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 five balance bikes and no pedal bikes. Why? While 12-inch pedal bikes exist, they are often really heavy and cheaply made.  Unless your kiddo is already a pro at gliding and turning on a balance bike, there is no reason to jump into a pedal bike too early. 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 the minimum seat height. Then look for a balance bike with the largest diameter wheels that will accommodate your child.

Pedal bikes

We were unable to find any 12″ pedal bikes to recommend. (The pedal bikes with 12-inch wheels that we found were not of great quality). If your young rider has mastered rolling, gliding, and turning on a balance bike, check out our Best 14-inch Bikes and Best 16-inch Bikes for several quality pedal bikes that might be just the ticket.

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, weight, 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.

Buy this balance bike from:

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.

Buy this balance bike from:

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

Co-op Cycles REV 12 Kids’ Balance Bike

Get your little one used to balancing on 2 wheels without the fuss of pedals. The Co-op Cycles REV 12 kids’ balance bike has a maneuverable aluminum frame and rugged, kid-friendly construction. The aluminum frame is light and easy to maneuver. This bike has a minimum standover of 13.75 in. with the seat in its lowest position.

Buy this balance bike from:

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.

Buy this balance bike from:

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

Hornit Airo 12 Kids’ Balance Bike

Hornit designed the Airo 12-inch bike for kids to be user-friendly and safe. Firstly, the frame has integrated footrests with grip tape to let your little shredder experiment with coasting. Secondly, the aluminum rims and air-filled rubber tires are durable and provide lots of traction. Thirdly, the neoprene-padded stem prevents harsh impacts. Finally, this bike comes in a wide variety of colors, so you can deliver the goods in their favorite shade! The recommended inseam is 11.8 inches – 18.1 inches. Your kiddo will love the look and feel of this balance bike.

Buy this balance bike from:

Saddle Height?
DrivetrainBalance bike
Frame MaterialMagnesium
Brakesnone
Claimed Weight?

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

Prevelo
Alpha Zero
Strider 12 Classic
Balance Bike
Co-op Cycles
REV Balance Bike
Woom 1
Balance Bike
Hornit
Airo Balance Bike
Saddle Height11.5-15.6 inches11 inches12 inches10.2-14.5 inches?
Drivetrainbalance bikebalance bikebalance bikebalance bikebalance bike
Frame6061 aluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloymagnesium
Brakesrear V brakesnonenoneV brakesnone
Claimed Weight8.5 pounds6.7 pounds9.3 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.

Buy this 14″ wheel kids bike from:

Saddle Height16-23 inches
DrivetrainBalance Bike
Frame MaterialSteel
BrakesNone
Claimed Weight12.5 pounds
Prevelo Alpha One kid bike 14-inch wheels

Prevelo Alpha One – 14″ wheel bike

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!

Buy this 14-inch wheel kids’ bike from:

Saddle Height15.6-17.5
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro aluminum V-brakes & coaster brake
Claimed Weight14.4 pounds
Woom 2 kid bike 14-inch wheel bikes for kids

Woom 2 – 14″ wheel bike

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.

Buy this 14-inch wheel kids’ bike from:

Saddle Height16-19 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesCoaster and v-hand brakes
Claimed Weight12 lbs 3 oz.
Prevelo Zulu One kids' bike 14-inch wheel

Prevelo Zulu One – 14″ wheel bike

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.

Buy this 14-inch wheel kids’ bike from:

Saddle Height16-25 inches
DrivetrainSingle Speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight15.9 lbs
Radio Bike Co. Zuma 14in Bike - Kids' mountain bike

Zuma 14-inch Mountain Bike – Kids’

Radio Bike Co. has designed a great 14-inch wheel mountain bike to get your young rider on the trail. The Zuma 14-inch bike is optimized for first-time riders. This bike has kid-sized geometry to help your rider feel comfortable on the trail. The Zuma’s rugged tires offer serious grip. Importantly, the mechanical disc brakes ensure your little ripper has enough stopping power when they start keeping up with you on descents.

