Patrol Releases Carbon Fiber Kids’ Bike Range – Across the Pond Beaver

Kids have it pretty good these days with their Facebooks, Fortnites and fidget spinners, but sometimes they aren’t so lucky with their mountain bikes. If you buy the wrong one you can end up with a heavy frames, adult sized controls, poorly damped suspension and a temper tantrum every ride. One brand hoping to help kids swap screens for singletrack is Patrol with its new range of carbon fiber kids’ bikes.

The Indonesian brand today announced two full-carbon hardtails aimed at kids with a load of features you’d generally expect to see on adults’ bikes. The two hardtails are separated by wheelsize with a 20″ version and a 24″ version; both bikes have full internal cable routing, disc brakes and 2.6″ wide tires from Vee. The bigger wheelsize does get an increase in travel though, jumping from 100mm to 120mm. The bikes are apparently intended for “all day fun” so there’s also a water bottle mount inside the front triangle.

Details

Frame: Patrol carbon
Wheelsize: 20″ & 24″
Travel: 20″ – 100mm, 24″ – 120mm
Routing: Internal
Price: $1,099 – $1,499
More info: patrolmountain.com

While not cheap for a child who will grow out of it in a few years, a carbon frame should bring the weight of the bike down and make it easier for a child to maneuver. We haven’t been given exact weights of this frame but, given there are very few carbon kids’ bikes around, we imagine they’re among the lightest you can buy.

Range overview

Both wheelsizes have a base model and an ‘S’ model. The base models run 1×9 drivetrains RST Spex 20 or Snyper 24 forks and child specific bars stems and grips. Jumping up to the S model gets a Manitou Machete J-Unit fork and a 10 speed drivetrain.

Patrol C020/C024 frame highlights:

– Full carbon construction
– Internal cable routing
– Threaded BB
– Bottle cage bosses
– Designed for disc brakes

Patrol C020/C024 specification highlights:

– Manitou Machete J Unit suspension (S Build bikes)
– Easy to use, yet powerful disc brakes
– SRAM drivetrain
– Vee Tire Co. Crown Gem tires
– Child-specific bar, stem and grips

Patrol C020

Frame: PatrolL 020 carbon
Fork: RST Spex 20, 100mm travel
Read mech: SRAM X5, 9s
Shifter: SRAM X5
Chainset: SAMOX, 145mm, 32t
Cassette: 9s, 11-34t
Brakes: CLARKS Clout 1
Wheels: Alex Rims MD30 with Patrol hubs, 32h
Tires: VEE Crown Gem, 20×2.6
Price: $1099

Patrol C020 S

Frame: Patrol 020 carbon
Fork: Manitou Machete Junit, 100mm travel
Rear mech: SRAM GX, 10s
Shifter: SRAM GX
Chainset: SAMOX, 145mm, 32t
Cassette: 10s, 11-34t
Brakes: Clarks Clout 1
Wheels: Alex Rims MD30 with Patrol hubs, 32h
Tires: VEE Crown Gem, 20×2.6
Price: $1349

Patrol C024

Frame: Patrol 024 carbon
Fork: RST Snyper 24, 120mm travel
Rear mech: SRAM X5, 9s
Shifter: SRAM X5
Chainset: Samox, 155mm, 32t
Cassette: 9s, 11-34t
Brakes: Shimano MT200
Wheels: Alex rims MD30 with Patrol hubs, 32h
Tires: VEE Crown Gem, 24×2.6
Price: $1249

Patrol C024 S

Frame: Patrol 024 carbon
Fork: Manitou Machete Junit, 120mm travel
Rear mech: SRAM GX, 10s
Shifter: SRAM GX
Chainset: Samox, 155mm, 32t
Cassette: 10s, 11-34t
Brakes: Shimano MT200
Wheels: Alex rims MD30 with Patrol hubs, 32h
Tires: VEE Crown Gem, 24×2.6
Price: $1499