Fezzari Solitude Review

Fezzari Solitude review

Do you have a cross-county specialist in your clan? Does your teen race in a middle school or high school NICA league? Do you want to save hundreds- if not thousands of dollars on a race-ready carbon frame hardtail 29er? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we would like to introduce your family to the Fezzari Solitude.

Fezzari Hails From The Wasatch – Not The Dolomites

Fezzari bikes are designed in Utah along the corridor of the Silicon Slopes – the state’s geographic swath of startups and technology companies at the foot of the Wasatch mountains. We love this area for it’s mountain biking opportunities with access to single track in the foothills and bike parks up the canyons. Now this local bike company is making an impression on the bike industry as well.

Fezzari Factory Store sign
Fezzari frame prototype / model

We’ve been aware of the Fezzari brand for several years. Naturally- they’re quite popular in our neck-of-the-woods. Based in the town of Lehi, the Fezzari factory store and warehouse was less than an hour drive from the house. When I arrived to pick up our demo, I was greeted by Jordan and he told me, “The company has been steadily growing, and we’re moving into a larger space soon.” That’s a testament to the fact that exclusively selling online is working. A large part of this relies on accurately fitting customers to a bike based on measurements and other data supplied.

It’s all part of Fezzari’s 23-Point Custom Setup. Jordan also stated, “We realize that spending $500-$5,000 on a bike sight unseen via our direct to consumer sales model still requires a leap of faith. Fezzari removes those barriers by offering award winning, world-class bikes, at a savings of 30%-40% compared to other companies selling through the dealer model.”

Fezzari showroom

Quality Frames Backed Up With A Lifetime Warranty And Growing Accolades

Fezzari also backs up their frames with a lifetime warranty and a 30-day “Love It Or Return It” policy. Their website states that if you don’t think you and your bike are a match made in heaven after riding it for 30 days, your can return it for a refund. Fezzari will even cover the shipping.

Another reason why Fezzari is growing is because their bikes are good. Their enduro model, the La Sal Peak, won Bike Magazine’s award for the best long travel bike under $4,000.

Fezzari Solitude Overview

The Fezzari Solitude comes in three sizes and can be fit with either 27.5+ or 29 inch wheels. Our demo was set up with 29 inch wheels. You can choose from a 16 inch, 18 inch or 20 inch frame. The Solitude is designed to fit a rider with a standover height ranging from 27.5 inches through 31.5 inches. Three build options are available for the Solitude where the Elite Race specs govern carbon wheels. We got the Solitude Comp which featured WTB wheels. With the stock seat post and pedals, our bike weighed in at 25.6 lbs.

Frame detail - Fezzari Solitude
Stem and head tube cap - Fezzari Solitude

Frames Built For Durability And Performance

Monoform carbon molds used for the Solitude result in a single-piece frame that does not have joints. Many other bike brands build up a front triangle and a rear triangle that need to be bonded together. With the elimination of joints in the frame, Fezzari’s technology allows the use of longer carbon fibers. Sans junctions and bonded sections, Fezzari’s frames are light, strong, stiff, and responsive.

Non-drive side detail on the Fezzari Solitude

Geometries For Miles Of Smiles; Comfort And Efficiency

Take a look at the angles and dimensions on this light, dependable, cross-country machine. You’ll see that it’s designed to ascend with efficiency and be a comfortable dirt chariot across challenging terrain.

Geometry - Fezzari Solitude review

Numbers shown are for the Fezzari Solitude with 29-inch wheel set. Take a look at the Fezzari site for numbers on the 27.5+ wheel set.

