10 Ways Mountain Biking Prepares Kids To Be Successful In Life

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Mountain biking can teach your kids life skills

Mountain biking is a dynamic sport that can teach lots of important lessons that can be applied to real life. As our kids grow up, we often use mountain biking as a metaphor to talk about the things they are experiencing in their non-mountain biking life – from homework to social issues. We think that mountain biking can help kids build the character and skills to help them deal with whatever life throws at them. Here is our list of ways that we feel that mountain biking helps kids be successful in life.

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Here Are 10 Life Lessons That Mountain Biking Has Helped To Teach Our Kids:

1. Planning And Preparation Is Important

Getting out on the trails for a day of biking helps to build skills to prepare for the unexpected. Now that our kids are older, we let them pack their supplies. What do you think you might need?  Snacks, water, maybe a rain coat? Sometimes, forgetting to bring what you need is the best way to remember next time. This skill can definitely transfer to preparing for a school day, camping trip or college.

Mountain biking builds grit

2. You Can Do Hard Things

You’ll hear the word “grit” to describe kids that know how to persevere through challenges. Mountain biking provides so many opportunities to practice digging deep and developing grit- from climbing hills to riding longer distances. On one memorable ride, we were at the mid-way point on the Slickrock trail in Moab when our youngest crashed his bike and rolled right into a cactus. After we removed as many of those tiny spikes as we could, our kid had no choice but to pedal the 6 miles back to the trail head.  It took a very long time, but we made it back to the car, and our kid often talks about how he rode 6 miles with cactus in his leg with a proud smile on his face.

3. Look Ahead, Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

When your kid first starts riding a bike on trails, it is natural for them to notice and avoid all the rocks, roots and bumps in the trail. Seasoned mountain bikers know that looking at every little obstacle is a great way to get hung up and potentially crash. As your kid spends more time on the trail they’ll learn to see the small obstacles, but look ahead to where they want to go. There are so many ways that this lesson applies to real life!

Fixing a flat mountain bike tire

4. Things Don’t Always Go Your Way

In the last year, our oldest has had two races derailed by mechanical issues with his bike. One of them may have been prevented by checking tire pressure before a race (see lesson 1), but the other seemed to be a random occurrence. Each DNF felt awful to him. After each he spent a bit feeling upset and then started to look for the good in the situations and moved on.

5. View Obstacles As Challenges

What would mountain biking be without rock gardens, roots and corners? BORING!  Our goal is to try to teach our kids to view life obstacles in the same way they view mountain bike obstacles. Problems that can be solved and even enjoyed with creativity, practice, patience and persistence.

mountain biking can teach kids to take healthy risks

6. Be Brave, Seek “Healthy Risks”

Mountain biking can be scary. A large part of why I enjoy mountain biking more than trail running is that feeling of exhilaration from trying something that scares me. The more time they spend on the trails, the more our kids know their abilities and feel comfortable taking “healthy” risks. In mountain biking, as in life, many obstacles look worse than they are. Through mountain biking, kids can learn to trust themselves to try new things.

7. Failure Is The Way You Learn And Get Better

We’ll often stop during our rides to session a challenging part of the trail. Sometimes, you can get over the obstacle by just pedaling harder, sometimes, you need to attack it from a different angle and sometimes, even after several attempts, you have to be willing to let it go and try again next time you ride the trail.

mountain biking is good for your mental health

8. Moving Outside Is Excellent For Mental And Physical Health

Several years ago, our youngest son would almost always start family rides with a bad attitude. He did NOT want to go on a mountain bike ride and his gloomy mood and frequent tears often made us question our will to get the family out.  However, when we persevered, it would take less than 20 minutes for him to be riding along and singing or chatting up a storm.  He has recently started to recognize the direct connection between mountain biking and his mood. Knowing how to take care of their own wellbeing is something we hope our kids learn from mountain biking.

9. Be Humble

Mountain biking can be extremely humbling. Just when you think things are going great, you strike a pedal on a rock and take a dive over the bars, or have a mechanical issue, or fall into a cactus. Mountain biking provides lots of chances to practice living with grace and humility.

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10. Community Is Important, Find Your People

Mountain biking can create a strong connection between people. Our boys love to ride with family, but adding friends to the mix makes things even better. Building a network of mountain biking friends can be positive and meaningful for your kids. Good mountain biking friends are supportive, helpful and up for adventure.

Are you already riding with your kids?  We’d love to hear what life lessons your family has gained from mountain biking.  Share your lessons with us on our MTB with kids facebook page

Wanting to get your kids out on bikes with you?  Visit our Tips for Mountain Biking with Kids articles to help you get started.

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Eight Reasons Why You Should Not Go To Whistler During Crankworx

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Eight reasons why you should not go to Whistler during Crankworx

Everybody wants to visit Whistler during Crankworx, right? Well… maybe. But consider these 8 reasons not to visit Whistler during Crankworx when planning your family’s epic summer mountain biking trip. Crankworx Whistler draws the fastest and most skilled mountain bikers from around the planet. Is it best to see all this in person or visit when there’s not hoards of people in town? Will our next post atone for the stupidity and blasphemy mentioned in this article?

Accommodations during Crankworx Whistler

Accommodations Are More Expensive/Limited

If you are staying in a trailer, motorhome or camping – this one does not apply, but parking may be harder to find. If you are planning a “last minute” trip to Crankworx, be prepared to shell out some extra dough. Hoteliers, condo owners, the VRBO/Airbnb crowd have certainly keyed into Crankworx Whistler being the most popular events of the season and treat it like Christmas in August.

Whistler Bike Park lift lines during Crankworx Whistler

Lift Lines At The Whistler Bike Park

There can be about a 30 minute wait to get on the Fitzsimmons chairlift. To minimize wait times, either start early, start late, or ride when people are taking a lunch break. A lot of people attending Crankworx may need to sleep the previous evening off due to extracurricular activities and that means the early bird gets the trails. In past years the bike park has opened an hour early to help alleviate the rush that greets each day.

Want to skip the peasants’ lift line altogether? Sign up for a daily group lesson or private lesson. Riders who have signed up for lessons have their own lift line and it’s much shorter than the common folks’. If there are events going on, registered athletes have priority, too.

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

Crowded events during Crankworx Whistler

You Have To Show Up Early To Get Good Spots To Watch Some Of The Events

The whip-off, pump track challenge and slopestyle course will be packed. And if you want to get the best vantage points, you will have to arrive early, stake out your spot and just chill. This means less time riding.

Events can be delayed or postponed at Crankworx Whistler

Mother Nature Does Not Give A Flying Fork About The Red Bull Joyride

Some Crankworx events can take place in the wind and rain, but definitely not the Red Bull Joyride. If anything more than a breeze lingers or if heavy rain starts coming down, be prepared for delays or postponement. Riders cannot ride in the wind because they can be blown off line when they are doing their tricks several feet above the ground. This equates to dangerous conditions and no one wants to be put in harm’s way. Be prepared for this in advance and know that the riders’ safety is paramount. Everyone wants a good show and conditions where the bangers can be let loose. But if the weather doesn’t cooperate, it’s best to have the riders not drop in. The photo accompanying this blurb was taken after Joyride was postponed a day due to a nice 10 minute rain storm that soaked the track.

Whistler bike park brake bumps during Crankworx Whistler

Some Trails In The Whistler Bike Park Are Going To Be Worn In And Blown Out

Brake bumps, brake bumps and brake bumps. Crank It Up, Blue Velvet, and B Line can be blue washboards. A Line even gets brake bumps. In our experience, the brake bumps on Heart Of Darkness are the ones to really watch out for. So much traffic passes through there. Don’t get angry or whiny about this though – embrace it and become a better rider. Improving your position on the bike, having the proper grip, and the correct suspension set up will have you riding like Amaury in no time. You’ll also get tons of moon dust, blown out berms and bomb-holes at the foot of rock rolls and wood features. If you bring enduro bikes or trail bikes and want to avoid some of the crowds, ride the Lost Lake Trail System or the Whistler Valley Trails. It’s ok, pedaling is still cool.

Finding a bike mechanic during Crankworx Whistler

Need A Mechanic To Work On Your Bike In A Hurry? Good Luck, Hoser!

Love and money used to make the world go round, but to us it seems like the bike mechanics now hold this top spot. All the shops with mechanics are going to be working overtime during Crankworx. To help avoid the need for a mechanic while attending Crankworx, be sure to start off with a properly tuned and maintained bike. Make sure your sealant is fresh with tubeless tires; brake pads are good; your dropper is bled. For those still running tubes, make sure your tires are properly inflated for the trails you’ll be riding.

Over the years we have learned to work on our own bikes for minor repairs. In addition to the basics, we bring tools and supplies for things such as brake bleeds, dropper post bleeds; a syringe, valve stem remover and sealant for tubeless tires; extra derailleur cables and a suspension pump. We even have a couple of spare derailleurs in our cache. Based on your own past experiences, be prepared with the parts and tools you think you may need.

If things go from bad to worse and you need a mechanic, always be polite. When you need a wheel rebuild at Crankworx and can’t do it yourself, keep in mind that there may be many similar jobs ahead of you. If your repair gets done in a timely manner, always… always give your mechanic a $10 handshake or bring back a six-pack of their choosing. The universe will smile upon you.

Getting seated at a restaurant during Crankworx Whistler

Getting Seated At Restaurants

This is a no-brainer. Plan ahead and make reservations. Be sure to have snacks on hand for little ones so they don’t turn into Jack-Jack and start melting faces.

