The Specialized Hotrock 16 Inch is a kid’s bike that is ready to help youngsters improve their skills, learn the basics of balance and handling and eventually let them roam out on just two wheels when their confidence is ready. It is more expensive than many other children’s bikes but it has a suitable price for the type of build quality and components that you get as part of the package. An aluminium frame, BMX handlebars, detachable training wheels and a vibrant paint job make this an appealing bike from any angle.

Alloy is used extensively on the Specialized Hotrock 16 Inch where lesser bikes would rely on weightier steel. This keeps it light and nimble without reducing the strength and rigidity of its frame. When kids are still getting used to the concept of cycling on a grown-up bike you can keep the stabilising training wheels attached at the rear but these can easily be detached as their ability develops. The chain is kept covered with a guard to avoid injury but otherwise, this bike is not overly childish in its design, giving kids something which will look very similar to the cycles which their parents ride.

A gorgeous blue frame with a white front fork, saddle and grips makes the Specialized Hotrock look the part. The training wheels are subtle and so will not compromise the style, with their removal revealing the bike as a very grown-up model indeed. Kids will love the way that this bike adapts to their progress.

Specialized Hotrock 16 Inch 2011 Specifications

  • Frame: Specialized A1 Premium aluminium, 16″ frame with low standover TT, integrated kickstand mount, horizontal dropouts
  • Front Fork: A1 Premium aluminium blade, 1-1/8″ threadless Hi-Ten steerer
  • Rear Shock:
  • Front Derailleur:
  • Rear Derailleur:
  • Number of Gears:
  • Shifters:
  • Chainset: Heat treated Hi-Ten, 1 piece, 95mm
  • Chainrings: 28 tooth, disc-type
  • Bottom Bracket: Heat treated Hi-Ten cups, loose ball for 1 piece
  • Cassette:
  • Chain: KMC Z-410, 1/2″ x 1/8″
  • Pedals: Composite platform, 1/2″ with ball bearing
  • Front Brake: Coaster
  • Rear Brake: Coaster
  • Brake Levers:
  • Handlebars: Alloy 2 piece
  • Stem: Alloy A-Head
  • Headset: 1 1/8″ threadless, loose ball bearing
  • Grips: Kraton Kid’s with flange, closed end
  • Rims: Alloy pinned, 28 hole
  • Front Hub: Steel, 28 hole, nutted axle
  • Rear Hub: Steel, coaster brake, 28 hole, nutted axle
  • Front Spokes: 14g UCP, with brass nipple
  • Rear Spokes: 14g UCP, with brass nipple
  • Front Tyre: pecialized Rhythm Lite Sport, 16 x 2.0″, 30TPI, wire bead
  • Rear Tyre: pecialized Rhythm Lite Sport, 16 x 2.0″, 30TPI, wire bead
  • Tubes: Schrader valve
  • Saddle: Specialized Kids, with integrated teacher’s handle and 22.2mm seat post
  • Seatpost: Steel, 22.2mm
  • Seat Binder: Forged alloy single bolt
  • Weight:
  • Colour:
  • Extra Features: Chain guard, cross bar pad, training wheels