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Kids Ride Shotgun has entered the bike game with the launch of its new high-spec Dirt Hero off-road balance bike.
Known for introducing kids to mountain biking through its shotgun child seats, the brand’s new runner bike is the next step in a parents’ pathway to raising an MTB kid – designed to unlock the trails for toddlers.
“We’ve noticed a growing number of balance bike families hitting the trails, but we know it can be hard for parents to find a runner bike that’s up to the task.”
Like the company’s child seats, the Dirt Hero was developed inhouse and has a focus on top-quality parts and exceptional engineering.
The result is an extraordinary balance bike – a scaled down enduro machine. Every aspect has been considered to ensure kids have the best possible experience when advancing from the driveway to the dirt.
“We’ve noticed a growing number of balance bike families hitting the trails, but we know it can be hard for parents to find a runner bike that’s up to the task,” Kids Ride Shotgun cofounder Dan Necklen said.
“We chose Magura for the Dirt Hero because of the power, reliability and, most importantly, class-leading lever reach adjustment.”
“That’s why we set out to create a bike that would open up riding off-road for balance bike kids, enabling them to experience the stoke of mountain biking from an earlier age.”
Dan said Kids Ride Shotgun has also witnessed a significant rise in the number of MTB parents looking for high-quality bikes for their young children.
The Dirt Hero is equipped to take 12” or 14” Vee-Tire wrapped wheelsets, with the option for a Magura MT4 rear disc brake with rotor guard.
Product manager Stu Munro said: “We chose Magura for the Dirt Hero because of the power, reliability and, most importantly, class-leading lever reach adjustment.
“The MT4, paired with the HC1 lever, is perfect for little hands.
“Also, the 12 to 14-inch convertibility helps kids avoid the big leap from 12-inch to 16-inch pedal bikes, creating a smoother transition, and giving them more time on a bike they’re comfortable with, so they love riding.”
The Dirt Hero balance bike is designed for kids aged two to five years, and MTB gear heads will appreciate the details that have gone into the bike – including a sealed headset, through axles, removable footpad and progressive geometry.
The bike weighs in at 4kg for the 12-inch version without a brake and is priced at A$549. The 14-inch wheel set and Magura MT4 brake are optional extras.
The Dirt Hero is available to order now from Lusty Industries ahead of a 15th September launch.