What do you think? Do you have a different opinion?  Maybe you’ll want to check out 8 Reasons to Visit Whistler During Crankworx

Best 26-inch Mountain Bikes for Kids

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The best mountain bikes for 8-11 year olds

26-inch wheel mountain bikes were the standard back when we first started mountain biking back when dinosaurs ruled the earth. There are not many companies making 26-inch wheel bikes anymore, but if you can find one, it might be a great fit for your pre-teen or teen rider. If your rider isn’t quite big enough for a full-sized mountain bike but is ready to graduate from a 20-inch or 24-inch wheel bike, a 26-inch wheel bike may be perfect. 26-inch bikes can last your rider 2-3 years and can definitely take your kid to the next level. Check out our list of best 26-inch mountain bikes for kids 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 27.5-inch wheel bike, so you might want to check out our list of  https://mtbwithkids.com/enduro-bikes-for-kids/ and https://mtbwithkids.com/ten-great-mountain-bikes-for-nica-kids/before making a purchase.

Here is an overview of our top ten best 26-inch mountain bikes for kids.  Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, weight and other data in one place.

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Woom OFF Air 6 26 wheel rigid mountain bike for kids

Woom OFF AIR 6 – Kids’ 26-inch mountain bike

The Woom OFF AIR 6 is a super-light and durable 26-inch mountain bike for kids. Tough terrain is no longer an intimidating obstacle but instead a fun challenge to overcome. The special chainring ensures that the chain stays in place no matter how rough things get. A love of cycling becomes a passion for mountain biking. This 1×9 bike has a great gear range for easy climbing and fast flats. The Woom OFF AIR 6 weighs only 24.3 lbs (without pedals). The SRAM components will keep your kiddo riding for days. PromaxDisc hydraulic disc brakes will keep them in control.

Buy this kids’ 26″ mountain bike from:

Wheel Size26
Min. Standover Height26 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum Alloy
Drivetrain1×9
BrakesPromax hydraulic Disc
Shifter(s)SRAM trigger
DerailleurSRAM X5
ForkHydraulic Air 90mm
Shocknone
MSRP$1049.00
Live PriceWoom

Co-op Cycles DRT 1.0 26 wheel hardtail mountain bike for kids

Co-op Cycles DRT 1.0 26″ mountain bike

The DRT 1.0 is a 26-inch mountain bike for riders 4’9″ to 5′ tall who are ready to ride some singletrack. The Co-op Cycles DRT 1.0 features 26 in. wheels, a versatile 3 x 7 drivetrain, and the solid stopping power of hydraulic disc brakes. The SR Suntour suspension fork’s aluminum lower is lightweight and provides 100mm of travel for a smooth ride. Shimano rear derailleur delivers smooth and precise gear changes. Tektro hydraulic disc brakes deliver reliable stopping power on or off-road, regardless of weather conditions.

Buy this 26-inch kids’ mountain bike from:

Wheel Size26 inches
Min. Standover Height26 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum
Drivetrain3 x 7
BrakesHydraulic Disc Brake
Shifter(s)Shimano Rapidfire Plus
DerailleurShimano Tourney
ForkSR Suntour
Shocknone
MSRP$599.00
Live PriceREI

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

Radio Bike Co Zuma 26 wheel rigid mountain bike

Zuma 26in Mountain Bike – Kids’

Radio Bike Co. offers the Zuma 26in Mountain Bike for kids. The Zuma is crafted with a lightweight feel and comfortable geometry that suits young riders well. Crafted with a lightweight aluminum frame and fork, the Zuma is highly durable for the aspiring rider. We like that this bike features components from Promax, KMC, FSA, and VEE Rubber, which are all optimally chosen for young riders. A comfortable geometry keeps them balanced over their ride and improves stability and handling for increased confidence.

Buy this 26″ kids’ mountain bike from:

Wheel Size26 inches
Min. Standover Height27-inches
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
Drivetrain1×9
BrakesPromax Mech Disk-310
Shifter(s)Promax BL-42
DerailleurPromax BL-42
Forknope
Shocknope
MSRP$799.00
Live PriceCompetitive Cyclist
Giant STP 26 Complete mountain Bike

Giant STP 26 Complete Mountain Bike – Kids’

Giant STP 26 Complete Bike is a fantastic starter bike for younger riders building confidence on the dirt, whether that’s hitting the pump track, the trails, or simply taking a rip around the neighborhood. It’s light, durable, easy to ride, and comes with a 120mm RockShox Recon RL fork that provides plenty of squish when they pick up speed over roots and rocks. Tektro M275 hydraulic disc brakes to keep things firmly in control when the trail gets rowdy.  You can trust the Giant STP 26 Complete Bike to stoke the fire within every time they ride.

Buy this 26″ kids’ mountain bike from:

Wheel Size26 inches
Min. Standover Height27-inches
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
Drivetrain1×10
BrakesTektro M275 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Shifter(s)Shimano
DerailleurShimano Deore
ForkRockShox Recon Silver RL
Shocknope
MSRP$847.50
Live PriceEVO
Marin Rift Zone 26 inch full suspension mountain bike

Marin Rift Zone Jr Kids’ Mountain Bike

Marin designed the Rift Zone Jr 26-inch mountain bike, to provide young shredders with a fun full-suspension bike. Built around Marin’s Multi-Trac suspension system, the Rift Zone Jr. is Marin’s most playful and fun youth full suspension bike to date. The bike’s light aluminum frame creates a snappy feel that is equally at home on rolling hills as it is on steep downhill singletrack. Firstly, the 120mm X-Fusion Velvet and X-Fusion O2 Pro rear shock provide a supple and smooth ride. Secondly, the Deore 1×11 drivetrain provides all the gears you need to make it up the steepest climbs.  Thirdly, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes provide incredible stopping power when descending those steep chutes. Finally, the bike is rounded out with Marin Tubeless Ready wheels for fewer flats and incredible traction. Marin’s Rift Zone Jr is one of the best mountain bikes for kids who are ready for a full-suspension bike.