Buy this 12-inch wheel kids’ bike from:

Saddle Height?
DrivetrainSingle Speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesMechanical Disc
Claimed Weight15.8 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
Radio Bike Co. Zuma 12
Saddle Height16-23 inches15.6-17.516-19 inches16-25 inches?
Drivetrainbalance bikesingle speedsingle speedsingle speedsingle speed
Framesteelaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloy
BrakesnoneV brakes and coasterV brakes and coasterhydraulic discmechanical disc
Claimed Weight12.5 pounds14.4 pounds12.2 pounds15.9 pounds15.8 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.

Buy this kids’ bike from:

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.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

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.

Buy this kids’ bike from:

Stand-over Height16 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV hand
Claimed Weight12.7 pounds
Specialized SpecializedJett Single Speed Bike - Kids' 16 inch bike

Specialized Jett 16 Single Speed – Kids’ bike

The Jett 16in Single Speed Bike is designed to conquer the ever-growing challenges that accompany kids’ growth spurts. That’s why Specialized designed this bike with child-specific touchpoints that withstand the development of our little shredders. Longer seat posts and adjustable handlebars let us dial in that perfect fit, even as they grow. And, with an all-new A1 aluminum frame, alloy fork, and Pathfinder tires, this bike is one of the lightest on the market so they can pick it up when our hands are full.

Buy this kids’ bike from:

Stand-over Height16.5 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV-brakes
Claimed Weight15.2 lbs
prevelo alpha 2 kids bike gift

Prevelo Alpha 2 – 16″ kids bike

The 16″ Alpha Two is the perfect bike for kids whether they are just learning to ride or are mastering the trails. It has many great features. First, it comes with a bonus short seat post for additional height adjustment.  Second, Prevelo has confidence-inspiring low and narrow geometry. Prevelo geometry keeps the rider low, balanced, and in control. Third, Lightweight 6061 aluminum frame with custom formed tubing. Fourth, front and rear v-brakes with small reach brake levers.

Buy this kids’ bike from:

Saddle Height17.7 inches
DrivetrainSingle Speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV-brakes
Claimed Weight14.5 lbs

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

Cleary
Hedgehog 16
Single Speed
Prevelo
Zulu Two
Woom 3Specialized Jett 16Prevelo
Alpha 2
Stand-over Height16.5 inches16.5 inches16 inches16.5 inches17.7
Drivetrainsingle speedsingle speedsingle speedsingle speedsingle speed
Framesteelaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloy
BrakesV brakeshydraulic discV brakesV brakesV brakes
Claimed Weight16 pounds17.95 pounds12.7 pounds15.2 pounds14.5 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 Mountain Bikes for Kids 5-8 Years-old

Prevelo Zulu Three

If you’re looking for high-performance mountain bike features on a 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. This bike is one of the best mountain bikes for kids 5-8 years old!

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height21.5 inches
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame Material99M Series heat treated aluminum alloy custom formed
BrakesHydraulic
Claimed Weight22.2 pounds
ForkSpinner 300 20 AIR - 80mm travel
ShifterSRAM GX Trigger

Cleary Bikes Owl 20-inch 3 speed Mountain Bikes for Kids 5-8 Years-old

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

Co-op Cycles REV 20 6-Speed Plus Kids’ Bike

Keeping it light, simple, and stable, the Co-op Cycles REV 20 6-speed bike has plus-size tires and disc brakes to give kids the traction, stopping power, and confidence to learn the joys of singletrack. The 6061 aluminum frame is light, strong, and easy to manage. The 6-speed drivetrain is controlled with a single, intuitively easy-to-use Shimano Revo twist shifter; a flick of the wrist changes gears for easy pedaling. Mechanical disc brakes provide quick response and sure-stopping power. Extra-wide, 2.6 in. all-terrain tires soften the little bumps and stick to the trail for a smooth, stable ride.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height18 inches
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame Material6061Aluminum Alloy
BrakesMechanical Disc Brakes
Claimed Weight23 lbs. 15.8 oz.
ForkRigid
ShifterShimano Tourney Revo Twist

