PNW Components Range Stem With Accessory Mount Review

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PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount review

The PNW Components Range Stem with built-in GoPro compatible mount works with action cameras, lights, or other somewhat reasonable items you’d like to attach. What about a banana you ask? With a little ingenuity, we bet you could figure it out. The MSRP is $64.00 USD and you can buy it direct from PNW Components.

PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount review

Available in 40mm and 50mm lengths, the stem is made of a forged alloy that allows it to take a few licks and remain in place. The Range stem with GoPro mount fits on 31.8mm handlebars, and it’s compatible with a 1 1/8 inch steerer tube. Be sure your steerer tube and bars meet these specs.

We had to swap out the handlebars on our younger kid’s bike because the original bars were too fat. The four-bolt mounting system is just like most stems and that makes it easy to install with a 4mm hex key.

After installing the stem, be sure that it’s centered on the steerer tube, the bars are aligned properly along their proper x- and y-axes, and all of the bolts [including those for the brakes, levers, and grips] are tightened down to the proper specs.

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Light attached to the PNW Components Range stem

To adjust the angle of the mount, there’s a small bolt in the center of it. Just loosen it with a 3mm hex key, slide the mount vertically in its desired position, and tighten the bolt.

The PNW Components Range Stem weighs in at 174 grams for the 40mm size and 210 grams for the 50mm version. The neutral black color of the stem blends in with most existing bars so your mountain bike will maintain its fashion and increase its functionality at the same time.

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GoPro on the PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount
Back of camera - PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount

When we paired the stem with a GoPro Hero 8, it worked just fine. Our oldest likes to keep his cables long on the bars so he can spin them doing jibs and thus the cables are visible in his clips. I bet we could have temporarily cleaned these up by either adding an extension to the mount or getting them out of the way with a zip tie or two.

POV from the PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount

Our oldest discovered the mount was pretty durable. While learning how to backflip, he took a couple hard crashes without anything in the mount and it didn’t break.

Durability testing with the PNW Components Range Stem

Using the PNW stem with a light is a no-brainer. Its clean and useful design allows you easily adjust angle of the light to the desired position so you can see the trail ahead of you.

POV of the PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount with light attached

Summing Up The PNW Components Range Stem

Overall, we think the PNW Components Range stem with accessory mount is a great idea and we’ll continue to use it. It cleans up the cockpit by allowing you to utilize a part of your bike that’s already there so you don’t have an additional camera mount or light mount on your bars. By design, the mount is centered on the bike so it provides a balanced point-of-view for a camera and brightly floods the trail ahead of you evenly when you use the stem with a compatible light.

Decal Giveaway

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Mountain Biking With Kids Decals

We’ve produced a sticker set comprised of six different MTB With Kids decals and we’d like to give 10 sets of them away. Only those in the continental USA over the age of 18 are eligible. If you’d like a chance to get a set, read on.

Mountain Biking With Kids Decals

1. Go to our Facebook page at facebook.com/mtbwithkids

2. Like our page.

3. Find the Decal Giveaway post on our Facebook page and tag a friend in the comment section of that post before noon MST (Utah time) on Saturday, July 11th 2020.

Fly Racing Youth Full Face Helmet

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Knee pads are another level of protection for young riders.

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Kids Bikes Available Now

We just updated our list of kids bikes for sale in July.

Kids Bikes For Sale – July 2020

Winners will receive: (1) 11.5in x 3in bumper sticker (1) 12in x 1in social media decal for glass w/transfer tape (1) 5in x 2in logo decal for glass w/transfer tape (1) 3in round hologram decal with black ink (1) 3in x 3in clear decal w/black ink (1) 3in round clear decal w/white ink.

If by the odd and unexpected chance that more than 10 people do this, we will randomly choose 10 winners to receive a decal set.

Winners will be notified via Facebook Messenger and we will ask for a mailing address. We will only mail decals to physical addresses (no PO boxes) in the continental USA.

Here are the official rules for the decal giveaway.

Bontrager Cycling Socks Review

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Bontrager mountain biking socks review

Most of the time my kids wear loud socks covered in tacos, flying fish or pugs wearing party hats. But if they wanted to attack the whoo-de-doos with Euro-style, they’d tuck the tootsies into Bontrager’s black Race Crew Cycling Socks. They’re techno-socks: well made, thin and quick to wick away foot sweat.

