My kids are 8 & 5 and we live in a similar location where you have to earn your descent. The thing that has made the biggest difference by far in both of their enjoyment of the whole ride ( not just the down), have been modifications to the drivetrain. My 5yo has a 20” spawn and we pulled off the stock chainring and replaced it with a NSB 28 tooth. This instantly allowed for about 80% more time actually riding and not having to push the bike up hills. Our 8yo has a 24” Norco with a Shimano drivetrain. I went rooting through my parts bins and came up with enough to convert it to a 1x10 XO and all it cost me was a new chain and shifter cable. He can be seen routinely cleaning sections of climbs that give grownups grief and totally beams with pride every time he cleans something new. Total investment was about $50, but it feels like a 500% improvement in experience for everyone involved!
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