If you can't buy it, you've got to build it...

Jan 10, 2012 at 0:03
Jan 10, 2012
by Matt Wragg  
 
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Words and photos by Bono Barrett

Put yourself in these shoes: you have two older brothers, Matt (15) and Andrew (13). They are both bike-mad. They work hard to make money for their hobbies. They both race downhill and uplift most weekends, both have sponsorship from Pearce Cycles and J-Tech suspension, but worst of all they each have FULL SUSPENSION DOWNHILL BIKES. Now life isn't easy when you are the youngest of three boys and watching your older brothers buying new gear and racing their shiny bikes is “not fair.” “Why can't I race at nine years old?” and “why don't they make full suspension downhill bikes for nine year olds?” These are just a few of the questions often heard here in the Barrett household. So when Harry drew back the curtains on Christmas morning he didn't expect this...

img5874 He didn t expect this

He didn't expect this!


At just nine years old Harry has been riding for nearly five years now. He thinks after this amount of time there should be more small full suspension downhill bikes for riders like him. They should have “twenty inch wheels, loads of ground clearance and suspension like Matt and Andrew.” All of this would be “mint.” However, if you only weigh 4 ½ stone fully kitted out and with your helmet on and you can walk underneath a timing beam without setting it off, finding a bike is a bit of a nightmare. The choice of full suspension bikes that “work” and fit him can be counted on one hand, or make that one finger. The Scott Spark Junior 20" is the only bike that even comes close. This is a great bike with front and rear suspension that actually works and is relatively light with decent build quality. The only drawback is that it is designed for cross country and definitely not downhill!

After two seasons of Pearce Cycles uplifts Harry's second Scott Spark has seen better days. The rear linkage is a bit playful and the forks are practically rigid. He has had so many new brake blocks for his V brakes the sidewalls of his rims have blown through. Those two seasons have taken their toll.

img3572 Harry riding his old Scott at Bucknell

Haz at Bucknell on his 2011 Scott


So as Christmas was just around the corner his new 2012 Scott Spark Jnr was ordered. This would be the third Scott Spark in a list of many Harry would now have owned and wrecked...

Over the last two years of Pearce Cycles uplifts, Harry has caught quite a few eyes glancing at him as he carves his way down the tracks. James Williams from J-Tech suspension is a guy who can spot talent, and has a list of very talented riders such as last year's British Downhill Series overall winner Al Bond under the J-Tech wing. James has been watching Harry progress over the years and in early November he emailed me saying that J-Tech had a few ideas on how to customise a set of forks for Harry's bike, and they already had a customised Stratos TR1 shock which was kindly donated by Harry's mate Rob earlier in the year. I’ll admit, the nine year old in me came to the fore... As there are no 20" triple clamp forks currently being made the project was too good an opportunity to miss, and the race was now on for the Christmas deadline.

We started with a pair of single crown Marzocchi Shivers and a new crown would be needed to create the fork - ebay came good on that one. After all the parts arrived J-Tech worked their magic and shortened the Shivers from 120mm to a buttery smooth 90 mm of travel on the upside down fork. The shock, with its custom made spring to add to its remote reservoir balanced up the forks producing a bike that would be kept planted firmly to the ground.

J-Tech Customized Marzocchi Shivers 90mm

J-Tech Customized Marzocchi Shivers 90mm


J-Tech customised Stratos shock with remote reservoir

J-Tech customised Stratos shock with remote reservoir


With the all new suspension being worked on, the original V brakes of the Scott would not fit the new forks, so they would have to go. A set of hydraulic disc brakes would be ideal for small hands, but what would the discs fit to? New hubs would be needed. New hubs means a new wheel build so we may as well get lighter, stronger rims. So a week later and in a second and near fatal moment of weakness (it will be when my wife finds out) I ordered and upgraded all of the bits for the rest of the bike, which included:

- Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes with a 160mm rotor up front and a 140mm rear
- A new cartridge bottom bracket and cranks
- 8 speed cassette with Alivio shifters
- Shimano rear mech
- Specialized grips
- Sun Ringle Rims
- Hope Pro II front hub
- Shimano Deore rear hub

We also had to make a custom chain device and rear brake mount...

...all that was left of the 2012 Scott Spark Jnr 20"was the frame seat post and bars.

Rear brake mount bracket and Sun rims

The custom rear brake mount bracket and Sun rims


Shimano Sora shortcage mech.