Bontrager mountain biking socks review

Of course, it’s not like any tween TikTok fiend is going to be caught doing the Renegade in black mid-calf socks, ever. Fortunately, Bontrager also has their Race Quarter Cycling Socks in 15 shades and patterns, with “Ride Bikes Have Fun Feel Good” on the inside the cuff for inspiration. The “pink frosting” color with white polka dots on a light pink background were deemed cute, and the “mulberry” version, which is a dark purple with lighter purple crosses on it, received a thumbs up.

Both versions of the socks have a fitted feel, with the Bontrager logo across the top and compression around the arches. Though soft, they have little stretch. My 14-year-old found the size large calf-height socks too tight for his men’s size 10/Eu 43 paddles, but they fit my women’s size 8/Eu 39 feet very well. Size small in the quarter socks was a perfect fit for my 11-year old, who usually wears a women’s size 7/Eu 38.

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Bontrager cycling socks review

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Nice points are the solid fabrication and flat toe seams. The 5-inch tall crew socks are also available in 3-pair packs of black, bright yellow and white, but, laundry-chief MTB mom speaking here, there is a considerable benefit to stain-hiding shades. The 2.5-inch quarter socks are only available one pair at a time, so you might have to pick up a few sets to avoid the dreaded one-sock-has-gone-missing syndrome.

The socks are an easily-washed mix of 95 percent nylon and 4 percent spandex. Ideally, they’re supposed to be washed in cold water with no bleach and tumbled on low. For people who do laundry according to real-world busy parent standards, the socks have not frayed, shrunk, developed holes, or changed color despite being washed in hot water and run through the dryer. So far, the socks have not retained smelly foot stench, though they have yet to experience the Petri test of being peeled off after a muddy ride and stashed under a car seat for a few weeks.

Full Face Mountain Biking Helmets For Kids

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Best full-face mountain biking helmets for kids

Full-face mountain biking helmets for kids: A proper fitting helmet keeps your children safe while they’re riding the trails. A full face mountain biking helmet can offer improved protection. These full face mountain biking helmets for kids are far more advanced than the ones that emerged ten years ago. They are lighter. Hard outer shells with molded interiors made of advanced foam polymers are designed to cushion blows to the head. Yet, the proper fitting helmet is comfortable to wear. On top of that, the helmets featured here come in an array of colors and sizes, all of which should placate even the most meticulous kid, even as the safety features – such as MIPS make mom and dad happy.

VIEW the Comparison Chart for Full-Face Mountain Biking Helmets

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100% Status Jr. Downhill/BMX Youth Helmet

The 100% Status Jr. Downhill/BMX Youth Helmet is designed for safety. Its exterior consists of lightweight fiberglass, making it comfortable to wear. The interior, most of which is made of EPS foam, also has a removable liner that can be tossed into a washing machine for easy clean up after riding on a hot day. The cheek pads and chinstrap liner are also removable and washable, ensuring that no matter how messy things get, the helmet will look as good as new.

Speaking of the way the helmet looks, it’s available in three color combinations: Kelton Blue, DDay White, and Black Meteor. There are three different sized outer helmets to choose from, youth small, youth medium, and youth large, and the interior section comes in two different sizes for a snug fit. The visor is completely adjustable, and it screws into place so that it won’t come loose while your child is riding. On top of this, the helmet is compatible with a number of different emergency release systems. One of our favorite full-face mountain biking helmets for kids

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Kids Full Face MTB Helmet, Fly Racing Default

Fly Racing Default Full Face Mountain Biking Helmet For Kids

Fly makes some of the least expensive full-face mountain biking helmets for kids. This option weighs in at about 2.5 lbs and it’s available in several colors and youth sizes. The lightweight design and poly-alloy materials make it as comfortable as some carbon helmets costing at least twice as much. 21 vents help keep riders cool as they bomb their favorite dh trails, jump lines, or bmx tracks.

The padded chin strap is an additional feature that keeps this full face helmet stay put. An easy-to-thread and fasten nylon strap with d-rings are responsible for securing the helmet. When your little womprat starts to stink up this lid from the inside the cheek pads and liner can easily be removed and hand washed. One of our kids wears this full face mountain biking helmet. He really likes it.

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Giro Disciple, full-face mtb helmet for kids

Giro Disciple Full Face MTB Helmet

Our oldest son wears one of these full face mtb helmets. You can see photos and read the review of the Giro Disciple here. He likes it because of its techy Hawaiian design and comfort. His mom and dad like it because it’s priced well and has MIPS protection.

