15yo Aiden And 17yo Wyatt Ride Kong

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POV Video - Kong - Virgin, UT

Our friend Aiden Parish stitched together this POV video of him and our oldest son Wyatt hitting Kong for the first time over the 2020 Thanksgiving break near Virgin, Utah. We owe Aiden a big thanks for sharing this video with us.

Follow Aiden on Instagram @aiden_parish83 and Wyatt @wat_is_good. Aiden and his brother Alex @alex_parish1 are the initial members of @parish_brothers_racing.

If you’re not familiar with Kong, it’s a line near the Red Bull Rampage site that many pros ride and advanced riders can test their mettle on. The trail is accessed via Flying Monkey and its notable features are a series of exposed ridge-to-ridge drops and rolls that leave zero room for big errors.

The boys were supposed to ride this with friends who were familiar with the trail, but following a hard crash by one of them earlier in the day, the ride was put off. Nonetheless, after Aiden’s dad offered to shuttle them up so they could check it out – it was go time.

For over a year, Aiden and Wyatt have been riding together because they’re members of the Racekraft Gravity Development MTB Team. They decided each of them had the ability to do this due to their experiences riding together. This being their first time down Kong, they took the time to inspect each feature, determine the lines, and only ride it if they knew they would succeed.

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Aiden is 15 years old and rides a Santa Cruz v10 in this video. Wyatt is 17 years old and rides his Transition Sentinel. One of the more interesting details is that you can hear Aiden clipping in and out of his pedals. That’s just next level.

Wyatt said one of the toughest moves on the trail was on the first feature where the trail made a slight dodge to the right when you had speed after the initial slab. You can see that based on how the video is spliced up, both riders were sure be patient and stay on line when starting to roll in on a drop.

When they had the opportunity to ride the trail again the next day, they exhibited their smarts once again and decided to ride other lines nearby.

Prevelo Alpha Zero Review

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Prevelo Alpha Zero - Review

Can you imagine the beginning a long, enjoyable story that will take several decades to consume? If the equivalent to this saga is the start of your little one’s enjoyment of cycling, then the preface can take place upon the Prevelo Alpha Zero.

Prevelo Alpha Zero - Review

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The Alpha Zero is Prevelo’s 12-inch wheel balance bike/run bike engineered for kids who, on the entry side, are about 18 months old and up. It has a standover height of just 7 inches and a minimum saddle height of 11.5 inches. The maximum saddle height for the bike is 14.6 inches. MSRP for the Alpha Zero is $199.00 USD.

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A Quick Overview Of The Prevelo Alpha Zero

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SADDLE HEIGHT

Min ~11.5 inches

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DRIVETRAIN

None – It’s Push-Powered

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WHEEL SIZE

12in

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WEIGHT

~8.5 lbs

The Prevelo Alpha One Is Minimal. And That Makes It Huge.

When we normally do a bike review, we pour over the specs in order to inform readers of all the details. In this case, the facts are minimal because the bike is minimal. The drivetrain consists of your kid’s feet, legs, and gumption. In the beginning, slowing down the bike and braking will be done with the aforementioned items. After the beginning, your little one will learn how to use the rear Tektro v-brake on the bike controlled by a hand lever on the right side of the bars. The cable for the brake streams neatly from the lever and it’s internally routed through the down tube. It’s nice looking.

Seat collar on Prevelo Alpha Zero

Colors And Add-Ons

The bike’s looks are classic and will appeal to both girls and boys. Color options for the frame include Speed Silver, Power Purple, and Braap Blue. When shopping on the Prevelo website, you can also add optional: colored grips, a bike bell, rider name lettering, or USB rechargeable lights.

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Learn About The Prevelo Trade Up Club

Prevelo also offers a Trade-Up Club Membership. As of this writing, the cost is $69.00 USD. The program allows you to save money when sizing-up while your kids continue to ride a Prevelo. Get all the detail and terms by visiting the Prevelo website.

Hand brake detail - Prevelo Alpha Zero
Prevelo Alpha Zero - Top Tube Badge

Start With This Balance Bike Instead Of A Pedal Bike With Training Wheels

The Prevelo Alpha Zero is made to introduce your kids to the concept of balancing on a bike without the distractions of pedals or the safety net of training wheels.

The same will or gumption that drives your children to propel themselves along by walking or running the bike as they’re firmly planted on the saddle is going to allow them to progress.

Once comfortable with the physical demands of achieving basic angular momentum, your child will discover that if the thrust is increased, she/he will be able to keep both feet off the ground longer and glide greater distances without their feet touching the ground. In our experiences, this has been the most important skill that enables a young rider to safely transition to a pedal bike with confidence.

Having the right tool for the job is important. Again, that’s where the Prevelo Alpha Zero comes in. It’s made to fit small, young children. It’s made to help them succeed.

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Cockpit view - Prevelo Alpha Zero
Rear end - Prevelo Alpha Zero
Tire tread detail - Prevelo Alpha Zero

Geometry For The Prevelo Alpha Zero

A Wheel Size12"
B Wheelbase22.9 in / 581 mm
C Effective Top Tube Length11.6 in / 295 mm
D Head Angle67°
E Seat Tube Angle69°
F Chain Stay Length8.9 in / 225 mm
Prevelo Alpha Zero Geometry Diagram

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Prevelo Alpha Zero – Specifications

FRAME12"
FORK22.9 in / 581 mm
SEAT CLAMP11.6 in / 295 mm
REAR BRAKE67°
REAR BRAKE LEVER69°
HEAD SET8.9 in / 225 mm
RIMAluminum with grinded sidewalls
FRONT HUBLightweight alloy 1-piece forged CNC with low profile rounded hex bolts and sealed hub
REAR HUBLightweight alloy 1-piece forged CNC with low profile rounded hex bolts and sealed hub
TIRE & TUBEKenda 12 x 1.75
SADDLEPrevelo balance bike specific saddle
HANDLEBARPrevelo Aluminum - 375mm wide x 50mm rise - 22.2mm to 19mm taper
HANDLEBAR STEMAluminum 30mm extension
GRIPKraton rubber

Riding The Prevelo Alpha Zero

It isn’t complicated. It’s just fun. Our rider rode this bike for better part of the summer and his confidence grew as the season went on. The Prevelo works on grass, concrete, pavement, gravel, and dirt. The absence of a top tub on the bike makes it super easy to get on and dismount. The quick-release seat post collar allows one to adjust the saddle height as needed without the needing a hex key.

