Evans Cycles have today announced that their best selling kids’ bike brand, HOY Bikes, have updated their range to offer the lightest kids’ bikes in the UK at a highly competitive price. Developed with six-time Olympic Champion, Sir Chris Hoy, the new bikes ensure that the quality and ease of riding is put first with each model having been meticulously designed to consider every aspect of young riders’ needs.
Sir Chris Hoy first learnt to ride on the grounds of what was then Napier College and started out racing BMX at seven years old, riding for the Scottia and then GT Factory BMX Team. Joining his first road cycling club, Dunedin C.C, aged sixteen he then became a member of the City of Edinburgh Racing Club. During this time he dabbled in everything from mountain biking, to cyclocross and road racing.
Aiming to meet the wide variety of young riders’ needs, the 2018 HOY kids’ bike range includes two designs; Bonaly and Meadowmill. Both named after places from Sir Chris Hoy’s childhood, these cater for children from around 4-16 years and offer a selection of bikes to suit multiple ridding terrains.
Dubbed after the area of the Pentland Hills where Sir Chris Hoy first rode his mountain bike, the Bonaly is Evans Cycles’ best-selling children’s bike. Building on the success of previous models, the updated range comes in 16, 20, 24 and 26 inch wheel sizes and now offers a completely redesigned lightweight frame and child friendly components.
A perfect all-round ride for a young rider gripped by the thrills of fast bikes, the Meadowmill is named after the cyclo-cross circuit that Sir Chris Hoy raced at early in his career. Aimed at young riders who are looking to ride on a multitude of terrains the Meadowmill isn’t just a cyclocross bike, with drop down handlebars and lightweight aluminium frame they also make fine road bikes at home on the bridleways and quiet tracks that make up any young explorer’s ride.
Understanding that a child’s bike is a much greater percentage of their weight than an adult’s bike is, all the bikes use a super lightweight frame-set that balances both strength and comfort. Internal cable routing are also used to create a clean aesthetic and keep cables away from small hands.
A set of updated child-friendly components also help to offer a better experience when learning to ride. A new Q factor crankset has been designed to ensure smaller riders’ legs are closer together and pedalling is efficient and smooth. The crankset lengths are size specific to limit any overstretch of legs, and also ensure pedals don’t clip the floor when cornering. Size specific handlebar widths have been used to match different shoulder widths of children, ensuring confident handling. In addition to the new lightweight frame and finishing kit, low spoke wheels and super light foam padding for saddles all help to reduce weight and improve comfort whilst on the bike.
Believing that the fit is one of the most important factors in determining a child’s enjoyment when riding a bike, the designers of the new Bonaly and Meadowmill bikes have kept the same geometry which gained the previous range hundreds of five-star customer reviews. Keeping the majority of the rider’s weight low down increases stability and confidence in handling whilst a low stand-over height helps riders put their feet on the floor when stationary.
Commenting on the new range, Sir Chris Hoy said: ‘As a father of two, I understand as much as anyone the specific demands of modern kids’ bikes. Rather than simply creating a scaled down adults bike, each model has been finely tuned to provide a fit which inspires confidence and ensures comfort based on years of testing and feedback. With new super lightweight frame-sets, internal cabling, low spoke wheels, micro adjustable seatposts and lightweight finishing kit, we’re confident that our new range are some of the lightest and most comprehensive kids’ bikes in the UK.’
As part of Evans Cycles’ continued partnership with British Cycling’s HSBC Go-Ride Scheme, a number of the new HOY Bonaly bikes will be used by young people up and down the UK. In an initiative to deliver over two million opportunities for young people to get into cycling by 2020, Evans Cycles have provided thousands of bikes to support fun, local cycling coaching sessions delivered in schools and communities forriders under 18. The sessions always take place in traffic-free areas and the emphasis is on regular, local and affordable activities to help create a sporting habit for life.
The full range of kid’s bikes are available to order now and full details online here.