trailcraft blue sky 20 inch mountain bike

Trailcraft Blue Sky 20 kids mountain bike

The Blue Sky 20 is a 20″ bike from Trailcraft has super light components.  This bike includes a  TC30 carbon fiber suspension fork, Superlight wheels, and alloy spindle direct mount cranks. The Blue Sky 20 is one of the only in the category which takes a water bottle. This is a fun, playful bike for all types of mountain bike riding.  Race it, take it to parks, or just have an awesome bike to trail ride with your family.  Next-level big-kid performance is achieved with high-quality top-shelf level components and category-leading bike weights. The Blue Sky is one of the lightest 20-inch mountain bikes for kids.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height20 inches
Drivetrain1 x 11
Frame Material7005 Aluminum/Alloy
BrakesShimano Deore Hydraulic
Claimed Weight20.2 pounds tubeless
ForkTC30 air sprung suspension 80mm fork
ShifterShimano Deore 4100
Woom OFF 4 mountain bike for 8 year old kids

Woom OFF 4

The Woom OFF 4 gives children aged six years and older a super light and durable mountain bike for their first go on the pump track and easy cruising through forests and fields. The kink in the top tube makes it easy to get on and off quickly in any situation, thereby giving kids greater safety out and about on the trails. The perfect introduction to mountain biking. The Woom OFF 4 has 9 speeds easily accessed with a SRAM trigger shifter. This bike only weighs 17 pounds! The Woom OFF 4 is a great fit for kids 6 – 8 years old who are 46″ – 51″ inches tall.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height19.5 inches
Drivetrain1 x 9
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesHydraulic disc brakes from Promax
Claimed Weight17.2 lbs
Forkrigid
ShifterSRAM X5 Trigger
Specialized Jett 20 Mountain Bikes for Kids 5-8 Years-old

Specialized Jett 20in Bike – Kids’

Designed around adjustability to grow with our little ones, we know our kiddos will be all over their Jett 20in Bike for multiple summers of pedaling around the lake and skidding around the driveway. Specialized designed this version of the Jett for children ranging from 7 to 10 years of age, and with adjustable handlebar reach, seat-post length, and crankarm length, it just might last your aspiring cyclist all three of those years. Every component on this bike from the saddle, to the short-reach brake levers, and narrow-diameter grips were developed using information from the Retül research group to perfectly function with smaller bodies, limbs, and hands. This all-arounder features a lightweight component set designed to enhance the maneuverability of the bike for lighter kids. The nylon pedals are included and they have reflectors for improved safety around town.

Buy this kids’ full suspension bike from:

Saddle Height22 inches
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame MaterialA1 Premium Butted Alloy
BrakesV-Brake
Claimed Weight?
Forkrigid
Shockrigid
ShiftermicroSHIFT TS39, 7-speed
Cannondale Trail 20 Mountain Bike for Kids 5-8 Years-old

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
rossignol mandate jr 20 inch mountain bike for kids

Rossignol Mandate Jr 20

We all dreamed of having a full-suspension bike when we were kids! With the Mandate JR 20″ dreams come true. The first bike to shred the trails. With its 80 mm of travel and a Sr Suntour air fork and shock, it make it the ideal companion for young shredders. The 20X2.35 Maxxis tires and 2-piston brakes helps to keep things under control.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height22 inches
Drivetrain1 x 9
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro M285, hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight?
ForkSR Suntour XCR Air
ShifterShimano Alivio M3100
spawn yama jama 20 mountain bike for kids

