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Frog bikes

Postby EKE_38BPM » Tue Sep 24, 2013 21:36 pm

It seems that Islabikes has a contender to the "Best kids bike" title.

My sister in law just told me about Frog bikes and the specs look good, the reviews look good and the price looks good. Islabikes still seem to be the Rolls Royce of kids bike as they have a slightly higher spec and weigh a little less but the Frogs are about £100 cheaper and on a bike which will only fit the owner for a couple of years or so, that seems like a good trade off.

Does anyone have any experience of them?
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Re: Frog bikes

Postby dhope » Tue Sep 24, 2013 22:04 pm

EKE_38BPM wrote:It seems that Islabikes has a contender to the "Best kids bike" title.

My sister in law just told me about Frog bikes and the specs look good, the reviews look good and the price looks good. Islabikes still seem to be the Rolls Royce of kids bike as they have a slightly higher spec and weigh a little less but the Frogs are about £100 cheaper and on a bike which will only fit the owner for a couple of years or so, that seems like a good trade off.

Does anyone have any experience of them?

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Re: Frog bikes

Postby Jeepie » Wed Sep 25, 2013 09:20 am

My son goes to a kids cycling session at Palmer Park Velo and uses his Isla bike. Recently a few Frog bikes have appeared in the session and they do look good. The consensus (from a CTC review) and chatting to people is that they are very good. It seems the spec of the Frog bikes is lower and they are slightly heavier, but they are cheaper. For me when I bought my son's latest bike he'd been delighted with his Isla bike and it was worth the extra. If you don't have the extra though I think you can't go wrong with a Frog.

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Re: Frog bikes

Postby The Fuggler » Wed Sep 25, 2013 09:34 am

Just bought one for my son - they seem to be very good. I'd guess that they're not quite as good as Isla Bikes, but quite a bit cheaper. The LBS can't get them in fast enough at the moment.
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Re: Frog bikes

Postby menthel » Wed Sep 25, 2013 09:38 am

The similarly sized ones for little'uns are no real difference in price and the isla does seem lighter. I think I might think about putting in the order now for xmas. ;)
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Re: Frog bikes

Postby The Fuggler » Wed Sep 25, 2013 09:50 am

I've been able pick up the equivalent bikes from both ranges at the same time - there's not a lot in it. I'm not sure how accurate the stated weights are (6kg vs 7kg). Obviously Fuggles Jnr was more worried about the colour! Having the support of the LBS is helpful on the Frog, but I've never heard a bad word about Isla either, so I don't really think you can go wrong.

There was 30 quid (15%) difference when I bought the Frog, but the list now only seems to be 15 quid apart.
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Re: Frog bikes

Postby Veronese68 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:14 am

Good to see there's another quality option for little ones. Unfortunately too late for mine.
Resale value on Isla bikes is very good. Frog may take a while to establish a similar reputation and hold value as well, possibly making an Isla better value for the time being.

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Re: Frog bikes

Postby Agent57 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:13 am

Good to have another option, but they need to add racing bikes to their range too (a lot of the kids at our club are on Islabikes Luaths).
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Re: Frog bikes

Postby The Hundredth Idiot » Wed Sep 25, 2013 13:20 pm

I was about to buy my 6 year old an Islabike as he has far outgrown his Ridgeback MX16, then spotted the Frogs and a local bike shop near me stocks them. Hmm, methinks ...

Just as I've decided this is the way forward, SWMBO got wind of my money-spending plans and scuppered them by having a word with the neighbours who dug out a 20 inch wheeled BSO (a Probike something or other. Alien?) from their garage where it had lain unloved for several years as both their kids are a bit older than ours.

A pleasurable weekend spent stripping it down, cleaning it, greasing it, replacing cables and pedals. Approx £20 later it's actually not too bad a bike - a bit heavy but it all works smoothly.

But the Frog looks a pretty tempting prospect for when my 6 year old outgrows a 20 inch wheeled bike.
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Re: Frog bikes

Postby merkin » Wed Sep 25, 2013 21:06 pm

Agent57 wrote:Good to have another option, but they need to add racing bikes to their range too (a lot of the kids at our club are on Islabikes Luaths).

The Little Bike Company have a nice range of kids road bikes including Moda and Scott. They also stock frog bikes. I think you can try them out in the car park.
It is nice to see things are getting better for kids bikes.
As mentioned, Islabikes have astonishing resale value which makes them quite a bargain long term.

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Re: Frog bikes

Postby Cafewanda » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:59 pm

dhope wrote:
EKE_38BPM wrote:It seems that Islabikes has a contender to the "Best kids bike" title.

My sister in law just told me about Frog bikes and the specs look good, the reviews look good and the price looks good. Islabikes still seem to be the Rolls Royce of kids bike as they have a slightly higher spec and weigh a little less but the Frogs are about £100 cheaper and on a bike which will only fit the owner for a couple of years or so, that seems like a good trade off.

Does anyone have any experience of them?

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Oy you! :P :P

I'll have you know I'm (almost) the proud owner of an Islabike Luath 700 - small. No Frogs for me. Besides they don't have any in red.

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Re: Frog bikes

Postby EKE_38BPM » Thu Sep 26, 2013 17:39 pm

Cafewanda wrote:
dhope wrote:
EKE_38BPM wrote:It seems that Islabikes has a contender to the "Best kids bike" title.

My sister in law just told me about Frog bikes and the specs look good, the reviews look good and the price looks good. Islabikes still seem to be the Rolls Royce of kids bike as they have a slightly higher spec and weigh a little less but the Frogs are about £100 cheaper and on a bike which will only fit the owner for a couple of years or so, that seems like a good trade off.

Does anyone have any experience of them?

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Oy you! :P :P

I'll have you know I'm (almost) the proud owner of an Islabike Luath 700 - small. No Frogs for me. Besides they don't have any in red.

Ner!!


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Re: Frog bikes

Postby Cafewanda » Fri Sep 27, 2013 08:33 am

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