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2014 Diamant Mammut F24 bike test ride – very heavy kids bike

 

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The bike does not come with these grips or this saddle.
Although this bike was too small for me, my points are still valid, I have ridden other 24inch bikes, it’s not the size that makes this bike handle so horrible.This bike is anything but playful, the bike is so heavy its almost glued to the ground, It was impossible for me to do a wheelie or do even a short manual, even jumping was hard, because the weight kept the bike down.

 

 

The brakes lack power, due to only one piston.

but bunny hops are of course more difficult on a smaller bike, but it still felt way too heavy.

Riding up stair steps, in the skatepark, worked without any issues.

The drivetrain is a joke, it’s outdated and

Horrible steering:

when I turned to left it wanted to stay left and this was with the tyres pumped hard.

the fork has a big offset, and the head tube is slack, It’s overkill.

The bike is way too heavy, I am strong, and I could not get the front wheel to stay up, it was just slamming down hard, bunny hopping was quite hard, due to the weight.

 

Many of the Diamant bikes are rebranded bikes from other bike brands, Rockmachine is one of them, But I do not know if this one is rebranded or not.

Verdict

I can’t recommend such heavy bike, even for an adult it’s way too heavy.

https://www.intersport.no/produkt/148801/diamant-mammut-24-fatbike-junior

https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/a/24-kids-bikes/diamant/mammut-f24-junior-24-fat-bike/102633753

Australian distributor: http://www.fatbike.com.au/

Kids/small person MTB bikes November 2016

Note that this article is work in progress, at least now you know some more brands or bikes.

These bikes are in no particular order.

If any of you have found more bikes or child specific stuff, be so kind to comment below to share with us.

I have no experience with these bikes, So I will say my opinion, and my experiences with the components used,I will not decide for you.

This article will be update when I find more good bikes
order and title of article might change but I publish this right ow so you can see it, sorry if there are mistakes and typos.

there are few kids bike brands that make good bikes for kids,and there are even fewer adult bike brands that make kids good kids bikes,and there are not many kids brand that make good kids bikes for 24 and 20 inch wheel size.

Some facts:

Kids should have as safe,light,strong,and as well performing bikes as adults.

for the kids to enjoy riding the bikes for a long time the bikes must be light.

Fit is very important,Adjustable reach for brake levers, right crank arm length,saddle that fit kids,I have seen kids riding on saddles that are painful to sit on,the shape of the saddle the length of the saddle the height/depth of it,Its all very important,a flexible saddle is a must In my opinion for optimal comfort.

When you want to buy a bike please ignore the silly marketing tricks, like using using A celebrity or pro riders name, or a company’s name..

this is a good example of what I mean: Hyper Cam Zink Edition is a good example:http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Hyper-Cam-Zink-Edition-Now-Available-at-Walmart.html

I see many kids got awful bikes, and jump and ride downstairs jump off walls, and they do it on awful and dangerous bikes. the kids I saw ridden like Seth does in this video.

Shame so many kids ride on bikes that is junk,and they don’t know how dangerous it is,and the parents got no clue.

but in this guide I will show some the best kids bike I have found on the internet.(custom builds only commercial products will be listed here)

In my opinion bikes like these should be illegal to sell, but sadly they are not.

And then there are the fake dirt jump bikes that are marketed as bikes that can withstand abuse. which they can’t do at all, bikes with Sr Suntour xct and xcm forks,the plastic adjustment, pops out, flexing, knocking sounds, or almost no rebound, depending on the model.

Some bikes have warning stickers on that say the opposite of what the ad say.

I see many kids got awful bikes, and jump and ride downstairs jump off walls, and they do it on awful and dangerous bikes. the kids I saw ridden like Seth does in this video.

If you are a beginner and want to do advanced riding I you need to subscribe to this channel.

Most of the worldwide big bicycles brands, only make cheap awful bikes for the kids, or really basic hardtails.

Many of the Kids MTB guides, are misleading, many of the bikes got awful components.

Many of the kids bikes I have seen are absolutely awful junk.

Almost everything is wrong with these 100 dollar bikes.

Just some of the things that are wrong with them:

  • they are very heavy,a too heavy bike can be dangerous, the bike was glued to the ground I could no jump it.
  • suspension that does not do the job,the most common fork on these cheap bikes are ZOOM.
  • mechanical disk brakes that are hard to brake with for kids.
  • saddles that is torture to sit on.
  • tyres with no grip

Example of kids bikes that are marketed as mountain bikes, but they are to they are garbage, they are not made for Drop-Offs and jumps, and shredding in the woods.

http://images.biltema.com/PAXToImageService.svc/article/xlarge/271353
this is junk 14 KG for a kids bike is  stupid.

There are many choices on the market right now,

but If you want the best speed bike without spending too much I recommend buying from Direct Sale brands.

This video shows me jumping a 24 inch fat bike that is way too heavy:

The List:

Here are some real mountain bikes for kids. all from XC to freeride,downhill

https://ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb14523231/p4pb14523231.jpg

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/nicolai-mojo-to-produce-geometron-kids-bikes-2017.html

modern geometry, long reach,long chain stays, long wheelbase, stable.

