Commencal Announces Updated 2022 RMNS Kids Bikes

Oct 26, 2021
by COMMENCAL bicycles  


The RAMONES (RMNS) range is a real priority of ours. Whatever their size or ability, every child is sure to find the bike they want in this range! Our frames are specifically designed by our engineers to adapt with small body shapes and all the components are selected for perfect ergonomics. Our aim is to make the first riding experience just perfect for the little ones.

For the 2022 range, the RMNS has undergone some major changes both in terms of look and components.
Like the entire ‘grown-ups' range, the work we’ve done on the RMNS revolves around some key points -
more reliability, design and performance and a global push upmarket.

For sure, these bikes should allow for real mountain biking, so that the child can experience their first riding feelings in complete safety. This is why our kids models come with knobbly tyres and disc brakes, because it’s important for them to get the right sensations from the beginning.

The gain in comfort and grip is undeniable. At the same time, they might prevent some scratches on the elbows and knees...

We've worked on the little details that make a difference. The entire RMNS range is now equipped with all new extruded tubes instead of the classic round tubes, for a completely revised look. The rigid forks have also had a facelift, going from steel to formed aluminium.

Beyond a more refined aesthetic there is also a significant loss in weight. Along the same lines of improving looks and reliability, we have chosen to equip our RMNS with semi-integrated headsets.

RMNS 12" & 14"

A notable difference in the look and shapes on the RMNS 12 and 14 balance bikes is the addition of a new footrest that is intended to give grip to the kid's shoes. It also helps protect the edges of the frame. Our goal here is to give kids more confidence on their first laps behind the handlebars of a bike, and also to reduce wear and tear over time as much as possible.

We like to think that our bikes will be useful for a little brother or sister and that they'll resell well on the second-hand market even after several years of use. Finally, the other major development concerns the arrival of a plastic plate on the top tube. It means the kids can stick their favourite number on it using the sheet of stickers supplied with the bike.

Like a real racer!

RMNS 16"

The RMNS 16 models have had the top tube lowered to make it easier to step over and provides more freedom of movement in general.

As specialists in the gravity field, we know the importance of good components that are reliable and suitable for young riders, so the cranks are shortened and the grips have a 19mm diameter for better handling of the bars.

RMNS 20" & 24''

The RMNS 20 and 24 are also fitted with flexible plastic chain stay guards to improve the finish and reduce noise. It’s lighter and more streamlined than on previous models.

Finally, we sought to improve the comfort and weight of the RMNS 20 and 24 by switching from wheels with 36 spokes to 28.

With the smallest of people in mind, we decided to equip our RMNS 20 and 24 with cockpits that are the right width and height for their size. High-end 31.8mm diameter handlebars and stems are making their debut.

The diameter of the grips has also been reduced. Small details require the utmost attention.

All models are available in Keswick Green, Metallic Purple and Matte Silver.


RMNS 14"
RMNS 16"

RMNS 20"
RMNS 24"

All specs & prices on COMMENCAL Websites :

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  • 16 2
 this is badass! between this and Specialized's announcement, the industry is trending in the right direction on the smaller bike options.............but I cannot help but think disc brakes on a 14"/16" bike is not the way to go. 20"..sure but on bikes aimed at 4-5 year olds, I would be worried about them goofing around and shoving a finger in a moving rotor. Shit, I nearly took the tip of my finger off a few years back while working on my bike and not paying attention ...maybe a rotor cover can be made...similar to the chain guard?????
  • 5 0
 I never thought of that. I'll pay more attention when my daughter is "helping me" with bike maintenance.
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 I did take the top part of my finger off, sliced it from the knuckle out to the end with my rotor. You have a very good point on a rotor cover. I support that idea 100%. Kids generally aren’t going to be sending it huge, so something practical and not overly engineered would not be out of the realm of possible
  • 25 11
 While I appreciate you wanting to protect children from themselves, I've found myself on the other end of the spectrum, trusting my (best attempt at) parenting to be sufficient protection.

