Cannondale Cujo 24+ Kids Mountain Bike Review + Initial Upgrades

Cannondale Cujo 24+ Kids Mountain Bike Review + Initial Upgrades

Hello’s Mike here with alternate family behind me is our pump track our backyard pump track which we’re just getting all tuned up for the season and just in time for lightning dragons birthday party bikes are out on the ground let me show you the bikes that we got here there’s lightning dragons pump track bike this is rocket spike just do everything bike here’s my pump track bike let’s see here’s my beer run bike single speed townie here’s lightning dragon mountain bike love for now here’s a spare purple bike that we’ve got for guests that come over helmet burly trailer nobody rides in anymore here’s lightning dragon to the other pump track bike I’m missing a wheel there’s my old mountain bike I’m missing a lot of things and that is all the bikes that we have in the yard there’s more in here here is my main mountain bike Broken Spoke fix that and here’s my bike custom steel hardtail danielle’s mountain bike Danielle’s townie and that is really all the bikes that we have at this house all right sorry about bikes per second well specifically kids bikes and I want to tell you why I chose this bike for lightning dragon he’s eight years old he’s like 55 pounds about yay tall he’s been riding bikes since he was real little since he was two we got a masked rider bike was just teaches imbalance when he turns three we got him a 12 inch pedal bike and he just took to it right away he was four we got him a 16 inch pedal bike and then a couple years later we got a 20 inch mountain bike and all those bikes are a huge compromise I mean you want something that’s gonna be durable that they can ride that fits that’s not too heavy and not too expensive but there aren’t too many bikes like that that are both not heavy and not expensive so we went with heavy because frankly there’s gonna be tooling around the streets the park anyway so it doesn’t really matter that much plus they’re bomb-proof and they last forever with this bike though we’re gonna get into more longer rides and mountain bike rides and dirt trail rides and he’s going to hopefully start learning a little bit more technical mountain biking developing some fitness and some skills in that regard so I wanted to get him a bike that was big enough to fit him for a couple years light enough that he wasn’t lugging around a boat anchor and had like real mountain bike parts there’s a lot of bikes they have an old school quill stem they’ll have a one-piece bottom bracket they’ll have bolt on hubs and that’s just stuff just it’s number one it’s really heavy and doesn’t perform well and it just doesn’t work for for mountain biking and like switching out parts when you need something bigger because you can’t find as a quill stem it’s hard in the the frankly the one-piece bottom brackets weigh a ton so I found this cam Dale Kujo 24 plus it’s an aluminum frame and it has all mountain bike parts they’re not all high-end mountain bike parts but they’re all real mountain bike parts and you know when something wears out or he outgrows something I can just go down to any many bike store or rate any of the bikes that I have or the tub of bike gear I have up there I put new parts on it he’ll need hopefully this will fit him for a couple years so who need wider bars at some point a longer stem at some point maybe a different saddle the rear hub is one 35 spacing has a real regular derailleur and derailleur hanger the bottom bracket is a 73 millimeter bottom bracket real disc brakes and disc brake tabs like a regular mountain bike regular front hub like a real mountain bike it even has rack and fender mounts eyelets at the rear in the front for racks and fenders it has a real headset real Threadless headset it has a regular Threadless stem and regular mountain bike bars regular mountain bike shifters again those aren’t like high-end parts but I can very easily replace them with high-end parts like if one of my mountain bikes goes out of service which is probably gonna happen I can just swap those parts onto this and make it a primo bike so really stoked about that it is a fully rigid bike so it has no suspension front or rear I wanted that because in the 24 inch size if you want to get a suspension floor it’s gonna be expensive thousand dollars $1600 to get a good suspension fork from one of these otherwise they’re heavy and they’re not that great and I don’t think they’re gonna provide him any real benefit so with this bike it’s fully rigid so he’s gonna have to learn to manual and go over bumps just like I did when I was a kid and when I first started riding mountain bikes so I think that’s great but it has the 24 plus tires so the tires are 24 inches in diameter but they’re 2.6 wide and that’s a bit wider than a regular mountain bike tires are 2.2 2.3 but it’s on a really wide rim so the rim is like 40 or 50 millimeters wide so it makes the tire that much wider so you theoretically with this you can run lower pressure so that it’ll absorb bumps and get better traction all in all use a pretty good bike it lists for $500 everybody has it for 450 I got it at REI for 450 – $150 dividend – a $25 gift card out the door it’s reading professionally installed it looks pretty great every all the bolts are tight everything looks awesome I’m super stoked there are a few things I’m gonna replace on this bike right away number one is it’s got tubes in it right now now tubes are great they’re easy to use these are the mount but if you got a kid who’s riding all over tarnation around here is gonna get goat heads in and we’re gonna be replacing those tubes all the time and I don’t like doing that so I’m gonna put tubeless in it now base what tubeless is is you pull out the tube you put a new valve stem in where the tube goes and then there’s this special tape that wraps around and seals up all of the all of the spoke holes and so this is the valve stem it goes in so you can fill it up this is also a Schrader valve or a Presta valve what’s on the biker now a Schrader valve tubes which are absolutely no good so I’ve got this this is an orange seal product there are many other options so then once you’ve sealed up the rim you add sealant to the tires is a liquid sealant latex based sealant you add that to the tire and inflate it with a compressor it seals in and then any punctures will get sealed by the liquid sealing works really well plus it allows you to go with a lower pressure lower pressure allows the tire to squish and if you happen to hit the rim on something it won’t pop the tube which is called a pinch plan second thing I’m gonna replace are the pedals it’s got cheap plastic pedals aren’t right now I’m sure there’s the same pedals that are on Paul’s other bikes but I found these these are from chrome AG this pedal is called radar and it is number one Orange the exact colors in the biker Orange perfect it is a modern nice modern pedal with I assume cartridge bearings in there it has all these little cleats which will grip into his shoe so he won’t slide off of it and let him manipulate the bike from this feet a lot better so I’m gonna put these on these are probably a little bit heavier than what’s on there but I think they’re gonna perform a lot better the other thing he needs this bike has water bottle bosses so the frame is big enough for him to have a real water bottle which is great so I happen to have sitting around a nice water bottle cage nice little steel or aluminum water bottle cage a nice water bottle that also is orange and also max is the accent color on the bike this one happens to come from the 24 hours in the Old Pueblo bike race from 2014 so he’s gonna have not only a matching water bottle but an awesome matching water bottle so the last thing I’m gonna do on the bike before he even sees it is put on a chain stay protector now this is to protect the chains day of the of the bike from the slapping of the chain both from the top and the bottom because it’s got a real derailleur and you’re shifting a bunch that will tend to clatter around and ding up the paint on the chainstay it’s not a huge problem but it’s annoying and noisy and it just makes it look crappy so you can buy these things from the store they usually like neoprene or something with velcro and they don’t really work that well they could get caught up in the chain or you could snag them with your heel so what I like to do is a lot simpler you take an inner tube either a punctured inner tube whatever doesn’t really matter and you cut a strip of it and you you make basically make tape out of it and then you wrap it around the inner tube and seal it up with electrical tape it’s black it looks nice and stretchy so I’ll be doing all that before light and drag dragon even sees it and hopefully it’ll be a good birthday party and he’ll love it no be stoked and then will he’ll ride bikes all summer and shred Tahoe and Reno and have an awesome time thanks for watching if you want to see more bike videos like this if you want to see more 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