Rocky Mountain Reaper Review

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Rocky Mountain Reaper Review

Let’s get off to a fast start. The full-suspension Rocky Mountain Reaper will fit kids with a standover height ranging from 22 inches all the way through 32 inches. How in the world is this done? It’s feasible because the Reaper comes in three frame sizes specifically designed for junior mountain bikers. You can jump to this comparison chart and view standover heights, wheel options, and price.

Rocky Mountain Reaper Review

The bike we’ll be reviewing is the middle sibling – the Rocky Mountain Reaper 26. Our test rider is 12 years old, 60 inches tall, with a 28 inch inseam. In addition to putting flat pedals on the bike, we added an external dropper post so he could max out his leg extension and put all of his stick man muscle on the cranks when we made him to ride uphill and go on longer rides.

Even with the 3 frame sizes available for the Rocky Mountain Reaper, be sure not to size up and have your kid grow into a bike. If you’re still between bike sizes, we suggest going with the smaller size so the bike can be controlled and stopped safely. When you have a proper fitting Reaper, it allows your child to use all of the components as intended and focus on the fun.

Specifications For The Rocky Mountain Reaper 26

Rocky Mountain Ride-9 adjustment system
Here is what dimensions/angles are adjustable with the RIDE-9 adjustment system.

Geometry Overview

As the name implies, the Reaper 26 comes with 26 inch wheels – but it’s also compatible with 24 inch wheels. That’s pretty darn clever. The spacing on the rear axle is 135mm so you can see if your kid’s old hubs are good to go.

The Reaper also boasts the RIDE-9TM adjustment system. This allows subtle tweaks to the bike’s suspension and geometry with a couple of allen wrenches. Click here to view how the system works.

Rocky Mountain has designated the settings as: Slack, Neutral, and Steep. Click on the chart thumbnail to enlarge the graphic and see all the numbers. To be exact, the standover height of the Rocky Mountain Reaper 26 ranges from 28.62in to 28.74 inches. The head tube angle in the middle “Neutral” position is 64.6º and can vary (+) or (-) 0.7º when adjusted. The wheelbase of the bike in the neutral position is 21.53in.

Suspension Set Up

A RockShox Sektor RL 130mm fork smooths out the front end of the bike and a RockShox Monarch R shock helps keep bike’s rear end stable. Setting up the suspension was a cinch. Our rider weighs a mere 75 lbs with gear and we set the fork at just 60psi for technical riding. I don’t even think he ever locked out the fork when climbing. There are 6 settings for controlling compression on the top of the fork. We set the rear shock at 155psi and although you can’t lock it out, there are 11 settings for rebound damping. Rebound damping is the speed at which a shock re-extends after it’s compressed.

Rocky Mountain Reaper, fork compression control knob
RockShox fork detail
Rocky Mountain Reaper, RockShox Monarch R shock

The combination of settings for RIDE-9 adjustment system, fork, and rear shock will allow suspension geeks to dial in the Reaper just right. This is a great benefit if your kid is hucking big jumps in the bike parks, tearing up advanced technical trails, or just doing a bit of all-mountain riding. During our time on the bike, we just set it for our kid’s weight and did not touch anything over the span of weeks and several rides over all types of terrain. The frame’s linkage for the rear suspension is not over-designed and it functioned beautifully.

Cockpit And Saddle

Because the Reaper 26 does not have a front-derailleur, the cockpit of the bike is clean and neat. The bars are 28.7in wide and our rider was comfortable with the reach. He was able to control the bike very well. The bike’s cables are externally routed and although some may think this is not optimal, we like this. It allows for easier DIY maintenance. The cables for the rear brake and derailleur run along the top of the down tube.

Rocky Mountain Reaper saddle
Reaper front view
Reaper logo on the seat tube

The saddle is sized down appropriately and there is a quick-release seat collar for the 30.9mm seat post. We cannot fathom why any kids’ bike does not have a quick-release seat collar, but there are still a few out there.

Brakes, Drivetrain, Wheels and Tires

Shimano MT 400 hydraulic disc brakes make the Reaper 26 slow down and stop. The drivetrain is made up of a Deore rear derailleur/shifter, Shimano HG-500 11-42T cassette, and a 165mm long Race Face crankset with 30T front chainring.

Shimano MT 400 hydraulic brakes on the Rocky Mountain Reaper
Rocky Mountain Reaper drivetrain
Thru axel detail, Rocky Mountain Reaper
Maxxis Minion DHF tires on the Rocky Mountain Reaper

WTB SX19 rims are laced to Shimano hubs; a MT400 Boost 15mm in the front and a TX505 hub on the rear end. The spoke count is 32 if you want to rummage through your parts box and see if you can do upgrades. As per our research the SX19 rims are not tubeless compatible. We have had success with DIY tubeless set ups on similar rims. The rear wheel has a quick release skewer. The front wheel has a thru-axel so to remove the front wheel, you will need a hex key. A set of Maxxis Minion DHF tires on our Reaper helped the wheels go round.

Rocky Mountain Reaper Comparison Chart

Reaper 24Reaper 26Reaper 27.5
MSRP$1,949.00 USD$2,349.00 USD$2,849.00 USD
Wheel Sizes (in)
* factory set up
24*, 2626*, 2427.5*, 27.5+
Standover Height (in)
RIDE-9 settings, l-r
Slack, Neutral, Steep
27.24, 27.32, 27.3628.62, 28.70, 28.7431.18, 31.29, 31.37

Riding The Rocky Mountain Reaper

Grafton Mesa, Rocky Mountain Reaper

Our rider was very excited to put the Reaper through its paces because the bike is designed for the rough stuff.

Jumping the Rocky Mountain Reaper
Manual on the Rocky Mountain Reaper

On chunky rides we made sure the fork was set to full send and the bike behaved like a boss. The wheelbase and geometry of the Reaper allowed it to tackle steep rock gardens and technical rock rolls without making our rider lose focus. On a very steep roll from a flat entry, I thought he could bash the chainring – but the bike cleared it without issue.

Rocky Mountain Reaper review - in the desert

Our rider said, “The Reaper’s suspension and brakes let me ride the bike on tech without getting too tired.” Quality components make a difference.

Rocky Mountain Reaper - pedaling close

Using the tried-and-true bathroom scale method. Our bike set up with pedals and a dropper weighed in at 29.3 lbs. On a few technical ascents, we sessioned them until our rider was able to make the climbs. The 42 tooth rear cog on the cassette makes a difference when climbing.

Steep rock roll with the Rocky Mountain Reaper

Our test rider was very impressed with how the bike fit him. He was able to shift his weight to back of the bike when the terrain became steep and bumpy. In corners, the bike’s frame size allowed our kid lean into the curves and let the tires do the work.

Bootleg Canyon, Rocky Mountain Reaper

The Reaper 26 is best suited for technical trail rides, bike parks, shuttle runs and downhill/enduro races. The factory build on the Reaper provides for a wonderful riding experience.