The Prevelo Alpha Zero even works on grass

Getting familiar with the Prevelo Alpha Zero in safe, controlled surroundings.

Taking on a pump track with the Prevelo Alpha Zero

Little kid – big world. You gotta have guts to hit pump track. Think about it. If these rollers were scaled up for adults, these would be serious obstacles. The right fitting bike makes all the difference.

Dressed to the nines on the Prevelo Alpha Zero

With a proper sized bike for this age category, your rider should be able to straddle the bike with both feet planted firmly on the ground.

Climb mode on - Prevelo Alpha Zero
Getting ready for the next leg of the ride
Looking good on the Prevelo Alpha Zero - a balance bike for kids

Riding Off Aboard The Prevelo Alpha Zero

If you have a young one who is ready, or soon to start cycling, the Prevelo Alpha Zero is a must-have balance bike. It’s sized right. It’s priced right. It is made so children can begin to learn the fundamentals of riding a bike. The kid sized saddle, handlebars, and grips are specifically designed to make your kid comfortable when they take the plunge into the world of bikes.

Following dad's lead on singletrack aboard the Prevelo Alpha Zero

Shred Til Bed Book – From Kids Ride Shotgun

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Reading the Shred Til Bed book

From the makers of the Kids Ride Shotgun bike seat comes the most captivating page-turner of the year: Shred Til Bed – The MTB Animal Alphabet.

Reading the Shred Til Bed book

A-B-C… Don’t worry. We won’t ruin the ending. This hard-cover book has 52 pages of wonderful illustrations featuring members of the animal kingdom mountain biking across terrain that would send Curious George back to the hospital.

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Written by Kids Ride Shotgun Co-Founder, Dan Necklen – along with art by Mike Hearsey, the book cleverly pairs mountain biking vernacular with animals that begin with the same letter.

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The illustrations are a a lot of fun and you can keep your kids engaged with the sport rain or shine while introducing and/or reinforcing a tad of extracurricular learning.

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Mountain Biking In Bellingham With Kids

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The best mountain biking trails for families and kids in Bellingham

Cascadia’s backwoods are home to some of the best mountain biking in the country. Tall old trees, mossy granite, exposed roots, and dirt that deserves its own seat on the periodic table are what you are here to see. This is a sample of some of the best family friendly mountain biking trails in Bellingham, Washington.

Bellingham is just thirty minutes south of the Peace Arch border in to Canada. The town is also headquarters for Evil, Kona, and Transition bike companies. We have the luxury of having friends who live in the area – and through their generosity of playing tour guides, our family has experienced some of the best riding in the region.

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WMBC - Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition

The WMBC Is The Local Trail Organization

If you’re planning on riding Bellingham or have enjoyed the trails in the past, take a moment and donate to the WMBC right now. The Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition is composed of a board and volunteers who are among the most active mountain biking communities on the planet. And, because of contributions from families like yours and mine, the WMBC can build more trails so we can all enjoy the outdoors together.

In addition to being stewards of the trails, the WMBC sponsors events, youth programs and service learning opportunities.

Galbraith Mountain

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Galbraith Mountain Trail Map

Examine the embedded map and you’ll see that the Galbraith mountain biking trails mimic a Paris street map. If you can spend a few days here, you’ll reap the rewards. You can ride the north of the mountain or the south. The south side is most popular because that’s where most of the trails are accessed. Park on Samish Way just west of Galbraith Lane. An early arrival in the day will guarantee parking. If you have a hitch mounted tray rack, be sure to move it in upright position. This is so you maximize the available space for vehicles to maneuver in a parking area with limited space. If the lot is full, you can park on the side of the road, but make sure your car is completely off the road.

Parking: Google Maps
Who It’s For: balance bikes through advanced mountain bikers

Galbraith is privately owned and as mentioned above, the WMBC (Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition) is the trail organization responsible for preserving the relationships that keep the area accessible. The WMBC also creates new trails, maintains the existing trails, and is also responsible for the majority of the fundraising. Bellingham’s mountain biking community is among the best and strongest in the nation. Citizens put in the volunteer hours and pony up the dough to make things work.

We can’t write about everything on Galbraith, but we strongly encourage you to explore and plan your family’s bike rides based on your abilities and levels of interest. Always keep in mind that when you’re riding with your kids, it’s not your ride. It’s your job to keep the itinerary fun and safe. Carefully cross Samish Way to get on Galbraith Lane / Pipeline Road. Once you’ve crossed the road, head north.

You get to earn your turns on Galbraith. There are no lifts, paid shuttles, or self-shuttling. Check the weather and bring appropriate clothing. Plan ahead and be sure to have space in your pack for your kids’ extra clothes, additional food and water, whatever they need to make the ride a success. Always keep in mind that you’re responsible for creating positive experiences for your young riders.

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Beginner Trails On Galbraith Mountain

Once you’re on Pipeline Road, continue north to the southwest zone of the mountain. Here you’ll find trails like Bunny Trails, Little Dipper, Art’s Trail, and more. You can make loops from these trails that use Pipeline Road as the main corridor. You can get creative and make a route that resembles a figure-eight. Clock-wise or counter-clockwise, out-and-back and so on. You could even incorporate a couple of blue/intermediate trails like Pony Express or Mole Trap if your group is up to the task. Galbraith can keep everyone in your family pedaling and interested.

Crossing a bridge on Galbraith Mountain's beginner / family-friendly mountain bike trails
Getting back to Pipeline Road on Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, WA
Mountain biking with kids in Bellingham, Washington - Lost Giants trail

Evolution, Unemployment Line, And Atomic Dog

These three trails are for adventurous intermediate riders through advanced riders. There are steep, elevated features; jumps and drops. Link these three trails together by pedaling to where Evolution starts. From the south parking lot on Samish Way, here’s how you get there: Cross Samish Way. Go north on Pipeline Road / Galbraith Lane and continue on Last Call. Cross Pipeline and get on Lost Giants. Take a right on Dog Patch. When you reach Towers at the end of Dog Patch, take a left on Towers. Get on RD 2300 at the intersection and take a left on Three Pigs. At the next intersection, get on Huff and Puff. At the end of Huff and Puff, go right and meander to the start of Evolution.