Spawn Yama Jama 20

The Yama Jama 20″ raises the bar for kids’ trail bikes. The 6061-T6 alloy frame includes an internal routing option for dropper posts. The Brood Bike Co. Eldorado fork provides 80mm of plush, nearly stiction-free travel. The drivetrain utilizes a SRAM GX derailleur and shifter combo and an 11-36T 10 speed SRAM cassette. Stopping is handled by powerful Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes. The Yama Jama uses Brood Bike Co. tubeless-ready rims with a wide profile and tops it off with the amazing Brood Maxtion foldable, tubeless-ready tire.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height21 inches
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame Material6061 aluminum alloy
BrakesTektro M285, hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight?
ForkBrood ElDorado 80mm
ShifterSRAM GX

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

Standover
Height
DrivetrainFrameBrakesClaimed
Weight
ForkShifterShock
Prevelo Zulu Three21.5 inches1 x 1099M Series heat treated aluminum alloy custom formedHydraulic disc brakes22.2 lbsSpinner 300 20 AIR - 80mm travel- 80mm travelSRAM GX Triggernone
Cleary Owl 20 3-Speed19.3 inches1 x 3SteelV Hand19 lbsrigid3-Speed Sturmey Archernone
Co-op Cycles REV 20 6-Speed Plus18 inches1 x 106061 Aluminum AlloyMechanical disc brakes23 lbs. 15.8 ozrigidShimano Tourney Revo Twistnone
Trailcraft Blue Sky 2020 inches1 x 117005 Aluminum AlloyShimano Deore Hydraulic20.2 lbsTC30 air sprung suspension 80mm forkShimano Deore 4100none
Woom 419.5 inches1 x 8Aluminum AlloyV Hand17.9 lbsrigidSRAM X4 Twistnone
Specialized Jett 2022 inches1 x 106061Aluminum AlloyV hand?rigidmicroSHIFT TS39none
Cannondale Trail 2020.5 inches1 x 76061 Aluminum AlloyV Hand24 lbsrigidShimano Tourney Revo Twistnone
Rossignol Mandate Jr 2022 inches1 x 96061 Aluminum AlloyTektro M285, hydraulic disc?SR Suntour XCR Air, 80 mmShimano Alivio M3100SR Suntour Raidon R
Spawn Yama Jama21 inches1 x 106061 Aluminum AlloyTektro M285, hydraulic disc?BROOD ELDORADO, 80mmSRAM Dxnone

Best Mountain Bikes for 8-11 Year Old Kids

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The 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. Check out our list of best mountain bikes for 8-11 year old boys and girls below.

The best mountain bikes for 8-11 year olds

Importantly, 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.

Additionally, we recommend that you look for a bike that has the biggest wheels available for your kid’s stand-over height. Firstly, bigger wheels roll more easily over obstacles on the trail. Secondly, 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 mountain bikes for 11-14 year old kids before making a purchase.

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

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GT Stomper Ace mountain bike for 10 year old kid

GT Stomper Ace 24in Bike – Kids’

GT knows about junior bikes, and they prove it again with the Stomper Ace 24in Bike. First, the GT LegitFit system incorporates a narrower pedal and crank position that creates a natural pedal stroke which increases stability and comfort. Second, the Stomper is constructed with a lightweight aluminum frame. Third, the mechanical disc brakes, stop the bike quickly and securely. Additionally, the durable Shimano gears allow your little ripper to go as hard as they can.

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Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height24 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum Alloy
Drivetrain1×7
Brakespromax mech Disc
Shifter(s)microshift TS39-8R
Derailleurmicroshift RD M-26L
ForkAll Terra CH-565, 50mm, Coil
Shock
MSRP$600.00
Live PriceCompetitive Cyclist

Cleary Meercat Best Mountain Bikes for 8-11 Year Olds

Cleary Bikes Meerkat 24″ kids’ bike

The Meerkat is a 24-inch wheeled five-speed bike. This bike is perfect for those rowdy elementary school kids who are itching to get out and ride. The internally-geared 5-speed hub is tough and kids can count on reliable shifting for a smooth ride every time. Sealed hydraulic disc brakes ensure precise and powerful stopping capabilities. We like this ride for kids who want to get real about biking, and for those who just want to have a little fun.

