There are plenty of low cost kid’s bikes on the market but if you want a model that will allow them to hone their skills and learn all about control then the Specialized Hotrock Girls 20 Inch is a good bet. It is more expensive than the generic alternatives but the money will not be wasted as you will find that most of its components are scaled down versions of the high quality products you would find on a focused adult bike.

Specialized Hotrock Girls 20 Inch 2011 Overview

Specialized has chosen light, sturdy aluminium for the frame of this bike and it is sized to suit girls aged between seven and nine years old. Suspension on the front fork from Suntour shows that this means business and you get seven gears which is a perfectly adequate selection for a girl who is getting to grips with how adult cycles operate.

Although this is the girl’s version of the Specialized Hotrock 20 Inch it does not betray its feminine inspiration in its design. Instead, its all white frame with orange striping looks very stylish and gender neutral. The exposed tubing on the front suspension showcases the aspirations of this bike and if you get close to it you will be able to appreciate the quality of the workmanship. A long lasting bike is essential, especially for children as they can dish out plenty of punishment in regular usage.

Specialized Hotrock Girls 20 Inch 2011 Specifications

  • Frame: Specialized A1 Premium aluminium, 20″ frame, front suspension geometry with low standover TT design, formed DT/TT, forged dropouts with replaceable hanger
  • Front Fork: SR Suntour SF11-XCT-JR-20, 40mm travel, 1 piece alloy lower, 25.4mm Hi-Ten stanchions, coil/mcu with preload adjustment
  • Rear Shock:
  • Front Derailleur:
  • Rear Derailleur:
  • Number of Gears:
  • Shifters:
  • Chainset: Forged alloy arms, steel single ring with dual roller chain guide
  • Chainrings: 36 tooth with chainguard
  • Bottom Bracket: Water sealed, 68mm x 128mm
  • Cassette:
  • Chain: KMC Z50, 1/2″ x 3/32″
  • Pedals: Composite platform with reflectors, loose ball bearings, 9/16″
  • Front Brake: V-brake, alloy linear pull
  • Rear Brake: V-brake, alloy linear pull
  • Brake Levers:
  • Handlebars: Hi-Ten riser bar, 40mm rise, 10 degree back sweep, 6 degree up
  • Stem: Alloy A-head, 4 bolt, 20 degree rise, 25.4mm clamp
  • Headset: 1 1/8″ threadless
  • Grips: Kraton, Revo type
  • Rims: Alex C-1000, alloy single wall, 32 hole
  • Front Hub: Forged alloy, 32 hole, nutted axle
  • Rear Hub: Forged alloy, freewheel type, 32 hole, nutted axle
  • Front Spokes: 2mm (14g) stainless
  • Rear Spokes: 2mm (14g) stainless
  • Front Tyre: Specialized Roller, 20 x 2.125″, 30TPI, wire bead
  • Rear Tyre: Specialized Roller, 20 x 2.125″, 30TPI, wire bead
  • Tubes: Schrader valve
  • Saddle: Specialized Kids Body Geometry, 1 piece, 7mm rail with clamp
  • Seatpost: Alloy, 27.2mm, micro adjust
  • Seat Binder: Alloy Quick Release, nylon washer
  • Weight: Approx. 23.94lbs (10.86kg)
  • Colour:
  • Extra Features: Chain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat