Cycling Weekly, the UK’s largest weekly cycling magazine, got their hands on the Giant ARX kids bike and were so impressed with the performance they awarded it a perfect ten out of ten score. Brand new for 2019, the ARX range is designed to bring lightweight technology to kids of all sizes to improve their riding experience. Available in 16”, 20” or 24” sizes, and five bold, vibrant colours, there’s plenty of choice to suit all shapes and styles.
Onto the review, and usual writer Simon Smythe cleverly outsourced this task to Cycling Weekly’s youngest ever tester, six-year-old Edward, who received the 20” version in bright Orange. This topped the scales at just 7.8kg, making it lighter than the equivalent model from Isla bike. The bike comes specced with a single chainring and a 12-32 cassette, which makes the shifting “nice and simple”. Continuing on, they noted that the “Rapidfire trigger shifters are easy to use” and the single chainring with chainguard “gives the ARX a clean look and keeps jeans clean too”.
The “Fast, fun and light” ARX geometry was designed to be easily rideable, something which Cycling Weekly picked up on during the review. The longer wheelbase and relaxed head tube created predictability in the ride, making it similar to an adults bike; “For cycling parents looking for a ‘proper’ bike for their future Tour de France champion the Giant ARX 20 ticks all the boxes”.
The review was summed up with “Giant has upped the stakes by making a good-quality, well-specced kids' bike that's lighter than its competitors and very competitively priced.”