A - Top Tube21.923.524.4
B - Seat Tube16.018.020.0
C - Chainstay16.716.716.7
D - Head Angle68.5°68.5°68.5°
E - Seat Angle70.5°70.5°70.5°
F - Head Tube4.34.44.7
G - Bottom Bracket Height13.013.013.0
H - Bottom Bracket Drop2.02.02.0
I - Wheelbase41.642.944.6
J - Fork Offset2.02.02.0
K - Standover Height27.829.831.8
L - Stack23.723.824.1
M - Reach14.316.017.2
Internal cable routing detail - Fezzari Solitude
Solitude Elite RaceSolitude EliteSolitude Comp
FrameFezzari MC279+ Full-Carbon Frame, 100-120 mm TravelFezzari MC279+ Full-Carbon Frame, 100-120 mm TravelFezzari MC279+ Full-Carbon Frame, 100-120 mm Travel
SuspensionFox Float 34 Step-Cast 120mm travel, Performance EliteFox Float 34 Step-Cast 120mm travel, Performance Elite2018 RockShox Reba RL Solo Air, 29er Boost, 120mm Travel
DrivetrainSRAM GX Eagle 1×12SRAM GX Eagle 1×12SRAM NX 1×12
WheelsReynolds TR 249 S or Reynolds TR 367 SStan’s Arch MK3 29er, or Stan’s Baron S1 27.5+WTB I29 TCS Tubeless 29er, or WTB Scraper i35 27.5+

Our bike had a SRAM 1×12 drivetrain with a 32t ring in the front and a 42t granny gear. A 95mm long crank got power to the wheels and Level T brakes made the bike slow down and stop. For live pricing and more build details, visit the Fezzari website /// https://www.fezzari.com/solitude ///.

Front chain ring - Fezzari Solitude
Fezzari Solitude rear hub
Air fork detail - Fezzari Solitude

Riding The Fezzari Solitude

In our opinion, a hardtail cross-country steed’s directive is simply: be light – be fast. The test rider for this bike review is a Wyatt  – our 16 year old kid who is a whopping 6ft, 1in tall and can spend hours in the saddle. A 20-inch size frame was selected based our guinea pig’s size and he was immediately impressed with how light the bike was. We outfitted our demo with clipless pedals and an internally routed Raceface dropper post. Installing the dropper was made easier by using a nifty Park Tool Internal Cable Routing Kit.

Fezzari Solitude mountain bike review

It took a couple of rides to get used to the bike. But right from that start, the Solitude stood out as a comfortable climber. The bike’s geometry and crank length were great for getting full extension on the pedals. The wide bar width  opened up the shoulders to allow for getting air into the engine. The stiff carbon frame was easy to control when the occasional opportunity for a front wheel lift presented itself.

Climbing rocky singletrack, Fezzari Solitude review
Fezzari Solitude in the autumn grass

Our test rider is old enough to remember the dark days of kid bikes that were heavy and cumbersome. Recent years have bid adieu to front derailleurs, crummy suspension forks, and cheap 26-inch wheels. Nothing was taken for granted when powering through rides with the Solitude’s [Comp build] 1x drivetrain, air fork, and quality 29-inch wheels.

Fezzari Solitude review

Following his second outing on the bike, our rider told us “I’m used to riding a long travel trail bike and descending with the Solitude took a bit of discovery. Once I figured out how to keep my feet ‘heavy’ on the pedals and my hands ‘light’ on the bars, the bike added a new element of fun and confidence.”

Descending with speed on the Fezzari Solitude

Racing The Fezzari Solitude

One of our objectives when receiving this bike was to get our rider out racing on it. In addition to competing in regional enduro events, Wyatt is on a Utah NICA team. He’s not as competitive in cross-country events as the gravity disciplines, so we were eager to see how having the right tool for the job would influence his race results.

Coming out of corner on Fezzari Solitude

The venue for the experiment was an 18 mile race; 3 laps x 6 miles with about 550 feet of elevation gain. The course featured 1.2 miles of dirt road for passing and separating the athletes prior to hitting singletrack.

MTB race on the Fezzari Solitude

Our racer said, “The bike pedaled great during the race. In open spaces, I was able to get up to speed quickly. Climbing was easier and I loved the 29-inch wheels. They rolled fast and smooth.”