Shimano Sora shortcage mech


Custom Chain guide

The custom chainguide


The week before Christmas would be when everything came together, the forks and shock had been J-Tech'ed and fitted to the frame, Pearce Cycles’ Mechanic Dave Radcliffe then worked his socks off to get the rest of the bike ready in time for Christmas Day.

Img 5536 Dave Radcliffe of Pearce Cycles working on the bike

Dave Radcliffe working on the bike at Pearce Cycles


Scott Spark Junior 20 Cusomized by Pearce Cycles And J-Tech Suspension

The finished bike


To put a twist on Harry's Christmas day, I boxed and wrapped the original factory fitted parts off the Scott to make one big, heavy present. When this jumbo present was opened, Harry thought we were about to repair his old and battered Scott. A big smile came over his face as the original new wheels, tyres, brakes, forks, cranks, bottom bracket, front and rear mechs and shifters from the new 2012 bike came spilling out of the box. This made for one happy little chap as what youngster doesn't like helping Dad with bike repairs in the kitchen on Christmas morning? Little did Harry know that less than two feet away hiding in the window behind him with the curtains hiding it from his sight was his new custom bike. I told him to pull the curtains, the room was electric. His two older brothers knew what was about to happen as we looked on. Harry flicked back the curtains and saw this...

img 5875 Harry on Christmas morning

Harry on Christmas morning


After much jumping up and down and hundreds of questions as to where it had come from he finally got to ride it.

img 6301 Harry testing the new bike

Harry testing the new bike


Now we have all had presents that stick in our minds for years and years, I somehow think one way or another this present will stay with Harry forever... so look out Brendan Fairclough, you’re not the only one on a new Scott this year!

I would like to say a big thanks to:

Dave and Lindsey at Pearce Cycles, as they have supported Harry throughout the last two seasons and have built up this amazing bike! Gary Brain of Pearce Cycles for speccing the required parts. Dave Radcliffe of Pearce Cycles, for his mechanical skills. James Williams at J-Tech Suspension, for the original ideas and creation of a custom shock and triple crown fork. Matt and Andrew Barrett, for keeping the secret. Finally, thanks to my wife, Sarah Barrett, for everything she has to put up with.

If you can't buy it, you've got to build it...

Harry Riding his new custom scott spark Jnr 20 in the garden

Harry in the garden


Harry Riding his new custom scott spark Jnr 20 for the first time at the Pearce Cycles christmas uplift

