Video: Your Kid's Going to Want This

May 7, 2015 at 5:32
by Transition Bikes  
Views: 73,511    Faves: 225    Comments: 10


Designed for use by an average size and age range of riders from 8 - 12 years old, this 24" wheel, 9 speed geared machine is ready to go out of the box without a single upgrade. Utilizing a 26" air sprung fork and a standard size rear air shock, offering 100mm of front and rear travel the suspension can be dialed in perfectly for lighter weight riders within this age range. With geometry complimentary to the quick progression of young riders, The Ripcord can be used as a neighborhood explorer but really shines when taken to the trails. Its 67 degree head tube angle and short 381mm chainstays make it a capable and nimble bike both climbing and descending. A simple 1 x 9 drivetrain is used to eliminate the complexity of learning double shifting, and an e*thirteen LG1 chain retention device assuring an optimum ride.

"We wanted to build a kid's bike that provided the same killer riding experience as the rest of our line, and the last thing we wanted to do was create a product that required immediate upgrades due to sub-standard components. The young riders these days pick mountain biking up so quickly they can easily outgrow their equipment, and we wanted to be sure our bike was going to go the distance. The Ripcord is meant to do that and much more." - Transition Bikes Marketing manager Lars Sternberg

Parental testimony-

"It's been so cool to enjoy real trails with my son. The Ripcord's versatility enables us to go out and have fun together on real mountain bike trails, without compromise. I've been so pleasantly surprised to witness how the Ripcord immediately made my son a more confident rider. He hits jumps, drops, and rough sections now that he wouldn't have dreamed of before." - Matt Thompson / Momentum Trail Concepts

Rider testimony-

"It's a really fun bike, and that's what I like about it. I like riding downhill on it a lot a lot because I get to go really fast. It was the first time I went over a bunch of rocks and now it's actually kind of easy because I just pretend they don't exist. It was easy to figure out the gears and I climb hills a lot now and am getting used to the feeling. I like pedaling uphill and looking for a good downhill part where I can not pull the brakes at all and catch a lot of air!" - Cash Thompson

If you've got an aspiring young mountain biker in the house, and looking for a great bike that will provide them some of the best smiles per miles value then look no further, the Ripcord is here.



MENTIONS: @TransitionBikeCompany




173 Comments

  • 121 1
 Can that Dad be my Dad? Haha I wish my parents were that free and easy with their credit card when I was that age!
  • 61 1
 I found a loop hole. I broke all of our families bikes until they finally bought me one. It was a POS but still....I got my own mountain bike!
  • 38 6
 Transition didn't charge them. There was no credit card slip to take an imprint of the card! Hahah
  • 6 13
flag deeeight (May 7, 2015 at 6:43) (Below Threshold)
 Square card reader... www.squareup.com
  • 14 0
 damn i want one but i am an adult. do you mind? i am quite small so i guess it would fit me. btw that kid can ride.
  • 9 2
 ha ha --- I caught that too --- no credit card slip in the card swipe thing. they got the point across though
  • 33 0
 24 for life!
  • 8 0
 @Satn69 I bet lots of people these days wouldn't even know what the credit card imprinter device is! I was shocked when I went to pay by card somewhere recently and they said their card machine was broken and dragged out this dusty old relic which was still chained to the counter. They blew the dust off and took about 5minutes figuring out how it worked.
  • 9 0
 man -- the days of the card swipe rollers -- that sucked.

back in the day, you had to mail in the hard copies to get paid from them -- if they got lost in the mail, you were so screwed...

just as bad was if you didn't swipe the card well or the paper shifted, smudging the numbers --- if you couldn't read some/one of the numbers, you're SOL (if you didn't have the customer's contacts).


