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REVIEW

Early Rider Belter 16 Trail - Reviewed

Words Andrew Major
Photos Andrew Major
Date May 22, 2019

Growing Up Bikes

Look over the frame. Spin the cartridge bearing wheels. Check out the Gates belt drive, external bottom bracket, and sealed cartridge bearing headset. No question, the Belter is a multi-kid bike. Check out the resale value, and even for a one-and-done bicycle family I think there's strong value potential. Like anything mountain bike, value comes from smiles per mile and cost amortized over time.

For my little one, the Early Rider was love at first sight and an easy transition from her other pedal bike on the road. She's cautious by nature and it wasn't an easy transition from ripping the pump track and gravel trails on her run bike to hitting the same on her pedal bike but with lots of laughs, perseverance on her part, and some key changes, this is going to be a great summer of family cycling - including off road.

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The Clairebarian and I always build test bikes together. The Belter was no exception.

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A couple readers have told me they've never had to re-tension the belt even after multiple kids rode the bike.

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There's no hiding bad craft with a clear-over-raw finish. It still looks great - as expected.

We'd previously had an Early Rider run bike, which was faultless over our ownership. It also still looked great, as long as I didn't look too close, after multiple meetings with pavement.

Between the run bike and our experience with the initial build up, highlighted in my first look piece, I was confident this would be an easy review to write. It's been an awesome bike but, as with any bike review, it did take a little bit of work to get there.

Out Of The Box

Kids aren't any different than adults when it comes to bike fit. By that I mean, they're all over the map and at some point science meets personal preference. The challenge of getting on and off means running the saddle a bit lower than optimal even on the road and I was very glad for the good quality quick release right out of the box whenever we headed to the pump track.

The one place that I think a lot of parents will be making changes to the Belter 16" is handlebar height. I'd guess the stock setup, between the stem and bar, could be 30mm taller and no one would be looking to drop it.

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Winter in Vancouver: It did rain, will rain, or is raining.

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Rigid single speed with a quality freehub and a nice, not-too-obnoxious buzz. Hers too.

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It's almost unfair how well this bike rolls compared to kid's rigs with coaster brakes.

Bar height is an easy change, and given the Early Rider line is going to appeal to cycling parents, many of us will either have a spare bar lying around or know someone with a garage full of them. I ended up cutting down the Chromag bar that was on my dad's commuter bike but I also know plenty of folks that have hung on to 'narrow' bars from back in the day that would have happily traded them for beer.

A less easy change is gearing and that's the only place that the Gates belt system isn't amazing. On Claire's Spawn it was nothing to swap out the front (64 BCD) chainring for something else, and old 4-bolt mountain bike granny rings are easy to track down. Claire's adapting well to the Early Rider, and like any single speed you're rarely in the perfect gear, but I would gear it down a bit if it was an easy swap simply due to all the hills we ride.

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The external BB spins smoothly right out of the box.

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The Clairebarian is adapting fine, but I'd gear the bike a bit lower if it was cheap to do.

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We greased the cups and popped the seals on the cartridge bearings so this headset should last forever.

Lastly, Claire didn't like the stock grips because they looked like what a little kid has on their run bike. By which she means the big flanges on the outside. Fair enough, I'm always suggesting folks try different grips - generally for reasons of fit rather than cosmetics but what can I do?

After an exhaustive search of grips that were available in purple, I purchased a set of ESI-style grips from Supacaz. They're best known for their ultra-comfy grip tape but I cut them down, installed them, and they get two thumbs up in wet and dry conditions with gloves on.

Hey, grips are such a personal preference item you're just as well taking advice from four-year-old as from your buddy.

Out In The Wild

I've worked on a few bikes with Gates belt systems in the past. Some have been faultless and others have been highly problematic due to frame alignment issues. Beyond that experience it's never been a technology I've considered for my own bikes before now. Admittedly there's a bit of a difference between the force I'm putting out and the watts my four-year-old is generating but I'm very belt-curious.

First off it's damn quiet and other than hosing it off after some particularly muddy rides it's been completely maintenance-free. It's also clean. When we drive places I transport this bike in the trunk and the belt is brilliant for not getting greasy chain marks everywhere - including on my kid.

I know lots of mountain bikers living in small spaces and I suddenly can't help but thinking the true beauty of owning an internally geared bike like the Taniwha is only realized when it's combined with a belt system.

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More confidence, and more fun, every time we ride.

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"I'm faster than Mama!"

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Pump Tracks before parking lots - I wish there was one closer to our house.

We have a deal on our regular paved ride that I'll lean over and provide some extra push power anytime the hills get steep. Every ride Claire's charging up the hills harder and I'm pushing less.

When she's reefing on the bars trying to make the bike go uphill, or spun out on the flats, the front wheel does squirm quite a bit. I can't help but wonder if a slightly slacker head tube angle might be helpful. Some of that is of course just nervous dad not wanting to pick up the pieces of a 'high speed' off-the-bike on any sport surface.

The Clairebarian doesn't seem to notice though, she's too focused on riding.

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This Belter has made me very belt drive curious myself. It's just so CLEAN and quiet.

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One future upgrade will be a bigger volume front tire. That may also involve installing V-Brakes with taller arms.

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Fine for the road, not great off road. A composite pedal with metal pins in a kid's size would be awesome here.

The beauty of small wheels and tiny rider is that the V-Brakes seem to provide ample power even when we're riding in the rain. I considered trying to track down some of the higher-friction pads I used to use in the days before discs but we've had no issues to date.

The system is light and very easy to tune and the cables and housing are high enough quality that friction hasn't come up as an issue the way it does with the brakes and gears on most kid's bikes. I do give them a test squeeze before every ride though.

The Tektro levers are standard equipment on most good kid's bikes with cable-actuated systems for a reason. I'd love to see a TRP version come out with a ball bearing pivot so all that squeezing force is going straight to the brakes, but really they are very good for tiny hands.

Upgrades

As I noted when talking about fit, the first thing Claire noticed when she straddled the Early Rider was how low the bar was sitting. I called around and had a couple of friends willing to surrender 40mm riser bars out of their parts bins, but I had a light used 25mm Chromag riser bar from my dad's commuter - which was already cut down a few mm - and I elected to use that.

I cut the bar down to match the stock width, and then combined it with a +20° riser stem from Renthal that was languishing in a parts box. It's the first gen Duo stem, and unlike the later Apex models where I had great results, I could never get it to go more than a couple rides without it creaking*. It's perfect for my 40 lb kid though, and she thinks it looks sweet.

Absent access to spare parts, I would have just bought a basic 40mm riser bar and been done with it. It's certainly a change I would look at before rolling away from the shop as it's a common upgrade that other Early Rider owners have also noted.

*Stem creaks being one of the scariest sounds a bike can make.

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A +20° Duo stem out of the parts bin and a cut-down Chromag bar off Grandpa's commuter bike. Any colour, and all the colours, work with the raw frame.

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Contact points - pedals and grips - and fit are the changes we've made to date. Supacaz Siliconez grips are thin but comfy.

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I'll say it again, my bank account wishes Chromag made a plastic version of the Radar. But price aside, they've made a huge difference.

The one major upgrade I've sprung for is a set of Chromag Radar pedals. "Purple, like we saw at the bike show" as the request went. I can't help but hate on Chromag a little bit for not making a Synth-esque plastic version of these pedals but I figure I'm amortizing the purchase over enough years that I'll get over it.

That said, thank you - thank you - thank you - to Chromag for making awesome bike pedals for kids. They've made a huge difference to Claire's confidence on gravel and dirt, not to mention finding the right position for pedaling on pavement.

It's shocking to me how many component companies have 500 different flat pedal options between sizes, colours, materials, etc and yet there's a real lack of great kid's pedals.

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Claire stared at this display for a long time at the BC Bike Show. Hot brand aside, Radar pedals are proof that Chromag gets it.

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Cute & Hilarious. I always crack up at the Dark Helmet look of kids in full face helmets. Thank you Mel Brooks.

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Lots of good kiddo-sized full faces these days. I like Kali's philosophy but the most important thing is that this Zoka fits really well.

