Cannondale Trail 24

Cannondale Trail 24

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.

Cannondale Trail 24
Cannondale Trail 24
Cannondale Trail 24
Cannondale Trail 24
Cannondale Trail 24
Cannondale Trail 24
Cannondale Trail 24
Cannondale Trail 24
Cannondale Trail 24
Cannondale Trail 24
Cannondale Trail 24

  • What a great post Adam – Kids are the future of our sport and this build is as good as it gets. I need to pull my finger out and get my boys racing again.

  • Rangga Panji

    and all I did was taking a 12″ bike from the skip, repainted it, and turned into a pushbike for my 5 y.o.
    I feel inadequate.

  • When the tyke loses he can’t blame the rig.

  • Squalo

    Nice one! I ended up with a pair of 24″ Giants for my eldest kids – my son is very tall for his age and he was on a 24″ at age 6. Good bike but heavy, like all 24″ bikes, and not worth modding for weight savings. I’ve owned Cannondales for years and wasn’t aware of the Trail 24… my eldest daughter is now ready for a 26″ but my youngest daughter might end up on a Trail 24 later this year.

    Now my son is nearly 8 and has moved onto his first 26″ bike, I’ve started him at the top there – his new bike is a small-framed 2005 Cannondale ‘Team’ Scalpel, just over 10kg with platform pedals. Bike plus rider is 40kg even 🙂 He loves it, and I love riding with him as he can really punt it along. He wants to ditch his BMX racing and go MTB racing…