Trailcraft Cycles upped the game on kids mountain bikes when they launched in 2014, and now they’re upping their own game with new carbon fiber frames for 24″ and 26″ models, and their own carbon fiber rims and a custom carbon suspension fork. Perhaps most impressive, they actually have them all in stock!
Trailcraft Pineridge Carbon 24″ MTB
The Pineridge Carbon starts at $3,999 and is their newest model. Built using the alloy model as its inspiration, it drops below 1,000g for the frame weight. It’s Trailcraft’s own design, mimicking the geometry of their alloy Pineridge. The frame uses full-length internal cable routing for a clean look, with stealth dropper post routing, too.
About the only thing that’s not up to the latest standards are the axles, which stick to quick release to make it easy on the kids.
Two complete builds are available, one with SRAM Eagle AXS ($TBA), and the Elite Build ($3,999) with Shimano XT 12-speed.
The Trailcraft carbon wheels come tubeless ready and use a nice, wide 22mm internal width. Wheel weights are just 662g (rear) and 478g (front), for a total of 1,140g. And the Chosen 150T rear hub has a quick 150 points of engagement and Microspline freehub body options. Wait, it gets better…
They’re spec’ing a TC30 carbon fiber fork (carbon lowers, 1,485g), which further lowers the weight. On the Elite build, it all adds up to a bike that’s just over 19 pounds. They come with Kenda Booster Pro 2.2″ tires for now, but depending on supply, it could be 2.25″ Vee Crown Gems. Add a 75mm KS dropper post.
Trailcraft Timber Carbon 26″ kids MTB
The Timber does change the geo a bit, and that’s because they’re using an open mold from a Taiwanese manufacturer. The key differences between this and the alloy Timber model are that the carbon bike has a steeper head angle, making it more of a race bike, where the alloy one is more of a “trail” hardtail.
Both the Timber and Pineridge arrive in Fort Collins, CO, as frames only, then they’re 100% built and assembled in house in Colorado.
The Pro Elite build gets Shimano XT 12-speed, but with Trailcraft’s kid-sized cranksets and 1x narrow wide chainrings in your choice of 26, 28, 30 or 32 teeth.
The only cable you’ll see protruding from the frame is a short connector loop to get a stealth dropper post cable running from the downtube into the seat tube.
Claimed weight for a complete Pro Elite build is 20.5lb, with a retail of $4,199. As of this post, they have inventory of both carbon and alloy frames, with about a 2-week lead time (for now). Get on it if you’re looking for a bike for the holidays!