In his category, Wyatt finished in 31st place on the Fezzari Solitude. At his previous race on his trail bike, Wyatt finished in 38th place. In our opinion, the bike made a big difference and allowed him to increase his overall position.

And to further sweeten the deal, Fezzari offers an additional incentive pricing to registered NICA racers and coaches. See fezzari.com/highschool for live pricing and more information

Consider The Solitude Among The Crowd Of Carbon Hardtails

Do your research and compare the Solitude’s frame and build options against all the competition – large brands and small. You will be hard pressed to find a bike that can beat the Fezzari Solitude and save you at least hundreds of dollars. Just take some simple measurements at home to determine the correct fit and you can own a premium carbon xc race bike at a very good cost. And, Fezzari’s warranty coupled with their 30 day money back guarantee removes all the fences people attribute to the online only sales model.

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Fox Youth Ranger Shorts Review

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We have a hard time finding mountain biking shorts that fit our skinny kids’ waists while not being too short. The Fox Youth Ranger shorts are specifically designed for mountain biking. These sturdy shorts have withstood several months of summer riding including a slide-out crash that removed a few layers of skin under the shorts – which did not rip.

We highly recommend getting mountain bike specific shorts for your young rider. Although your kid can definitely ride a bike in any shorts they have, mountain bike shorts have some added features to make riding more enjoyable.

The Fox Youth Ranger Shorts include:

  • Stretchy polyester fabric – importantly, these shorts are comfortable, quick drying, and lightweight.
  • Adjustable waistband – this feature will cinch to fit now. Then grow with your kid to fit them later.
  • Good sized leg holes – particularly important when riding with knee pads.
  • Detachable padded spandex liner – give your kiddo some added comfort for those longer mountain bike rides
  • Pockets! – these shorts include two hand pockets and two cargo pockets. The left pocket has a zip closure (perfect for a lift pass); the right has a Velcro closure.
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Our son has worn the Fox Ranger Shorts on many of our family trips and adventures. We highly recommend Fox Youth Ranger shorts!

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Yakima Hangover 6 Bike Rack Review

Yakima Hangover 6 Review mountain bike rack for families

When I first learned the Yakima Hangover Bike Rack was being produced, I was eager to get a hold of one. I wanted to compare it against the other vertical hang style racks we have come across including the North Shore NSR 6-Bike and the Alta Racks GPR.

Yakima Hangover 6 Review mountain bike rack for families

NOTE: Our review is for the Yakima Hangover 6 Bike Rack , which of course holds up to 6 bikes. The Hangover 4 is also available from: Amazon | Backcountry | Jenson USA

Yakima Hangover mountain bike rack - factory photo

The Design Concept Behind The Yakima Hangover 6

The Yakima Hangover 6 follows a similar approach as other vertical racks. A mast extends vertically from your vehicle’s hitch and 2 perpendicular bars span the width of your car.

These 2 perpendicular bars (horizontal with the ground), are the base for attaching the crown of your bike and its rear wheel. Rotate a “H” 90º and you’ll get the picture.

Unboxing the rack revealed a set of tools necessary for installation. There was also a hitch lock, and a set of well written and easy to understand instructions. In short, my wife and I were able to get everything put together in just under 20 minutes.

Yakima Hangover 6 Review - closed box
Yakima Hangover 6 - open box
Hangover 6 - cradles and wheel cups
Tools included with the Yakima Hangover 6

Yakima Hangover 6 Mountain Bike Rack Specifications

Weight:73.00 lbs
Dimensions:L 22.00in x W 69.50in x H 60.00in
Mast Height Positions:2, for improved ground clearance and ease of loading
Mast Angles:2, to avoid bike-tire contact with your vehicle
Max Weight Per Bike (lbs):37.5 pounds
Live PriceBackcountry | Jenson USA

How The Yakima Hangover 6 Works

Here are the steps to load bikes onto the Yakima Hangover Bike Rack.