Climbing with the Rocky Mountain Reaper
Taking a corner on the Rocky Mountain Reaper

At the Snake Hollow Bike Park in St. George, Utah – our guy was able to smoke the jump lines and a few advanced features with ease. Where the bike’s weight could be a factor on longer pedals, it was a benefit in the jump park.

Getting in the air on the Reaper 26
Step up with the Rocky Mountain Reaper 26
Snake Hollow Bike Park - ramp jump
Small drop - Rocky Mountain Reaper
Desert rock roll on the Rocky Mountain Reaper

Rocky Mountain Reaper Wrap Up

The Rocky Mountain Reaper 26 is a purpose built mountain bike for kids who like to get rowdy. The proprietary RIDE9 frame system and RockShox suspension package are eager to be on the rocks and in the air where hard landings from advanced jumps and drops are the modus operandi. When climbing, the Reaper is more than capable for getting everyone out together on technical rides where a full-suspension bike for the kids is the weapon of choice.

Do your research, look at the numbers, plan your rides. Are you more likely to be out on cruiser laps through the neighborhood and 20+ mile XC rides? Or, is a season pass for the bike park and enduro racing in your young one’s future? If your schedule is geared towards the latter, the Rocky Mountain Reaper is going to make your kid very happy.

Coast Gravity Park

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Like many of you, we found out about Coast Gravity Park while watching the movie Arrival a few years ago. Coast Gravity Park is located near the town of Sechelt in British Colombia. Cliche warning: they say ‘getting there is half the fun’ and that is certainly true when it comes to CGP. At the very least make a weekend of it. Chances are you have to ferry in from Vancouver.

Coast Gravity Park featured image

Helpful Information About Coast Gravity Park

Day Passes: $65 CAD at the park | $58.50 CAD if you buy at least 24 hours in advance online.

Website: www.coastgravitypark.ca | You will find a lot of additional travel information as well as where to stay on the CGP website.

Phone: 604-989-5431

Ferry Travel: It takes a total of about 2.25 hours to get from West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal to the Coast Gravity Park. If you are planning your trip from a less-common destination, please see the maps and schedules at www.bcferries.com

SECHELT WEATHER

This mountain bike park was the inception of The Coastal Crew. Originally composed of Dylan Dunkerton, Kyle Norbraten, and Curtis Robinson – these 3 mountain bikers chose to create their own bike park experience which could be utilized and enjoyed 12 months out of the year. During the “slow season” from August 30th – May 15th, the park is only open on Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting).

Coast Gravity Park trail legend sign
Bikes on shuttle

Need to plan the ultimate birthday party and solidify your position as the best parents ever? As of this writing, you can reserve the entire park starting at $929.49 CAD a day. There are no lifts in the park – just shuttle vehicles. You are encouraged to buy your tickets online several days prior to your visit so the facility can have enough staff and vehicles on site to accommodate riders. Visitors who purchase passes at least 24 hours in advance also save 10%.

Canadian flag and shuttle at Coast Gravity Park

Coast Gravity Park Trail Map

About The Bike Park

There are 12 trails in the park and that was enough to keep our familia very happy. Everyone in our clan is at least a solid intermediate mountain biker and that means we got to experience most of what the bike park had to offer. To get acclimated, cruise down the trail Mr. Green so you’ll get a sense of the slope and terrain. After this warm up run, you can ramp it up on the intermediate through the pro-line runs if you’ve got the skills. Our kids really liked the trail Lift Off because of a table jump that would huck them for several feet. If you’re ready for a little hike-a-bike, you can push your bike above where the shuttle drops you off and ride the advanced trail Dynamite Panther. During our visits, all the trails we rode were in excellent condition.

Hitting a jump on Lift Off

If you choose not to pack a lunch and drinks, you can take a advantage of the outdoor Coast Gravity Grill. The food is very good and made fresh every day.

Coast Gravity Park - tacos
Cruising through the trees at Coast Gravity Park

The vibe at Coast Gravity Park is very family friendly and low key. We’ve had the opportunity to ride CGP a couple of times and on both occasions the other riders and all the staff were very helpful and courteous. Keep in mind that Coast Gravity Park is kind of rustic. That’s just our way of saying there are only portable restrooms on site. If you need to rent bikes, be aware that you will have to pick them up in Sechelt, Vancouver, or elsewhere.

CGP is easy on the eyes

Best Jerseys for Mountain Bike Kids

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Best mountain bike jerseys for kids
Best mountain bike jerseys for kids

Does your kid need a mountain bike jersey? Although a bike specific jersey is not as important as a helmet and gloves, there are some benefits to wearing a sports-performance mountain bike jersey while out on the trails.

  1. Quick drying, wicking fabrics and ‘breathable’ mesh panels help your kid stay comfortable and cool while riding hard. Some also offer built-in body odor control.
  2. Mountain bike specific jerseys are designed to wear over body armor including chest and elbow pads to keep your rider safe.
  3. Your little mountain bikers will enjoy looking “official” like mom and dad in their MTB jersey.

Here is an overview of our top 9 jersey picks for mountain biking kids.

Fox Racing youth Ranger mountain bike jersey for kids

Fox Racing Youth Ranger Short Sleeve Jersey | $24.72 – $44.95

Fox Racing’s Youth Ranger Jersey offers all of the functional features that they’d expect from an adult jersey. The quick-drying body and mesh vents maintain dry comfort during long hill climbs, a media cord loop keeps headphone wires tidy, and a lift pass pocket offers safe storage for tickets to ride. Reflective details have been added to enhance visibility on darker rides.

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MTB kids jersey - Dakine Dropout

Dakine Dropout Jersey, Short-Sleeve  – Kids’  | $11.83-29.99

Dakine’s Dropout Short Sleeve Kids’ mountain bike Jersey is made of quick-drying and breathable polyester to keep your kiddo cool on after-school bike park laps and weekend trail rides. The Poly fabric wicks sweat and dries quickly and Polygiene anti-odor treatment will make sure this jersey keeps smelling fresh. This jersey includes an interior sunglasses wipe.

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Troy Lees Designs Skyline youth mountain bike jersey

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Jersey – Kids’  | $39.20- $49.99

The Troy Lee Designs’ Skyline Boys Jersey is made of breathable polyester fabric with a relaxed fit to promote comfort. Added stretch promotes uncompromising range of motion. The side stash pocket will hold a lift pass or snack. The drop-tail hem provides extra coverage.

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Zoic bike jersey for kids

ZOIC Lucas Bike Jersey Kids’ | $44.95

The Zoic Lucas Bike Jersey is crafted from lightweight, breathable polyester to keep your rider cool on hot days. The tagless neck prevents irritating itching from ruining the fun. Relaxed fit lets him ride without restriction.

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Sombrio Chaos youth long sleeve jersey

Sombrio Groms Chaos Long Sleeved Youth Jersey |$19.97

The Sombrio Renegade Grom Jersey is an excellent choice for young riders. The short sleeve construction offers a relaxed fit that won’t restrict movement. Cool Wik fabric draws moisture away from the body to keep your rider feeling fresh and dry.

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Fly Racing Kinetic Noiz mtb jersey for kids

Fly Racing Kinetic Noiz Jersey – Youth | $36.95 US

The Fly Racing Youth Kinetic Noiz Jersey features Multi-panel mesh ventilation construction for maximum performance and comfort. The tag-less collar and relaxed shorty elastic sleeve cuffs will keep your rider comfortable. The extended tail and long-lasting sublimated graphics will keep them looking great.

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Dakine Vectra three-quarter sleeve mtb jersey for kids

Dakine Vectra 3​/4 Sleeve Bike Jersey – Kids’ | $20

The Dakine Vectra 3/4 Sleeve Bike Jersey is made from quick drying pique polyester and anti-stink tech to keep the whole family comfortable. This jersey comes in your choice of two bright colors and features a chest pocket.

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Fox Racing Youth Indicator mtb jersey

Fox Racing Indicator Short-Sleeve Jersey | $29.97 – 49.95 

The Fox Racing’s Indicator Short-Sleeve Jersey has a clean and simple style. It’s made from TruDri, a lightweight, moisture wicking polyester to keep your rider cool and dry on the trail.

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Troy Lee Designs youth Sprint mtb jersey

Troy Lee Designs Sprint Jersey – Kids’ | $31.20 – $39.00

Troy Lee’s Sprint Kids’ Jersey is made of lightweight polyester that wicks moisture off your rider’s body, facilitating an utterly cool and dry feel, even in warmer conditions. This jersey is designed for pint-sized gravity riding with a technical fit featuring a dropped rear end to protect them from flinging mud and moisture on the trail.

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The Best Mountain Bikes for 8-11 Year Old Kids

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Best mountain bikes for 8-11 year olds

Hitting the trails with your 8-11 year old? If your rider isn’t quite big enough for a full sized mountain bike, but is ready to graduate from a 20-inch wheel bike, a 24-inch wheel bike may be the perfect middle ground. 24-inch bikes can last your kiddo 2-3 years and can definitely take your kid to the next level.

Best mountain bikes for 8-11 year olds

Before you shell out the money on a new mountain bike for your kid, you’ll want to be sure that your kid can straddle the bike with both feet flat on the ground (for beginners) or on tip toe (for more advanced riders). Get a good stand-over height measurement by measuring your child’s inseam.

We recommend that you look for a bike that has the biggest wheels available for your kid’s stand-over height. Bigger wheels roll more easily over obstacles on the trail. A bike with larger diameter wheels will be more stable and more efficient for longer rides than smaller wheels because they require less effort to keep their momentum going. Kids on the taller side may fit on a 26-inch wheel bike, so you might want to check out our list of  best 26″ wheel bikes for kids before making a purchase.

Here is an overview of our top ten 24-inch wheel mountain bikes for 8-11 year old kids. Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

Orbea MX 24 Team Disc kids mountain bike

Orbea MX 24 Team Disc Bike 2019

The Orbea MX 24 features child-centered design including small brake levers, saddles, and pedals to optimize fit and comfort. The MX 24 includes hydraulic disc brakes to provides powerful stopping power to keep your rider safe and in control. The 10-speed drivetrain gives them a wide range of gears to handle varying terrain. The high-quality components are built to last. Suggested rider height 4’5” to 5’1”. Check out our Orbea MX Trail Review for more details on Orbea bikes.

Buy this kids’ 24″ mountain bike from:

Cost (USD)$649.00 USD
Standover Height26 inches
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame Material6061 Aluminum/Alloy
BrakesRear V-Brakes
Claimed Weight?
ForkRigid
ShifterShimano Deore M6000
DerailleurShimano Deore M6000 GS Shadow Plus
Prevelo Zulu Four childrens mountain bike

Prevelo Zulu Four

The Prevelo Zulu Four Is a 24-inch wheel mountain bike for kids with high performance mountain bike components. The Zulu four geometry is low and narrow with a slack head tube angle to keep the bike controlled over rough terrain. The Zulu Four Heir includes a lightweight 80mm travel air fork with adjustable rebound, lockout and compression. The Tektro front and rear hydraulic disc brakes ensures smooth and easy speed control and stopping. The 1x 11 Shimano SLX Shadow RD+ 11-speed provides wide span gearing to give riders plenty of range to spin up tough hills.

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Cost (USD)$1299.00
Standover Height26 inches
Drivetrain1 x 11
Frame Material6061 Aluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro hydraulic
Claimed Weight23.9 pounds
ForkPrevelo HEIR 80mm
ShifterShimano SLX RAPIDFIRE Plus
DerailleurShimano SLX Shadow RD+
Transition Ripcord, mountain bike for kids

Transition Ripcord Complete Mountain Bike – 24” 2019

The Transition Ripcord Complete Mountain Bike is an excellent bike for up and coming young rippers. This bike boasts a high quality component set and modern geometry in a kid-sized package. Offered in one size for riders measuring 3’8″ to 5′. The Rockshox Monarch R  and the RockShox 30 Silver TK 26 will give your rider a smoother ride over the gnarliest of trails. With a Maxxis Minion DHF on the front and a Maxxis DHR II on the rear this make is made to deftly balance rolling speed with braking and cornering traction.

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Cost (USD)$1,699.00
Standover Height23.5
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesShimano Deore M395
Claimed Weight28.8 pounds
ForkRockShox 30 Silver TK 26; 100 mm
ShifterSRAM X5 Trigger
Shock:RockShox Monarch R ; 100 mm
Giant XTC SL Jr kids mountain bike

Giant XTC SL Jr 24

The Giant XTC SL JR is designed to give young riders confidence and control while riding. This bike features a low stand-over height and geometry designed for smaller riders. The XTC SL JR comes with an easy to use drivetrain, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, and youth sized components for increased comfort and control. An SR Suntour fork is included to smooth out the trail.

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Cost (USD)$620.00
Standover Height?
Drivetrain2 x 11
Frame MaterialALUXX-Grade Aluminum
BrakesHydraulic disc
Claimed Weight?
ForkSR Suntour XCR LO 24’ Air, 65mm
ShifterShimano Altus
Derailleurfront: Shimano M190, rear Shimano Acera
Diamondback Sync'r 24 inch kids mountain bike

Diamondback Sync’r 24

The Diamondback Sync’r 24 is a completely capable kids mountain bike. The 24 inch wheels and low slung geometry provide just the right fit and handling for young riders (8-12 years old). The Sync’r is built from 6061-T6 Aluminum. The double wall wheels are built to be tough, while the grippy 2.35 inch wide Kenda tires provide traction and stability. Tektro hydraulic disc brakes ensure safe stopping, and 11 gears will help your rider tackle any terrain.