Buy this 26″ kids’ mountain bike from:

Wheel Size26 inches
Min. Standover Height26 inches
Frame Material6061 aluminum
Drivetrain1×11
BrakesShimano MT 201 Hydraulic Disc Brake
Shifter(s)Shimano Deore
DerailleurShimano Deore
ForkXFusion Velvet RLC 120mm
ShockXFusion Velvet O2pro
MSRP$1899.00
Live PriceJenson
Nukeproof Cub Scout 26 inch full suspension mountain bike for kids

Nukeproof Cub-Scout 26 Race Mountain Bike (Deore) 2022

The Cub-Scout 26 Race is a 26-inch mountain bike designed with geometry that takes inspiration from Nukeproof’s adult sized enduro bikes. Engineered to offer stable, agile and comfortable all-terrain performance for younger riders, Nukeproof has equipped it with a 120mm-travel Manitou Markhor suspension forks, a Shimano Deore 10-Speed groupset with a wide-ranging 11-46T cassette and powerful Clarks Clout hydraulic disc brakes. It also rolls upon Boost Nukeproof Neutron Tubeless Ready wheels wrapped in Tubeless Ready large volume 2.5” Maxxis Minion DHF tires. The Cub-Scout 26 has been designed from the ground-up as a proper mini-hardtail mountain bike. It has been designed to allow kids to learn the ropes of riding, inspire confidence on the trails and act as the perfect platform for progression.

Buy this 26″ kids’ mountain bike from:

Wheel Size26
Min. Standover Height26 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum Alloy
Drivetrain1×10
BrakesClarkes Clout Kids Specific Hydraulic Brakes
Shifter(s)Shimano M4100 Deore Rapidfire 10-Speed
DerailleurShimano M5120 Deore, Shadow Plus, 10-Speed
ForkManitou Markhor 27.5” TS Air, 120mm Travel
Shocknone
MSRP$1699.00
Live PriceChain Reaction Cycles

Trailcraft Maxwell 26

Trailcraft is known for designing some of the best mountain bikes for kids. The Maxwell 26 starts right around 26 pounds in our ELITE level build with best in category components.  That’s right, just 26 pounds and the PRO AXS level build is even lighter! This is a fun, playful, super flickable bike for all types of mountain bike riding.  The Maxwell 26 is built for next level riding with some key geometry features designed specifically for young riders. The Maxwell 26 features a Horst link suspension design which is active under braking and very plush over both small bumps and bigger hits.  Short yet stable 420mm chainstay length and a 1082mm wheelbase is the perfect 26″ trail bike for riders coming off a 24″ bike.

Buy this 26″ kids’ mountain bike from:

Wheel Size26 inches
Min. Standover Height27 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum Alloy
Drivetrain1×10, 1×11
Brakes3 Options
Shifter(s)2 Options
Derailleur2 Options
ForkRock Shox REBA RL 27.5" 120mm - Boost
ShockMonarch RT - 120mm travel
MSRP$3,199.00 – $4,299.00
Live PriceTrailcraft
rocky mountain reaper

Rocky Mountain Reaper 26

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 comes with all the bells and whistles. This bike includes a RockShox Recon Gold and a RockShox Monarch R shock each with 130 mm travel, to soak up the bumps and keep your kiddo rolling. The Reaper delivers full-sized trail bike levels of competence and composure in a kid-friendly package.

Buy this 26″ kids’ mountain bike from:

Wheel Size26 inches
Min. Standover Height27 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum Alloy
Drivetrain1 x 10
BrakesShimano MT4100 Disc
Shifter(s)Shimano Deore 10spd
DerailleurShimano Deore 10spd
ForkRockShox Recon Gold 130mm
ShockRockShox Monarch R
MSRP$2769.00
Live PriceRocky Mountain

Best 24-inch Mountain Bikes for Kids

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Best 24-inch mountain bikes for kids MTB

Best 24-inch Mountain Bikes for Kids: 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.

Best 24-inch mountain bikes for kids MTB

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.

Buy this kids’ 24″ mountain bike from:

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.

Buy this 24-inch kids’ mountain bike from:

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. Prevelo makes some of the best mountain bikes for kids!

Buy this 24″ kids’ mountain bike from:

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
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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.

Buy this 24″ kids’ mountain bike from:

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.

Buy this 24″ kids’ mountain bike from:

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

Trailcraft is well known for making some of the best kids’ bikes.  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 as one of the very best 24-inch mountain bikes for kids.