Step 1 – secure the fork

Firstly, lift your mountain bike up to nestle the suspension fork between the brace and post on the top bar. Secondly, pull the strong rubber chain strap over the fork and connect it to the knob on the rack. Now the top of your bike is secured . It’s a simple design. However, it took us a few tries to put bikes on correctly.

Step 2 – secure the rear wheel

Once your bike’s fork is resting in the cradle and the strap has been secured, the rear wheel should be hanging down freely. Next, secure the rear wheel to the lower horizontal bar. To do this, you’ll first tilt the bike towards the lower horizontal bar. Finally, fasten it against the wheel cup with locking plastic strap.

You need to load bikes on the Hangover 6 from left-to-right when facing the rear of your vehicle. This is so the next bike loaded can be “stacked” to the right without a previously loaded bike’s bars interfering. You’ll unload bikes right-to-left. Go ahead and try it in reverse if you enjoy a good struggle and/or don’t mind busting cables.

Mountain bike in Yakima Hangover 6 rack - crown detail

The bike’s crown gets nestled in cradle on the top horizontal bar of the rack.

Fastening a bike's rear wheel to the Yakima Hangover 6

The bike’s rear wheel gets attached to a cup on the lower horizontal bar. 

The position of the cradles on the top horizontal bar are immobile. However, you can slide the wheel cups on the bottom horizontal bar by loosening them and shifting along the horizontal axis. We learned the best way to align the rear wheel to the wheel cup is to just let it hang naturally. Then position the wheel cup to where the rear tire will connect by pushing the rear wheel against the lower bar.

Upper side view - Yakima Hangover 6

In this photo, you can see how much clearance there is between the bikes’ front wheels and the van’s rear end

Loading mountain bikes on the Yakima Hangover 6

Loading up the Hangover 6.

Limitations With The Yakima Hangover Bike Racks…

  • This rack will not work with kids bikes with 20 inch wheels or smaller. When we tried putting a 20 inch wheel bike on the rack, it would not seat in the cradle to our liking. The smallest bikes we are using are: a Norco Fluid FS 1 with 24in wheels, a dirt jumper with 26 inch wheels, and a Trailcraft with 26 inch wheels. Some bikes with 24 inch wheels may not work.
  • It’s for mountain bikes with two stanchion suspension forks only. This is because the cradle system is engineered to safely secure the bike by a fork’s crown. Also, we could not figure out how to get a Cannondale with a Lefty fork on this rack.
  • The rack will only fit hitches with 2-inch receivers
Font wheel clearance - Yakima Hangover 6 on mini-van

The Hangover features a foot-operated tilt mechanism. You can adjust the angle of the rack for hauling bikes and accessing the rear of the vehicle. Compared to our old 1st gen Yakima Hold-Up, where locking and safety pins had to be removed and inserted, the Hangover 6 is a welcome addition to the family.

I read a negative review stating the rack did not work with well with a user’s mini-van. However, in our case, that’s simply not true. Although you can’t load bikes with the mast in the 90º position on our van, there is plenty of clearance when the mast is in its 2nd position.

Yakima Hangover 6 position pedal

This foot pedal allows you to easily adjust the angle of the rack.

Yakima Hangover 6 - upright position mountain bike rack for families

The rack in the 90º position.

Yakima Hangover 6 - mid position

Middle angle for the Yakima Hangover.

Yakima Hangover 6 - down position

Lower angle for the Yakima Hangover.

Cable loop on the Yakima Hangover

Bike Security For The Yakima Hangover

You can thread a cable lock and/or a chain lock through the welded loop on the back of the mast to secure your bikes. You know the best way to keep your bikes secure is to always keep them in sight. But if you’re in the market for some additional security – we choose some of the best bike locks for your mountain bikes here.

Loading bikes on the Yakima Hangover is not as easy as a loading a tray style rack. For one thing, you have to raise the fork’s crown above the top cradle. A lot of younger and/or shorter people will not be able to do this comfortably- if at all. Additionally, you also have to make sure the strap on the top cradle is in the correct position so you can gain purchase and thread it over the crown and fasten it properly. With practice, this is getting easier for us.

