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What wheel size should I go for? How long will the bike last? What's the difference between MTB and ATB? How much money should I expect to spend? What should I look out for? Why is Forme better than a junior only bike brand? If you’re unsure, we’re confident we have the answers for you.
To build on our experience as both parents and bike riders we are involved as Coaches in our local British Cycling Go-Ride Club and sponsor a handful of riders as part of our Youth Talent Programme. This helps us to make the very best junior bikes in their category.
Bike brands, including ourselves, don't really encourage the adolescents of today to find their freedom, ride to school or generally hang out with mates on bikes. Some of them even reach an age where bike riding loses its
Where can I buy your bikes?
We sell our bikes exclusively via over 300 specialist bicycle retailers throughout the UK. You can find your nearest retailer using our dealer locator. Learn more about why we support local bike shops here.
Stabilizers. Help or hindrance?
How do you corner on a bicycle or motorcycle as an adult? Do you lean or stay upright and turn the bars sharply?
Hopefully you answered that question right!
Stabilisers represent one of the greatest barriers when it comes to teaching kids to ride bikes, yet we have been brainwashed into thinking they are necessary for years!
We have manufactured our frames to ensure we are as inclusive as possible and therefore enable the fitting of stabilizers but only recommend their use if absolutely necessary to do so.
The best way to teach a child how to ride a bike is to begin with a balance bike to master balance, cornering and braking prior to moving them on to their first pedal bike.
We recommend you remove the pedals for the first few weeks on their first pedal bike until they become familiar with handling it confidently and safely.
When you apply the pedals, find a soft surface such as grass and a very slight descent. To begin, encourage them to push off and glide as they would on a balance bike.Once they have momentum ask them to place their feet on the pedals and push downwards with one foot at a time then watch the magic happen.
An ATB or All Terrain Bike is synonymous with a hybrid bicycle. All our Kinder & Cubley bikes are ATB's capable of use on road and most off road use.
MTB's or mountain bikes usually feature a front and sometimes rear suspension. They are intended for more technical off road riding.
We only supply MTB's equipped with a suspension from a 24" wheel upwards. Sometimes cheaper children's bike provide bikes with a suspension below a 24" wheel size. They may look cool but usually only make it more difficult to ride by adding unnecessary weight.
Are Forme bikes good value for money?
Our bikes are built to last with premium-grade, lightweight aluminium frames and forks. They are also equipped with best in class, high quality components. The improved quality ensures our bikes hold much of their value, they have a sustainable lifecycle and don't end up in landfill.
Due to strong re-sale value, our bikes arguably work out cheaper in the long run than many budget low quality bikes if they are taken care of. Forme junior bikes are sold by over 300 retailers in the UK and we are the leading brand for the UK's largest specialist junior bike provider so hopefully these numbers speak for themselves and give you the confidence you are looking for if you haven't heard of Forme before.
What should I look out for when buying a kids bike?
Fit and product longevity are the most important factors for your child to get the most out of their riding experience in a hassle free manner.
When comparing bikes from different brands there's actually a lot to look out for! We have tried to help you identify all the individual performance benefits on our product pages.
How can Forme be better than a junior only bike brand?
We are on a mission to get as many people riding bikes and enjoying cycling as possible. Kids bikes are just the start of the journey.
Our background, rounded experience as bike riders, parents and designers help us to take much more of an holistic approach when developing our high performance junior bikes. Most kids and grown up's can often remember their first bike so why stop offering choices when kids grow out of our junior bikes?
Forme bikes have a great team of people and have evolved to become the largest multi category British bike brand, thanks to the support of our customers, capable of scaling up our product range without compromising focus in any of the categories we represent.
Why do use trigger type gears and not twist gear type?
There are pro's and con's to both types of gear system. We actually equipped our first junior bikes with twist shifters because we believed it was easier for children's cognitive learning using a simple twist related to a number than 2 levers. Following further comparative tests of both options after our first range, we could see that although a trigger shifter (sometimes called rapid fire) took a little longer to understand, once the child learntthe physical shift of the level it was far easier. The gear change performance was superior and the kids were actually using their gears far more efficiently too.
Why don’t you use disc brakes on kids bikes?
The short answer is quality V-brakes on lightweight ATB's such as the Kinder or Cubley offer better all-round riding performance on a small wheel kids bike. Disc brakes add unnecessary weight unless they are a higher quality hydraulic disc brakes featured at higher price points on specific bikes.
We do use disc brakes on our 24 and 26 Black Rocks and Curbar Mountain bikes as well as our race specific Calver Cyclo Cross and road bikes as the quality and associated price points justify their selection without a weight penalty.
Where are your bikes made?
We use a handful of factories for our range depending on the price point and category. This helps us to achieve the highest quality and value for each price point.
Our bikes are designed and tested in Derbyshire and the Peak District, England. They are then manufactured and assembled in Asia.
Almost every brand uses Asia based production of frames and components as they are the global leaders of high-quality bicycle production. Some other high quality brands claim to be made in Europe although they are usually only assembled in Europe. By working with our partner factories in Asia we are able to scale up our production as we grow, offer more competitive prices and deliver bikes to our retailers more frequently.
What quality guarantee do you offer?
We offer a lifetime guarantee on all our frames from the first owner. All other components are also guaranteed for 1 year from the day of purchase. The guarantee does not cover normal wear and tear, damage from a crash or poor maintenance.
Please register your bike from point of purchase to activate your guarantee with us and ensure you keep a copy of your receipt. Should you experience any problem please contact the retailer you purchased from and they will handle the process efficiently with our customer services team.
Can I swap my bike when it's too small?
As our bikes hold their value very well, many of our specialist retailers will often provide a return and replace scheme as your child is ready for the next wheel size. We also partner thebikeclub.co.uk who offer a monthly subscription service enabling you to replace the bike as soon as they grow to reach the next wheel size so your child will always have the right size bike.
The Perfect fit
Use our helpful sizing guide to find the right size for you or your child.