Q: My 10-year-old son is just less than 5 feet tall and growing
quickly. His Trek 24-inch-wheeled
bike is looking a little small lately.
Should I look to get him a small
26er, or wait it out until he can
manage a 29er? I wonder because
he has long arms and legs and 29ers
rule our PA terrain.
—Steve, who may be jumping
A: While 29ers may be the ideal
weapon in your local riding area, we
wouldn’t be so quick to get your son
riding one. The best way to keep him
interested in riding is to keep him on bikes that fit him and that he can
throw around the trail with relative
ease. Sure, he may be able to fit on an
extra-small 29er soon, but the large
wheels will most likely be a lot for
him to handle. Have him try riding a
26-inch and a 29-inch bike from your
local bike shop to see how he handles
them. There’s a good chance the right
answer will become much clearer after
you’ve seen him ride both bikes.
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