Youth loading Yakima Hangover mountain bike rack

So far, the ground clearance for the Yakima Hangover has been an improvement vs. our old Hold-Up tray system. Due to the angle of our driveway and depending on the weight in the van, the old rack would scrape the pavement when backing out of the driveway. After we installed the Hangover 6 and fixed the mast to its highest setting, there was no scraping.

Yakima Hangover 6 bottom wheel clearance

Ground clearance on our Toyota Sienna with the Hangover 6.

View from the top of the vehicle

View from the roof of our vehicle.

Driving Off With The Yakima Hangover Mountain Bike Rack

The Yakima Hangover 6 is ideal for our family for a few reasons. Firstly, my wife and I are NICA coaches. Secondly, our family of 4 often rides with friends. In the past, we had to take 2 cars in order to get 6 riders with bikes to the trails. Now, with the Hangover 6, we can easily get 6 full-sized bikes and 6 riders to the single track or a venue in our mini-van.

We’re looking forward to how durable the Hangover 6 is, too. We keep the rack on our van all year long due to frequent trips to the desert in the winter months. However, some of the parts on the Hangover are constructed of plastic as opposed to forged steel unlike other bike racks in this category. Will the plastic parts wear down and crack as January and February roll by? Time will tell. In the mean time, we are ready to use this rack often. It’s a well-priced, functional piece of equipment for mountain bikers who need to get more bikes on cars.

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MyMedic First Aid Kit Review

MyMedic first aid kit review for mountain bikers

When your family is ready to embrace mountain biking in all its glory despite risk and consequences, a first aid kit is mandatory. It doesn’t matter if you’re out on paved trails with a tyke in a bike trailer or riding single track in the backcountry. You never know what will happen on the trails. Certainly, a well-stocked kit, like the MyMedic MyFAK (First Aid Kit), is a necessity.

A First Aid Kit For Mountain Bikers

The MyFAK comes in two different versions – basic and advanced. Certainly, this kit is a great choice for mountain biking families, NICA coaches, and hikers. We own the basic version, which includes items for repairing wounds, like liquid skin, gauze rolls, and bandages in various sizes. Additionally, it has a splint and a CPR shield.

MyMedic myFAK used for treating injury
All fixed up - MyMedic, MyFAK review

We have had to use the kit to attend to a few small injuries since we received it during the summer. In addition to a couple of small cuts and abrasions on NICA team rides, the largest injury we used the kit for was a large cut on a rider’s shin. We happened upon a dad who was riding with his daughters in Park City and one of the women had a cut on her leg. Their small peel-and-stick bandages were not doing much to get pressure on the wound. To stop the bleeding, they ended up using a medium-sized gauze with tape from our MyFAK.

MyFAK pouch - back
MyMedic MyFAK kit open - detail

What You Get With The MyMedic MyFAK

This first aid kit for mountain bikers contents leave you prepared for many small injuries. Firstly, the MyFAK includes “specialty items” like a thermometer, shears, and a penknife. Secondly, it also boasts as topical items, such as lip balm, antibacterial ointment, and saline solution. Thirdly, this set includes the traditional band-aids, tape and gauze. Finally, it includes medication like over-the-counter painkillers, Benadryl, and even Pepto-Bismol. Importantly, there’s one interesting difference – a survival rescue blanket and a rescue whistle are also included. This means that should someone in your ride group end up getting separated from others while on the trail, there are a few things in this handy kit to help protect them until help arrives.

