Sea Otter 2018: Kids’ bike brands move young riders up the age spectrum

By Stephen Frothingham

Editor’s note: This article appears in the festival guide for this year’s Sea Otter Classic, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. Visit bicycleretailer.com later this week for on-site coverage from Laguna Seca.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The big news in kids’ bikes at this year’s Sea Otter Classic is a host of new bikes with 26- and 27.5-inch wheels that allow kids beginning to outgrow their 24-inch bikes to have a slight step up in size but still keep kid geometry, kid-size components and kid-friendly light weight.

And many companies are launching higher-end kids’ mountain lines, generally priced $1,000 and up, that get lightweight air-sprung forks, hydraulic disc brakes, 1-by drivetrains and light 24- or 26-inch wheels and tires.
“A lot of today’s parents grew up during the growth of mountain biking. We now have a generation of parents who have been mountain biking their entire lives and they want to engage their children in mountain biking and know how important a quality bike is,” said Jacob

Rheuban, founder of Prevelo Bikes (Booth 318). The Southern California company is launching its upscale Zulu Series of bikes at the festival.

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Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News