We understand the frustration of lining up next to a slew of dudes with gear that simply outclasses yours. Now imagine that you're a young cyclist, and there's no remedy: everything is built to be a throwaway also-ran while older siblings, friends, and even you, dear parent, are disembarking from lift service on actual mountain bikes built for actual ripping. Diamondback understands the frustration of the under-equipped grom, and the Splinter 24 Complete Mountain Bike is the Washington-based firm's solution. Everything about the Splinter recommends it as a chip off of the block. It may only have 24in wheels and 100mm of single-pivot suspension, but it's also dialed for riders whose size and weight don't necessarily demand eight inches and a dual-crown fork. The smaller tires actually equate to nimble trail manners that you may find yourself envying on your 26in DH or 27. 5in enduro hoops. The Splinter is finished with a SRAM drivetrain that's admittedly short of World Cup standards, but it is a one-by, which will serve to induct your youngster into the world of single-ring simplicity. The World Cup kit comes later.
Frame Material: 6061 T6 aluminum
Suspension: single-pivot 100mm
Fork: X-Fusion Velvet RL
Front Travel: 100 mm
Headset: 1-1/8 in Ahead