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Incorporating their UP:SCALE tech which allows the frame to be extended as your child grows, Black Mountain say the new Kapel and Hütto models "fit better and lasts longer" than their existing bikes

Black Mountain have launched two new kids' bikes with their trademark 'growing' frame technology, the Kapel and the Hütto. These ones have gears, and are recommended for children who need a bike to help them gain confidence and develop their skills while getting used to gears for the first time.  

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The Hütto has 20" wheels, and described as "the ultimate bicycle for a child to develop their riding on." You can change the size of the cockpit and the frame itself as your child grows, and there is also the optional balance bike kit that can be fitted if your child is struggling with balance or mastering pedalling. 

The Hütto comes with seven gears, operated with a twist-shift, and weighs in at 8.3kg. You can even opt for a cable disc brake version if you think your child requires sharper braking.    

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The Kapel has largely the same tech and components as the Hütto but rolls on 18" wheels, and is recommended for kids aged 5 and up. It weighs a little less at 8.1kg and colours available are orange, green, purple and blue. 

If you think either the Kapel and Hütto look like they're just the job for your little ones, they will have to be on their best behaviour... the Kapel is priced at £449, and the Hütto starts from £449, going up to £549 with disc brakes and £649 for the Trail version. head over to Black Mountain's website for more info. 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017 having previously being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.