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I'm currently shopping for a bike for my son. I'm comparing the Trek 220 vs Specialized A1 FS Boys. I can get both for nearly the same price. I've noticed the Trek does not come with bottle mounts but does come with their adjustable crank positions and stem, so it will grow a bit with the child. Of course, there are other differences but I'm not sure how much of a difference for a 9-year-old, etc.

From what is noted on both Manufacture's sites, what do people see as some of the big pos/neg for each?

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/kids/ages_9_12/mt220/

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=47602&eid=4360&menuItemId=9270
 

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TKHanson said:
I can get both for nearly the same price.
If you can get them for the same price go Specialized. It has a $100 higher MSRP so you're either getting a deal on that or ripped off on the Trek.

Specialized kids bikes are great. Much lighter than Trek's line overall and that is probably the most important think to look for in a kids bike.
Components are mostly a wash.
The forks on both of them are probably going to be too stiff for a 9 yr old so that will require some tinkering if you actually want it to work well.
 

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The window of utility for a 9 y/o is short

Just make adjustments with stem sized, bar position and seat position. Try and stay on top if it as these guys are like weeds.

Think long term. Make sure the bike always fits and works well so it doesn't hinder him and he like riding. The best thing you can do it take really good care of the bike. It has a resale value and that sale money goes to the next bike. I've been doing this with my son since he was 3. That 12" rigid SS is now a Yeti Arc. He's 17.

Good luck, Dad!
 

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