baudman wrote:I have MAJOR kid bike (byk?) lust now...
I love the thinking that has gone into the low frame, and the use of Al in the frames and rims, and the use of low-profile slicks.
I don't love some of his other choices.
That nasty stamped sheetmetal caliper front brake... WTF? I see some of the models have V-brake and
coaster brake on the rear wheel, but they all have that god-awful thing on the front. Calipers that are designed to reach around fat BMX-sized tyres (as these are, even though they don't have the tyres) do not work. The leverage ratios all wrong. The material of the caliper arms is not stiff enough. Okay, so it only has to deal with kid-sized weight and kid-sized hand strength, but seriously, an OEM Chinese V-brake is immensely better in performance and negligibly different in price.
18" wheels. I've not been there yet with my own kids, but is there really enough of a gap between 16" and 20" to justify an additional non-standard standard in there? If he really believes his own rolling resistance story, then surely it would be worth upsizing again to 20". I don't go for the rolling resistance story, and I'd reckon that 16" wheels would work across that whole age group with a bit of sensible frame design. I mean, we can make a bike to fit an adult with 700c wheels and 16" wheels (Moulton). It wouldn't need to be that radical to fit a standard wheel size to a range of kids bikes.
A lot of it is obviously built to a price - and I don't begrudge that, because it's always going to be a very price-sensitive market, even at the high(ish) end. The more it costs, the more it will cost. The hubs and crankset/BB... they'll do the job. I would have expected to see an Al quill stem instead of that steel one, but it will work.
But, hey, he's the one who has stumped up and made it happen. Kudos for that. Any idiot (like me) can pick a bike out of a Chinese catalog, order a few minor changes and import a container of them; he's gone a whole lot further and done some ground-up work, and that's definitely to be commended.
No doubt it's one of the better kids bikes on the market. I'd do it differently, but I didn't do it and he did. Good job, mr ByK.