WHY? I don't know --- call me a pack rat --- I still have some of the envelops we used to mail in the credit card sale receipts.
  • 2 3
 Phat Moose Cycles in ottawa still have theirs. Lots of small businesses with outside storefronts get them to go with their electronic machines in case of power failures and what not.
  • 3 1
 Phat Moose also doesn't give you a receipt with any information of what you purchased..
  • 4 5
 Actually they will if you ask for one. They'll event print out a whole 8x11 inch invoice if you desired that much waste of paper to remember what you bought.
  • 4 36
flag zer0c00l44 (May 7, 2015 at 9:57) (Below Threshold)
 Was I the only one alarmed at the way the dad left his son way behind riding gnarly trails on a shit bike thats clearly too big for him with not a concern for his safety. Fuckinghellbells.
  • 16 0
 Scripted for dramatic irony.
  • 3 0
 @zer0c00l44 Even if the cameras were not rolling, the trails this video was filmed at are very short and they loop back to a central hub. It's in an suburban area near Seattle, Washington called Duthie Hill. Great place to take your kids, we take ours there all the time. Average time down any of the technical trails is probably around a minute or less.

Linky for yah!
www.evergreenmtb.org/trails/duthie-hill
  • 12 0
 great, now my kids bike is worth more than my car
  • 6 5
 Oh right, OK thanks, for a minute I thought the kid was in real danger. But now I see the trails are short and leaving the kid in the dust was done for effect of the movie. I dont know why I bother I really dont.
  • 8 6
 kan the bike industry pls stop shoving their sh*t down are throats? 26" fo lyfe. non of this 24 bs. 26 is faster rolls and much good trakshion pach ~ I save $ fo fatbike $$$
  • 2 1
 err ahh, Mediev... 24" wheel'd twink bikes is nothing new. 24" is great for kids that are around 7 to 12ish.


20" is too small at one point, 26", even with super small frames, is too big.

my three kids were all riding 24" bikes (modified BMX Redline MX24's, 24" cruisers that I made off-road worthy instead of stock street spec). they're 13 now and they would still be riding them but, I got them all on big-kid bikes with 17"ish frames.

one's riding a 15" Breezer, one's riding an 18" Rocky Mountain (both 26"), the other's riding a 17" 700c/29er combo I wup'd up..

those days when they were riding those 24" Redline's was a great phase -- they got them when they were just a tad too short for the bikes.. used them like like single speed mountain bikes... until not too longer... I think they used them for about 4 years or so. that's a pretty good stretch for a growing kid.
  • 2 0
 my boyees use to wup up on the dirt with those 24" Redline's -- their school friends had bikes like those crap Huffy's you see in this video --- we did a few group rides with my kids and their friends --- none of them could keep pace with my kids and it wasn't because they have mad skills or anything. riding a quality bike that fits you well is key to a growing, new rider.

me, i would totally get one of those RipCords for my kids if they hadn't already grown out of 24" wheel'd bikes.
  • 3 0
 @PedalShopLLC Can I just point out that I was joking. I wholeheartedly agree with everything you've said Smile
  • 1 0
 Hey @sicsoma I believe you forgot a word there: great, now my kids bike is worth more than my car, too.
Wink
  • 2 0
 ahh -- gotcha Mediev --- good to know
  • 1 0
 case in point --- taa daa..... the 2009 Transition 2-Fourrr.... I guess you guys missed the band wagon

