We spent a lot of time figuring out how to put gears on an Owl. In keeping with the rest of our line, we wanted the geared Owl to be smooth and maintenance free, with a wide range. As kids develop their riding skills they want to go further, ride bigger hills and pedal faster. For that intrepid rider who's ready to shift, we developed the 3-Speed Owl.
Most 20” wheel kids bikes switch gears with a derailleur, so why did we opt for the internal gear?
Derailleurs on many 20" wheeled bikes sit precariously close to the ground. If your child drops her bike, leans it against a wall, rides it through too tight of a space, puts it drive-side down in the trunk or backpedals after a shift, this can cause the derailleur or hanger to bend throwing the shifting out of adjustment.
We don't blame the rider for that. Kids are kids. They're tough on stuff.
What will damage our internally geared drive train? Nothing we can think of. It will offer a smooth transition through a wide gear range on every ride. Our hubs are sealed, so they're also impervious to water and mud.
Shift a gear to climb a hill. Shift a gear to pedal down the other side. Shift a gear to power away on the flats. All from a simple, self-contained internally geared hub.
The simple-to-use trigger shifter allows a single light action button press to shift the 3 gears, even when the bike’s not being pedaled. Internally geared hubs shift anywhere. Stationary at a stop sign? Shift gears. Half way up a hill? Click away.