Lil Shredder Prodigy
http://lilshredder.com/

freeride,downhill,trail

Lil Shredder Phenom
24″ WheelsRace face narrow wide ring make sure the chain stays on.(unless you pedal at extreme speed or ride down 40-50 degrees steep strairs) so A chain guide would be nice.
As you can see, Shimano ZEE RD, which can take a beating,short cage is excellent, specially for kid’s bike so now they get clearance too. http://lilshredder.com/lil-shredder-phenom

http://kaniabikes.eu/

Full suspension 26er trail bikes:

 

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10 speed 1 by drive trail with shimano Deore shadow plus, and Rock Shox fork  & shock & hydraulic mineral oil disk brakes from shimano. I think this is a nice package,but  a chain guide would be nice

https://i0.wp.com/p.vitalmtb.com/photos/captions/2311/max_Reaper_26_Profile_short.jpg
this model got 11 speed 11 speed Sram drive trail and high end fork.
https://i1.wp.com/www.konaworld.com/images/bike/med/stinky_24.jpg
This kona has a budget is a budget built, but no clutch on the rear derailleur not good,I think the extra you would pay for a clutch is worth it.

 

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Transition Ripcord
http://trek.scene7.com/is/image/TrekBicycleProducts/1530000_2016_A_1_Fuel_EX_Jr?wid=3000&hei=2454&fmt=jpg&qlt=50,1&op_usm=0,0,0,0&iccEmbed=0&cache=on,on&bgc=247,247,247

2016 Trek Fuel EX Jr

 

$1,889.99

So far this is the only high -end bike for kids from Ttrek.

X-Fusion Performance Suspension is tuned for lighter riders

10×2 setup makes sure that the kid got all the gear range he or she needs. the bike got Deore shifters which are lighter to push than the Deore XT M8000, so shifting should not be an issue for kids, but it would be nice if the bike had 1x drivetrain,  for reduced weight and simplicity. the bike lacks a dropper post, so you will have to get one if you go for this ibke. the adult size bike has issues with hte linkages, the bearings dislocate, chainstays wear out, rocker ink cracks, but I have no experience with the kid’s bike, but it might not be an issue.

The bike has decent seat tube angle so you shoudl be able to put the tip of the saddle over the bottom bracket for good pedalling.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/mountain-bikes/trail-mountain-bikes/fuel-ex-jr/fuel-ex-jr/p/1530000-2016
MONDRAKER Factor 24 http://www.mondraker.com/16/eng/bikes/factor-24/500 
https://www.propain-bikes.com/cms_client/cms_image.aspx?path=/upload/PROPAIN_Bicycles_GmbH/Dateien_fuer_Homepage/Bilder_Bikes/Titelbilder/Propain_Yuma_Titel.jpg&size=100&Unit=0&quality=100
Propain Yuma this bike got some decent components
Propain Frechdax   Its a shame they put Acera RD, would be nice with Shimano Zee instead,but if the kid crash a lot and ruin RD’s this is not a issue.

Orange/Blue

 

https://i1.wp.com/spawncycles.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3/thumbnail/956x525/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/9/3/93232-web_1.pnghttp://spawncycles.com/bikes/spawn-cycles-rokkusuta-24-us
Shimano Zee gives ground clearance.

http://spawncycles.com/bikes/spawn-cycles-rokkusuta-20-us

This bike got no clutch Rd.

Hardtails

Trailcraft Titanium Pineridge 24

http://www.islabikes.co.uk/

16 inch and below:

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The saddle is in child’s size,



Cnoc 16 Pro Series Age 4+ / £799.99

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Beinn 20 Pro Series
Age 5+ / £999.99
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Creig 26 Pro Series Age 9+ / £1499.99
https://i1.wp.com/kaniabikes.eu/img/PRODUKTE%202016/PYRO_B15_18.jpg
KANIA PYRO X.13 / B.15 / B.18

Dirt jump bikes:

Kotori – 24″

this is a dirt jump bike with decent specs, but it got no front brake so it’s not street legal,at least not in Norway.Fyoutub

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https://www.pinkbike.com/news/canyon-launches-range-of-childrens-bikes-2017.html

https://www.norco.com/bikes/youth/mountain/fluid-fs-aluminum/fluid-22-fs/


https://www.norco.com/bikes/youth/

Prevelo bikes:

They make balance bikes, 16, 20, 24 inch wheeled bikes. the bikes are light weight, have short cranks. With head angle of 67, the head angle is nto too far off from what most trail bikes for adults are, but not as slack as the slackest bikes out there. the seat tube angle at 74 is not too crazy slack.

But they don’t offer any full suspension bikes yet.

https://prevelobikes.com/

https://prevelobikes.com/products/zulu-three

ZuluFour


https://prevelobikes.com/products/zulu-fou

Flaws I see with this bike are, saddle doesn to seem to be good, there is no replaceable hanger.
https://www.clearybikes.com/collections/geared-bikes/products/cleary-scout-26

https://www.clearybikes.com/