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Very cool pics, thanks for sharing.

I sure hope to see my son someday share this passion with the rest of us.

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24 " wheels - not sure about the size

Hi, it was made around 24" wheels and a SID fork (with the lightest settings we could). I know that Kona (and possibly Garneau) make 24" wheel bikes that are made for real riding. It is worth the investment if you really want them to get into it. The 24" wheels roll over obstacles so much better than 16" ones. Nothing makes you want to ride more than having some success. Riding with my kids has been as amazing as when I first discovered mountain biking.

Cheers!

Mel

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Nice pics, what size is that Turner? I'm starting to look for a new frame for my 8yr old.
 

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He looks like a natural!

I wish my 8 year old had at least a little interest in riding. His bike collects too much dust. He's more into games, reading, TV, etc. Must get that from his mother's (my ex) side!
 

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not only does your 8 year old have a nicer bike than me, he probably rides better too! ;)

congrats, that has to be a rewarding feeling to ride with your son!
 

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It is the best feeling I've had biking

Hi, it IS the best feeling I've had biking and that is saying a lot. I am passionate about riding. Riding with my son and daughter (she's on a trailgator) is so much fun. They actually ask us to take them riding. It certainly is related to the fact that they've seen the fun we have. They've also exprienced the outdoors a lot since birth.

My son already likes doing stuff that scares me. As much as I hate to admit it he did get really good genetics. Unfortunately, they are from my wife more than me!

Cheers!

Mel
 

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Mel, my kid already rides a 24" bike and wants a FS frame. Took a look around and the only one worth mentioning is the Specialized Hotrock FSR 24 (http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=6854&JServSessionIdroot=7x6fwmu154.j27004) and the Kona Stinky Jr. Both have so so components but can get 2 Hotrocks for the price of the Stinky and it's a lot lighter. The Stinky is around $1500 and the Hotrock is $600.

What I'm looking for is a reasonably priced XXS FS frame like the Jamis Dakar so he can use 26" tires or 24" tires with disk brakes. So far haven't had any luck with the Jamis and the other option, Titus Racer-X is very expensive for a kid that will outgrow it quickly.

Where did you found the Turner?
 

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Kona Jr.

DiRt DeViL said:
Nice pics, what size is that Turner? I'm starting to look for a new frame for my 8yr old.
The Kona Stinky Jr. is another good choice. I built this one for my son's 9th bithday and he loves it.
 

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Mine doesn't have a Turner nor Stinky but...

races XC, DS and DH in the kids mtb league.



He's currently riding a Diamondback Octane 24, here's an older version if his bike.



Since that pic was taken the stem, handlebar and cranks were changed.
 

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That's cool!

Where are you guys? Around us 10 years old seems to be the youngest for races. I'm contemplating letting my son ride in an up-coming citizens race. I just want to keep it fun.

Cheers!

Mel

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races XC, DS and DH in the kids mtb league.



He's currently riding a Diamondback Octane 24, here's an older version if his bike.



Since that pic was taken the stem, handlebar and cranks were changed.
 

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I'm in Puerto Rico and I'm also the volunteer that works with the kids.

We group them by age and the youngest class is "Rueditas" (training wheels) which is open then 1-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10. We also made a Pre-Juinior (11-12) and Junior A (13-14) for the bigger kids.

We organize an annual kids festival and do XC, DS and DH races exclusivelly for kids, this year was fun and my kid did 1st in DH (2nd overall), 3rd in DS and 4th in XC. So far he's leading the 7-8yr old class by 10 points with 2 races to go.

If you want to see kids races in your area the best way is to approach the organizer/promoter and volunteer to do so. That was what I did and have been involved in the kids program along with my wife for 2 seasons now.

If you build a kids course; believe me, they will come.
 

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DiRt DeViL said:
I'm in Puerto Rico and I'm also the volunteer that works with the kids.

We group them by age and the youngest class is "Rueditas" (training wheels) which is open then 1-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10. We also made a Pre-Juinior (11-12) and Junior A (13-14) for the bigger kids.

We organize an annual kids festival and do XC, DS and DH races exclusivelly for kids, this year was fun and my kid did 1st in DH (2nd overall), 3rd in DS and 4th in XC. So far he's leading the 7-8yr old class by 10 points with 2 races to go.

If you want to see kids races in your area the best way is to approach the organizer/promoter and volunteer to do so. That was what I did and have been involved in the kids program along with my wife for 2 seasons now.

If you build a kids course; believe me, they will come.
That is cool stuff you are doing! You are right about the kids will come, all they need is an opportunity.
 
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