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Cleary Owl Bike (20" 3-Speed)

Original price $645.00 - Original price $860.00
Original price $645.00
$645.00 - $694.00
Current price $645.00
Color: Graphite
Style: Standard Tire

The magic of a two wheeled adventure with the excitement of shifting!

Fits:  Best fit for riders with an inseam of 19" to 23".  A rider with a 21" inseam will sit on the Owl with their bottom on the saddle, flat footed on the ground with the seat at its lowest position. At that same saddle height, riders with 19” inseam will happily sit with only the balls of their feet on the ground. As long as a child has an inseam of 19”, their arms and torso are long enough so they can reach the handlebars comfortably.

Why we Love this Bike

The magic of two-wheeled adventure is built straight into every component of the Owl 3 speed 20 inch kids bike. If your early-grade-school adventurer is ready for their first foray into the excitement of shifting, it starts with the Owl.


The internally geared Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub is activated by a buttery smooth Sturmey Archer trigger shifter.  This bike was built around this drivetrain to take your explorer higher and further every time.


The Owl 3 Speed’s shifting mechanism is encased in an aluminum shell inside the rear hub so it will shift smoothly with no maintenance for thousands of miles.  Simple-to-use trigger shifter allows a single light action button press to shift the 3 gears, even when the bike’s not being pedaled.  Internally geared hubs shift anywhere.  Stationary at a stop sign?  Shift gears.  Half way up a hill?  Click away.  


Speed and acceleration are no problem with the 127mm alloy 3 piece cranks. Too fast too soon? The Owl stops on a dime thanks to the super strong Tektro junior v-brakes.


Most 20” wheel kids bikes switch gears with a derailleur, but Cleary opted for an internal gear.   Why?  A derailleur on a 20" wheel bike sits precariously close to the ground.  If your child drops her bike, leans it against a wall, rides it through too tight of a space, puts it drive-side down in the trunk or backpedals after a shift, the derailleur will likely bend or break.   Kids are kids.  They can be tough on stuff. 


What will damage the internally geared drive train?  Nothing we know of.  It will offer a smooth transition through a wide gear range on every ride. The hubs are sealed, so they're also impervious to water and mud.  The bike will shift gears smoothly with no maintenance for thousands of miles - regardless of how many times it gets dropped or crashed.


An amazingly simple, lightweight girls and boys' geared bike at just 21 lbs.:


  • Expert bike geometry centers weight between the rider’s hands and seat, which creates a stable, quick-handling bike
  • Front and rear Tektro V-brakes brakes, grips and 19mm diameter handlebars designed specifically for little hands
  • 3-Speed Sturmey Archer S-RF3 Internal Gear rear hub.  Light alloy body, reliable and abusable. Riders shift when NOT pedaling.
  • Gear range: 32 x 19T middle gear gear ratio with 25% gear reduction in lowest gear and 33% increase in top gear.
  • Slim, junior race-style vegan leather saddle designed to maximize a rider’s range of motion while minimizing chafing and weight
  • 5mm Allen skewer on front wheel
  • Internal brake cable routing
  • Water Bottle cage mounts on down tube
  • Three-piece crank and square taper bottom bracket
  • Reinforced steel fork
  • Your child will ride the Owl on trails, to school, all over the bike park and probably sleep with it in his room.  (Sorry about that!)
  • Owls accept knobby mountain bike tires up to 2.125" for extreme off-road use 

Owl bikes arrive 90% assembled.  You install the pedals, seatpost, handlebars and front wheel, as outlined in the Cleary Bikes Assembly Manual and seen on our Assembly Videos.

Cleary spent a lot of time figuring out how to put gears on an Owl.  In keeping with the rest of the line, the goal was to create the geared Owl to be smooth and maintenance free, with a wide range. 


Frameset Lightweight 1020 alloy steel frame & fork
Headset FSA sealed 1” headset
Stem 40mm alloy 1″ w/25.4mm clamp
Handle Bars 520mm/20.5″ wide, 19mm diameter handlebar with 35mm rise
Grips Cleary 19mm Grips
Seat Vegan leather saddle
Seatpost 25.4mm x 250mm alloy
Brakes Tektro junior v-brakes & brake levers
Shifter Sturmey Archer DLS30 trigger shifter
Cranks 127mm alloy 3 piece cranks
Chain Ring 32 tooth
Bottom Bracket FSA sealed bearing
Pedals VP JR pedals 9/16″
Chain KMC Z610H
Freewheel 19 tooth w/ hub
Wheels Alloy front hub w/ Allen style QR, Sturmey Archer S-RF3 3 speed internal gear hub, Alex rims and stainless spokes

20″ x 1.9″ - Standard Tires: low profile tire best suited for urban settings and hardpack dirt

LT: light all-terrain tire with semi-aggressive tread, suitable for pavement and trails


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