1Emergency Pressure Bandage | 4 in.
1Emergency Pressure Bandage | 4 in.
2Liquid Skin® | 5 gram
1Secure Strips | 0.25 in. x 3 in. | 3 per pk.
2Curad® Antibacterial Bandage | 2 in. x 4 in.
4Curad® Antibacterial Bandages | 1 in. x 3.25 in.
2Curad® Antibacterial Knuckle Bandage | 1.5 in. x 3 in.
2Curad® Antibacterial Fingertip Bandage | 1.75 in. x 2 in.
2Curad® Antibacterial Knee & Elbow Bandage | 3 in. x 3 in.
4Gauze Pad | Sterile | 2 in. x 2 in.
2Gauze Pad | Sterile | 4 in. x 4 in.
1Gauze Roll | Conforming Stretch | 3 in. x 12.3 ft.
2Burn Gel | 3.5ml
2Pepto-Bismol® | Upset Stomach | Antacid
2Tylenol® Extra Strength | Headache + Fever + Pain | 500 mg ×2
1Benadryl® | Allergies | 25 mg ×2
3Advil® | Pain + Fever + Inflammation | 200 mg ×2
1Survival Rescue Blanket
1Surgical Tape | Waterproof | 1 in. x 2.5 ft
1EMT Shears | 7.25 in.
1Thermometer | Digital
1Pen Light
2Super Skin
1Tweezers | Stainless
2Nitrile Gloves | Large | Black
1Elastic Bandage | Velcro | 2" x 4.5 yds.
1Splint | Finger | 1.75 in. x 3.75 in.
1Triangular Bandage | Woven
2Lip Balm
2Oral Pain Relief
2Hydrocortisone Cream | Skin Irritations + Allergies
2Triple Antibiotic
1White Petrolatum
2Sting & Bite Relief
2BZK Towelette | Antiseptic
2P.A.W.S.® | Hand Sanitizer
2Alcohol Prep Pads | Large
2SalJet Bullet | Sterile | 30 ml

The MyMedic MyFAK Is Easy To Take With You

Surprisingly, the MyFAK First Aid Kit is small enough to fit inside of a hydration pack. It measures a compact 4 inches by 6.75 inches by 7.75 inches and weighs a little less than two and a half pounds.

There is no reason not to carry this extra-sturdy nylon (600 Denier nylon, for the record) kit around. For this purpose, it’s designed with handy D-rings so that it can be attached to a strap, as well as a useful handle. Undeniably tough, it’s also water-resistant. Another positive aspect – this pack comes in several different colors, so that you can match this first aid kit for mtb families to a bike.

First aid kit and hydration back for mountain biking
Storing the first aid kit in a hydration pack
First aid kit for mountain bikers

Final Thoughts On The MyMedic MyFAK

Overall, the MyFAK First Aid Kit is extremely handy and includes many things that might be needed while on the trail. For this reason, it has just become habit to carry it with us when we ride. Because its contents are too important to leave behind. Given that its size and weight don’t interfere with our long trail rides. Finally – as the saying goes, it’s better to have a first aid kit like this and not need it, than it is to need it and not have it.

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Enduro Bikes For Kids

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Look at the standover heights on these bikes and choose the best fitting one for your junior enduro racer! We selected bikes with 24-inch wheels or extra-small or small adult sizes with 27.5-inch wheels. There are some great deals to be had, too! Several of these enduro bikes for kids are priced to move.

The term “enduro” technically refers to a race format, not a bike type. Enduro races are multi-stage races that take place over 1-2 days. Only the descents are timed so racing uphill is not a necessity.  In general, climbing can be slow and steady to make the cut-off time for transitioning between stages.

Thus, enduro bikes for kids aren’t a separate category of mountain bikes. In contrast, they’re just kids’ bikes suitable for technical downhill trails as well as climbing. An adult “enduro bike” is typically a full suspension bike with medium travel. The same applies for kids’ enduro bikes. However, because children weigh less, many of these bikes can also be used as kids’ downhill mountain bikes. 

You can see even more bikes suitable for enduro in our lists for kids’ mountain bikes for 8-11 years old and mountain bikes for kids 11-14 years old.

Trailcraft Maxwell 24

Trailcraft Maxwell 24

The Trailcraft Maxwell 24 is burly enough for smaller and lighter riders to use on advanced technical trails. Importantly, the bike’s weight helps avoiding a bonk on stage transfers. When you visit the Trailcraft site, you’ll be impressed by all the options for this kid-sized powerhouse of an enduro bike. The Maxwell 24 is easily one of our our favorites for the younger enduro crowd.

Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height25 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum Alloy
Drivetrain1×10 or 1×11
Brakes3 Options, Shimano
Shifter(s)2 Options, Shimano
Derailleur2 Options, Shimano
ForkRST Snyper 100mm
ShockMonarch R-100mm travel
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Rosignol Trail Mandate enduro bike for kids

Rosignol Trail Mandate JR 24

The Mandate JR 24″ has a frame adapted to young riders, very manageable and ready for them to enjoy a casual ride or ripping in the bike park. All the ingredients are in the plate: SR Suntour air fork and shock, Shimnao 9 Speed transmission and Tektro M285 2 pistons brakes are ready to provide the best experience to the next generation of talented riders!

Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height25 inches
Frame Material6061 Alloy
BrakesTektro M285, hydraulic disc
Shifter(s)Shimano Alivio M3100
DerailleurShimano Alivio M3100, SGS
ForkSR Suntour Raidon 32
ShockSR Suntour Raidon R,
Live PriceRosignol
Giro Disciple full face helmet - manufacturer photo - three quarter view

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Knee Pads

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Leatt 2.5 chest protector for kids

Chest Protection

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Transition Ripcord 24

Transition’s Ripcord kids bike is designed to do-it-all while delivering maximum smiles. The Ripcord looks like a rad adult bike that was put on the photocopier and reduced by 40%. You get all the features of an adult bike but in a sweet package that kids can shred. Features like super-low standover, air front and rear shocks, hydraulic disc brakes and knobby Maxxis tires for superb braking and cornering control.

Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height23 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum Alloy
BrakesShimano MT410
Shifter(s)SRAM NX 11spd
DerailleurSRAM NX 11spd
ForkRockShox Judy Silver TK 26
ShockMonarch R-100mm travel
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Alchemy Arktos 27.5 enduro bike

Alchemy Arktos 27.5

Alchemy is an amazing American brand that’s gaining a larger share of the all-mountain and enduro market. They accomplish this by offering a high quality frame with high quality components and wheel sets at a lower price. Your teen rider will be thrilled with this bike. The Arktos 27.5 mountain bike features many important design details that set it apart. Specifically, the internal cable routing and a direct mount chain guide to keep it looking and running clean. Additionally, the Alchemy Arktos 27.5 features Fox Factory suspension both front and rear. Above all, your young rider will love the feel of this all-mountain bike.

Wheel Size27.5 inches
Min. Standover Height29.76 inches
Frame MaterialCarbon
BrakesSRAM Guide
ForkRock Shox Yari RC 27 SB 170 BLK 46 B
ShockFox DPX2 Factory Kashima EVOL LV 3-Position
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Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 2020

Rocky Mountain Reaper 26

The Reaper 26 is a wonderful option for your up and coming enduro rider. Once you tune the suspension – you’ve got a more than capable mountain bike for your pre-teen enduro enthusiast. Rocky Mountain is dedicated to getting your kid the right size Reaper. They designed two different frame sizes to hold 24-inch wheels, 26-inch wheels, and 27.5 inch wheels. At any rate, you should explore the Reaper on the Rocky Mountain website to learn more.

Wheel Size26 inches
Min. Standover Height31.18 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum Alloy
DrivetrainSee website
BrakesShimano Hydraulic
Shifter(s)Sram SX Eagle
DerailleurSram SX Eagle
ForkRockShox Sektor RL 130mm 37mm Offset
ShockRockShox Deluxe Select+ RT 140mm
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Juliana Furtado Carbon

Juliana Furtado Carbon Mountain Bike

Although the Juliana Furtado is marketed as a “women’s” bike, this trail bike may be the perfect fit for your pre-teen or teen racer. The Juliana Furtado is a gender-neutral all-mountain/enduro trail assassin. It’s XS frame size with 26.9 standover height may be the perfect fit for a shredding young rider. This trail bike is loaded with 130-millimeters of travel. The Juliana boasts VPP suspension, to balance responsive pedaling with bump-smoothing compliance. Significantly, the engineers at Juliana gave the Furtado a custom shock tune for lighter riders. Your young rider will appreciate the improved responsiveness.