Christmas day at Hopton

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196 Comments

  • + 200
 He is only 9 and has 5years of riding under his belt....WTF!!! This kid is well on his way to becoming the best of the best. And fair play for his family and sponsers building him something worthy.
  • + 29
 AND thats actually a pretty good looking bike he has there! could catch if other kids see it..even i was like "wow, look at it! its actually pretty cool!"
  • + 27
 I think that bike manufacturers have to have a look at this and think of possible ways to work this into their company. I see a gap in the market, which they should jump straight into, people would buy bikes like this, and for a budding little biker such as himself, would help him become a famous rider.
  • + 16
 That is so cool!!!! Congrats to the little man on his first 'big bike' ;D
  • + 63
 Wow! Dad of the Year!
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 I would destroy the dirtjumps on one of those.... Razz Seriously epic story, Merry Christmas little buddy! I'm going to go riding now because I have some competition coming up Smile
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 Piece of Shyza
  • + 62
 Says the kid with a kona.
  • - 39
 sorry for sounding like a crotchity old man but this kid is 9 and on a bike well over the 1000 dollar mark, the kid doesn't weigh enough to warren full suspension and he's got 2 years on it max before he grows out of it, it just seems stupid how much parents are spending on kids bikes these days, a 500 dollar hardtail would've done him just as well in my opinion.
  • + 37
 If you can afford to spoil your kids I dont see why not , as long as you give them respect for money. He will be able to progress so much as well on this and it will probably work out cheaper for him , his parents and his sponcers aswell.Because it mentioned in the story he was destroying wheels and brake blocks and all that will end up costing more over a year or two , If the bike last him two years he will sure get his moneys worth on the bike. STOP HATING BRAH......!!
  • + 11
 Hey, it's no worse than making your child live vicariously through your own short comings in life. Just cause you might have sucked as a kid at a certain sport doesn't mean you should hold them back from progressing in a sport they are good at. Some parents spend insane amounts of money on their kids hockey equipment every few years and the kids don't even like the sport. This kid wants to progress and he told his dad how he wishes there was a DH bike for his size. He will now dominate ahead of all the rest because his dad supports him. I do understand what you're saying that the prices on these rigs are ridiculous. The adult bikes are just as ridiculous at the cost levels they are at and the bike industry as a whole needs to make these adrenaline machines more affordable over the whole board quite honestly.
  • + 2
 He is going to be the next Danny Hart i can tell
  • + 2
 @theSAMmai its a Christmas story and your being a stick in the mud and they didn't spend that much on the bike prob because his brothers have all those sponsors
  • + 1
 wow @ thatcher your really going to hate. that kid is going to be so good. who cares if its over a grand. its better then fixing the weak old parts. now he has a better bike
  • + 3
 Um...Yeah, so what if it only last two years, everyone that I ride DH with are lucky if they finish the season on the same bike, two years seem to be about the switching point for most people anyways.
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 Wait. Two seasons old and the bike is totally trashed? Just try doing some of your own mechanic work and you'll find that maintaining a bike is not nearly that hard or too expensive. So many people live in such a throw away world. If he's such a genius with the bike, then teach him how to fix it, so in ten years he won't be another idiot bringing his bike to the shop for every little thing that goes wrong. This kid is going to grow up thinking that he will only be good if he has the newest and best equipment. Besides, from what I've seen, anyone who has learned on a hardtail first tends to ride a lot smoother than people who learned on a softy.
  • + 9
 Cheers for your coment plwainder a little artistic licence was used in the article, the point we were trying to put over is that bike manufacturers pay very little attention to the needs of kids when designing there bikes. They are often too heavy, poor quality parts with no thought of the childs usability. eg he has worn through the side walls of his wheels in less than 10months no amount of maintainance will prevent this, just poor parts used. As it says in the article the bike is not a downhill bike which is what Haz does on it, but with nothing coming close to a DH bike available to buy, you have got to use the next best thing. If you could see where and how Harry rides, it would become a bit clearer that kids can and do need better quality bikes and parts and that there is a market out there for this type of thing. Rest assured his old Scott bike will have the original new parts put on it and it will go back to an xc spec for our family rides, so me and mum don't have to go "Downhill" Also his bike does get regular service's which he gets very very involved in. Great point though Cheers Bono
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  • + 34
 SOooooo stoked for this kid. I love reading feel good stories like this. Mad respect to the parents for shelling out for a good cause. Good job Smile
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  • + 28
 so many parents these days have no problem paying for the latest video games, and their kids end up glued to the tv for their childhood. Creativity and dedication from parents like this get kids outdoors and exercising early, and it's a lesson they'll carry on for the rest of their lives. It's a great lesson, and a great gift!
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  • + 23
 Oh dude! I just got a baby daughter, you've set the ambition bar very high... I don't know if your son is going to be the best in the world (as some imply here) I just wish him to have a great time on this bike and get something really good out of it - MTB doesn't have to be just an extreme sport for adrenline junkies or pain focused mile-mashing - if approached properly it can be a great way to develop lot of good things: fitness, mental skills and technical interests, love to the nature, and other bladi bla

All the best, super impressive work! His stance on the bike on the pictures indicate some good skills as well.
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  • + 19
 That kid prob rips it harder then me Redface
  • + 3
 No worries, dude. I *know* he rips it harder than me. XD
  • + 9
 he also has a better bike than quite a few people... Frown
  • + 3
 iv seen this kid ride.. rapid ain't even close to the word!
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  • + 15
 on track for the world cups
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  • + 13
 BAD ASS !!!

