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Every child deserves an appropriate bicycle. And if your child loves biking as much as you do, the next one might be full suspension. Think back what your first full suspension bike ment to you and what opportunities came with it. Having a well-functioning bike, especially in the early days, means a lot. You learn way quicker and the fun level is even higher. No matter wheater it’s bikepark laps or jump lines.

Key to a good full suspension kids’ bike is the right geometry and low as possible weight. That paired with appropriate suspension (-components) and brakes delivers already a good platform. The frame uses the same tube sets as the 20’’ and 24’’ models. The mainframe uses even the same joint part between the toptube and the seattube. Dropouts are also the same. For sure the geometry is a little bit different to the 24’’ hardtail. It’s a little slacker and longer.

Developing an appropriate suspension design was a little more trick. The easiest way would have been a single pivot. But, as it turned out, was very difficult to tweak it in a way a kid’s bike should be. Again, my credo was to create a bike with very high standards because kids deserve it. I wanted to achieve good anti-squad and anti-rise values as well as a leverage ratio with reasonable progression. So I went with a separate rear triangle that is connected to the mainframe via two co-rotating links. The shock, which is trunnion mount, is mounted between the rear triangle and the mainframe. Suspension figures are as follows: 22,6% overall progression, 125% in sag anti-squad at 30/36t and 93% anti-rise in sag at 30/14t.

Furthermore, the bike comes with 155mm cranks, 140mm travel front and rear and a threaded BSA bottom bracket. It also got a 700mm wide version of my integrated cockpit as well as 180mm brake discs all round gripped by 4-piston calipers.

So, all together, this is my idea of the ideal kid’s full suspension bike to begin with.

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