Buy this 24″ kids’ mountain bike from:

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

Transiiton makes one of the best 24-inch mountain bikes for more advanced MTB kids. 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 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
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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. This bike boasts great components and is definitely one of the best 24-inch mountain bikes for more advanced MTB kids.

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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
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Rosignol Trail Mandate enduro bike for kids

Rossignol 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 Height25 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
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Marin Riftzone jr 24 inch wheel mountain bike for kids

Marin Riftzone Jr 24

Marin designed the Rift Zone Jr, to provide young shredders with a fun full-suspension bike. Built around Marin’s Multi-Trac suspension system, the Rift Zone Jr. is Marin’s most playful and fun youth full suspension bike to date. The bike’s light aluminum frame creates a snappy feel that is equally at home on rolling hills as it is on steep downhill singletrack. Firstly, the 120mm X-Fusion Velvet and X-Fusion O2 Pro rear shock provide a supple and smooth ride. Secondly, the Deore 1×11 drivetrain provides all the gears you need to make it up the steepest climbs.  Thirdly, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes provide incredible stopping power when descending those steep chutes. Finally, the bike is rounded out with Marin Tubeless Ready wheels for fewer flats and incredible traction.

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Wheel Size24-inch
Min. Standover Height23 inches
Frame Material6061 Alloy
DrivetrainShimano 1×11
BrakesShimano MT201 hydraulic Disc
Shifter(s)Microshift SLM 895
DerailleurShimano Deore
ForkXFusion Velvet RLC 120mm
ShockXFusion O2 4R
MSRP$1899.00
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Best 20-inch Mountain Bikes for Kids

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Best 20-inch mountain bikes for kids

We have compiled the list of our favorite 20-inch mountain bikes for kids. Are you 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.

Best 20-inch mountain bikes for kids

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 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 20-inch mountain bikes for kids 5-8 years old!

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Saddle Height22 inches
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame MaterialA1 Premium Butted Alloy
BrakesV-Brake
Claimed Weight?
Forkrigid
Shockrigid
ShiftermicroSHIFT TS39, 7-speed

Marin San Quentin 20-inch kids’ mountain bike

The Marin San Quentin 20″ Bike is a lightweight and durable mountain bike. It has modern trail geometry with a slack front end and a balanced rider position. The 6061 aluminum frame comes with disc brakes, 80mm of travel on the front, wide tire clearance for up to 2.6″ tires, and a 1x-specific setup. The 20″ version of the Marin San Quentin comes with a Shimano Altus 8-speed drivetrain. This includes a wide-range 11-32T gear range that makes climbing and pedaling through rough terrain a breeze. Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide reliable stopping power in various conditions. With the Marin double-wall alloy rims paired with Vee Tire Crown Gem tires, your young rider will have exceptional traction anywhere they go.

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Stand-over Height21 inches
Drivetrain1 x 8
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesHydraulic
Claimed Weight
ForkSR Suntour 80mm travel
ShifterShimano Altus Shifter
norco fluid 20 inch mountain bike full suspension

Norco Fluid FS 2.1 20-inch mountain bike

The Norco Fluid FS 2.1 Bike was designed with a lower standover height allowing smaller riders to be comfortable getting on and off the saddle. It has a lightweight aluminum frame and has 120mm of travel on the front suspension and 100mm of travel on the rear. The 2.1 version of the Norco Fluid FS comes with a SRAM GX 10-speed drivetrain. The gearing is perfect for climbing and all-day adventures with an 11-36T cassette on the rear. Shimano BR-MT500 hydraulic disc brakes provide highly reliable stopping power so your young rider can stop with confidence. Sun Ringle Duroc 30 Kids rims are paired with Vee Rubber Crown Gem tires. The rims can be set up tubeless with the right tires so you can ditch the tubes for a smoother ride, better traction, and fewer flats.

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Stand-over Height19.7 inches
Drivetrain1 x 10
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
Brakeshydraulic disc
Claimed Weight?
ForkManitou J-Unit 20
ShifterSRAM GX trigger
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.

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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 kids (5-8 years old)

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

Father’s Day Gifts For Mountain Bike Dads

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These gifts for mountain bike dads are sure to raise your status in the family! Want to solidify your rank as his favorite child or restore the youthful glimmer in his eye (even though nothing can be done about that receding hairline)? All you have to do is choose something that reinforces his love for mountain biking.

All kidding aside – here are a few gift ideas that may help you get something interesting for the old man. We’ve listed our top picks for dad in mountain bike apparel, MTB accessories, tools and components, and of course, mountain bikes.

MTB Apparel – Update dad’s kit!

Five Ten Freerider Pro mountain bike shoes 

Give dad all-day comfort on and off the mountain. We love five tens for mountain biking,. Here’s why. Firstly, the Five Ten Freerider Pro flat pedal biking shoes provide grip and durability for all-mountain and enduro riding. Secondly, an impact-resistant toe box complements the medium-stiff build for a responsive ride. Thirdly, the signature sticky rubber and purpose-built tread pattern keep dad’s feet firmly planted on his pedals. Fourthly, these shoes look as good in the café as on the trail. These shoes are useful gifts for mountain bike dads.