Such a sweet story too, well done dad! Could we get some video footage ?
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  • + 10
 Brilliant!Harry is such a great rider and his Dad helps a lot in the race scene so this couldn't have happened to a nicer family. Respect to Pearce Cycles, a top outfit that if your looking for a complete DH bike you should check them out..
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 this Kid is bloody great as well, he has been riding the big boys tracks for some time - he is too young to race DH but he was allowed to open the courses last year after practice and before racing started - and this was before he had any forx worthy of mention - 20 inch wheels and I really dont know how he gets through some of the tracks as the holes are deeper than he is tall !!!! can't give enough of a mention to him - future star 4 sure ! props to Pearce, J-Tech suspension and the lads family.
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  • + 9
 Awesome. All there is to say.
  • + 2
 So dang sick, maybe some production versions of something like this in the near future? These youngins get younger every year.
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 what a totally awsome story can i just say yours boys must be really good at what they do and sometimes people dont credit parents like they should mr and mrs barrett i take my hat off to you for the efforts you seem to have done for your boys i only hope that one day i can do the same for my boys aged 6 ,4,and 3...have a grrrreat 2012 barrett family nice one p.s totally brilliant!
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 The most heartwarming story in the past 12 months!!
I remember seeing the look in my dads eye when he gave me my first expensive bike back in the 80's , must have cost him a good 2 weeks wages, I can only imagine this wee dudes dads eyes welling up when he saw the look on his face!!
Well done mum , dad & sponsors!! fantastic looking little-big bike!! a future world champ in the making?
MAGIC!!!
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 MEGGA im so proud to know this family an for harry hes the next world champ you watch all the best haz you got the world at your feet boy !!!!!! welldone to jim j-tech and pearce cycles who makes it happen for all us uk riders !!!!!!
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  • + 4
 I initially thought they may have been a set of shivers off a KTM 50 / 65. Cool build, don't see proper custom built / parts very often in MTB these days.
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  • + 2
 When my son was 7 I found a decent FS bike through Ibex, (who I don't think are around anymore?) It was full suspension, built around 24" wheels with a well built aluminum frame, decent components, disc brakes, but still crappy suspension. He blew the RST "dual crown" fork in about a year, so I ended up putting a used DJ fork on it lowered to 80mm. Couldn't find a shock short enough to replace the one it came with, but it lasted. That bike made a huge difference in his progression, and got him riding stuff that he wouldn't tackle on his hardtail. Aside from Kona at the time, there was nothing else on the market for kids that age and size. He's 14 now, and racing DH with a team. His bikes have gotten more expensive for sure, but I think that finding that Ibex when I did made it a lot easier for him to improve.
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  • + 3
 bono i wish you were my dad cant wait to see haz racing world cups in the near future the Athertons have some competition i recon pearce should let him race this year as he is faster then me and i race
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 This is awesome. If only they had a production bike I would buy one for each of my 6 and 8 year olds. they ride with me now down the same trails I ride with my Freeride bike on BMX bikes. it amazes me how good they are already. if they had dual crown Downhill bikes they would probably be doing a lot more. I would love to see Scott make a legitimate production Freeride/Downhill bike for youth. or any bike company for that matter!
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  • + 2
 Really nice build. This is the perfect bike to hook our little buddies.

Finding a decent DH/Freeride/Slopebike for kids at a certain pricepoint ist almost impossible. Ineffective and heavy pull brakes, lousy frames filled with "lead", nasty suspensions really take the fun out of it. After years of crap and justified fears...My 10 year old now rides a short Voltage FR. She treats it as a big bike and loves fast and squirmy tracks. Airborne only with the help of tables.
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  • + 2
 So cool Bono. Bono and the whole Barrett family are really nice. From all the uplift driving by Bono, the organisation and helping people by Sarah and the friendly riding by the brothers. Keep going Haz and push Wigs and Matt harder and harder, you will go past them in no time. Maybe we will see you riding a round of the world cup in oz in a few years time.
  • + 1
 Thanks Mate. Would love that Mark, hope to get down to Greenvalleys before I am too old!!!
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 My son is 6 and we have bought a new. 20" carrera detonate that is full suspension and is modelled on the kona stinky junior design which my middle son 11 rides. My 14 year old boy(sunn radical) has put this through its paces over some big tables/doubles on 4x and dh courses and it works perfectly. All this for 180 GBP the running gear is all brand name (suntour,shimano etc) so unless you have money to burn this is a good first mtb/dh bike for the smallest adrenalin junky. Off the shelf aswell
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  • + 3
 I'm trying to explain to my gf how cool this is and she just doesn't get it. She just knows that our boy is gonna have a bike like this in a couple years now.
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 Such a feel good story. I love it hopefully some industry buff will see this and get one in production so I can buy on for my lad.
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 Would he not have fitted a 24 stinky or something like that?

OOOO rear shock. I think next aim should be to get the s8 to modify and match the rear?

Lucky kid.

