Despite already offering several impressive children’s mountain bikes in the form of the Hotrock series, Specialized recently launched several new models designed for the sons and daughters of mountain bikers. This new series, dubbed the Riprock, is built around large volume 2.8” tires – making them essentially plus bikes for kids.
If you’re not familiar with the concept, the plus sized trend began by mounting large volume tires onto 27.5” wheels to give them the same effective outside diameter as a 29”. In our testing, we’ve found that these monster tires roll more easily over technical terrain, offer improved stability and traction in loose conditions, and can give novice riders a big confidence boost.
Specialized has paired these oversized tires with a custom tuned fork, disc brakes, and a durable aluminum frame with low stand over to create the ultimate ripper.
The Riprock will be available in two wheelsizes: 20 and 24”. The 20” model utilizes a Shimano Revoshifter (think twistie grip) for easy gear selection. Retail is $450.
The Riprock 24 is available at three different price points. The $500 base model has an 8 speed Shimano Tourney drive train, 70mm coil fork, and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes.
Jumping upto the $750 Comp model nets you an air sprung fork with hydraulic lockout and 9 speed Shimano Alivio Shadow drivetrain.
The most expensive Expert model (presumably reserved only for kids who do all their homework and get straight A’s) retails for a $1,000 and is equipped with Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes, the same air sprung fork as the Comp model, and a 10 speed Shimano XT Shadow drivetrain.
For more information visit www.specialized.com.