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Wolf Tooth Trucker hat gift for MTB dad

Wolf Tooth Logo Trucker Hat

Keep dad’s face out of the sun and his helmet hair covered! Dad will use this hat before and after epic family mountain bike rides. This hat has a mesh back, curved visor, and plastic snap back.

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columbia watertight rain jacket gift for mountain bike dads

Columbia Watertight II Jacket – Men’s

Dads like to be outside, no matter the weather. Keep dad comfortable with the Columbia Men’s Watertight II Jacket. Firstly, the Omni-Tech two-layer nylon shell is fully seam-sealed, so it keeps moisture out. Secondly, the air-permeable design allows unwanted perspiration to escape. Finally, the adjustable storm hood with an abrasion-resistant chin guard will keep the elements at bay.

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Fox Racing Ranger Short - Men's gift for dad

Fox Racing Ranger Short – Men’s

The Ranger Short is designed for mountain biking comfort. These shorts hit right at the knee, a perfect length for dad! High stretch fabric provides freedom to pedal.  Importantly, the secure zip pocket for on-trail essential items.

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Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Jersey - Men's dad gift

Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Jersey – Men’s

The Ruckus is Troy Lee’s longest-running jersey design. This 3/4-sleeve top offers warm weather relief for mountain biking dads who crave gravity-disciplines, without compromising fit with pads underneath. The wide, flat neck stays comfortable even with a pack. The fabric provides active moisture wicking and breathability to keep dad dry and cool. The Ruckus even includes two rear zippered stash pockets for snacks and essentials.

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Oakley Frogskins Prizm Sunglasses 

Whether did is hitting the trail, strolling through the city, or soaking up some rays on the beach, these Oakley Frogskins Prizm Sunglasses will keep dad’s eyes safe and stylish.  These sunglasses boost contrast, offer protection from 100% of harmful UV rays and look cool. Sunglasses are some of the most inexpensive and most useful gifts for mountain bike dads.

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helly hansen pants for active dads

Helly Hansen Holmen 5 pocket Pant

Is the dad in your life still wearing pants from 10 years ago? SAME! Get dad some new pants! Your Dad will love these versatile outdoor pants designed to offer full range of motion and great style! The warp stretch twill weave fabric is 100% bluesign® approved and made to be easy to move in.

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Fox Racing Defend D3O Glove - Men's mountain biking gift

Fox Racing Defend D3O Glove – Men’s

The Fox Racing Defend D3O Gloves are built to be aggressive. These tough gloves pair stretch Cordura construction with D30 padding at the knuckles to take the sting out of unfortunate encounters with branches and rocks. Fox’s D30 padding flexes when warmed, so dad’s hands  stay comfortable on the bars and can shift with ease. In the event of an impact, the padding firms up to absorb energy. Importantly, the gloves use Fox’s TruFeel internal texture that offers heightened feel and control of levers.

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Garmin froerunner 945 gift for mountain bike dad

Garmin Forerunner 945 HR

Is dad obsessed with numbers? He needs a Garmin!  If dad wants to improve his athletic performance, nothing beats having quantifiable metrics to monitor and analyze his efforts both during and after mountain biking. Other features include barometric altimeter for tracking elevation changes, GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo sensors for tracking speed and distance, Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate, and training status. Additionally, increased battery life allows dad to train for longer between recharges, lasting up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode, 10 hours in GPS mode with music, or up to 60 hours in UltraTrac mode.

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Troy Lee Designs Raid Knee Guard

Troy Lee Designs Raid Knee Guard 

Troy Lee Designs Raid Knee Guards features neoprene construction with a breathable back panel for all-day comfort. Fit-Lock calf bandwill prevent slippage and the knee cap integrated w/flex panel provides flexibility for full range of pedaling motion. These pads also include abrasion resistant side padding for protection against bike frame & trail features.

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Fox racing grainz utility flannel fathers day

Fox Racing Grainz Utility Flannel

Dads love flannel! The Grainz Utility Flannel by Fox is perfect for the post-ride campfire. Thanks to soft, brushed cotton infused with stretchy spandex, dad can get around freely with all the warmth he needs on cool days.

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MTB Accessories

YETI Hopper cooler gift for mountain bike dad

YETI Hopper Flip 12 Cooler with Top Handle

The YETI Hopper Flip 12 Cooler with Top Handle is a great way to bring lunch and beers to the trailhead! Built from the same material used for river rafts, the Hopper Flip 12 is durable. The wide-mouth design secured with a leakproof HydroLok™ zipper means it can host up to 13 cans on ice and won’t make a mess when dad tosses it in the trunk.