Evolution starts off fine and well, and the first challenging move is a sweeping left turn on to a wood feature that leads into a long, elevated laddered log. We have nothing like this in Utah and I’m always enamored with this feature. I’m not good enough to ride into the start of it yet, but I always like seeing it. Once you’re on the log, it’s well over 30 feet long and roll off sends you into another ramp with steep roll-down. From there, it’s hooting and hollering through more features and jumps. The trail ends on the Towers access road. Take a left on Towers. Pass the Pump Track trail and you’ll arrive at Unemployment Line.

The Evolution sign on Galbraith Mountain
Point-of-view screen grab of the elevated bridge on Galbraith's Evo trail.

The start of Unemployment Line was rebuilt a couple of years ago and it’s more of an art installation opposed to the drop-in of a mountain bike trail. When you see it in person, you’ll understand. The trail is only 3,800 feet long and it’s rated intermediate, but riders with good jump skills will get to enjoy it the most. There are a couple of berms on this trail that rival the Daytona Speedway. Unemployment Line ends on RD 2300. Take a right and pedal over to Atomic Dog.

Atomic Dog is another intermediate rated trail that will leave everyone in your group barking with joy. The features aren’t as big as Unemployment Line, but the flow of the trail is top-shelf. Keep your speed and you can clean a step-down, step-up which is one of the trails biggest moves. The trail ends at the intersection of Gate and Switch and Towers. From here, you can head back to the car, or prep for another lap on the mountain.

Mohawk

Mohawk is an advanced trail riddled with jumps and berms. It was built by a group of diggers known as The Shire Crew. Follow them on Instagram at @shire.built. The jumps at the bottom of Mohawk are world-class, if you or your kids have the skills to ride these – they look like a lot of fun. Our oldest and a couple of his friends where able to experiment and unlock the entire line. Get to the top of Mohawk by pedaling to the top of Huff and Puff. Take a right.

The Mohawk trail on Galbraith is a Shire Built endeavor
Riding Mohawk on Galbraith Mountain

Galbraith Mountain Is Big

There’s about 80 miles of trails packed into this zone. If you’re in town for more than a couple of days, you’ll get to find what works best for your family when you add mountain biking on Galbraith to the mix. We’ve been on several more trails here, but your experience will be your own and there is plenty to choose from. If you’re not from the area, you’ll be pleased to find that most of the climb trails are in shaded trees and they’re not straight up. Our youngest made it to the Evolution trail when he was 9 years old. Every rider is unique and Galbraith can accommodate everyone who likes to mountain bike.

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Cedar Dust Jumps

Located near the west-central zone of Galbraith Mountain are the Cedar Dust Jump Lines. There are four trails rated from easiest to most difficult: Green, Blue, Black, and Expert.

Do laps and improve your skills; carefully working up from one line to the next. The Green line has tables where novice and beginning riders will learn to build speed and get their wheels off the ground. The Blue line has a couple of drops and doubles. The Black and Advanced lines have gaps.

People come to Galbraith just to ride these jumps for hours on end. They’re just another good reason to plan a trip and get this mountain biking destination off your bucket list.

Blue Steel

Opened in September of 2020, Blue Steel is a jump line composed of 7 BIG features. The line was designed and constructed by pro Nico Vink in partnership with Transition Bikes. Prior to dropping in on the jumps, you’ll see a sign with “Tips From Nico” that can help you complete the jumps in one piece.

Entry gate at the Blue Steel jump line – Galbraith Mtn.
Hitting a jump on the Blue Steel line

Chuckanut Mountain

Chuckanut Mountain Trail Map

Our family has only ridden a couple of trails on this mountain and they’re very challenging. I’m not ashamed to admit that I walk a few features because I don’t have the skills to get down them on my bike. If I put in the work at build up my skills, maybe I’ll be able to clean ’em when we return. On the other hand, our kids were able to ride from top-to-bottom when they were 13 and 9 years old. Gauge your family’s skills properly. Play it safe and have a rider in your group with at least strong intermediate skills pre-ride these in order to ensure a good time for all.

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Who It’s For: strong intermediate through advanced mountain bikers

Double Black Diamond And Double Down

The route we describe here is a shuttle ride. Chuckanut Mountain is south of Bellingham. When you approach the mountain on Chuckanut Drive turn on to Hiline Road. Hiline will merge into Cleator Road. Keep going until you reach the viewpoint where you can see the ocean far, far below. Cleator Road is three miles long. If you park facing the road, ride or hike up the Double Black walk up for a few hundred yards. Double Black Diamond will begin on your right.

Double Black Diamond is a mile long and it’s wonderful. Exposed steppy roots and switchbacks, narrow lines through trees adorn Double Black Diamond. In my opinion, the toughest move on this trail is short bumpy strait with roots that leads into left turn. I have to dab it with a foot to get through. The rest of the trail is composed of similar goodies. Double Back Diamond ends at the Fragrance Lake Road. Cross it and you’ll begin Double Down.

During the summer, we traveled through the PNW with our friends, the Parish family. Aiden @aiden_parish83 and Alex  @alex_parish1 make brief appearances in these videos.

I don’t enjoy Double Down as much as Double Black Diamond, but that’s only because I can’t ride it all. There are roots on off-camber slopes and tricky rock sections. On our most recent trip, I was able to do a section for the first time and that made me feel like a pro. Double Down has a couple of optional features that easily qualify as expert. One is a rock drop that carries riders about a dozen feet from leap to landing. Another is a booter that launches qualified riders through the uprights of a couple of tall, thin trees. Score!

When you reach the bottom of the Double Down trail, merge on to the Fragrance Lake Road and head south. This is where you get picked up by your shuttle, at the Lost Lake Parking Lot. On one side of the lot, there is 15 minute parking so you can avoid paying the day use fee.

Waterfront Pump Track

Bellingham Waterfront Bike Park Map

Pump tracks and skills parks are great because everyone can enjoy them. Young ‘uns on balance bikes, moms on dirt jumpers, dads with bmx bikes, and groms on hardtails can all have a good time at the pump track. Access the Bellingham Waterfront Pump Track via Granary Road or West Laurel Street. The area is marked by old red-orange tiled storage tanks remaining from a paper processing plant. There’s plenty of parking and space to work on your cornering, jumping, etiquette, diction and vocabulary.

