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Professional results require professional equipment and we've designed our 2023 Timber 26 to be the perfect transitional bike coming off of a 24" bike. We constantly see kids coming off 24" bikes making the leap to XS or S sized 27.5 wheels (or even 29ers!) designed for 5' riders and taller. We designed the 2023 Timber 26 as the perfect "tweener" bike for kids too big for a 24" bike and too small for an adult bike. Revised geometry with a SUPER low standover height allows kids in the 4'5" range to move up to 26" wheels, and have a bike with an updated head tube angle, seat tube angle, stealth dropper and internal cable routing. Super clean look, super fast bike available in 6 cool colors! This is the bike which takes their riding to the next level in 2023! Weights starting in the 22 pound range!
Our new Timber 26 ELITE is ready to ride at just over 22.5 pounds with best in category components including a fresh new geometry approach, 1300 gram Trailcraft carbon wheels, 85 gram Ashima ultralight rotors, an extended range cassettes and our Trailcraft 152mm direct-mount cranks with aluminum spindle. The 26" wheel size is coming back for kids, and our end goal is to build the lightest production 26" bike with best in category frame, wheels, and component spec so kids can dominate the trails.
We developed the Timber 26" mountain bike to be the perfect transition from the 24" wheel size to the 26" wheel size without having to settle for an XS size 27.5" bike--or a 26+ pound bike weight! Most 27.5" bikes are just too big, long, and heavy for high performance riding coming off of a 24" wheel bike. Our Timber 26 is the ideal next size up from 24" and will continue to take their riding and bike handling skills to the next level.
Our Timber 26 gets the Trailcraft Cycles "New School Geometry Treatment" which includes a super short yet stable 419mm chainstay out back. The lower front end and standover height really allows young riders to be able to loft the front wheel over rocks, roots, creek crossings, and other trail obstacles. It's almost like a mini dirt jumper! This super sweet bike allows quick line changes, manuals, and wheelies over trail chunder. The result is a super lightweight, fun to ride bike that will take your young riding partner to the next level in their early riding career, all on a bike that weighs just 22 pounds with category leading components.
ALL level bike builds get our new lightweight 152mm Trailcraft Cycles aluminum spindle direct mount cranks with your choice of 26, 28, 30 or 32 tooth narrow-wide style chainring. Choose 26 or 28 tooth if you are riding steep hills and lung burning mountains. Lower elevation levels or flat areas are fine with a 30 or 32 tooth chainring selection.
You can purchase a Timber 26 in several builds
ELITE Timber 26 - 22.5 Pounds - $3799.00 - Comes with carbon wheels at this price! - Blue, Lava, Pink, Black, Green & Turquoise in stock!
Timber Elite Build features Shimano's new XT M8100 12 speed group with a HUGE 10-51 cassette. (12 speed) and our Trailcraft carbon wheelset!
PRO Timber 26 - 23.5 Pounds - $2399.00 SOLD OUT (no wheels)
Timber PRO Build features Shimano's new Deore M6100 12 speed group with a 10-51 cassette. (12 speed)
Special Build Timber 26 - 23.9 pounds - $1799.00 Sale $1699 Turquoise, Blue, Lava, Pink, Black, Green in stock!
Timber SPECIAL Build features Shimano's Deore 10 speed group with an 11-46 cassette. (10 speed). We have an optional 120mm travel fork if you want to "TRAIL TIMBER" you bike with a little more travel up front for those kids who like to shred hard going down!
For more detailed information please click on Features, Specifications, and Geometry tabs above.
Want to go a bit more custom or full custom on this build? Contact us! We are a small family business focused on building the best kids mountain bikes possible. We truly geek out on this stuff, just see our Instagram page for some of what we are doing as well as our custom builds page. We bring our frames in from Taiwan (un-assembled/not built) and we build each bike per order in Fort Collins, Colorado with US labor. Since we don't import "complete bike in box from Asia" like pretty much everyone else does, we maintain a high quality control from installation of headset, bottom bracket, and even putting the derailleur hanger on frames here in the US. You can be proud to tell your kids they have a unique bike which was truly built to order from the frame up!
