Trailcracft cycles was born from a kickstarter campaign promising no compromise kids mountain bikes to accelerate young riders' skills and love for the sport. The husband and wife team of Brett and Ginger delivered on their goal and continue to make some of the most progressive kids bikes available. Initially focusing on 24 and 26 inch platforms, Trailcraft released a 20 inch hardtail this year that is going to make a lot of 5-8 year olds catch the mtb itch. Thanks to Trailcraft for providing a bike to facilitate this review. Trailcraft Blue Sky 20 Pro Deore Build Details: Intended Age- 5 to 8 (Minimum inseam 21 inches, Recommended Min/Max height 3'9 to 4'2) Weight- 19.0 lbs Features- TC30 cabon lower rebound adjustable 80 mm travel air fork, Stans Crest MK3 tubeless wheelset, 127 mm cranks, Shimano Deore 6000 brakes, Vee tire Crown Gem 2.25, 68.5 degree HA, 340 mm Chainstay length MSRP- $1699 USD Pro Deore Build, $1449 TCZ Build Available- Trailcraft Cycles The Bike Dads' Take: "Once in a while a bike comes along and blows your mind, this is one of them. Getting this bike to 19 lbs puts it lightest in class for 20 inch hardtails. Adding amazing geometry, phenomenal fork and a top quality build makes this bike worth every penny if you are a family that lives and breathes mtb." -Colin Recent Blog Posts Trailcraft Blue Sky 20 Review Shotgun Kids MTB Seat ToutTerrain Singletrailer Bike Trailer Pello Reyes 24 Review Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Review Early Rider Trail 24 Review Extending Ride Time in the Winter The Raise Riders Family Bicycle Weekend Saracen Mantra 2.4 Review Burley D’lite Trailer Review The post Trailcraft Blue Sky 20 Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
2017 Most Innovative Kids' Bike Products The last few years has been a quantum leap for kids bike gear. Gone are the days of big brand/big box hunks of steel that collect dust and rust in the garage. Aluminum frames and parts plus direct sales channels have brought prices in to reasonable territory (although non biking parents still freak). Finally gear head parents have options to get their kids shredding with them early and safely. Leading the charge are entrepreneurial parents and companies that see the market opportunities and make it happen. Here are our picks for the 4 most innovative products launched in 2017 (in no particular order). Tow Whee Kids This simple & lightweight tow strap works great stand alone with no accessories. It contains a high stretch bungee cord inside an ultra strong hollow webbing. It only weighs 5 oz. & has been designed to keep the strap from dangling to the ground/wheels while adding a very soft feel to the second rider so there is never a harsh jerk at the end. The bungee cord itself is designed to pull a 40-100 lb. rider. At max length it is 15'/180" and only 4.6'/56" relaxed. This will help you tackle larger rides together with younger riders. We have one and carry it on all rides. It's so great to use when the kids hit the wall and can't climb hills on their own. Where to buy: Tow Whee | MSRP: $39.99 USD MAC RIDE 2.0 This seat has it all. A well thought out design allowing for easy on/off once a headset spacer is mounted, this seat will also accommodate dropper posts on a mountain bike. Plagued with manufacturing issues on the first run, they have since changed vendors and created a much better product. We just took delivery of the 2.0 version and it is great! Ages: 2-6 | Max weight: 60 lbs | MSRP: $199 USD | Where to buy: mac ride Spawn Yama Jama 20 inch Hard Tail One of the nicest dedicated trail bikes we have seen. The Yama Jama pushes the envelope in 2017 with wide tubeless capable rims/tires and a carbon lower/rebound adjustable 80 mm fork. Light Weight and progressive geometry with a slack 68 degree HA that inspires confidence. With an 11-36 T 10 speed sram drive train, Spawn has pushed kids bikes to a new level. Weight: 21.5 lbs | MSRP: $1050 | Min-Max seat inseam: 19"-24" | Where to buy: Spawn Five Ten Freerider Velcro The best bike shoes for kids got better for 2017. Starting at little kids size 10.5, these shoes hold up to abuse and provide a ton of pedal grip...and now available in Velcro! Where to buy: backcountry | MSRP: $69.95 USD From Womb to Whistler Bike Park in 5 years Woom 2 Review Holiday Gift Ideas Islabikes Beinn 24 Review Introducing Trailcraft Cycles Prevelo Zulu Three Review Whistler Bike Park With Kids Prevelo Alpha Zero Review Fathers Day Gifts for Bike Nerds Thule RideAlong Mini on a FatBike-One Dad’s tail… The post 2017 Most Innovative Kids Bike Products appeared first on The Bike Dads.