Nice crown, what other parts do aireal make? Dont see much at all of it in the uk.
  • + 1
 Haz is my brother and he is too small for a stinky or any other 24 inch wheeled bike trust me my Dad has looked.
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 I thought so. Got some decent 'adjustable' parts now though!
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 I really enjoyed reading this, put a big smile on my face. I agree with what most people have said, the companies really need to start providing bikes like this for the little guys. As an instructor i can speak from experience on how hard it is and frustrating when you have a child who shows real ability but the equipment isn't close to where it needs to be. example would be V-brakes on a little kids bike in a Downhill mountain bike park, they don't work. anyways i really hope we get to see a video of harry riding his new bike Smile
  • + 2
 Here you go His Brother has just posted this www.pinkbike.com/video/244477
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 thanks, that was pretty sweet. Little guy hauls Smile
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 To all who enjoy this story and hide similar stories at their homes, especially to all MTB riding parents and kids living in Europe not so far from Poland. You are welcome to our dh kids challange, we have been organizing since 2010 and will be continuing next year. Here you can find video and photostories therefrom: frowerpower.pinkbike.com/blog
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  • + 1
 This story made me smile from ear to EAR!!!!!!!!!!! What an awesome kid, and what a great present (great story too, an awesome read for sure). Much luck to him and his burgeoning career cause like paul Rodriguez and all those "groms" who completely re-defined street skating several uears ago, this kid is gonna be KILLING IT as he gets older (as if he's not killing it right now aye...) I know having grown up on a bike since I was 4 and haivng to MAKE parts before this whole FR/DH thing got big (yeah, I've been riding that long) that it's SO awesome to get a bike that's actually built to handle the type of stuff you want to ride. YAY for Harry... Keep at it mate.
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  • + 1
 There needs to be more effort put into the smaller bike section, I am looking right now for a frame that is downhill worthy raceable for my 12 year old and she is in no mans land, to big for the kona stinky 24 and to small for a full size bike. Commencal supreme 24 is the only bike that comes to mind that seems decent.
  • + 2
 Fortunately kids grow like weeds and within a year or two she will be tall enough for a 26" bike.
  • + 1
 so true, tough to wait for a real downhill bike though, she rides everything right now on an old kona stinky 24 and would actually be able to take advantage of a better bike.
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  • + 3
 What a great story, and a great looking bike. Ive got a suspicion this wont be the last we hear of Harry Barrett, I hope to see him on the podium in a few years.
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 This is great. I wonder if the triple crown is really needed, or just super cool. I had to build up a bike for my 7 year old and used a Scott as well, but was able to find a White Bros 20", as a front fork that works great and didn't require a custom build.
Nice job Dad
  • + 1
 White bros 20" was an option, but they are few and far between in the UK and the guy selling the only one's I could find wanted a fortune for them!! This was J-Tech's suggestion, and to be fair they are as smooth as silk and balance up the bike superbly, you have to see them to believe them. You may not have to wait too long to see how they work, as they have stirred up a bit of interest and a video may be in order if I can find someone who has a way with a video camera.
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  • + 1
 I find it amazing how much high end stuff there is in the bmx world for kids as young as 4 & 5. But in Mountain biking it just isn't there. My six year old has been racing bmx on a used bmx race bike that we got at age 4 that cost $700 and then put a new $450 wheelset on it. We just got a new race bike for him (almost 6 years old now) and all new components and the cost is over $2,000. Yet the nicest mountain bike available is the Scott Spark 20 and we paid around $500 for it.There are no after market parts that are really built for these smaller kids, and so everything ends up weighing a lot, his mountain bike is about 27 lbs and he only weighs 37 lbs, while his bmx race bike is just under 10 lbs. I know the mountain bike needs to be more durable and thus heavier, but 27 lbs is insane for a 6 year old. I've talked to a number of reps at large bike manufacturers and they just don't think there is the market for it, even when I point to the BMX world. It is probably true though, our son is one of the few we have met out there doing gravity riding and racing under age 10. I'm so excited to see this kid so into it like my son is.
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  • + 1
 Seeing the ShiverSC there made me smile. My son got a similar deal, but he's tall for a 9 year old and went straight to 24" wheels.
The hard part is getting the suspension to work properly when the kid only weighs twice what the bike does... and to anyone who says that kids should stick to cheapy hardtails, they've never ridden La Pinilla which is our local bikepark. Here's the bike, a 14" 1999 Orange Sub5: yonibois.pinkbike.com/album/Lads-Peaty-rep-Sub5 and us at the bikepark: yonibois.pinkbike.com/album/La-Pinilla
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 Oh wow!!! I've got an 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. Getting inspired here......
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 Ran into a similar challenge building a bike for our 7 year old daughter. Another solution is to buy the smallest 26'er you can find. We found a 14" Kona Abra Cadabra. We threw on narrower bars, flipped the post around to get her closer to the bars, threw on a 50mm stem, and set the brake levers as close in as possible. A 24" rear wheel and lowering the travel and height on the fork dropped the bike lower to make it easier to get on and off. You end up with a way lighter bike than the typical 24 inch kid's bike, with way nicer parts. She will get way more time out of the bike too.
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 This reminds me, the other day i saw a six year old hitting seven foot gaps at UCSC! That kid was awesome! He had an extra small kona but it was still too big for him. He was hitting stuff that I 15 woUld think twice about hitting. And by the way Good for you that is freaking awesome!
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 For all you who think he don't need a full suspension bike. I'd like for you to follow harry down a dh track and say if he needs a fully. He's faster than some adults I see at races the kid is rapid and Is going to go pro no doubt.
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 Great bike, my son has one and it’s a lot of fun. He can take all the trails and quiet downhill with us. I'm just worried about the risk of injury because it takes crazy speed. (6 year old)
Have ride with friends, it ‘cool. With your son it really the TOP !
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  • + 2
 I bet Harry feels like a celebrity... he should probably get used to that feeling! Smile Might ask for an autograph next Pearce uplift! haha
  • + 4
 James, I showed him this article when he got home from school, He asked "can I go and change?" and has gone straight outside to "dig and finish his track" and ride his bike!! So all is the same in Harry's routine @ the Barrett household!
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 How long before we see 'The Barrett Project Episode 1"? Smile
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 sick! J tech is amazing, only a small unit but they really do some work! ace place! will defo be sinding my forks their way for a service!
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 ppl have wierd out looks on life i tend to think at time i mean if the kid got a $1000 bike and he will ride the bike the money well spent.
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 why does a 9 year old need a fully? Get him a sick light hardtail. Dont give a kid what he wants. Kids dont know what they want. give them what they need. And a nice hardtail will make him a much better rider in the long run.
Maybe im just jealous of this spoiled kid!
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 I love it! Iv'e been thinking of doing something likethis for a while now ( my son is only Three) so I have a couple years to go, but you hav to build your own stuff. It's the only way to go. Have fun Harry!
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 I always see this little guy at the Pearce uplifts hes actually got loads of DH skill, cant wait to see him shredding on the new beast.
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 Scott Cycles, are you reading this? There is a market and I know I want my little one to be able to shred as well!!! Smile