Location: Google Maps
Who It’s For: everyone

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Taking a break at the Waterfront Pump Track - Bellingham, WA

Lake Whatcom Park

Lake Whatcom Park Map

Location: Google Maps
Who It’s For: strong intermediate and advanced mountain bikers

Chanterelle Trail And Brown Pow

This area is home to the multi-use climb trail Chanterelle and the downhill romp Brown Pow. When ascending Chanterelle, be conscious of hikers and trail runners. Be on your best behavior and yield to foot traffic. If you have a bell, the Chanterelle trail is where you want to use it. This route can be busy on the weekends and we had several hikers thank us for using our bells. For our family, coming from dry and dusty Salt Lake City, climbing the three miles on close-to-sea-level Chanterelle is nothing short of pleasant. There are a few road crossings where you can take a break. At the top of the lower section of Chanterelle, there’s an overlook where you have a wide open view of Lake Whatcom.

Climbing the Chanterelle trail by Lake Whatcom.
Side show attractions. Mushrooms on the Chanterelle trail.

When you start Brown Pow, it’s on the stunning side and sans rock slabs – it embodies what makes the PNW famous for mountain biking. Compared to what we normally ride in Utah, the dirt can be considered tacky – even in blown out corners.

Near the bottom of Brown Pow there’s a couple of spaced out roots with small drops that warrant the trail’s advanced rating. An eager intermediate rider will enjoy the trail no problem even though he/she may have to hop off the bike and walk a couple of sections. Put this ride on your to-do list if you have more than a couple of days in town. It’s worth it. If you’re visiting in the heat of summer, a jump in the lake on the way back to the parking lot is a no-brainer.

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Go jump in a lake after you ride Brown Pow near Lake Whatcom

PNW Components Rainier Gen 3 Dropper Post And Loam Lever Review

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PNW Components Rainier Gen 3 dropper and Loam lever review

We subjected a PNW Rainier Gen 3 Dropper Post and PNW Loam Lever to a 13 year-old lad who does his best to put his bike through the wringer over the course of a season. This trio of participants rode hard from Virgin to Bend to Port Angeles. Not one of them gave up. Click the jolly red buttons below to get a live price. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

PNW Components Rainier Gen 3 dropper and Loam lever review

Ahhhh… the dropper post. Over the last few years, this accessory has become mandatory for mountain bikers. With the press of a lever, you raise your saddle to get optimal leg extension on the pedals and then a couple of seconds later – another quick actuation, and the saddle is out of the way for the descending. Doing this over-and-over along a ride adds up. Doing it over the course of a season for avid riders and the count is easily in the tens of thousands if not billions.

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Right off the bat, we have to let you know that PNW has differentiated itself from other brands by integrating a tool-less travel adjust system. Over the range of 30mm in 5mm increments, you can reduce the travel of the Rainier Gen 3 post. This is cool because as you know, kids grow. Yes – of course you can raise the post out of the seat tube to adjust the height until the minimum allowance of the post is in the seat tube. But if you get the post for your kid early enough, you get over an extra inch over the course of a growth spurt. Very cool.

How The Rainier Gen 3 Tool-less Dropper Adjustment Works

Like your office chair with a similar feature, you just want the dang things to work. Sure, we don’t subject our chairs to dozens of up-and-down cycles over the course of a rigorous shift at the desk, but you get the point. Maintaining a dropper is to be expected, so we were sure to use the dropper for several months before letting you know what we thought about it.

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How To Install Your PNW Components Rainier Gen 3 Dropper

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The Rainier Gen 3 Dropper

With a number of diameters and travel lengths to choose from, it’s simple to find the right model – say one with a 30.9 mm diameter and 150 mm travel. The post consists of a sealed air cartridge designed to hold up to plenty of use. It has internal cable routing, as well as a shortened overall length, meaning that you won’t have to worry about it being too long for the seat tube of your bike.

Installing the Rainier Gen 3 was simple. We liked the fact that the head of the derailleur cable gets attached to the base of the post instead of the lever. This makes it a lot easier to measure, cut and just crimp a cable tip.

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PNW Components Loam Grips and Dropper Lever

The Loam Lever

The Loam Dropper Lever is both stylish and functional. It comes in your choice of colors, as long as they’re gray, red, black on black, or even a cool black with seafoam teal accents. It has an ergonomic handle that features an injection-molded pad. It adjusts in two different ways, ensuring that you can comfortably move your seat to the correct height. The lever weighs a mere 32 ounces without the clamp and is compatible with several popular droppers other than the PNW Components Rainier Gen 3. Get bonus style points by adding matchy-matchy PNW Loam Grips to the ensemble.

On the pedals with the Rainier Gen 3 dropper and Loam lever from PNW Components
Descending with the PNW Components dropper and lever

You Will Like This Dropper Post And Lever

The PNW Rainier Gen 3 Dropper and Loam Dropper Lever have held up very well for our kid across six months of heavy use in the desert heat and PNW moisture. We have had no issues with the post sagging, slowing down when traveling, getting stuck in place. It just works. The Loam Lever is still buttery-smooth and has even survived a couple of above-average crashes. We have not had to do any maintenance or adjustments and we are looking forward to seeing how the combo continues to perform. If you’re done with bleeding a dropper or having reliability/maintenance issues with other brands, the offerings from PNW Components are definitely worth a look.

Gifts for Mountain Bike Kids Ages 1-3

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Cycling and mountain biking gifts for kids 1-3 years old

Looking for the mountain bike gifts for toddlers? If your kiddo prefers outside to inside, we’ve got you covered! Make your kid’s #newbikeday or pick up a few things that will help ’em hit the trails in safe and stylish comfort. Check out our favorite gifts for adventurous toddlers below.

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Holiday gifts for mountain biking kids ages 3 - 5
Vitus Smoothy balance bike for toddler mountain bike gift

Vitus Smoothy Balance Bike

Balance bikes are the best mountain bike gifts for toddlers! The Vitus Smoothy is a great choice. First, it is lightweight, weighing only 7 pounds. Second, it is secure and stable to help kids gain confidence. Vitus has a specially designed balance bike saddle that features a ‘scoop’ shape so your child will be sat in the correct position all of the time. Third, this bike has loads of style!  This bike is designed to make learning and progression easy and fun, helping your toddler learn to ride whilst having a great time.