With the Holidays fast approaching, have a look at the ideas below. You are sure to find something for the little ones and something for your significant other. If biking runs through your family's veins, we have you covered. All these gift ideas are certified RAD, click on picture for where to buy. For The Kids The Woom 2 $339 Prevelo Alpha Zero Balance Bike $199 Flow Bikes 20 hardtail $1109 Onsie $19.99 Giro DND Jr Gloves $16.15 Mac Ride Child Seat $199 Five Ten Freerider Kids Shoes $55.96 Giro Scamp MIPS Toddler Helmet $38.46 G Form Kids Knee Pads $59.95 Ibert Child Seat $73.99 Osprey Packs Little Kid's Hydration Pack $37.50 Bell Sanction Full Face Helmet $67.45 For Dad Kryptonite New York Lock $102.99 Pedaling Innovations Pedals $99 Dissent Crew Socks $15 Oneup EDC Multi Tool $58.99 TowWhee $39.99 FeiyuTech WG2 Wearable Go Pro Gimbal $289 For Mom Arc'teryx Atom LT $259 NB Unshocking Sports Bra Juliana Furtado 2.1 $3,899 Yuba Spicy Curry $4,599 Topeak Ninja TC Cage and Tool $59.95 Five Ten Hellcat Shoe $149 Recent News From Womb to Whistler Bike Park in 5 years Woom 2 Review 2017 Most Innovative Kids Bike Products Islabikes Beinn 24 Review Introducing Trailcraft Cycles Prevelo Zulu Three Review Whistler Bike Park With Kids Prevelo Alpha Zero Review Fathers Day Gifts for Bike Nerds Thule RideAlong Mini on a FatBike-One Dad’s tail… The post Holiday Gift Ideas appeared first on The Bike Dads.
Islabikes exude quality and craftsmanship. This UK brand made its way to the US a few years ago and started the stampede of quality kids bike manufactures. They saw the need early and have flushed out a line of kids bikes that even the most discerning Mom and Dad bike snob can be amazed by. Thanks to Isla Bikes for providing the Beinn 24 for us to try. Islabikes Beinn 24 Details: Intended Age: 7+ (measure inseam and compare to min seat height for best fit) Weight: 19.8 lbs Min/Max In Seam: 22.5-27.0 inches Features: 8 spd grip shift, 1.45 inch tires, 11-32 cassette, 32 T Chainring, X4 derailleur MSRP: $650 USD Available at: Islabikes The Bike Dads' Take: "With such a low stand-over height in a 24 inch bike, the jump from 20 inch wheels is amazing for our 6 year old. The larger diameter wheels allow for longer rides at faster speeds. This bike quickly became our go to school whip as it got us there in record time. With everything scaled to fit kids perfectly and a sub 20 lbs package, there is no wonder why this bike is so popular. The brand that started this kids specific genre, I remember seeing my first Isla just after my first son was born 6.5 years ago and thinking...it can be done, kids bikes can be amazing! At $650 USD you are paying a premium to other brands but rest assured you are getting one of the best bikes in this 24 inch fully rigid hybrid category." -Colin Recent News From Womb to Whistler Bike Park in 5 years Woom 2 Review 2017 Most Innovative Kids Bike Products Holiday Gift Ideas Introducing Trailcraft Cycles Prevelo Zulu Three Review Whistler Bike Park With Kids Prevelo Alpha Zero Review Fathers Day Gifts for Bike Nerds Thule RideAlong Mini on a FatBike-One Dad’s tail… The post Islabikes Beinn 24 Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
"Create the lightest and most high performing mountain bikes in the kids market," a Colorado couple's mission to take kids bikes to a whole new level. Trailcraft Cycles was born out of passion by parents who love mountain biking and sharing that love with their kids. Focusing on 24 and 26 hard tails and full suspension trail bikes, they look on point with great geometry, weights and components. With multiple builds to choose from, you can find something, keep to a budget and sacrifice little in weight (all builds generally fall within a pound of each other). We really like the looks of the 24 inch Horst Link dual suspension Maxwell that weighs between 24-25 lbs! Keep an eye out over the winter as we have it on good authority a 20 inch is in the works. www.trailcraftcycles.com The post Introducing Trailcraft Cycles appeared first on The Bike Dads.
