Bike Check: Fabien Barel's One-Year-Old Son Gets a Factory Ride

Sep 19, 2017
by Matt Wragg  


If your father is a two-time DH World Champion, not just any bike will do. So when long-time Canyon athlete Fabien Barel had his first child, Victor, Canyon owner Roman Arnold wanted to get him something unique. As Canyon don't actually make a kids bike for one-year-olds, they opted for a Kokua Like-a-Bike Jumper, and, with some help the Canyon Factory Enduro Team, it got a makeover to match dad's enduro race bike.

Victor Barel bike check
The Like-a-Bike Jumper is made from 7005 aluminum to make it one of the lightest bikes of its type available. Victor appears to have up-sized his bike, much like the larger bikes his father has been at the forefront of developing - this bike is designed for kids from 2-4 years old, where Victor celebrated his first birthday this month. Long reach is the future of enduro push-bikes.

Victor Barel bike check
Naturally he is running a wide bar and short stem.

Victor Barel bike check
There's a lot going on at the front here. He is rolling on 12" Schwalbe Black Jack tires, although Fabien was tight-lipped on pressures and compound. We suspect that more than a few parents will be on the hunt for custom Rockshox and Mavic decals like these... One nice detail sits just behind the bottom of the steerer tube - the strap assembly there is actually a steering limiter to stop the front wheel folding under that can be removed as he gets older and more confident.

Victor Barel bike check
While the fork may be rigid, the bike does feature an elastomer rear damper for added comfort.



116 Comments

  • + 216
 #12"aintdead
  • + 63
 Its only beginning, should be a PB post up within a day or two about the benefits of increasing wheel sizes to 15", carbon wheels and the introduction of cantilever rear suspension. Then the e-pushbike sales pitch will begin.
  • + 26
 @VPS13: speaking of e-push bikes........................

this is real.don''t laugh, sad but true......................

racerxonline.com/2017/09/18/stacyc-launches-rider-creation-program


i think its time to legally change my name.
  • + 9
 @stacykohut: Those things are sick. They're more an intro to moto for kids than a bike. My kid is getting one when he's big enough to fit.
  • + 5
 @bdamschen: Same here. Much cheaper alternative to the Osets for getting young uns on dirt bikes.
  • + 3
 Another Standard!?