Have you taught a kid to ride? After a year of my 4 y/o daughter riding a disc brake equipped 16" wheel bike, she has yet to stick her finger into the rotor once. Like with anything that can potentially kill you, a good parent needs to explain a few fundamental safety items when it comes to bicycling. Like- don't stick your finger between the chain and sprocket, don't put your hand into the spokes, or ram into brick walls at full speed.

If your kid can't be trusted to not stick their finger into their rotor, they can't be trusted with a bike in the first place.
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 @JeffWeed: do dumb shit (parent of a 3 and 4 year old). It would be a smart industry move to have cheap plastic covers for the rotors on a bike geared for 4-5 year olds. As someone who has almost lost part of a finger in a rotor (and I'm not the only one), I find it hard to believe parents would turn down a rotor cover if the option was available on a 14" bike sold to preschoolers.
  • 10 0
 I agree with both of you guys. My 3 year old daughter helped me install her hydraulic disc brake on her 12" Ramones and I was like "OH $hit this is dangerous." Have a look what this genius did. Cheap, easy and likely to save a finger without inventing anything.

Credit to @jwoodm
  • 1 0
 Bike park requirements often list disc brakes as mandatory, regardless of bike size. It also seems to help with braking power vs. lever force for smaller riders.

I’d prefer disc over rim brakes, but definitely recognize your point on being a rotary guillotine!
  • 1 1
 To be honest unless they are mandatory at a bike park, apart from looking cool the discs are way overkill on the 14". I have last years 14" and my little one has had a few nasty OTBs from grabbing them both in a panic. Because he's still learning to shift his weight etc when braking if he grabs them both hard there's only one way he's going. I've taught him loads about only really using the rear brake, but when it gets handed down to his little brother the front brake is probably going to come off to avoid the same accidents.
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 Both brakes that is.
  • 2 0
 @daveg75: I have found that adjusting the pad engagement on the front so that at full pull it drags enough to help, but doesn't lock up was a good first step, then gradually dialed it back in to full power.
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 @JeffWeed: sorry, accidental downvote. I see both sides. But your videos were definitely inspiration on getting my son out. It is odd that a 10k bike ships with a dork disc on the cassette and reflectors but no disc covers on these bikes.
  • 4 0
 Or just tell your kid to not put their finger in it? my boy has been on the Ramones run bike for 2 years now with the disc, and I would have a hard time going away from a disc kids bike. the disc is so easy for the little fingers to squeeze, he was doing skids at 2.5 years old, and now at 3.5 he can modulate the brake so good.

My .02 cents!
  • 2 0
 instead of "inventing" a disc rotor cover, they could "just" use a disc similar to the Shimano ultegra one where the large holes are covered up with finns. Problem solved.
  • 2 0
 @schlayer: That's a great idea, so simple.

I've seen a grown adult nearly lose their finger tip from just putting their front wheel in upside down and inadvertently pointing too close to the caliper while the wheel was gently spinning. Disc spoke when into the finger and would have sliced it off but for the finger nail.

I've just moved my son up to a 20" bike with discs, he's 5 so a bit less of a hazard but I would be a lot more worried about putting his 3 year old sister on a bike with discs without some sort of cover.
  • 2 1
 @JeffWeed: having 2 boys (3 &5) that love your videos has been so awesome.

But having picked up a used early rider with rim brakes has been perfect. They are more than enough for a 30-40lbs body. They make the bike much lighter, especially on the wheels. And modulation is much better (so far my 5 yo has had 0 accidental stoppies), creating a safer riding, safer playing (no fear of citing you finger off) bike.