www.pinkbike.com/photo/12209174
  • 1 0
 If only this was around when I was younger, I would have the cooler bike in the whole school!
  • 1 0
 My friends Specialized Demo came with a sticker that said not for off-road use
  • 1 0
 @mountainbiker-finn lol
  • 1 0
 i would go so far as to say VOD! that was fricken awesome! Just got my daughter a scott jr24 and shes stoked!! so according to this video she will be boosting past me around the berms and over the hucks on her first ride on it this weekend! awesome vid!
  • 1 0
 Thats a great investment, glad to hear that there is one more kid out there who can't wait to mountain bike, that is something now that we are finding shortages of. My jaw dropped when I went to Rays indoor bike park and saw a kid who was 4 and already had a sponsorship by Troy Lee Designs.
  • 58 0
 I wish I met this guy on the trail..he would comme out of nowhere and he would give me new tr500...
  • 10 1
 he certainly would ask your credit card BEFORE let you try Big Grin
  • 29 1
 Classic! But, the real deal is when a kid rips on a klunker because thats all he has! That will make his dad upgrade his equipment,at any cost.
  • 13 0
 Totally agree. My parents went split on a Oryx dd33 when I was 12 for a combination birthday gift and what not. This was simply after they realized how much I didn't give a shit about playing soccer or hockey like the other kids. They quickly realized I would be out of there hair for entire days and wondered why they even hesitated in the first place.
  • 27 4
 Ripper! Now wear some body armor please, at least a knee pad..
  • 79 0
 What about the other knee?
  • 125 2
 How often do you hit BOTH knees in a crash?? Kids these days are already spoiled enough.
  • 10 2
 If they're so spoiled don't give it to them, bargain with them. Tell the kid if he wants another knee pad he will have to give up one of his pedals.
  • 17 3
 30 pounds. That's a heavy bike for a little kid to be riding non shuttle stuff on. Obviously better than a Walmart bike, but too bad they couldn't get the weight down.
  • 13 0
 i bet a lot of that weight would come off with a better spec. still weighs less than most entry level hardtails
  • 4 6
 Isn't it a rebadged bottle rocket?
  • 6 0
 Add "Dad's" old Chris King disc hubs, a set of light cranks and BB off Pinkbike classifieds and a Thompson seatpost (or whatever), and that'd lighten it right up.
  • 3 3
 @jaame Im pretty sure its a Double. The BR had 150mm of travel.
  • 7 0
 Walmart bikes have a sticker that clearly says "this bike is not designed for off road use"
  • 4 0
 @jojotherider1977 It's not a rebadged double. The chain stays on it are specifically for 24'' wheels and therefore wouldn't fit with 26'' wheels (like on the double).
  • 14 0
 im a kid, never ridden shuttle and my 35 pound bike is fine
  • 4 1
 30 lbs witht he spec that is on it, allows it hit a good price point. Lighten it up all you want with high end parts if your kid needs a $4000 and up bike.

Hey Transition how about a frame or frame and fork deal for those that want to build it up themselves.
  • 2 1
 @duckcrisps ah, I didn't realize the stays were so short.
  • 4 1
 Any better of a bike, and you'll teach your kid nothing but to expect those expensive high end bikes that nobody can afford... I learned on a 40 pound Walmart bike when I was 10, and it taught me more than any $4000 bike out there ever could.
  • 1 9
flag jaame (May 7, 2015 at 22:21) (Below Threshold)
 BR, Double, whatever. Overpriced low tech kaka, like every other Tranny!
  • 16 5
 Im surprised the bike industry guy in the forest didn't try to ram some 650b wheels down the kids throat too, how about some REAL affordable kids bikes from the major companies for once. Yeah you won't make as much money per sale but will encourage people to get involved in biking from an early age and then in their later life you can try and force all the latest technology in their direction. Prices for everything in the biking world has got totally out of hand over the past 5 - 10 years
  • 7 0
 That's Kevin with Transition, one of company owners. Tag @TransitionBikeCompany with your comment, you have a good point!

That said, I think owning a bike company, even a successful one is sort of a break even business as it is.
  • 9 0
 There are bikes for kids in the $250-$1000 range, but few that meat the mark that Ripcord has hit, I think Transition really hit the mark on how good does a kids bike really need to be, good enough that everything is easy to use and lasts but not so over the top advanced that it kills the wallet like the little shredder. It's a great mid range bike that a kid can really rip on.
  • 5 0
 I agree about making affordable decent bikes. I think we really limit the future of mountain biking by not focusing on this. it seems the only children actually mountain biking are either wealthy or have zealous parents. BMX bikes are affordable and robust. I see a lot of really talented BMXers where I live.
  • 11 1
 Call me old school. but hardtail makes you better. If your kids is held back from progressing by the limits of riding hardtail, someone else is buying their next bike cause they're the next Kyle Straight. If you learn to care where the rocks are, and select your line, then when you do add suspension, you are just that much faster.
  • 5 2
 Saying you need to ride a hardtail to know how to bike is like saying you need to know DOS to use a computer.
  • 1 0
 Not that you NEED to ride hardtail... but in doing so it forces you to find a better line, and be more mindful of what is underneath you. When I raced DH, I made it a point to do at least 1 practice run on my hardtail, trust me, you'll see things differently.
  • 10 3
 Message: "Don't be a bad dad and buy a Transition Ripcord to your son."
But come on: 1699$ to get a Rock Shox XC32, Jalco wheels, Sram X5, Shimano M396 ??? Are you serious?? This configuration is OK for a 600-700$ bike. Where is the rest of the 1000$??

