Poor components on a good bike
I got my son this bike when he grew out of his Norco 20". I like the bike, and I like that I can upgrade to the 26" later on without changing the frame. Unfortunately like so many manufacturers of kids bikes Rocky Mtn skimped on the components. The suntour front fork, and their attempt at a quick connect through axle has caused no end of headaches. I think that most parents who are buying full suspension bikes for little kids understand the importance of quality components and would be willing to spend the few extra dollars to get a fork from a quality brand that has a functional through axle. They also do not include tubeless ready rims, which is another disappointment, kids these days are riding as hard as their parents and deserve to have bike options that reflect their skills.