I was going to get my 9 year old a 24" wheel Cranbrick untill I saw him manuvering his brother's 26" blue&cream 2010 Cranny with ease this morning- Momma is not fully sold on the concept, saying 'it's too much bike,' and 'he's growing up too fast,' but I prevailed in this one. Bought the black&grey&argyle 2011 model today and hid it where I motorize them. He owns a multispeed but loves the cool looks of a cruiser... and by the time he's 16, he'll be VERY comfortable with the thing when I drop a motor on it. His older brother is counting the months untill his cranny gets a mill- that will be June of 2014, assuming the world don't end or that joy isn't totally outlawed. Meanwhile, he has inverted the handlebars and calls it his 'Midnight Bruiser' (he had me paint the fenders and chainguard black, so now it's black & blue)... quite the classy rig, BTW. the Old Sgt.