Looking to give your little ripper the best? Normally, the ‘Reaper’ is a name that most companies would steer away from when it comes to children’s products, but Rocky Mountain is making an exception for their new line of trail bikes. Built to slay trails just like the adult bikes, the line of Reapers leaves nothing to fear.
To help get your young one shredding, the Reaper will be available in three different wheel sizes, though on two different frame platforms. The 24″ and 26″ bikes share the same frame and therefore have interchangeable wheel sizes. That’s great news for anyone dishing out a big chunk of cash for a bike that your kid might quickly outgrow. Then there’s a separate 27.5″ version that can also run 26+ wheels and tires. All three bikes utilize Rocky Mountain’s Ride-9 adjustment system and run 130mm of Smoothlink suspension in the rear and 130mm forks up front (with the exception of a 120mm fork on the front of the 24″ bike). Size specific tuning ensures that the bikes perform as well as their bigger counterparts for smaller riders.
Form aluminum frames help keep the weight and the price down, and the frame feature the same high end features like sealed bearings at all of the pivots and blind pivots at the chainstay. Each bike is optimized for a 1x drivetrain, and runs hydraulic disc brakes. While the 27.5″ Reaper sticks with Boost 148 thru axle hub spacing for modern compatibility, the 24″ and 26″ bikes run a 135mm spaced QR rear hub.
Each bike is offered in one frame size with the three main settings from the Ride-9 system shown above.
The Reaper 27.5 is the only one of the bunch to include a dropper post, and it ships with 27.5 x 2.3″ Maxxis Minion DHR II tires, a Shimano SLX 1×11 drivetrain, and an integrated Spirit Guide. Suspension is handled by a RockShox Sektor RL 130mm fork with a RockShox Deluxe RT rear shock, and it sells for $2,849.
The Reaper 26 also uses a RockShox Sektor RL 130mm fork, but opts for a Monarch R rear shock. The drivetrain features a Shimano Deore 1×10 system with Maxxis Minion DHF Folding 26×2.35″ tires providing the grip. This one sells for $2,349.
Finally, the Reaper 24 uses the same frame as the 26″ bike, but with the smaller wheels and Schwalbe Black Jack 24 x 2.1″ tires. It also runs a Shimano Deore 1×10 drivetrain, but moves to a Suntour Epixon LO DS 120mm fork with the RockShox Monarch R rear for $1,949.
All of the models are available now.