The brake is a Formula R1 with titanium mounting bolts, and the cable has enough length for a barspin in each direction. Albrekt finished off the bike with a custom cut vinyl “S-WALK” decal that mimics the gloss-on-matte look that’s become so popular on stealthy carbon frames of late.
Though it doesn’t seem like there’s much more to do, Albrekt says he’s got a couple more upgrades in the works. When his son’s hands are bigger, he’ll switch to lighter, thinner foam grips, and he’s in the process of turning an aluminum handlebar into a custom 22.2mm seatpost, complete with CNC’d clamp head and titanium hardware. When complete, Albrekt expects the bike to weigh 8.5 pounds.
Albrekt’s S-Walk started life as this stock Specialized Hotwalk.
While Albrekt admits the project might seem excessive, he chalks it up to an exercise in mechanical creativity as much as rewarding parenting.
“My kid loves it,” he says. Hard to argue with that. With Albrekt being such a fan of Specialized we wouldn’t be surprised to see Jakob on the Hardrock XTR—a real production kids bike that features a Shimano XTR drivetrain and a RockShox SID fork. Even so, we’d bet Albrekt already has upgrades in mind.
Custom S-Walk Balance Bike Specs
- Frame: Specialized Hotwalk Aluminum with custom disc brake mount
- Fork: Specialized with custom 1-inch thread lesssteerer, 100mm wheel spacing
- Paint/Graphics: Custom matte black powdercoat/gloss vinyl decals
- Brake: Formula R1, titanium mounting bolts
- Rotor: Hope Mono M4, titanium mounting bolts
- Front Hub: WTB Grease Guard, 32-hole (16 used)
- Rear Hub: Tune front hub shaved to 95mm width, 32-hole (16 used)
- Spokes: Union titanium, triple-butted, custom shortened
- Nipples: Red-anodized aluminum
- Skewers: Shimano XTR, shortened and rethreaded to fit
- Rims: Specialized aluminum 12-inch
- Tires: Specialized Rhythm Lite 12 x 2.0
- Handlebar: Specialized S-WORKS carbon xc low-rise, 500mm wide.
- Stem: Tune 50mm, 1-1/8-inch (shimmed to 1-inch), titanium bolts
- Headset: Tange DX8 1-inch threadless
Editors note: Attempts by the author to get adopted by Albrekt went unacknowledged.