Das Optics Sunglasses Review

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Das Optics sunglasses review

What’s better than a pair of sports glasses designed to protect your eyes and make it easier to see the trail while mountain biking? A pair made by a company owned by a 12-year-old rider and his dad, of course.

Das Optics sunglasses review

DAS Optics glasses (the name comes from the business’ mascot, their dog named Das) was founded by Grady Jensen and his dad, Chris. Grady wanted a pair of sunglasses similar to the ones that his friends wore on the trail, but rather than just buy him some, Chris decided to start a company that makes their own. The sunglasses retail for $40 USD and ten bucks from each sale of the glasses goes to the nonprofit of the buyer’s choice – making this a more than worthy endeavor.

The backstory isn’t the only boss angle in the DAS Optics story . The lenses and frames are slightly customizable thanks to an included sticker pack. Das Optics offers two models of sunglasses – the V2 and Sendees. We’re talking about the Sendees in our review.

Designed to be very lightweight, as well as protective, the lenses have UV protection and are large enough to fit comfortably while covering a good portion of the face. The shield-style design goes up over the eyebrows and down towards the cheekbones, providing plenty of coverage on the sides of the eyes as well. There are even small vents in the lenses to help prevent fogging and improve aerodynamics. Das Optics shades measure about 6 inches from temple-to-temple so they will fit adult-sized heads, too.

Das Optics review - vent detail.
Das Optics sunglasses in case
Das Optics sunglasses review - about 6 inches wide

The frames come in two different colors, black and white, ensuring that they’ll coordinate with the rest of your mountain biking gear. The white ones have lenses that have a bit of rainbow reflection to them, while the black ones have clear lenses. Don’t worry, both provide plenty of protection while out on the trail. And, although mountain biking is the first activity on the list, these sunglasses also handle other sports, such as Nordic skiing and downhill skiing. They are designed to work with different types of helmets and stay in place thanks to the solid earpieces.

Das Optics descending

Although the Das Optics Sendees were designed with kids in mind, these sunglasses will fit adult faces as well. The frames come undecorated, with a pack of stickers (and yes, even adults will enjoy putting them on their sunglasses) that contains pairs of small designs for the bottoms and sides of the frames. This ensures that you really can make them your own. The Das Optics sunglasses also come with a hard carrying case so your kids’ rad shades don’t get crushed when they’re not on the noggin’

Das Optics climbing

Our dirt rat really got his 1980’s on when he paired the Das Optics sunglasses with a yellow and blue jersey, pink gloves, and half shell. He’s tried to wear the sunglasses with his Fly Racing full-face mtb helmet, but the padding in the helmet won’t allow the temples of the sunglasses to get in there comfortably. That’s not a bad thing. Only dads should wear sunglasses with full-face helmets, right?

Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 Review

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Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 Review

Kids who enjoy a solid romp down the side of a mountain, complete with aggressive terrain, need a mountain bike that can handle every bump, rock, and other obstacles in their path. The 2020 Rocky Mountain Reaper definitely fits that bill. Coming in at three different sizes, although we tested out and will be reviewing the 27.5 model here. The MSRP for the Reaper 27.5 is $2,849.00 USD.

Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 Review

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Available in a cool shade of brown with light blue accents on the front, the Rocky Mountain Reaper almost blends in with the terrain. After all, mountainside trails are known for being brown and surrounded by clear blue skies. However, what young riders are able to do with this bike certainly doesn’t blend in at all. With a bike that can handle enduro, downhill and all-mountain riding, it’s easy to see why.

The FORM™ Alloy frame features full sealed cartridge bearings and a press-fit bottom bracket. It comes with internal cable routing and 2-Bolt ISCG05 mountain tabs. Our demo weighed-in at around 31.5 lbs without pedals, meaning the Reaper is light enough for a young rider to handle, while while having the proper components and suspension to take on rough terrain.

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Compression adj on RockShox fork - Reaper 27.5 review
Suspension linkage - Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5

Your kid’s Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 will include a RockShox Deluxe Select RT shock with 130mm of rear travel, a RockShox Sektor RL 130mm fork, and a Rocky Mountain Toonie dropper (100mm travel) attached to a WTB Volt Race 142 saddle. The 27.5-inch tires, Maxxis Minion DHR II Folding 27.5 x 2.3 in both the front and the back, can handle even the roughest terrain. The overall size of them and the frame makes it clear that this bike is designed for older kids, those who have outgrown other models in both height and ability. The tires are mounted on Shimano MT400 Boost 15mm hubs in the front, with Shimano MT400 Boost 148mm in the back. Stainless steel spokes and WTB ST i23 TCS tubeless rims complete the picture.

