It’s New Bike Day!
My oldest son has been hitting the trails with me for about the last two years.
He’s gotten to a point where his confidence is somewhat held back by his bike.
The $75 Craigslist bike has done the job until now. But he’s ready to ride some real trails these days. Something more along the lines of DuPont and less along the lines of the small singletrack that runs through the local park.
He’s really shown dedication to riding and that he’s able and willing to take good care of his gear. So Mom gave the okay, and we purchased him what I would call his first “real” mountainbike.
I couldn’t hold out until his actual birthday, so he got it a week early.
Here’s the surprise and the first ride.
If you are looking for a new bike for your kid, the Diamondback SYNC’R 24 is one of the best options available.
Diamondback describes the Sync’r 24 this way:
A completely capable mountain bike with top-shelf components for your little ripper. The 24-inch wheels and low-slung geometry provide just the right fit and handling for the smaller rider, and the 6061 aluminum alloy construction can take plenty of abuse. With big-bike components like a SRAM 1×11 drivetrain, 80mm Suntour fork, and Tektro hydraulic brakes, this bike gives young riders all they need to get to that next level. This model fits riders 53”-62” tall, aged approximately 8-12 years old.
Don’t forget to use this guide to measure your little shredder for proper fit before taking the plunge on a new set of wheels.
And if cost is holding you back, I would tell you two things:
1.) Prices are insane right now because of the way 2020 has turned the world upside down. I was lucky to get this bike pre-pandemic and sit on it until we got closer to my son’s birthday.
2.) The cost of a quality bike is far less than the cost of the loss of confidence and interest that will come from a cheap bike. Poor components make for poor riding experiences and could even be dangerous.