Kids Bikes Available Now – June 2020

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Kids Mountain Bikes for sale May 2020

Due to the coronavirus epidemic and stay close to home guidelines, reasonably prices kids’ mountain bikes are in high demand. Some major manufacturers and brands are weeks away from getting their inventory back.

If you’re itching to get your kids out riding as soon as possible, check out our list of Kids Bikes Available Now! We just spent a little time seeing what’s available online for shipping today. Here is our list of kids bikes available as of June 5, 2020.

Note: With 27.5 Inch Wheel Bikes and 29 Inch Wheel Bikes in this list, we were sure to present bikes available in XXS, XS, or Small sizes.

Kids Mountain Bikes for sale May 2020

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Strider 12 Sport Kids’ Balance Bike

strider kids balance bike 12 inch wheels

12 inch wheels | MSRP $108.99 USD

Co-op Cycles REV 12 Kids’ Balance Bike

12-inch wheel balance bike rev

12 inch wheels | MSRP $139.00 USD

Strider 12 Pro Kids’ Balance Bike

12 inch wheel kids balance bike strider pro

12 inch wheels | MSRP $139.00 USD

Early Rider Belter 16

Early Rider Belter 16

16 inch wheels | 16.53in standover height | MSRP $459.95 USD

Cannondale Trail 16 Single-Speed Kids’ Bike

cannondale trail 16-inch wheel bike

16 inch wheels | MSRP $260.00 USD

Norco Fluid FS 2 20 

Norco Fluid FS 2 20

20 inch wheels | 19.7in standover height | MSRP $1,799.00 USD

Norco Rampage 1 20 / Dirt Jumper

Norco Rampage 1

20 inch wheels | 17.0in standover height | MSRP $1,499.00 USD

Rampage 2 20 / Dirt Jumper

Norco Rampage 2

20 inch wheels | 17.0in standover height | MSRP $999.00 USD

Cannondale Cujo 20 Plus Kids’ Bike

20" wheel kids mountain bike

20 inch wheels | MSRP $525.00 USD

Co-op Cylces REV DRT 24 Kids’ Bike 

kids co-op rev mountain bike 24-inch wheels

24 inch wheels | MSRP $459.00 USD

Norco Fluid FS 1 24

Norco Fluid FS 1 24

24 inch wheels | 22.4in standover height | MSRP $2,499.00 USD

REI Co-op Cycles DRT 3.1 Bike – XS

REI Co-Op Cycles DRT 3.1

26 inch wheels | 29.96in standover height | MSRP $2,199.00 USD

REI Co-op Cycles DRT 1.0 Bike – XXS

REI Co-Op Cycles DRT 1.0

26 inch wheels | 25.5in standover height | MSRP $549.00 USD

No 27.5 Wheel Bikes Listed

Trek Top Fuel 9.7 – Medium

Trek Top Fuel 9.7

29 inch wheels | 29.9″ stand-over height | MSRP $3,999.99 USD

Trek Supercaliber 9.7 – Small

Trek Procaliber

29 inch wheels | Fits riders 5ft0.2in – 5ft5.6in tall | stand-over height 28.3in – 31.1in | MSRP $4,799.99 USD

Trek Top Fuel 9.8 XT – Small

Trek Top Fuel 9.8

29 inch wheels | Fits riders 5ft0.2in – 5ft5.6in tall | stand-over height 28.3in – 31.1in | MSRP $5,999.99 USD

Check out our Destinations and Trails page for more fun places to ride and visit! We’d love to hear about your favorite places to ride bikes with your family, too.

Gifts For Mountain Bike Dads

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Father's day gifts for mtb dads

Updated for 2020 – These gifts for mountain bike dads are sure to raise your status in the family! Want to solidify your rank as his favorite child or restore the youthful glimmer in his eye (even though nothing can be done about that receding hairline)? All you have to do is choose something that reinforces his love for mountain biking.

All kidding aside – here are a few gift ideas that may help you get something interesting for the old man.

VIEW the complete Ultimate Gift Guide for Mountain Biking

My Medic MyFAK First Aid Kit 

Dads love to keep everyone safe! The My Medic MyFAK (My First Aid Kit) was designed to be adaptive, functional, and indestructible. Importantly, this first aid kit measures 7.5”x6.5”x5” so it can fit in a hydration pack where it’s available when you need it. In addition, this kit comes in basic and advanced, so you can match the supplies with dad’s level of training. See our full MyFAQ Review.

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Five Ten Freerider Pro mountain bike shoes 

Give dad all-day comfort on and off the mountain. We love five tens for mountain biking,. Here’s why. Firstly, the Five Ten Freerider Pro flat pedal biking shoes provide grip and durability for all-mountain and enduro riding. Secondly, an impact-resistant toe box complements the medium-stiff build for a responsive ride. Thirdly, the signature sticky rubber and purpose-built tread pattern keep dad’s feet firmly planted on his pedals. Fourthly, these shoes look as good in the café as on the trail. These shoes are useful gifts for mountain bike dads.

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Dakine Hot Laps 5L Hip Pack

Keep dad’s back cool and dry with the Dakine Hot Laps 5L Waist Bag. This handy pack comes with a 70 oz (2 liter) lumbar hydration reservoir and Phaser bite valve so he can stay hydrated. The internal organizer pockets provide ample space for a multi tool, an extra tube and snacks.

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Park Tool’s Professional Tool Kit

Give dad the ultimate bike tool kit. Park Tool’s Professional Tool Kit includes 88 different tools so dad can complete repairs and bike maintenance at home. This kit includes a huge array of wrenches and chain tools galore. The included case will help dad keep everything organized. Tools are always appreciated gifts for mountain bike dads.

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Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR

Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR

This build to order all-mountain ripper is ready to become dad’s new set of wheels. Available in three colors in sizes from Small to XL, the Trek Top Fuel XTR just might earn its spot at the head of the dinner table. XTR is in the name because XTR is on the bike. This is Shimano’s best, and lightest, drivetrain group. Carbon wheels, a carbon frame and Fox Factory suspension will get the old man up and down the hills in style. As per the Trek site, the size medium weighs less than 25lbs! If you want to trim off more, dad has to hit the gym and skip the beers.

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NiteRider Lumina OLED 1200 Boost Headlight

Sometimes dad needs to get out for a ride after dark. The NiteRider Lumina OLED 1200 Boost Headlight has five light levels so dad can choose based on the conditions. The wide beam lens directs the light with even distribution to ensure that upcoming obstacles are seen. The digital display provides battery percent as well as run time, and the Lumina recharges quickly so it’s ready when its needed.

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Stans DART Tool 

Dad can keep the whole family rolling with the Stans DART Tool. Tubeless tires were supposed to mean the end of flats, but while flats are significantly reduced, they still remain a part of our life with tubeless setups. Stan’s DART Tool aims to make the inevitable tear or large puncture quick to fix by plugging holes and instantly sealing flats.

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Alchemy Arktos 

Transform dad’s ride! The Alchemy Arktos is made to handle all dad can throw at it. The Arktos features the patented dual-linkage suspension platform called “Sine” which resembles a sine wave when graphed. The design creates suspension that is regressive through the first part of the travel to absorb small bumps and provide climbing traction, is progressive in the middle to avoid wallowing on big hits or in hard, fast corners, and is regressive again in the last 15 percent of the stroke so the bike can use all of its rear-wheel travel. It’s efficient, responsive, and provides downhill capabilities unparalleled in today’s crop of modern trail bikes.

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Troy Lee Designs Raid Knee Guard

Troy Lee Designs Raid Knee Guard 

Troy Lee Designs Raid Knee Guards features neoprene construction with a breathable back panel for all-day comfort. Fit-Lock calf bandwill prevent slippage and the knee cap integrated w/flex panel provides flexibility for full range of pedaling motion. These pads also include abrasion resistant side padding for protection against bike frame & trail features.

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Blackburn Chamber HV Floor Pump

Does dad obsess about the tire pressure in his mountain bike tires? The Blackburn Chamber HV Floor Pump boasts massive air volume to make quick work of airing up your family’s mountain bike tires. The large four-inch gauge lets dad know exact pressures in both PSI and Bar measurements. Small touches such as an extra-long hose, a durably oversized main body, a hose keeper, and an alloy cap and lever on the pump head make this floor pump a pleasure to use.

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Yeti Rambler 20oz Tumbler

One cup to rule them all. The Yeti Rambler 20oz Tumbler keeps dad’s coffee hot and his beer cold! The double-wall vacuum insulation ensures that dad’s drinks remain at the perfect temperature longer.  This tumbler is perfect for camping or road trips. The stainless steel construction withstands dents and dings.

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Marmot Anderson Lightweight Flannel Shirt

The Anderson Lightweight Flannel Shirt by Marmot looks as good on the trail as it does playing corn-hole in the backyard. This lightweight double-brushed flannel is the perfect layer for spring or fall afternoons. The CoolMax moisture-management technology gives dad the performance he needs for quick rides and everyday family activities.

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Santa Cruz Megatower Carbon CC X01 Eagle

If dad is an enduro enthusiast, the Megatower Carbon CC X01 Eagle Air Reserve Complete Bike from Santa Cruz might be the bike for him. Santa Cruz built this bike solely for stopping enduro clocks a tad faster and providing the most aggressive riders with and brawler of a big wheel bike. With some of the longest reach numbers, steepest seat tube angles, and longer wheelbases, this progressive 29er likes to get rowdy.

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Leatt DBX 5.0 All Mountain Jacket for the bike dads

Leatt DBX 5.0 All Mountain Jacket 

The Leatt DBX All-Mountain jacket is made of waterproof and breathable material with adjustable ventilation. It boasts a dirt/water/stain resistant coating to take on any weather conditions you might face. The four-way stretch shell material allows full range of motion. This jacket features a new patent-pending magnetic hood system that keeps the hood magnet fixed over the helmet or fixed at your back so it won’t flap around.

