Ever wondered why professional sports teams sign kids up around the age of 6? The answer may be found in the research of Swedish Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson who studied elite level performers and developed his theory that, if you put 10,000 hours of practice into learning a skill, you can achieve expert status in that area. His theory has been popularised in books like Outliers: The Story of Success and The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown but remains contentious in the research world.
However, there are a few, often overlooked factors within his work:
1. The practice needs to be ‘deliberate’.
2. You can only amass 1,000 hours ‘deliberate practice’ per year and hence 10,000 hours divided into 1,000 hours practice a year means you’re looking at 10 years to achieve elite level ability.
Would professional sports teams sign kids at the age of 6 and subsequently, consistently produce top sporting stars by the age of 16-18? I’ll let you make your own mind up. However, If your child has aspirations of being the next Aaron Gwin or Rachel Atherton, Frog Bikes recently released their new range of mountain bikes with geometry’s to suit ages 8 through to 13 and beyond.
Frog MTB 62
The MTB 62 is aimed at 8 – 10-year-olds with a minimum inseam measurement of 62cm. The bike has a lightweight aluminium frame that comes in at 11.3kg and rolls on 24″ wheels.
It uses Frog’s own air-sprung 65mm travel suspension fork, which has lockout and damping control options. It has a 1×9 drivetrain for moving and Tektro disc braking system for stopping.
The model is available in metallic grey/neon blue or metallic grey/neon red and price point is £590.
Frog MTB 62
The next model up is aimed at 10 to 12 year olds, weighs in at 11.4 kg and runs on 26″ wheels.
As with the MTB 62, the MTB 69 utilises Tektro brakes and a 9-speed drivetrain. Upfront there’s a 100mm of fork travel available, to allow them to attack bigger features on the trails. This combined with the 26″ wheels should give more confidence, traction and comfort.
The MTB 69 is available in metallic grey/neon green or metallic grey/neon red at a price point of £600.
Frog MTB 72
The third mountain bike in the new collection is the MTB 72. This is aimed at kids over the age of 13.
The MTB 72 is essentially an MTB 69 but with a bigger frame and weighs in at 11.5kg. The Frog specific forks offer 100mm of travel and come with lockout, damping and rebound control functions as you would expect with an adults bike.
The MTB 72 is available in metallic grey/neon green or metallic grey/neon red at a price point of £610.
The range seems well worth a look if your child’s wanting to develop their mountain biking skills.
If you’re going to take the time to practice, practice like the elite.