Wheel Size27.5 inches
Min. Standover Height26.9 inches
Frame MaterialCarbon
BrakesSRAM Guide T
Shifter(s)SRAM NX Eagle
DerailleurSRAM NX Eagle
ForkFox Rhythm 34 130mm
ShockFox Float Performance DPS
Live PriceBackcountry

Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon

Santa Cruz Bronson C S

The Santa Cruz Bronson is a popular mountain bike with the NICA crowd in Utah. For one thing, the 27.5 wheels on an extra-small or small frame is an excellent fit for kids who still need to grow into a 29-inch wheel. Additionally, the carbon frame is light and strong. Most importantly, the VPP suspension system provides the perfect ride. The Bronson’s redesigns over the last few years have not changed its legendary strength, stiffness, and handling. In this case, you can’t go wrong with the Santa Cruz Bronson.

Wheel Size27.5+ inches
Min. Standover Height27.44 inches
Frame MaterialCarbon
BrakesSRAM Code R
Shifter(s)SRAM GX Eagle
DerailleurSRAM GX Eagle
ForkRockShox Lyrik Select+ 160mm
ShockRockshox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair 151mm
Live PriceEVO
Trek Slash - 9.8 XT

Trek Slash

The Trek Slash has long been the staple of the manufacturer’s enduro line up. Available in several build options, we’ll focus on the Slash 9.8 XT. It weighs in at less than 30lbs and the carbon frame is put in motion by Bontrager Line carbon wheels. A 160mm Lyrik fork and 150mm RockShox Deluxe RT3 absorb the bumps. This enduro steed in sizes S – XL will have a standover height varying from 28.3in to 36.2in. So, it’s sure to fit all your castle’s striplings and sovereigns.

Wheel Size29 inches
Min. Standover Height28.3 inches
Frame MaterialCarbon
BrakesShimano SLX M7120 4-piston hydraulic disc
Shifter(s)Shimano XT M8100, 12 speed
DerailleurShimano XT M8100, long cage, 51T max cog
ForkRockShox Lyrik Select+ 160mm
ShockRockShox Deluxe RT3 150mm
MSRP$5,899.99 - $6,399.99
Live PriceTrek

Kids’ Enduro Bike Comparison Chart

Wheel SizeMin. StandoverDrivetrainBrakesForkShockMSRP USDLive Price
Rosignol Trail Mandate24 inches25 inches1x 9Tektro M285, hydraulic discSR Suntour Raidon 32SR Sountour Raidon R$1,499.00Rosignol
Trailcraft Maxwell 2424 inches25 inches1×10 or 1×113 Options, ShimanoRST Snyper 100mmMonarch R-100mm travelVariesTrailcraft
Alchemy Arktos 27.527.5 inches29.76 inches1×12SRAM GuideRock Shox Yari RC 27 SB 170 BLK 46 BFox DPX2 Factory Kashima EVOL LV 3-Position$4,899.00Alchemy
Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.527.5 inches31.18 inchesSee websiteShimano HydraulicRockShox Sektor RL 130mm 37mm OffseRockShox Deluxe Select+ RT 140mm$2,649.00Rocky Mountain
Juliana Furtado Carbon Mountain Bike27.5 inches26.9 inches1×12SRAM Guide TFox Rhythm 34 130mmFox Float Performance DPS$3,999.00Backcountry
Trek Slash29 inches28.3 inches1×12Shimano XTRockShox Lyrik Select+ 160mmRockShox Deluxe RT3 150mm$5,899.99 - $6,399.99Trek
Santa Cruz Bronson C S27.5+ inches27.44 inches1×12SRAM Code RRockShox Lyrik Select+ 160mmRockShox Super Deluxe Select+$5,199.00EVO