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Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height22 inches
Frame MaterialSteel
Drivetrain1×5
BrakesTektro HD-291 junior Disc Brakes
Shifter(s)Sturmey Archer DLC-50 Trigger shifter
Derailleur
ForkRigid
ShockRigid
MSRP$630.00
Live PriceCompetitive Cyclist

MTB Helmets For Kids

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

Mountain Bike Helmets For Kids

G-Form knee pads for kids

Knee Pads For Kids

Knee pads are another level of protection for young riders.

MTB Knee Pads for Kids

Camelbak LUXE hydration pack for kids

Hydration Packs For Kids

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

MTB Hydration Packs for Kids

prevelo zulu four heir mountain bike for 9 year old kid

Prevelo Zulu 4 Heir

The Prevelo Zulu Four Heir packs high-performance mountain bike features into a 24-inch wheel size package. Every component is the real deal and is carefully chosen to provide the best performance and fit for young riders ready to tear up the trails. There are many things to love about this bike. First, Prevelo designed its bikes with confidence-inspiring low and narrow geometry. This keeps your rider low, balanced, and in control. Second, the lightweight HEIR® 80mm travel air fork will help to smooth any obstacle.  Third, the Zulu 4 has stealth cable routing and is dropper post ready. Fourth, the tubeless-ready wheels mean fewer flats. Additionally, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes will help your rider moderate speed. Finally, the SRAM Eagle drive train provides a huge range of gears to tackle the steepest hills.

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Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height25-inches
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
Drivetrain1×12
BrakesHydraulic
Shifter(s)SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed
DerailleurSRAM GX Eagle
ForkHEIR® 24 80mm travel - HM Carbon Fiber /
ShockN/A
MSRP$1549.00
Live PricePrevelo/span>
Diamondback Syncr mountain bike for 11 year old kid

Diamondback Sync’r 24 Kids’ Bike

Designed for the up-and-coming trail rider, the Diamondback Sync’r 24 is a comfy, tough, and capable mountain bike for your little ripper. The Diamondback Sync’r 24 fits riders 53–62 in. tall, or kids aged approximately 8–12 years old. There are many things to like about this bike. Firstly, 24 in. wheels and low-slung geometry provide the right fit and handling for the smaller rider. Secondly, strong 6061 aluminum alloy construction can take plenty of abuse. Thirdly, SR Suntour XCM 80 mm travel fork soaks up bumps. Fourthly, the SRAM SX 1 x 12-speed drivetrain is durable and reliable. Finally. hydraulic disc brakes provide great control no matter the trail or conditions.

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Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height24 inches
Frame Material6061 aluminum
Drivetrain1×12
BrakesHydraulic Disc Brake
Shifter(s)SRAM SX Eagle, Trigger, 12-speed
DerailleurSRAM SX Eagle,12-speed
ForkSR Suntour XCM Boost 24 in. with 80 mm travel
ShockN/A
MSRP$1050.00
Live PriceREI
woom off 24 inch Best Mountain Bikes for 8-11 Year Olds

Woom OFF 5 – 24 inch wheel bike

The woom OFF 5 gives kids a superlight and durable mountain bike perfect for challenging rides on tough terrain. The hydraulic disc brakes make it easy for children to negotiate even steep descents without getting tired. Full speed uphill, full control downhill! There are many features to love about this 24inch wheel bike. Firstly, the frame is made of light, high-quality AA 6061 aluminium with butted tubes. Secondly, the geometry is designed for agile and easy handling. The low entry, very low sitting position and forgiving steering geometry to provide good control and more riding fun. Thirdly, there are 8 speeds. The SRAM X4 twist shifter make for easy transitions. Fourthly, two independently operated V-brakes with braking power are adapted for children. Finally, the high-quality, lightweight tires for good shock absorption, low rolling resistance and maximum grip. Read our full Woom 5 review.