Jokes aside, this thing is Sick!
  • + 4
 #elastomersain'dead!
  • + 5
 Pampers specific.
  • + 7
 @stacykohut: self righteous bollocks as 90% of ebike banter. So pushbike with a motor is "bad" but mini mx is cute and guarantees super cool dad status. Get a fkng grip people.
  • + 9
 Mavic weemax
  • + 2
 12" is more playful and fun to ride.
  • + 1
 @stacykohut: This pretty much sums it up, Moto companies using e-bikes as gateway bikes. “New riders are vital to our long-term success at Malcolm Smith Motorsports. Our goal is to introduce the love of motorcycles at a young age. I believe STACYC will be an important partner in this mission.” - Alexander Smith, General Manager – Malcom Smith Motorsports
  • + 1
 @darkmuncan: don't forget that the future of Moto cross is electric. R&d and patents at the bicycle level is just attacking the problem from both directions.
  • + 1
 @taletotell: How long have they gone with battery life?
  • + 1
 @taletotell: Tell that to every rider who gets a half chub when they kick that 2 or 4 stroke over and rev the piss out of it
  • + 2
 @stacykohut: thats the coolest thing ive ever seen.... i want to be 6 again now
  • - 1
 @JamesPBlaw: i say kill the e-run bike with fire.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns:
Zero bikes are reaching +- 90 km on trails and @VPS13: their performance makes the loss of cool noises worth it: youtu.be/PHKXP_YA40s
  • + 1
 @taletotell: holy crap! That's some serious distance. Having been sitting in Tesla I don't give much sht about the noise. Especially after I saw or rather heard the Mercedes CLS AMG with artificial engine sound. You hear a very damped noise and then the dude "rolls down" the side window and you hear loud revving noise. I bet someone will soon make a smartphone app reading throttle input and making noise based on that... soon ICE cars and motorcycles will become what 26" hardtails are in MTB. Like I drove a BMW 3 with turned off traction control, listen, it's extremely exciting, just not everyday, rather 3-5 times a year. It is also rather likely that dumbed down cars and motorcycles will increase demand and accessibility to race tracks. What's to not like about that?! Having a 350 bhp to drive in town or around it on roads with lots traffic, or going to a safer place where you can go all the way, or at least as much as you dare without hurting anyone?!
  • + 1
 @taletotell: I'd rather have the cool noises and two smoker smell but that's just meSmile Wouldn't trade my motorcycles in for an electric variant either, the bark and rumble of an Italian twin is far too enjoyable and part of the overall experience. Plus I average 5L/100kms (roughly 50-60mpg) riding "spirited" and it costs me about 10 bucks for a tank of premium. Its going to be a very hard sell to get gearheads to give up their internal combustion engines. Especially when the Zero DS msrp is just over 14K, even with the 2K Canadian electric rebate its still very expensive when considering other gas options on the market. Not to mention the 163km range on the highway...
  • + 1
 @VPS13: It's not going to be a hard sell, it is just a matter of time. Human species adapt and evolve. It's like people laughing at smartphone zombies. These are people who were laughed at for sitting by the computer, playing video games or riding BMX. If you ever worry about becoming an old prick, no worries, you shall, you shall. My father spent a big deal of his life trying to not become an old prick, loving all new gadgets and technology... he's an old prick. Being out of touch and sticking to useless values is just something that happens to you.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Your father aside, Ill keep enjoying my machines and let you Swede's lead the way with your environmental stewardship.
  • + 3
 @VPS13: I'm Polish... and this coming from a Canadian is ironic. And you can keep enjoying your machines, just don't tell me that something will be a hard sell. I'd like to see our faces if we saw a fidget 3 years ago.
  • + 1
 You sir have won at the internet today!
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: You'll have to excuse me for not knowing your personal history and making assumptions based on your profile location. How exactly is it ironic that Canadians enjoy motorsports?
  • + 2
 @VPS13: I meant the bit about environmental stewardship
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: British Columbia is arguably the most environmentally 'progressive' province in the country and also happens to be home to the best and most frequented helicopter, snow-cat, snowmobile, dirtbike, 4x4, side by side etc. accessed terrain in the country. I suppose that notion is rather ironic. I'm all for people doing what they choose to in the name of reducing their impact. I just wont be rushing to turn in my toys for a more expensive alternative that isn't currently feasible to replace my machines.
  • + 1
 @VPS13: If i lived in British Columbia and had money I'd heli the sht out of my shuttle... I lived most of my life being told having fun is bad. Jesus won't love me. Now I hear the same sht from greenies... just in case don't have too much fun. Same sht, just different church. Oh I just saw a commercial of Network of petrol stations, "Sweden's first ecological Diesel..." for fks sake... this is what I am talking about.

As to carbon, I see enough reasons not to use it, without reaching for environmental bollocks. I got myself a carbon frame because i got it in the price of alu and I knew suspension system on it is exceptional.
  • + 94
 Finally a single pivot design with zero pedal kick back!
  • + 0
 I just fell off the chair for that XDD
  • + 8
 Yeah, but it's a low single pivot leading to a terrible forward axle path, first sidewalk crack is gonna buck the rear end something fierce, I tell ya. Hold your money for the V2!
  • + 1
 Modern Geo too! Long and slack!
  • + 30
 About time we saw some softtail technology in the strider segment.
  • + 25
 *tries to think of something smart assy to say but can't because it's so cute*
  • + 5
 How about Rock Shox stickers on a rigid fork being an oxymoron...
  • + 9
 @fartymarty: Talk to a large percentage of former and current Pike owners and they'll tell you it's not entirely inappropriate. There are many times when it's a perfect fit.
  • + 2
 @fartymarty: oor...its a perfect descriptor
  • + 3
 @TheRaven: I was going to say something like that but my Pikes work really well.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: There were times when mine did too.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: To be fair it really would be true to the name "ROCK" shox
  • + 20
 I want one, as a key chain...
  • + 17
 no place to mount a sippy-cup? no thanks! /sar
  • + 15
 looks like a session.
  • + 8
 Wide bar short stem? The stem looks pretty long to me. Same goes for the rear. Not really forwards geometry, but at least the front wheel stays planted on the climbs.

