The Novara Pulse bike will set kids free! With 26 in. wheels, it's a fast-moving road bike that's also perfect for cyclocross or developing riders.
Nimble 6061 aluminum frame and chromoly fork are lightweight and stiff for efficient cycling and a lively feel
FSA Vero compact crankset is designed for short legs, providing youth riders a better fit and feel than a full-size road bike, and efficient pedaling
Shimano 2200 shifters provide quick crisp shifts through 16 speeds to tackle varied road terrain
Kalloy road handlebar and 26 in. wheels with quick-rolling Kenda tires add up to a fast road machine
Velo Junior Race saddle comfortably fits small frames
After an initial break-in period you might notice your bicycle performing less responsively than the day you brought it home. Not to worry, this is typical of all new bicycles and simply reflects that cables have stretched or their housings have seated themselves into final position. To keep running at peak performance, all REI bicycles come with a FREE warranty tune-up, which should be accomplished between the first 100-200 miles of riding or after the first two months if you're accumulating miles less quickly. Contact your nearest REI bike shop for details and an appointment for this important service.
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Try finding a kid's bike that works for cyclocross as well as all-around riding at this price. The closest contender is the Redline Conquest 24 at almost twice the price with fewer tire choices. This bike weighs in at 23 pounds stock (no pedals), not much heavier than the Redline. After 8 months and a few CX races, no adjustments needed so far. My 10 year old stepson rides it; he's 4' 7" and I installed a 60mm stem for now. It's a good fit for him. For CX races we slap on some Schwalbes and he's good to go. Solid ride, good paint, good spec, nice price.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend