Black Mountain Bikes Expand Range for Bigger Kids That Need Gears

Sep 19, 2019
by Black Mountain Bikes  
14.09.19. Black Mountain Bikes. PIC Andy Lloyd www.andylloyd.photography

PRESS RELEASE: Black Mountain Bikes

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for every child, but there is a problem, kids grow… quickly!

Following on from the success of Black Mountain’s first two models, Pinto and Skøg, we are pleased to announce the launch our all-new Kapel (18” wheels) and Hütto (20”) geared children’s bikes.

It is natural for a child to move on from a single–speed bike to a fully geared one as they progress with their riding. All too often this transition can be too big a leap, due to the size, weight and complexity of traditional geared bikes, combined with the temptation for the parent to buy an oversized bike that the child ‘can grow into’. With that in mind, we introduce our Kapel and Hütto bikes. Sticking to our core principal that a child’s bike should fit them perfectly as they grow and develop, both of the new bikes feature our patented Epok growing frame design, but now with the added bonus of seven gears and bigger wheel and frame sizes.

Fundamental to our Epok series is the concept of bikes that can be dialled down to fit the child and then grow with them as they grow. So our 18” wheeled Kapel is sized to seamlessly transition up from our 14” Pinto model, and the 20” wheeled Hütto to continue on from our 16” Skøg. This means that parents buy fewer bikes as their child grows and progresses, whilst always ensuring the bike fits well. Of course a newcomer to the brand can jump in anywhere along the model range, whether they are learning to balance bike, trying out pedalling for the first time or ready to use gears. Both bikes give children the chance to gain confidence and develop their cycling skills whilst mastering gears for the first time.

14.09.19. Black Mountain Bikes. PIC Andy Lloyd www.andylloyd.photography

Kapel and Hütto are the next step in the evolution of Black Mountain as a brand and are a continuation of the Epok series of growing kids’ bikes. Since the launch of our Pinto and Skøg models just over 18 months ago we now sell our bikes all over the world – we are currently exporting to 38 countries including most of Europe and much further afield in places such as Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

14.10.17. Black Mountain PIC Andy Lloyd www.andylloyd.photography

We believe that our first bikes, Pinto and Skøg, are the best children’s bikes for your child to learn on, and that Kapel and Hütto are the perfect bikes for them to progress on in their cycling life.

Kapel

24.07.19. Black Mountain Bikes PIC Andy Lloyd www.andylloyd.photography

18” Wheels
5 years +
Height Range: 110-128cm
Weight: 8.1kg (without pedals, 8.4kg with pedals), 6.7kg in Balance Mode
Colour options: Orange, Neon Green, Purple, Azure Blue
Price: £449.00

Progressing on from our single-geared Pinto, our Kapel features the same Epok growing technologies, but rolls on bigger 18” wheels. Whether new to riding or moving up from our Pinto or another bike, Kapel is a bicycle for a child to develop their riding on, learning to change gears easily, quickly and safely.

Smaller and less intimidating than a 20” bike, Kapel starts life as a small lightweight pedal bike, either as a first geared bike or as a stepping stone on from any single-geared bike. Kapel gives children the chance to gain confidence and develop their cycling skills while mastering gears for the first time. Then with our Up:Scale growing frame design you can transform the bike into a larger bike as your child grows. Our optional Balance Bike kit can also be fitted to Kapel, making it ideal for children coming to cycling later, or those having difficulty with balancing or transitioning to pedalling.

As with all of our Up:Scale bikes children don’t need to ‘grow into it’ – instead you ‘dial’ Kapel down to fit them properly from the start, then as they grow and get stronger, the bike grows and develops with them. And with our Up:Rise stem extender you can also increase the ‘cockpit’ size of the bike very easily.

