With the right start, cycling can be a lifelong pursuit—we know it’s true because all us here at Jamis lived it. That’s why our kids’ bikes are some of the most important bikes we design and build—because if we’ve done this right, that first riding experience will be so fun it’ll carry through for the rest of their lives.
We do everything possible to make these bikes easy to ride, and easy to learn how to ride. When you’re a 40-pound kid, a few extra pounds is a very big deal. Think about it—five extra pounds would be like an extra 20 pounds on your own bike, and who’d want to pedal that? That’s why almost every Jamis youth bike uses a lightweight aluminum frame to keep weight to a minimum.
We use proportionately sized parts wherever possible, because proper fit is vital for building confidence and control. We pay special attention to the bike’s contact points, matching small grips with small hands and shorter cranks with shorter legs. And we do everything we can to make these bikes easy to pedal because, just like weight, what’s a little extra work to grown-ups is a lot of extra effort for kids. So we use real ball bearings in the pedals, wheels, fork bearings and other moving parts—they’re more expensive than commonplace plastic bushings used in a lot of kids’ bikes, but real bearings will make a huge difference in the riding experience (and they’ll last longer, too).
There’s more than a good chance this bicycle will be someone’s very first bike. We sweat the details because these bikes aren’t built for just any kids. They’re designed and built for yours. And ours.