That's not to say that the stock pedals aren't okay. They are - but just okay. As soon as it rains or my kid is trying to ride the pump track or off road, the Radars start paying for themselves.

Any other bike company and I'd probably give them a pass, but Early Rider has such great attention to detail in the spec and manufacturing of their bikes that I'd love to see an across the board upgrade to a composite glass fibre (high quality plastic) body with proper pins and a sealed cartridge bearing in a 70mm x 80mm or 70mm x 90mm platform size.

I'm guessing it could be done without increasing the price of the bikes at all.

Cost-Benefit

Financials. Yep, that's a pile of money for a kid's bike. Not relative to a new fork, or carbon rims, or a top-end rear hub for your bike. But still, 480 USD | 645 CAD is what it is when it comes to laying out the cash.

With multiple kids in a family, there's some justification in not having to worry about replacing the drivetrain and the finish holding up great to relax the hand-me-down factor. There's also the fact that these bikes seem to really hold their resale value.

At first I was a bit worried about the gearing, as it isn't cheap to change ratios, but like any single speed it's a matter of being in a 'good enough' gear as much as possible and I think Early Rider has balanced gearing for on and off-road riding, and pump-tracking, etc, as best as possible.

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I don't think you can buy a higher quality kid's bike in terms of the frame manufacturing or drivetrain.

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Claire prefers the dirt pump track over the pavement but still wants me to run beside her (hence no photos).

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The possibilities are endless, though. Strap on a helmet and ride - she gets stronger, and her smile gets bigger - every time we ride.

Sealed cartridge bearings all around, a freehub out back, the Gates drivetrain, and the high quality frame manufacturing add up to a bike that's going to have a very low after-sale cost of ownership. Up front I feel a higher rise bar will be an almost universal upgrade but otherwise it's ready to ride out of the box.

All in all, I can't recommend enough the Early Rider Belter 16 to anyone who can come up with the scratch, and Early Rider bikes in general after our experiences with the Belter and Claire's run bike. I'm really excited to see what the future brings from this brand because, as I see it, kid's bikes just keep getting more and more awesome.


More information at Early Rider. Very curious to hear any upgrade or fit ideas and personal experiences with the Belter lineup in your comments below.

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reini-wagner
+2 Pete Roggeman Andrew Major
Reini Wagner  - May 21, 2019, 10:32 p.m.

Hi Andrew!

I was very much looking forward to this review, thanks a lot! It confirms our experience with the Belter (we have the urban version, the trail version was not yet available when we bought ours 3 years back). I also swapped the pedals right away for a nylon pair with more grip, as the urban was shipped with slippery alu pedals without any pins. 

In the second year I swapped the handlebar to a high riser from woom, which boosted the confidence of the little lady rider, and added alomst another year to the time the bike was used. Now it's waiting for the little brother to grow up. 

Other than the changes mentioned, it was flawless. The belt drive is every bit as amazing as you describe it, and the good brakes and low weight are the most important features and justify the price. Resale value in Austria is about 70-80%, based on the prices I see in the used market. 

One thing to note: I think it is not easy to mount fenders and a rack, but it should be feasible. We had no urgent need, so i didn't put much thought into that. 

Yours looks absolutely amazing, I love the colorful and high quality chromag parts.

The plain silver frame is nice as it accepts any kind of stickers ;) 

Cheers, Reini

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AndrewMajor
+2 Pete Roggeman Tjaard Breeuwer
Andrew Major  - May 21, 2019, 11:22 p.m.

Cheers Reini!

I think SKS Race Blade XL Road fenders (cut down) would be the ticket. I zip-tie mine on instead of using the included rubber bands. 

For a rack, TUBUS makes some awesome clamp-on rack-mounts that I used to mount the rack for my Trailer-Bike on an MTB frame without braze-ons. The problem with racks on kid's bikes is clearance for your legs vs. the rack. A handlebar bag is too much weight on the steering so it's backpack or frame-bag as I see it. 

The Clairebarian just stashes (all the) things in my pack when we go for a ride. How many doudous (stuffed animals) does one four-year-old need on a 6km bike ride? N+1.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - May 22, 2019, 7:11 a.m.

