Understanding Toptube Length

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12/10/2016 12:55 PM

Hi. I'm sorry for yet another "I'm buying my kid a bike" post, but even after searching the forum, I still have a question.

My son is 7 years old, 50 inches tall.

Someone posted a similar topic earlier , and an 18" bike was recommended for an 8.5 year old. My son won't be using the bike to do tricks, he'll just be using it to ride around the neighborhood. That said, would a 20" bike still be too big for him? I don't want him to outgrow an 18" in a year, and there seems to be more choices in the 20" category. However, I also don't want to buy him a bike that he has to wait to grow into. He fits on my daughter's 20" Diamondback Impression, but, the toptube length is 18".

Thanks!

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12/10/2016 2:01 PM

Get an 18", it'll last him til he's 11 or so. Bmx's are supposed to be small.
The kid i bought my son's bike from is 14 (short for his age, but he had a topload stem and 8" rise bars and rode it fine)

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12/10/2016 2:35 PM

Thanks for your response, grumpy Steve. I just ordered a 2017 United Recruit 18" from Dan's Comp. smile

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12/10/2016 4:27 PM

Heatherk73079 wrote:

Thanks for your response, grumpy Steve. I just ordered a 2017 United Recruit 18" from Dan's Comp. smile

That's awesome! Your kid is going to lose his mind when he opens it. I just got my 4 year old a 16" Mirraco Wedge for Christmas and Santa's bringing him a sweet full face helmet.

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