Making kids’ bikes is about supporting and nurturing the spirit of riding from the first moment a kid’s feet hit the pedals. Kick-starting their passion for riding by delivering a great first ride means kids are more likely to keep riding for years to come. On that note, Specialized are delighted to introduce the new Jett Family of kid’s bikes. Dig into the press release here to learn more.
TIME TO JETT
ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL | A new bike is a critical investment for families. Especially now, when parents are looking for safe, fun ways for their kids to get out and get active. At Specialized, we know that greater comfort opens the door for more riding. With kids’ bikes, comfort comes from a bike that fits well, and a design that’s kid-focused. Because of their growth spurts and growth patterns, the perfect fitting kids’ bike is a short-lived “just right”. Not only do kids deserve class-leading bikes, but they also deserve a bike that fits better, for longer.
NEVER FEAR THE GROWTH SPURTS | We asked, and parents told us they want a bike that fits their kids for about 30 months or three summers. Our teams did their research and found that kids ages 5-12 grow in their arms and legs faster than their torso. So, we needed to make a bike that was proportional and adjustable for quickly growing arms and legs to achieve the perfect fit multiple times in the bike’s lifetime.
TEST WITH THE BEST | Consulting the cycling industry’s best bike fitters, we developed the Jett using the same study tactics that we use with world-class athletes. During “Bring Your Kids to Work Day” at our Boulder, CO office, we gathered data from our own kids. The team put kids on bikes and observed the mechanics of how they were riding. Were their knees aligned in their pedal stroke? Are their shoulders stacked properly? Which kids could reach the handlebars most easily? Are the components compatible for their size? The data collected was optimized in the design process to increase comfort, eliminate common pain points, prevent future injuries, and improve the rider’s potential to perform on the bike.
START THE KIDS OFF RIGHT | We poured everything we’ve learned into the Jett. First, we looked at how to make the bike proportional. Components may seem like minor details, but the kids’ study proved that they make a world of difference for our riders. A kids-specific saddle and narrow q-factor crank create hip-knee-ankle alignment. This helps to avoid knee pain and improve pedaling power—so riders can pedal further, faster. Narrower grips and short-reach brake levers allow for better control and maneuverability, inspiring more confidence in riders. These components were developed so kids can ride in capable comfort.
DESIGNED FOR GROWTH | Second, we took the average growth curve of kids, and built 30 months of growth into the adjustability of the Jett. Delivering more riding and more fun. Adjustability comes in the form of 2-hole positions for cranks, a long seatpost, and adjustable handlebars for extended reach. And what’s more, the Jett is a quality ride that weighs in at just 9.39kg/20.5 lbs (24”), enabling riders to keep up with the grown-ups or lead the pack. We’ve built the Jett to adjust to any level of capability, riding style, and growth pattern to help access kids’ full riding potential. By looking at the highest growth potential for girls and boys ages 7-12, we were able to identify how much adjustability was needed to create a bike that would last for three seasons. This curve represents the maximum annual growth rate for a child, which occurs when children move from a low-height percentile to a high-height percentile. Now we have a much better understanding of how long the Jett will fit a rider.
A LIFETIME OF RIDING | The Jett is the vehicle for riders to learn, grow, and eventually graduate to the next steps in their riding journey. It starts with that first push on two wheels and quickly evolves into skid stops and dive-bombing trails. Kids are always going and always growing, so they deserve a ride that fits—a bike that will inspire a lifetime of riding. To us, that’s a goal well worth the effort.
THE JETT RANGE
BUILT FOR THE ROAD AHEAD | Our kids’ bikes are built based on a unifying belief—empowering little riders with the best first bikes will inspire a lifetime of riding. We created our four-step system to develop products in tandem with a rider’s growth path. And beyond!
|The Four Growth Steps|
|1 – Kick, Balance, Steer At its core, riding is all about balance. It’s also the toughest part of learning to ride on two wheels, but with a nimble and light bike is can be a lot easier. Without pedals, kids can start learning the essentials and build confidence in their own abilities.|
|2 – Pedal, Coaster Brake Steps two and three are all about pedaling. Once they’ve got their balance, kids can control their speed with a mix of pedal work and braking. Not every rider needs training wheels once they’ve mastered step one but we’ve included them just in case.|
|3 – Pedal, Handbrakes Now that balance is second nature when riding, riders learn to pedal while managing their speed with handbrakes. Introducing handbrakes at this stage allows for a smooth transition into more hand control in step four.|
|4 – Shifting, Handbrakes Here is where the riders put it all together. Now that they’ve mastered balancing, steering, and braking, they’re ready to shift gears and take on new hills and valleys. They can crank up the speed and explore whatever’s ahead. Here riders can choose the Jett if they’re riding on more paved surfaces or opt for the Riprock to tackle some dirt.|
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When will the Jett be available? May 11, 2021
How can parents make sure the bike fits as they grow, optimizing the bike’s adjustability? Parents can use the Fit Tool to adjust the bike for their kid. The Fit Tool is the go-to resource to get the Jett perfectly dialed-in to the way he or she rides. Increase comfort, prevent injuries, and improve confidence with these slight yet highly effective adjustments for the crank position, handlebars, and saddle height. Parents should revisit the fit tool about every six months to keep the bike properly fitting their rider.
Do Jett bikes have gears? The Jett Multispeed models come with gears. The Jett 20” Multispeed comes with a 7-speed drivetrain and the Jett 24” Multispeed comes with an 8-speed drivetrain.
How would a parent decide between a Jett Single Speed and a Jett Multispeed? At Specialized, we created bikes in tandem with a rider’s needs at each step of their development journey. The Jett Single Speed is for a rider who is learning to be comfortable with pedaling while managing their speed with handbrakes. The Jett Multispeed is where the riders who have mastered balancing, steering, and braking put it all together and are ready to shift gears, taking on new hills and valleys. Additionally, parents can use our sizing guide to find if a 16”, 20”, or 24” model is best depending on their child’s height.
What kind of tires are on the Jett? The Jett is equipped with Pathfinder 2.0” tires.
How much does the Jett weigh? The Jett 24” MS is 9.39kg/20.5 lbs. The Jett 20” MS is 8.76kg or 19.3lbs.
In reference to the industry’s best bike fitters, who are they? Retül, based in Boulder, CO, is a partner of Specialized, working together with us since 2012. The Retül technology is used to collect and analyze data to help retailers and fitters advise riders to make the best product decisions to increase comfort, prevent injuries, and improve performance. Often the data collection helps inform future products, such as the Jett. The team takes what they’ve learned from working with the world’s most demanding riders and applies that knowledge directly to riders of all experience levels and motivations.
How much longer is the seatpost than typical seatposts? The seatpost is about 60mm longer than the seatposts typically stocked on kids bikes. For example, the Jett 20” has a 280mm seatpost.
What other kids’ bikes does Specialized make? Learn more about Specialized kids’ models on our webpage