Looking for cool kit, funky gear and racy bikes for your young rippers then look no further than this selection.
RRP R1 995 | www.munabikes.com
Balance bikes are the best way to get your kids into cycling. They develop core strength and balance, teach steering and look like great fun to ride. In fact could they do a 29er version for adults? Never mind. If you’re sprog is between 18 and 36 months old then a balance bike is the way to go. The Muna Pro Mini features 12 inch wheels, a light-weight alloy frame, rear brakes, and the ability to easily adjust the saddle, stem and handlebars to fit your kid as they do that growing thing they do so well. Muna are one of the leaders in the kids’ bike field and along with their 12” balance bikes they also do 14”, 16” and 20” kids’ pedal bikes.
RRP R14 450 | www.momsenbikes.com
One of the big issues with kids’ bikes is they tend to be heavy and when you’re only a few kilograms heavier than a pocket of potatoes yourself a 15kg bike isn’t the easiest thing to handle. So there’s a bike we would have loved to add to the Kids’ Bike Buyers Guide, but with its 20” wheels it fell outside the category. It’s too good to ignore though so sus out this carbon Momsen kids’ bike with 20 inch wheels. It boasts a carbon frame, carbon fork, 1×8 Shimano gearing and Tektro junior hydraulic disc brakes. With flat pedals equipped, it weighs in at just 8.94kg.
R270 | www.camelbak.com
Camelbak’s eddy™ bottle is famed for being spill-proof and now you can get one designed for the little hands of your mountain biking grom. The 400ml eddy™ Kids’ bottle has the classic eddy™ spout/straw which flips out from a plastic base, which stops it from leaking when closed and also keeps the mouthpiece clean. It’ll last longer than a traditional bike bottle too as it’s easy to disassemble so you can clean it thoroughly to ensure there’s no sticky energy drink residue left in the straw to encourage mildew growth. Pack it in your backpack for a hike or pop it in your cycling top pocket for a ride. If your child prefers to carry his or her own water sus out the Camelbak Mini M.U.L.E®.
RRP R980 | www.camelbak.com
The Camelbak Mini M.U.L.E® packs all the features you love in your M.U.L.E® into a kids sized hydration pack. It features a 1.5 litre bladder, a bike tools organizer pocked and two zippered compartments for storing gear securely. The pack has been optimised to fit younger riders and its straps are adjustable too so it’ll fit them for a good few years. For safety, or to annoy you, there’s a built-in whistle for emergencies. The Mini M.U.L.E® is available in blue or purple.
RRP R5 600 | www.sram.com
Looking for an upgrade to shave weight of your kid’s bike and simplify their riding then SRAM’s 1×11 NX drivetrain could be the answer. Unlike SRAM’s other 11 speed offerings, because the NX features an 11-42 cassette rather than a 10-42 it’s compatible with standard driver bodies. Remember that with the little wheels on your kid’s bike the top end climbing ratios probably won’t be affected too much if you replace their 3×8 drive train with a SRAM NX 1×11. Plus they’re probably not going to be pushing huge watts on the flats anyway so reducing the number of gears is unlikely to slow them down. It’ll just simplify their riding experience, eliminating the need to worry about keeping a chain line straight – with 1x they can just go out and ride their bikes.
RRP R6 99 | www.specialized.com
You wouldn’t ride in a bad helmet so why would you let your child do so? At the core of the Specialized Shuffle Youth Helmet is the Headset SX fit system, providing a secure fit on young heads and keeping the moulded shell in position to protect your child’s head in the case of a fall. The Shuffle buckles in place with a magnetic buckle and the Tri-Fix straps are both comfortable and easy to adjust. It also features reflective webbing and a patented clip-on visor.
RRP R499 | www.specialized.com
Kit your young trail ripper out in a boy’s or girl’s Specialzied Enduro Grom 3/4 Jersey and watch them fly down the trails. The jersey is constructed from VaporRize™ moisture wicking fabrics and provides UV 50+ protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. It’s cut to fit more like a t-shirt than a cycling top and is sure to allow for freedom of movement on the trails and in the bike park’s play area after a ride, while you’re enjoying a well-deserved coffee.