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Specialized MIPS Mio Toddler Helmet mtb gift

Specialized MIPS Mio Toddler Helmet

When your toddler is old enough to sit in a trailer, ride in a child seat mounted on your bike, or able to ride a balance bike, they should wear a helmet. The Specialized Mio MIPS Youth Helmet is perfect for toddlers for many reasons. First, this helmet features a magnetic buckle for ease of use. Second, the bright bold graphics will make them want to wear it. Third, the Mio helmet features the Headset SC fit system that makes it easy to dial in the perfect fit.  Fourth, the in-molded shell improves the strength and reduces the weight of the helmet. It is MIPS-equipped which helps manage certain impact energies. Finally, the Mio has lots of additional features including reflective webbing to increase visibility and an integrated visor to shelter the eyes from the sun. This helmet is toddler sized which works for children about up to age three.

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Strider sport 12 balance bike for toddlers

Strider 12 Sport Kids’ Balance Bike 

The Strider Sport offers young riders a great opportunity to build essential skills for biking. The Strider will help your child learn to successfully balance on a bike. Because this bike does no have pedals or cranks, your kiddo can balance and glide forward with ease. Importantly, the Strider Sport features smaller diameter handlebar for better control, ultra-light one-piece wheels that are durable and never need air. The bar and seat clamps provide additional adjustment to accommodate height. Recommended for ages: 18 months- 5 years old.

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rei rainwall rain jackt for mountain bike toddlers

REI Co-op Rainwall Toddler Rain Jacket

We can’t think of anything more fun than riding your bike through puddles! This rain jeacket is build to last! First, the REI Co-op Rainwall rain jacket is made of ripstop nylon. Second, the shell is waterproof and windproof to 60+ mph and sealed seams help block inclement weather. Third, the 3-panel hood has a rain brim, hook-and-loop adjustment tab in back and elastic on the sides of the opening. Fourth, elastic cuffs and front stormflap seal out the elements and the droptail hem extends coverage. This jacket is one of our favorite mountain bike gifts for toddlers.

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Woom 1 balance bike - yellow toddler gift

Woom 1 12-inch wheel Balance Bike 

The Woom 1 balance bike is designed to enable toddlers to easily hop on and roll away. Firstly, the Woom 1 is made of light, high-quality AA 6061 aluminum. This bike only weighs 6.6 pounds. Secondly, beginner geometry with 12″ wheels lead to easy handling. Thirdly, the very low entry and low sitting position combine with a long wheelbase to provide good balance and more riding fun. Additionally, your kiddo can even learn to brake with mini v brakes created to fit very small hands. Even if a child has only just started to walk, the Woom 1 helps them to gain confidence and a sense of balance on two wheels.

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strider toddlet 12 balance bike snow skis gift

Strider 12 Snow Skis – Kids’

Transform your kid’s Strider 12 balance bike into a snow-friendly shred sled! The Strider 12 Snow Skis can provide tons of fun. Your young rider will improve their riding balance and stability on the slopes all winter long. Why get these skis? First, with the skis attached, your child’s bike gets more year-round use. Second, the no-tool installation attaches skis to each wheel with a secure buckle and strap system (included). Third, these durable plastic skis are lightweight to glide easily in powder and down sledding hills, yet built to withstand toddler-level thrashing. These skis are compatible with Strider 12 Classic, Strider 12 Sport and Strider 12 Pro balance bikes (not included).

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Zippy Rooz toddler little kids gloves gift

ZippyRooz Toddler Full Long Finger Bike Gloves

Keep your young rider’s hands comfortable and protected! Zippyrooz Toddler & Little Kids Full Long Finger Bike Gloves are made to fit the smallest riders. These gloves are well designed to meet your kids riding needs. First, the minimal padding on the palm ensures easier grip but still offers protection. Second, these gloves will keep little fingers warm in cooler temperatures and are breathable enough for warmer days. Finally, these gloves boast soft thumb material for wiping running noses.

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strider bike rocking base for toddlers

Strider Bike Rocking Base

A perfect gift for the youngest riders! Transform your child’s Strider Bike into a rocking-horse bike with the Strider Bike Rocking Base. Made from durable plastic, this base is designed to work with Strider Bikes. This base will turn a strider bike into fun, low-to-the-ground, indoor rocking bike. Importantly, it is easy to install a strider to the base in seconds. Bonus! This toy requires no batteries and won’t make any annoying sounds!

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early rider big foot mountain bike for toddler gift

Early Rider Big Foot 12 Balance Bike

Big Foot 12 has low slung frame with a saddle height of just 12.2 inches for the littlest riders. The frame, fork, hubs, rims, steerer, stem and handlebars are all aluminum.  Additionally, all bearings are maintenance free sealed cartridges. To set this bike a part from other balance bikes, the 2.25″ tires with knobbly treads will provide traction and soak up every bump. Kid sized Ritchey controls with a powerful, light pull rear brake to give that extra stopping confidence.

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Shred til Bed Alphabet Book gift kids

Shred Til Bed – The MTB Animal Alphabet Book

What do you do when it’s too dark to ride? Read a book about mountain biking, of course! Shred til bed is an animal alphabet book for your mountain bike kid. Young riders will love the illustrated A-Z animals in the book. Older kids (and kids at heart) will enjoy seeing their favorite MTB features in hard-cover print.

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burley mykick balabe bike for toddlers

Burley Kids’ MyKick Balance Bike

The Burley Kids’ MyKick Balance Bike gives kids a head start in learning how to balance on two wheels. The seatpost and handlebars are adjustable, allowing you to change the fit as they grow. Its 12-inch tires are rubber with flat-free technology. The MyKick Balance Bike is available in red , green or pink.

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Best Bikes For Kids 1-3 Years Old

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The best bikes for 1 - 3 year olds

Looking for the best bikes For kids 1-3 years old? These 12-inch wheel bikes are made for the smallest riders. Our list includes four balance bikes and one pedal bike. Why? A balance bike is an excellent first step to help your kiddo learn balance and steer on two wheels. No pedals means that your rider will have an easier time learning to balance and will build confidence quickly. For more info on balance bikes check out The Glory of Balance Bikes.