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Cost (USD)$749.00
Standover Height25.5 inches
Drivetrain1 x 11
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc
Claimed Weight?
ForkSR Suntour XCM 30 w/ 80mm
ShifterSRAM NX 11 Speed X-Actuation Trigger
DerailleurSRAM NX X-Horizon
Cleary Scout 24in kids mountain bike

Cleary Bikes 24″ Scout  

Cleary Bikes Scout 24-inch is a great kids’ bike for kids to ride on and off the trail. Cleary includes hydraulic disc brakes for confident speed control and 10 gears to help your rider up the hills. Tubeless ready tires and rims let you choose what to run. Brake levers and pedals are junior sized for a great fit. The Suntour fork has 80-mm of travel to smooth the trail a bit. As with all Cleary bikes, this frame is made of super strong 4130 Chromoly.

Buy this 24″ kids’ mountain bike from:

Cost (USD)$840.00
Standover Height?
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame Material4130 Chromoly
BrakesTektro HD-291 hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight?
ForkSuntour XCR LO 24
ShifterShimano Deore M6000
DerailleurShimano Deore M6000 Shadow Plus
Salsa TImberjack 24 front suspension mountain bike for kids

Salsa Timberjack Suspension 24+

The Salsa Timberjack 24 is designed with a 6061-T6 heat-treated aluminum frame, plus-sized tires, modern-day componentry and geometry specific for the right size of rider. The Timberjack 24 has an SR Suntour XCM 30 24″ Plus Fork and plus-size tires to smooth out the trails and add grip and stability.

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Cost (USD)$599.00
Standover Height?
Drivetrain1 x 7
Frame Material6061 Aluminum
BrakesMechanical Disc Brake
Claimed Weight25.6 pounds
ForkSR Suntour XCM 30 24" Plus
ShifterShimano Tourney Revo
DerailleurShimano M310 Altus
Raleigh Rowdy 24 kids bike

Raleigh Rowdy/Lily 24”

The Rowdy 24 ,“designed for boys”, and the Lily 24 “designed for girls” are essentially the same bike with slightly different frames and gender designated colors. (Come on, Raleigh – it’s 2019). The Rowdy and Lily 24” bikes feature a lightweight aluminum frame made to fit kids 10-14 years old who are 58″- 63″in height. The included Shimano 7-speed grip shifters allow your rider to choose the best gear for the terrain. The Raleigh JR Mountain saddle and JR grips are designed to fit the proportions of a growing child.

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Cost (USD)$289.99
Standover Height?
Drivetrain1 x 7
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV brakes
Claimed Weight24.14 pounds
ForkRigid
ShifterShimano Revo
DerailleurShimano Tourney Short Cage
Best bikes for 8-11 year olds - Cannondale Cujo 24

Cannondale Cujo 24 Plus

The Cannondale Cujo 24 Plus kids’ bike has plus sized tires to give a confidence-inspiring grip and a comfortable ride. This bike has an aluminum frame with a rigid fork for lightweight durability. The Cujo 24 features Tektro mechanical disc brakes to deliver stopping power.

Buy this 24″ kids’ mountain bike from:

Cost (USD)$525.00
Standover Height?
Drivetrain1 x 8
Frame MaterialSteel
BrakesTektro mechanical disc
Claimed Weight24 lbs. 6.4 oz.
ForkRigid
ShifterShimano Tourney Revo
DerailleurShimano TX800
REI Co-op Cycles Rev 24

Co-op Cycles REV 24 Kids’ Bike

The Co-op Cycles REV 24 bike 6061 has an aluminum frame and the suspension fork offers 50mm of travel to soak up bumps. This bike has 12 gears to give a wide range for climbing and descending. Includes V brakes, all-terrain tires and a sturdy chainring guard.

Buy this 24-inch kids’ mountain bike from:

Cost (USD)$349.00
Standover Height?
Drivetrain2 x 6
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV-brakes
Claimed Weight27 lbs. 10.4 oz
ForkSR Suntour XCT JR24
ShifterShimano Tourney Revo
DerailleurShimano Tourney front and rear

Comparison chart: Best 24-inch wheel mountain bikes for 8, 9, 10 or 11 year olds 

CostStandover
Height
DrivetrainFrameBrakesClaimed
Weight
ForkShifterShock
Orbea MX 24 Team Disc$46926 inches1 x 9AluminumShimano M396 Hydraulic Disc?Orbea Alu 24" only discShimano Deore M6000 none
Prevelo Zulu Four$129926 inches1 x 9AluminumTektro hydraulic23.9 lbsPrevelo HEIR 80mm travel Shimano SLX RAPIDFIRE Plusnone
Transition Ripcord$169923.5 inches1 x 10AluminumShimano Deore M39528.8 lbsRockShox 30 Silver TK 26; 100 mmSRAM X5 Trigger Shifter RockShox Monarch R ; 100 mm
Giant XTC SL Jr 24$620?3 x 7ALUXX-Grade AluminumShimano BR-M315 Hydraulic disc?SR Suntour XCR LO 24’ Air, 65mm travelShimano Altusnone
Diamondback Sync’r 24$75025.5 inches1 x 116061-T6 Aluminum Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc?SR Suntour XCM 30 w/ 80mm TravelSRAM NX none
Cleary Scout 24$840?1 x 104130 ChromolyTektro HD-291 hydraulic disc?Suntour XCR LO 24Shimano Deore M6000 (10-speed)none
Salsa TImberjack Suspension 24+$599?1 x 76061 Aluminum Mechanical Disc Brake25.7 lbsSR Suntour XCM 30 24" Plus Shimano Tourney Revonone
Raleigh Rowdy/Lily 24$289?1 x 76061 Aluminum V brakes22.14 lbsShimano Revo 7spd rigidnone
Cannondale Cujo 24+$525?1 x 8Aluminum Tektro mechanical disc 24.6 lbsShimano Tourney Revo Twist rigidnone
Co-Op Cycles REV 24$349?2 x 66061 aluminum Tektro V hand27.8 lbsSR Suntour XCT JR24Shimano Tourney Revo Twistnone

The Best Enduro Helmets For Kids

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The Best Enduro Helmets for Kids

These enduro helmets for kids were selected because they are specifically designed for the multi-race format. The enduro mountain bike race format is gaining popularity from coast-to-coast and this means a growing need for the right type of gear.

The Best Enduro Helmets for Kids

Several well-known manufacturers are designing enduro specific helmets which allow riders to either remove the chin bar, or use a light, well-ventilated one-piece helmet without compromising rigorous standards for safety. Our family has used these helmets for years because of the safety and comfort they provide. Please be sure to get a helmet that fits your kid(s) properly. Too loose of a fit is downright dangerous. Too tight is uncomfortable.

If your little ripper rides many types of trails, you might want to check out Best Helmets for Mountain Biking Kids, Best Helmets for NICA Riders, and Best Full Face Helmets for Kids.

Here is an overview of our top 8 helmets for mountain biking kids that focus on Enduro riding or racing. Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

Bell Super DH enduro helmet

Bell Super DH MIPS Helmet | $209.95 – $300.00

The Bell Super DH MIPS helmet is a great choice for enduro racers because it combines top notch safety with a protective chin-bar which attaches and removes easily with no tools. Bell designed the Super DH MIPS to be super safe in the event of a crash with MIPS Spherical built into the helmet between two different layers of dual density EPS foam. The GoggleGuide adjustable visor system allows your rider utilize goggles. The Super DH MIPS helmet has 19 vents with an additional 4 chin-bar vents and 2 brow ports to keep your rider cool and collected.

