Riding should be fun! A well functioning, lightweight bike can make or break a perfect day on the trails. As a family that takes many riding trips and vacations together with bikes as the primary sport, we found a proper bike that is super lightweight and enjoyable to ride will make your kids rides (and vacations) much more fun and memorable. There are a lot of good bikes on the market, but we found there was a big hole in the lightweight and high performance segment of the sport for kids.
All of our Trailcraft bikes start with a performance-oriented frame geometry. Chainstay length on our Pineridge 24 for instance is just 390mm. Most mass produced 24" bikes have chainstay lengths of 410mm or longer and some have a kickstand mount on the chainstay behind the bottom bracket. This is likely the case because big companies like to use the same frame design on their $300 bikes as their more expensive bikes to maximize production capacity.
Once the ultimate high performance frame was created the next step was spec'ing out the bike. Rather than just spec'ing parts to hit a certain price point and still have a bike which weighs 27 pounds, we wanted to create a bike requiring no further modifications and weight reduction by choosing the best parts from the very beginning. We worked directly with Stans to bring the 24" Crest rims to the market. This rim alone allowed us to build a 1300 gram wheelset. A 120 gram stem, 160 gram handlebar, 160 gram seatpost, 450 gram Schwalbe tires, etc. all help achieve the complete high performance bike.
All of our bikes are about 22 pounds or less. Our new 1x10 build option with Sunrace 11-42 is about 21.5 pounds with a full range of gears. This is at least 5 pounds lighter than any other stock fully geared and front suspended 24" bike on the market. Not to say you can't make a good yet heavy bike lighter (we also have lightweight wheelsets and parts in our "components" section to help) but our philosophy is to buy your kid the best bike you can afford so you can bring them into the sport you love and share the fun times together on the trails. Our bikes come fully built and tuned so you can spend more time riding!
The visual below with the 5 pound weight is the reality and weight you save from the very beginning WITHOUT having to modify typical stock 24" bikes in an effort to shed weight. As an adult 5 pounds off your bike is super attractive to not haul this extra weight around. Now imagine strapping this weight onto the bike when you are a 45-75 pound kid!
When creating Trailcraft, we knew the end goal was to design something better to take our own kids riding to the next level. To create a bike which makes the simple things like riding the trails much more fun when you are a kid. You know, stuff like learning wheelies, manuals, and lifting the front end over obstacles on a super long technical ride. To go on those extended "big kid" rides, carve the turns, and accelerate out of the corners just like Mom and Dad. This is the bike we've created for our own kids, and we want to make this available to your family coming into the sport we all love - so you can experience the fun of sharing your love of riding with your own kids.