Bike for 11 year old boy

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Bike for 11 year old boy

Postby fergaljpc » 12 Aug 2017, 12:10pm

My son would like a road bike or cycle cross bike for his birthday. He is 11 years old and cycling proficient. Any ideas where to look (besides here) or indeed if anyone has something for sale. Many thanks.

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Re: Bike for 11 year old boy

Postby gaz » 12 Aug 2017, 12:31pm

Welcome to the forum.

Try this thread for ideas about brands to consider new / used.

Keep an eye on the For Sale boards here, ebay, gumtree, etc and / or post a Wanted ad.
It's got nothing to do with vorsprung durch technic you know ...

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Re: Bike for 11 year old boy

Postby NUKe » 12 Aug 2017, 12:46pm

HALFORDS do the Wiggins bikes. Isla luath is another option.
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Re: Bike for 11 year old boy

Postby ibbo68 » 12 Aug 2017, 11:40pm

Depends what he will use it for.
Wiggins
Hoy
Frog
Islabikes
All around the £300-£450 mark,light with kid specific levers/cranks etc and perfectly capable on/off road(Except Wiggins they're Road only)
My son(nearly 10) races both Road circuit and Cross on his Frog.
Next step up are Scatto £600-£1000 depending on spec.If serious about racing then ideal.
Quite a few manufacturers are doing XXS frames with 700 wheels now(Scatto,Wiggins) so although can be thought of as expensive they'll last a couple of growth spurts.
Wiggins too new to speculate but resale on Frog/Islabikes/Scatto is surprising.
Typically a 18-24 month old Frog/Islabikes that cost £450 new will sell for £300-£320!

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Re: Bike for 11 year old boy

Postby pjclinch » 15 Aug 2017, 2:57pm

ibbo68 wrote:Depends what he will use it for.
Wiggins
Hoy
Frog
Islabikes
All around the £300-£450 mark,light with kid specific levers/cranks etc and perfectly capable on/off road(Except Wiggins they're Road only)


If you can point me out a cycling-keen 11 year old boy who wouldn't be quite happy to take a "road bike" pretty much anywhere he could point it I'd be quite surprised!

It would be vastly better off-road than the Raleigh Olympus I rode through the woods/streams etc as a teenager, as the brakes would actually have some stopping power...

(and if you swap the tyres for something a little wider and knobblier it should make an okay 'cross bike, there really isn't the need to get hung up on fine tuning at this point IMHO)

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Often seen riding a bike around Dundee...

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Re: Bike for 11 year old boy

Postby ibbo68 » 15 Aug 2017, 5:12pm

pjclinch wrote:
ibbo68 wrote:Depends what he will use it for.
Wiggins
Hoy
Frog
Islabikes
All around the £300-£450 mark,light with kid specific levers/cranks etc and perfectly capable on/off road(Except Wiggins they're Road only)


If you can point me out a cycling-keen 11 year old boy who wouldn't be quite happy to take a "road bike" pretty much anywhere he could point it I'd be quite surprised!

It would be vastly better off-road than the Raleigh Olympus I rode through the woods/streams etc as a teenager, as the brakes would actually have some stopping power...

(and if you swap the tyres for something a little wider and knobblier it should make an okay 'cross bike, there really isn't the need to get hung up on fine tuning at this point IMHO)

Pete.

All except the Wiggins have Canti-Brakes and will take wider tyres.The Wiggins has a narrow carbon fork and caliper brakes and you wouldn't get much wider than a 28mm tyre on there due to clearance issues.(I know this as my mate works for Halfords and his lad has one and a dedicated CX bike also for this reason)
If he just wants a bike "to go down the woods" then you're right about fine tuning.If,like my lad,he wants to Race and be competetive then fine tuning is something you do need to look at.


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