Canyon has revealed its first ever range of aluminium kids’ bikes aimed at children aged from three years old.
The range comprises three models: the Offspring AL 16 (below), the Offspring AL 20 (two pics down) and the Grand Canyon AL 24 (main pic).
“A key goal behind the development was to create actual mountain bikes for kids that are supposed to be ridden off-road,” says Canyon.
“As such, the range comes complete with hydraulic disc brakes, through axles and geared drivetrains.”
Those gear systems are:
• Offspring AL 16: 2-speed SRAM Automatix hub shifting
• Offspring AL 20 and Grand Canyon AL 24: 1x9 SRAM X4
“Geometry also plays a major role in delivering a smooth and stable ride with low standover heights on all frames for added confidence,” says Canyon.
“We set out to raise the bar with technically advanced, modern engineered mountain bikes packed with features to have children riding with control, confidence and comfort. Put simply, these are the bikes we wish we could have ridden when we were growing up.”
The bikes have size-specific saddles and narrow soft rubber handlebar grips that lock in place.
Canyon equips all three models with short reach SRAM Level hydraulic disc brakes.
“Kids don’t brake with one finger like adults, so moving the levers to a wider position on the bars improves their accessibility and makes it easier for two or three-finger braking,” says Canyon.
The new bikes will be on show – and available for children to test ride – at the Berliner Fahrradschau that we’re attending this weekend (3–5 March), so we’ll take a good look at them there.
Check out our story on what to expect at the Berlin Bike Show here.
As you can see, the front wheel of the Offspring AL16 (above) is larger than the rear wheel. The front is 18 inch and the rear is 16 inch.
“When dealing with small 16 inch wheels, maintaining momentum over any rough surface becomes a real issue, specifically for the leading front wheel,” says Canyon.
“To counter this, we developed the O spring AL 16 to take an 18 inch front wheel to help boost rollover performance. It’s a theory that’s been doing the rounds in mountain biking for a few years, and for the smallest riders, it really works.”
The prices are:
• Offspring AL 16 £449
• Offspring AL 20 £599
• Grand Canyon AL 24 £699
You also have to pay the shipping charge.
For more information on Canyon’s new children’s range, go to www.canyon.com/kids.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.