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Oakley Frogskins Prizm Sunglasses 

Whether did is hitting the trail, strolling through the city, or soaking up some rays on the beach, these Oakley Frogskins Prizm Sunglasses will keep dad’s eyes safe and stylish.  These sunglasses boost contrast, offer protection from 100% of harmful UV rays and look cool. Sunglasses are some of the most inexpensive and most useful gifts for mountain bike dads.

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Dakine Dropout Jersey

The Dakine Dropout Jersey features a classic baseball cut with a dropped hem, giving dad the added coverage he needs for ripping tight trails. The Dropout is made with Quick Dry polyester that is designed to disperse moisture for enhanced evaporation, keeping dad dry and comfortable. Bonus: the fabric is finished with Polygiene treatment to fight bacteria build-up so dad’s jersey always smells fresh.

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Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 Preview

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Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 Preview

The Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 is a full-suspension mountain bike with a 130mm travel RockShox fork and 130mm of rear travel. The bike comes with a dropper and 27.5 inch wheels. You can also fit 26 inch wheels to the bike.

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Our kid rode this bike in several places over a few months and the two really bonded. It was like Eragon finding Saphira, Han and the Millenium Falcon, Harry and his Nimbus 2000.

Stay tuned as we work on our full review and post an in-depth article within the next week or so. If you don’t already – please follow MTB With Kids on Instagram and Facebook. Sign up for our emails on the home page, too. It helps us keep you up-to-date with reviews, tips for riding with kids, trail and destination info.

Mother’s Day Bike Checks – 2020 Edition

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Mother's Day Bike Checks - 2020
Mother's Day Bike Checks - 2020

Once again we reached out to moms so they could share their stories and show off their bikes. Everyone’s story is unique, but there are common threads – the freedom that comes from riding a bike, the mental and physical challenges, the rewards of sharing this sport with their children; and living a healthy, active lifestyle. On behalf of the kids, significant others, family, friends, ride club partners, everyone – THANKS MOM!

Nicole Deguise And Her Norco Bikes

Nicole Deguise and her Norco SIght

I am really looking forward to my son and soon-to-be sibling to get into mountain biking with my husband and I! I got into mountain biking 13 years ago as a way to spend more time with my now husband who had moved to BC for the mountain biking! Little did I know that I would fall so much in love with it! I quickly joined an all female mountain biking group to improve my skills and only a few short years later participated in my first enduro here in Squamish “Hot on Your Heels”.

My 18 month old son isn’t too interested in hopping on his Norco Runner since he would rather sit in the Chariot and be pulled by me on my 2020 Norco Fluid VLT 1. This bike has become my saving grace when it comes to keeping fit and on the trails while 5 months pregnant! It’s great at pulling my son to and from daycare and also allows me to get a quick lap in on my local trails.

I can’t wait until baby sibling arrives in September to get back on my favorite bike 2019 Norco Sight Carbon and get back to the North Shore of Vancouver and keep up with my friends!

Nicole Deguise and Norco Fluid VLT1

Sarah Fenton Tippie And Her YT Industries Bikes

Sarah Fenton Tippie and her YT Industries bikes

I’ve mountain biked for the better part of 35 years! I grew up in Deep Cove – North Vancouver, BC; where the first off-road bike shop opened. They rolled these new “fat tire” bikes off the back of the truck from Marin County. I grew up with a hardcore mountain bike influenced lifestyle. And although I never had the urge to race, bikes are in my blood. In 2007, after a decade living abroad in London UK and working in the film business, I was at a party at Crankworx and met my future husband, freeride pioneer Brett Tippie. Sparks flew, and we arranged to go on our first date in the Whistler Bike Park.

Sarah Fenton Tippie dropping in
Sarah Fenton Tippie loves her YT eBike
Sarah Fenton Tippie and Brett Tippie in southern Utah

Before long, we had children, two girls. Jessamy, born in 2008, and Alix, born in 2012; then married (yes in that order) at the top of Whistler Mountain with our DH rigs before all our friends and family. After the ceremony, we rode down to the bottom in a massive party train. Biking gave me my first bite of freedom when I learned to ride a bike at age five. Mountain biking has given me fitness. It had provided an amazing group of friends. It has brought me to my husband. It is everything for us. My younger daughter has some extra needs and it took her a little longer to get the hang of it, but she is now pedaling on her own. I burst into tears seeing that accomplishment! Her smiling face was priceless. My older daughter Jessamy loves to shred, and as a family – mountain biking is a bonding experience creating lifetime memories.

My current bikes: 2019 YT Decoy e-bike (I LOVE my ebike!). A newly built up big bike park shredder, a 2019 YT Tues. I also have a 2016 YT Capra enduro bike.

Carmen Granados And Her Yeti SB6

Carmen Granados and her Yeti mountain bike

I’m a wife and mother of twin boys. I started mountain biking in 2014 with my family and have been enjoying it ever since. We travel a lot due to my husbands work and are fortunate to ride in some really cool places. So far my favorite places to ride have been Colorado and Southern Utah. Mountain biking is a great way for us to spend time together as a family and grow together as riders.

Carmen and her Yeti SB6
Enjoying a break in the Utah desert

I ride an XS Yeti SB6, it was between this and a Yeti Beti Sb5 but ultimately chose this one for its ability to take on any terrain. It climbs extremely well for a long travel bike. I’m running SRAM Eagle XO1 with GX cranks, SRAM Guide R brakes and Maxxis Minion DHF and Aggressor. Fox 36 170MM fork and a Fox DPX2 in the rear.

Instagram:  @the_caro_family
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Tania Gregory And Her Trek Top Fuel 9.8

Tania Gregory and her Trek Top Fuel

Eight years ago, when my husband and I first started dating, he got me into mountain biking. Fast forward to today and we now have a 20 month old son, Lawson, who already loves bikes as much as we do. My favorite person to ride with is my husband and I can’t wait until we are out on the trails with Lawson ripping it up too. Right now he rides in a Thule Yepp on the front of our Trek Farley. Although, after some modifications he is finally tall enough for his balance bike!

Riding bikes has become a huge part of my identity. I race cyclocross, triathlon and mountain bikes, but mountain biking is my favorite. I mountain biked until I was almost 8 months pregnant and I was racing again by the time Lawson was 9 months old. I am happy to know my son will grow up riding bikes and be surrounded by awesome people.

I currently ride a 2020 Trek Top Fuel 9.8. It is actually my 3rd Top Fuel. I think it is the perfect bike for me. I like to race XC, but I also like to send it on the rocky technical descents that we have here in New England. It offers a great balance for someone who wants an efficient climber, speed on the flats and enough travel to smooth out the terrain.

Tania Gregory - Trek Top Fuel rider and racer

Kristen Gross And Her Rocky Mountain Element C70

Kristen Gross and her Rocky Mountain Element C70

I have been a rider through every season of my life. I was that kid careening around the neighborhood with a look like a loose Labrador. I raced through university and it also kept me sane in the early days of my career when all I had time for was work, and riding (maybe). It was there for me when I moved to a new country as a new wife, and there still when I became a new mom. And riding was there for me when I became a widowed mom. Never did I imagine I’d also rely on it to get us through a global pandemic, but here we are! My son and I are finding at least 30 minutes of normal a day on our 2.5 mile loop. Riding helps soothe my racing mind just as well as it revs up a tired soul. It’s good on its own, and wonderful in a group. It spans the difference between opposite ends of many a spectrum. So somehow, it always fits.

Keeping mom's Rocky Mountain Element clean and ready to ride
Riding the Rocky Mountain Edge 14
Nothing but smiles aboard the Rocky Mountain Edge 14

My bike is a 2019 Rocky Mountain C70 Element that I customized with We Are One “Insider” wheels laced to Onyx racing hubs, a full SRAM XX1 golden Eagle drivetrain with Qarq power meter, one-up Everyday Carry tool, RaceFace carbon Next bars, and a Specialized Power saddle. With 2 water bottle cages and a Backcountry Research Mutherload strap, I’m officially pack-less on this whip. I planned to race it at the 2019 BC Bike Race but ended up with a plan-ending concussion a couple of weeks prior. This beautiful bike is ready for the next opportunity. I will be too, my young training partner will make sure of it.

Shannon Kochis And Her Scott 900 RC World Cup

Shannon Kochis - Mother's Day Bike Check

I have a love and passion for riding bikes with my children, community and friends! My favorite bike is the Scott 900 RC World Cup full suspension run with Podium wheels. It’s my favorite bike for all trail conditions! My favorite place to ride is Copper Harbor, Michigan. 2nd place is the Vasa!

It was 2015 when I got Into biking. Some amazing friends that I would see at church took me for a mountain bike ride in the woods. It gave me a sense of freedom I haven’t felt that in a long time. I think when you are a mom, you put that in the back burner naturally and start to forget who you really are. There are always challenges that we face with riding. There is always someone who is going to be better and faster than you. It’s easy to forget the reasons you started in the first place. Making time for biking is essential for my strength mentally, physically and emotionally.

My kids and I ride once a week together. They are always involved with Norte and all the biking fun we have in this community. The greatest feeling is seeing your child finish a race they never thought they could do. I always have a smirk on my face when I listen to their race replay. My kids participate in Mud Sweat and Beers, TC Trails Fest, Ore2shore and Iceman.

Shannon Kochis jumps on her Scott mountain bike

What I love most about biking is – I ride with kids that are faster than me. I look up to them as much they look up to me. I don’t know a sport that has adults and kids that run in the same pack. It’s so good for our kids’ self confidence to be around adults ranging from 30’s to 70’s. I love seeing My children know all the adults around bike community. You don’t need to be good or fast at it. You just need to show up. Kinda like racing, The hardest part is showing up. The rest is history.

Shannon races for City Bike Shop.

Anne Madeo And Her Specialized Stumpjumper Expert 27.5

Anne Madeo - Specialized Stumpjumper

Biking represented freedom to me as a child. It was a way to explore the world and see my friends without relying on my parents for a ride. Mountain biking was a natural outgrowth of that childhood love, expedited by a move to UT and being hit by a car while road biking. After I was hit, I no longer felt safe riding on city streets, but missed the freedom and joy I felt while biking. A few years after I was hit, I started mountain biking by joining group rides, taking lessons and attending clinics. I haven’t looked back. After a year of riding frequently (and breaking a bone or two), I decided it was time to get a new steed and I wanted a significant upgrade.

My current bike is a 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert 27.5 that I bought after riding it at a women’s MTB retreat. I don’t feel qualified to evaluate the condition of a bike, so had been reluctant to buy a demo. But, I knew the wrench that worked on the fleet, I trusted her and had really liked the Stumpjumper. It’s a carbon frame (I wanted something light), has 150mm of travel front and rear and stock components including SRAM GX Eagle. I like to ride most everywhere (serious DH trails are probably my least favorite), so wanted a bike that was a quiver killer (probably one of the most overused terms in all of mountain bike reviews).

Although I’ve tried to get the other members of my family (2 sons, ages 13 and 16 and 1 husband, ageless!) interested in mountain biking, I’ve had very limited success with those efforts. So, the majority of my riding is with friends and it’s been pretty awesome.

Anne Madeo - riding in Utah

Anja Mueller And Her Rocky Mountain Altitude C70

Anja Mueller and her Rocky Mountain Altitude C70

I am not sure who is more stoked about the two of us riding matching bikes this year – my 3-year-old daughter Sofie (on a 2019 Rocky Mountain Edge 14) or me, the Mom?! She has been on a bike since before she even walked (and loves it so far!) and just recently switched from a run bike to her pedal bike. We love riding on the North Shore as a family – especially now with everything else closed down.

Mountain biking is the perfect escape for kids and for the parents. Having her on a burlier bike with proper tires makes riding in the woods so much more fun. I am currently on maternity leave with my second child, 10-month-old Greta, so getting out on some good personal mountain bike rides has been too rare for my liking. To compensate I have been trying to up my wheelie game with the Ryan Leech #30daywheelie challenge – I’m on Day 10 – and still have a ways to go. I can’t wait for more rides with my husband, girlfriends, colleagues, and of course my two girls! Time to put #2 on a run bike.

Anja Mueller sending from The North Shore
Mother and daughter on mountain bikes
Maple syrup saddle - Rocky Mountain Bikes

I am currently riding a 2020 Rocky Mountain Altitude C70 with an almost fully stock build. Small changes include a Rocky Mountain maple syrup saddle (WTB Deva), some matching RaceFace Next SL cranks, and pink grips (just because). Currently on flats instead of clipless because of the wheelie challenge. I have been on each iteration of the Altitude since 2012 and love it as my go-to bike. It’s playful, has plenty of travel, it’s great on the uphill, and just makes me smile every time I ride.

Thanks to the North Shore Mountain Bike Association and all the volunteers for keeping our North Shore Trails in great shape. Get your membership or trail boost when you ride here!

Ashley Rainey And Her Canfield Balance 27.5

Ashely and her Canfield Balance 27.5

Two years ago I started mountain biking because I thought my dog would enjoy a faster pace than hiking allowed. I was hooked after one ride and dove in quickly, taking as many clinics as I could. I struggled for years to get my son outdoors and become more active with no luck. I was over the moon when he took to mountain biking. At 12, my son has reached the age where he rarely emerges from his room. I cherish our adventures on the trails, which open him up to talking to me. We are extremely fortunate to live in a bike-oriented town. A few blocks from us is a large pump track and we spend hours there sharing our dirt jumper. I love the community of friends I’ve developed through biking. As a single mom, I find their support priceless.

Ashley riding in the PNW
Ashley storming the woods

All-mountain riding is my discipline of choice. I’ll gladly endure a suffer-fest of an uphill grind to hit long steep technical descents. I’ve had my current bike since January. It’s a 2016 Canfield Balance 27.5”. I moved up from a small to a medium frame because I’m 5’4” with legs on the longer side. My previous bike wouldn’t accommodate a long enough dropper to get my saddle out of my way. To shorten up the reach, I added an Industry Nine A35 32mm stem. I use a 170mm dropper and my saddle is a Terry Topo – it’s been my saddle since I started riding. I love the stability of my new bike, I’m more than willing to hit small drops and pop over roots and bumps instead of slowing down to roll over everything like I did on my previous bike. A few other additions on my bike are Spank Oozy Trail 345 wheels with Magic Mary tires, a Cane Creek Helm 170mm fork, Cane Creek Double Barrel air/CS shock (165mm), and a One Up 32T oval ring.

I’m not the bravest rider, but I do love a good endorphin rush, and this bike delivers on giving me more confidence to test my abilities to get a little spicier on the trail. My favorite thing, beside the longer dropper post, is how the bike handles turns! My friends always get an earful at the end of a ride about how much fun the turns were!

Ruth Roeber And Her Trek Bikes

Ruth Roeber and Trek Bicycles

Because I was born in the beautifully chaotic city of Bangkok, I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I moved here for college. However, it wasn’t until I became a mom that biking became a natural extension of my life. We put our kids on Striders as soon as they could walk. When they were old enough to pedal their bikes, mountain biking became a way of life for us.

After breakfast on weekends, we pack our helmets, load the bikes & changing tent, throw lunch in a cooler, put snacks in the kids’ packs, fill the gallon water bottle we keep in our car, etc. This ritual became our family’s rhythm. Now the twins are 14 and they consistently outride me.

We still ride together on weekends, and to be honest, they probably have more fun riding with friends. It’s bittersweet really, but after all, that’s what I hoped for all along—keeping them on bikes on the road less traveled. Our family has traversed five continents together. But in the end, it’s the simple and sweet memories of us sitting and laughing in the trunk of the Subaru all these years after a ride at a local trail that makes motherhood incredibly delightful.

Ruth Roeber mountain biking with her family

I’m lucky to have two amazing bikes: the Trek Procaliber 9.7 pictured above – plus a Trek Stache 9.7. And thanks to my local IMBA chapter (Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association), I have great places to ride them.

Chris Schieffer And Her Ibis Ripmo AXS

Chris Schieffer and her Ibis mountain bike

Mountain Biking is our social life. I love it. My husband loves it. Our kids love it. The dog loves it. We’ve never done many “traditional sports” but we are outside on trails in some capacity whenever we get a chance. We bike as a family, we bike with friends, we bike locally, and we travel to bike. We ride a variety of trails, we race, we ride cross country, enduro, downhill, dirt jumps and everything in between. For the last few years we purchased the MTBParks Pass and made a point to road trip and bike as many bike parks (in the west) as possible (100% worth it, by the way). This year, with the pandemic, it’s going to be different, but it won’t stop us from riding. The only downside of loving bikes is my boys are the same size, so there’s no hand me downs – that means we’re always making a twofer bike purchase, and it gets rather expensive. As a family we have to stagger our bike purchases year after year so it makes sense financially to enjoy our hobby.

Oh my bike, my sweet, sexy bike… this is actually my SECOND Ripmo in a row, and my fourth Ibis – so needless to say, I’m brand loyal in the bike dept. I seek out (and destroy) rugged trails with lots of rocks and drops so I need something that can handle versatile downhill terrain, but is also amazing at climbing because the trails around me are ALL up, and then ALL down. I switched the suspension to DVO all around. Rev Grips get added to all my bikes, because they save my hands during those long park days (which we have many). For the groupo, I finally moved to the Sram Eagle AXS electronic shifting on this build and HOT DAMN, I LOVE it! I also have the Rockshox Reverb AXS dropper and the responsiveness is the best thing ever. The OneUp Components EDC Tool allows me to go on shorter rides without carrying a pack. The last custom piece of this build is the Shredly SUCCI print custom stickers made by STKRD for my frame.

Adrienne Schneider And Her Norco Bikes

Adrienne - Norco eBike

Growing up in Northern Michigan, I moved to Lake Tahoe at 18 to find a bigger playground! After blowing out my knees repeatedly during my ski career, my orthopedic told me I needed to ride bikes to get stronger. I had no experience with bikes without a throttle previously, and he said I wasn’t allowed to get on my moto for a while.

This riding rehab quickly turned into a career that was eventually sidelined by a broken back in Europe at my last World Cup race. After one more season racing nationally and coaching women’s camps, I knew I wanted a child. And it was time. Then, on December 8, 2016 my life changed forever! I would say being a mother easily became the best adventure I have ever been on! Life changes a lot in a beautiful way, and it gives a new meaning to the concept of absolute love.

Mountain biking is something that I love doing and I don’t think that I’ll ever get tired of. It lets me travel to places I would normally never get to, and meet some of the coolest people. And there is no one better to share that life with but Nikolaj.

Adrienne and son are all smiles when mountain biking together
Adrienne and son pause for a photo during a mother and son bike ride
Adrienne and son mountain biking

Norco Bicycles has supported me in my adventures, later becoming a Sales Rep for them. So, you can probably understand why I have more than one bike. My first bike of choice is an Aurum, but I bought a more versatile Range VLT e-Enduro bike last fall. Nikolaj had bikes before he could even walk. He currently rides a Norco Runner 12. With more and more pedaling lately, I’ve added the Norco Sight A1 (27.5) as my current weapon of choice. It‘s an All-Mountain rig with Norco’s Ride Aligned™ technology that has 160mm/150 travel.

Getting your kids hooked on bikes at a young age is the perfect antidote to the addictive draw of Minecraft and other sedentary indoor activities! And there is nothing like passing on the stoke from one generation on down to another.

