Why Islabikes?

Islabikes are designed with a pronounced focus on the details that many brands ignore.

Getting that detail just right is crucial for any rider, but it’s even more crucial on bikes made to suit the demands of fast-developing bodies and easily distracted minds of children. Islabikes offer young riders the fair advantage.

In a market that seems to offer an extensive choice of good looking bikes, it isn’t always obvious that many of them are compromised by poor fit, inappropriate parts and burdensome weight. Isla Rowntree’s extensive experience in riding, bike design and custom frame building has allowed her to produce a range of bikes that are simply perfect for the job. The bikes are built as light as is practically possible and everything is appropriately sized. In short, every single part of an Islabike is designed or chosen to suit its rider. First impressions count, and young riders need as many advantages as they can get in their formative years. Children will never forget their Islabikes.

Isla’s obsessive attention to the practical detailing, ride-ability and durability of every bike reflects an unrivaled appreciation of each rider’s needs. Every Islabike incorporates size-specific frame design and proportionally-sized components, including brakes that can be operated confidently with small hands. The gearing, crank lengths and components are all chosen to be ergonomically perfect for the size range the bike has been made for. This level of attention is unique in children’s bike design.



Bikes for growing bodies

We have collected incredible data about children’s growth patterns during our years of studying how children grow and ride their bikes. Here, Islabikes’ founder and designer Isla Rowntree explains how this drives the design of our bikes.

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little things matter

Little things matter

At Islabikes we believe the small details make the biggest difference. Every aspect of our bikes has been carefully designed to work effectively for the rider.

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holistic design

Holistic design

We believe our holistic approach to bicycle design makes Islabikes the best children’s bikes available.

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big wheels

The benefits of big wheels

One of the unique features of an Islabike is that our bikes are designed with the biggest wheels possible for its intended rider. Why is that such a benefit? How do we achieve it?

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our story

Our story

Read the story of Isla Rowntree and where we first began. Discover how Islabikes has grown and evolved over the years.

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What the press says

Don’t just take our word for it, here are a selection of reviews and articles that have been published about Islabikes.

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The story of an original Islabike

Many of our first bikes have had very fruitful lives, being passed from one happy rider to the next. We discovered one particular first -edition Rothan that’s been used as an example of intelligent design in presentations to businesses.

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A decade of innovation

2016 marked Islabikes’ 10th anniversary. What makes Islabikes different from every other children’s bike manufacturer? We’ve gone back over the last ten years to take a look at our highlights and breakthroughs.

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custom bikes

Crafting our custom bikes

Islabikes is well known as the innovator in the children’s cycling market. We have the expertise to design and build bespoke bicycles at our custom workshop in the UK.

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Innovative cyclocross tires

We’ve designed a series of high-performance, lightweight, cyclocross racing tires for young riders. The Islabikes Gréim tires are unique, because they are made to our specific proportional design and are available in common sizes.

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A correctly sized starter bike

While size is often seen as a moving target, choosing the correct sized bike will be the biggest factor in their enjoyment and safety on their bicycle.

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