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Meekboyz Bikes – Downhill bikes for kids

Two lucky lads

Being a downhill parent is all about sacrifice – giving up weekends for races, consoling distraught offspring after a race run gone wrong and the inevitable cost of a fleet of bikes for a growing body.

Well, Steve and Donna Meek went one step further. Instead of buying Rory (10) and Toby (12) bikes, they decided to design and build them themselves. The boys have been hard at work testing the fleet of three bikes and now they’re ready for public sale (the bikes… not the kids).

We met the boys in Whistler a couple of years ago casually flowing down A-Line and they’ve now graduated to Crabapple Hits, sending their custom rides on the biggest jumps in the park. Who needs to complete video games when you can complete Whistler before you’re a teenager?

The bikes are fully carbon including Meekboyz own wheels with titanium spokes. Weight was a big issue for Steve to allow his kids to be safer and more stylish on the jumps. The three models are bedecked in a lush spec that we’d be more than happy with on our bikes and feature a linkage designed for lighter riders.

Here’s run down of the range:

Mini Beast

  • 20″ wheels
  • ages 4-9 (0-32kg)
  • 120mm rear travel, 100mm front – longest travel 20″ bike on the market
  • Bike weight – 10kg

Beast

  • 24″ wheels
  • ages 6-13 (32-55kg)
  • 180mm travel front and rear
  • Bike weight – 13kg

Mega Beast

  • 26″ wheels
  • ages 10-15 (32-62kg)
  • 185mm rear travel, 200mm front
  • Bike weight – 14kg

Steve said: “We have solved the biggest, current problem in kids’ downhill riding and kids no longer have only to choose from B-grade bikes that they have the ability and skill level to outride. Our custom, full-suspension bikes offer significant and instant advancement in high-performance riding. We are creating new possibilities for our new riding generation.”

While Mum, Donna, said: “Whenever we develop a new bike we always give the boys the challenge to see if they can break them. They try their best to show us where we can improve the design and manufacturing, until we are happy and confident in the product.”

OK, crunch time, a carbon, mini downhill bike doesn’t come cheap. Prices range from $6,875 (Approx. £5,128) to $8,375 ($6,247). More than double the nearest competition, ouch! But then if your kid is really serious about racing there’s no sense in putting them on a bike that’s not fit for purpose.

If you’re still interested, there’s more info here.

The numbers:

Mini Beast

Frame: 20” T700 carbon
Forks: Fox 32 Float Factory Kashima 120mm; axle 15mm
Rear Shock: Fox Float 3-Pos Lever w/adj Factory Kashima 6.5×1.5 Wheel-set:
Rims: Meekboyz UD carbon
Front Hub: Hope Pro-4; axle 15 x 100
Rear Hub: Hope Pro-4; axle 12 x 142
Spokes: 32x titanium
Tyres: Maxxis Big Daddies 20 x 2.0
Sprocket: XO single-speed 32T
Shifter: Sram X01DH, 7sp
Derailer: Sram XO1 DH, 7sp
Cassette: Sram X01 XG795, 7sp
Chain: KMC X11SL, 11sp
Cranks: 140mm
BB: Hope MTB stainless steel 83mm Components:
Brakes: Sram guide ultimates
Brake discs: Sram 160mm
Handle bars: carbon
Handle grips: Lizard Skins Mini Machines
Stem: 35mm
Seat post: carbon
Saddle: Tioga D-Spyder Racing Saddle

Beast

Frame: 24” T700 carbon
Forks: Fox 36 Float Factory Kashima 180mm; axle 15mm
Rear Shock: Fox X2 Factory Series 8.5 x 2.5 Wheelset:
Rims: Meekboyz UD carbon
Front Hub: Hope Pro-4; axle 15 x 100
Rear Hub: Hope Pro-4; axle 12 x 142
Spokes: 32x titanium
Tyres: Maxxis 24 x 2.5
Sprocket: XO single-speed 32T
Shifter: Sram X01DH, 7sp
Derailer: Sram XO1 DH, 7sp
Cassette: Sram X01 XG795, 7sp
Chain: KMC X11SL, 11sp
Cranks: Hope 150mm
BB: Hope MTB stainless steel 83mm Components:
Brakes: Sram guide ultimates
Brake discs: Sram
Handle bars: Carbon
Handle grips: ODI Ruffian Lock-On 130mm
Stem: Hope 35mm
Seat post: Easton Carbon
Saddle: Tioga D-Spyder Racing Saddle

Mega Beast

Frame:26” T700 carbon
Forks: Fox 40
Rear Shock: Fox X2 factory Series 8.5 x 2.5mm Wheelset:
Rims: Meekboyz UD carbon
Front Hub: Hope Pro-4; axle 20 x 100
Rear Hub: Hope Pro-4; axle 12 x 142
Spokes: 32x titanium
Tyres: Maxxis 26 x 2.4
Sprocket: XO single-speed 32T
Shifter: Sram X01DH, 7sp
Derailer: Sram XO1 DH, 7sp
Cassette: Sram X01 XG795, 7sp
Chain: KMC X11SL, 11sp
Cranks: Sram XO DH 165
BB: Sram 83mm Components:
Brakes: Sram guide ultimates
Brake discs: Sram
Handle bars: carbon
Handle grips: ODI Riffian Loc-On 130mm
Stem: Easton Havoc 31.8 45/55mm
Seat post: Easton carbon
Saddle: Tioga D-Spyder Racing Saddle

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