Better mountain bikes for the youngsters

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Kids have great natural balance, but proper components give them confidence off-road (Photo: Fezzari)
Kids have great natural balance, but proper components give them confidence off-road (Photo: Fezzari)
  • Kids want to ride trails, but the bike options have not always been great
  • The new trend is for proper suspension, wheels and tyres on kids mountain bikes – making them much better to ride
  • And crucially, brakes are now being set-up, to give kids confidence instead of generating fear

If you ever tried to use your dual-purpose school commuting bike like a mountain bike, you’ll know the drama.

Flat tyres. Sore hands. Scraped knees. Ruined drivetrain. Useless brakes. Market demand and spending power have consistently delivered a considerable chasm in performance between adult and kids mountain bikes.

But this is now changing. Rapidly. As mountain biking surges in popularity, more families wish to ride together. And to achieve a harmonized ride experience, you can’t have adults and teenagers on great bikes and younger kids on awful bikes.

Better suspension forks, tyres, brakes and drivetrains have helped shape a new series of kids bikes that are excellent to ride.

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This Lone Peak is an example of how adult bike geometry has been repurposed for junior riders (Photo: Fezzari)

Scaling the mountain bike tech, for kids

Fezzari is the latest bike company to launch a great riding kids mountain bike. The brand’s new Lone Peak is ideal for junior riders who want to go off-road.

It is everything you would expect in an adult hardtail mountain bike, sized to ergonomic comfort for kids.

Instead of rolling 29er wheels, this Lone Peak has smaller 24-inch wheels. The aluminium frame has slick internally routed cables for its shifter, brakes and dropper seat post.

Suspension technology is what often differentiates between an average and excellent mountain bike. The Lone Peak features an SR Suntour XCR air fork, with 80mm of travel. Its damper is also configured for lighter riders, to support bike and rider over rocks and roots instead of bouncing them around.

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Forget about those silly 1x8 drivetrains. The Lone Peak has 12-gears and can climb up nearly anything (Photo: Fezzari)

More time riding, less time walking

The Fezzari Lone Peak has all the gears, too. It uses a SRAM Eagle 1x12 drivetrain, which should help any junior rider get up even the steepest climb without pushing.

One of the most significant issues with legacy kids mountain bikes have always been brakes. When kids panic, they want to feel safe.

Lacking the finger dexterity or pulling power of an adult, most brake levers don’t work for kids. The Fezzari Lone Peak junior mountain bike has a powerful Tecktro hydraulic disc brake system, with short-reach levers – shaped to work best, with smaller hands.

The Lone Peak is an example of how advanced hardtail mountain bikes have become, for riders in the tween age segment. 

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