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Leatt 3.0 DBX enduro helmet for kids

Leatt – DBX 3.0 Enduro Helmet | $239.99 US

Leatt is already well-known for their neck braces, but they offer several other items in the protective gear marketplace. The Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro Helmet features the patented 360º Turbine Technology which claims up to a 30% reduction of head impact at concussion levels and up to 40% reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain. Aside from being AS/NZS 2063:2008, EN1078, CPSC 1203 certified and tested, the Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro helmet is stylish and lightweight. The chinbar on this model is removable, too

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Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS enduro helmet

Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Helmet | $295.00

Troy Lee Designs enters the enduro mtb specific helmet category with their Stage MIPS helmet. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. In a nutshell, this means during impact, a MIPS helmet is designed and constructed to limit the rotational forces during specific collisions. Even though the chin bar is not removable on the TLD Stage helmet, do not expect any sacrifices for comfort. The helmet has 25 total vents. We especially like the oversized vents in the chin bar.

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Fox Racing Proframe enduro helmet

Fox Racing Proframe Helmet | $249.95

Fox Racing’s MIPS-equipped Proframe Helmet provides DH-level protection with a super-light design to make endure racing more enjoyable. Fox has included 24 Big Bore vents to increase airflow and help your rider to feel cool on the climbs. The Proframe’s shell includes dual density EPS and a MIPS inner basket for top of the line protection.

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100 Percent Aircraft mountain bike helmet

100% Aircraft DH MIPS Helmet | $259.00-400.00

The 100% Aircraft MIPS Helmet has a carbon and KEVLAR shell that delivers light-weight protection. The MIPS inner basket is designed to absorb brain-damaging rotational energy created in certain crashes. The Aircarft MIPS helmet will keep your rider cool with 25 vents and break-away cheek pads for a consistent flow of air into and out of the shell. This helmet includes a soft, washable liner as well as an adjustable visor.

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Giro Switchblade enduro helmet

Giro Switchblade MIPS Helmet | $174.96 – $249.95

Giro’s Switchblade MIPS Helmet has a removeable chinbar that snaps on and off quickly. The Switchblade includes excellent ventilation from Giro’s Wind Tunnel design. Giro’s tried-and-true Roc Loc Air fit system makes fit alterations a breeze. The MIPS technology will absorb the brain-damaging rotational energy created in certain crashes without compromising the helmet’s lightness.

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MET Parachute enduro helmet

MET Parachute Helmet CPSC US 2018 | $197.99 – $260.00

The MET Parachute is a great helmet for Enduro racing. This helmet is extremely light weighing just 700g. The Parachute has excellent ventilation make it comfortable to wear on climbs. The MET Parachute is equipped with Safe-T Advanced fit system and removeable cheek pads of various thicknesses provides excellent fit and comfort.

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HelmetCost (USD)Shell Material / Impact FoamHead Circumference RangeCertificationsClaimed Weight
Bell Super DH MIPS Helmet$209.95 - $300.00Polycarbonate/EPS and EPP foam20.5-25.6 inchesASTM F1952-00, ASTM F2032-06, CE EN1078, CPSC Bicycle850g
Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro Full-Face$239.99Polycarbonate/3D in-molded20.9-25.52 inchesCPSC, EN 1078750 g
Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS$295.00Polylite / dual-density EPS co-molded with EPP21.4-24-4 inchesCPSC 1203, CE EN1078, ASTM F1952, ASTM F2032, AS/NZS 2063-2008680 g
Fox Racing Proframe$249.95Polycarbonate/EPS20.5-25.25 inchesASTM735g
100% Aircraft DH MIPS$259.00-400.00carbon, KEVLAR® composite20.9-24.4 inchesASTM, CPSC, CE, AS/NZ?
Giro Switchblade MIPS Helmet$174.96 - $249.95Polycarbonate/EPS20-25.5 inchesCPSC, EN-1078, ASTM-1952-DH?
MET Parachute Helmet CPSC US$197.99 - $260.00Polycarbonate/EPS21.25-24.4 inchesCPSC700 g

The Best Mountain Bike Helmets For NICA Riders

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The best mountain bike helmets for NICA athletes, riders, racers and kids

The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States.  As of 2018, NICA has 25 state and regional leagues, and 6,450 coaches who are working with over 14,500 student­-athletes from nearly 800 high schools in the United States. Since 2009 participation in NICA has grown 30 to 40 percent each year.

The best mountain bike helmets for NICA athletes, riders, racers and kids

Although there is an element of competition and racing, the purpose of NICA is to support student-athletes in the development of strong body, mind, and character through their efforts on the bike.

American kids in grades 7-12 have the opportunity to join a NICA mountain biking team. Participating on a NICA team leads to making new mountain biking friends and having even more fun on bikes. NICA is a great experience for young riders.  Here are 10 bikes that may work for your young rider as they become a NICA racer.

Here is an overview of our top 10 helmets for NICA racers. Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

If your rider enjoys multiple mountain biking disciplines, you might want to check out Best Helmets for Mountain Biking Kids, Best Helmets for Enduro Kids, and Best Full Face Helmets for Kids.

Troy Lee Designs A! - helmet for NICA kids

Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Helmet  | $97.30- 139.00

The A1 MIPS Helmet provides bomber protection in a lightweight package. Troy Lee designed this helmet with extended protection at the back of the head and around the temples and steps up the safety with the inclusion of the Multi-Directional Impact Protection (MIPS) system. The A1 MIPS boasts a total of 16 large vents to encourage constant air movement to keep your rider cool. The A1 MIPS helmet also incorporates a three-position adjustable retention system for a custom, easily dialed fit.

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Giro Montaro MIPS helmet for NICA kids

Giro Montaro/Montara MIPS Helmet | $104.95 – $150.00

Giro’s Montaro (and Montara) MIPS has a deep shape with extended coverage along the lower part of the head, reliable In-Mold construction and features a MIPS system to keep your rider protected in case of a spill. The Montaro/Montara Helmet will keep you rider’s head cool and comfortable with 16 vents and plush padding to keep air moving and sweat away from the eyes. Giro’s Roc Loc Air fit system will ensure your NICA racer gets just the right fit quickly.

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Fox Flux mtb helmet for kids

Fox Racing Flux MIPS Helmet | $104.95-149.95

The Fox Racing Flux MIPS Helmet is a lightweight, affordable trail helmet. The Flux MIPS features extensive rear coverage to provide valuable protection to the vulnerable areas on the back and sides of the head and MIPS to protect from rotational forces. The Flux’s lightweight EPS foam protection includes 14 strategically-shaped vents to keep your NICA rider cool-headed on race day. The Flux includes a dial-actuated retention system for a customizable fit.