Shimano brakes
Maxxis tire close-up

The Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 At-A-Glance

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STANDOVER HEIGHT

31.18 inches

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DRIVETRAIN

1 x 12

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WHEEL SIZE

27.5in or 26in

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WEIGHT

~31 lbs sans pedals

The brakes are Shimano M6000 2 piston stoppers with 180mm rotors and Shimano M6000 brake levers. Rocky Mountain Lock-On Light grips are attached to Rocky Mountain AM 760mm handlebars. The shifter is a SRAM SX Eagle.

Chainring and crank on the Reaper 27.5
Chainguide on the Reaper 27.5

What really gives the bike it’s power (besides your child’s feet, of course) is the drivetrain. It’s composed of a Sram SX Eagle chain, 30T chainring, and a 12-speed cassette. All can handle the speed and terrain of the mountainside while helping your young rider stay in control.

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Saddle detail - Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 Review
Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 Review - SRAM Eagle drivetrain

Speaking of control, the Rocky Mountain Reaper comes with the brand’s patented RIDE9 adjustment system. All that you – or your child – need is a set of hex keys to adjust the interlocking clips, customizing the bike to handle the given terrain. There are nine different possible settings (hence the name of the system), each of which changes the angle of the head tube and the seat tube. The reach and bottom bracket drop are adjusted as well. The three main angle settings, each broken down into several minute adjustments, are for neutral ground, high-speed stability, and proper traction when climbing. This makes the ride customizable, based on your child’s preferences and the mountainsides that they’re conquering.

Rocky Mountain Reaper Comparison Chart

The Reaper is available in 3 sizes. A couple of them can even accommodate different wheel sizes. Read our review featuring the Rocky Mountain Reaper 26 here.

Reaper 24Reaper 26Reaper 27.5
MSRP$1,949.00 USD$2,349.00 USD$2,849.00 USD
Wheel Sizes (in)
* factory set up
24*, 2626*, 2427.5*, 27.5+
Standover Height (in)
RIDE-9 settings, l-r
Slack, Neutral, Steep
27.24, 27.32, 27.3628.62, 28.70, 28.7431.18, 31.29, 31.37
Giro Disciple full face helmet - manufacturer photo - three quarter view

Full-Face Helmets

Protect your kid’s grill with the proper helmet.

Full-Face MTB Helmets For Kids

G-Form knee pads for kids

Knee Pads

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

MTB Knee Pads for Kids

Leatt 2.5 chest protector for kids

Chest Protection

Options from Leatt, Fox, and more.

MTB Chest Protection for Kids

Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 Build Specs

FrameFORM™ Alloy. Full Sealed Cartridge Bearings. Press Fit BB. Internal Cable Routing. 2-Bolt ISCG05 Tabs. RIDE-9™ Adjustable Geometry + Suspension Rate
ForkRockShox Sektor RL 130mm
Front Travel130mm
ShockRockShox Deluxe RT
Rear Travel130mm
HeadseteFSA Orbit NO.57E
StemRocky Mountain AM
HandlebarRocky Mountain AM 760mm
GripsRocky Mountain Lock On Light
BrakesShimano MT500 / Shimano RT64 180mm / Shimano RT64 180mm
Brake LeversShimano MT500
ShiftersShimano SLX
Rear DerailleurShimano SLX
Cranks & ChainringsRace Face Ride Cinch 30T Steel
Bottom BracketRace Face BB92 24mm
CassetteShimano SLX 11-46T
ChainKMC X11-1
Front HubShimano MT400 Boost 15mm
Spokes2.0 Stainless
RimsWTB SX19
TiresMaxxis Minion DHR II Folding 27.5 x 2.3 / R = Maxxis Minion DHR II Folding 27.5 x 2.3
SeatpostXFusion Manic 30.9mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race

Who Is The Reaper Made For?

