We love the Fazua drive system on this electric mountain bike. Originally developed for pro and competitive amateur riders who were returning from injury, this is a low-range, lightweight, and almost friction-free electric drive system. It means that should your child want to accelerate beyond the limited 12 mph (uphill or down), they won’t feel like they’re pedaling through molasses.
The other components on this machine will put a smile on most knowledgeable kids’ faces, too. The high-quality analog drivetrain with an 11-42 tooth cassette enables them to blast uphill and get exactly the right ratios, even without the motor helping them.
Speed control is important when mountain biking, too. High-quality Promax hydraulic disc brakes with a larger rotor on the front and a smaller one on the rear prevent overheating and fade from use on the trail so you can slow quickly in all conditions.
As a mountain bike that would please even the most discerning of 7-11-year-olds, you won’t get much better than this.
Reasons to Buy
Most kids will have the energy to handle big hills and embarrass their parents on shorter rides. This is why we love the Fazua drive system for this particular machine — it will help them later in the day when they are getting tired and cranky.
The other components are as high quality as you’re going to get for an older child’s electric mountain bike before their legs get long enough for adults’ bikes. Everything’s customized for smaller bodies, from the ergonomic brake levers to the non-toxic saddle.
For the precocious competition mountain biker, the control system can connect to a smartphone or tablet app so they can analyze their riding after a day on the hill.
Things to Consider
Woom suggests that this is a machine you could let your child commute to school on. Unless you can find almost $3,600 without a worry, the risk of having it stolen as they head to school or while left unlocked at the school itself is too great. As such, this idea of the electric mountain bike as a commuter bike is a little far-fetched.
There’s also a 160-pound weight limit — so if your kid has a massive growth spurt, they may suddenly be too heavy to safely ride.