The 26er is back, and better than ever for the 4’6″ to 5′ rider crowd! Our 2020 Timber 26 frame is hand built in small batches with lightweight double butted 7005 series aluminum tubing, tapered head tube, forged dropouts, and internal cable routing (full length!) with stealth dropper internal routing! Total weight for a complete bike starts in the 21.75 pound range (WITH pedals) in a 1x drivetrain setup.

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Professional results require professional equipment and we've designed our 2020 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 2020 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 4'6" range to move up to 26" wheels, and have a bike with updated head tube angle, seat tube angle, Stealth dropper and internal cable routing. Super clean look, super fast bike available in 5 cool colors!

Our new Timber 26 is ready to ride at just under 22 pounds with best in category components including a fresh new geometry approach, 1290 gram Stans Podium racing wheels, 85 gram Ashima ultralight rotors, an extended range 11-46 cassette and our Trailcraft 152mm direct-mount cranks with aluminum spindle.  We are super excited to introduce our brand new TC32 100mm suspension fork!  This fork has carbon lowers, is tuned for lightweight riders and is super plush.  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. All at about 22 pounds.

Our Timber 26 gets the Trailcraft Cycles "New School Geometry Treatment" which includes a super short yet stable 419mm chainstay out back and slightly taller front end for better control instead of a slammed super short front end now trendy on our bikes. 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 and this a super sweet bike that 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. Like our Pineridge 24 bike, all Timber 26 models feature an 11-42 cassette for maximum climbing gear range while keeping weight low. Yay! Most adult bikes don't even offer this level of configuration out of the box!

You can purchase a Timber 26 in one of 5 ways:

1. PRO SRAM AXS - 21 pounds - $3399.00

2.. PRO XT M8000 Timber 26 - 21.75 pounds - $2324.00

3. PRO Deore M6000 Timber 26 - 21.85 pounds - $1999.00

4. Timber 26 Rolling Frameset Package - $1450.00  (Frame, Stans Podium Wheels, RST Reveal Fork, DM Cranks, Headset, Seat Collar, 2 derailleur hangers)

5. Timber 26 Frame Only - $599.00 (Frame, Headset, Seat Collar, 2 derailleur hangers)

For more detailed information please click on Features, Specifications, and Geometry.

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 2020 Timber 26 has it all - a high performance "new school" 24-inch frame geometry, super light weight components, and 5 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!

Features

Each Timber 26 frame is hand built in small batches with double butted 7005 series aluminum tubing with a super stiff hydroformed down tube, tapered head tube, forged dropouts, and post-mount disc brake mount. Total weight for a complete bike starts in the 21 pound range (WITH pedals) in a 1x drivetrain setup. What sets the Timber 26 apart from the rest is a "new school" style geometry with a short 419mm chain stay length and a tight wheelbase for a super fun and playful bike just like our Pineridge 24. This shorter rear end allows kids to corner faster, change direction quicker, lift the front easier allowing manuals and floating the front end over obstacles much more fun. It's way more responsive than your typical 2008-era 26" hardtail you might have owned with 445mm chain stays and a super steep 71 degree head angle!

Professional Podium Level Wheelset:

Stans Podium Custom 1290 gram wheelset features superlight 370 gram hubs laced to 26-inch Stans Podium rims totaling just 1290 grams. Ashima 85 gram rotors have been spec'd to keep wheel weight as low as possible to keep performance levels high through lowest possible rotational weight. The super low rotational weight of this wheelset is very important to young riders just starting out, or more experienced riders working to get to the next riding level and next step up on the podium! This Pro level wheelset features Schwalbe Rocket Ron 26-inch Performance series tires. These tires have a folding bead, come in at a low 450 gram weight, and have great tread which excels in most conditions tested from hard pack to rich loamy dirt. Stans yellow tape is factory installed so all you need is sealant if choose to go the tubeless route to shed even more weight rotating weight and puncture resistance.

Fork Configuration Options:

All Timber 26 bikes get our brand new TC32 suspension fork - 100mm travel, 32mm hard anodized black stanchion, hydraulic compression, rebound adjust, air spring with lockout - JUST 1690 grams!

Component Level Options:

SRAM AXS - 1x12 electronic component group is the top shelf of components for 2020.  AXS Eagle shifter, Rear Derailluer, Cassette, XTM8000 brakes, is our custom 140mm Trailcraft direct mount 1x crankset with ultralight aluminum spindle and 26, 28, 30 or 32 tooth narrow-wide style chainring YOU select to create the best bike for your terrain.