So, be a good dad and find a bike with way better components for the same price!
  • 4 0
 The frame would likely cost about $1000 if it were sold individually.
  • 3 0
 ...And probably less than 100$ to produce in Asia.
You can't only consider the potential public retail price of the frame to justify the price of this bike. That's not fair.
What about the margins?
  • 6 1
 Bikes like this are so much more important to the future of mountain biking. Stupid fad bikes like 29+ and 27.5+ are just going to be second or third bikes to guys like this theoretical "dad" while their kids get hand me down 26-inch bikes that the industry doesn't support.

Kudos to Transition (again) for seeing through the bullshit and just getting people on good bikes without playing the stupid games like Trek and Specialized play to gain sales in all markets.
  • 6 2
 Kid can shred, a well deserved bike. Not saying every kid doesn't deserves one of this quality but not all kids are serious about biking and will probably only use should an expensive bike once or twice and forget about it. For that reason a Walmart bike may be should sufficient for most kids and adults alike. Yea bike might be stupid expensive. But what is not now a days expensive? Just this passed weekend two boxer fought for $400m for what was to be the fight of the century, when in reality was most like the worst fight of the century. Price is just a number....... I believe if a kid can use it to total potential, then is worth the money. Of course, as long as it don't cost $2k. Lol
  • 12 1
 I hate it when I watch a kid roll out of a big box store with a mountain bike. When that heavy tank starts rattling around in a month the kid will think that they are the ones that suck instead of the bike. I always tell people if budget is an issue, get a better quality used bike. Instead of the kid riding a boat anchor, they can experience the freedom that we feel on a half-decent bike.
  • 5 0
 if a the Kid really likes Mountain bikes the will enjoy themselves on a Walmart bike and will not stop riding it, that's where the dad should come in, he should be able to notice if the kid enjoys MTB and if his abilities are being eclipsed or hampered down by the walmart bike, then it is time to buy a real one. The video is able to show that perfectly.
  • 4 0
 the parent I meant, in mexico we are still macho unfortunately.
  • 2 0
 Yup, & getting bikes like these on the market is how that used market will get supplied. With any luck, within 10 years, there'll be a decent amount of nice used kids bikes around so that any kid who's really into bikes can get one.
  • 5 1
 In my opinion, bikes are not something you "deserve". You don't have to be a good rider to "deserve" a good bike. It's a consumer product that you can either afford, or you can't. If you can afford it, why not, and enjoy it? If not, of course a Walmart bike is better than no bike.
  • 3 0
 Totally understand the opinion @smike but the problem is the price tag. I am not spending above 1000 usd for a kids bike if i am not sure if he is not gonna like it or not. At that age they are practicing a lot more sports that they could perhaps enjoy more over MTB. Parents by instict want their kids to do the same that they do, so thats why a lot of parents are spending big bucks on good bikes not knowing if their kids really like biking...
  • 1 1
 @groghunter
exactly what i was thinking.

If i had a kid i would much rather them be riding a quality bike than myself. How could you live with yourself as a parent if they crashed because the cheap bike they were on broke
  • 3 0
 Well yes and no. Just because you can afford, we shouldn't just buy expensive toys for kids, that's how they become spoil. Vice versa, if your kid does good, has the talent, and understands the sacrifice you make to get him/her that toy, then make a sacrifice to get him/her the best possible.
  • 8 0
 I bought my 9 year old daughter who is very tall for her age a used specialized sx slope bike last year for about 1k and it has completly changed her love for biking. She races DH now, is doing 4 foot drops,Jumps (she rides these same trails at Duthie) and is better than a lot of adults. Prior to that she was on a hardtail 24" kona and never had the same confidence. I really doubt that these will lose much value so I say if you can swing it do it. It WILL make it more fun for kids to ride. Fun= more riding= faster progression= riding the trails you want to ride with your little shredder.
  • 8 2
 I like how they used the Minecraft music to represent something boring and lame. While in the world of gamers minecraft music is one of the most apreciated OSTs.
  • 2 0
 I find it soothing.
  • 4 0
 I always had my son on the best available for his size. He was such a shredder by the time he was able to drive, and probably a bike snob thanks to me. But now he's 21 and can buy his own shit! Ha! People, give your kids the best, you won't regret it!
  • 3 0
 I watched my son go over the bars 4 times our first day at snow summit dh, i asked if he still liked dh? He said yes and next week it was a couple hours on craigslist to find an eq. Upgrade, its been 3 years and 4 bikes later its a6" kona proscess 153 and he can do enduro and dh, he is dedicated now
  • 1 0
 I ride one of those absolutely love it.
  • 4 1
 A used women's hard tail is about 3-400 dollars with far better specs and much less weight. When you are a 60lb kid that full suspension isn't near as important especially if you plan on riding more than just down. On near every loop a kid will be faster on the lighter hard tail for $400 than he would be on a fully suspended bike for $1700.

