Islabikes Benefits

What makes Islabikes special?

Islabikes was founded by Isla Rowntree to give children a better experience of cycling and the changes we have made have been revolutionary. Our bikes remain the benchmark against which children’s bikes are measured. We’re cyclists ourselves and self-confessed bike design obsessives which means paying attention to little things that make a big difference, for example:

Lightweight aluminium frames:

Islabikes frames are made with tough, yet lightweight aluminium, producing an outstanding strength to weight ratio. It’s much easier to learn to ride on a lightweight bike but the advantages extend to riders of all ages from toddlers to grandparents.

Bigger wheels:

Our aim is to get children comfortably riding bikes with the biggest wheels possible. This makes for a smoother, more stable ride, helping to build enjoyment and confidence in riders of all abilities. Bigger wheels also deliver more forward motion with each turn of the pedal. No children’s bike manufacturer produces bikes with bigger wheels at each growth stage than Islabikes.

Bespoke components:

We are the only children’s bike company to produce a full range of bespoke components. These are proportionately correct for the size of the intended rider. Islabikes components include cranks, brake levers, chain-guards, handlebar grips, pedals and more, each delivering a unique advantage. Our brake levers for example are designed for smaller hands, putting powerful breaking within easy reach.

Frame geometry:

Factors like riding position and weight distribution play an important role in comfortable and enjoyable cycling. Children have different body proportions to adults which change as they grow so bike frames should adapt with them. Painstaking work has gone into designing frames that address the unique needs of children at each growth stage. It’s all about making riding comfortable and enjoyable.

Optimised Q-factor:

So what’s Q-factor? It relates to the horizontal distance between the crank arms. Take a look at children riding around your local park and you’ll notice some have their legs and feet splaying out to the side as they pedal. That’s a really inefficient way to ride as energy is wasted. We’re looking for that effort to head straight down onto the pedals and Islabikes are designed to achieve just that.

The quest for the perfect cycling experience continues and we are leading from the front.

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