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Petitpierre from Mores is top-end technology for toddlers

It’s an ultralight monocoque, engineered using computer aided design and made from T1000 carbon fibre using state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies… and it’s aimed at riders as young as 18 months.

Munich-based engineer and designer Sebastian Mores reckons that the Mores Petitpierre is the world’s first carbon fibre running bike – or balance bike, if you prefer. We think he’s probably right.

“We are proud to introduce a running bike that has been focused on a child’s development right from the very first sketch,” says Sebastian Mores. “The very low centre of gravity enables kids even as young as 1.5 years in age to move easily and have fun. Thanks to the low weight and the optimized design, the Petitpierre is incredibly stable, easy to manoeuvre, and can easily be lifted to cross kerbs and obstacles."

The carbon-fibre frame with CNC-milled dropouts weighs just 600g, and the Petitpierre comes with LED lights in the Velo saddle and on the ends of the handlebars. A Tektro rear-mounted mini-V-brake takes care of stopping, the cable running internally – as it does on many high-end bikes these days. Two sizes are available, covering ages from 1.5=5 years.

There’s often a ‘but’, and you can probably guess what it is here: the price. Petitpierres start at €1,499. That's £1,273 at today’s exchange rate, which is clearly a big chunk more than you'll pay for a wooden equivalent. They're not going for the mass market here!

For more info go to www.mores-design.com.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Simmo72 [603 posts] 3 years ago
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Something the rich and stupid can purchase once they have run out of ideas elsewhere.

My daughter used a balance bike for 2 hours before progressing onto a proper bik, this would work out at £10 a minute - bargain.

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joemmo [1164 posts] 3 years ago
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nothing to do with the kids, just a vulgar display of purchasing power for the parent. Have a read of the 'features' blurb on the website, it's unintentionally hilarious.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Ludicrously expensive and totally pointless. (Unless of course being ludicrously expensive IS the point...)

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mrchrispy [452 posts] 3 years ago
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at least they could spec a saddle that wasn't an adult size!!!

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ped [229 posts] 3 years ago
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No UCI Approved sticker?!?

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ColT [289 posts] 3 years ago
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Parted/fool/easily/money etc.

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mr-andrew [300 posts] 3 years ago
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I can't wait for next years model - it'll be lighter, more vertically compliant and stiffer.

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David Portland [83 posts] 3 years ago
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The ability to lower the seat appears to be limited by the nose of the massive adult-sized saddle hitting the top of the frame. Ten times the price of an Islabikes Rothan (with which it appears to share most of its parts) and they can't even get that right.

600g doesn't seem that impressive for a frame that's only about 18in long, either. All-up weight is 3.4kg, which is only 200g more than a Rothan. I know every little helps with kids' bikes, but that's not really very much.

Also, what on earth is this dribble from the "Technology" page?

Borrowing the beauty of classic bicycles, the Petitpierre running bike’s natural style is unmistakable. In an interplay of opposites – acute angles and long, delicate curves – the elements harmoniously join together to achieve timeless exclusivity. Light is softly broken by clearly-defined angles, encircling the design in a display of elegance.

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stuartp [68 posts] 3 years ago
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Bait your hook
Cast out
Bang, straight in  36

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SevenHills [205 posts] 3 years ago
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I've not been in a coma for the last 10 months and it's 1st April?

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pedalingparamedic [94 posts] 3 years ago
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Old hat. We all know that hydraulic discs are the latest thing!

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joemmo [1164 posts] 3 years ago
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do they do a Rapha edition?

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Farky [183 posts] 3 years ago
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Good man!

You found where the other £1000 of costs went for each bike....Marketing!

David Portland wrote:

The ability to lower the seat appears to be limited by the nose of the massive adult-sized saddle hitting the top of the frame. Ten times the price of an Islabikes Rothan (with which it appears to share most of its parts) and they can't even get that right.

600g doesn't seem that impressive for a frame that's only about 18in long, either. All-up weight is 3.4kg, which is only 200g more than a Rothan. I know every little helps with kids' bikes, but that's not really very much.

Also, what on earth is this dribble from the "Technology" page?

Borrowing the beauty of classic bicycles, the Petitpierre running bike’s natural style is unmistakable. In an interplay of opposites – acute angles and long, delicate curves – the elements harmoniously join together to achieve timeless exclusivity. Light is softly broken by clearly-defined angles, encircling the design in a display of elegance.

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notfastenough [3683 posts] 3 years ago
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No. No. Oh alright then, I'll bite...

David Portland wrote:

Also, what on earth is this dribble from the "Technology" page?

Borrowing the beauty of classic bicycles, the Petitpierre running bike’s natural style is unmistakable. In an interplay of opposites – acute angles and long, delicate curves – the elements harmoniously join together to achieve timeless exclusivity. Light is softly broken by clearly-defined angles, encircling the design in a display of elegance.

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Good Lord.  31

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Wookie [235 posts] 3 years ago
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JimboBaggins [17 posts] 3 years ago
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Anyone who's ever had to carry an unwilling toddler plus their heavy steel balance bike (plus nappy bag etc etc) back from the park (or wherever) would gladly pay any money (at that moment) for a super-light carbon model!  1

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badback [302 posts] 3 years ago
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JimboBaggins wrote:

Anyone who's ever had to carry an unwilling toddler plus their heavy steel balance bike (plus nappy bag etc etc) back from the park (or wherever) would gladly pay any money (at that moment) for a super-light carbon model!  1

... or buy a wheelbarrow !