First Look: Juniors – Dartmoor Bikes Hornet and Blackbird 2018
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Proper bikes for kids! It’s great to see Dartmoor Bikes taking the junior market seriously with a pair of well specc’d rides, the Hornet Jr hardtail and Blackbird Jr full suspension ride with 24″ and 26″ wheels respectively. Take a look and get one on their Christmas lists now!
Hornet Jr is a brave younger brother of the big Hornet bike. The frame is suitable for 24” wheels and dedicated for the young riders measuring between 130cm and 150cm. This bike will cope well with both singletracks and easier Enduro trails as well as pumptracks or smaller jumps. The quality RockShox fork with a so spring and oil damping ensures a comfortable ride even in the difficult terrain. Hornet Jr is equipped with our strong Raider rims which are used in many of our adult size bikes. Effective braking is ensured by SRAM Level hydraulic brakes.
When riding in the mountains it is especially important to have equipment that is suitable for your height, weight and body proportions. Learning to ride on a bike that is too big is not effective and doesn’t allow the youngster to fully enjoy their ride. What’s more, riding a bike which is not fitted well to the rider’s height can be dangerous as it is difficult to have a full control of the bike.
The Junior series is built to suit the size of the younger riders who aspire to ride their bikes in the mountains. Blackbird Jr is a bike built on 26” wheels designed for a wide range of gravity riding and dedicated for the young bikers measuring between 140cm and 160cm. The frame structure is based on the solutions taken from the Blackbird frame ensuring high stiffness and effectiveness of the 130mm travel suspension. The short front triangle, low bottom bracket and 710mm wide handlebar ensure a good riding position for the young bikers. The drivetrain, with a wide range 11-40T cassette, allows both effective downhilling and comfortable uphilling.