It may seem like a bit of an April Fools’ Day joke to you, but if you’re a hardcore mountainbiking dad and your son says he’s interested in racing off road… well, it’s time to get serious. The Cannondale Trail 24 is built and spec’d for kids, although you won’t see one with a parts list this.
The Trail usually comes dressed with an entry-level Shimano drivetrain, designed for safety rather than functionality. Hugh Flower is the manager of Sydney’s City Bike Depot and, with many years racing experience, relished the challenge of building the raddest mountainbike for an aspiring racer.
Using the Trail 24 frame as a base, the stock Suntour fork was swapped out for an RST F1RST 24 fork with lockout functionality. 36H ENVY Lite rims by SUNringlé were laced to Hope Pro 2 EVO hubs and an Easton EC90 XC bar holds the Avid Elixir levers, supported by an EVO stem by Leaf Cycles.
Charge provided the saddle and GT supplied the pedals which are turning a pair of Profile‘s legendary cranks. The beguiling simplicity of SRAM’s XO Twist Shifter is the perfect solution for a learning mind: Twist and go. Well, it sure beats the hell out of my old Malvern Star dragster.