It they're eager to ride, the Schwinn Midi Mesa IG3 boys' bike is sure to meet their needs, as it offers a suspension fork, multiple braking options and 3 gears for all-around performance.
Built to endure frequent use, the resilient aluminum frame offers strength everywhere it counts while remaining a fun, responsive ride for the kids
Suspension front fork features 50mm of travel to soften rough trails and minor bumps that get in the way
Shimano Nexus 3-speed internally geared rear hub offers 3 gears to suit the terrain; twist shifter lets kids shift with an easy flick of the wrist
Chainguard helps protect kid and clothing from grease and entanglement
Rear coaster brake and hand-operated V-brakes give kids 2 options to control their speed, letting them learn the nuances of hand-operated brakes with backup of a coaster brake
Versatile Innova Trail Kids tires roll smoothly along pavement and trails
Specs on the Schwinn Midi Mesa IG3 boys' bike are subject to change
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Rated5out of5byMadPaddyfromGreat Intermediate BikeBought this bike from REI Outlet for my 11 year old son. I'm very pleased with the purchase. It has high quality components for a kids bike; most everything is alloy except the handle bars (steel) and pedals (resin). Combined with a quality aluminum frame, the result is a light bike that's easy for him to handle. The 3 speeds are just enough to introduce him to the concept of shifting without overwhelming him with choices. The ratios are fairly widely spaced and work fine on the flatish streets and bike trails around here. I feel secure knowing there's a coaster brake so he can stop easily even if the rims are wet. The only negative I have observed is that the bike seems to have a lot of drag on coasting. I don't know if its the 3-speed hub or the tires, or both, but the bike just doesn't coast as well as my or my wife's bikes. That's a small thing.
My only regret is that I didn't buy this for him a year or two ago. The frame design is such that most ten and maybe even 9 year olds could fit. I expect him to only get a couple years out of it before outgrowing it. That said, the quality suggests it should still be plenty serviceable and I expect I'll be able to sell this bike used in a couple years for at least half of the REI Outlet price I paid. In the meantime, this seems the perfect intermediate bike between his previous 20" BMX bike and, eventually, a real "adult" bike.
Date published: 2013-06-09
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