I am glad I have an old early rider because all new ones have disc brakes.
  • 3 1
 @JeffWeed: Fully agreed Jeff. That line of thinking and helicopter parenting led to training wheels, chain guards, coaster brakes and more. All about communication with your child. If they like and respect the bike, and you're serious, they'll listen. The best is when they turn into an audible conscience. "Gramma, you shouldn't say what the heck." "Daddy, you shouldn't use the big hammer on your bike."
  • 1 0
 Yeah these bikes are sweet. There are tons of ways these bikes can injure little rippers, for sure. With my son, he got a Specialized riprock 20" with disc brakes when he was five, grew out of it age 7. I made it clear that he was responsible for his safety. From day one, I coached him on some safety basics: how to avoid an OTB, don't stick your fingers in the moving wheel, don't touch the rotor after descents because its hot, drink water and eat so you don't get fatigued and crash, etc. He is nine now and he has never had an injury with MTB (he rides 100+ days/year) and very seldom falls or crashes. I made it clear he's responsible for his safety and if he can't be safe, he can't ride. If he doesn't respect his limits, the mountain weather and terrain, he can't ride. So far it seems to have paid off. Just one dad's experience.
  • 2 0
 @schlayer: bingo, that's a great idea, thanks for sharing!
  • 1 0
 My son hauls ass on his Ramones 16 with disc brakes! I set the front brake so he can't endo it though! We actually bought it for him as he couldn't get enough stopping power out of the v-brakes on his old early rider. I highly recommend discs on a 16" bike! I would say the frame is way over built and the wheels are boat anchors... but it has still been a good bike for him for the price.
  • 7 0
 This is just awesome.
My son is in his late teens now, but back in the day he rode pretty much all of the grom bikes, including the ripcord, the spawns, the l'il shredders, and the 24" Supreme from commencal. That bike changed his life, allowing him to ride the same trails that I rode, at the same speeds. Now he gaps me on aline, and puts me in hit dust on dirt merchant. Probably thanks to having good equipment at a young age.
  • 9 0
 Does the RMNS 14" have adapters to run 223mm rotors? No? Then I'm out.
  • 1 0
 At least, with these sizes of rotors, the kids will early learn what an OTB means. Friday's fails extending...
  • 2 0
 how much is a "significant" loss of weight? i've got 12" 14" and 16" commencals that are currently working their way through the 2nd of my 3 boys. i moved on from commencal after the 16" because they are so damn heavy but if I'd consider upgrading the lineup if they really did improve the weight that much.
  • 1 0
 My kid is a shortie so he started on 14" Spawn Furi. I had originally bought him a 16" Yoji but he needed to grow into it. 3 year olds on balance & pedal bikes blows people's minds. And the amount of people who think they need to start their kid on training wheels blows mine. Kids bikes are awesome!
  • 1 0
 My son started on a Giant strider-style then I got him the Commencal 14" pedal, the 16" and he just got the 20". These bikes have held their value over the years and each bike has been ridden and sold to help fund the newer one. He's like any kid and beats on his bikes and these hold up so well! Kudos to Commencal for caring about the groms!
  • 3 0
 That black RMNS 14 might just be the cutest damn bike going.
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  • 2 0
 Back in the day, we’d tell the kids, “stove hot” or “knife sharp” and they knew not to eff around….
  • 3 0
 What's so wrong with vowels?
  • 1 0
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  • 1 0
 I have the 12”, and 16” Ramones. Just ordered the 20”! Way to go Commencal. Love the idea of the 14” scoot bike. Everyone loves a scoot bike, no matter their size…
  • 1 0
 Still spec'ing the 20" & 24" models with a freewheel is an absolute fail.
  • 1 0
 What do you mean?

My kid has the older 24" Ramones and it's been good but the 36 spoke wheels are something I always thought was dumb, the gearing is also too tall. I keep meaning to try to track down a smaller chain ring.
  • 1 0
 @KennyWatson: With a freewheel you're options for change are extremely limited. However, if they had spec'd even an 8 speed HG freehub instead, your options become virtually endless. The limited 7 speed gearing might be fine for most riders, but not for those of us who actually take our kids to the mountains where they are expected to climb. You can probably get by on the 20" bike (my son did on his Orbea MX20), but jumping up to a 24" they really do need lower gearing.
  • 1 0
 RMNS 16 looks like a Spawn with disk brakes.
  • 1 0
 Adjustable lever disk is the only way to for for little hands
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 Cmmnncl shld prtnr wth cnyn clltiv. Wht vn r vwls
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 12" ain't dead, guys!

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