Help for a confused and dazed father....



Navrig

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Jul 16, 2007
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also known as the "What type of bike and equipment should I be buying for my 12 year old son?" thread.

We spent the weekend here:

http://www.7stanes.gov.uk/

and here:

http://www.thehubintheforest.co.uk/

(we are in Scotland)

with my son. He had told me his current street/MTB was not up to jumps and downhills at Glentress so we hired him a bike. I stuck to me year old GT. He was right. His lightweight bike would have been knackered after a weekend. So he is now trying to convince me that he needs a new bike simialr to the the one we hired at the weekend. This was a Kona Caldera.

I spent some of lunchtime in a local bike shop and came out very confused about what we should be looking to buy a growing kid who spends most of his time street riding, riding in local woods/forests and trying to recreate the jumps and obstacles built at the like of Glentress. There were downhill bike, trick/stunt bikes, cross country bikes etc etc.

I am not looking for advice on a particualr model but more guidance on what is generally available and what the difference is between the various styles of frame and equipment levels.

Obviously budget is a big thing and I am hoping to stay under £450 although if junior is willing contribute more we could stretch this a bit.

Any ideas?
 

hd reynolds

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Ask your LBS for an All-Mountain bike. For perspective there are mountain bikes for cross country (XC), freeride (FR), downhill (DH) and all-mountain.
 

Navrig

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hd reynolds said:
Ask your LBS for an All-Mountain bike. For perspective there are mountain bikes for cross country (XC), freeride (FR), downhill (DH) and all-mountain.
Thanks HD:)