Orbea MX 24 Trail Mountain Bike Review

Orbea MX 24 Trail Review

Well-crafted mountain bikes for kids are becoming easier to find and more big manufacturers are getting in the game. The best kids mountain bikes have the right pedal-to-gear ratios, lightweight frames, and everything that an adult-sized bike has – only smaller. The Orbea MX 24 Trail is a front-suspension mountain bike that your kid will enjoy riding.

Orbea MX 24 Trail Review
Bird's eye view of the Orbea MX 24 Trail cockpit
Bird's-eye-view of the Orbea MX 24 Trail cockpit

Stock Weight: ~27 lbs.

The pedals on the bike have been upgraded from the stock flats and a Shimano Zee rear derailleur has been added to handle the shifting.

A Seven Year Old Tells Us About Her Orbea MX 24 Trail

What do think about having 10 gears?

I like how easy it shifts. It pedals real fast. It makes 4 laps feel like 2 laps. I like how it has a good low gear, because it’s lower than my other bike’s low gear.

How do you like the brakes?

They work real good. They work real good on roots when you’re trying to slow down. They’re also easy to reach and use because they are right next to my fingers. They work better because I can kind of squeeze them softer than my old brakes.

Is the bike comfortable to ride?

Yes it is because I can bounce around and stand up better on it than my old bike.

What is your absolute favorite thing about this mountain bike?

It rides real good because it has a lot of gears. Now i can open and close the little thing and make my fork real hard or squishy.

Brake lever on the Orbea MX 24 Trail
Orbea MX 24 Trail crankset
Crankset and rear derailleur on the Orbea MX 24 Trail

Some Of The Numbers

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24 Inches

Getting To Know This 24 Inch Mountain Bike

The Orbea MX 24 Trail features an aluminum alloy frame with 26-inch standover height made from the company’s Hexatubing technology. This makes it both lightweight and strong at the same time. The Suntour XR LO 63mm air spring fork offers just the right amount of travel and plush ride. While it doesn’t offer an adjustable rebound, it is set up very smoothly – especially after you dial in the air pressure.

Orbea MX 24 Trail rear brake
Orbea MX 24 Trail front fork QR lever
Zee rear derailleur added to the Orbea MX 24 Trail

The Shimano M396 hydraulic disc brakes offer effective smooth stopping power. And with the short reach adjustable levers, they ensure easy use and actuation. These hydraulic stoppers are considered to be some of the best available at this particular price point. They pads are also easy to replace once your child wears them out – or if the bike is handed down to another young mountain biker.

Going fast and getting dirty on the Orbea MX 24 Trail
Going fast and getting dirty on the Orbea MX 24 Trail.

The Shimano M610 Deore Shadow Derailleur and shifter, coupled to the Shimano HG50 11-36t 10-speed cassette offer strong, crisp shifting. It was a much better choice over the grip shifting offered on some kids bikes. We upgraded to the Shimano Zee derailleur and shifter to get the shorter cage, ground clearance, and even easier shift actuation. Plus the looks are so much cleaner.

Dropping in on the Orbea MX 24 Trail

This kids’ mountain bike is designed specifically for riders between 53 and 61 inches tall. And thanks to its seat tube length and angle, not to mention the saddle size – it’s incredibly comfortable for young riders. On top of this, the sleek unisex color scheme – with its black frame and yellow, green, orange, red, and purple accents – makes it look impressive. We’ve seen several adult bikes that don’t look as good as this one. The bike was stronger, lighter, smoother, and more comfortable than my daughter’s previous 20″ mountain bike.

Race day on the Orbea MX 24 Trail
Race day on the Orbea MX 24 Trail.
The Orbea MX 24 Trail transfers from road to dirt
The Orbea MX 24 Trail transfers from road to dirt quite well with its suspension fork and Kenda tires.

Other features include an alloy 32T chainset, Orbea OC-I Riser 560mm bars, and an FSA team issue chain. It also has Mach1 Klixx 23c tubeless ready rims and 24” Kenda tires. The Kendas (Small Block 8’s) offer excellent traction. Whether the task at hand is accelerating, climbing, cornering, or braking, they preformed better than expected in the heavy rain, wet roots, and mud during my daughter’s first race. I was going to go with a more aggressive tire, but after seeing them in action – we will keep them. 

The Orbea MX 24 Trail is a well-designed 10-speed mountain bike designed specifically for young riders. It has all of the bells and whistles of its adult counterparts, only on a smaller frame. Thanks to its geometry, the Orbea MX 24 Trail was a comfortable fit for my daughter The lightweight frame, disc brakes, and tires are all wonderful features at this price point. This great little 24-inch wheeled, front-suspension mountain bike proves the designers at Orbea know what they’re doing when it comes to creating mountain bikes for kids.

This Orbea MX 24 Trail looks great
This Orbea MX 24 Trail looks great!

Dad’s Final Say For The Orbea MX 24 Trail

Everyone who has seen the bike has told us they love the way it looks and complement its groupset. I own my own small bike shop and do a lot of building and servicing bikes. This bike is easy to build out of the box, and is very easy to clean, and tune. It also holds a tune very well. The only service I’ve had to do to it is completely tear it down and re-assemble it after racing in the mud.

Having seen my daughter ride, race, and jump this bike – it is the perfect mountain bike for her at a decent price point. It looks better than other bikes in it’s class, and came very well equipped.

Contributing Writer

Dan HaglerDan Hagler and his daughter Valice live in Texas. Dan is a bike mechanic, welder, and heavy machinery repairman. In addition to getting around on the bikes, Dan and Valice enjoy trucks, shooting, four wheelers, jeeps, ribbons, bows, and camo clothes. Dan describes Valice as having a big bouncy personality. She can out-shoot you at the range, and get a little mud on the tires.

Boys Bikes VS Girls Bikes – What Is The Difference?

Boys Bikes and Girls Bikes - what is the difference?
Boys Bikes and Girls Bikes - what is the difference?
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Boys Bikes VS Girls Bikes –  I came across an interesting/annoying occurrence while researching our kids’ mountain bike database. I noticed that several bike companies are still producing bikes that are specifically labeled “Boys Bikes” or “Girls Bikes”.

These Bikes Fell Into Two Categories

1) The exact same bikes, but different colors. The “girls bikes” include pink, white or purple while the “boys bikes” generally come in a wider variety of darker colors.

2) The “girls bikes” have a lower stand-over (step-over) height.

The colors… really? Aren’t we past labeling gender with colors? Both of my boys love pink and purple. Kids’ bikes should come in a variety of fun colors.

MTB Helmets For Kids

Make sure your kids have proper, well-fitting head protection.

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G-Form knee pads for kids

Knee Pads For Kids

Knee pads are another level of protection for young riders.

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Hydration Packs For Kids

Is your kid big enough to carry their own water and supplies?

MTB Hydration Packs for Kids

Girls Bikes and Boys Bikes

The Lower Step-Over Height on “Girls Bikes”

Here’s a bit of history: The lower stand-over design was introduced in the late 1800s for women riding in long skirts and dresses. A step-through frame allowed women to get on and off a bike without having to lift their legs high over the saddle. It also allowed dress wearing women to ride without the fabric getting caught up on the top tube. Great design decisions for the reality of the time! Luckily our daughters do not have to worry about these old fashioned clothing norms anymore.

Today, most adult bicycle designs are described by frame style, rather than the sex of the rider. Although there are a few companies that make bikes specifically for adult women who can have longer legs, a shorter torso, narrower shoulders, slightly shorter arms and smaller hands than men of the same height. This an idea that relies on sweeping generalizations and a topic for another day. Boys and girls do not display these physical differences until adolescence.

Despite the changes in fashion over time and the fact that boys and girls do not have physical differences requiring different bicycle design, there seems to be an expectation in the kids bike market to have two different designs.

Kids’ Bike Gender Stereotyping Is Unnecessary

A lower stand-over height is the single functional design difference on girls-specific bikes. A low stand-over height an advantage for most young riders (especially beginners) as it is easier to get on and off. Once the child is riding, the difference in the girls’ or boys’ design has zero impact on functionality.

I admire companies that create functional bikes that both boys and girls will want to ride because of the variety of colors and kid appropriate design. Many companies including Specialized, Woom, Stampede, Spawn, Lil’ Shredder, Rocky Mountain, Prevelo, Orbea, Kona, Marin, KHS, Isla, Giant, Flow, Early Rider, Commencal, Cleary, Meekboyz, Frog and Pello are moving away for gender specific labeling.

Riding a bike is about building confidence; and being strong, healthy and free. There is no need for the gender stereotyping that still exists in this market. Check out our kids mountain bike database to help you determine the best mountain bike for your little ripper!