Pro XT Shimano M8000 - 1x11 component group featuring Shimano XT rear derailleur, XT 11-42 rear cassette, XT 11 speed rear shifter, and XT front/rear brakes. A true and complete XT M8000 level package to keep weight low and performance high. NEW IN 2017 is our custom 140mm Trailcraft direct mount 1x crankset with ultralight aluminum spindle and 26, 28, 30 or 32 tooth narrow-wide style chainring YOU select.

Pro Deore M6000 1x10 group adds a Sunrace 11-42 wide-range cassette with 42t alloy cassette cog to keep weight low. A true and complete Deore M6000 level package to keep weight low and performance high. NEW IN 2017 is our custom 152mm Trailcraft direct mount 1x crankset with ultralight aluminum spindle and 26, 28, 30 or 32 tooth narrow-wide style chainring YOU select to create the best bike for your terrain.

Special Build Level 1x10 components featuring Shimano Deore M6000 rear derailleur, Sunrace 11-42 rear cassette, Zee 10-speed rear shifter, and Shimano 396 hydraulic brakes. A great package to keep weight low, performance high, and the budget in check!  Our Special Build also gets our custom 152mm Trailcraft direct mount 1x crankset with ultralight aluminum spindle and 26, 28, 30 or 32 tooth narrow-wide style chainring YOU select to create the best bike for your terrain.

Specs

MODELTimber 26 Pro XTTimber 26 Pro DeoreTimber 26 Special Build
FRAMETimber 26Timber 26Timber 26
REAR SHOCKN/AN/AN/A
FORKRock Shox Reba 26Rock Shox Reba 26Trailcraft TC32
HEADSETTrailcraft Precision Sealed CartridgeTrailcraft Precision Sealed CartridgeTrailcraft Precision Sealed Cartridge
REAR DERAILLEURXT M8000 11 Speed GSDeore M6000 10 Speed GSDeore M6000 10 Speed GS
FRONT DERAILLEURN/AN/AN/A
SHIFTERXT M8000 11 Speed I-SpecShimano Zee 10 SpeedShimano Zee 10 Speed
BRAKESXT M8000Deore M6000Shimano M396
CRANKSTrailcraft Direct Mount 152mm , Alloy Spindle, 26,28,30,32t OptionTrailcraft Direct Mount 152mm, Alloy Spindle, 26,28,30,32t OptionTrailcraft Direct Mount 152mm, Alloy Spindle, 26,28,30,32t Option
BARTrailcraft ProTrailcraft AlloyTrailcraft Alloy
GRIPSTrailcraft Lock-OnTrailcraft Lock-OnTrailcraft Lock-On
STEMTrailcraft Superlight 85gTrailcraft, Length: 50mmTrailcraft, Length: 50mm
POSTTrailcraft 27.2Trailcraft 27.2Trailcraft 27.2
SADDLETrailcraftTrailcraftTrailcraft
CASSETTEXT M8000 11-42 11 SpeedSunrace 11-42, alloy 42 largest cogSunrace 11-42 Steel
WHEELSETStans Podium rims, Superlight hubs, 32 DB SpokesStans Podium rims, Superlight hubs, 32 DB SpokesStans Podium rims, Superlight hubs, 32 DB Spokes
TIRESSchwalbe Rocket Ron 26x2.1"Schwalbe Rocket Ron 26x2.1"Schwalbe Rocket Ron 26x2.1"
MSRP$2,324$1,999.00$1,699.00
Estimated Weight21.75 pounds21.85 pounds22.5 pounds

8 reviews for Timber 26

  1. 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.

    Thanks,
    Will

  2. 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.

  3. JD

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    Thank you.

  6. Karen

    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)

      Hi Karen,

      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

  7. Heath

    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.

  8. 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.

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Geometry

Geometry - Timber 26(millimeters)
Seat Tube Length-Center to Top338
Top Tube Length(Horizontal)525
Top Tube Length(Actual)533.8
Chainstay Length419
Bottom Bracket Height285
Seat Tube Angle(Actual)74 Degrees
Head Tube Angle68 Degrees
Wheel Base1026
Standover Height610mm (24 inches)

Size Chart

Approximate Age8-13
Minimum Inseam25 inches
Height Range4'6"- 5'

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