This full-suspension bike with 27.5 inch wheels is for kids who like the rough and beaten trails. It’s excellent for rock gardens and roots. The frame’s geometry is the perfect fit for steep descents, bike parks, and shuttle laps. Trail riders who don’t mind the bumps and young enduro racers will enjoy all the attributes of the Reaper 27.5. The bike’s suspension set up welcomes the jumps and drops that lie ahead. Even beginning mountain bikers who are advancing their skills on rugged rides will appreciate the bikes capabilities. Regarding size and fit, the Reaper 27.5 has a standover height of 31.18 inches and you can view the Rocky Mountain sizing chart here.

Angles And Measurements – Reaper 27.5

Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 Illustration

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TTH Top Tube Length - HORZ547mm
HTA Head Tube Angle66.4º
HTL Head Tube length100mm
STA Seat Tube Angle - Effective74.4º
STL Seat Tube length365mm
RC Rear Centre426mm
BBD Bottom bracket drop28mm
R Reach385mm
S Stack580mm
SH Standover Height792mm
WB Wheelbase1,100mm

Riding The Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5

Our kid is about 5’0 tall and weighs close to 90lbs with sopping wet gear and his pockets full of rocks. Over the last couple of years, his bike handling skills have improved dramatically. He’s always had a good sense of balance, but his confidence when riding technical features has risen. He’s not the fastest, but he knows how to roll the rocks and is comfy getting in the air.

Riding technical terrain on the Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5

Cornering on the Reaper 27.5 was pretty darn good. If you can do it properly and set your tire pressure correctly, the Maxxis tires aboard the Reaper hold true and track through loose dirt. You can’t execute correct body position when cornering on a bike that doesn’t fit, so be sure to get the right size Reaper for your kids. They’ll be able to loop through the berms a whole lot easier.

Cornering on the Reaper 27.5 - a full suspension mountain bike for kids
Cornering close-up on the Reaper 27.5

Shorter chainstays are now a common design feature a lot of mountain bikes for riders of all ages and the Reaper 27.5 is demonstrative of this. We compared its 426mm chainstay length to other bikes we’ve recently had (including a hardtail xc bike), and they’re all within a few millimeters. Shorter chainstays result in a more playful, quick-reacting frame. Longer chainstays are more stable at high speeds. With the Reaper 27.5, the rear end was stabilized by the RockShox shock. Of all things, something that our kid specifically spoke about was the saddle. He said it was super comfortable compared to other bikes he’s ridden. It allowed him to be a little more cozy and remain content on longer rides.

Campus wheelie - Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 review

Having the suspension set up properly is paramount to ensuring your Reaper performs as intended. We do our best to keep a shock pump with us so we can add or release air depending on where and how we’re riding. The Reaper’s RockShox components are the right size because kids don’t need tons of travel and you can get the squish just right depending on your child’s weight and riding style.

The Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 is a rock chomper

Jumping with the Reaper 27.5 was always a good time. Getting up to speed on proper slopes is easy and the bike’s suspension assists with pre-loading for take-offs and smooths out the return to earth.

Getting the Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 in the air

The Reaper performed very well on jagged trails. Even pedaling up the chunky stuff while clipped-in, a strong intermediate rider will be able to maximize her/his power. Pedal-bob wasn’t an issue and the dropper post worked very well when our kid was pedaling across rolling country.

Doing a clipped-in technical climb

Summing Up The Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5

The Rocky Mountain Reaper 27.5 is going to be the choice for groms who like to chomp on rocks after they finish their vegetables. It has the right geometry and components for younger humans who appreciate earning their turns on trails with technical descents. The bike will really shine when the liftie removes it from the sled at the bike park and tells you to “have a good ride”. Rocky Mountain has been making award-winning bikes for decades and the Reaper 27.5 will prepare your kids for their first adult-sized mountain bike in the company’s line-up.

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.

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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.

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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

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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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.

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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
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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.

Norco Sight 27.5 Preview

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

View the full Norco Sight 27.5 review now. We’re in the middle of creating the full review for the 2020 Norco Sight 27.5. To hold you over until then, we thought we’d offer you a preview while it’s still in stock at the Norco online store. The current MSRP is $2,799.00 USD. Norco allows you to purchase online and have the bike shipped to your local dealer where it will be professionally built up and handed over to the grom of your choice. Here is how it works.

