our son wants a road bike and a cx bike - clearly we are reluctant to buy two bikes, we've fitted disc 26" wheels into the cx frame and it works - as he grows we will then replace the 26" wheels with the original 700c wheels and thus extend the useable time for the bike.
I've managed to grab some photo's and can post them if required

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Re: Child CX Bike

Postby othello » Sun Nov 11, 2012 22:39 pm

Mayhemwmb wrote:We've been pulling our hair out whilst trying to sort a bike/bikes for our son, (8 years). He is tall for his age and we've now decided on a novel way to resolve the issue, our local shop has an xxs Ridley Crossbow CX bike, this is disc specific, our son wants a road bike and a cx bike - clearly we are reluctant to buy two bikes, we've fitted disc 26" wheels into the cx frame and it works - as he grows we will then replace the 26" wheels with the original 700c wheels and thus extend the useable time for the bike.
I've managed to grab some photo's and can post them if required


Would love to see the photos! Interested to see what 26" wheel disc specific cross/road wheels you've got too :)
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Re: Child CX Bike

Postby Mayhemwmb » Mon Nov 12, 2012 19:05 pm

Will try and post photo's on here when I get them uploaded to the net,
re the wheels, new disc specific cx wheels use mountain bike hubs (135mm axle between the bike frame instead of 130mm for road wheels) this means you can swap in any disc specific 26"mountain bike wheel, we have done this and have a pair of 23c gatorskin tyres for road use. At present the bike is still a bit too big for cx use but would be fine on the road. He is using his mountain bike for cx currently


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