Hütto

24.07.19. Black Mountain Bikes PIC Andy Lloyd www.andylloyd.photography

20” Wheels

Epok: 6 Years+
Height Range: 118-134cm
Weight: 8.3kg (without pedals, 8.6kg with pedals), 6.9kg in Balance Mode
Colour options: Orange, Neon Green, Purple, Azure Blue
Price: £449, Disc £549, Trail £649

Progressing on from our single-geared Skøg, our Hütto features the same Epok growing technologies but rolls on bigger 20” wheels. Whether new to riding, or moving up from Skøg or another bike, Hütto is a bicycle for a child to develop their riding on, learning to change gears easily, quickly and safely.

Hütto starts life as a small lightweight pedal bike, which is ideal either as a first geared bike or as a stepping stone on from any single-geared bike. Hütto gives children the chance to gain confidence and develop their cycling skills while mastering gears for the first time. Then with our patented Up:Scale growing frame design you can transform the bike into a larger pedal bike as the child grows. Our optional Balance Bike kit can also be fitted to Hütto, making it ideal for children coming to cycling later, or those having difficulty with balancing or transitioning to pedalling.

As with all of our Epok bikes, children don’t need to ‘grow into it’ – instead you ‘dial’ Hütto down to fit them properly from the start, then as they grow and get stronger the bike frame grows and develops with them. And with our Up:Rise stem extender you can also increase the ‘cockpit’ size of the bike very easily.

As standard, our Hütto is an amazing bike, but if you want to ride more aggressive terrain then Hütto Disc is available which upgrades to mechanical disc brakes, sealed cartridge bearing wheels and grippier Schwalbe Black Jack off-road tyres. Then Hütto Trail includes everything in the Disc package but with a pair of 50mm travel Spinner Grind Air suspension forks.

14.09.19. Black Mountain Bikes. PIC Andy Lloyd www.andylloyd.photography

More information, here.


38 Comments

  • 10 1
 Cool, this is what kids need, not carbon frames with blinged out components
  • 29 0
 This probably applies to most adults as well.
  • 3 0
 I've gone through a number of bikes with my kids and when they grew out of them I had to either give them away for a fraction of the price or free. This is a great idea for children to progress on a bike, it saves money over time and reduces the amount of stuff going into landfill. They look pretty sturdy too.
  • 7 1
 That kid is way too big for that bike.
  • 2 0
 Where can I find a bike like this in the States, or that ships to the States? My youngest daughter is having many of the issues they are solving for while moving up to a pedal bike (bad geo, too high a gear, etc). Recommendations appreciated!
  • 2 0
 I've got a 3 yo and a 5 yo both pedallng on us.woombikes.com The 5 yo is on a Woom 3 (which her brother will maybe inherit next season, we'll see) and 3 yo on a Woom 2 which we started the summer with no pedals so he could use it as a balance bike. For the Woom 2 it's worth it to get the freewheel, as the coaster brake really frustrated the 3 yo when he was trying to learn to pedal. High quality components, lightweight AL frame, long/low/slack geometry, and the gearing is perfect for little legs.
  • 2 0
 @chacou: Checking them out, Thanks!
  • 2 0
 How old? GT's Stomper line are great bikes at great prices. If you want something nicer, the Commencal Ramones line is the next step up, pricewise. From there, you can go up to Spawn and then Lil' Shredder if you want the real bling. All should have trail-compatible geometry and no high rise pseudo BMX bars.
  • 1 0
 @scofflaw23: Good point, I didn't put her age. She's 5, maybe 42/43" tall.
  • 1 0
 @woodybepierced: Sounds like you could get her on a 20", which will give you a lot better selection (there are not as many trail-ready 16" bikes). My daughter is on a Commencal Ramones 20" and it's been great. This year's model is even better because they went away from the heavy elastomer fork to a rigid fork and 2.6" tires instead. I wish we had bikes like this when I was a kid!
  • 2 0
 Great idea for growing kids so they can get the most out of a bike . My boys are to big now but would of definitely looked at them if they were out when my boys were smaller

