Junior racing prohibits tubular tires so I am considering road tubeless for him. But I have some low-profile carbon clinchers that he can use as well. Basically, I am trying to move him up to a full-size bike while only having to purchase the frameset. He's already on a Dura Ace 7800 drivetrain that I had stripped off one of my older bikes. I have all the other parts we need readily available.
I thought this should make a fine race bike for a small kid, and pretty light start (probably around a kilo frame), budget friendly too.
A lot of Jamis for sale on the site. Don't know about service and reliability...
I'd stick with clinchers. You can get a nice light wheelset if you go there and the choice of tyres is far greater. Get him some nice Veloflexes - they're very light and super smooth.
Searching the various European ebay sites yielded some smaller frames as well. None are as good a bargain as the PedalForce, but they all seem to be a better fit size wise.
Instead of the Kinesis, here's a nice alu option from the Canadian distributor, pretty cheap to start a nice build for a child under 5' (it's still not a weight weenie, but would be in the same ballpark as the Kinesis):
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-Jamis-Vent ... 2a2641f1f9
In addition to the PedalForce I found the Sab Alicudi http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/FRSAALIC/sab_alicudi_carbon_frame_and_fork Similar size and price so it may be a wash. The PedalForce is lighter anyway.
417 mm seat tube center bb to top tube
505 mm top tube effective lenght
http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/ ... f_geo.html
Full carbon fork...headset included...
An industry friend just offered him an Ultegra di2 upgrade kit which is pretty freakin' awesome! I could never afford to buy him components like that. He was going to continue on an older DA 7800 drivetrain. So, perhaps, I can strip the frame and convert it for internal di2.
He is sponsored by O'Neal MX for BMX racing so gets pro-deal pricing on their full family of components and clothing. As a result he has access to 1400g Techlite Carbon 38mm clinchers for a lower price than I can find on ebay or build using chinese rims. Couple those with Kenda Kaliente tires (also a sponsor) and some superlight inner tubes and this could turn into a lightweight build after all.
But again, we're on a budget. Sponsor sourced components trump a few grams of weight savings. And there is no way we can turn down the Ultegra di2.
So I'll sleep on it tonight, and make my decision tomorrow. Unless some really awesome deal on an xxs carbon frame pops up between now and then, I think the Kinesis is going to win out.
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