Our kid enjoyed this bike because it fit well with the technical terrain he likes to ride. These full-suspension kids’ mountain bikes are designed to fit riders who are 4ft 9in – 5ft 2in tall. Of course the bike has 27.5in wheels and its standover height is 650mm / 25.59in. Nervous about buying the bike online? Don’t be. Just be sure to measure your kid correctly. The standover height of the bike is the same as your child’s inseam. That’s the key determinant for getting the right size bike.

Main features of the build include a 140mm travel aluminum-alloy frame paired with a RockShox Pike (150mm of travel). A smooth-shifting SRAM Eagle drivetrain, Shimano disc brakes, and Maxxis tires round out the bike’s personality. The bike weighs around 34lbs so it’s best suited for aggressive terrain. That didn’t stop our womp rat from banging out some technical climbs though. He was able to pedal up a sketchy section of the Big Chief Loop near Moab for the first time ever.

Keep on the lookout for our full review to be published within the next few days. And if you don’t already – please follow us 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.

Steadyrack Review

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Steadyrack Review

Steadyrack Review: If you’ve ever tried to lift your bike off the floor to hang it in one of the many types indoor storage racks available you’ll appreciate Steadyrack. There are plenty of racks available in the market and some are inexpensive but impractical. Meanwhile, others are costly yet leave much to be desired regarding ease-of-use. The Steadyrack balances both price and convenience.

Steadyrack Review

Out of the box, the Steadyrack consists of its main body, a rear tire rest, two end caps, and some nuts & bolts for mounting the main body and tire rest. The main body is made with a combination of steel and UV-treated plastic. The general concept of the rack is that it stores bikes vertically. You nest the front wheel of the bike off the ground in a foldable cradle and rest the rear wheel against a plastic hub.

If you’ve done a little D-I-Y, you should already have these items handy:

  • Tape measure
  • Power drill with drill bits: 10mm (3/8”) for the rack and 8mm (5/16”) for the rear tire rest
  • Phillips screw driver/bit
  • 13mm (1/2”) socket to tighten the bolts
  • Stud finder (if mounting to drywall)
Unboxing the Steadyrack for mountain bikes
Instructions for installing the Steadyrack

The rack is easy to install. Measure twice – drill once. Bikes come in different sizes, and getting the mounting height correct is important. Make sure you follow the directions so the rear wheel of the bike is the proper distance from the floor.

A Steadyrack can hold up to 77 lbs. Mounting it to the right section of the wall will dictate whether it stays put or comes crashing down. You’ll want to mount the rack to studs in the wall.

Measure twice - drill once
Installing the Steadyrack for mountain bike storage

No Heavy Lifting Required

The most convenient feature of Steadyrack is it eliminates the main annoyance that bedevil many bike owners. When properly installed, you won’t have to lift your bike more than just an inch or so off the ground. Gone is the awkward workout one goes through when hanging them on overhead racks. The Steadyrack allows you lift the front wheel and roll it into place. Even your kid will be able to store her or his own bike easily.

Steadyrack system for mountain bikes

Line ‘Em Up

The Steadyrack also swivels your bike in both directions (about 160°) almost flat against the wall. Of course, this depends on things like the size of your handlebars and so on, but the Steadyrack swivels in both directions and can stay as flat as possible next to your wall. This swivel feature can save you a ton of space especially in tight spaces like a small apartment or garage. Best of all, you can install several separate Steadyracks and line the bikes against the wall. When not in use, simply fold up the main unit against the wall and it stays out of the way.

Different Steadyracks for Different Bikes

The Steadyrack comes in different versions – the Classic Rack, the Fat Rack, and the Fender Rack. Each is able to accommodate a specific front wheel width and diameter, so be sure to purchase the right ones for each of your bikes.

The Classic Rack and the Fat Rack are similar except for the wheel dimensions they can accommodate, and the Fender Rack is a hybrid of sorts. The Classic Rack is the least expensive and accommodates standard road and mountain bikes, the Fender Rack allows you to store bikes with mudguards, and the Fat Rack accepts oversized bikes and bikes with fat tires.

Front wheel cradled in the Steadyrack

Keep It Super-Simple With A Steadyrack

With a Steadyrack, there’s no more arguing about who left his or her bike leaning against the wall. On an empty garage wall, you may be able to line up all your bikes neatly, with room to spare. You will gain valuable space around the garage with its swivel feature. You can even order different colored end caps for each member of the family to identify your rack quickly. This wall-mounted rack system is well-priced. Its innovative and space-saving features are definitely worth every penny.