I only mention this because I have taught a lot of kids how to ride and a key to it being fun for them is not overexerting them physically. A 1x10 drive train and a light bike is simple and fun because it isn't exhausting. I wouldn't get this for a kid new to riding. A kid who is already shredding is still probably better off on a used xs 26in FS* than this bike. Maybe if it was a frame/shock kit it would be okay but the weight/parts/price point of this is off.


*There are a lot of barely ridden xs bikes out there from guys trying to get their girl friends into riding. 5-6k rigs for 1k is not uncommon.
  • 7 1
 Man I felt bummed for that kid up until the sweet trade haha.
  • 5 0
 Let's be honest, that kid could have shredded on the Huffy. Kid's got talent. Not that a Huffy doesn't suck, but he could have made it look good.
  • 5 0
 So glad we are weening kids off of video games and trying to get them outside to appreciate the beauty of being outside.
  • 2 0
 HA! Awesome! This is were it's at; Transition knows what's up. Transition getting kids on their bikes while making a positive mark on the youngsters' memories is a win win situation. The only thing these kids will transition to is huge ass jumps and not other bike companies. Brand recognition starts young.
  • 2 0
 Yep, the kid rips. Loved the sad tone of the first half - yep, a Huffy is good reason for a bit of gloomy music...

The real problem with kids' bikes isn't so much cost, or that the kids grow out of them so quickly - you can always resell or pass on to a younger sibling/cousin/friend, etc. The real issue is size/weight. If you wanted to make a kid's bike that feels as natural to throw around the trail to them as adult bikes feel to us, you'd have to go crazy on lightweight construction - but you have to pretty much use the same components and the same tubing as adult bikes to keep it reasonable, and thus you end up with only slight weight savings. Add to that the problem of smaller wheels (24" is not going to get over obstacles like 26", much less like 27.5 or 29), and the kids have an uphill battle. Sure, they've got youth, energy, and not knowing any better on their side, but that only goes so far.
  • 1 0
 Absolutely. If you look at a percentage of your weight vs. your bike's weight, by 6-year-old is equivalent to my riding a 100lb bike. It's nuts, and shocking that he still goes out there and has a blast.
  • 2 0
 My kids really did drastically improve when we put them on a real bike. Not like that, but switching from a bike that weights more than you to one that weighs significantly less, and to one that has comfortable geo improves your ride quite a bit.
  • 4 0
 My son has been on a Ripcord for 3 weeks now and its absolutely unbelievable how his riding has improved. Thanks Transition for putting this thing on the market.
  • 5 0
 Bravo Transition! Great vid!
  • 1 0
 Really cool bike and that kid rips, but it bothers me that they make it seem like you can't have fun without the latest and greatest product. Although I suppose I wouldn't have nearly as much fun riding if I had gotten my bike from Walmart
  • 3 0
 That kid rips! With his size on that bike looks he looks like Gwin on his 29er.

www.sicklines.com/gallery/data/1037/aaron-gwin1.jpg
  • 1 0
 Educating the parents is the way to market these bikes to the masses.

