I purchased this bike last spring for my sons 9th birthday. Light weight with a good gear ratio was my goal for a new bike. I had bought him a Trek for his 7th birthday, but he would never rode it because he couldn’t ride up the smallest of hills in our neighborhood. I finally weighed it one day and realized that it weighed more than my XL 29er full suspension mtn bike...How could that be?
So that little Trek was 28.5 pounds, my son weighed 75, thats over a third of his body weight. If that ratio were applied to my bike, my bike would weigh in at 58 pounds?In reality, though it weighs more like 25 lbs and i weigh 170.. so no wonder my son hated riding his bike. If my bike were 58 pounds, it wouldn’t be any fun and would wear me out.
After researching most of the big name brands such as Trek Specialized and Cannondale, i realized that they all were excessively too heavy. Front shocks, big knobby tires, look really neat, but those extra items all add dead weight that is absolutely unnesassary for a rider in the 70-100 lb range.
Fast forward to today, my son now never hesitates to ride his bike. All the neighbor kids have the “other” heavy bikes, but none of them ride them-ever! My son rides the Alpha Four, all the time. He actually asks me now if i want togo bike riding, that never happened before. We even ride to his school which is 2.8 miles away and mostly up hill. He prides him self on being able to effortlessly ride up the steepest of driveways and those little hills in our subdivision? He flys up them like their not even there.
This is what you want, a bike that gets ridden.