A Guide To Giant Kids Bikes
We all know Christmas is a time for giving, and there can be no better gift for a child than waking up to a brand new bike (this rule also applies to adults, just in case Santa is listening…). A bike is a great present as it helps to encourage exercise and provides kids with the freedom to explore wherever their pedals may take them. Most people can vividly recall having their first bike and the sense of adventure it brought out, so what better gift than to pass that same feeling on.
Despite this, we also know it’s a tricky time to buy a bike. Like most products, bikes are size specific and it can be frustrating to make a significant investment into a bike, only to see them grow out of it in no time at all. Whilst it may be tempting to purchase a bigger bike that they’ll ‘fit into eventually’, it can lead to a very uncomfortable riding position which can put them off using their bike, which defeats the purpose of buying it for them in the first place. At Giant, we’ve designed our kids’ bikes to accompany a wide a size range as possible, whilst still making the bikes easy and fun to ride, so they start their cycling adventures on the right path.
With that in mind, there are a few factors to consider. Firstly, if your child cannot touch the ground when standing over the top tube or cannot comfortably reach the handlebars or brakes, then the bike is not safe for them to ride. He or she will not be able to adequately control, stop and steer the bike. Likewise, if a bike is too small for your child you will notice they are hitting their knees on their handlebars and look crunched on the bike. A bike that is too small can seem out-of-control and unstable. We have laid out the kids’ bike range below and the recommended age/size, however we cannot stress enough the importance of checking the bike fits correctly before letting them ride.
Nothing beats the feeling of your first two wheeler, and the Animator is the perfect springboard for learning to ride. Supplied in two sizes, the 12” inch wheel is ideal for younger riders, whereas the 16” wheel size is better for slightly older kids who are still learning to ride.
Both 12” and 16” models are supplied with stabilizers, which are easily removed when they start to learn to ride on two wheels. A strong and hard wearing aluminium frame easily brushes off the knocks and bumps, whilst a set of alloy direct pull brakes provides excellent stopping power.
XtC Jr 20”/24”
Once they have started to grow a little, and they are getting comfortable riding a bike, then it’s time to look for their first ‘proper’ bike, featuring front suspension to absorb the bumps and a 7 speed drivetrain for getting up hills easier. The XtC Jr is the ideal bike for developing their riding skills and the design resembles their dad or older Brother’s bike much closer, which always helps! This model comes in two sizes – 20” wheel and a 24” wheel – which suits riders from 5-9 years, depending on their inside leg measurement.
TCX Espoir 24”/26”
With its youth-specific drop handlebars and smaller diameter 24/26” wheels, the TCX Espoir is a perfect first bike for young riders as it allows them to go anywhere, road or off road. The lightweight ALUXX aluminium frame is designed with a low stand-over height that’s ideal for the shorter riders. The short-reach handlebars are made to fit smaller hands, and a specially designed Giant saddle helps keep young riders comfortable as they begin to tackle longer rides.
ATX 2 26” / 27.5”
When your child starts hitting their teenage years, you may find that they don’t quite fit into kid’s bike sizing any longer, depending on how quickly they’ve grown. This is where the ATX comes in – the ATX 2 comes with two different wheel size options, 26” or 27.5”. The 26” wheel is for the XXS and XS sizes, and then it jumps up to 27.5” from S-XL, so there’s plenty of flexibility whilst still tailoring the bike to fit all types of riders. Once your little ones become not-so-little, and are over 5”3, they are ready to graduate to a bike from the mens range.
The bike itself is well equipped for adventure, with a 100mm suspension fork and a lightweight aluminium frame to make it durable, yet easy to manoeuvre on road and off road. The bright colour options really make the ATX stand out from the crowd.
So there we have it – whilst it’s impossible to be exact, the guides above should be sufficient to getting the correct size bike under the tree in time for Christmas day. If you are still unsure, you can visit us instore and a member of our team will be able to help you. All of our kids bikes come with a free 3 year service plan to ensure they are safe and easy to ride!
15 December 2017