Q: My son wants to get into racing. We went to the track and all the boys in his age have minis (small frame, skinny wheels) but he likes the Redline Pitboss. It has smaller wheels and fatter tires, what is the difference? It’s in the race section, would this be a good choice?
At his age and skill level, the key is always to get them involved at the most comfortable level possible and if you only have the money for one bike, race and play, then the 16” is a great middle ground. The pros of a “mini” are extreme lightweight and narrow 1 1/8” tires for minimal rolling resistance. Is this an advantage? You bet, but it also probably occurred to you your first time to the track that there aren’t to many kids on minis who look like they are in complete control of their bike. Its like watching a bunch of toddlers take their first steps, they pretty much just lean forward and take as many out of control steps as they can before gravity eventually catches up and they lawn dart into the coffee table, only in this case, the finish line. They will eventually get the hang of it and go on to skip to work like the rest of us, but the skill learned on a more compact and confidence building bike, like the Pitboss will provide a distinct bike control advantage in the long run.