This is so cool. Best mom and dad ever!
  • + 1
 Scott is probably making the best small frames. This is the third cool 20 inch I've seen and they're all Scott. Too bad they stopped adding disc mounts to the Spark, that made a huge difference to the ability to pimp it out.
The problem is finding decent 20" forks. Unless you have J-Tech close by there aren't many options. I bought a White Bros for my son, but it's really expensive and not many people are willing to fork out retail on them. I also bought a Saso on e-bay which was OK and a lot less money.
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 This might be really 'really' ghetto but... before I got into DH... I used to put small 100mm/90mm QR forks 'Rock Shox J series' on the front of my BMX bikes with disc brake hubs so I could go bomb around with my buddies until I could save up enough to afford a proper frame to build a proper DH bike. 'Used what we had, poor college student at the time haha!' Anywho, 14mm BMX axels will fit rather well in standard 10MM QR forks with a little dremeling then use the normal nut to lock it down. Its like a 150mm axel in reverse for the front! In the end, I ended up custom lacing a wheel up with a 36H disc and a ... Oddesy Hazard? I think it was to get the disc brake and proper QR up front. Smile
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 Sweet rig. Reminds me of a custom Chumba at Sea Otter about 10 years ago. Kid had an 80mm Marz fork with QR20 dropouts, running 24" wheels. Cranks were shortened, the whole thing was pretty trick.
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 I wish I would have got something like that when I was 9... I would at least be world champ now or something like that. Props to this kid!
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 I saw this kid open the course at bucknell 2011 and he rips!! Deserves to have a fitting bike!!
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 Well done guys! This is how you bring up children! Keep us informed on his first comp.
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 That's so cool!!! What lucky kids to have such a rad dad! Shred it up!!
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 What a cool dad! great to see he was so excited about getting that bike sorted for xmas!
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 My brother has that bike but i built it up into more of a free ride all mountain bike. He loves it and i was surprised ho well it works. It is so cool how scott made these bikes.
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 Fantastic, love both your family (and bike) support!
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 i've seen this kid ride and hes awesome, probably put 75% of ppl commenting to shame, did that stop you spending $$$ on a bike thats capable of more than you are?
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 Heart warming.. Too bad Christmas already passed.. But I like what they did for their younger brother..
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 I wish I had discovered downhill 3 years ago. Can't wait 'till I get my first proper full sus this year to replace my hardtail! Big Grin
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 Just realized he's wearing a mint Santa helmet on the last pic
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 My 4 year old needs this bike he already wants shocks like his Dad. Besides trail riding is much more fun than Bmx track laps
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 That is one awesome little machine. A talent to keep an eye on in the Future!!
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 Here is a short Video of Harry, his brother Andrew (wigs17)put it together a few months back.

