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Rider: Dane Jewett, Photos: Margus Riga

The dream bikes of many adults can now be had by their kids, with the well-equipped 2019 Rocky Mountain Reaper line. The bikes roll on 24, 26, and 27.5″ wheel sizes to suit young riders of all sizes, and the 27.5″ offering comes equipped with grown up features like the Ride-9 geometry adjustment system and a proper X-Fusion dropper post.

Rocky Mountain’s Ride-9 geometry adjustment system allows the rider to substantially change the bike’s geometry between stock, neutral, and steep settings by turning a few hex keys. Coupled with size-specific suspension tunes, these new Reapers are designed to give kids the equipment they need to learn quickly and have a blast while doing so.

 

Weight for the Reaper remains respectable, particularly for kids’ bikes, with the 27.5″ version tipping the scales at 30.1lbs, and the 24″ coming in at a reasonable 27.7lbs. These bikes are a fair bit lighter than the first Huffy many of us threw off backyard jumps, and with far better build specs.

Read the release details below to learn more about the updated kids’ full suspension mountain bikes. Pricing starts at $1,949 USD.


Reaper 24

 

“The all-new Reaper packs the same aggressive trail performance found in our full suspension bikes like the Altitude and Instinct, but in a smaller package for young rippers.” -Rocky Mountain

MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Reaper 24 is also compatible with 26″ wheels, and has 135mm rear axle spacing for simple conversions
  • Suntour Epixon LO DS 120mm fork and Rockshox Monarch R rear suspension
  • Shimano Deore 1×10 drivetrain
  • Chainstay protectors and post-mount 160mm brakes

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

  • All-new alloy frame with bearings

Reaper 26

MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reaper 26 is also compatible with 24″ wheels, and has 135mm rear axle spacing for simple conversions
  • Rockshox Sector RL 130mm fork and Rockshox Monarch R rear suspension
  • Maxxis Minion DHF Folding 26×2.35 tires
  • Chainstay protectors and post-mount 160mm brakes

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

  • All-new alloy frame with bearings at all pivots
  • The RIDE-9™ adjustment system

Reaper 27.5

MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • High-performance trail bike for young riders
  • Wide range gearing
  • Maxxis Minion DHR II Folding 27.5×2.3 tires
  • Compatible with 26″ x 2.8 tires

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODEL

  • Completely new model in the Reaper line-up
  • RIDE-9™ adjustment system
  • Improved cable management including large head tube and down tube access ports, full-length shift housing, and internally routed shift housing and brake lines through the front triangle.

“The Reaper can tear up single track, smash technical descents, and slay bike park laps all day long. And, because we know that kids grow (and have younger siblings), the reaper is easily convertible from 24″ wheels to 26″ wheels and vice versa. We also have the new Reaper 27.5 option, to keep your kids shredding longer!”

Geometry table for all 3 wheel sizes

Rider: Dane Jewett, Photo: Margus Riga

Pricing and Availability

The Reaper is now available! Please head to your local Rocky Mountain dealer to see the bikes. Regional availability may vary.

  • Reaper 27.5: $3,599 CAD / $2,849 USD
  • Reaper 26: $2,899 CAD / $2,349 USD
  • Reaper 24: $2,449 CAD / $1,949 USD

These recent updates from Rocky Mountain have me wishing I was a kid again! I wonder how many lawns I would have mowed and chords of firewood I would have happily stacked to swing a leg over one of these bikes? More info on the revamped Reaper here.

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