The best bikes for 1 - 3 year olds

Balance bikes

If you are looking for a first bike for your 1-3 year old, we’re true believers in the magic of the balance bike. Balance bikes are the best first step to help your kiddo develop the coordination to balance and steer without having to think about pedaling. Most important, be sure to choose a balance bike that will fit your little one. Be sure the minimum seat height is low enough for your kiddo to sit on the seat with both feet touching the ground. First, measure your child’s inseam length to determine minimum seat height. Then look for a balance bike with the largest diameter wheels that will accommodate your child.

Pedal bikes

If at 2-3 years old, your little rider has already mastered the balance bike, but is still small enough, the Cleary Gecko 12 is an amazing first pedal bike.

Note: Taller 2-3 year old kids may fit better on a 14-inch or even 16-inch wheel bike. Check out our lists of Best 14-inch bikes and Best 16-inch bikes before making a purchase.

Here is an overview of our top five 12-inch wheel bikes 1, 2 and 3 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.

Prevelo Alpha Zero

The Alpha Zero balance bike is a great ride to help little ones learn balance before they jump on a pedal bike. Firstly, the Alpha Zero features a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame. Secondly, the Alpha Zero comes with Tektro rear v-brakes with small reach brake levers. This will help your kid learn to brake before they learn to pedal.

As expected, Prevelo goes the extra mile to engineer bikes for kids to be confidence inspiring, easy, and fun to ride as possible. Above all, Prevelo bikes feature low minimum seat heights and low bottom brackets. This geometry places the rider close to the ground (lowering the center of gravity) to help kids feel more confident, learn easier and ride better.

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Saddle Height11.5in - 15.6in
DrivetrainBalance Bike
Frame Material6061 Aluminum/Alloy
BrakesRear V-Brakes
Claimed Weight8.5lbs

Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike

The Strider 12 Classic is the traditional entry-level balance bike. There are no unnecessary bells and whistles on this simple and durable balance bike. The Strider Classic 12” balance bike is lightweight to help make learning to ride easier for first time balance bike riders. Importantly, the Strider classic utilizes basic characteristics as the top-selling Strider 12” Sport at an affordable price for the budget-minded family.

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Saddle Height11in
DrivetrainBalance Bike
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesNone
Claimed Weight6.7lbs

Vitus Smoothy Balance Bike

The Vitus Smoothy balance bike is one of the lightest, most durable and stylish on the market. The Smoothy features a unique cast Magnesium frameset that features a useful carry handle and integrated footrests for coasting. The headset upper and lower bearings make the steering control smooth and reliable. Fine tune the height of the handlebars.

Vitus has a specially designed balance bike saddle that features a ‘scoop’ shape so your child will be sat in the correct position all of the time. This ensures they can steer effectively and are positioned perfectly, giving themselves the best possible change of balancing effectively. Also, the seat-post is fully height adjustable allowing room for growth

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Saddle Height12 inches+
DrivetrainBalance Bike
Frame MaterialMagnesium
BrakesNone
Claimed Weight7.1 pounds

Woom 1 Balance Bike

The Woom 1 Balance Bike features a high quality and light weight frame and components. Most importantly, the Woom 1 has an extremely low step-through height and an adjustable seat height to fit the smallest riders. Specifically, Woom designed this bike for ages 18 months-4 years or height 32″-39″. In addition, the Woom 1 comes with high quality V-brakes to enable easy braking at an early age.

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Saddle Height10.2in - 14.5in
DrivetrainBalance Bike
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV-brakes
Claimed Weight7.4lbs

Cleary Gecko 12 Single Speed

The Gecko 12” single speed bike is an great option for introducing cycling to your little one. Firstly, this tiny kids pedal bike is light. In fact, it weighs just 15 pounds for the coaster brake or 13 pounds for the freewheel option. Secondly, the Gecko single speed includes front and rear child-specific hand brakes on both coaster brake bike, and freewheel option. Thirdly, the saddle, grips, handlebars and brake levers are designed for little riders. Fourthly, Cleary designed the bike geometry to enable riders to sit on the seat with their feet safely planted on the ground. Both seat height and reach to the handlebars are adjustable with one bolt, to easily optimize the fit.

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Saddle Height?
DrivetrainSingle Speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV-brakes
Claimed Weight13lbs

Comparison chart: Best 12-inch wheel bikes for 1, 2 or 3 year olds 

Prevelo
Alpha Zero
Strider 12 Classic
Balance Bike
Vitus
Smoothy Balance Bike
Woom 1
Balance Bike
Cleary Gecko 12
Single Speed
Saddle Height11.5-15.6 inches11 inches12 inches10.2-14.5 inches?
Drivetrainbalance bikebalance bikebalance bikebalance bikesingle speed
Frame6061 aluminum alloyaluminum alloymagnesiumaluminum alloyaluminum alloy
Brakesrear V brakesnonenoneV brakesV brakes
Claimed Weight8.5 pounds6.7 pounds7.1 pounds7.4 pounds13 pounds
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Best Bikes for Kids 3-4 Years Old

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The best bikes for 3-4 year old boys and girls

Bikes for Kids 3-4 Years Old: There are lots of kids bikes available online. However, 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 for 3 and 4 year old riders. Our list of best 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 from true beginners to little rippers.

The best bikes for 3-4 year old boys and girls

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. Your kiddo should be able 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 data in one place.

Strider Balance Bike 14x Sport

Strider 14x Sport Balance Bike

The Strider 14x Sport is an amazing bike that designed to grow with your child. Firstly, 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. Importantly, 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). This is one of the classic bikes for kids 3-4 years old.

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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. Firstly, Prevelo included confidence inspiring low and narrow geometry. Secondly, this lightweight bike is made of 6061 aluminum frame with custom formed tubing with an aluminum alloy fork with chromoly steerer. Finally, 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). You will appreciate this kids bike!

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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. Importantly, this 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. The Woom 2 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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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. It is truly one of the bikes for kids 3-4 years old. 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 for young riders ready to mountain bike with mom and dad.