Shitty $100 walmart bikes (and the internet) are the reasons kids don't want to ride as much these days as when I was that age. If parents knew that a GOOD bike would get them off the couch and away from their smartphones for a minute, they'd probably buy one of these awesome bikes. Knowing something will be good for their child's health and increase their physical activity without any further persuasion is what most parents are looking for, but not every kid likes baseball.


Kids don't even know they want this yet, so advertising to the parents is what has to happen next.
Showing a 7 year old shred on one of these will make other kids want one, whether it's a Magazine advertisement, TV commercial, or internet ads...Jackson Goldstone could make a fortune doing TV commercials if a bike company got behind it with an ad campaign!
  • 1 0
 my god, I would love to be the marketing director and/or distributor for a project like this. I could sell a million bikes this year.
  • 1 0
 Thank You - Thank You - Thank You - another company to finally recognize that these kids want to rip it up to - don't sweat the investment into you and your child's happiness - the resale value after they have out grown the bike will be good - Just ask any parent looking for a Kona Stinky 24
  • 2 1
 I've had one on order for a couple of months now. My sons 9th birthday is this weekend, it's not gonna make it in time. The scary thing is, the dealer has left a couple of messages to find out the status, and Transition hasn't even called them back. They were supposed to be available in black/red only by mid-late April. I would think Transition would have better dealer service than that?

I don't mind spending the money if he's riding it, and the resale value should be good too. Even if he rides it for 2-3 years, and I sell it for $1000, it's cheap entertainment.

I'd like to get a cheap dropper seatpost for it so we don't have to stop for him to use the QR.
  • 5 0
 Hey SledMXer, there could be many reason's why you might be getting this response from the shop. We've had these in stock since mid-April. Feel free to email us directly anytime info@transitionbikes.com, we usually respond within 24-48hrs.
Cheers!
  • 1 0
 Transition, Thanks for the quick reply, I just emailed you. I appreciate you looking into it.
  • 1 0
 www.businessinsider.com/r-us-west-coast-port-backups-delay-apparel-bobbleheads-fries-2014-12

legit -- I had several products I couldn't get because of the stuff that went down in this link above.

I love what TBC has been putting out all these years --- products as well as the korky video's, I love the silly's.. I get really bored with the hard core, down your throat PR most companies shove in your face. I don't sell a boat load of them but, it's very rare I ever have problems with anything they produce. I think the last time I had to pull the warranty card was on a guy's Gran Mal and before that, 1 Dirt Bag... Zero issues since then.
  • 1 0
 Huge props to Transition for putting this bike out. My son loves his Ripcord and his confidence and abilities have soared because of it. The endless bitching about the evil money- grubbing industry on PB is getting tiresome. I bet the margin percentage on the Ripcord is the same or less than that of a Walmart bike. I could be wrong but I bet the guys behind Transition aren't multi-millionaires like the Walmart execs, but more likely are just guys making a living doing something that they love. Yes these bikes aren't for everyone. There are other choices out there like small adult bikes, used bikes, and hard-tails. You can also choose to spend your money, if you have it, on a boat, a vacation or a golf membership instead. A bike like the Ripcord is the right option for certain people. Thankfully it's an option that's finally available.
  • 1 0
 yup -- agree completely bouncing around and getting off topic a bit, I day dream about getting back into motocross --- several companies I buy from have sister or parent companies where it would be easy for me to start pimpin' MX products. Been selling Oneal occasionally for over 10 years...selling everything but the actual motorcycle. man, I would love to do MX again cause the price of MX's these days is about the same as a really nice Freeride or DH bike. only sucky part -- land and where to ride. there's a shit load of really nice places to ride around here but it's mostly private property or it's local or national park and that's just flat out not allowed. what I was getting at, it sure is easy spending a lot of money on stuff you like doing when it comes to be propelled, whether it be by human or motor power. heck, it's easy to spend a ton of money in any given sport that requires something man made as a tool -- fishing, gold, kayak, boating in general is real pricey, the list goes on and on.
  • 2 0
 I emailed Transition as stated above and they got into it and found a mistake on their part. Cam emailed me and apologized and is getting my son's Ripcord sent out this week along with some schwag! Thanks for owning up to the mistake and getting it taken care of. I appreciate it, and look forward to ripping laps with my boy! Y
  • 1 0
 Yea, think this is one market that profit margins should shrink for entire industry to allow more quality young beginners entry to the sport. Something like 24 inch mtb specific wheels with some carbon rims with super thin wall tires with some meat tread still. That way can't buy it for migration to larger bikes. This would allow light weight and still keep price in moderate zone. Also, why 4 inches instead of 5 for travel? Seems five would chase the under 18 age Park/light freeride/moderate DH market more. I wouldn't consider this for my son to start DH without, modify it to give little more travel at least on front end. Seems 5 on travel would allow flexibility to go up or down an inch with current 26 forks. This way you could go to more trail/all mountain with a 4 inch fork and then more DH oriented with a quality 6 inch fork.
  • 1 0
 I'm glad to see more companies stepping up to the plate like this, good on you @TransitionBikeCompany as seeing things like this I can't wait to have little shredders of my own someday (If they want to ride that is)