Wouldn't that be D+1?

;-)

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - May 22, 2019, 7:18 a.m.

Huh, I always figure N = number you have. Have never thought about it.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - May 22, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Err, yeah, you're right. N+1 has just always been so bike-related for me, that I didn't even consider that N does not equal B for bike.

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reini-wagner
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Reini Wagner  - June 3, 2019, 1:34 p.m.

Hi Andrew,

thanks for the tips! We ended up using a handlebar basket, which turned out to be very handy. Yes, I know that feeling - I'm also usually getting to play the role of the mule :)

Btw we upgraded to 20" proper last week, this time we opted for an Islabike Beinn 20 Large. Also very lightweight, also very British...and one of the few producers offering a 1:1 gearing ratio in the first gear (32x32). That was actually the tipping point for me. Isn't it crazy that the bikes for adults get OEM'd with something like 32 F 50 R, while the groms have to deal with 36 F 28R ?

Cheers, Reini

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ackshunW
+2 Andrew Major Pete Roggeman
ackshunW  - May 22, 2019, 6:16 a.m.

Just saw this review posted and worried I was going to see something that made me second-guess——— too late though, we’ve got one coming Friday for my little girl’s 4th birthday, largely thanks to your first look article. Never would have spent that much without your detailed look at it. 

Not to worry though! Sounds like it’s going great. How old is your little one? Mine also loves the asphalt pump track here in Brooklyn and kills it on her balance bike. 

I also ordered a BMX style stem pad for her, I worry transitioning from the all-plastic, no edges cockpit of her balance bike may be tough with any spills. And I’m sure purple grips will be needed very soon.

Eric

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - May 22, 2019, 7:30 a.m.

If I could have gotten away with it I would have reposted the first look with a paragraph about upgrades and a comment that Claire LOVES. this bike. She’s four.

Conversation (~) in week two of testing: 

C: “Papa, do you have to give back the brown bike?” (Chameleon)

A: “Yes, as soon as I’m done the test.”

C: “Why?”

A: “It’s not my bike, I just borrowed it for awhile to write about it.”

C: “Hmmm. If you don’t give it back does someone come take it?”

A: “...”

C: “I’m not giving back my test bike.”

...

Claire’s very cautious by nature and (of course) doesn’t remember how many hours over two sizes of runbike it took to get up to ripping the pump track. She figured out riding a pedal bike quick but as I said, the pump track has been a hell of a transition (two different pedal bikes).

We’re almost there (I’m still doing a lot of running along for random stalls) and I’m really excited for when it clicks.

I’d definitely look into a taller rider bar, especially for pumping, if the stock fit is at all questionable for you. 

I’m positive you guys will be stoked! Enjoy.

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Tjaardbreeuwer
+2 AndrewR Andrew Major
Tjaard Breeuwer  - May 22, 2019, 7 a.m.

I have had issues with overly squirmy handling on my kids bike. On a ride to school on her 20” Islabike, she crashed on the road. Wide, straight paved road. On the downhill we hit almost 20mph, and something caused a bit of turn to the bar, she started to correct, over corrected and down she went.

So I would say, with these short wheelbase bikes, with small wheels(=low trail), a slacker head angle would definitely be better*.

Could you fit an angle adjust headset in there?

*For the record, I am not an “endurbro” who thinks every bike should be slacker and longer.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - May 22, 2019, 7:47 a.m.

I own the longest (relative to rider size), slackest rigid single speed I’ve ever heard of - basically a giant kid’s bike - so I’d guess I’ve spent as much time nerding out about this as anyone?

Just like the gearing, HTA is always going to be a compromise. At the pump track and around town it’s perfect. Down the steeper hills on the demo forest road we ride (no cars) I’d take a degree or two. A Works 1-1/8” -1 headset would fit.

Based on my experience, a fatter front tire would relax the wobble without compromising the slow speed handling, and it’s definitely an upgrade will be doing. Plenty of rim width and fork clearance to fit a 2.25”. 

...

