Team Sky to launch kids' bike range this autumn

Pro team partner with Frog Bikes to develop range of bikes for children aged 2 to 14-years-old

by David Arthur   August 14, 2014  

Team Sky have announced they’re launching a range of kids’ bicycles in partnership with Frog Bikes, a company that specialises in producing lightweight bikes for children. Bikes will be priced between £100 and £450 and they'll be available through independent cycle stores this autumn.

The range of bikes, which will be officially launched at the Eurobike trade show in Germany later this month, will include models for children aged 2 to 14-years-old. There will be a balance bike, a first pedal bike, and a choice of road and hybrid models.

“The range will be a leap forward for children’s cycling, offering high-quality, high-performance and stylish bikes which will inspire them to get in the saddle,” says Team Sky.

“As experts in producing and developing kids’ bikes, Frog Bikes has created an impressive range which is superbly designed for young riders," said Team Sky’s Head of Technical Operations, Carsten Jeppesen.

“Frog shares our determination to give children the best opportunity to enjoy cycling. We are delighted they are producing our range, and hope it will encourage more children to enjoy cycling, at all levels.”

With this new range of bikes Team Sky are clearly hoping to inspire a new generation of cyclists, the next Wiggo or Froome perhaps, and with cycling at an all-time high in the UK following the success of Team GB at the Olympics and Sir Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France in 2012 and Chris Froome in 2013, there’s an appetite to get more children onto bikes.

Frog Bikes co-founder Jerry Lawson said, "Frog Bikes is dedicated to making cycling fun and accessible for children of all ages, so we're over the moon to be collaborating with Team Sky.

“With our shared passion for performance, design and a love of cycling, we are excited to launch this brand new range of high-quality and lightweight kids' bikes to make cycling more fun for children."

We don’t have any details on the full range at this stage, but we’ll make sure to get a good look at Eurobike later this month.

There is increasing choice for children. Just recently Sir Chris Hoy announced a new range of children’s bikes to add to the already established Hoy Bikes line-up. 

More at the Frog Bikes website.

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1: Helmets
2: Full kit w***ers
3: Big babies throwing their toys out of the pram

posted by Some Fella [813 posts]
14th August 2014 - 12:45

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It involves sky so doping will get mentioned for sure.

posted by Super Domestique [1636 posts]
14th August 2014 - 14:19

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Great time to be a kid. I had terrible trouble finding good quality bikes when my kids were growing up. 99% of kids bike are just rebranded boat anchors.

posted by paulrbarnard [140 posts]
14th August 2014 - 14:27

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Look at him go, he must be on the calpol! You got a TUE for that?

If you were riding half a mile behind that pic of them riding as a group, you might think 'ooh there's a bunch of guys in team kit, let's see if I can catch them', then realise that they don't look any bigger as you close the gap...

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3419 posts]
14th August 2014 - 14:54

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links bodged

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1287 posts]
14th August 2014 - 15:31

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Some Fella wrote:
Comments bingo on this one?

1: Helmets
2: Full kit w***ers
3: Big babies throwing their toys out of the pram

4: You won't catch me paying to advertise Rupert Murdoch's business.

which you won't but I can see it's potentially a good move for Frog into the mainstream.

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posted by joemmo [877 posts]
14th August 2014 - 15:43

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Picture the scene...an 'urban playground' frequented by kids flicking their BMXs around and doing some flatland.....
mini SKY peloton whooshes past...
'Full kit Rapha w*****s, get the bastids'.....

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FREEEEEEEEDOM!

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posted by The _Kaner [482 posts]
14th August 2014 - 17:06

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Good luck to them but it's hard to look past Islabikes as a parent. Peerless in quality, but the killer is the resale value. I've yet to see a Hoy bike being ridden (and very very few Frog)but Islabikes are everywhere, and for me and others it's the resale value that's the clincher.

posted by fustuarium [21 posts]
15th August 2014 - 6:22

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I'm assuming these bikes are just the existing Frog range but with a different paint scheme and stickers? The website itself is sparse with details.

I'm on the lookout for a first pedal bike for the boy, who turns 3 in the new year. It's bascially between a Frog or an Islabikes at the moment, maybe the smallest Hoy but I'm surprised at the price of that.

I appreciate the residuals in the Islabikes, but the issue for me is that I always like to view things like this before I buy, and it's a faff for me to get to the Islabikes showroom. Frogs, on the other hand, are sold in at least 3 different bike shops within a 20 minute drive.

posted by parksey [282 posts]
15th August 2014 - 8:07

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parksey wrote:
like to view things like this before I buy, and it's a faff for me to get to the Islabikes showroom. Frogs, on the other hand, are sold in at least 3 different bike shops within a 20 minute drive.

The Islabikes are worth it. We own two and don't hesitate to recommend them. Our youngest went out on a Frog (only a 20 minute ride) and was dismissive. Didn't/couldn't say why. And given the speed with which they grow, resale value is important.

posted by Ush [420 posts]
16th August 2014 - 2:13

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My daughter has a frog 52 and loves it. Its a nice bike, it's light, it fits well and it has brakes and gears she can easily operate. It's also in a gender neutral purple so there should be no complaints when it's handed down to her brother.

Isla are good, Frog are good, I'm sure that Hoy and all the other new-wave kids bikes are good but they are marketing successes as much as being genuinely better products. Actually kids are not as sensitive or picky as parents think and many are capable of learning to ride on 'ordinary (cheaper) kids bikes' like the majority of children still do and majority of current adult cyclists did.

Personally, I reckon that early experience of a balance bike is much more important than an expensive kids bike later on. And you definitely do not need to spend £100+ on a premium brand balance bike, that's just silly.

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posted by joemmo [877 posts]
16th August 2014 - 7:06

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