www.pinkbike.com/video/205727
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 Cool, but we gotta see that new sled ripping it up and slaying some turns. We've all seen the photo of that kid hitting the GLC drop at Whistler, now show us what this bike can really do !
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 Here you go His Brother has just posted this www.pinkbike.com/video/244477
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 I've been trying to talk shops into doing this same exact thing for my son who has the Scott Spark 20 as well! Thanks so much for the ideas here.
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 BONO THERE IS ONLY ONE THING LEFT NOW THE MINI DOWNHILL RACE AT FOREST OF DEAN SO COME ON AN GET HAZ THERE PLEASE PLEASE BONO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 Not even 10 and already famous on Pinkbike /envy of all kids friends

Amazing story, can't help but think how many of you wouldv wished for this when his age Smile
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 ya, companys need to make more of these, id buy my little man one in the next two years he is only two at the moment, but ill put him in the dh mode very soon... Smile
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 I have always thought of something like this because kids deserve just as good bikes as adults
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 i actually wanna have a kid now just so i can build one of these, does anyone wanna lend me there girlfriend or sister for 3 minutes?
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 That bike is awesome! It Pisses me off that kids bikes come with springs wiv such high poundage that even I struggle to move it...
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 ineed to find out a way to get my little sister one of these..! shes only 1 right now so ihave some time but please, start production..!
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 Any one else think he looks like a shredding Gnome in the last picture? At first I was thinking damn spoiled kid, but it looks like he can shred, way to go little man!
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 I love this! My 3.5 year old ripper will be needing something like this in a few years... I hope the bike manufacturers will produce kids DH bikes like this!
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 i hope we get to see the reaction video, i bet that's pretty funny
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 Here you go His Brother has just posted this www.pinkbike.com/video/244477
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 Rad story. I totally remember getting my first real bike and how chuffed I was...some 40 yrs ago!
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 I'm glad that this 9 year old has a better bike than me.....
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 Really like this one...nice! good for him, enjoy it kid!
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 Commencal do make a 20" freeride / DH bike. The Supreme 20.
www.commencal-store.co.uk/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=12502744
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 I rode 24 inches when i was 9 Big Grin and I started riding 26 inches bikes when i was 11
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 Any chance the Dad wants to adopt a 44 year old kid from the US?
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 Please produce that bike. My daughters both want one!!! Well, I want both of them to have them!
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 what a lucky kid! must of have been so amazed.
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 His parents love him very much.
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 is there going to be a follow up vid?
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 Here you go His Brother has just posted this www.pinkbike.com/video/244477
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 A custom Scott for a deserving 9yr old is a true Christmas miracle. Heck, I'd be stoked to get that bike at 40!
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 Respect to everybody involved, must have taken a lot of hours to sort all that out!
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 Just AMAZING!!! Hope that my 5 years old will ride an URO (Unknown Riding Object) like this one day!!
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 This is actually so insanely rad. I love projects like this.
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 Build you own bike best way C'',) nice ride im gonna build my boy a bike when his older
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 na, they should be ridding shitty kids bikes like all the other kids, its good for the soul.
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 world Champ in the making Smile
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 how cool is this??!!! big props for the initiative!! i'm sure this bike will never go! have fun!
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 Great Christmas story...congrats to the dad for investing in his son !!!...cheers
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 that kid looks like hes gonna go far!!
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 An I thought gettin my son Optimus prime for Xmas was awesome;(
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 yeah haz keep up the sick riding and it will be cool seeing you getting even better next season!
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 my 2 daughters want one Smile
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 this is so gnagster, lil rippers ftw
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 we need a proper edit. i bet my ass it would be VOD.
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 Here you go His Brother has just posted this www.pinkbike.com/video/244477
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 Awesome! Almost had to wipe a tear...
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 seen this bike in person on the uplift pictured and i have to say it is a beast!