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Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height20.28 inches
Frame Material6061 aluminum
Drivetrain1×9
BrakesV brakes Brake
Shifter(s)SRAM trigger shifter
DerailleurSRAM X5 derailleur
ForkRigid
ShockN/A
MSRP$849.00
Live PriceWoom

Trailcraft Maxwell 24

The old saying goes that “you get what you pay for”. Unquestionably, you get one of the best trail riding kids’ mountain bikes in the business if you buy the Maxwell 24. Your mtb kids can dominate any kind of trail thanks to this full-suspension bike. With attention to detail, all of the components used on this Maxwell 24 are of the highest caliber and kid-sized.  Never worry about the quality that you are getting with the Trailcraft Maxwell 24. Without reservation, these bikes get our highest recommendation.

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Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height25 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum Alloy
Drivetrain1×10, 1×11
Brakes3 Options, Shimano
Shifter(s)2 Options, Shimano
Derailleur2 Options, Shimano
ForkRST Snyper 100mm
ShockMonarch R-100mm travel
MSRPVaries
Live PriceTrailcraft
Transition Ripcord 2020 - full suspension mountain bike

Transition Ripcord

Transition’s affinity for the trails of the pacific-northwest is embodied in the brand’s Ripcord – a full-suspension mountain bike for kids. Once the front and rear air suspension are dialed-in, your kiddo with will be ready for everything from Galbraith to Gooseberry Mesa. The Ripcord is lightweight with high quality components. To be sure, this is a premium mountain bike for kids who are eager to ride the bike parks and advanced single track.

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Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height26.57 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum Alloy
DrivetrainSRAM NX 11 speed
BrakesShimano MT400
Shifter(s)SRAM NX 11spd
DerailleurSRAM NX 11spd
ForkRockShox 30 Silver TK 26, 100mm Travel
ShockRockShox Monarch R
MSRP$1,699.00
Live PriceTransition
Rocky Mountain Reaper 24 - mountain bike

Rocky Mountain Reaper

The Rocky Mountain Reaper is a design that allows your young mtb enthusiast to send it big and pedal on demanding trails. It’s a full-suspension kids’ mountain bike that allows you to switch out the 24-inch wheels for 26-inch wheels. On account of this versatility. you can keep the bike in the family for an extended period of time.

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Wheel Size24-inch (stock)
Min. Standover Height27.24 inches
Frame MaterialFORM(TM) Alloy
DrivetrainShimano 1×10
BrakesShimano MT200 2 Piston / Shimano RT30 180mm / Shimano RT30 180mm
Shifter(s)Shimano Deore
DerailleurShimano Deore
ForkSuntour Raidon 32 LOR DS 120mm
ShockRockShox Monarch R
MSRP$1,949.00
Live PriceRocky Mountain
Rosignol Trail Mandate enduro bike for kids

Rosignol Trail Mandate JR 24

The Mandate JR 24″ has a frame adapted to young riders, very manageable and ready for them to enjoy a casual ride or ripping in the bike park. All the ingredients are in the plate: SR Suntour air fork and shock, Shimano 9 Speed transmission, and Tektro M285 2 pistons brakes are ready to provide the best experience to the next generation of talented riders!

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Wheel Size24-inch (stock)
Min. Standover Height15 inches
Frame Material6061 Alloy
DrivetrainShimano 1×9
BrakesTektro M285, hydraulic disc
Shifter(s)Shimano Alivio M3100
DerailleurShimano Alivio M3100, SGS
ForkSuntour Raidon 32
ShockSuntour Raidon R
MSRP$1,499.00
Live PriceRossignol