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Bike Check: Vertigo Custom Kid’s Build

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Following up the piece on Ted and his hard earnt shred-skills, I popped down to Vertigo for a closer inspection of the creation and some info on the bits and bobs.

The custom kids bike in all it's neon glory!
The custom kids bike in all it’s neon glory!

There are only 8 parts in the build that came stock out of the box, the majority is a hodgepodge mix of custom bits and size-appropriate aftermarket add-ons. Tim reveled in the process of chopping, grinding, and tapping the cranks to achieve a more kid-friendly/usable drivetrain. The real nightmare was lacing 32h hubs to 28h rims apparently, and some minor form of wheel building black magic was learned to create the 16″ hoops.

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Tim Ceci, the mind behind the bike.

Beyond those specific mods, the rest of the build is just practical pieces for a meter-tall rider: short-reach levers, pre-worn (read: very thin)/cut down grips, small pedals, and a 30t chainring.

Pre-worn and cut down grips to accommodate smaller riders.
Pre-worn and cut down grips to accommodate smaller riders.

New Spank pedals made for smaller feet, threaded into custom sawed/ground/drilled/tapped 130mm crank arms.
New Spank pedals made for smaller feet, threaded into custom sawed/ground/drilled/tapped 130mm crank arms.

The air suspension even manages to provide a minimal, but functional, amount of travel to even out the rough stuff and provide some extra confidence. Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest, and though Tim may have had to build them, he didn’t “reinvent the wheel” on this project.

Zee short cage derailleur keeps the mech out of the dirt and gears shifting smoothly.
Zee short cage derailleur keeps the mech out of the dirt and gears shifting smoothly.

A surprisingly adjustable air fork keeps the front end under control.
A surprisingly adjustable air fork keeps the front end under control.

With more and more parts oriented towards smaller (kid-sized) riders, it is only a matter of time before this type of bike becom a staple of the stable in shreds the world over.

30t Race Face chainring helps get the power from the custom cranks to the mini back wheel. 30t Race Face chainring helps get the power from the custom cranks to the mini back wheel.

Non-stock seat post to get the seat as low as possible.
Non-stock seat post to get the seat as low as possible.

Hope 32 spoke hubs, custom laced to 28h 16" rims - the biggest challenge of the build.  The 160mm Deore brakes look massive in the wee hoops.
Hope 32 spoke hubs, custom laced to 28h 16″ rims – the biggest challenge of the build. The 160mm Deore brakes look massive in the wee hoops.

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