As an aside, we’re lucky to have some decent separated bicycle infrastructure in North Van. Claire and I ride a lot of places together on a Trailer-Bike but there’s no way I’d have her on her own bike on the streets around here. Most drivers won’t give an inch or a second and it’s too much to be watching when also learning to ride. 

There’s a reason that the bike racks at a lot of local schools are empty despite that fact that tonnes of kids ride here.

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mrbrett
+2 Tjaard Breeuwer Pete Roggeman
mrbrett  - May 22, 2019, 11:34 a.m.

My just-turned-five-year old son is riding a Vitus Sixteen that has a 67.5 degree head angle, and it's helped him reel in a few tank slappers. I chose that bike around the head angle and lack of a coaster brake. Some other parent at the park said something like "nice bike", and I really ran with the conversation. I think he meant "nice colour" based on the look on his face once I started dissecting head angle and stability ...

A set of Chromag Radars and I think we are in a good place!

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AndrewMajor
+1 Tjaard Breeuwer
Andrew Major  - May 22, 2019, 10:36 p.m.

Ha! Gotta introduce a little bit of foreplay into those bike nerd conversations! 

Was talking to a guy on transit one day about my commuter and it was about five minutes before I realized his "Gianté" wasn't an obscure French road brand I'd never heard of...

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Tjaardbreeuwer
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Tjaard Breeuwer  - May 28, 2019, 7:56 a.m.

LOL, I would(and probably have done) do the exact same thing!

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sweaman2
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Sweaman2  - May 22, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

Interesting on the pedals. I've currently taken the pins out of junior's (5) pedals because I was worried that shin / pedal contact would be bad. Wondering if I should put them back in again.

In terms of cycling infrastructure I used a FollowMe for a couple of years. It has its pros and cons (it's really heavy for starters) but in terms of being able to control a child in traffic and then let them cycle on their own when it's more friendly I found it fantastic.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - May 22, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

Yeah, been looking at different armour options. Thinking maybe just some soccer shin pads?!

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UFO
+1 Andrew Major
UFO  - May 22, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

I was able to find a pre owned bike based on your first look article Andrew. Great recommendation. Our 5 year old transitioned quickly to pedal bikes with no training wheels on a more typical steel bmx bar'd princess bike. So it did take her some time to get used to the more aggro position, but after about a week she's ripping on it. I've got plans to bump the stem down to 40mm (stock was 60mm!) and track down a set of 30-40mm rise bars.

She'll likely be ready for a 20" bike next year, so I had plans to pull the crank/bb/belt off for a larger run bike with hand brakes for her brother who will be 4 next year.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - May 22, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

This made my day; thank you.

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UFO
+1 Tjaard Breeuwer
UFO  - May 22, 2019, 8:22 p.m.

Ps: the original steel princess bmx bike weighed about the same as my own hardtail :P

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johnny_deformed
+1 Andrew Major
johnny_deformed  - May 22, 2019, 10:29 p.m.

for us (twins with birthdays in october), the 16" bikes lasted one season (a true season, in the kootenays; commencal ramones).  12" @ 3-4 years old, 16" @ 4 years, to now 20" @ 5 years plus at least one or two more years i should hope.  when are they going to let daddy upgrade his 2012 cove g-spot

i really like the kid reviews, keep it up

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - May 22, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Thanks! Yeah, Claire is growing like a weed so I'm suspecting we'll be having the 20" conversation sooner than I'd like. 

At least daddy got stuck with a good machine! Thanks to that triple-dad-old-man-strength your kids have helped you develop I bet it's the equivalent of a ~25lb bike for a single man.

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sweaman2
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Sweaman2  - May 23, 2019, 7:34 a.m.

The 16" wheel size does seem to coincide with a growth spurt. Juniors lasted all of 6 months.  I've found though that going to 20" really helped with stability and rollover of small bumps etc.

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UFO
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UFO  - May 23, 2019, 9:42 a.m.