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POC Tactal mountain bike helmet

POC Tectal Helmet | $151.96- 220.00

The POC Tectal is designed with extensive coverage along the temples and rear of the helmet increases protection to vulnerable areas. POC designed the Tectal for safety and this helmet has the following safety certifications: EN 1078, CPSC 12.03, AS/NZ 2063:2008. The Tectal helmet is also comfortable – it includes range of vents to ensure air stays moving throughout the helmet. Fit can be adjusted by a simple turn of the dial at the back of the helmet.

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6D ATB 1T mountain bike helmet

6D Helmets ATB-1T Evo Helmet | $149.95-$249.00

6D Helmets has recently joined the mountain bike from the motorsports industry. This helmet has Omni-Directional Suspension which is engineered to dissipate incoming force by separating two layers of EPS foam with 26 elastomeric isolation dampers that compress and rotate subtly when external force is applied. This technology helped the helmet earn multiple safety certifications (CPSC 16 CFR, EN 1078) and ensures greater impact absorption from multiple directions i.e. the types of forces experienced when falling on a mountain bike. The ATB-1T Evo Helmet has a moveable brim, adjustment fit dial, and sculpted vents.

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Bern FL-1 MIPS mountain bike helmet

Bern FL-1 XC MIPS Helmet | $103.96 – $129.99

The Bern FL-1 XC MIPS Helmet features 18 large vents, to maintain comfort in the warmest conditions. The FL-1 XC offers the security via an in-mold polycarbonate shell with EPS foam for the best of impact absorption. MIPS technology enhances the real-world functionality of this helmet by using an elastomeric liner to reduce rotational forces. This helmet has a comfortable, customizable fit using the Boa 360 system.

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Bell Super 3 MIPS helmet for NICA kids

Bell Super 3 MIPS Helmet | $108.45 – $155.00

The Bell Super 3 MIPS Helmet has been engineered using in-mold polycarbonate and an EPS foam shell and includes MIPS technology. The Super 3 MIPS is light and cool. This helmet has 23 vents in helmet’s body, plus 4 additional channels along the brow. One-handed fit adjustment will keep your NICA athlete comfortable on-the-go and the adjustable visor can accommodate goggles if desired.

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Smith Session mountain bike helmet for NICA athletes

Smith Session MIPS Bike Helmet | $160.00

The Smith Session MIPS Bike Helmet is designed using patented Koroyd-style construction to be super light yet strong. Fifteen large airports and internal channeling create airflow for ventilation. The Session MIPS Bike Helmet also comes with a focus on adjustability with the VaporFit™ Adjustable Fit System. The Smith Session MIPS helmet includes an adjustable 3-point visor and sunglass and goggle integration.

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Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II MIPS helmet for NICA racers

Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II MIPS Helmet | $118.96-169.99

The Bushwhacker II MIPS Helmet is a lightweight, well-ventilated helmet with MIPS technology to dissipate angled or rotational crash forces w protecting your kid’s head. Your rider will stay cool with Sweet Protection’s Superficial Temporal Artery Cooling Channels andnumerous exhaust ports at the backside of the helmet. The Occigrip mechanism provides quick adjustment with the twist of a rear-mounted dial.

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HelmetCost (USD)Shell Material / Impact FoamHead Circumference RangeVentsCertifications
Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Helmet$97.30 - 139.00Polycarbonate/EPS21.3 - 24.8 inches16CPSC 1203, CE EN 107B, AS/NZS 2063
Giro Montaro MIPS$104.95 - 150.00Polycarbonate/EPS20.0 - 25.5 inches16
Fox Racing Flux MIPS$104.95 - 149.95Polycarbonate/EPS21.5 - 23.8 inches14
POC Tectal Helmet$151.96 - 220.00Polycarbonate/EPS20 - 24.4 inches15EN 1078, CPSC 12.03, AS/NZ 2063:2008
6D Helmets ATB-1T Evo$149.95 - 249.00Polycarbonate/EPS20 - 24.75 inches15CPSC 16 CFR, EN 1078
Bern FL-1 XC MIPS Helmet$103.96 - 129.99Polycarbonate/EPS20.5 - 24.4 Inches18CPSC, EN1078
Bell Super 3 MIPS Helmet$108.45 - 155.00Polycarbonate/EPS20 - 24.4 inches23CE EN 1078, CPSC Bicycle
Leatt 3.0 All Mountain Helmet$169.99Polycarbonate/EPS21.6 - 25.2 inches18EN 1078, CPSC 1203
Smith Session MIPS$160.00Polycarbonate/EPS20 - 26 inches15CPSC & CE EN 1078 Certified
SWEET PROTECTION Bushwhacker II MIPS Helmet$118.96 - 169.99Polycarbonate/EPS20.78 - 24 inches10CE EN 1078, CPSC 1203

The Best Mountain Bike Helmets For Kids

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The best mountain bike helmets for kids

Helmets are obviously useful to keep your young mountain biker safe on the trails. If you want your little rider to consistently wear their helmet, you’ll want to be sure it fits well and feels comfortable.

The best mountain bike helmets for kids

If your kiddo likes how the helmet looks, that will help, too. A few notes to keep in mind:

  • Size: To ensure the best fit, it’s recommended to measure your child’s head circumference with a tape measure just above the ears. You can then check this measurement against the listed size.
  • Adjustability: As you can generally expect your kiddo to have a growth spurt just following an expensive clothing/gear purchase, it may be a good idea to get a helmet that can be adjusted using a dial. This will keep your kid comfortable in his helmet for a bit and save you some cash for a while.
  • Ventilation: Having enough ventilation is important if you want your child to enjoy riding in the heat.

Here is an overview of our top 8 helmets for mountain biking kids. Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

If your little ripper enjoys multiple mountain biking disciplines, you might want to check out Best Helmets for NICA Riders, Best Helmets for Enduro Kids, and Best Full Face Helmets for Kids.

Woom bike heltmet for kids

Woom Kids’ Helmet  | $69.00

Woom has specially designed their helmet for the head proportions of children. The Woom helmet provides extended protection for the temples and back of the head and features an easy-to-use magnetic buckle. Optimal fit adjustments are enabled via interchangeable pads and size adjustment dial. Check out our Woom Helmet Review for more details.

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Bike helmets for kids - Giro Scamp with MIPS

Giro Scamp MIPS Helmet  | $54.95

The Giro Scamp MIPS Helmet is designed to offer top notch protection to the smallest riders. Giro uses the same In-Mold polycarbonate shell and EPS foam liner in the Scamp as in its adult helmets, and includes MIPS technology. MIPS refers to technology added to absorb the brain-damaging rotational energy created in certain crashes. The Roc Loc fit adjustment system makes fit adjustments quick and easy. Your kid will like the bright colors and sporty look of this helmet.

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POC Pocito Crank - kids bike helmet

POC POCito Crane Helmet – Kids’ | $71.96 – $90

POC POCCito Crane Kids’ Helmet uses dual polystyrene and EPS foams provide a solid combination of low-speed and high-impact protection. POCito includes moisture-wicking padding and passive ventilation to keeps your rider’s head from getting overly sweaty. Your kid will love the POCCito’s classic street style on the trail or at the skatepark.