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Ten Great Mountain Bikes For NICA Kids

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Mountain Bikes For NICA Kids

Mountain Bikes for NICA Racers – Your little mountain biker isn’t going to be so little much longer. If those years of waiting for her or him to keep up with you have not already gone by, don’t blink. It will happen fast.

As your kids get older they will continue to enjoy outdoor adventures and learning new skills on their mountain bikes with your family. However, since friends will become increasingly important in your pre-teen/teen’s life, you’ll want to be sure that your mountain biking activities include friends.

Hardtail Mountain Bikes for NICA Riders | Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes for NICA Riders

You may have already heard about the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Founded in 2009, NICA develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States. American kids in grades 7-12 may have the opportunity to join a NICA mountain biking team. Participating on a NICA team leads to making new mountain biking friends and having even more fun on bikes.

As of 2018, NICA has 25 state and regional leagues. This totals over 6,450 coaches who are working with over 14,500 student-athletes from nearly 800 high schools in the United States. Since 2009, participation in NICA has grown 30 to 40 percent each year. There is an element of competition and racing. However, the purpose of NICA is to support student-athletes in the development of strong body, mind, and character through their efforts on the bike. NICA is a great experience for young riders. Here are 10 bikes that may work for your young rider as they become a NICA racer.

Hardtail/Front-Suspension Mountain Bikes for NICA Riders

Pivot LES Carbon Race 29er X01 Eagle mountain bike for NICA racers

Pivot LES 29 Carbon Race X01 Eagle

The 2018 Pivot LES 29 Carbon Race X01 is a cross-country hardtail that combines efficiency with smoothness. These characteristics will help your racer build skills and keep up with the competition. Importantly, Pivot created a super light frame (2.8 lbs including drop outs) to minimize athlete fatigue. They use leading edge carbon fiber and proprietary hollow-core internal mandrel construction design. In addition, Pivot added Boost spacing and ultra-stiff Boost wheels to keep the energy transfer steady,.

The LES also features Pivot’s patented Swinger II dropout system. This innovative system which enables you to run both 29” and 27.5”+ wheels. Presently, you can choose to go the traditional shifting route or opt for Shimano’s Di2 electronic shifting. Pivot’s innovative Pivot Cable Port System ensures that all cables, housing, wires and batteries are neatly tucked away for  weather and impact resistance. The LES is available in sizes S- XL for riders between 5’4″ and 6’7″ with a minimum stand-over height of 28.5 inches. In conclusion, the LES 29 is one of our favorite bikes for NICA riders.

Diamondback Overdrive Carbon 29er mountain bike for NICA kids

Diamondback Overdrive 29C 1 Carbon

The Diamondback Overdrive 29C 1 Carbon is a great lightweight race ready bike that’s surprisingly affordable. Overdrive 29C 1 Carbon has some impressive components. Firstly, a RockShox Recon Gold RL fork with 100 mm of travel will smooth the bumps. Secondly, the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes will help your racer effectively control speed. Thirdly, the simple SRAM NX single-ring drivetrain will keep ‘em moving. Fourthly, the big 29 inch wheels will help maintain speed and easily roll over technical features. Here’s a bonus – the stock wheels are also tubeless compatible. The nifty Diamondback Overdrive 29C 1 Carbon is available in S-XL and should fit riders ranging from 5’4” to 6’4″ with a minimum stand-over height of 30.5”.

Santa Cruz Highball Carbon S mountain bike for NICA racers

Santa Cruz Highball Carbon S Mountain Bike

Santa Cruz fine-tuned the Highball Carbon S to be light and fast.  The Carbon S build weighs just over 22 pounds, which is super-light for a hardtail in this price range.  The frame has room for three water bottle cages for those extra hot race days or long explores out on the trails. The internal cable routing creates a sleek appearance while protecting the cables from the elements. Importantly, this also helps keep the bike shifting smoothly.

