Podium 650c

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Podium 650c


When your kid starts making a practice of drafting to get the jump on you before winning the sprint into the driveway, it’s time to consider buying that first road kids bike. The Podium 650c is full of adult bike features but sized down to get your kid started young.

Frame 6061 Alloy frame w/replacable hanger
Fork Jr. Aero Alloy straight blade Alloy SteerTube
Headset 1 1/8 Threadless
Cranks 165mm Alloy Arm 38/48
Bottom Bracket Square Taper - 5pc
Front Derailleur Shimano Claris, top pull, 31.9
Rear Derailleur Shimano Claris, 8 spd
Shifter Shimano Claris
Cogset Shimano 8spd 11-28t
Chain KMC HG51
Front Hub 32H QR
Spokes 14g
Rims DB Equation R 650C
Tires Kenda K191, 650x23c (23-571)
Brakes Promax Mini V brakes
Brake Levers Shimamo Claris, w/ Tektro Flat Levers
Pedals Resin
Handlebar Alloy, 380mm Wide x 100mm Drop
Grips Cork Tape w/ Gel
Stem Alloy Ahead 60mm, 25.4 Bar Bore
Seat Jr. Equip Saddle
Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2mm
Extras Owner's Manual
Bike Weight 20 lb 13 oz (no pedals)
Bike Size Road/650c / Rider Height: Age 9-12 55"-58"
Seat Tube Length 350mm
Stand Over Height 673mm
Top Tube Length 491mm
Stack 0.0mm
Reach 0.0mm
Head Tube Length 105mm
Head Angle 71°
Seat Angle 74.5°
Wheel Base 948mm
Chain Stay Length 395mm
Fork Offset 45mm
BB Drop 0.0mm
Stem Length 0.0mm
Handlebar Width 0.0mm
Crank Length 0.0mm
Seat Post Length 0.0mm

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One of the best deals on kids road bikes.

Review by Edgrrr
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My son and daughter race and ride around 400-500 miles with their cycle club each year. My son rode the Podium 650C for a year and now my daughter has been on it for a year. When my Son was 8 years old (4'7"), he raced the Podium 24 but I found a good deal and bought this Podium 650C. It was a bit big so I stashed it until he turned 9 and modified the Podium 24 for my daughter (then 7). I can compare this to all of the small bikes in the club (Argon, Fuji Ace, Felt)

The 650C has much nicer wheels, crank, seat and seat post than the Podium 24 (which had a horrible steel seat post and seat). Both bikes are the best deal on the market for kids road bikes. The claris shifters are great and the frame is light and solid. True alloy threadless forks (not threaded forks with an adapter) The bars are fat and solid too. The seat on the 650C is much better than the Podium 24 but it is short. I put the 650C seat and post on the Podium 24 and ordered a new longer post for the 650.

The Podium 650C is much cheaper than the Argon and Felt for the similar quality. It is much better quality than the Fuji Ace which has bolted axles and twist grip shifters. The Fuji is heavier too.

If I compare the Podium 24 to the Podium 650, I was surprised that the 650C is barely larger than the Podium 24 with about a 1" higher frame and slightly longer reach. My son could ride the 650C at 4'7" but it was on the large side. If your child is larger (than 4' 7"), I would buy the 650C just to get a couple more years out of the bike.

Both bikes have too much top tube and the reach is long for a short standover frame bike. I think the frame was designed for flat bars. You will need to do two modifications right away. Buy a 20mm BMX stem to reduce the reach. Even a year into the bike, the original reach is too much. You will also need a longer seat post - the stock one is way too short.

My daughter was the hardest to fit. At 7, she was on the Podium 24 with a 20mm stem and flat bars. At 8, she was on the Podium 24 with drops. At 9, she is on the Podium 650C with the 20mm stem and I added inline brake levers to the top bar just to improve the control.

Both bikes had a standard Shimano cassette mount that could accommodate the larger cassette gearing needed for junior rollback restrictions.

If I were to suggest some modifications to the Podium lineup, I would say 1) put 20mm stems on the bikes 2) put a longer seatpost on the 650 and better seat/seatpost on the 24 3) sell the bike with a 16-27 cassette or a smaller chainring to accommodate junior gearing restrictions out of the box 4) use a lighter weight bottom bracket /crankset to knock off a pound.

The bike is solid, light, fast, and really fun. It is the same frame as the kids mountain bike so there is some space between the 650x1 wheels and the frame. It has V brakes but I set them with very little clearance and they are very solid. I don't mind at all. The best part is your kids will be able to go on family bike rides at adult speeds. Our friends visited with steel department store bikes and they picked up at least 5 mph when they switched to the Podium.

(Posted on 9/11/2017)

Great bike! Light, versatile, well designed, huge value for the money

Review by Hump
Overall Quality

My son is a cycling fanatic, and finding a small road bike is a huge challenge. He had a 24" wheel bike which he outgrew, so I got him this. I changed the stem to a 35mm 1" BMX stem as the stock 70mm was long, but in less than a year he grew into it. The low stand over is great, and the seatpost is long enough for growing. At first I was really scratching my head about the choice of mini V brakes, until I realized that I could put 26" non-disc mountain bike wheels on with Schwalbe 26"X11.35" CX Pro tires. Clearance is pretty tight at the crown, but now the bike can also serve double-duty as road or gravel/cross, and it's light enough he can easily race and lift it over the barriers. With a short stem, you can fit a kid down to about 4'6". The low top tube means it has better stand over than many 24" road bikes.

I've designed over 30 custom bikes for 2 small framebuilders, and am well-versed in how difficult it is to find quality bikes for young athletes. This checks nearly every box and is an excellent bike. The stock grouppo is great for most young athletes, and is easy to upgrade (come on, Dad, if you found this bike you know what you're looking for. You need a new shift kit and can move your old one along). Realizing that smaller 26" tires (including the Ritchey Tom Slick 1.4") fit expands the capabilities of this machine. Kudos to the designers.

(Posted on 9/3/2017)

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