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helinox chairs are the perfect gift for families that mountain bike

Helinox Chair

Perfect for a campfire, BBQ, or post-ride parking lot relaxation! Five years ago, we purchased four Helinox chairs (one for each family member) as a Christmas gift. After 5 years of use, we remain impressed with the quality and durability of these chairs. The Helinox chairs are compact and light, taking up about half the space of our old heavy foldable camping chairs. This not only helps when we road trip in the minivan, but also makes it possible to put them into a backpack for short hikes. These chairs assemble easily – our kids can have their chairs built in less than a minute. Read our full review at: https://mtbwithkids.com/helinox-two-camping-chair-review/

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Yeti Rambler mountain bike dad gift

Yeti Rambler 20oz Tumbler

One cup to rule them all. The Yeti Rambler 20oz Tumbler keeps dad’s coffee hot and his beer cold! The double-wall vacuum insulation ensures that dad’s drinks remain at the perfect temperature longer.  This tumbler is perfect for camping or road trips. The stainless steel construction withstands dents and dings.

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NiteRider Lumina OLED 1200 Boost Headlight

Sometimes dad needs to get out for a ride after dark. The NiteRider Lumina OLED 1200 Boost Headlight has five light levels so dad can choose based on the conditions. The wide beam lens directs the light with even distribution to ensure that upcoming obstacles are seen. The digital display provides battery percent as well as run time, and the Lumina recharges quickly so it’s ready when its needed.

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Kids ride shotgun seat gift for mountain bike dad

Kids Ride Shotgun seat and handlebar set

Dad wants to get junior out on the mountain bike now!  The shotgun combo is the ultimate setup for your mountain bike kid. Not only will you get the shotgun seat and handlebar accessory, you’ll also get our custom mudguard and one of a kind ‘shred til bed’ stem-cap too. This front mounted child seat will work for kids 2 – 5 years old (up to 48lb). The full rubber protection will keep dad’s bike pristine. The Shotgun seat and handlebars are adjustable width and angle to fit all mountain bikes. Installation and removal is a snap with quick release. Read our full article here: https://mtbwithkids.com/shotgun-kids-mountain-bike-seat-review/

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My Medic MyFAK First Aid Kit 

Dads love to keep everyone safe! The My Medic MyFAK (My First Aid Kit) was designed to be adaptive, functional, and indestructible. Importantly, this first aid kit measures 7.5”x6.5”x5” so it can fit in a hydration pack where it’s available when you need it. In addition, this kit comes in basic and advanced, so you can match the supplies with dad’s level of training. See our full MyFAQ Review.

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CamelBak Mule Backcountry dad gift mountain bike

CamelBak Mule 12L Backpack

Is “Be Prepared” your mountain bike dad’s moto? The Mule Hydration Pack is designed to make dad’s mountain bike rides a little sweeter. This pack is big enough to carry 3-liters of water and a day’s worth of snacks and gear. Importantly, the Air Director back panel keeps dad cool by wicking moisture. The stretch overflow pocket lets dad quickly shed layers as needed. Pump and armor gear loops ensure dad is prepared for all rides.

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gopro hero9 camera teen gift

GoPro HERO9 Black Camera 

Help dad fulfill his desire to capture and share his mountain biking adventures. The GoPro HERO9 Black Camera makes it easier than ever before to capture professional footage in the outdoors. This action cam is waterproof rated to 33ft of submersion and features high-definition video at 4k60 or 5k30 and up to 23.6MP photos. Thanks to advanced processing power, this action camera includes HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilization and a real-time TimeWarp 3.0 feature that stitches video together for ridiculously smooth time-lapse videos.

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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 55L

Dad could use a new Black Hole 55L Duffel Bag.  The 55 L Black Hole duffle has plenty of storage capacity for gear-intensive weekend travels or longer trips. The ripstop fabric will withstand wear and tear from endless adventures. It’s also highly water-resistant to keep your stuff dry in case of wet weather. Deployable backpack straps make it easy to carry while wheeling your bike. These duffles are one of our favorite gifts for mountain biking families. Read our full review.

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Mountain Bike Components and Tools

loam pnw dropper post gift for dad

PNW Components Loam Dropper Post

PNW made this post to honor dad’s most adventurous days on the trail. There are so many things to love about this ldropper post. First, the Loam Dropper capitalizes on PNW’s best-in-class reliability in our shortest, lightest, and most customizable package yet. Second, the new Loam also features swappable silicone bands that hug the midcap, giving you the opportunity to match your bike (or mood). The Loam dropper is available in teal, orange, grey, black and red. You should seriously consider getting dad some matching PNW grips, too!

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lezyne digital pressure over drive floor pump gift for mountain biking dad

Lezyne Digital Pressure Over Drive Floor Pump

Dads love tubeless tires. Fewer flats mean more time riding trails! The only problem is getting them to seat properly. Lezyne’s Digital Pressure Over Drive Floor Pump equips your home mechanic with a compressor-esque blast of bead-seating pressure, so the simple act of installing new tires won’t cost dad a trip to the LBS and a 12-pack of microbrews. The Over Drive’s big supplemental can is manually inflatable by toggling a foot lever. When it’s full, pop the lever, throw some shade at your sealant, and hope that your frame does have clearance for the new tires. Dad can also bypass the high-pressure can and use the pump as a regular floor pump while not trying to pin down those evasive beads.