The one thing we bike dads need to realize is the difference between 'need' and 'would probably be better off'

I recall happily riding my 16" wheel well into my primary school years, my next bike was a 26" wheeled Norco Kokanee in grade 8 :P

Having said that I already have most parts accumulated for 24" and 26" FS bikes for when the kids are ready, and thats at least 5 years away. For the kids, I tell myself

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - May 23, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

On the one hand, we're a cycling family so The Clairebarian will always have a bike that fits her properly. If she decides that she likes mountain biking then at some point it'll be two bikes as everyone who wants to cycle places in North Vancouver needs a bike they don't mind locking up. 

On the other hand, there aren't many scenarios I can envision where her first FS bike isn't one she buys/builds with her own funds (maybe from her first job unboxing bike builds, taking out the recycling, and stocking the tube shelf at an LBS). Both my wife and I spend most our trail time on hardtails and we have my wife's old XS Chromag Sakura frame hanging from a peg that's screaming to have a 44mm headtube welded on to it. Only a couple more bike sizes to get through before we're slapping spare parts on it.

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oldschoolsteel
+2 Velocipedestrian Andrew Major
oldschoolsteel  - May 23, 2019, 1:17 a.m.

I recently parted with one of these after my youngest outgrew it. I had been hesitant to get rid of it as it was such a good kids' bike. 

Despite the high retail price, it was not a hard bike to find a buyer for. I had planned to bring it back into the local shop for consignment. However, it didn't make it there. The piano teacher inquired about it, and let I her take it for her daughter to try. It never came back from the demo.   

I received a fair price for it, and the new owner is apparently happy with it too. In the end, not only was it one of the best kids' bikes we've bought, it was also one of the cheapest. 

...I agree with the gearing thing though.

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chrischris
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chrischris  - May 24, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

I was searching for a decent 16 inch bike too since well before my kid needed one (the bike I did not have when I was a kid myself).

Early Rider was on my list because of the short enough chain stay , low weight and good quality. 

Most of the kid bikes have a crazy long CS, bigger than the reach and I'm sure they ride like crap.

Other option similar to this was from Kubikes. These don't seem to have the same quality but not much behind either. Other than that they are also light, short CS and you can even put 2 speed Automatix hub on it. Plus you can get these in a lot of colurs.

Commencal Ramones 16 was also on my list as we had the 14 and I liked the wide tires from Vee.

What I ended buying in the end is the Canyon Offspring 16. I liked the head angle, disk brakes and Automatix rear hub but I was reluctant to buy it because of the weight and relatively long CS compared to others. But then my kid tested it and it was clear it was his next bike. 

CS I managed to get about 1.5cm shorter by improvising a chain tensioner and now it's ok.

Having a second thought on weight , 8.2kg is not much more than the 7.4kg of his previous bike. And thinking in future, a good 20inch MTB starts at 9kg , so it's maybe even better for my kid to stay used to the weight for now.

I also got the bike 2nd hand and I sold the Commencal 14 so it did not cost me that much. Plus I'll be selling the Canyon next year. Will not be so cheap with his next 20inch bike , that's for sure.

The rear sprocket was a little too big and my kid was spinning like crazy to get the Automatix engage the top gear but this was really cheap to fix with a smaller one and a chain power link.

Another nice aspect is the 18inch front wheel .... reverse mullet bike is the future I've heard :)

The saddle is also the best kid specific saddle I've seen. 

If I would keep the bike at least 2 years I would change the tires to Vee Crown Gem (I've read the folding bead ones are tubeless ready) and mount a wider handlebar. 

We tested the Early Rider too afterwards and it's a really nice bike but my kid likes the Canyon more.

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Tjaardbreeuwer
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Tjaard Breeuwer  - May 28, 2019, 8:02 a.m.

I have the 24x2.8 Vee crown gem on my 8 year old’s Riprock 24, and they are tubeless. Set up just fine. I used them for winter, since the knobs where (just) big enough to screw Gripstuds into.

Their website says the skinwall version is not tubeless though, which is to bad, as Id like to get a 2.6 for the rear of her bike for summer (front suspension bike with DHF on the front wheel). The only 2.6 I can find is the skinwall, but maybe the 2.6 in regular casing will come onto the market in a bit, since they are listed as “new’.

It could also be worth trying to convert the 2.6 skinwall, using plenty of sealant. It worked on the stock High roller 2.8 on that bike.

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