Now what would really make this awesome is if they offer a trade-in program or re-sale something or other in the future to help people get these into the hands of up-and coming groms when they are ready to move up to bigger wheels.
  • 1 0
 Do they offer this in 20" wheel size version? So that it'll be nice so they can compete with the likes to commencal, lil shredders, etc. to drive the price down and make it more affordable to parents that prefer to pay with savings versus credit
  • 1 0
 Transition is a great bike company. Their bikes are designed to be serviceable for several years. I have the Covert 29er and have had zero issues with it. Sure they are a bit heavier because of their Trail builds up to DH and really don't have a weight weenie XC bike. Love their stuff and they are entertaining as always - Transition.
  • 2 1
 1700 bucks is a cheap price to pay for a whole bike these days. Let alone if it get the kids involved with their parents and their parents with their kids. my father and I have spent far greater amount of money on something far more trivial, nitro RC boat racing, but the fact was him and I were forming a bond, one that we still share today and I'm 30. The difference now is we work on full size boats and cars in our spare time together. :-)
  • 1 0
 Just do what I did.
Get a XS or small 100mm Full suspension frame, decent 32mm 100mm fork, and outfit it with all your older parts.
The only challenge used to be finding decent 24" rims. I used some Velocity rims with Rocket Rons with my sons Turner XCE.

The issue running 24's on 26" bikes is the pedal strikes until they grow enough to let you slap on the 26" wheels you should have sitting in the garage waiting. It teaches them skills to keep the pedals up when in rough ground.
  • 2 1
 this is so shitty. just making kids think that a better bike will mean better riding. being a kid and ripping on shitty bikes is the best. Makes it feel so much better when you can finally afford a mountain bike and get one. whats this kid got to look forward too?
  • 1 0
 I remember buying my first bike, going to change the gearing due to wear, but still ride it to work!! turing a DJ into a comuter, adds difficulty, but atleast im riding up and down hils to work and home!! I dont diss road bikes, but passing them on a DJ with no way of locking the front fork, I just feel proud to say, Mountain bikes are awesome!!!
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 That kid's going places.
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 No kidding. Some talent there!
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 Cute video but looking at the bike geometry/specs on the transition website... geez... for 24" wheels they sure gave it a lot of 26er feature stuff. The BB height is 309mm, The BB height of a 90mm travel Jamis Dakar Comp a decade ago, a 26er that came as small as a 13" frame was 310mm, and it weighed more than 2 pounds LESS. And it had 27 speeds and not such crappy tires. Way to give a kid a higher center of gravity and more ground clearance than actually is needed and very little effort put into component selection...Rockshox XC32 26er forks ? That's it, give the kid a 4 1/2 pound fork with steel uppers. Or SRAM 1x9 with a regular derailleur and a chainguide/tensioner? Why? Shimano Deore 1x10 with a clutched shadow derailleur and a Raceface Respond crank with a NW ring would have been smarter and lighter and offered a better gear range with better clearance for the derailleur cage.
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 same with the norco sight 6.3 or kona stinky. lots of cash for not much bike. as much as I would love my kid to have one of these, he can stick with his 24 inch wheeled hard tail untill he can get better 26 wheeled bike.
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 I wish I'd met some random bloke in the woods giving out bikes when I was 9... Oh wait that's sounds weird.
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 Buy your kids a Commie, my buddy has one for his son and it's so rad!