The Giro Disciple weighs about 1300 grams and has 14 vents. It’s also ASTM-1952-DH certified which means that it passes the grade for downhill racing in terms of coverage and higher impact levels. It is available in five sizes from XS to XL. The minimum head circumference is 18.5 inches.

Kids Full Face Helmet, Kali Protectives Zoka

Kali Protectives Zoka Full Face Helmet

With an ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene – a type of modern plastic that’s lightweight and durable) outside and an impact foam lined interior, this helmet offers the ultimate level of protection at an affordable price. The Kali Protectives Zoka helmet comes in two different sizes – medium and large – and has an inner liner that’s both removable and washable. There’s also a motorcycle-style visor that can be pushed up or down, depending on the level of sun blocking and additional protection needed.

Your child won’t overheat in the helmet, thanks to the 12 vents included in the overall design. Six of these vents are in the chin area, while the other six are located in various places elsewhere on the helmet. All allow for plenty of airflow on hot days. This Kali helmet also comes in two different color combinations, slash green and black and slash matte red and black, guaranteeing that it will match just about any mountain biking outfit.

MTB Helmets For Kids

Make sure your kids have proper, well-fitting head protection.

Mountain Bike Helmets For Kids

G-Form knee pads for kids

Knee Pads For Kids

Knee pads are another level of protection for young riders.

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Hydration Packs For Kids

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Troy Lee Designs Full-Face Mountain Biking Helmet - D4

Troy Lee Designs D4 Carbon Bike Helmet

Looking for a lightweight, extremely protective, yet stylish helmet? If so, then the Troy Lee Designs D4 Carbon Bike Helmet should be on your list of contenders. Complete with a full-face design that covers the jaw and part of the neck, this helmet comes with a sturdy matching visor and a collarbone suspension system.

Available in sizes extra small and large, and in a black and silver combination that looks sleek on the trails, the D4 is made of TeXtreme Spread Tow Carbon Fiber Shell. It comes with the MIPS system installed, helping prevent brain injuries, as well as plenty of interior padding for comfort. Also, the outer shell has several ventilation holes, keeping you from overheating while riding. It even comes with a helmet bag.

Troy Lee Designs D3 Full-Face MTB Helmet

Troy Lee Designs D3 Fiberlite Helmet

With numerous colors to choose from, including black, navy and silver, navy and white, red and white, and white and navy, it’s easy to find a Troy Lee Designs D3 Fiberlite Helmet that coordinates with the rest of your gear. Sizes range from extra small to double extra-large, helping you find one that fits just right. After all, the fit is important when choosing a helmet, since one in the proper size helps protect your brain.

On top of the cool color combinations, the D3 helmet has many other things going for it as well. There are over 20 built-in high-flow vents that allow air to flow in, keeping your head cool on even the hottest days. In addition, this full-face helmet has a lightweight fiberglass shell, an adjustable visor, and 3D cheek pads.

Full Face Bike Helmet for Kids - Troy Lee Stage with MIPS

Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Helmet

Designed for endurance mountain bikers, the Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Helmet is a full-face model that contains the MIPS brain protection system. This, as well as the built-in EPS foam inside of the helmet, helps prevent damaging rotational impacts in case of a crash. However, not only is the helmet full of safety features, like a reinforced shell and chin-bar, but it’s also lightweight, coming in at a mere one pound, eight ounces, and well-ventilated.

The Stage MIPS Helmet comes in an array of colors, including camouflage green, red, black, midnight blue, pink and yellow, and two pinstriped options – black and cyan, and black and white. This makes it easier to find one that coordinates with your bike and makes you look cool on the trails. As far as sizes are concerned, your options range from extra small to double-extra-large, so finding the right fit won’t be a challenge.

Kali Protectives Full Face Mountain Biking Helmet for Kids

Kali Protectives – Alpine Rage Youth Helmet

Both strong and lightweight, the Kali Protectives Alpine Rage Youth Helmet is one that your kids will want to wear. It’s made of the company’s patented Composite Fusion Plus Technology, which fills the space between the outer tri-weave shell and the inner lining with cone-shaped EPS multi-density foam. This technology is supposed to reduce the G-forces of an impact by 25%. The Alpine Rage helmet also has LDL technology that prevents injuries due to linear impacts.

The helmet also has anti-microbial pads, a breakaway visor, and a liner that’s removable and washable. It has a full-face design that protects the chin, and it comes in two different colors – combinations of either matte black and blue, or a matte gray and fluorescent yellow. It weighs a mere 30.9 ounces and comes in a size youth large.