The Timber 26 has it all - a high performance "new school" 26-inch frame geometry, super light weight components, and 6 cool color options to choose from. Life is too short to settle on one color when options present themselves now! We invite you to custom build your kids dream 26" bike!
Will Van Overbeke –
Bike is working out perfect, figure I got about 6 months before he leaves me on the climbs! Bike weight is such an advantage, I never heard are we there yet or how much longer and he was able to grind up almost all the steep climbs. Geometry is definitely dialed.
Bob & Kathy Stolper –
Our daughter can’t believe how much more fun riding is now with a light bike that fits her well. Climbs, desents, flat ground, it’s all much better to her. She made it to the top of a mountain near our home for the first time recently while riding her Timber 26. On her old bike she only made it about a quarter of the way before wanting to quit. Thanks for your effort putting together a great bike.
I pulled the trigger on a Timber 26 Special Build for my 10-year-old son for Christmas. It’s a beautiful bike, well-crafted and well-designed, and my son is at least twice as fast and having at least twice as much fun. The team at Trailcraft is great to work with and provides excellent customer support. The build instructions were clear and easy to follow, and the build-up was easy, even for a non-wrench like me. All in all, great product, great service, great experience. Thank you.
Glenn Woodson (verified owner) –
Have had the bike for 2 months now and Sterling has put over 250 miles on the trails around Ft Ord and Central California. We went with the special build and then switched out SPD clips. Other than that, nothing was upgraded. The bike itself is a gorgeous orange and makes it easy to find him when we are out and about. Constructed well, it is lightweight and uses standard sized components so we can upgrade components easily (e.g., larger front chainring as he grows or upgrading to more powerful hydraulic brakes). Love the Rocksox 30 Gold fork and its ability to adjust for lightweight kids. Since Sterling uses the bike for general riding and also to compete in MTB XC (12-16 mi at 90-110 min per race), this is a great choice that provides solid quality, lightweight components which are critical for this age group.
Sterling likes the ride itself and his climbing has noticably improved since upgrading. Follow-up with Brett is what I love about small, speciality builders. And knowing the bike will retain its value makes the higher entry price well worth it.
Lastly, we saw Trailcraft last year at Sea Otter Classic and I was heistent to pull the trigger on a more than entry level price. But after signifiant research (there are only a few specialty youth bike mfgs and he owns a high end cross bike from one), seeing how much enjoyment the bike provides Sterling, and knowing that two bike shop mechanics highly recommend Trailcraft, this was one of the best investments we have made.
Duncan (verified owner) –
I’m going to admit that I was very hesitant to buy such an expensive bike for a 10 year old. But after some gentle coaching from Brett we took the plunge……
Well….COMPLETE game changer! Never have I seen a piece of gear change someone’s ability to do any sport so much. Brett set it up tubeless, and it came in a touch under 22 lbs for a special build. First ride was on the front range, and I quickly realized that I now need to ride! The geometry is absolutely dialed. My son is now extra excited about riding, and wants to get out every weekend. Last weekend was a front range 12 miler. I can’t sing enough praises for the bike, the service and overall quality.
I have waited 6 months (a bike season in Maine) to write this review to really test out the bike. I am really glad I bit the bullet and bought this bike for my son!! One of my best purchases ever. I did not realize how easy it was to customize a build until I emailed Trailcraft and got an immediate response from the owners. I bought the special build but upgraded to a lighter rear cassette and opted for the RST fork- it came to 22 pounds. We live in Maine with lots of rocks, roots, and climbs which the Trailcraft is well suited for. My son has truly enjoyed riding this bike! His climbing ability, in particular, has increased substantially and he is developing a true love for cross-country mountain biking. Thank you Trailcraft! Awesome bike and great customer service. You cannot go wrong with this bike- it is very much worth the money!
