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I have been looking for a road bike or transitional bike for my 10 year old son. I read all the threads and looked at bikes. I liked the REI Novara except my son couldn't reach the brakes with his hands on the road bar hoods plus it has smaller 26" wheels. We tried the lever shims but it was still a stretch and safety is obviously a top priority. Instead I found the Trek FX 7.2 15" bike with flat bars which seems like a great fit. It has 700 wheels with 32 mm tires, and has shifters and brakes that are really familiar to him from his 24" mtn bike which means he's more focused on riding and watching for hazards. He sits a bit more upright on this one which gives him better visibility. It was $549 and although that's more than I really wanted to spend, I think it's a great bike for a 10 year old that he can use for at least 2 or 3 years and I'm confident I can easily resell it at a fair price when he outgrows it.

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That's a pretty clever one. Did you ever look at the Felt F24 ? Scott and Pinarello also make 24" road bikes. If you were looking used, you could find even more: specialized Allez Junior, Giant T-Mobile Team 24", and Trek KDR1000. I know that these are 24" bikes and he would probably outgrow those in a year or two. Another option would be a smaller adult size bike with 650 wheels too. I bought a Felt F24 used for my 10 year old for $250. the handle bars are smaller and the STI shifters have shims that bring the levers closer to the bars for smaller hands. I'm sure that I will get more than I paid for it in a year or so. However, that Trek looks pretty stellar. If he wasn't racing, that might've been a better option.
 

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The Scott is sold out (at the manufacturer level) for the year.
Wow!! With Scott getting that type of response, makes you wonder if it will get the attention of more manufaturers. It's hard enough finding a 24" road bike in any bike shop. Obviously, Scott has taken notice of the demand... plus it looks great!!
 
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