Lisa Sklar And Her Custom Sklar

Lisa Sklar and her Sklar mountain bike

I like mountain biking because I get to try and keep up with my kids, and my husband gets to try and keep up with me. We live in a great place, Boulder, Colorado. And, mountain biking is a great way to get out there. We especially like camping and biking high up in the Rockies. Plus, I’m the only mom I know whose kid made her a mountain bike. That’s pretty cool!

Lisa Sklar riding her custom built Sklar mountain bike
Custom Sklar Mountain Bike

My bike has 27.5″+ wheels and tires. It has 120mm of front travel. These custom machines offer so many opportunities for great design – whether it be dialing in just the right combination of geometry, fit and component selection. Or, optimizing flex and feel with material selection.

Katrina Strand And Her Transition Patrol

Katrina Strand and her Transition Patrol

It was an easy sell, mountain biking. Nature is my medicine, and it is a great tool to get me there. I come from racing around the world – DH, Enduro and even dabbled in XC. But my favourite is getting lost high in the mountains away from the world, disconnected and free. My daughter Anna loves joining me on the MacRide, and cruising on her run bike. She already has her call to nature, too! Hopefully soon we’ll be adventuring way out there together.

I’m in love with my Transition Patrol. It is my everything bike. Up, down, all around, great in the park, and capable of all day epics too. I have it spec’d with Fox Shox, Shimano, Maxxis and Chromag – all the best.

Katrina and her daughter out for a ride

Website:  Strand Training
Instagram:  @katrinastrand
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Mentions:  Transition | Fox Head | Fox MTB Suspension | Maxxis | Shimano | Chromag | Evolution Bike Shop | RideWrap

Traci Thompson And Her Scott Genius

Traci Thompson - Mother's Day 2020

I grew up spending lots of time in the outdoors: camping, hiking, boating and wandering around in the desert looking for dinosaur bones. I was in 6th grade when my parents bought mountain bikes for our family. We had lots of adventures on our bikes – one especially memorable ride led to us finding and adopting a puppy that some jerk had dropped in the desert to die. Mountain biking made us tougher. Although my sister and I grew up doing gymnastics, we were challenged by this new sport. My dad had to use his favorite catchphrase: “No Sniveling” on more than on occasion. I have some excellent memories of the type 2 fun that we had as a family on our mountain bikes. As an adult, I love mountain biking with my kids for many reasons. First, I love the challenge. There are always opportunities to improve in mountain biking. Mountain biking gives us the chance to do things that scare us and work toward small goals. Second, I like stress relief that comes from being in nature and staying in the moment. Everyone feels happier after a ride! Finally, I enjoy spending time with my family and making memories. We have lots of adventures that we’ll never forget like the time we were caught in a flash flood or the time our youngest kid crashed into a cactus when we were 8-miles into a 16-mile loop trail. Mountain biking memories are the best!

Traci - Guacamole trail near St. George, Utah
Traci Thompson - Riding in Whistler, BC

I’ve had this bike for a few years but its proven all-mountain geometry and set up have been a lot of fun everywhere I ride. All the boys in the family has carbon frames, but with the modifications I’ve made, my bike is the lightest. It weighs less than 30 lbs. I upgraded the drivetrain to a 1x and added Stans wheels. The external RockShox dropper is easy to maintain and the Scott TwinLoc remote lets me adjust my suspension without my hands leaving the bars.

Kasey Wierzba And Her Norco Revolver

Kasey Wierzba and her Norco Revolver

Sometimes a mom just needs to get lost. Lost from the hustle, lost from the daily grind. A mom needs to get lost in the moment with nothing but a dirt trail ahead. This is why I love mountain biking. If I’m training for a race, it gives me a focus and a means to direct energy in a positive way. If I’m riding with Liam, my 11 year old, it’s a back and forth of fun competition. He chases me up the climbs and I follow him on crazy, gnarly stuff as he tells me “no ride arounds, mom.” Riding with my little dude, Adrien (7), is all about exploration. Just this week we were riding in one of my favorite areas and he lead me to a natural spring which I had no idea existed!

Kasey Wierzba takes a break on her Norco Revolver
Trying to keep up with Kasey Wierzba and her Norco Revolver
Long distance call on a long distance bike

I ride a Norco Revolver hardtail while I’m cross country racing. This bike is a little whip. It’s really light, responsive and it feels like a natural extension of my own body. It’s a race machine; high modulus carbon 29er decked out with Sram XO components and a RockShox Sid ultimate. The super light Stans Podium SRD wheels float up any climb. For a hardtail, this bike can take a lot without beating me up. I can roll through rock gardens and down rooted steeps without loosing control. In a straight away I can lock out the front shock, stand up and jam. I’m not a total tech geek, but when you build up a bike that just fits and feels so good it’s completely worth it.

Mentions:  Norte Youth Cycling

Jerel Wilson And Her Trek Top Fuel 9.8

Jerel Wilson and her Trek Top Fuel 9.8

Mountain biking allows me to escape and become part of nature. It gives me the opportunity to feel alive, challenge myself in rock gardens and take calculated risks that often give me butterflies in my stomach – like sending it. I love hitting the trails with my kids (3 and 5) and my colleagues at NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) the most. Getting the opportunity to lead beginner women’s rides through the Trek Women’s Advocacy program as well as training volunteers in communities all across the nation working to get #morekidsonbikes through NICA programming shows me time and time again the power of bicycles and how wonderful mountain biking communities are across the nation. It’s a community I am proud to be part of and I hope that both my girls will become lifelong cyclists.

Crushing rocks with the Trek Top Fuel 9.8
Jerel leads her kids through the forest on her Trek Top Fuel
Jerel enjoying the woods - on bikes

My 2020 Trek Top Fuel 9.8 comes sweetly spec’d and ready to roll right out of the box and it’s even set up tubeless. It flies over EVERYTHING without beating you up so you have energy to play with the little ones or jump on that Zoom call after your mid-day ride. This bike has made me a better technical rider, especially in the rock gardens and is wicked fast on all the flow trails. Smiles for miles!

Photo Credits:  Deborah Hage
Mentions:  TORC, Triangle Off-Road Cyclists

Mother’s Day Gifts For Mountain Biking Moms

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Gifts for mountain biking moms
MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS
FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING MOMS

This list of mountain biking gifts for Mother’s Day is a doozy. Among other things, we have helmets, bikes, accessories and apparel. The happiness index in our house is influenced by everyone under our roof – especially mom. And, when we were assembling this list, we were sure to include some simple things that our mom just uses and likes. So in addition to going on a mountain bike ride with mom on Mother’s Day, consider a gift in this list.

Use the jump links to quickly see our recommendations for a category.

MTB Helmets For Moms

The only thing worse than kids crashing is moms crashing. It’s going to happen every once in a while so make sure your family’s moms have a well fitting, modern mountain bike helmet.

Bontrager Mountain Bike Helmet - Mother's Day Gifts

Bontrager Quantum MIPS Bike Helmet

A good trail helmet is hard to find. This is available in 9 colors and offers next level protection. MSRP $104.99

Giro trail helmet - Mother's Day gifts

Giro Verce MIPS Bike Helmet – Women’s

18 vents, MIPS protection, and a Roc Loc Sport system with visor make this Giro helmet a good choice . MSRP $65.00

Full face helmet - Mother's Day gifts for mtb moms

Fox Racing Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet

Available in a good selection of colors and sizes, this lid can help keep mom safe when things get rowdy. MSRP $499.00

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MTB Jerseys For Moms

Don’t hesitate to keep shopping around when browsing through these items. Jerseys are some out our favorite mountain biking gifts for Mother’s Day. Choose your favorite – styles, sizes and colors are endless.

Patagonia MTB jersey - Mother's Day Gifts

Patagonia S​/S Merino Bike Jersey – Women’s

Moisture wicking and breathable Merino Wool blend make this jersey a must-have piece for your mtb mom. MSRP $89.00

Bontrager MTB jersey for mom

Bontrager Rhythm Mountain Tech Tee

Fabric and mesh inserts keep mom cool on long days while a drop-tail in back prevents overexposure while riding. MSRP $59.99

Pearl Izumi women's jersey

Pearl Izumi Summit Jersey – Women’s

A 95% recycled polyester and 5% polyester blend are what makes this mountain bike jersey for mom tick. MSRP $60.00

Bike Maintenance Items

If you’re daft enough to actually wrap one of these gifts and present them to your lady of the house, you deserve a punch in the nose. To be clear, you’re supposed to buy this stuff and do some casual, out-in-the-open bike maintenance.

Shimano Brake Pads

Brake Pads

Find a wide assortment of resin and metal brake pads from the most popular brands. MSRP varies.

brake bleed kits

Brake Bleed Kits

Get what you need to do the job correctly for Shimano, SRAM, and more. MSRP varies

Gifts for mom - mtb tire sealant

Tire Sealant

Keep mom’s tubeless tires full of air. Choose sealant from Stans No Tubes and other brands. MSRP varies.

Dropper Posts

In addition to having kids, having a dropper post for the first time is a life-altering experience. Dropper posts are some of the best mountain biking gifts for Mother’s Day because mom will actually love it more as time goes on. Many bikes come with these, but it’s a somewhat affordable upgrade that will have lasting effects.

Gifts for mtb moms - RockShox dropper

RockShox Reverb Stealth (C1) Dropper Seatpost w/1x Lever

Available in a range of diameters and travel lengths. It’s a hydraulic dropper and has a 2 year warranty. MSRP $399.00

KS Lev Dropper post - Mother's Day gifts

KS LEV Integra Dropper Seatpost

Claimed to be “the only hydraulically locked and air sprung seatpost to feature zero cable movement and up to 175mm of silky-smooth travel”. MSRP $389.00

OneUp dropper post - best gifts for mom

OneUp Components V2 Dropper Post

Having trouble getting your dropper post low enough or past a bend or seam in the seat tube? OneUp may be the way to go. MSRP $199.00 – $209.00

Cross Country Mountain Bikes

Mountain biking with the family is so – much – fun. If your family is just getting started, you don’t have to drop a ton of dough on a bike. It’s ok to start small and build up skills on an entry-level model that’s both functional and affordable.

