PRESS RELEASE: Commencal
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!
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.
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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.
Credit to @jwoodm
I’d prefer disc over rim brakes, but definitely recognize your point on being a rotary guillotine!
My .02 cents!
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.
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.
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.
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.