The Best Mountain Bikes for Kids 11-14 Years Old


26-inch wheels mountain bikes used to be standard on adult mountain bikes, but it has been several years since 27.5in and 29in wheels became the norm. Luckily, there are a few manufacturers still making bikes with 26inch wheels because they can be a perfect fit for young riders who are not quite tall enough for a full-sized bike. These bikes might be the best bet for your 11, 12, 13 or 14 year old rider.

Here is an overview of our top five 26-inch wheel bikes for 11, 12, 13 or 14 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.

The best bikes for kids 11-14 years old
Giant Trance Jr. 26 mtb for kids

Giant 2019 Trance Jr 26 Full Suspension

2019 Giant Trance Jr is built on a lightweight ALUXX aluminum frame with 120mm of Maestro rear suspension technology.  This 26” wheel bike is is perfect for young riders between 4’9″ and 5”3″ tall. It features a low stand-over height and high-volume 2.3-inch tires (clearance for up to 2.8-inch tires). The 2019 Giant Trance Jr, comes with a 120mm suspension fork and performance components, making it a truly unique trail bike to elevate the experience for any young trail rider.

Buy this 26″ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height27 inches
Drivetrain1 x 11
Frame MaterialALUXX grade aluminum
BrakesShimano BL-M315 hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight?
ForkRockshox Recon RL SOLO Air, 15x110mm
ShockRockShox Deluxe RT trunnion, 120mm
ShifterSRAM NX, 1×11
Cleary Bikes Scout 26 in bike for kids

Cleary Bikes Scout 26in Bike

Cleary Bikes Scout 26-inch Bike is an excellent hardtail mountain bike for introducing young riders to trails. The Suntour fork gives your rider 100mm of travel and locks out for varied riding. Shimano Deore drivetrain for confident shifting of the 1×10 drive train. Hydraulic disc brakes with junior sized levers provide confident stopping power.

Buy this 26″ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height27.3 inches
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame MaterialChromoly 4130
BrakesTektro Hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight?
ForkSuntour XCR LO 26; 100mm
ShifterShimano Deore M6000
Giant XTC Jr 26+ kids bike

Giant XTC Jr 26​+ Complete Mountain Bike

The Giant XTC Jr 26+ Complete Mountain Bike sports hefty 26″ wheels with fat tires to roll over trails with ease. The 9 speed drivetrain keeps shifting simple and short finger friendly hydraulic disc brakes provide excellent stopping power.

Buy this 26-inch wheel mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height?
Drivetrain1 x 9
Frame MaterialALUXX SL Aluminum
BrakesTektro Hydraulic Disc
Claimed Weight?
ShifterShimano Acera
Raleigh Redux 26

Raleigh Redux 26

Designed for riders 12-16 years old, with a lightweight frame and integrated aluminum fork, the Redux 26 is light but durable. Featuring 7 gears and mechanical disc brakes, this bike is smooth shifting and low maintenance with serious braking power for all trail conditions.

Buy this 26in mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height24 inches
Drivetrain1 x 7
Frame Material6061 Aluminum
BrakesV hand
Claimed Weight?
ShifterShimano Revo
Co-Op Cycles DRT 1.0 mountain bike for kids

Co-Op Cycles DRT 1.0 Bike

The Co-op Cycles DRT 1.0 features 26-inch wheels and was designed for riders less than 5 feet tall The DRT 1.0 has a 3 x 8 drivetrain.  Responsive hydraulic disc brakes will help your rider adjust speed precisely and stop quickly. The SR Suntour XCT 26 suspension fork provides 100mm of travel for a smooth ride.

Buy this 26″ wheel mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height?
Drivetrain3 x 8
Frame Material6061 Aluminum
BrakesTektro hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight31.5 pounds
ForkSR Suntour XCT 26
ShifterShimano Altus

Comparison chart: Best 26-inch wheel mountain bikes for 11, 12, 13 or 14 year olds 

Giant Trance Jr 2627 inches1 x 11ALUXX aluminumShimano hydraulic disc?Rockshox Recon RL SOLO Air, 15x110mmSRAM NX, 1×11RockShox Deluxe RT trunnion, 120mm travel
Cleary Scout 2627.3 inches1 x 10Chromoly 4130Tektro Hydraulic disc?Suntour XCR LO 26; 100mmShimano Deore M6000none
Giant XTC Jr 26+?1 x 9ALUXX SL AluminumTektro Hydraulic Disc?rigidShimano Aceranone
Raleigh Redux 2624 inches1 x 76061 AluminumV hand brakes?rigidShimano Revo 7spdnone
Co-Op Cycles DRT 1.0 Bike?3 x 86061 AluminumTektro hydraulic disc31 lbsSR Suntour XCT 26Shimano Altusnone

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