Norco XC bike - Mother's Day

Cross-Country Bikes from Norco

Choose from many Storm and Charger models. Buy online and have the bike shipped to your local dealer for assembly. MSRP $459.00 and up

Niner mountain bike - gifts for mom

Niner AIR 9 RDO 3-Star Bike 2020

Available in sizes from XS – XL, this is a capable 29er which will get mom hammering the trails while you’re cleaning the garage. MSRP $4,100.00

Enve carbon wheels for mom

Enve M630 Wheels

Carbon is a material girl’s best friend, not diamonds. And, unlike her ring size, you know your baby momma’s wheel size. MSRP $2,100.00 and up

Full-Suspension Trail Bikes For Moms

Bikes make the best mountain biking gifts for Mother’s Day! These are awfully fun to choose. And, we took care to serve up rides with three separate price points.

Giant Stance - gifts for mountain biking moms

Giant Stance 29er

This is a very well-priced bike with an aluminum alloy frame with 1x Eagle drivetrain and full-suspension. Available in red or black. MSRP $1,550

Trek Fuel Ex - mountain bike for mom

Trek Fuel EX 9.7

XS and S sizes have 27.5 inch wheels. M and up have 29 inch wheels. Carbon frame and Fox suspension. A great all-mountain rocket. MSRP $4,099.99

Pivot mountain bike - Mother's Day gifts

Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon Team XX1

The average cost for delivering a baby in the US is about $11k. Tell your better half she better start choosing a name. MSRP $11,399.00

Mountain Biking Accessories for Moms

Gloves offer a basic layer of protection when the ole lady takes a digger. A hydration pack will keep her water cool and accessible. Sunglasses are just basics for those who don’t stay inside all day.

Mountain biking gloves for mom

MTB Gloves

There are a lot of different styles available here, over a dozen actually. Basic black is ok, but feel free to choose something a little different. MSRP varies

Osprey hydration pack for mtb moms

Osprey Hydration Packs

Hydration packs have come a long way. Kick that old one to the curb and choose a colorful, comfy, updated model from Osprey. MSRP varies

Sunglasses for mtb moms

Sunglasses

Go cheap or go big. Risk-management is a key aspect of mountain biking, and selecting a decent Mother’s Day gift. MSRP varies

Mountain Biking Shoes for Women

Get the right shoe for how mom likes to ride and what mom likes to ride. We have a choices from SIDI, Bontrager, and Five Ten. Each option offers comfort, stability and performance.

SIDI mtb shoes for women

SIDI Dominator 7 MTB Shoes

If Dorothy had these instead of those dumb ruby slippers, she’d never go home. And she’d be the Wizard of KOM’s.  MSRP $259.99

Bontrager shoes - mountain biking gifts for mom

Bontrager Flatline MTB Shoe

These are to be paired with flat pedals. A Vibram sole keeps ’em grippy on the pins and off. Available in Black or Gravel/Teal. MSRP $129.00

Five Ten mtb shoes for mom

Five Ten Hellcat Pro – Women’s

Your lady may not be a pro, but she may be a hellcat. The shoe’s Stealth rubber is great and 5-10 has fit and comfort dialed in. MSRP $180.00

Mountain Biking Shorts for Women

When it’s safe, rummage through mom’s dresser and find out what size she wears, then surprise her with a new pair of mountain bike shorts. We have a few options to get your started. Basic black is always good, but feel free to browse and find something new from the Shredly brand.

Shredly mtb shorts - gifts for moms

SHREDLY the MTB Short

Baggies for all body types and a relaxed fit that stretches while on the bike. Mom also gets ample pocket space that keeps her riding essentials close at hand.  MSRP $100.00

Bontrager mtb shorts for mom

Tario Women’s Mountain Cycling Short

A technical, lightweight women’s mountain bike short perfect for aggressive riders ready to shred. MSRP $79.99

Presents for mom - POC mtb shorts

POC Essential MTB Shorts – Women’s

Designed with all-day mountain biking in mind, these shorts are cut to fit mom’s attack position, staying comfortable when it matters most. MSRP $100.00

Rain Jackets

Our mom loves her lightweight, easily packable, water-repelling rain jacket. In addition to wearing it while mountain biking, she wears it while strolling through town, on runs, camping, and so on. Choose something that’s not only good looking, but a jacket she’ll use all the time.

Best Mother's Day gifts - Marmot rain jacket

Marmot PreCip Eco Jacket

A packable rain jacket with breathable membrane keeps mom dry and comfortable on the move. Underarm zips let her vent out excess body heat.  MSRP $59.97 – $99.95

MTB gifts for moms - Patagonia rain jacket

Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket 149

Patta-Gucci. There. We said it. Still one of the best brands you can get because of quality, performance, and very good colors. MSRP $149.00

Bontrager Rain Jacket - Mother's Day Gift

Avert Women’s Stormshell Rain Jacket

A super light and packable women’s waterproof shell for when the nastiest storms unexpectedly roll in. Available in Black (black) or “Cardinal” (kind of red). MSRP $199.99

Camping And Road Trip Items 

When we take a mountain biking road trip with the kids, around 50% of the time that involves car-camping. We love, love, love this aspect of the mtb lifestyle. Here’s just a dash of suggestions to help keep mom  happy when things don’t involve a cheap hotel.

Best Mother's Day gifts - Patagonia black hole duffel bag

Patagonia Duffel Bags

We use these, and they’re great. We each have our own color so we know whose is whose. Here’s a video on how to attach the straps.  MSRP varies

Beanie for mom

Beanie

Shop for the perfect mom beanie from a selection of over 100. Every color and style in the warm head rainbow is gracefully represented. MSRP varies

Comfy, warm sleeping bag - Mother's Day gifts

Marmot Trestles 15 Sleeping Bag – Women’s

Women-specific fit adds insulation in key areas where women typically get chilly. This is comfort rated to a precise 16.7º F. MSRP $117.00 – $126.00

Spikeball game

Spikeball 3-Ball Combo Set

Mom has the option of playing. If you made the mistake of going on too short a ride with the kids, use this to have ’em burn off leftover energy.  MSRP $60.00

Helinox camping chair

Helinox Chairs

We use these, too! Mom, dad, and the kids have their own colors. They are space-saving when all folded up and easy to transport. MSRP varies

Yeti insulated wine mug - gifts for mom

YETI Rambler 10oz Wine Tumbler

Rumor on the street is that this can hold other beverages in addition to mom’s fave cab-sav. Don’t know – never tried. MSRP $24.99

Cameras

Video or it didn’t happen! With these camera gifts, you can document your family’s mtb experiences. Be careful not use them all the time, though. Sometimes, the best memories are solely recorded through your eyeballs and stored in your brain.

Waterproof camera - gift for mountain bike moms

Panasonic LUMIX TS7 Waterproof Camera

Shoot 4k video and stills with this handy bundle of digital goodness. It includes a 128gb storage disc, tripod, and dare we say it – more!  MSRP $297.99

Smartphone tripod

UBeesize Smartphone Tripod

This handy item can be used for family photos out in the bush when a fellow rider or koala is not available to hold a smartphone steadily. MSRP $24.99

GoPro action camera - Mother's Day gift

GoPro Hero 8

Built in stabilization is the highlight of this action camera and the price is really good. Start getting vids of the kids. MSRP $299.00

Oakley DRT5 Mountain Bike Helmet Review

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Oakley, best known for its line of performance sunglasses and protective eyewear, also offers the DRT5 mountain bike helmet. In keeping with their reputation, the helmet is designed to work with their sunglasses. It features a set of clips towards the crown of the head to hold sunglasses, as well as a low front strap system that integrates well with them. MSRP for the Oakley DRT5 is $200.00 USD.

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Sunglasses are secured with nifty clips on the Oakley DRT5 mtb helmet

Our oldest son loves this helmet. And, that’s not always the case. He thinks it’s comfy and stylish. He even ended up with a pair of Oakley sunglasses in order to complete the look and utilize the helmet’s sunglasses storage clips. Our youngest son is 13 and he would wear a medium size Oakley DRT5. A small helmet will fit many kids 10 years old and younger.

Rear view of the Oakley DRT5 mtb helmet

Oakley DRT5 Size Chart

Measure your kid’s head by wrapping a fabric tape measure around their head. If you don’t have one of those, we just used a headphone wire and a ruler. The measurements below are for the circumference.

SmallMediumLarge
20.5 - 22in21.2 - 22.8in22 - 23.6in
The removable sweat wicking band - Oakley DRT5 helmet
That sweet BOA adjustment system in the Oakley DRT5 helmet

Convenience isn’t the only thing that makes this helmet noteworthy. It’s also designed with plenty of protection in place. The outer hard shell, made of polycarbonate, protects the head in case of hard falls. The inner EPS foam helps as well, ensuring that there’s enough of shock cushioning to prevent injuries. Plus, the sides and back of the helmet are longer than those in other Oakley helmet models, increasing the parts of the head that are protected and covered.

Oakley DRT5 MTB Helmet in action on campus

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.

MTB Knee Pads for Kids

Camelbak LUXE hydration pack for kids

Hydration Packs For Kids

Is your kid big enough to carry their own water and supplies?

MTB Hydration Packs for Kids

Speaking of safety, the helmet was designed to meet MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) regulations. When a rider falls, the outer shell of the helmet slides slightly on the head, keeping rotational injuries at bay and ensuring that the brain remains covered, no matter what happens.

Side view of Oakley DRT5 helmet, side view - action camera base attached
Our rider's Oakley DRT5 mountain bike helmet stays put on the drops

The Oakley DRT5 mountain bike helmet was designed with the help of pro DH mountain biker, Greg Minnaar. The inclusion of plenty of ventilation holes keeps the rider’s head cool on hot days or when exerting themselves on the trail. Other details, like sweat-wicking silicone strips on the forehead, prevent sweat from ending up in the eyes and making it tough to see what lies ahead.

