The Best Bikes For Kids 4-5 Years Old


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.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and stay-near-home guidelines, kids' bikes have become very popular and a lot of manufacturers cannot keep inventory. You may wish to see our Kids Bikes For Sale - July 2020 post.
The best bikes for 4-5 year olds, 2019

You’ll find loads of “kid’s bikes” online, most of which are heavy and hard to ride (or even dangerous) due to ill fitting components (especially brake levers). Our list of best bikes for 4-5 year olds only includes bikes that were specifically designed for small riders. For each of our featured models, special attention was paid to the weight of 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
Raleigh Rowdy 16 kids' bike

Raleigh Rowdy 16/ Lily 16

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

Buy this kids’ bike from:

Stand-over Height16 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
Claimed Weight19.2 lbs
Strider 16 Sport kids' bike

Strider 16 Sport Bike

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

Buy this kids’ bike from:

Saddle Height
DrivetrainSingle Speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
Claimed Weight13lbs

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

Hedgehog 16
Single Speed
Zulu Two
Woom 3Raleigh
Rowdy 16
Lily 16
Strider 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 pounds19.2 pounds13 pounds

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