Specifically, 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. In addition, this amazing little machine features a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame and BOXT™ rear stays and forged rear dropouts. Additionally, this 14” bike ships with a bonus short seat post. This adds options for height adjustment. All things considered, you can’t go wrong with the Pevelo Zulu One.

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Saddle Height16-25 inches
DrivetrainSingle Speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight15.9 lbs
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Vitus Kid 14

The Kid 14 from Vitus is designed with child specific geometry. This bike is is optimized for agility and control to give your 3 or 4 year old greater confidence. First, the Vitus Kid 14 features child friendly components. This bike boasts short reach adjustable brake levers, smaller diameter handlebar grips and a bespoke chainset. Second, the Kid 14 features single speed gearing and Tektro V-Brakes for easy operation and reliable braking. Third, the Vitus 14 features a reduced Q Factor. This brings the pedals close to the center of the bike to improve pedaling efficiency, Fourth, the 14 features 14″ wheels and all-purpose Vee Speedster tires. Finally, this little bike is equally at home on hard pavement or off-road trails.

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Saddle Height16.5-19.5 inches
DrivetrainSingle Speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro V brakes
Claimed Weight13.3 lbs

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

Strider
14x Sport
Balance Bike
Prevelo
Alpha One
Woom 2Prevelo
Zulu One
Vitus Kid 14
Saddle Height16-23 inches15.6-17.516-19 inches16-25 inches16.6-19.5 inches
Drivetrainbalance bikesingle speedsingle speedsingle speedsingle speed
Framesteelaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloy
BrakesnoneV brakes and coasterV brakes and coasterhydraulic discv brakes
Claimed Weight12.5 pounds14.4 pounds12.2 pounds15.9 pounds13.3 pounds

The Best Bikes For Kids 4-5 Years Old

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The best bikes for 4 year old and 5 year old boys and girls

Bikes For Kids 4-5 Years Old: 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 year old and 5 year old boys and girls

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 each bike. We also considered the  design of the components to improve the chances that your child can maneuver safely and confidently. These two aspects can have a hue effect on enjoyment of  riding.

Above all, remember that fit is of utmost importance for safety and fun. Even if your kiddo is comfortable pedaling, they should feel comfortable straddling the bike with both feet 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 an excellent choice. Firstly, this is a light weight kids bike that weighs just 16 pounds. Secondly, the Hedgehog includes front and rear child specific hand brakes with a freewheel rear hub. Thirdly, the child-specific geometry centers your rider’s weight between hands and seat, creating a stable, agile bike. Fourthly, the seat, grips, handlebars and brake levers were designed for small riders. Finally, 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.

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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. Surprisingly, the Prevelo Zulu Two features a lightweight 60mm travel airfork with adjustable rebound, lockout and compression to help smooth out the bumps.In addition, the front and rear disc brakes will help your little ripper control speed comfortably and stop safely. In conclusion, Zulu Two is definitely one of the best mountain bikes for kids 4-5 years old.

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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. Specifically, this bike was designed to have a low center of gravity to help your kiddo to further improve their riding skills. Additionally, 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. Importantly, everything on this bike is designed with kids in mind. This includes 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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Stand-over Height16 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV hand
Claimed Weight12.7 pounds
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Vitus Kid 16

The Kid 16 from Vitus is designed with child specific geometry. This bike is is optimized for agility and control to give your 3 or 4 year old greater confidence. First, the Vitus Kid 16 features child friendly components. This bike boasts short reach adjustable brake levers, smaller diameter handlebar grips and a bespoke chainset. Second, the Kid 16 features single speed gearing and Tektro V-Brakes for easy operation and reliable braking. Third, the Vitus 14 features a reduced Q Factor. This brings the pedals close to the center of the bike to improve pedaling efficiency, Fourth, the 16 features 16″ wheels and all-purpose Vee Speedster tires. Finally, this little bike is equally at home on hard pavement or off-road trails.

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Stand-over Height16 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV-brakes
Claimed Weight14.9 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.

Buy this kids’ bike from:

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 3Vitus Kid 16Strider 16
Sport Bike
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 pounds14.9 pounds13 pounds

Best Mountain Bikes for Kids 5-8 Years Old

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The best mountain bikes for 5, 6, 7, and 8 year olds with 20 inch wheels

Mountain Bikes for Kids 5-8 Years-old – Hoping to get your kid a bike they can take out on the trails this year? The 20-inch bikes on our list might be a great fit for your 5, 6, 7 or 8 year old rider.

Bike fit is an essential aspect of choosing the right bike. Look for a frame with a stand-over height that will allow your kid to stand astride the bike with both feet flat on the ground, for optimal comfort and safety. To determine the stand-over height, find your rider’s inseam measurement by measuring the length of the leg on the inside from crotch to ankle.

The best mountain bikes for 5, 6, 7, and 8 year olds with 20 inch wheels

20-inch wheels give young riders plenty of control and nimble turning, but without being too small to roll over rocks and roots on the trail. Luckily, there are many good 20” wheel kids bikes to choose from. Check out Ten Things to Know Before You Buy a Kid’s Mountain Bike

Here is an overview of our top seven 20-inch wheel bikes for 5, 6, 7 or 8 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.

Prevelo Zulu Three kids mountain bike

Prevelo Zulu Three

If you’re looking for high performance mountain bike features on 20-inch wheel size package, the Zulu Three is a great option. Each component is the real deal and has been carefully chosen to provide the best performance and fit for young riders ready to tear up the trails.

Firstly, low and narrow Prevelo geometry keeps the rider low, balanced and in control. Secondly, Tektro front and rear hydraulic disc brakes make speed control and stopping easy. Thirdly, the specially designed Shimano ZEE 10-speed drivetrain and derailleur. Importantly, this amazing component features a clutch that can be turned on with the flip of a switch to eliminate derailleur bounce over hard terrain and reduce chain drops.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height22 inches
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame Material6061 Aluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight22.2 pounds
ForkSR Suntour XCM Air SL 20 - 80mm travel
ShifterShimano DEORE RAPIDFIRE Plus

Cleary Bikes Owl 20-inch 3 speed Bike - Kids gift

Cleary Owl 20 3-Speed

Watch your kid’s confidence and coordination improve as they master gears with the Cleary Bikes Owl 20in 3 Speed Kids’ Bike. Cleary designs bikes that have lots of features to love. First, the Owl frame and fork are lightweight and built to withstand anything your kid can dish out. Second, the geometry is optimized to ideally respond to steering inputs while remaining stable. Third, there are only three gears, so it isn’t overwhelming. The Cleary Bikes Owl best fits young adventurers with an inseam measurement between 19 and 23in. In conclusion, the lightweight construction and reliable components create a bike that’s ready to guide your little shredder around the neighborhood and on the trails.