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Bell Sidetrack youth bike helmet

Bell Sidetrack Helmet – Kids’ | $39.95

Bell’s Sidetrack Helmet for youth protects smaller heads with the same extended coverage and In-Mold shell of the adult Stoker version. The Sidetrack includes a PinchGuard Buckle design and ErgoDial fit system to  ensure the fit is comfortable and safe.

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Kali Protectives Chakra kids bike helmet

Kali Protectives Chakra Youth Helmet – Kids’ | $40

The Kali Protectives Chakra Youth Helmet is made of an ultra-lightweight in-mold polycarbonate shell and an EPS liner. The Chakra Helmet is shaped with extended coverage off the back and comes in multiple colors. This helmet features adequate ventilation, an integrated visor, and dial fit adjustment.

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Giro Tremor MIPS bike helmet for kids

Giro Tremor MIPS Helmet – Kids’ | $54.95-$65.00

The Giro Tremor MIPS Helmet offers Giro’s best technology, sized down for smaller riders. The Temor MIPS (multi-directional impact protection system) can redirect energy and provide more protection in certain styles of impacts. The inside padding is easy to remove and wash after a hot day on the trail. The Tremor includes a RocLoc fit system for fast and secure fit adjustments.

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TLD A1 mountain bike helmet for kids

Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Helmet (youth) | $109

The Youth A1 helmet from Troy Lee Designs is designed with top of the line protection including an EPS impact liner and MIPS – Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. The A1 has 16 large air vents to keep your mountain biker cool on the trails.  The ultra-plush quick-dry comfort liner is removable and washable for long-term comfort.

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Bell Super 3R MIPS Helmet | $160.95-229.95

Although the Bell Super 3r MIPS helmet is designed for adults, it will fit heads sized 20-24.4 inches. We love having one helmet that will work for cross country riding and provide some extra protection when trails gets sketchy. This helmet is well ventilated without compromising the helmet’s structural integrity. Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) technology helps absorb and diffuse indirect or oblique forces. MIPS is a thin inner basket sits more subtly on the inside of the helmet. During certain crashes, this slim layer rotates slightly to absorb rotational forces. See our full Bell Super 3r MIPS helmet review for more details. Note: this helmet is sometimes listed as “men’s” or “women’s” but the only difference is color.

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HelmetCost (USD)Shell Material / Impact FoamHead Circumference RangeCertificationsManufacturer Warranty
Woom Kids’ Helmet$65.00Polycarbonate / EPS18.9-23.6 inches
Giro Tremor MIPS$54.95Polycarbonate / EPS19.75- 21.75 inches1 year
Giro Scamp MIPS$54.95Polycarbonate / EPS18.75-21.75 inches1 year
POC POCito Crane$71.95Polycarbonate / Polystyrene and EPS impact foams20.1-21.3 inchesCPSC
Bell Sidetrack$39.95In-Mold Polycarbonate / EPS20-22.5 inchesCE EN 1078, CPSC1 year
Kali Protectives Chakra Youth$40.00Polycarbonate / EPS20.5-22.5 inches
Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Youth$109.00Polycarbonate / EPS19-20.78 inchesCPSC 1203, CE EN 107B, AS/NZS 2063 certified3 year warranty
Bell Super 3R MIPS$160.95 - $229.95Polycarbonate / EPS20-24.4 inchesCE EN 1078, CPSC1 year

Best Bikes for Kids 3-4 Years Old

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The best bikes for 3-4 year olds, 2019

Looking for the best bike for your 3 or 4 year-old? Although there are lots of kids bikes available online, many of these bikes are super heavy with cheap full-sized components which make them hard to ride safely. MTBwithkids recommends choosing a bike designed specifically with 3 and 4 year old riders in mind. Our list of top bikes for 3-4 year olds includes balance bikes, pedal bikes and bikes that are designed to transform from balance to pedal bikes. These bikes all have 14-inch wheels and span experience and skill levels form true beginners to little rippers.

The best bikes for 3-4 year olds, 2019

Balance bikes: If your 3-4 year old is just starting to ride, we’d highly recommend choosing a 14-inch wheel balance bike for their first bicycle. Balance bikes are an excellent first step to help your kiddo develop the coordination to balance and steer without having to think about pedaling. When choosing a balance bike, it’s important to be sure that the minimum seat height is low enough for your kiddo to sit on the seat with both feet touching the ground. You’ll want to measure your child’s inseam length to determine minimum seat height and then look for a balance bike with the largest diameter wheels that will accommodate your child.

Pedal bikes: If at 3 or 4 years old, your little rider has already mastered the balance bike, there are a few manufacturers designing 14-inch wheel kids bikes that are well made, lightweight and fun to ride.

Note: kids on the taller side may fit on a 16-inch wheel bike, so you might want to check out our list of Best 16-inch bikes  before making a purchase.

Here is an overview of our top five 14-inch wheel bikes for 3 or 4 year old kids. Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

Early Rider Trail Runner kids' bike

Early Rider Trail Runner XL

The Early Rider Trail Runner XL includes a light 6061 aluminum frameset to keep weight to a minimum. It comes with large 14 x 2.5 “ tires to improve grip and ride comfort for your young rider. This balance bike is clear coated hand brushed silver aluminum. It has a faux leather seat. This is one of the best looking balance bikes around!

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Cost (USD)$199.00
Saddle Height15.3 – 19.3 inches
DrivetrainBalance Bike
Frame Material6061 Aluminum/Alloy
Brakesnone
Claimed Weight8.26 lbs
Strider Balance Bike 14x Sport

Strider 14x Sport Balance Bike

The Strider 14x Sport is designed to grow with your child. The 14x comes with a fully adjustable seat and handlebars to grow with your growing kid.  The 14x starts off as a balance bike, which helps riders gain confidence and balancing ability. Once your kiddo is ready to pedal, just attach the Easy-Ride Pedal Kit. Converting the 14x from balance bike to pedal bike is quick and easy. The Strider 14x Sport will fit riders 37-49 inches tall (Inseam (16-23 in).

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Cost (USD)$210.00
Saddle Height16-23 inches
DrivetrainBalance Bike
Frame MaterialSteel
BrakesNone
Claimed Weight12.5 pounds
Prevelo Alpha One kid bike

Prevelo Alpha One

The 14″ Alpha One is the smallest pedal bike in the Prevelo lineup and fits most 3 to 4.5 year olds. The Alpha One is packed with features to get little riders off to the right start, including confidence inspiring low and narrow geometry. This lightweight bike is made of 6061 aluminum frame with custom formed tubing with an aluminum alloy fork with chromoly steerer. Stopping is easy with Tektro front and rear v-brakes with small reach brake levers and a rear coaster brake (removable with optional freewheel kit).

