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 Post subject: 20 inch kids bike
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 1:06 am 
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My middle boy needs a bike (6 yrs old) and i like the look of this bike
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/kona-makena-201 ... ena%202011

Any thoughts or other suggestions, i was going to build him one but at that price prob going to cost me more.


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 3:30 am 
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I cannot comment on the Kona other than to say I'd be very skeptical about that fork, but I would check out Islabikes.
http://islabikes.co.uk/bike_pages/pdfs/ ... _Large.pdf

We are now on our 5th (between two boys) and they still haven't been bettered.

While they cost a bit more upfront, you'll get that extra back when you sell. I even bought one secondhand and got exactly the same price back for it 18 months later!


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 7:03 am 
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Looks OK to me - depending on usage. My 2 started out on Specialized Hard Rock and Gary Fisher 20" bikes with similar forks.

However Isla bikes are really very good. I wish there was something similar here in Denmark.....


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dbmtb wrote:
Looks OK to me - depending on usage. My 2 started out on Specialized Hard Rock and Gary Fisher 20" bikes with similar forks.

However Isla bikes are really very good. I wish there was something similar here in Denmark.....


Maybe they need an importer or outlet to bring them in.


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 8:42 am 
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Check out the specialised hotrock range too gazz.....view them at Evans cycles


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 9:29 am 
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cheers lads will check them out.


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 9:34 am 
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Islabikes. The forks on most kids' bikes are just dead weight. Last time I checked, the Islabike was knocking on 5lb lighter than the competition (might have been for 24in wheels, but even so, that's a lot). They're not always more expensive, either, and make strong money on ebay, so actual cost of ownership is pretty agreeable.

Just bought one of these:

http://www.islabikes.co.uk/bike_pages/beinn20.html

for eldest (5). It's her third, youngest is starting to work his way through the earlier ones now :)


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 Post subject: Re: 20 inch kids bike
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 9:34 am 
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clockworkgazz wrote:
My middle boy needs a bike (6 yrs old) and i like the look of this bike
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/kona-makena-201 ... ena%202011

Any thoughts or other suggestions, i was going to build him one but at that price prob going to cost me more.

Like hamster, I went with an Islabike (Beinn 20, but the small one).

edit: forgot to say, much the same money as the Kona


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 9:58 am 
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Islabike is a weight weenie Gaz - you should like it, paint chips easily but the bike is lovely.
Daughter has a hotrock and that is nice too but a bit heavier with the forks.

I've also got miniken's old Trek MT60 sitting in the shed if you want a cheap deal, just needs brakes and some re-building, perhaps a new BB but I've never striped it down. It is heavier though with the pogo stick front sus. But is infinately adjustable (even has 2 pedal holes in each crank) - lasted mK from 7 till 11 - never raced or rallied ;)

Knowing you though, I would recommend a self build with an old hot rock frame - like I did with miniKens 46er.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 10:46 am 
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The Ken wrote:
Islabike is a weight weenie Gaz - you should like it, paint chips easily but the bike is lovely.
Daughter has a hotrock and that is nice too but a bit heavier with the forks.

I've also got miniken's old Trek MT60 sitting in the shed if you want a cheap deal, just needs brakes and some re-building, perhaps a new BB but I've never striped it down. It is heavier though with the pogo stick front sus. But is infinately adjustable (even has 2 pedal holes in each crank) - lasted mK from 7 till 11 - never raced or rallied ;)

Knowing you though, I would recommend a self build with an old hot rock frame - like I did with miniKens 46er.

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will pm you tonight TK as I could get the bike resprayed- his only requirement is that it be the same colour as kilmarnock hence the kona :lol:


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