Two years ago, the team from Kids Ride Shotgun launched their frame mounted child seat in New Zealand.
Designed for mountain biking with kids 2 – 5 years, and with no harness or restraint in sight, the up-front ‘riding shotgun’ concept has proven popular, especially whilst many families have been restricted to riding within their covid-friendly bubble.
Fast forward to 2021, and the New Zealand brand are back with a brand new child seat, a new take on the original shotgun seat – the shotgun pro.
With zero frame contact, and lightning fast fitting and removal, the shotgun pro is the ultimate child seat for MTB families. And because it doesn’t touch the frame, it’s also suitable for e-mtbs with bigger downtubes, something the original shotgun seat couldn’t accommodate.
“We had a great response to our original frame mounted seat, with thousands of families hitting the trails around the globe – but we’ve struggled to make our frame mounted version suitable for e-mtb’s. There are also still some parents out there with high end carbon bikes, that prefer not to have a child seat contacting their frame, and that’s why we developed our pro model”
In terms of bike compatibility, the shotgun pro fits all mountain bikes with standard 1 1/8 steerers, which is the vast majority of modern bikes. And so that MTB parents can share the duties, two headset spacers are included with the product – allowing for quick switching between bikes. The rear of the shotgun pro attaches to all common seat post sizes, and is dropper post friendly.
“When developing the shotgun pro, we wanted to avoid frame contact – which led us to a couple of obvious mounting points. We’re happy to admit that we’re not the first to mount a child seat between the stem and seat post, in fact, the first designs date back to 90’s – but what is unique about our pro seat is the clever range of adjustment. Common adjustments like leg and saddle angle are all tool-free, making them super quick trail side adjustments for parents.”
Launching today, the first release of the shotgun pro is exclusively available from your New Zealand bike retailer. Mountain bike parents can find their local stockist or learn more here: https://kidsrideshotgun.co.nz/products/shotgun-pro-child-bike-seat