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Rigid kids (20" wheels) Mountain Bike £69.99 @ Argos
Rigid kids (20" wheels) Mountain Bike £69.99 @ Argos

Rigid kids (20" wheels) Mountain Bike £69.99 @ Argos

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I'm sick of seeing cheap full-suspension bikes. buying one for a kid is a form of child-abuse as they'll learn to hate cycling, get fat and die young!

There are several stores in Glasgow with stock, but I've just spent £150 on a Trek in Evans sale for my daughter so don't need another.

These are still steel-framed and not exactly lightweight but infinitely better than any full-suspension bike costing under £200, so please stop justifying them on the grounds of price!

Girls version too: argos.co.uk/sta…htm

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here here!!

I know the point you are trying to make but according to the details in the link this bike weighs 15kg, and a similar sized full-suspension bike @ Argos weighs 14.1kg. So is it really infinitely better - or are they both much of a muchness? Wonder how much your daughter's Trek weighs, and is it as small as these bikes?
Edited by: "mac_d" 17th Aug 2010

Why is it so bad to get a child a full suspension bike? What's wrong with them?

Original Poster

Rear suspension is only fitted to mountain bikes for riding down very steep (and bumpy) hills at high speeds. Attempting to do that on a sub £100 bike from Argos or a supermarket is like jumping out of a plane holding all 4 corners of a tablecloth because it looks a bit like a parachute.

When pedalling the suspension just absorbs your energy making the bike harder to move - that's why bike manufacturers go to a lot of trouble to make their frames as rigid as possible. So although this isn't any lighter than the equivalent full-suspension bike it'll still be a lot
easier to ride. If the bike doesn't brake the brakes won't be able to stop it!

If you really want light you need an aluminium frame e.g this Raleigh which weighs less than 12kg (my son has this bike but with Edinburgh Bicycle Coop's own brand name on it). I have no idea if that's a good price for the Raleigh (or a decent retailer); it's just the first link I found.

while it may all be true Ive ridden a cheap full suspension and I don't really feel any loss of power compared to a hardtail. If a hardtail is 100%, a full suspension is like 95%.

Read the following, and all will be explained.

One of the disadvantages of full suspension bikes is that you can loose a little bit of power on each pedal stroke with the power being absorbed into the rear shock (this is commonly known as bob). This is becoming less and less of a problem as suspension designs advance but can still be a factor for some riders. Similarly, although full suspension bikes are getting lighter and lighter a good quality hard tail will generally weigh less than a similar quality full suspension bike. Therefore if your interest is speed and lightness a hardtail bike with a short travel front fork is often the best option. If however your riding takes you off the racetrack and into the wilderness or onto the built trails of Wales and Scotland you may want to try out a full suspension bike.

Thanks for the info guys. I didn't know any of that and I've just purchased a full suspension bike! I just thought it might be gentler on my 'soft bits'!

Original Poster

This is becoming less and less of a problem as suspension designs advance … This is becoming less and less of a problem as suspension designs advance but can still be a factor for some riders. Similarly, although full suspension bikes are getting lighter and lighter a good quality hard tail will generally weigh less than a similar quality full suspension bike. Therefore if your interest is speed and lightness a hardtail bike with a short travel front fork is often the best option. If however your riding takes you off the racetrack and into the wilderness or onto the built trails of Wales and Scotland you may want to try out a full suspension bike.



None of the above applies to supermarket full-suspension bikes which are not getting lighter and aren't suitable for off-road use.

If you're riding on roads/paths the big, soft tyres on a hard-tail mountain bike is plenty of protection for your bits!
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