But, any wheels smaller than 26 in is a developmental setback for kids who want to really enjoy trail riding.
Why do you think a wheel smaller than 26 in would hold back a yoth rider? I am curious because as I am buying bikes for the charity I have considered buying 24 in bikes for the kids between 10 and 12.
By the way this is Chris, it was good meeting you the othe other day, I could listen to you talk about mountain biking all day. Youve got some great stories.
Thanks Chris great meeting u as well.
Couple of reasons for the 26ers for kids thing.
1. the bigger the wheel the better they roll threw stuff and faster they learn.
2. the 24 inch kids bike tend to be heavier then a 26in small framed bike.
3. it makes sense since its at least what they will eventually ride as they grown in to the sport. i say at least cause u only got two other off road sizes for mtbs and thats 650b and 29ers.
4. experience is my final reason. i have been youth coaching in mtb for as long as i have been riding and i observed their progression increase exponentially once i got them on a normal sized mtb.
i challenge u or anyone to take a 20 or 24 inch mtb on a trail with roots and u will most likely never want to ride again.