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Any ideas where to find a little kids road bike(5 posts)

Any ideas where to find a little kids road biketmotz
Feb 26, 2003 8:58 PM
besides a Trek or checking E-Bay?
How about a CannondaleDERICK
Feb 26, 2003 10:25 PM
Cannondale has some very small frame sizes. Last time I was at the LBS I was amazed by these small bikes I saw there. They were fully equipped road bikes with carbon forks, threadless headsets, and and 9 speed Shimano groups. The dealer said they weren't specifically for kids but for anyone who was really small. All the features of a roadbike only smaller. I think they had 650 wheels but they may have been even smaller. He said Cannondale was one of the only manufacturers making very small "real" roadbikes. I've included the name and number of the dealer because he actually has them in stock and may know more about them than a dealer who has never seen one. Nice people there too.

Dragon Sports- Pensacola
Ask for Donald

Good luck with it,
Garry has Viner Comp in size 45cyclopathic
Feb 27, 2003 3:55 AM
Ferrari red or cobalt blue check

not sure you're ready to spend ~1200-1500$ for a bike kid is going to outgrow in a year. Alternative is to get MTB kids enjoy riding easy trails, fireroads and MUTs good luck
FujiPsalm 147-10_11
Feb 27, 2003 6:05 AM
I understand from my LBS that Fuji is coming out with a kid's road bike this year. It is reported to come with a choice of down tube shifters or ergo style shifters depending on how much you want to pay. I think they start around $400.
What's wrong with ebay or Trek?Mr Bentwrench
Feb 27, 2003 6:58 AM
I have a mint 47cm Vitus I found on ebay... for a steal. Small frames and very small frames are hard to find in quality bikes. A 5'-4", I know!

It appears that the smaller the frame bike, the harder they are to find. I guess it's is getting too far outside the normal parameters and usually they go for at least 20% less than their 50cm+ brothers. That's great if you are buying but hell if you are selling. It's truely a buyers market out there in the very small sizes.

I did run across a 43cm Trek 1000 at the LBS in my search and man, it was SMALL! It was one year old, a wife's unriden trade-in, and priced at $400 (ask!) This woman must have been 4'-10" to have ridden it.

That is something else to consider. With very small frames going to wives and kids, chances are that they will be low milage garage queens compared to the high milage warriors of the avid cyclist trading up. I wouldn't sweat condition as much on these bikes as with other more std sizes.

So, what's wrong with ebay and even Trek for this 43cm size? The market is thin enough already. There isn't much wiggle room short of custom.