Lauren is a seven-year-old little ripper from Ireland. Her Dad, Colin, thought it would be a fun activity to build a custom bike for Lauren. They opted for a Kona Shred 20, and have fully kitted the bike with gorgeous purple anodized parts from Hope. Check out the build and some info from Colin on how and why they built this bike.
Kona: Why did you decide to do this build for Lauren?
Colin: Lauren was on a 16″ bike for over 3 years and was getting way too big for it. I was planning on getting her a bike for Christmas anyway. I’ve always wanted to put together a super high-end bike and working in a bike shop makes that task easier. When people see it and their jaws drop, they ask me, “Why? It’s only a kids bike,” and I get to say, “Why not? If you could, wouldn’t you?” That’s the main reason why we put this build together- because we could. That and I’m just a big kid myself and really wanted to do something cool like this.
Kona: What made you choose the Shred 20?
Colin: We’re a Kona dealer at the MBW Bike shop so I know how good the bikes are. On top of that, with the air fork rather then coil makes it easier for me to tune the bike perfectly for Lauren because she’s super light.
Kona This was her first time working on a bike, how did she do?
Colin: She had only ever helped me clean our bikes after a ride, so with no maintenance experience I really threw her in the deep end when I pulled the frame out of the box and said, “We’re going to build a bike together.” She was super excited and really enjoyed it, but I had to double check all the bolts just to be safe! I think I was more excited than she was.
Kona: What made you select the Hope components?
Colin: We’ve worked with Hope on other builds so they were our first choice. You can’t get much better than the parts Hope produce, and with so many colour options it was a no-brainer. They loved the idea. We sent the measurements and in no time a box full of purple parts arrived in the shop.
Kona: How long has Lauren been riding and what is her favorite kind of trails/paths to ride?
Colin: Lauren was only 1 when she was rolling around on her scooter so she has no problem balancing on anything with wheels. When she was 2 she got a balance bike and in no time was flying down hills and gravel pathways. When she was 4 she got her first pedal bike and within 5 minutes she was pedaling around like she had been on that bike for years. Lauren doesn’t care if she’s on pavement, gravel or dirt, as long as she’s on her bike she’s happy.
Kona: What do you think her next bike will be?
Colin: I’ll probably move her up to a Shed 24″ but who knows? It’ll be another couple of years before she grows out of the Shred 20. I’d love to have her on a cool little 24″ full-sus for the trails (cough, cough, get on it Kona, cough, cough).
Kona: How much fun was this to work on with her?
Colin: It was really great. When we put the bike together she wanted to do everything and fit all the parts. The bigger bike with gears and suspension has really improved her riding so we’re having more fun on the trails together too. It took a few trips for us to get the shots we needed and she really enjoyed scouting for locations. I’ll definitely be working on more projects with her, any excuse to spend more time on our bikes together.
If the bike itself wasn’t awesome enough, Lauren has been racing the local circuit. This week she finished first among all boys and girls in the under 8 age group. Way to go Lauren! Keep on shredding!