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 Fantastic! Major props for putting this together, the face says it all when he pulled back the curtains!
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 This sport's about to get crazy!
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 wish i had a bike like that when i was 9!!!
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 That a nice bike you got there ,super transformation cool dad
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 awesome christmas present!
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 Outstanding effort mate!
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 great effort by all there , hats off guys
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 What kind of cranks and bottom bracket were used on the build?
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 Harry in the garden ? That garden is huuge !!
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 Esse menino deve andar mais q eu!!
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 Awesome. He is the luckiest 9 year old alive!!! Deffo one to watch.
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 Thats mint! My 4 year old nephew wants one!
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 id be too stoked to be that kid thats sick.
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 That is awesome!
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 why not the kona stinky 24?
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 This is the point the point Larrysman, and as it says in the article the Kona and the Commencal mini DH are way too big for him and are both 24 inch wheels. This is a 20 inch wheel bike. It is difficult to see the size on here but it is tiny!!
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 kid is fugghin stoked!!!! (tenth pic)
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 Cool kid! Cool bike!
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 we got a kid exactly like this over here
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 but harry is clearly better.......
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 Sweeet! Have fun Harry!
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 such a lucky kid : /
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 this kids a beast
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 THAT BIKE IS LEGIT
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 This is a cool idea!
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 a shiver is a litle too heavy for a litle kid... marzocchi rock shoc and fox should make products like 20inch rims suspension... they make 29ers right? why not?
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 this is a cool story!
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 awesome! Great article.
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 Too bad he'll outgrow it in about a year. That's the main problem with buying expensive kids bikes!
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 True, but apart from the wheels most of the parts can be transfered onto a bigger frame, we thought about this before building this one
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 New frame and keep the parts and chuck on some 24"s

Keep him 'till a small 26"
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 that was the idea
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 Cranks will be too short, bars too narrow. Basically all you will swap over is shifter, derailleur, cassette, brakes, grips, hubs, and pedals. The fork you can swap over but you will have to customize the internals each time you change wheel size. Seems like a lot of time and money for something that you're going to have to tear down and unbuild every time he grows a little.
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 Bit negative that seraph???
The kid will shred and could be winning world cups in ten years time, so he can re-pay his dad then!!!
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 @shyted Yeah I must have been typing while you hit enter. Your comment wasn't there when I started.

And amazing job dude.
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 And seraph what are you playing at?

His kid got a new bike that is possibly the coolest thing on this earth to him and your taking digs at it?

What do you have a problem with?
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 Nah seraph is right.
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 Some very selfish people on here judging by some comments , to me spending a little cash and some spare time to get your son some thing that he will love to pieces ( and love you in return ) is a very worth while investment.
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 I'm pretty staggered that anyone can find it in themselves to bitch and moan about a father building a bike for his son. Disgraceful stuff guys, have a word with yourselves.
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 all Seraph is good for is stir the pot and maybe he never got to ride a good bike Smile
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 Guess you guys can't handle the truth, judging by the negative props. Just being realistic.
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 Sounds to me more like you are a shallow , unemotional , uncaring person who fails to see the enormous positives in what this guy has done by building this bike.
Sure he will out grow it at some point but he's got a year on it for sure , and what is available that is comparable ? Nothing
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 Ah you've got me all figured out haven't you?


You can't handle the truth obviously.
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 Butthurt, butthurt everywhere.
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 bigburd...lol. That was a funny comment. Seraph is right. He said the kid will outgrow it. Not that the dad was wrong for doing it. Learn how to read you illiterate fools.
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