The Meerkat 26-inch 5-speed fills a sweet spot for older grade-schoolers and middle schoolers. Built specifically for riders who are not quite ready for an adult-size bicycle but have outgrown a 24-inch bike, the Meerkat is their ticket to adventure and independence. The Meerkat is a kid's all-terrain bike that is fast, sleek and styled to appeal to the 10 to 12-year-old* in your life. The 26-inch wheels roll that much faster than the 24’s and provide a solid platform for taller riders. The Sturmey Archer trigger shifter and 5-speed internally geared hub offers maintenance-free, buttery smooth shifting for thousands of miles. The Meerkat 26-inch is a practical bike, comfortable in urban settings because it’s easy to lock up, has no derailleur to get bent in a bike rack and rolls smoothly over the most pothole-filled route. It’s just as capable on a weekend backpacking trip. Just add knobby tires up to 2.35” and your Meerkat is ready to roll for days in the backcountry.
Fit: The Meerkat best fit for riders with an inseam of 22″ to 26″. The Meerkat has a low bottom bracket height, allowing a rider with a 22″ inseam to start on the Meerkat comfortably. The seat tube angle on the Meerkat allows the bike fit to grow along with the rider. The seat moves up and back as you increase saddle height, so even a 5’ tall rider will fit the bike well.