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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:35 am 
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Hey you guys, my son has outgrown his Merida Dakar 220, and I'm looking to replace it with a 24" MTB, light as possible, with front suspension forks.
Has anyone got any recommendations for said bikes?
Thankee kindly.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:47 pm 
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I recommend building one yourself from a donor bike, son loves it and it gives you choice over components you wouldn't normally have and usually costs less too. I built my son's for around £150 - specialised frame, p2 forks.
link... http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 290#425290
it makes it unique to them too which they like.

For 24inch the forks are a bit limited but there is an RST capa with lockout and dampening adjust - I can't find it now though on a quicksearch.

If money is less of an issue this does look like a nice package but I guess the forks will weigh a ton....
http://www.tweekscycles.com/Product.do? ... ds%20Bikes

If you want off the shelf lightweight then Ilsabikes are probably your best bet. Most good kids bikes weigh in around 12kg/27lbs but an islabike is only around 22lb as it has rigid forks.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:26 pm 
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I'd try an Islabike:
http://islabikes.co.uk/bike_pages/beinn24.html

We are now on our 5th, my eldest has a Beinn 24 which has done 2000 miles or so in the past year. Absolutely nothing has broken or worn out and it is very light (24bs or so).
He recently went past two blokes on full sussers on our local singletrack... :oops:


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:34 pm 
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I'd try an Islabike:
http://islabikes.co.uk/bike_pages/beinn24.html

We are now on our 5th, my eldest has a Beinn 24 which has done 2000 miles or so in the past year. Absolutely nothing has broken or worn out and it is very light (24bs or so).
He recently went past two blokes on full sussers on our local singletrack... :oops:


That was probably me and my mate!!!


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My eldest currently has an Islabike - and think it was a good choice, because it will get used by my youngest.

Don't know whether I'd always go with them, though, because as they get older, it's a balance between getting them a decent bike, and the bike they get being the type they want.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:17 pm 
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Neil wrote:
My eldest currently has an Islabike - and think it was a good choice, because it will get used by my youngest.

Don't know whether I'd always go with them, though, because as they get older, it's a balance between getting them a decent bike, and the bike they get being the type they want.


Yep. Totally agree. We all know the sprogs suspension forks are not up to much - but they want them to look like their dads bikes!!!!


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Maybe dad should be riding rigid too :)


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Got a 16" 1990 Lava Dome for the next step on from the Isla. 8)
The oldest already has learned to call most cheap bikes 'gaspipe nasties'
:lol:
Mind, the younger one likes my rigid singlespeed!


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The Ken wrote:
Maybe dad should be riding rigid too :)

I do.

He's more taken by what he sees other kids riding, though - like BMXs.

I'm not going to try and impose my values on him, I've bought him decent bikes up to now, because I knew best, and up to this point, that probably mattered more. But at this age, he might as well have the type of bike he wants.

Whatever I get, will be decent, because in doing so up to now, haven't had to buy additional bikes for tearaway no. 2.


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The Ken wrote:
Maybe dad should be riding rigid too :)


I do! But he prefers the hard tails and full sussers in the garage. Far more "Space 1999".


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