August 8, 2007 BMW has released the Cruise Bike Junior - a new bicycle designed for five to eight year-olds that introduces riding (and the BMW brand) to children on a machine that is reliable, sturdily built, and ergonomically sound. The Cruise Bike Junior has excellent safety credentials including child-friendly pedals with inbuilt LEDs, brake cables integrated into the frame for an unencumbered, sleek look, plus a three-brake system for plenty of stopping power. With its high-strength AL6061-T6 aluminum frame, front suspension, an easy to operate twist-shift SRAM i-MOTION three-speed rear hub and integrated 3D BMW logo setting off the Metallic Shell paintwork, along with a nifty black/red saddle, the BMW Cruise Bike Junior has already been awarded the prestigious international red dot design award for 2007.
The Cruise Bike Junior aims to fulfill BMW principles through its ergonomic design - the seat tube is angled so that the correct relationship with the handlebars and pedals is maintained according to the child’s height, while individual adjustment of the handbrake levers enables the bike to be set up for a range of hand sizes. The seatpost has a quick-release lever enabling as much as 190mm of adjustment up to a maximum overall height of 800mm, while the handlebars are low-rise MTB-style on an adjustable stem allowing full adaptation of the bike during that critical, five to eight years growth period. The BMW Cruise Bike Junior is also lightweight and shouldn’t prove to be a handful for smaller riders at 12.5 kg.
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The BMW Cruise Bike Junior retails for US$710 and joins the company's range of adult bicycles, including the Mountainbike Enduro, the Cruise Bike, and the Touringbike.