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Cost (USD)$359,.00
Saddle Height15.6-17.5
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro aluminum V-brakes & coaster brake
Claimed Weight14.4 pounds
Woom 2 kid bike

Woom 2

The Woom 2 was developed specifically for kids that are new to or have only recently begun pedaling. The bike is designed with short cranks and a low bottom bracket to enable your child to put their feet on the ground without losing balance. This bike is a great transition from balance bike to pedal bike and enables fast learning. Woom 2 was designed to fit kids 37″-43” inches tall. A separate freewheel kit is available for purchase.

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Cost (USD)$339.00 USD
Saddle Height16-19 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesCoaster and v-hand brakes
Claimed Weight12 lbs 3 oz.
Prevelo Zulu One kids' bike

Prevelo Zulu One

This bike has to be seen to be believed. See our Prevelo Zulu One Review for photos of this bike in action.  The Prevelo Zulu One packs high performance mountain bike features into a tiny 14-inch wheel size package. Each component is carefully chosen to provide the best performance and fit for young riders ready to mountain bike with mom and dad. The Prevelo Zulu One comes with front and rear disc brakes! Your kid will be safely able to modulate speed and stop quickly when needed. This amazing little machine features a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame and BOXT™ rear stays and forged rear dropouts. This 14” bike ships with a bonus short seat post for additional height adjustment and the tool required to change the seat post.

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Cost (USD)$459.00
Saddle Height16-25 inches
DrivetrainSingle Speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight15.9 lbs

Comparison chart: Best 14-inch wheel bikes for 3 and 4 year olds 

Early Rider
Trail Runner
XL
Strider
14x Sport
Balance Bike
Prevelo
Alpha One
Woom 2Prevelo
Zulu One
Cost$199$210$359$339$459
Saddle Height15.3-19.3 inches16-23 inches15.6-17.516-19 inches16-25 inches
Drivetrainbalance bikebalance bikesingle speedsingle speedsingle speed
Frame6061 aluminum alloysteelaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloy
BrakesnonenoneV brakes and coasterV brakes and coasterhydraulic disc
Claimed Weight8.26 pounds12.5 pounds14.4 pounds12.2 pounds15.9 pounds

The Best Bikes For Kids 4-5 Years Old

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The best bikes for 4-5 year olds, 2019

Have you been searching for the best bike for your 4 or 5 year old?  You’ve come to the right place! Our list of the top 5 bikes for 4-5 year olds includes bikes suitable for beginning riders to young rippers.

The best bikes for 4-5 year olds, 2019

You’ll find loads of “kid’s bikes” online, most of which are heavy and hard to ride (or even dangerous) due to ill fitting components (especially brake levers). Our list of best bikes for 4-5 year olds only includes bikes that were specifically designed for small riders. For each of our featured models, special attention was paid to the weight of the bike and design of the components to improve the chances that your child can maneuver safely and confidently and enjoy riding.

Remember that fit is of utmost importance for safety and fun. Even if your kiddo is comfortable pedaling, she should feel comfortable straddling the bike with both fee on the ground. Check the listed stand-over height against your rider’s inseam measurement (length of the leg, measured on the inside from crotch to ankle) to be sure you’ve got the right size. Note that kids on the taller side might fit better on a 20 inch wheel bike.

Here is an overview of our top five 16-inch wheel bikes for 4 or 5 year old kids. Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

Cleary Hedgehog 16 children's bike

Cleary Hedgehog 16 Single Speed

The Cleary Hedgehog 16” single speed is a light weight kids bike that weighs just 16 lbs. The Hedgehog includes front and rear child specific hand brakes with freewheel rear hub. The child-specific geometry centers your rider’s weight between hands and seat, creating a stable, agile bike. The flip flop rear hub enables two freewheels to be mounted at once, and a cog range from 13 teeth to 18 teeth to adjust to your local terrain. The seat, grips, handlebars and brake levers were designed for small riders.

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Cost (USD)$350.00
Stand-over Height16.5 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialSteel
BrakesV brakes
Claimed Weight16 lbs
Prevelo Zulu Two kid bike

Prevelo Zulu Two

Is your young mountain biker ready to tear up the trails? If so, check out the amazing Prevelo Zulu Two. This 16” wheel bike was designed with high quality components to provide the best performance and fit for mountain biking kids. The Prevelo Zulu Two features a lightweight 60mm travel airfork with adjustable rebound, lockout and compression to help smooth out the bumps. The front and rear disc brakes will help your little ripper control speed comfortably and stop safely.

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Cost (USD)$799.00 USD
Stand-over Height16.5 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight17.95 lbs
Woom 3 kids bike

Woom 3

The Woom 3 is a lightweight, high-performance package for your growing rider. This bike was designed to have a low center of gravity to help your kiddo to further improve their riding skills. The Woom 3 has a front and rear V-brake for easy sopping and speed control. Woom designed the 3 for kids 41-47 inches tall. Everything on this bike is designed with kids in mind including the long wheel base for stable riding, the optimized geometry for an upright riding position, and the narrow pedals and the length and width of the woom cranks are purposefully designed to match the ergonomics of a child.

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Cost (USD)$369.00
Stand-over Height16 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV hand
Claimed Weight12.7 pounds
Raleigh Rowdy 16 kids' bike

Raleigh Rowdy 16/ Lily 16

Raleigh gives us two 16 inch bikes for our list. The Rowdy 16 ,“designed for boys”, and the Lily 16 “designed for girls” are essentially the same bike with slightly different frames and gender designated colors. (Come on, Raleigh – it’s 2019). These bikes are designed for kids 3-5 years old or 39”-45” in height. They both have a lightweight aluminum frame and a single speed drivetrain. The front and rear V brakes ensure safe stopping. The saddle and grips are designed to fit kids.

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Cost (USD)$219.00
Stand-over Height16 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV-brakes
Claimed Weight19.2 lbs
Strider 16 Sport kids' bike

Strider 16 Sport Bike

The Strider 16 Sport Kid’s Bike is the largest Strider model – designed for taller kids who are learning to ride a bike. Strider bikes have no cranks which helps kids learn side-to-side balance which is essential to learning to ride a bike.  The Strider 16 has all-terrain tires to provide comfort and confidence over grass, gravel, dirt, and pavement. The handlebar-mounted brake levers transition children from stopping with their feet to stopping with the Strider 16’s front and rear V-brakes.

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Cost (USD)$270.00 USD
Saddle Height
DrivetrainSingle Speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV-brakes
Claimed Weight13lbs

Comparison chart: Best 16-inch wheel bikes for 4 and 5 year olds 

Cleary
Hedgehog 16
Single Speed
Prevelo
Zulu Two
Woom 3Raleigh
Rowdy 16
Lily 16
Strider 16
Sport Bike
Cost$350$799$369$219$270
Stand-over Height16.5 inches16.5 inches16 inches16 inches?
Drivetrainsingle speedsingle speedsingle speedsingle speedsingle speed
Framesteelaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloy
BrakesV brakeshydraulic discV brakesV brakesV brakes
Claimed Weight16 pounds17.95 pounds12.7 pounds19.2 pounds13 pounds