Fly Racing Youth Full Face Helmet

Fly Racing – Toxin MIPS Embargo Helmet

Designed for young riders but with all of the style and protective features of adult helmets, the Toxin MIPS Embargo Helmet made by Fly Racing will make your child stand out from the pack. They have three colors to choose from, including white and black, neon red, and black and blue, as well as three different sizes, youth small through youth large.

Looks aren’t the only things that the Toxin MIPS Embargo has to offer. As the name implies, it’s built using the MIPS brain protection system, as well as dual-density EPS foam. The outer shell consists of a polymer that’s lightweight and durable. This full-face visor has cheek pads and a comfort liner that is removable and washable, as well as an integrated nose guard that comes with custom rubber trim.

Fox Racing Rampage Pro Carbon mtb helmet

Fox Racing Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet

There’s a reason by the Fox Racing Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet has such an important (and winning) pedigree – it combines safety features with lightweight construction in several snappy colors, such as Maui blue and black iridescent. Available in sizes small through large, the Rampage Pro Carbon leaves no safety “stone” unturned. There’s liquid in between the inner EPS foam lining and the outer shell, protecting the brain from impacts. The magnetic visor is designed to detach during a crash, thus keeping landings from being even more damaging.

The helmet comes with mesh screens protect the face from insects and kicked up debris while riding, and there are intake and outtake ports located at various points to allow for plenty of comfortable airflow. Speaking of comfort, the inner liner is completely washable, and it wicks away moisture.

Comparison Chart: Full-Face Mountain Bike Helmets For Kids

Full-Face Helmet Brand & ModelWeightMin. Size (head circumference)MIPSCertifications / RatingsMSRPLive Price
Troy Lee Designs D4 Carbon Helmet2.20 lbs (medium)20.86 in.YesCPSC 1203, CE EN 1078, ASTM F1952-DH, ASTM 2032-BMX$550.00EVO
Troy Lee Designs D3 Fiberlite MTB Helmet2 lb 8.5 oz20.5 in.NoCPSC 1203, CE EN 1077, CE EN 1078, ASTM F1952, ASTM F2032, ASTM F2024$249.00Backcountry
Troy Lee Designs Stage Helmet1lb 8oz (medium)21.3 in.YesCPSC 1203, CE EN1078, ASTM F1952, ASTM F2032, AS/NZS 2063-2008$299.00Backcountry
Kali Protectives - Alpine Rage Youth Helmet1.98 lbs20.75 in.NoASTM F1952, ASTM 2032, EN 1078, CPSC, AZ/NZS 2063-2008$275.00BTO Sports
Fly Racing - Toxin MIPS Embargo Helmetna18.25 in.YesDOT Certified, ECE$169.99Amazon
Fox Racing Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet2.71 lbs20.75 in.YesCPSC 1203, EN 1078, AS/NZS 2063, ASTM F1952$374.96 - $499.95Backcountry
100% Status Jr. Downhill/BMX Youth Helmetna20.9 in.NoASTM, CPSC, CE, AS/NZ$175.00Backcountry
Fly Racing Default Full Face Mountain Biking Helmet For Kids2.5 lbs18.25 in.NoCSPC Certified$109.95BTO Sports
Giro Disciple Full Face MTB Helmet2.53 lbs20.47 in.YesCPSC Bicycle, ASTM-1952 DH$249.95EVO
Kali Protectives Zoka Full Face Helmet2.16 lbs21 in.NoEN 1078, CPSC, AS/NZS 2063-2008$110.00Backcountry

What Is MIPS? What Does MIPS Do?

MIPS, which is short for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System is found inside of helmets designed for mountain biking and other pursuits. You can tell which helmets come with a MIPS system because they have a yellow dot on them, usually on the back, that often contains the system’s initials.

Why is MIPS important? The system kicks in during a crash, protecting the brain from rotational forces, particularly during angled impacts. These rotational forces are dangerous because they can tear brain tissue, leading to swelling, bleeding, and increased pressure. According to studies, most crashes lead to an angled impact, yet many traditional (non-MIPS) helmets aren’t tested for them. As a result, preventable brain injuries can occur, which is why it’s best to wear a MIPS helmet.

The system consists of a BPS, or Brain Protection System, usually hidden behind additional padding. The system allows the head to move inside of the helmet during a crash. When your head is stationary and unable to move, all of the rotational force produced by the crash is transferred to the brain. With MIPS, these forces are dampened, thus preventing brain injuries.

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