A BIKE RIDE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GREEN.
Sunday and the sun is shining - as a family with 2 kids, this is the best day of the week for us and the ideal opportunity for a bike ride. My husband and I are out in nature as often as we can and on the bike even more often. As enthusiastic downhillers, we are trying to pass this on to our kids as early as possible. This is not only made easy by our own store "whizzz". As a mother, it's also important to me that my children get fresh air and exercise. That's why, in good weather, the weekend is synonymous with a bike trip somewhere in the wide open spaces of the Allgäu. We don't necessarily need cycle paths for this, because both my husband and my son love the ride across country just as much as absolute speed racing on the tarmac.
Accordingly, the bike ride on that Sunday went over all kinds of terrain, which we always rode in the full conviction that we were perfectly equipped for all surfaces and every path.
Until it was to go over a ploughed field, on whose hilly landscape my son slowed down after a few metres and finally stopped.
WHEN A GOOD CHILDREN'S BIKE REACHES ITS LIMITS
The reason was found immediately: Too little traction on the front wheel took away almost all of my son's control over his bike, which actually belonged to the absolute top of children's bikes in terms of weight and construction.
Unfortunately, the tour was over at this point - but an idea was born. Still standing in front of the field, my husband looked at me questioningly: "There must be a bike for young riders somewhere that also allows a ride in the field". And while I just raised my shoulders not knowing, he already added:
"If it doesn't exist yet, then we have to develop one just like it!" (True story!)
A BIKE FOR ALL OCCASIONS - THE BIRTH OF THE NIZE ONE
That same evening, we rummaged through the catalogues and product lists of all the children's bicycle suppliers. And although we, as a registered dealer of our bike shop WHIZZZ (link!), were sitting directly at the source and could fall back on a large network with a broad community, we did not find what we were looking for:
- for the speed junkies off-road
- for the fun riders through the forest
- for 20 km tours
- with modern geometry
- for unprecedented riding fun on any terrain
And all this combined in one affordable kids bike.
THE LONG ROAD TO THE ENDURO KIDS BIKE
As quickly as the idea for the bike was born - the development of the NIZE ONE naturally dragged on and there were a number of obstacles to overcome. For our project, we needed a full-suspension bike without the disadvantages of weight and pedalling efficiency becoming too great. What child wants to pedal his or her heart out on a normal bike ride to grandma's house?
The trendy solution: a hardtail enduro - flat steering angle, great front fork, perfect geometry, low maintenance and with high pedalling efficiency thanks to a stiff rear triangle.
It quickly became clear to us which component would be most important in the fusion of all these requirements: The frame as the heart of the bike is the decisive factor.
Know-how about building a bicycle frame can be found " on every corner" in the industry. Knowledge about industrialised frame construction, on the other hand, is very rare. But we were aware that our bike would be almost impossible to realise without a competitive production that allows a relatively high number of pieces with consistent quality.
At this point, my husband's years of experience and cooperation with the German automotive industry helped us tremendously. There, both quality standards and the degree of automation are very high: perfect conditions from which we could learn, imitate and profit. And on the basis of this we were able to start planning a bicycle frame with optimal functionality in perfect design at a good price. From the elaboration of different production steps, to various common part strategies, to special manufacturing processes, we worked our way step by step towards the solution that allows us to produce several hundred frames a month in Germany today (link to Media in Germany article). Made in Germany frames that meet our standards to 100%.
THE FIRST TEST RIDE OF THE NIZE ONE 24 KIDS BIKE
But first, of course, it was time to put the first bike through its paces. It was a great feeling to see the finished bike in its full glory after more than 1000 hours of development. And what better track for the very first test than the one that got the ball rolling just 18 months earlier: the field in the middle of the Allgäu countryside.