The kid riding looks like a proper future shredder to ????
  • 2 0
 What most kids bike manufacturers get wrong is the crankset. A lot of kids bikes are running no less than 165mm cranks - that's 10mm less that a 6ft rider might use. A bike this small should have something like 120mm crank. I wonder what the stock length is.
  • 1 0
 I bought a brand new balance bike Schwinn on Craiglist to my daughter for 45 bucks (had a flat tire) when she was 2.5 years old. Then a used trek mystic 16 inch tlalso on CG that was like new for 30 bucks (+ a bell kids helmet). I plan to get a used 20 inch geared bike (hopefully with disk brakes) when she gets a little older and upgrade it with parts I have around and finally move her to a 2008 small stump fsr pro 26 that my wife rides. Her younger sister which is 16 months will ride her left over bikes. These new kids bikes are way overpriced.
  • 4 2
 "Black Mountain Bikes Expand Range for Bigger Kids That Need Gears" should read "Black Mountain Bikes expand range for bigger kids who need gears".
  • 3 0
 Who needs gears?
  • 1 0
 I would venture to guess what people need is the website address for the company, which is NOT in the article. Guess you have to google them and hope you get the right find...
  • 1 0
 @bizutch: click on the ‘more information, here’ takes you straight to the website!
  • 1 0
 @Cazw83: wee little link. I'm not the only one who would overlook that?
  • 1 0
 "that" is actually correct. After all you would say "That kid needs more gears" not "Who kid needs more gears".
  • 2 0
 My daughter has a Pinto. Earlier this year on her birthday we converted it from balance to pedal bike, she took straight to the pedals like a duck to water.
  • 1 0
 Another newer kid friendly brand is Slater Bikes slaterbike.bigcartel.com
Their Gateway will accommodate 16”, 18”, and 20” wheels as kiddo grows.
Ink
  • 2 0
 This bike looks awesome will definitely be looking into one for my 6 year old. The sizing and geometry looks fantastic.
  • 2 0
 Look out for them golden nuggets on your water bottles, kids!
  • 5 6
 I rather buy a Walmart bike with a basket upfront. Sorry. Too ugly. That growing bike concept is dangerous.. I rather save money for a spawn cycles or commencal hardtail with good soecs
  • 5 1
 Who cares about looks?
  • 5 0
 Buying a SPAWN for my son was easily the best equipment purchase/investment I've ever made. He's completely hooked for life on bikes now and I attribute a lot of it to having a good bike with properly sized components that actually work. As a dad I would be crapping my pants worrying about the single bolt that holds this Black Mountain frame from folding. Not worth it.
  • 4 1
 @dirtdiggler: your rear shock also has one bolt holding that will see a f***load more force than these frames
  • 2 1
 @zyoungson: yep, I get that but there is a difference: this bike would literally fold up into itself whereas my rear triangle would bottom out into the front triangle. I would survive. I’m not saying one of the single bolts will fail but having that bolt as the only thing holding the bike from folding looks a bit sketchy to me for a mountain bike. If it was a commuter bike I wouldn’t question it.
  • 1 0
 If it can withstand the gnarly stuff this kid is doing it certainly gets my vote. Most kids wouldn’t even be putting the bike to the test like this and the fact this kid is doing proper downhill stuff speaks volumes.
  • 1 0
 @Cazw83: 1 short video clip doesn't give an accurate report of any degree of durability greater than a few minutes of shredding
  • 2 0
 Marketing is strong with this one...
  • 2 0
 Awesome love it wish that was around when my boy was younger
  • 2 0
 Great looking bike if my boys where younger they would have loved it.
  • 1 0
 Great to see you guys expanding the range. We need more innovation in cycling like this.
  • 1 0
 kids need to shift easy, nexus hubs on a little schwinn worked great for my girls.
  • 2 0
 18.5 pounds!
  • 2 0
 For a 50# rider. About the same as a 200# grownup hefting around a 74# bike. Which is better that what my little dude had to deal with - we did the same math for his bike at one point, and it would have equated to a 100#+ bike for me.
  • 2 1
 Respect the hell out of the goggles and dj helmet

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