Detail - interior of Oakley DRT5 mtb helmet
Snappy branding on the Oakley DRT5 mtb helmet

The Right Size And An Adjustable Fit – Oakley DRT5 Helmet

As far as fit is concerned, on top of the three different sizes available, small, medium, and large, the helmet includes a 360-degree BOA fit system. This allows for additional size customizations, ensuring that it fits the head perfectly. There’s nothing worse than a helmet that slips in the middle of a ride, forcing you to stop and make adjustments on the fly. That won’t happen with the Oakley DRT5. The built-in adjustable straps make sure of it.

Not only does the helmet include a number of bells and whistles, but it’s also quite stylish. With several colors to choose from, including blackout, Greg Minaar gray, dark brush, and white, all featuring the Oakley logo on the visor section, it’s easy to find one that matches the rest of your gear. The included visor is adjustable, allowing you to block as much light as possible before you need to reach for your trusty (probably Oakley) sunglasses. Plus, you’ll get some admiring looks (because of the helmet and you’re riding skills, of course) as you traverse the trails.

On top of the many safety features and the stylish design, the Oakley DRT5 comes with a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. There’s nothing quite like a company that stands behind their products. With Oakley, you have few worries, other than what lies on the trail ahead.

The Oakley DRT5 mtb helmet

TAIR Ripper Review

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TAIR Cycles offers mountain bikes for kids built with a 14″ carbon frame that can run with 24 inch, 26 inch, or 27.5 wheels. Hailing from Golden, ColoRADo the company’s mission is to “Kick start your child’s riding life with the opportunity to choose or design their bike”.

TAIR Ripper review - featured photo

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If you need more information about TAIR, simply call Tony Tousley at 303.919.3297 or Blair Simpson at 970.988.1454. Either one of these guys will answer your questions and get you on the right path towards the right size wheels and build for your young mountain bikers.

Finding the right bike for your kids is important. That’s what TAIR co-owner and co-founder Tony Tousley told us when we spoke on the phone a few weeks ago. The story behind TAIR’s inception is a common one shared by many companies we have worked with. Existing kids’ mountain bikes just weren’t good enough. Tony said the last big-brand bike he purchased for his child was too heavy and it wasn’t geared correctly. Together with his business partner Blair Simpson, they recognized the need for a carbon frame, high-performance kids’ mountain bike – and they started TAIR.

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TAIR Takes The Term “Growth Cycle” Literally

A TAIR Ripper can have up to 6 years of use with the same child. That means plenty of value for parents while a child gets to ride one of the best cross country mountain bikes for kids on the market.

The color combinations are almost infinite because once your child picks the frame color, she or he has the option to select their own TAIR sticker kit. The company has a vinyl cutter and and owners can choose whatever color material they want. Sticker kits can be changed out for different riders, as long as the frame can make it back to TAIR headquarters.

Head tube badge on the nifty TAIR Ripper
Industrial descent on a TAIR Ripper

Local customers can even assist with building up their own bikes at the shop. TAIR’s, “I design it – I build it – I ride it” experience educates children and parents about a bike’s parts and components. Tony said, “Parents and kids get a lot out of it because the experience helps everyone involved take ownership of the bike to a new level. It strengthens the brand, too”.

As of this writing, in-stock frames will take 10 to 14 days for building up and fulfillment. Estimated lead times to get a fully customized bike is 4-5 weeks.

A Quick Look At The TAIR Ripper

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STANDOVER HEIGHT

Min ~27 inches

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DRIVETRAIN

1 x 12

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WHEEL SIZE

24in, 26in, or 27.5in

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WEIGHT

~21 lbs sans pedals

Front chainring and crank - TAIR Ripper
Race Face stem and carbon bars
Fox dropper on the TAIR Ripper
RockShox REBA air fork lockout adjustment
Vittoria Barzo tire detail
Cassette - TAIR Ripper
TAIR Ripper shifter and brake lever
REBA fork and brake - TAIR Ripper review

Here Are Some Numbers And Angles For The TAIR Ripper

Geometry

Seat Tube Length355 mm / 14 inches
Top Tube Length536 mm/ 21 inches
Chainstay Length420 mm / 16.5 inches
BB Height305 mm / 12 inches (with 26 inch wheels)
Seat Tube Angle73 degrees
Head Tube Angle69.5 degrees
Wheel Base1050 mm / 41 inches (with 26 inch wheels)

Build Specs

Our demo had a Fox Transfer Extreme, external dropper [100mm travel] and a Selle Italia saddle. This is the TAIR Ripper with SRAM GX Eagle build kit.

ForkRockshox Reba SL 26, 27.5 in. 100mm travel
WheelsetSTAN’S CREST MK3 24, 26, 27.5
TiresVittoria Barzo TNT
CassetteSram NX Eagle 12 speed 11-50
Rear DerailleurSram GX Eagle 12 speed
ChainSRAM GX Eagle - 12-Speed
CranksetSRAM NX 155, 165mm
BrakesShimano XT
Trigger ShifterSRAM GX Eagle 12 Speed
ChainringSram NX GXP 32 tooth
Bottom BracketSRAM GXP BB92
HandlebarRace Face Next Carbon
StemRace Face XC
SeatpostRace Face XC Ride
SaddleSDG Fly Jr.
PedalsRace Face Chester
GripsESI Racer’s Edge
Weight~24 lbs without pedals
MSRPVaries. See the TAIR Cycles website.

Riding The TAIR Ripper

We were able to demo the TAIR Ripper for a couple of weeks and get two different kids on it. Our demo featured 27.5 inch wheels and it had a standover height of 27.5 inches. The bike weighed in at ~21 lbs. without pedals.

Wheelie on the TAIR Ripper

When TAIR co-founder Tony Tousley told us hot pink was a more popular with the boys than the girls, that proved to be true. Once the demo Ripper arrived, our 13 year old loved it. After we finished building it up, he quickly donned his matching hot pink gloves and took it for a ride around the block. Tuning the fork can easily be done by adjusting the sag with a shock pump. Once you’ve adjusted the reach for the brakes and height of the seat post collar, you’re good to go.

Technical descent on a TAIR Ripper

Having a good suspension set up allows a rider keep that front wheel where it belongs. The RockShox REBA is one of many assets on the TAIR Ripper.

Wall ride with TAIR Ripper
Downhill ride on the TAIR Ripper
Tough climb with the TAIR Ripper

Climbing hills with the TAIR Ripper is where the bike truly shines. The gear range on the SRAM Eagle group and 27.5 wheels enabled our rider to throw his power down on the flat pedals and bust out a climb that he has never ascended before. He got very excited when he realized he was going to punch it out.

TAIR Ripper rocky descent

The bike’s weight allows a rider to punch out miles as she/he gets out of the garage, cruises the neighborhood and meanders over cross-country terrain.

TAIR Ripper on a XC ride

Shifting and braking were second nature to our rider. She was able to move the chain up and down the cassette as the terrain dictated.

Attack position on the TAIR Ripper

Knowing full well that the bike’s components are secondary to the frame, everything worked great for us. Kids are getting used to having droppers on high performance bikes and the Fox Transfer post behaved as intended while on rides with undulating terrain.

TAIR Ripper takes on a switchback

The Vittoria tires performed well on our local singletrack. It was a little dusty and loose in places, and they gripped the turns just fine.

Preparing to descend on a TAIR Ripper

Keeping the Shimano XT brakes Even-Steven while in use, and feet level on the pedals helps tame speed while gravity does its work.

Tear Out Good Times With A TAIR Ripper

If you have a young XC racer or if you plan on taking your kid on long rides, you have to consider the TAIR Ripper. Its small size carbon frame may be the only one on the market – it’s the first and only one we have seen. The bike’s “growth cycle” capabilities will keep it paired with your grom for several years if you purchase it early enough.

Cruising along on the TAIR Ripper

5 Full Face Mountain Biking Helmets For Kids

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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 make mom and dad happy.

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

Leatt GPX 4.5 Junior full face helmet

Leatt GPX 4.5 Junior Helmet

Leatt is well-known for its innovative neck braces. You can read our review for the Leatt Jr. DBX neck brace. And, over the years they have expanded their offerings to include helmets. The Leatt GPX 4.5 Junior Helmet has is made with Leatt’s 360º Turbine Technology. Its purpose is to reduce rotational acceleration to the head and absorb energy during a crash. These features are accomplished through the design and materials.

The helmet’s shell is is 10% smaller than other brands and that can result in up to 20% less rotational forces to the brain, head and neck. Other safety features of the helmet include a breakaway visor and emergency cheek pad removal. Of course it’s compatible with Leatt chest protectors. And, it even includes a kit so you can use your hydration pack – hands free. These kids’ lids are both certified ECE 2205 or DOT and weigh in at 1150g (ECE);  1300g (DOT).

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.

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.

Check out our other favorite mountain bike gear and accessories on our Reviews page.

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Mountain Biking (most of) The Whole Enchilada With Kids

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Mountain biking the Whole Enchilada with kids

Are you considering mountain biking the Whole Enchilada with kids? The Whole Enchilada is widely recognized as one of the best mountain bike rides in the world. It is located near Moab, Utah. Depending on your research and where you start the ride, you will see its distance is anywhere from 26-35 miles. The long end of this includes an approximate 5 mile section where you pedal back to your car on roads and paved bike paths. The ride is composed of different sections. If conditions allow, you will start at the Burro Pass section and descend through the Hazard County Section, Kokopelli Section, Porcupine Singletrack Section, and the Porcupine Rim Section. If you do this ride in its entirety, you will begin in an alpine environment at an elevation of over 11k feet with aspen groves and stream crossings. At the end of the day, and 7k feet vertical descent – you are back in the desert.

