BMC’s All New Bikes for Kids: The MTB to Remember
Apr 08, 2020
THE BLAST SERIES – FREEDOM TO EXPLORE
Meet BMC’s all new BLAST series: Real MTBs for our youngest riders. BLAST’s mission is to empower kids with its lightweight aluminium frame, tailored fit and dependable geometry. The durable and ergonomic BLAST bikes are here to help young riders develop a lifetime passion for bikes. “We all remember our first bike. So, we designed one the kids will enjoy remembering a lifetime. Our team made the BLAST series as light, effective and safe as possible, making sure riding becomes the children’s favourite way to spend time: On the trail, the way to school, at the park or at the pump track” Conrad Glassey – Head of Product Management.
THE PERFECT FIT FOR YOUNG RIDERS
The all new MTBs are designed to best fit kids to be confident, comfortable and in control. BLAST features a wide age and body-height range so children can grow with their bike. The series sports an age-specific frame fit and geometry at 20” for the ages 5-8 years and 24” for the older siblings from 6-11 years. BLAST is equipped with a low standover making it easier to dismount and a low bottom bracket to improve handling. The SDG slater cockpit ensures superior ergonomics for a safe and comfortable ride, as wheel-size specific forks provide the correct handlebar height for kids. The skinny 19mm bars and custom safety grips are matched to adjustable, short-reach Tektro® brake levers to allow for a safe grip. To maintain perfect riding positions, BMC has designed the saddle to fit the anatomy of young riders and introduced a narrow q-factor to guarantee easy and natural pedalling.
DURABLE AND ECO-FRIENDLY
BLAST frames use wear-resistant powder-coating finishes making the bike extremely resistant to scratches and withstand daily use better than standard paint. “We went all in to enhance the bikes’ durability,” says Antoine Lyard, MTB Product Manager at BMC. “Kids love their bikes and expose them to the harshest conditions. This is why we made the BLAST series as close to indestructible as possible.” BMC has created a bike that still looks good when the younger sibling takes over. A superior chainstay protector reduces noise and improves wear resistance. The sleek impact heads improve the grip’s durability and provide extra protection from impacts, even the saddle features refined corduroy material for extra durability. The powder coating is lightweight and environmentally friendly, considerably reducing the ecological footprint of the BLAST frame.
GEOMETRY FOR SAFETY AND CONTROL
Kids learn to ride fast and once they do, you can’t stop them from racing into adventures. BMC has designed BLAST with a confident geometry and equipped it with the best components to make sure they can stay in control in every situation. BLAST features a long wheelbase for great stability and an open head angle to help the small wheels overcome obstacles. Short stems and wide handlebars keep the steering agile, while the hydraulic disc brakes offer plenty of easily modulated and reliable stopping power. High volume 2.4” tires guarantee maximum traction on a wide variety of terrains, from tarmac to gravel and real off-road trails, while still being fast and efficient. The high air volume acts as an effective suspension system and helps saving almost 1kg, compared to the use of a suspension fork, making the BLAST series the lightest MTB BMC has ever designed.
LIGHTWEIGHT AND ERGONOMIC
“Low weight is paramount for kids to enjoy their bike, to learn to have full control over their ride while they race into adventures,” says Antoine Lyard. “We went the extra mile and designed a bike with lightweight, double butted 6061 T6 Aluminium tubes that features superior shaping, smooth welds and still provides a premium look.” Size-specific rigid aluminium forks with aluminium steerer tubes reduce weight, require no maintenance and deliver the perfect ride experience when matched with the high-quality tires. The numbers speak for themselves: The BLAST 20” weighs merely 8.6kg, with his older brother – the BLAST 24” – hitting the scale at only 9.6kg.
CREATIVE AND UNIQUE
BLAST lets young riders truly embrace their creative side and allows the bike to be custom designed to its young owner’s taste with the BLAST sticker kit. The Stickers can be easily removed, so the younger sibling will have an empty canvas to play with.