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Frog 69 Kids Bike - 26 Inch - Team Sky


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Frog 69  - Team Sky Edition

The Team SKY Frog 69 is the Frog 69 dressed up in the colours and livery of Britain's (and arguably, the world's) most high-profile cycling team, Sky. With its 26 inch wheels, the Team SKY Frog 69 offers an intelligent option for youngsters from around 10-12 years old.

Key Features of the Frog 69

  • Lightweight aluminium alloy frame (14 inch seat tube) and fork.
  • Quick release (no need to carry a spanner to change a tube) aluminium wheels.
  • Easy to use high quality Shimano Alivio Rapidfire Plus 8-speed gear shifter and Acera rear derailleur.
  • While their competitors make do with entry-level Shimano Tourney gearing on their kids bikes, Frog hybrid bikes come with mid-range Shimano Alivio/Acera, frequently spec'd on £500-£600 adult bikes.
  • This single chainring, single shifter, single derailleur Shimano transmission makes it easier for learner riders to change gear.
  • The alloy cranks are a child-friendly short (140mm) length with a 36t chainring.
  • The 52cm wide alloy handlebar is fitted with narrow grips for smaller hands.
  • This bar is fitted to a short 40mm alloy stem to keep it within easy reach.
  • Tektro alloy V-brakes with alloy Junior levers are such excellent stoppers, they are a common sight on good quality £300-£400 adult bikes.
  • Being a British company, Frog know it makes sense to supply their bikes with front and rear clip-on mudguards.
  • Manufacturer's published weight: 10.4kg.

Frog 69 Sizing

Another example of Frog's original approach: rather than naming their kids' bikes by wheel size, Frog size their bikes by inside leg measurement. Hence the Team SKY Frog 69 is recommended for children with a minimum inside leg measurement of 69cm (27 inches). This corresponds with other manufacturers' 26 inch wheel kids' bikes, so the Team SKY Frog 69 would make a great present for children from around 8-10 years old. It comes with a long aluminium seatpost with a quick release seat binder to make it easy to adjust the saddle as the child grows.

Everything else being equal, 26 inch-wheels are faster than smaller wheels and they are more capable of rolling over obstacles. 26 inch wheels can also be more convenient. If fellow family members ride 26 inch wheel mountain bikes or hybrids, you can share the same spare tubes and so on when you go out together.

Note that Frog also offer the slightly larger (73cm stepover height) Frog 73 bike with 26x.1.5-inch hybrid tyres for taller youngsters. Put it another way, if the Frog 73 is slightly to large for your young 'un, the Frog 69 should be perfect. If you want the bike to fit for as long as possible before it's outgrown, go for the Frog 73. Offering different sizing options - even when the bikes have the same wheel size - is a perfect illustration of the extra care taken by Frog to ensure their bikes fit better than their rivals' who offer their 26-inch wheel youth bikes in just one frame size.

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Why this bike is great
The Team SKY Frog 69 is a lighter weight 26 inch-wheel kids' bike, intelligently designed to make it easier for youngsters from 10-12 years old to to enjoy cycling to the max.

Alloy frame
Like most better-quality adult bikes, Frog bikes are built with aluminium frames and (mostly) aluminium parts to keep the weight to a minimum to help ensure your child has the best possible start to biking.

Alloy components
Sure, more and more companies are making kids' bikes with alloy (rather than heavier steel) frames and alloy wheel rims. This Frog bike stands out for coming equipped with all-aluminium alloy forks, hubs, crankset, V-brakes, brake levers, handlebars, stem and seatpost to keep the bike's weight to a minimum.

Smooth hybrid tyres on QR alloy wheels
The Team SKY Frog 69 comes with quick release aluminium wheels - no need to carry a spanner to fit or remove them. These wheels are shod with good quality Kenda 26 x 1.5 inch hybrid tyres which will be easier rolling than the 26 x 2 inch knobbly mountain bike tyres you'll find on most of their competitors' bikes. Skinnier tyres make a Frog bike easier to get up to speed and hence more fun to ride.

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