These are the latest junior mountain bikes from Switzerland

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Children have very different component requirements, on their mountain bikes. Because of their smaller hands, shorter arms and low grip strength. (Photo: SCOR)
Children have very different component requirements, on their mountain bikes. Because of their smaller hands, shorter arms and low grip strength. (Photo: SCOR)

Junior mountain bikes are often an enthusiastic purchase, which becomes a grudge ownership experience.

Children rapidly outgrow their bikes, and many parents tolerate poor-quality components as a sacrifice.

Swiss cycling brand, BMC, is known as the bike that won Olympic gold for Tom Pidcock at the Tokyo Games. As part of its mountain biking division, BMC has a sub-brand called SCOR, which specializes in trail and enduro bikes.

Engineers and product specialists at SCOR were briefed by BMC management to create a new range of children's mountain bikes. The result is SCOR's 0020 and 0024 models. And yes, those naming conventions correlate to wheel size, with the 0020 rolling 20" wheels and the 0024, on 24" wheels.

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Although these SCOR bikes have rigid forks, they roll big tyres, to deliver comfort and control, on smooth trails. (Photo: SCOR)

No suspension

Unlike some other premium mountain bikes for children, SCOR's 0020 and 0024 models are rigid hardtails. They don't feature suspension forks and are targeted at children who can access smooth off-road trails.

Why forego suspension forks? It's often a challenge to get an air- or coil-sprung fork correctly configured for a child's very low rider weight. And suspension forks increase bike mass, too, making it a touch more challenging for children to pedal uphill.

To compensate for the 0020 and 0024's rigid bike set-up, SCOR specifies large-volume Kenda Booster tyres, which are 2.4" wide.

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The SCOR junior bikes all feature internal cable routing, for a clean look. (Photo: SCOR)

For pre- to mid-primary school riders 

All components are children-specific, including the SRAM 1x8 drivetrains and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes.

Saddles, cranks and brake levers are all appropriately sized and ergonomically shaped to work with children's smaller physiology and lower hand strength.

SCOR's 0020 is targeted at 5-8 year-old riders, in the 1.1-1.35m height range. The 0024 is configured to work for an aggregate age range of 6-11-year-olds, between 1.2- and 1.45m tall.

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