Islabikes Creig 24 and Beinn 20L
Islabikes is a UK brand with US headquarters in Portland, OR. They specialize in lightweight aluminum kids rigs that range from the Rothan balance bike with 12″ wheels all the way up to 26″ youth bikes. They even have three models of kid’s road bikes. The Islabikes Creig 24 (pictured above) has a 7005 aluminum frame and features an RST F1rst air fork with 60mm of travel with lockout and rebound adjustment, and SRAM X5 1×10 drivetrain with twist shift and Avid disc brakes. Claimed weight is 23.8 pounds. MSRP is $1099.99. The Islabikes Beinn 20L has a 7005 aluminum frame and rigid cromoly fork. The drivetrain is SRAM 7 speed with twist shift and V-brakes. Claimed weight is 17.3 pounds. MSRP is $440. — Gregg Kato
More information: www.islabikes.com
Specialized Fat Boy 20 and 24
For 2015, both Trek and Specialized are offering scaled down versions of their popular fat bikes to fit younger riders. In both 20- and 24-inch wheel size, these fat bikes bring a sense of adventure to riding that parents won’t mind riding slow for. They are versatile enough to ride in sand, dirt, and snow, and the suspension in the tires helps give kids a smoother ride. And as Specialized’s Emily Watts reported from the pump track, “Kids think they’re motorcycles, and they want to take them out.”
Available since Christmas, the Specialized Fat Boy 20/24 comes with disc brakes for controlled, confidence-inspiring stopping. They have a 1x drivetrain to keep shifting easy, and kids change gears with a trigger shifter so it’s easier for little hands.
More info: www.specialized.com
Trek Farley 24
After much deliberation in the Trek camp, they decided the best geometry they could offer kids in their fat bike platform was the 24-inch wheelsize. The bike will suit riders from 50–63” tall, comes with a 1X drivetrain, and weighs 28 pounds. It’s available this August in two colors.
More info: trekbikes.com
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