20-Inch (5-8 yr. old)
The lightweight and durable aluminum Jamis Laser frame is easier to pedal than steel, giving young riders the confidence to keep up with mom or dad. The 20-inch Laser actually offers two types of brakes: a standard rear coaster brake, which most youngsters are familiar with, and a rear V-brake which many are not. Having the rear coaster brake as a back-up allows youngsters to get used to hand-braking without going cold-turkey on the coaster brake they are comfortable with. The alloy rims are anodized black to provide even greater corrosion and rust resistance than the alloy already possesses, and the rim sidewalls are ground to provide a smooth braking surface for the rear V-brake. Jamis builds the Laser 2.0 wheels with 36 spokes in a 3-cross lacing pattern for strength and durability, and mounts knobby BMX tires that bite in the dirt but with a rounded profile that rolls smoothly on neighborhood streets and driveways. Every Laser 2.0 offers a kickstand for parking that pride and joy and a bell to announce that the Laser has arrived.
Every Jamis youth bike uses size-specific items like grips, saddles and cranks that enhance comfort and control by providing the best possible bike fit. We focus on designing frames with low stand-overs to take much of the awkwardness out of getting on board and dismounting after. We trim as much weight as we can with lightweight aluminum frames on many of the youth models and use aluminum parts where possible (the limiting factor here is working within a youth-bike-appropriate price point) to work towards that make-it-as-light-as-possible goal.
With a lightweight and durable aluminum frame, the Jamis Starlite is an easy-pedaling kids bike that inspires fun and confidence on every ride. The swooping frame design has a purpose other than great looks: with 20-inch wheels this bike offers a low standover and low center of gravity for stable, secure riding and control. The silver anodized wheels are durable, lightweight, and easy to pedal, and built with 36 spokes in a 3-cross lacing pattern for extra strength to keep up with the rough-and-tumble nature of childhood. Starlite's swept back handlebars are specifically designed to be easy to reach and promote a comfortable, secure, and upright ride position, and the extra-plush, broad-based saddle features a suede-like brushed vinyl top that's grippy and keeps young riders from sliding around unsafely on the saddle top. Finally, a rear coaster brake plus an additional rear hand brake work together to as your child progresses, and a full-coverage chainguard keeps shoe laces and clothing out of harm's way.
Jamis’ Taxi bikes are designed to be low maintenance and built for comfort, but with the durability to be ridden every day for years on end. They’re built specifically for the rigors of the resort rental-bike world, with rugged wheels, durable adjustment points, and corrosion-resistant parts throughout. Your little one is going to be hard on a bike, but the Taxi 20" is more than ready for the challenge.
Jamis' lightweight and durable aluminum XR.20 frame is easier to pedal than steel and features tapered and ovalized tubing to optimize frame strength and durability while offering the cool looks today's young riders appreciate. A six-speed drivetrain is ideal for most youngsters to learn how to shift and master. It's also enough gearing to get around the neighborhood or park comfortably, with just one single chain ring in front to simplify shifting. A double-sided chain guard keeps the chain in place and clothes and legs out of the chain's way. There's a protective derailleur guard attached to the rear of the frame to protect the rear derailleur from knocks, keeping it in adjustment longer for greater safety and control. A full alloy parts package, including seat post, stem cap, crank arms, seat post clamp, brakes, and rims reduces total bike weight and adds value. The XR.20's XC saddle offers lots of high-quality padding for comfort and control with a narrow nose so that legs can pedal freely without chafing.
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