We love this category of bikes, 20 inch hardtails with an air fork. Prevelo brings a true mountain bike to market for the 6-9 year old crowd. Be honest with yourselves, if your child is prone to neighborhood riding, tarmac and light trails use, check out the alpha line of bikes from this great company. If they are wanting to rip singeltrack, bust jumps and rail corners...read on. Thanks to Prevelo for supplying the bike so we can shed some light. Prevelo Zulu Three Details: Intended Age: 6 to 9 (measure inseam and compare to min seat height for best fit) Weight: 23.4 lbs Min/Max Seat Height: 22.8-28.0 inches Features: 50 mm travel Spinner air fork, 2.1 kenda tires, 11-34 cassette, Zee clutch derailleur, low BB, 67 degree HA MSRP: $899 USD Available at: Prevelo The Bike Dads' Take: "In the sub $1000 price point, this is one of the best geared front suspension 20 inch bike we have seen. Make not mistake, this is a mountain bike in every way ready to punch above normal 20 inch pedal bikes. We put the Zulu Three through the ringer over the last 4 months with test riders from age 6 to 10. At home dirt jumping, railing singletrack and blasting curbs around the neighborhood, hold on to your hat's Mom and Dad...its about to get wild ." -Colin Recent News From Womb to Whistler Bike Park in 5 years Woom 2 Review 2017 Most Innovative Kids Bike Products Holiday Gift Ideas Islabikes Beinn 24 Review Introducing Trailcraft Cycles Whistler Bike Park With Kids Prevelo Alpha Zero Review Fathers Day Gifts for Bike Nerds Thule RideAlong Mini on a FatBike-One Dad’s tail… The post Prevelo Zulu Three Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
This Bike jumps to a top pick. Ticking all the boxes: reverse mounted V-brake, short reach lever, light alloy frame, sealed bearings, low stand over via a step through frame, and fantastic tires, any kid would excel on this little bike. We have put some serious miles on this little ripper of a bike and can honestly say from dirt trails in the bike park to neighborhood jaunts, this balance bike is a podium finish. Prevelo Alpha Zero Details: Intended Age: 18 months to 4 Weight: 8.5 lbs Min/Max Seat Height: 11.5-14.6 inches Features: reverse mounted rear v brake, 1.75 kenda tires, protective grips, rounded hex bolts, step through frame MSRP: $199 USD Available at: Prevelo The Bike Dads' Take: "A bike that exceeds all expectations, the Prevelo Alpha Zero rains supreme along with the Woom 1 in the 12 inch balance bike category. A stellar looking brushed alloy frame that will make MTB Mom's and Dad's drool, the looks of the bike is equal to the performance." -Colin Recent News From Womb to Whistler Bike Park in 5 years Woom 2 Review 2017 Most Innovative Kids Bike Products Holiday Gift Ideas Islabikes Beinn 24 Review Introducing Trailcraft Cycles Prevelo Zulu Three Review Whistler Bike Park With Kids Fathers Day Gifts for Bike Nerds Thule RideAlong Mini on a FatBike-One Dad’s tail… The post Prevelo Alpha Zero Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
Show Dad some love this Father's Day with Bike Swag. Trust us, he will love anything from the list! Dissent Socks $19.95 Topeak Tubeless tire Pump $139.99 The Bike Dad's T $19.99 Pedalling Innovations Pedals $99.00 Smith Mips Forefront Helmet $168.95 Ryan Leech Coaching $19/month Spark DJI Drone $699 Santa Cruz Hightower $4599 Recent News From Womb to Whistler Bike Park in 5 years Woom 2 Review 2017 Most Innovative Kids Bike Products Holiday Gift Ideas Islabikes Beinn 24 Review Introducing Trailcraft Cycles Prevelo Zulu Three Review Whistler Bike Park With Kids Prevelo Alpha Zero Review Thule RideAlong Mini on a FatBike-One Dad’s tail… The post Fathers Day Gifts for Bike Nerds appeared first on The Bike Dads.