www.commencalusa.com/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=15089697
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 Nice just made most average parents feel inadequate because we can't afford the latest bikes for ourselves let alone one for the kids.
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 get them a used stinky 24 or a old Norco 6 with 24s. put 26s when she grew. it will be all you need, I love it when my ten year old son and 13 yr old girl make adults on their 5000$ bikes pull over.
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 Duthie and transition, a match made in heaven
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 www.facebook.com/carterlrussell

Gonna be a blast this summer, Thanks Transition!
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 Not sure if this is Just a cleaver marketing ploy to sell more, arguably expensive bikes. Or an Excellent marketing plea, to get kids off the Box. And onto some wheels.
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 In my opinion, riding a shitty bike builds character. There are tons of people with really nice bikes who are bad at riding them.
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 WOW!!!!!! That was a great video. The kid in the video was amazing. Every kid should have the new Transition bike. This video made my day. I think I need a new bike.
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 i bought one for my daughter last week. She totally digging the new whip. It's so awesome to be able to ride your favorite trails with your kids!
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 Great vid! One of the first Transition bikes Id buy!!
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 You should give their bikes a pedal. Not the lightest or most high tech, but they're good bikes, my Bandit is a whole lot of fun. Bought it for cheap figuring I'd ditch the frame and keep the parts, 9 months later, it's in my office waiting for it's afterwork ride.
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 Wicked video! That was sweet!
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 crank is too big for a kids bike
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 What I would have given to have a bike like that when i was 10, and Not my fully ridged Trek!
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 OMG!!! this is by far the best advertisement ever, I dont even have kids and im ready to buy this bike just because...
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 Any bike is a good bike, the old bike is going to Pinkbike's 'Share the Ride' program Wink
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 the awkward moment when a ten year old shreds it harder than you...
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 hey that's where I ride lol
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 The reason to have a kid is to make them worship me.... Not to be better than me!!!! Fucking kids!!
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 when i was that little, my father never ever bought me a bike...finally i bought one myself.
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 Hahah the end was awesome! Just take my money sounds like me when I get paid and walk into the bike shop LOL
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 Kudos to the little shredder! Kid was sending it!
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 that's a sweet bike, but not as sweet as the Raleigh Activator or Raleigh Street Wolf I had at his age ;-)
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 transition your the shit!! Great video made my day!!
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 I was always told it was the rider, not the bike....
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 "Just take my money". Great investment Dad.
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 Sold. I only needed to watch through 2:30
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 transition sees the money in kids bikes!
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 Oh shit! I have a kid?
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 @Bradt63 this videos awesome I was crying halfway through
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 Not that funny
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 Instead of making silly videos, Transition should just focus on delivering bikes and servicing customers neither of which they have been successful as of late. Excuses and more excuses about delivery delays. Warranty delays on some models. Pissed off dealers. Not addressing sliding drop out issues on new TAs. List goes on. I have 1st hand experience with some of those issues and have been made aware of others.
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 Truth hurts sometimes.
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 Does someone knows the name of the song at the end?
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 Shut up and take my money!
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 Kevin. That was awesome.
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 ah yes always accept gifts from complete strangers that stop you in the woods.
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 A nice look at Gravy Train 2.0 and some other Duthie coolness. Smile
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 Any real dad wouldn't ride out that far ahead of his for that fear that he might loose him in a ditch somewhere. Turn around and your kid ain't there, no Bueno!!
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 That was tight!!
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 If my kid could ride like that, why not?
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 have a look at the norco fluid 4.3 greatt little bike
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 Don't leave litter at the trails!
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 I hope my two month old daughter wants to mtb with me one day.
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 Of course a new bike will make you that much of a better rider... Not
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 @otboroverthebars this kid rides better than us
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 Im sending this vid to my dad
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 Nice... Rip to the shit bike left at the park..
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 Good Guy Moby!
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 That was Awesome!!!
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 anoyone seen the price?
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 just go to 1'38
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 I want it for my kids.
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 Nice riding Lars
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 I feel bad for the old bike Frown
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