Mountain biking the Whole Enchilada with kids

NOTE: We rode The Whole Enchilada on October 22nd and even though Burro Pass was technically open, we did not start at the top. Due to recent moisture at the higher elevation, sections of the trail were icy and the local shuttle companies collectively determined that it was not safe. We were dropped off at the top of the Hazard County zone. That’s ok by me. NOT riding on ice is one of my favorite things. I guess we’ll have to do it again next year.

MOAB WEATHER

Wait – You Haven’t Done The Whole Enchilada Before?

I’m a 40-something mountain biking dad living in Salt Lake City and this was my first time riding The Whole Enchilada. What is my problem? Believe me, it’s a long list.

A few years ago, I decided that my first time riding this iconic trail would be with the entire family. How could it not be? If I was to do this ride without my family it would be like me taking a solo trip to Hawaii in the dead of winter. I am not kidding. This is how it would go: I would come back to Salt Lake City all tan and give the kids some crummy sea shells. Then I’d tell them how I started drinking at 9 in the morning, jumped off cliffs right into the ocean, swam with sea turtles as big as my desk, etc. Yeah – this would just not fly. We all ride. And, we all ride together. Mountain biking the Whole Enchilada with kids was clearly the only way to go.

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To prep for the ride, I got some advice from my step-brother Erik and bike shop friend, Steve. They’ve both ridden the trail more than once and told me to bring plenty of water because it’s a long day out on the bikes. Erik said he ran out of water one time and had to ask for some along the way. Steve told me he didn’t bring enough food once and had a rotten time. You gotta bring the right clothes, too. No one wants to be hot or cold and have over 25 miles to go. I’ve also heard horror stories involving mechanical mishaps and injuries on this trail. Bashed derailleurs and cables, shredded tires, bent wheels, concussions, smashed wrists and broken collar bones were almost expected as part of the ride.

IMPORTANT: If you’re considering mountain biking the Whole Enchilada with kids, we stress that an adventurous adult with both good fitness and at least intermediate mountain biking skills pre-ride the Whole Enchilada. This way, you can properly gauge your younger riders’ fitness and skills to see if you will have a successful outing. You can just do the lower sections of the trail solo in order to assess if those in your group will be safe and have a good time. You should also closely examine the embedded map to get an understanding of the elevation.

How To Overpack For Riding The Whole Enchilada

I knew my role on the ride would be that of the Sherpa after considering some of the dreadful things noted above. The comfort and safety of my clientele are paramount. If conditions allow- we will achieve our goals of summiting and return to base camp in tact. If my clients don’t enjoy the adventure, I don’t get return visits. On most long mountain bike rides with the family, I usually bring a normal sized hydration pack with a 2 liter bladder, lunch, a couple of energy bars, some tools and a spare tube.

This time around I overpacked on purpose. A 30L Backpack. You read that right. When I Googled the brand and model, the autosearch didn’t return ‘daypack”. It said ‘backpack’. If push came to shove, I could have attached a sleeping bag and bivouac to the thing. It’s absolutely huge.

Here is a list of everything I put in the pack.

  • 3L water bladder
  • 1 extra 25oz stainless steel water bottle
  • 1 12oz energy drink
  • Rain jacket
  • Long sleeve dry fit shirt
  • Knee pads
  • Elbow pads
  • First aid kit
  • Plastic tire irons
  • 2 spare tubes
  • Multi tool
  • Small roll of utility tape
  • Energy bars and other snacks
  • A ham sandwich with cheese, lettuce, mayo and mustard
  • Extra USB battery for phones and cord
  • Bike light

This thing weighed a ton. I deserve a stupid medal. Literally, a “Stupid” medal. The best part about this is that in order to save weight, I took the car key off my key ring and left the other 8 keys in mini van. Pure. Genius.

Everyone in my family has a proper full-suspension mountain bike with tubeless tires and a dropper. We all have helmets with removable chin bars.

Riding The Whole Enchilada With A Ten Year Old

My biggest concern was riding with my 10-year old. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a skilled kid. He can do a lot of technical moves I won’t even try. But you have to agree that 10 is on the young side for this one. Take a close look at the embedded map and you’ll see there are a few demanding climbs. His resume is pretty good, though. Prior to our Whole Enchilada trip, he did about a 23 mile all-mountain ride from Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley to the bottom of the PCMR’s Canyons base area. He’s also done the Wasatch Crest a couple of times. He definitely has the chops. This was his longest ride and I just wanted the experience to be a good one.

When we finished the last leg of dirt and hit the pavement for the ride back into town, he finished the ride like a boss. There is a bike path that follows the Colorado River for a bit. We even have this section of pavement on our list of best Moab mtb rides for families and beginners.

Camelbak LUXE hydration pack for kids

Hydration Packs For Kids

Is your kid big enough to carry their own water and supplies?

MTB Hydration Packs for Kids

Trail MTB Helmets

Now that you have a young mountain biker, get a lid on that kid.

Trail Helmets For MTB Kids

G-Form knee pads for kids

Knee Pads For Kids

If you ride a bike, you’re gonna fall down. Just sayin’.

MTB Knee Pads for Kids

We are ready for this mountain biking bucket list experience

Shuttles For The Whole Enchilada

You can self-shuttle this if you have the resources. Most people don’t. Plan ahead and book as soon as you can. There are several options in Moab for booking a shuttle to ride The Whole Enchilada.

Whole Enchilada Shuttle Co.
www.wholeenchiladashuttles.com
435-260-2534

Coyote Shuttle
www.coyoteshuttle.com
435-260-2097

Porcupine Shuttle Company
www.porcupineshuttle.com
435-260-0896

Moab Bike Shops

Poison Spider Bicycles
www.poisonspiderbicycles.com
497 N Main St • Moab, Utah
800-635-1792

Chile Pepper Bike Shop
www.chilebikes.com
702 South Main St. • Moab, Utah
435-259-4688

Rim Cyclery
www.rimcyclery.com
94 West 100 North • Moab, Utah
435-259-5333

Getting Started For The Day

We had to be at the shuttle drop off at 9:45 on Sunday morning. This was Bike Church at its finest. People from around the world sharing a common faith and knocking something big off the bucket list. There were riders from as far away as Australia and the United Kingdom. It always makes me happy how this wonderful activity brings us all together.

After our driver got all the bikes loaded, we were off. We headed out town and headed southeast for a few miles and then made the left turn onto La Sal Loop Road. The drive up into the mountains was great. Think about it. You start off in beautiful, red rock Moab and make the way up to a true alpine environment. The sage bushes and red dirt magically transforms to pine trees and granite right before your eyes. The elevation gain will make your ears pop a couple of times as you’re whisked to the trailhead.

As mentioned above, we started at the Hazard County section due to ice up higher at Burro Pass. I was keen to bring along some cash so our youngest could tip our driver and tell her thank you on our family’s behalf. We were finally on our way.

Getting ready to ride the Whole Enchilada trail - Hazard County trailhead

Hazard County Section

This section of the ride started off on single track and it quickly led to a bit of a climb. There were a couple of stretches where we had to get off our bikes due to the grade and/or terrain and walk. This took about 15 minutes of climbing to get to where the first downhill section began.

As you start downhill, it’s hard not to stop and just look around. You’re cruising along at elevation and marveling at the expansive palate of colors ahead. We rode this in October and our immediate surroundings were composed of greens and yellows. But off the range in the distance, you could see the massive vistas my home state is famous for. Riding this section of trail is kind of trenched and rutted, but most of it is still wide enough you don’t have to be concerned about clipping a pedal. There are switchbacks and rock gardens. Nothing too technical, but you have to be an intermediate mountain biker to take on this initial section of The Whole Enchilada. Our youngest handled this part of the trail with ease.

Horsing around at a trail junction on the Whole Enchilada mtb trail - Moab
Here's mom riding the Whole Enchilada

Kokopelli Section

Nothing out of the ordinary here. This section of trail is mainly wide dirt and double-track. Its purpose is to play the role of a connector and transition you to the Porcupine sections. There’s a small climb in this zone. Overall, it’s pretty easy going and nothing technical.

Kid giving The Notch a go on the Whole Enchilada
Tyge sends a drop while riding The Whole Enchilada in Moab
Sending a drop on The Whole Enchilada mtb trail - Moab, UT
Wyatt sends a drop while riding The Whole Enchilada near Moab, Utah

Upper Porcupine Singletrack (UPS) And Lower Porcupine Singletrack (LPS) 

This is where the fun really started for us. You’re out of the alpine environment and on top of a big sandstone slab more popularly known as southern Utah. Enjoy the mileage as you work your way across terrain that defines this trail. There are several technical sections that you can session over and over. You will find drops and playgrounds for jibs. There are a few tricky climbs, too. I had to walk my bike several times.

Being elevated above the Colorado River along the very last singletrack section is stunning. Before you know it, you’re at the level of the river and headed back into town.

Gorgeous views are all over the place on the Whole Enchilada trail in Moab
On the way back to Moab after completing The Whole Enchilada

This Is An Epic Mountain Bike Ride For Your Family 

Our ride took just under eight hours and we really soaked up the experience. We took a lot of breaks for resting, eating, and staying hydrated. The sun was out and the wind was calm so the kids could session climbs, drops and jibs. If you’re fortunate enough to give this ride a shot with your family, it’s could easily be one of the best experiences on the bikes your clan will ever share together. It’s as difficult as it is fun and we’d like to hear from you on our Instagram post if you’ve done the ride with your family.

Norco Sight 27.5 Review

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Norco Sight 27.5 review, a full-suspension mountain bike for kids

Norco Sight 27.5 Review: Norco follows a philosophy based on “unlimited riding potential.” This line of thinking influences all of their products, from bikes for adults to those designed for young riders like the Norco Sight 27.5. Designed to fill in the gap between mountain bikes for kids and those that are the right size for small adults, the Sight 27.5 might be just what your kid needs when they take to the trails.