Trailcraft (verified owner) –
Thanks for your thoughtful review and taking the time to write these nice words! We are so happy to hear of your son’s success on his Timber on the challenging local trails!! Wishing you lots of great riding adventures next year and hope you have a great holiday season and beautiful Maine winter. Keep in touch! Ginger and Brett
Thanks Trailcraft for making a great frame! I was able to hang some quality parts we had in our garage on this frame for our 11 year old son. The bike turned out light and my son is enjoying a quality fork, disk brakes, and a better steering bike than what he was previously riding. The whole package has given him more confidence and enjoyment riding. He also loved being able to pick the color of his new bike.
Albert (verified owner) –
This is such a great bike! I thought my son’s last bike was good; it was aluminum and from a major brand, but it was incredibly heavy. He enjoyed mountain biking, but he always had trouble climbing hills. I just thought that was how it was for kids. But I’m so happy I ran into Trailcraft at Sea Otter, and learned there was an alternative.
My son loves mountain biking even more now. On his very first ride, he was able to climb a hill that he never thought possible with his old bike. And the air he is getting from jumps these days is amazing. I got the special build and it has been perfect. After several months of use, there haven’t been any issues. These bikes are more expensive than what you’ll find in most shops, but if your child enjoys mountain biking, then I think they are definitely worth it.
This bike is perfect. My 10-year-old son got this for Christmas and loves it. We got AXS with carbon wheels, dropper, and tubeless tires and he loves it! It is so light that he is now beating me on climbs and descents. I would recommend this bike with my kit for anyone who likes riding. Thanks Trailcraft!
Trailcraft (verified owner) –
Hi Tobin! Thanks for your thoughful review. We really glad your son is enjoying his Timber AXS bike! Keep in touch and happy trails! Ginger and Brett
Paul Shames (verified owner) –
Our black Timber 26 arrived Xmas eve, no question best gift ever. Our 10 year old went from a 24″ Cleary to the Timber 26 and was so happy he could finally make it up all the steep hills in our neighborhood (he used to get off and walk the steep parts on the way home from school, with his bike brigade), as well as zoom at the pump park and beat his mom up the mountain bike trails. He is 4’8″ and just barely fits over the top tube when he is off the seat, so I am guessing he will get a few years out of the bike before he steals his mom’s. Brett and Ginger, thanks for making this happen, in such trying times.
Davin Vandebeek (verified owner) –
Conditions were finally dry enough for my daughter to take it out for a proper ride. She loved it, and even though it was the first ride of the season she was riding better than she was at the end of last year on her 24″ bike. The quality is top notch, and the geometry seems spot on with perfect length cranks. Great bike, totally worth the premium for the performance.
Michael Spencer (verified owner) –
Got the 2021 Timber 26 Pro build in hot pink for my 10.5 year old daughter. She loves it and it rides sooooooo much better than her old 24″ 8 speed. Now she can keep up on the uphills with the rest of her team mates who are mostly on 27.5″ wheels. Running tubes for now, might go tubeless later if time allows. Dropper post makes a world of difference too! Will definitely be coming back to TC for her next bike when she grows into a 27.5″ and is ready for a full-suspension ride.
Jeremy Anderson (verified owner) –
Great bike for our budding 10yo trail rider. Geometry is much improved over her previous ride- or really any kids bike we’ve had to date. The 26″ wheel size rolls over anything in her path and the slack geometry is super stable. And the weight… or lack thereof, is incredible- this bike is significantly lighter than her sister’s 20″ from [insert major bike manufacturer]! So far we’ve just been to the bike park and local foothills trails in ABQ, but are looking forward to some light-duty downhill in the summer. By then she’ll also be climbing like a mountain goat!
Build (Brett) was great- it was a treat to speak directly with the folks building in order to make the best decisions based on available components. Thank you!