The Highball comes with SRAM’s GX Eagle drivetrain complementing a 12-speed gear range. Your racer will have the the gears they need to climb and descend with speed. Conversely, the Highball’s, hydraulic disc brakes (SRAM Level TL) will slow your racer down quickly and safely. The Fox 32 Performance Step Cast 100mm fork will smooth out the chop, and can handle larger obstacles with ease. Race Face wheels and Maxxis Aspen tires provide the traction and confidence needed to charge technical single-track and high-speed corners. As with all Santa Cruz bikes, the Highball CC X01 includes a lifetime frame and bearing warranty for original owner. The Santa Cruz Highball Carbon S is available in S-XL. The Highball CC X01 should fit riders ranging from 5’1” to 6’1 with a minimum stand-over height of 27.8 inches.

Ibis DV9 NX Eagle 29er mountain bike for NICA riders

Ibis DV9 NX Eagle Bike 2020

This bike made our sort list of best bikes for NICA riders for a multitude of reasons. Ibis designed this lightweight carbon hardtail for maximal versatility. Your NICA rider can race this bike on one day and head out to explore the trails the next. The DV9 was inspired by CEO Hans Heim’s XC racing daughter. His two design goals were maximal versatility and a price-tag affordable enough to pay for it with a summer job. The 2020 Ibis DV9 NX Eagle Bike has a sophisticated 2.65 pound full-carbon frame. Firstly, it can be customized with 100 to 120mm suspension travel. Secondly, the frame geometry is slacker than traditional XC bikes which means this bike won’t hold your NICA racer back on more technical trails. Thirdly, the DV9 frame boasts two water bottle cage mounts, versatile cable ports and boost hub spacing. Finally, the threaded bottom bracket allows tire clearance for up to 2.6″ wide tires.

This bike has great components. Importantly, the NX Eagle version of the DV9 comes with a SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. This drivetrain provides an ultra-wide gear range so your rider can climb tough hills and accelerate on the flats. Conversely, Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power. Ibis’s 938 aluminum wheels come with Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.6″ wide tires that are tubeless ready. Ibis DV9 NX Eagle is available in S-XL and should fit riders ranging from 5’0” to 6’6 with a minimum stand-over height of 27.4 inches.

Norco Revolver HT 120 Carbon Mountain Bike for NICA

Norco Revolver HT Carbon 1 120 Mountain Bike

The Norco Revolver HT 1 120 mountain bike features Norco’s Ride Aligned™ design system. The precise engineering of the lightweight carbon frame transmits every Watt your NICA riders produce into conquering today’s physically demanding XC courses. The Revolver’s RockShox SID Select 120mm fork will soak up the bumps on the NICA race course.

The Revolver HT 1 is fast and packed with race ready components. Firstly, it features a SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. Secondly, the SRAM Guide T brakes will make moderating speed easy. Thirdly the DT Swiss 350/Stans Arch S1 tubeless ready wheelset and Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29×2.35” tires keep your NICA rider rolling.

The Norco Revolver HT 1 120 29″ is available in S-XL and should fit riders ranging from 5’1” to 6’4 with a minimum stand-over height of 26.6 inches.

Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes for NICA Kids

YETI SB100 CARBON C1 BIKE 2020

Yeti SB100 Carbon C1 Mountain Bike 2020

The Yeti SB100 Carbon C1 is a full suspension carbon mountain bike that will help your racer attain new heights and descend from those heights quickly and safely. The SB100 frame features newly redesigned Switch Infinity for 100mm of travel and allows space for a bottle cage and longer dropper seatposts. The frame also has internally molded carbon tubes inside the frame so cable routing is easy.

This bike has some awesome components. Firstly, the SB100 Carbon C1 includes a Fox Performance 34 SC fork with 120mm of travel and a Fox Performance DPS rear shock. Secondly, the drivetrain features a GX Eagle 12-speed shifter and an X01 Eagle 12-speed rear derailleur. Thirdly, the crankset is an X01 Carbon Eagle crankset with a 30 tooth cog and is paired with a SRAM 1275 Eagle 10-50T cassette that provides excellent range for climbing and descending. Fourthly, the Shimano XT brakes provide dependable stopping power. Finally, the Yeti SB100 comes with DT Swiss M1700 wheels with a Maxxis Aggressor 29″ x 2.3″ tire on the rear and a Maxxis Minion DHF 29″ x 2.3″ tire on the front The Yeti SB100 is available in S-XL and should fit riders ranging from 5’3” to 6’2 with a minimum stand-over height of 28.5 inches.