Norco Sight 27.5 review, a full-suspension mountain bike for kids

How Online Ordering From Norco Works 

Norco allows you to purchase online, and your local bike shop is still part of the equation. As part of the checkout process, YOU select the dealer where the bike will be shipped and they will assemble the bike. Following a successful online transaction, your confirmation email will include a verification code. You’ll need this verification code, valid ID and credit card used for the transaction when you pick up your bike. Nervous about ordering a bike online? Don’t be. The crux of the move is just making sure you get the measurements right. Just make sure your kid’s inseam is at least the standover height of the bike and your child’s height matches the bike’s recommended range.

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Who Is The Norco Sight 27.5 Built For? 

This full-suspension mountain bike for kids will fit groms 4ft 9in tall through 5ft 2in tall. We recommend this bike for all-mountain riding, technical trail riding, jumps and drops, enduro and downhill.

The Norco Sight 27.5 is for kids who like to ride dh, enduro, all-mountain and tech
Norco Sight 27.5 review - enjoying the last of the snow

The Norco Sight 27.5 At A Glance 

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STANDOVER HEIGHT

25.59 inches

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DRIVETRAIN

1 x 12

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WHEEL SIZE

27.5 inches

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WEIGHT

~33lbs sans pedals

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HEIGHT RANGE

4ft 9in – 5ft 2in

Geometry And Components – Norco Sight 27.5

Featuring an aluminum-alloy frame that allows for plenty of stability without weighing the rider down, the Norco Sight 27.5 is comparable to Norco’s other models with one difference – the size. The bike uses the company’s 6061 aluminum-alloy frame with a kid-sized geometry to fit 27.5-inch wheel. Throw in 140mm of rear travel and 150mm in the front, and this allows the frame to compress when things get rough. This is in-line with the rest of the bike’s specs of the bike, which has it perfectly aligned for kids whose skills have outpaced their smaller bikes, yet aren’t quite ready for what an adult-sized model has to offer. We would also be remiss to mention that the color scheme of this bike would make Enzo Ferrari downright giddy. It just looks like it wants to be turned loose and go fast.

The Sight’s geometry demonstrates this as well, with a 395mm reach, 576mm stack, and 425mm chainstay length. The head tube angle comes in at 63.5º, and the fork offset is 37mm. The height of the bottom bracket is 342mm, and the rise/drop of the bottom bracket comes in a -15. Thanks to the 125mm recommended seat post drop and a 165mm crank length, it’s clear that this bike is designed to be comfortable for young riders while climbing and descending – and performing at a high level.

Immediately following the frame in the pecking order of the bike’s build, we have the suspension system. The RockShox Pike fork [Charger, 150mm Travel] and RockShox Deluxe R Select Debonair 2 shock [140mm travel] are responsible for ironing out bumps and minimizing the abrupt effects of gravity and hard surfaces.

Those Maxxis Minion tires tho!
Shimano rear brake detail
Compression adjustment knob, Pike fork - Norco Sight 27.5

Norco’s Proprietary Online Bike Set-Up System

Thanks to Norco’s Ride AlignedTM system, the bike can be set up properly for each specific rider. How does this work? The tuning system essentially customizes the bike, based on the rider’s measurements and ability. Stability and balance are the system’s main goals, and it achieves this by using the metrics of the rider who the bike is intended for. Ride Aligned is not only a tuning system, it is a holistic, rider-center design system bringing all aspects from geometry, fit, suspension and setup together. The results are a mountain bike designed using suspension kinematics and the company’s proprietary app-based technology for all of the specs of a custom system without the price tag.

On top of the Ride Aligned system, the Norco Sight 27.5 is built with a youth-tuned suspension system, designed in part because the company understands that young riders prefer bikes with lighter springs and less dampening power. The dropper post is also sized for lightweight riders. A standard dropper post built for adults won’t compress when the biker is less than 90 lbs. However, the one on the Sight is specifically made to do just this – providing your lightweight rider with a post that’s designed just for them.

Build Chart For The 2020 Norco Sight 27.5

Among our favorite features for the Sight 27.5 are the dropper, Pike fork, and SDG goodies.

Frame6061 Aluminum Frame, 140mm Travel
ForkRockShox Pike, Charger, 150mm Travel, 37mm offset
ShockRockShox Deluxe R Select Debonair 2
Dropper PostTransX Light Action Dropper, 120mm, 1x lever
BrakesShimano BR-MT500 hydraulic, 180mm
ShifterSRAM SX Trigger
DerailleurSRAM SX Eagle
CassetteSRAM PG 1210 Eagle
CranksSRAM SX Eagle PowerSpline, 165 mm
RimsWTB STP I25, tubeless ready
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 27.5×2.3”, Folding, Skinwall
Rear TireMaxxis Minion DHR II EXO TR 27.5×2.3” Folding, Skinwall
Weight~33lbs without pedals
Buy-Direct PriceNorco Website

Similar to the Norco Fluid FS 1 24, the Sight 27.5 ships with a SDG Jr. Pro component package. Composed of kid-sized pedals, bars, saddle and grips – this accessory package is also available as and upgrade for any kids’ mountain bike. You can purchase it in color options: black, blue, green and pink from Amazon | Competitive Cyclist | Jenson USA

RockShox Pike fork on a kids' mountain bike!
Dropper lever on the Norco Sight 27.5
Norco Sight 27.5 - drivetrain and pedal detail
RockShox shock and linkage - Norco Sight 27.5

Norco Sight 27.5 Geometry

Norco Sight 27.5 geometry illustration

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Travel (mm front/mm rear):150/140
Reach:395
Stack:576
Head Tube Angle:63.5
Fork Offset:37
Seat Tube Length:350
Effective Seat Tube Angle:76.7
Rear Centre Length:425
Bottom Bracket Rise/Drop:-15
Bottom Bracket Height:342
Horizontal Top Tube:531
Wheel Base:1141
Stand Over:650
Head Tube Length:100
Trail:137
Recommended Seat Post Drop:125
Maximum Post Insertion:180
Stem Length:35
Crank Length:165
Tire Size:27.5" diam x 2.35" - 2.6" wide

Riding the Norco Sight 27.5

Our rider was very excited to get on this bike because he was eager to see how the suspension measured up against other bikes he has been on. The very first thing we did was get the air fork and shock dialed-in. The fork doesn’t have a lock-out feature, but we always carry a shock pump with us to make sure we tune the goodies to fit the terrain du jour.

Our rider gets the Norco Sight 27.5 off a drop and in the air

Intermediate through advanced mountain bikers will know what the Norco Sight 27.5 is capable of. And, when your kid gets used to the bike’s geometry, fun and progression will ensue.

The Norco Sight 27.5 can wheelie if you can.

You don’t have to be at a world-class bike park to enjoy riding a world-class mountain bike. The Sight 27.5 is suitable for suburban fun as well.

Norco Sight 27.5 review - rock roll
Taking on a corner with the Norco Sight 27.5

After getting the initial set up of the Sight taken care of, we were able to get on several rides with it. All of the components selected for this build are a very good fit. We loved tinkering with tire pressure and suspension tuning based on where we were riding. Learning to corner well on the bike didn’t take too long. The bike’s geometry allows the proper sized rider to stand up on the pedals, shift his/her weight correctly and guide it along the desired path.

Why take the elevator when you can take the stairs?

The Norco Sight 27.5 is a gravity-agnostic mountain bike for your riotous and unrestrained juveniles. It makes no difference if they’re blasting the roots and rocks of the PNW or the local university campus. The RockShox suspension package can bear the gnar.

Pedaling the Norco Sight 27.5 is a comfy experience

Of course the Sight 27.5 is a purpose-built mountain bike for the gravity-minded demographic, but it was an apt pedaler as well. The Eagle drivetrain dutifully got our kid where he needed to be and kept him on the straight and narrow when conditions dictated steady power and balance. If you don’t already have them, we strongly encourage you to pick up a decent pair of shoes to go along with the SDG pedals. The pedals have small screws/pins that extend from the platform and grip the sole of your rider’s shoes.

Steppy terrain is not a an issue with the Norco Sight 27.5
Norco Sight 27.5 review - wall ride

Riding in Moab is similar to riding a big, concrete skate park and following a decrease in air pressure, the Maxxis tires on the Sight 27.5 gripped the sandstone like Pooh and the honey jar. Getting the ergonomics correct for our rider was a snap. We adjusted the rotation and position of the levers: dropper, brakes, shifter so our womp rat could operate them safely and properly. One finger on each brake lever at the correct angle, the dropper lever and trigger shifter were also moved so he could easily reach them when split-second decisions needed to be made.

In our review, the Norco Sight 27.5 can compete for the all-around title

A good sense of balance doesn’t come with the Norco Sight 27.5 – that’s achieved through a lot of practice. But your kid will be eager to get out on the bike again and again due to its good looks and overall great build.

The suspension package on the Norco Sight 27.5 is meant for technical terrain

When riding technical terrain, you can make several adjustments to the Norco Sight 27.5 to fit your kid’s weight, riding ability and style.

The Norco Sight 27.5 Is Built For Your Kid

We really like having choices based on the type of mountain biking our family enjoys the most. If your child prefers terrain where a durable, full-suspension bike with mid-range travel is required, you’re not going to need to look beyond the Norco Sight 27.5. A kid-specific geometry, strong aluminum-alloy frame, burly wheel set, and proven components from industry leaders have all come together to provide a capable machine. Aside from the bike’s great looks, it’s a mini-downhill trail stomper that’s going to make anyone who rides it smile, hoot, and holler.

Does Your Kid Need A Slightly Smaller Bike?

Norco also offers the Fluid FS 1 24. This bike is suited for the same crowd as the Sight 27.5 but its geometry is designed for younger/smaller mountain bikers. The Fluid 24 is built to fit kids appox. 9-12 years old and the bike has a 22.4 inch standover height.