Above all, Cleary designs bikes for kids of every size and ability to ride safely and comfortably. Note: steel is strong and tough. Cleary bikes have no rider weight limit and are able to survive anything your kids can dish out. This bike is also available in a 3-speed model.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height19.3 inches
Drivetrain3-speed
Frame MaterialSteel
BrakesTektro V-Brakes
Claimed Weight19 lbs
Forknone
Shifter3-Speed Sturmey Archer
Early Rider Limited Seeker 20-inch Kids Bike

Early Rider Limited Seeker 20

The Seeker 20 is built for broadening horizons for 5-9 year old riders. The Seeker 20 has many features that your young rider will love. Firstly, the 11-36 tooth cassette gives a wide gear range to make light work of those hills. Secondly, the short-stay geometry is optimized for maneuverability and performance. Thirdly, the lightweight rigid fork is super durable, saving you the servicing of a shock.  And, as it’s made from super strong aluminum, it will withstand the inevitable drops and crashes. Finally, the bump soaking 2.25″ balloon mud tires provide all the cushioning a young adventurer needs.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height21.5 inches
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame Material6061Aluminum Alloy
BrakesMechanical Disc Brakes
Claimed WeightNA
ForkRigid
ShifterBox 4 P8 Multi Twin Shifter
Vitus 20 inch wheel kids bike

Vitus 20

The Vitus 20 kids’ bike is ideal for taking your kid’s riding to the next level. Several aspects of this bike will give junior riders more confidence which can translate to better trail riding experiences. First, the Vitus 20 features modern geometry to help with comfort, control and stability. Second, the kid-sized components are proportioned for smaller riders. Third, the lightweight aluminum frame and fork are light and strong. Finally, the Shimano Altus 7 speed drivetrain provides just enough gears.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height20 inches
Drivetrain1 x 7
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro Jl510-rs Short Reach
Claimed Weight18.7 lbs
Forkrigid
ShifterShiamano Altus Rapidfire
Woom 4 kid bike

Woom 4

The Woom 4 is an excellent  light 20” wheel bike that can be your kids first introduction to gears. Specifically, the Woom 4 includes a SRAM X4 8-gear shifter to help your rider tackle varying terrain and grades. The 8 gears and light Kenda off-road tires make it a great bike for exploring and longer rides. Importantly, the Mini V-Brakes with levers suitable for small hands make stopping safely easy. This bike was designed for ages 6 to 9 years with a height of 45″-51”inches. All in all, the Woom 4 is an excellent choice.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height19.5 inches
Drivetrain1 x 8
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV-brakes
Claimed Weight16.9 lbs
Forkrigid
ShifterSRAM X4 Grip
Norco Fluid FS1 20 kids Mountain Bike

Norco Fluid FS1 20

The Norco Fluid FS1 20 is a progressive, aggressive trail bike designed for young riders to tackle a wide range of demanding trails with confidence and capability. Norco specially designed this bike to meet the needs of the smallest rippers. To start, the Fluid FS1 20 boasts a stand-over height of only 19 inches. Next, the Fluid FS1 20 features 100mm of Fox Performance FLOAT rear suspension matched to a Manitou J-Unit Expert Air 120mm fork. These youth-tuned suspension components will smooth out the bumps and provide some cushioning for drops and jumps. Importantly, this bike includes a dropper post that is optimized for riders below 90 pounds. Additionally, the Norco Fluid FS1 20 features SDG youth-specific touch points, a SRAM GX 10-speed drivetrain and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes.

Buy this kids’ full suspension bike from:

Saddle Height22 inches
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame Material6061 Alloy
BrakesShimano BR-MT500 hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight?
ForkManitou J-Unit 20
ShockFox Performance FLOAT 3
ShifterSRAM GX Trigger
Cannondale Trail 20 Kids mountain bike

Cannondale Trail 20

When your kid is ready to take to the trails for off-road adventures, the Cannondale Trail 20 might be the bike for them. This kids’ mountain bike features a lightweight aluminum alloy frame and smooth suspension fork. Additionally, the handlebar, grips, brake levers, saddle and cranks are designed to fit young riders.  Importantly, Cannondale designed the Trail 20 with a lower range gear ratio to make it easier to start pedaling and climb hills.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height20.5 inches
Drivetrain1 x 7
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV-brakes
Claimed Weight24 lbs
Forkrigid
ShifterShimano Tourney Revo Twist Shifter

Comparison chart: Best 20-inch wheel mountain bikes for 5, 6, 7 or 8 year olds 

Standover
Height
DrivetrainFrameBrakesClaimed
Weight
ForkShifterShock
Prevelo Zulu Three22 inches1 x 10aluminumTektro hydraulic disc22.2 lbsSR Suntour XCM Air SL 20 - 80mm travelShimano DEORE RAPIDFIRE Plusnone
Cleary Owl 20 3-Speed19.3 inches1 x 3SteelV Hand19 lbsrigid3-Speed Sturmey Archernone
Early Rider Limited 2021.5 inches1 x 106061 Aluminum AlloyHydraulic disc brakes?rigidBox 4 P8 Multi Twin Shifternone
Vitus 2020 inches1 x 76061Aluminum AlloyTektro Jl510-rs Short Reach18.7 lbsrigidShiamano Altus Rapidfirenone
Woom 419.5 inches1 x 8Aluminum AlloyV Hand16.9 lbsrigidSRAM X4 Gripnone
Norco Fluid FS1 2022 inches1 x 76061Aluminum AlloyShimano BR-MT500 hydraulic disc?Manitou J-Unit 20SRAM GX TriggerFox Performance FLOAT 3
Cannondale Trail 2020.5 inches1 x 76061 Aluminum AlloyV Hand24 lbsrigidShimano Tourney Revo Twistnone