See those little bikes? They're custom machines made for two of the raddest super groms in mountain biking.
You may remember Jackson from the popular "<b><a href="http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Jackson-Run-Bike-to-Kindergarten,3025/bturman,109" target="_blank">Jackson Run Bike to Kindergarten</a></b>" video. Well, he has pedals now thanks to Lil' Shredder.
Finn's also on a Lil' Shredder creation. The company is based in Portland, Oregon and has a passion for making cool rides for young riders. They build bikes that are lightweight and spec’d with quality components.
These inseparable buddies can be found ripping up Whistler in the dirt and on the snow several days a week. High five, dudes!
You'd be amazed at what Finn and Jackson can do with just three inches of travel front and rear...
We told you that you'd be amazed!
Given their incredible level of riding, Finn and Jackson (and their awesome dads) are able to provide some great feedback to Lil' Shredder. Several small improvements are in the works for future frames.
Up front, the boys get a little cushion thanks to a White Brothers fork that was originally made for recumbent bikes. Needless to say, they put the hurt on it daily.
By swapping dropouts, the bike can grow from 16 to 20-inch wheels. Both Finn and Jackson are on the larger wheels and have the chainstays adjusted as long as they can go for added stability. The boys need a bike that can grow just as fast as they do, and their dad's appreciate this feature.
Saint brakes on mini wheels? You bet. With the speeds they go, legit disc brakes are are a must.
How high? High enough, that's for sure! Jackson can boost with the best of them, feet on and off.
Jackson recently partnered up with Royal Racing to help develop some grom gear. If you've got a young ripper in your family, keep an eye out for these shorts in 2013.
As Jackson and Finn get taller, additional stem spacers are added beneath the stem.
And you thought good 29er tires were hard to find?! Try finding a 20-inch tire suitable for DH use. There simply aren't many options available, but they make do.
You know you're talking to a local when they have a favorite trail for every type of riding. Finn sends the A-Line drop with Jackson in tow.
You should add blasting to that list, Finn!
A little giant slalom action...
Hey Semenuk, you've got a really big fan! Jackson lives in the same area as Semenuk and is always pumped to ride with him.
These boys know exactly where they want to be in ten years, and we're excited to watch them get there.
So rad. Keep it up, guys!
Jackson and Finn, who are just 8 and 9-years-old, are rapidly growing proof that it's good to get 'em started young. These two friends have been riding together for as long as they can remember, and they can shred Whistler Bike Park better than most. You'll find them boosting their way down A-Line and Dirt Merchant, bombing the steeps on Schleyer, and sending the GLC drop like it's no big deal. Click play for a quick look at the custom Lil' Shredder bikes that help make it possible, as well as a few fun clips of the duo in action.