That said, much better than that carbon nonsense we've been seeing lately.
  • + 12
 Better than my bike...
  • + 5
 Thanks PB for this bike check. It will be interesting to see if kids from DH legends find their way back into international racing. Peat, Hill, Barel, all have kids now...and I am sure CG has a few we don't know about!
  • + 1
 Manon Carpenter did well.
  • + 5
 Victor just CRUSHED the record for youngest to have a Pinkbike bike check. 1 year and a couple weeks seems like it may stand for awhile...
  • + 7
 Now I want to be Fabien's son too.
  • + 1
 This bike is nothing new. Infact its a straight up copy from Kokua's LikeaBike

I bought this bike for my son 6 years ago

www.kokua-shop.com/epages/62501574.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62501574/Products/1.1/SubProducts/3-0010
  • + 1
 My kid has one, they are actually really well built little bikes and the shock works surprisingly well. You can fit a front brake for when they get a little older too. Only issue is there is nowhere for them to place their feet when they are cruising down hills
www.likeabike.co.uk/m3b0s337p8/LIKEaBIKE-Jumper
  • + 2
 I don't feel like being an overly cautious person, but wouldn't some protective on the stem be nice in case first tricks are tried and the kid want's to keep his first teeth Smile
Nice steed anyways!
  • + 1
 You are not. The original kokua jumper comes equiped with a neoprene guard
  • + 6
 Elastomers ain't dead!
  • + 1
 See my profile pic for the awesome $100 version I got my kid in the KTM shop in Prague for Christmas last year... not a KTM brand bike, but it does have a hand brake, which for all kinds of practical reasons is is more useful for a kid than a rear shock! He already knows how to skid to the side...
  • + 5
 He's running Rockshox prototype rigid forks.
  • + 2
 It's their new lockout feature.
  • + 1
 IMO 'balance bikes' would be worse for kids riding development than a razor scooter. Because kids have to sit on a Balance bike where as they developed proper standing balance on a scooter...
  • + 2
 Haha, so cute! This is a welcome change of pace from my news feeds this morning. The serious, in depth photo/article on a simple joy of life. A triumph!
  • + 3
 No "Pinkbike's take" or demo info. What kind of review is this? Hop on board @MattWragg, how does it ride?
  • + 0
 No platforms to stand on. So ZERO!. Hard to beat Spec Hotwalk or Commencal or Prod Privee (there are few similar ones) My 5 year old daughter learned to do an English bunnyhop on the Spec. I just needed to mount her the BMX style bars from Hotrock 12. At the same time I have no delusions that this kid will ride better than me by the time he gets 12
  • + 2
 My sons are able to rest the feet on the chain stays and it's the lightest 12" balance Bike by far. welded v-brakes tabs (chopped out from an old rs Dart we use with disk brakes) under the chain stays and now is upgraded with a tektro mini paired with the brake lever that comes with the kokua specific front brake set. Stem is OnOff (mondraker) stoic 30mm and handlebar is an old easton monkey bar cutted down.

A friend installed a v-brake under the chain stays too, in a hotrock 12".

I higly recomend the mac-ride seat too
  • + 1
 my son just wants to play soccer -ALL THE TIME. actually he has already a pretty good attack position -but after an hour biking : "Can we play soccer now?" -something went terribly wrong Wink
  • + 1
 @LuisCR: I installed the Vbrakes on Hotwalk for a moment but they were sticking out too much so my son would be hitting his calves on them. Cantilevers would work better. Also I installed Vbrakes on my daughters Hotrock 16, and she has more than enough braking power, so cantilever would do just fine. Anywas, next year my son will be riding the hotrock. I need to remove the coaster brake. Just like I did on his sisters bike. She gets the Commencal Meta HT 20. Gears and real pedals - finally! time to buy her 5.10 shoes as well. She doesn't dare to stand on pedals yet since her feet are falling off them
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: 5.10 for kids are not that sticky -kids (and parents) hate that there are no velcrostraps -5.10 for kids are nice but not worth it.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: How tall is she? my 5 years old boy is on an early rider belter 16 (upgraded with 30mm stem and, again an old handlebar cutted down). Next 20" bike options are commencal Meta HT20 or propain dreckspatz race (with gears), probably the dreckspatz because is close to 2kg lighter.

he got the first pair of 5.10 early this summer, sizing is on the short side; size 28,5 is as big as size 27 in Puma, e.g. and 2018 edition comes with velcro
  • + 1
 @LuisCR: I don't know, 112 I think. She's on the edge of sitting on a 20" bike right. Theoretically she could already be riding it but Next year she'll surely get there. She wants to compete/ ride with other kids and her 16" just doesn't cut it. Can't wait for her to get 130. That's the limit for karting, braaaaap!
  • + 2
 Looks good, but I heard Victor saying that the frame felt "tingy" and it didn't handle the roots well.
  • + 3
 No room for a water bottle.
  • + 2
 Damn, that rear elastomer shock is money! My kid has a Giant pre, it's kinda meh.
  • + 3
 This is so fantastic. Thanks for the post!
  • + 1
 My kid who just turned 3 already has 2 balance bikes... but this is so cool I would consider buying one for his little brothers... I like it.
  • + 1
 Don't worry, just fling 'em in the ocean when they're done with them!
  • + 3
 12" for life!.........or until kindergarten Smile
  • + 4
 Coolest first bike ever
  • + 2
 this strider wins for graphics and style, the specialized wins for engineering
  • + 1
 Can someone explain me why some pushbikes don't have pegs or any other suport for feet?
  • + 1
 Q-factor. Pegs or foot supports are great for coasting downhill, but when your kid is running along on the flat they have to splay their legs out to the sides awkwardly or they smack their ankles, or jam their foot between the foot support and the ground.
My youngest has a Wishbone (present from grandparents, not my choice) and gets around the lack of foot supports by hooking his toes over the top of the stays. Much more aeroSmile The added advantage of this position is he can brake the rear wheel with the sole of his foot against the tyre, this is great news for us as he was previously chewing through shoes by dragging his toes on the ground to brake.
  • + 1
 "Happy Birthday, son!"
"Aw Dad, I told you I wanted an iPhone or a guitar..."
"Huh"
  • + 1
 No water bottle mounts? you wont be gettin' my money, it's going on Lego and M&M's.
  • + 2
 Lol, that brakeless life!
  • + 1
 Bullshit. My kids shoes have no toes left as they throw on the brakes to setup tight corners!!!
  • + 2
 No milk-bottle mount. I'm out.
  • + 1
 Its running a longer stem than Fabien had on the Mondraker! Sizing these days.....
  • + 2
 Yet another wheel size . Disgrace zzzzzzzzz
  • + 3
 Take my money!
  • + 2
 This kid will need Pro Core.
  • + 2
 It doesn't look very playful with such an excessively long rear center
  • + 1
 think about the contact Point not beeing the place where a bottum bracket would be, but the seat. thats roughly in the vertical line where a BB would be. the bearing you see there is just relevant for the Suspension
  • + 2
 Not carbon? How is that worth riding?
  • + 1
 If Victor needs a guide call me
m.pinkbike.com/photo/15189483
  • + 1
 Best bike check in some time. Nicely done.
  • + 1
 After 4 years the spectral was ready for a makeover.
  • + 1
 Pinkbike article of the year right here...
  • + 1
 Actually its a kokua jumper bike....why did canyon relabel it?
  • + 1
 Got to order one for my 1 year old now
  • + 1
 Nice but it's a full kokua ripoff
  • + 1
 A steal for $1200 where do I order one.
  • + 1
 Dope AF!
  • + 1
 WAAAANT!
  • + 1
 #softtailaintdead
  • + 1
 That is so Rad!
  • + 1
 $5,000?
  • + 1
 more like 150 here in Germany - thisone ist just painted different to fit the canyon theme -its akokua jumper -good first bike though
  • + 1
 actually its just stickered differently...
  • - 3
 Is it electric?
  • + 1
 Don't give them any ideas! E-balance bikes coming soon...
  • + 5
 @gibbon-on-an-orange: sad but true......................so sad.........


racerxonline.com/2017/09/18/stacyc-launches-rider-creation-program


sometimes i'm embarrassed to be human.
  • + 2
 @stacykohut: hahaha, i threw this as a joke, because it was the dumbest thing i could think of. Turns out people are more stupid than what i could imagine
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