At Sea Otter 2017, while walking the maze of new tech and bright shiny goodies with my family, our 11-year-old son, Riley, caught sight of a super bright fluorescent orange bike being proudly displayed at a vendor booth. I was impressed with his eye for the good stuff. The booth belonged to Trailcraft Cycles, a Colorado-based company focused on building high quality 24- and 26-inch kid’s bikes.
After checking out the bikes on display, including the intriguing bright orange full suspension 26er, we could tell they are building bikes that any of us would like to ride. With top quality components, well thought out geometry, sizing and ergonomics, their intentions were clear. Build a bike that a child can ride and perform at their fullest potential. Build the stoke now and the chances of that child becoming a life-long rider are high.
The frame comes in three color options.
You see, our boy is a new rider and we struggle to make him want to ride with us. After a few unfortunately planned outings that included too much climbing for his little legs he concluded we are out to kill him. It doesn’t help that his current bike weighs 32 pounds. He’s about 60 pounds. Think about that for a minute. That’s like me riding a 93-pound bike.
But these bikes were different and Mtbr got the chance to test one. The model in question was a Maxwell 26. It’s a kid-sized 26er full suspension bike that sports 120mm RockShox Reba air fork, 120mm Monarch RT shock, Shimano XT 11×42 drivetrain, XT brakes, Stan’s Crest MK3 rims with Joytech boost hubs, and a slew of Trailcraft branded parts designed specifically for light weight, durability, and sized just right for our vertically challenged clones. The end result is a shred-worthy full suspension kid’s bike that weighs in at 25 pounds.