Santa Cruz Bicycles Blur Carbon S Mountain Bike

Santa Cruz Blur Carbon S Mountain Bike 

The Santa Cruz Blur Carbon S is a true XC race machine designed with podiums in mind. The Blur’s geometry combines a moderate 69-degree head tube that stays confident on descents, without sacrificing a nimble feel, and a steep 74-degree seat tube that will keep your NICA rider constantly perched for the attack.  The carbon frameset includes VPP (virtual pivot point) suspension design to create a bike that is ultra-efficient. This bike also includes a dual remote lockout for the fork and shock so your racer can maintain top efficiency. The Blur C S comes with a Fox ultra-light step-cast 32 Performance fork effortlessly smooths out the trail in front of you. In addition, the Float Performance DPS rear shock with 100mm of rear VPP travel offers the perfect amount of forgiveness over the bumps.

The SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain gives your NICA racer the gear range to climb the steepest mountains and sprint the descents. Importantly, SRAM level TL brakes provide incredible stopping power and modulation. The 29” wheels roll over everything in the path and provide exceptional rolling speed. As with all Santa Cruz bikes, the Blur C S includes a Lifetime frame and bearing warranty for original owner. The Santa Cruz bikes Blur C S is available in S-XL. This will fit riders ranging from 5’1” to 6’1 with a minimum stand-over height of 28.4 inches.

2020 Orbea Oiz M10 29" mountain bike nica racers

Orbea Oiz M10 29″ Carbon Mountain Bike 2020

The 2020 Orbea Oiz M10 29″ is a XC bike that has 100mm of travel and a carbon fiber frame. This bike will easily handle the obstacles on any NICA course. It features a Fox 32 Float SC Factory FIT4 fork with a Fox i-Line DPS Factory rear shock.

The M10 version of the Orbea Oiz comes with Shimano’s XTR 12-speed drivetrain. Your NICA racer will be able to climb effortlessly but still bomb downhill and charge on the flats. The Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes provide confidence-inspiring braking power. The DT-Swiss wheelset and Maxxis Ikon tires and are tubeless ready. Your NICA rider can drop the tire pressure for better traction and experience less flat tires.

Orbea Oiz M10 29″ is available in S-XL and should fit riders ranging from 5’1” to 6’4″ with a minimum stand-over height of 28.2 inches.

Niner Jet 9 RDO 29er bike for NICA kids

Niner Jet 9 RDO 29er

The Niner Jet 9 RDO 29er’s updated trail geometry powers up climbs and rips down descents. The Race Day Optimized (RDO) carbon frame construction gives Niner precise control over where material is and where it isn’t. This enables the engineers reduce weight where it’s not needed while ensuring stiffness and durability at key areas of power transfer.

The 2019 JET 9 RDO comes with 130 millimeters of front travel and the included dropper post allows you to clear out some cockpit space so you can maneuver the bike easily on descents. The CVA suspension is designed specifically around 29-inch wheels to keep the big-wheel platform balanced between taut under power and supple while rallying over rocks and roots. New internal tubes for easier cable routing and maintenance. The SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain offers a massive range of gears. The 2019 JET 9 RDO is available in XS-XL with a minimum stand over height of 26.5 inches.

Pivot Mach 429 mountain bike for NICA racers

Pivot Mach 429

Pivot’s 2018 Mach 429SL Carbon 29 Race X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is a perfectly dialed full suspension ride built for speed. The Mach 429SL has 100-millimeters of DW-link suspension to eat up obstacles. The 2018 Mach 429SL has stretched out rear-axle geometry and the flexibility to swap a 29” wheelset out for a plush 27.5+ hoop. A bonus for when your kid is not racing and wants to head out to explore backcountry trails. The Mach 429 SL lightweight frame is made from Pivot’s hollow-core carbon fiber – engineered for maximum structural strength, with minimal material. The frame is backed with Pivot’s new 10-year warranty.

The Mach 29SL boasts a Fox Float DPS Kashima coated shock . This shock has been fine-tuned specifically for this frame which offers settings that are designed to offer you a plush feel when heading downhill, with control over damping for fast climbs. It uses a Fox 34 Performance fork that offers 120mm of travel to match the rear shock. When paired with the Fox Float DPS in back you’ll find it soaks up blows and smooths out any ride. The Mach 29SL compiles an assortment of GX Eagle and X01 Eagle components for a massive gear range and snappy shifting. The Mach 29SL is available in S-XL with a minimum stand over height of 27.7 inches