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    To cut a long story short my 11 year old (and quite tall) lad needs a new bike. It would be extremely handy to get one tomorrow, as in take it away on the day.

    He had a Frog hybrid before which worked well for him. I imagine he'd want something similar but bigger.

    I'm not a million miles from Rutland Cycles which have some Treks, Cubes and Frogs which look like they might be good. Any experience or thoughts of them? Halfords is another option which I thought would be shite but my cycling mate said they were actually pretty decent for mid price kids' bikes.

    Ideally under 400 quid for a new one. Any suggestions or thoughts?

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    Default Re: Bike for 11 year old - Frog, Trek and Cube?

    Main thing really is light weight. Kids don't have the horsepower to get a heavy bike moving and keep it going up a hill. The frog will be good, trek are often heavy, I have a cube hybrid with front fork myself, it's ok but idk how much focus they put on kids bikes.

    Typically as with all things, you get what you pay for. That said, I was surprised how light the Carrera bikes at Halfords were. Especially for the money. Halfords also keep Wiggins and Boardman bikes which ain't half bad.

    400 is plenty to spend and get something which will last a while. At a tall 11 years old, he may even be into small frame size adult size bikes.

    Best plan, take him there and get him sat on a couple. If he's excited about it due to picking it himself, he'll be more likely to use it. Just don't let him pick some heavy full (or even front) suspension piece of crap if he isn't regularly riding it down mountains.

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    Default Re: Bike for 11 year old - Frog, Trek and Cube?

    https://www.rutlandcycling.com/bikes...eam-sky_289768
    10kg frog

    https://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/...&storeId=10001
    11.3kg Wiggins (cheapest)

    https://www.rutlandcycling.com/bikes...ksilver_466262
    10kg trek (most expensive)

    https://www.rutlandcycling.com/bikes...unmetal_461492
    13.5kg odd trek with fork.

    He'll likely be taken with the fork and pick the one with the fork, but he'll feel those kg on every hill.
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    I think this makes the decision, unless old one has been nicked or needs passing down.

    https://www.rutlandcycling.com/conte...-exchange.aspx

    How it works:
    Find your nearest Rutland Cycling store here
    Choose your new Frog bike from our range
    Bring in your current Frog Bike and find out how much you can claim off your new purchase
    When you purchase your new Frog Bike, we'll give you 50% off the RRP of your current bike, off the cost of your new bike!
    Just remains to check if he needs the 69 or 73 model, intended for ages 10-12 or 12-14. Don't buy one to grow into, buy it to fit now. Or he'll hate it now and not want to / be able to ride it.

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    Default Re: Bike for 11 year old - Frog, Trek and Cube?

    Thank you; really appreciate that.

    He's tall for his age and it turns out he's already too big for the largest Frog. So we've been looking at adult mountain bikes (he prefers them) in size small. Specialised Pitch and Carrera Vengeance look like top contenders currently. I suspect either would be fine. Both have cable operated disc brakes which irks me slightly but I'll keep that to myself.

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    The good news is frog bikes sell well used, idk if you already checked that.

    Those two seem much of a muchness. Both have low end but functional drivetrains, cable disc brakes, a heavy and basic pogo stick fork (no damping in there) which will rust if left outside. The Carrera lists "approximately" 14kg which in truth could be anything up to 15kg, the specialized doesn't give a weight but online reviews say 14.5kg, this may or may not include pedals.

    You can get Shimano hydraulic levers and calipers for around 40 on eBay and they come pre bled so are easy to fit, but it's better to spend the money on the right bike, with the right spec.

    I wouldn't buy either, if I'm honest. Not for bombing around town and to school. Too heavy and too chunky tyres which will slow him down. But if he wants one of the two, get the specialized. It'll hold much more of its value. But it'll be more nickable.

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    Default Re: Bike for 11 year old - Frog, Trek and Cube?

    I tried to steer him away from suspension (and I don't like cable operated discs) but they're the ones he likes so I think that's what's most important. I told him a rigid hybrid will be faster / easier but he likes these ones.

    As for the Frog, yes I might well sell it. Although the second boy is nearly seven so it might do for him if it's fixable and stores ok.

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    Got an Evans nearby? It's over 400 but good value and a top brand. More suitable if it's for running round, too. Only depends if he can get on a 700c (small frame). How tall is he?

    https://www.evanscycles.com/cannonda...-bike-EV352314

    Just checked, 700*38c is actually slightly smaller overall diameter than 27.5*2.3" on the specialized.

    440 is the same as that specialized would be if you put the hydraulic brakes on. But 1.5kg lighter, will ride faster, bla bla etc
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    Default Re: Bike for 11 year old - Frog, Trek and Cube?

    That looks good, I'll add it to the shortlist.

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