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Park Tool’s Professional Tool Kit

Give dad the ultimate bike tool kit. Park Tool’s Professional Tool Kit includes 88 different tools so dad can complete repairs and bike maintenance at home. This kit includes a huge array of wrenches and chain tools galore. The included case will help dad keep everything organized. Tools are always appreciated gifts for mountain bike dads.

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Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals gift for MTB teen

Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals  

New pedals are colorful gifts for mountain biking dads. Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals are made of strong yet lightweight composite. Riders can choose between the large or small sizes based on their shoe size. This will provide for the most optimal shoe to pedal interface possible. Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals also have premium bearings and a solid chromoly spindle so dad can ride with confidence. These pedals come in a variety of colors!

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Mountain Bikes dad will love!

The Santa Cruz 5010 4 CR Bike fathers day gift for dad

Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 Carbon S Mountain Bike

Your dad definitely wants this bike. The Santa Cruz 5010 4 Carbon S bike flies downhill, climbs efficiently, and loves to jump and rail corners. This full-suspension mountain bike has a poppy feel that makes even the most mundane rides feel like they’re loaded with fun. It has a Carbon C frame that uses 140mm of travel on the front, 130mm of travel on the rear, and nimble 27.5″ wheels. The frame features a lower-link VPPTM configuration that leaves you feeling like there’s a lot more travel at hand on the rear. The frame also has internal cable routing, integrated frame protection, and a threaded bottom bracket.

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Yeti SB150 C-Series C2 mountain bike for dad

Yeti SB150 C-Series C2 Mountain Bike

Does dad love enduro racing? If so, this bike may be just the ticket! The Yeti SB150 C-Series C2 Bike is capable, stable, efficient, and astonishingly fast. It has a forward bias frame that gives racers the room they need and centers them on the bike. The SB150 has a C-Series carbon frame that provides 170mm of travel on the front and 150mm of travel on the rear. 29″ wheels, a 77° seat tube angle, and 64.5° head angle make this a beast on the trails. The frame also features Boost spacing, internal cable routing, an in-frame water bottle mount, ISCG-05 mount, and is coil shock compatible. The C2 version of the Yeti SB150 comes with a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. This includes a cassette that has a hill-crushing 10-52T gear range that makes climbing and pedaling through rough terrain a breeze. SRAM Code R 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes provide confidence-inspiring stopping power so you can descend under control. DT Swiss E1900 wheels are paired with Maxxis tires that can be set up tubeless for a smoother ride, better traction, and fewer flats. With the Fox Transfer dropper post, you’ll be able to quickly lift and lower your saddle with the press of a lever.

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Salsa Rangefinder Deore 12-speed 29 Bike gift for MTB dad

Salsa Rangefinder Deore 12-speed 29″ Mountain Bike

The Salsa Rangefinder Deore 12-speed 29er is ready for singletrack, doubletrack and even bikepacking trips. There are many great things about this bike. First, the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame provides lightweight performance for the trails. Second, the 120 mm suspension fork is great for absorbing bumpy terrain. Third, the included TranzX dropper post can adjust your saddle at the press of a button to tackle steep descents and technical terrain. Finally, hydraulic brakes offer confident stopping power.

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Mountain Biking Knee Pads For Kids

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The best mountain biking knee pads for kids
The best mountain biking knee pads for kids

Our favorite mountain biking knee pads for kids: The six different knee pads for kids reviewed here, all have one thing in common – they are specifically built for young mountain bikers. Many use the same technology as adult mountain bike knee pads, only on a smaller scale. The features, from the level of protection to things like the use of breathable fabrics, are the same. However, these knee pads will fit your children properly.

When it comes to safety gear, the fit is incredibly important, since levels of protection can be lost when things like knee pads are too large. Are you ready to find your child’s next set of mountain bike knee pads? One of these five might just do the trick. Want to use your elbow pads on the kids’ knees? Try it. You may already have a good solution at home.

Mountain Biking Knee Pads For Kids Comparison Chart

ProductBest forMSRPBuy from
Fox Racing Launch D30 Knee Guard - Kids’Enduro, Downhill, Freeride$74.95Backcountry
G-Form Pro X3 Knee Pad - YouthCross-Country, Trail$51.96Competitive Cyclist
G-Form Rugged Knee-Shin Guard - Kid’sCross-Country, Trail$79.98Backcountry
Leatt 3DF 5.0 Knee Guard - Kid’sEnduro, Downhill, Freeride$69.99BTO
Seven iDP - Transition Knee Pad youthCross-Country, Enduro$59.99Competitive Cyclist
Troy Lee Designs - Speed Knee Sleeve (Youth)Enduro, Downhill, Freeride$49.00BTO Sports
Fox Racing Launch, mtb knee pads for kids

Fox Racing Launch Pro Knee Guard – Kid’s

Available in all black, except for the trademark white fox silhouette logo, the Fox Racing Launch Pro Knee Guard allows your kids to make a positive impact on the trail in more ways than one. These knee guards have two hook and loop straps, one at the top, the other at the bottom, allowing for a customized, yet comfortable fit. Made of a lightweight neoprene fabric that’s breathable, yet strong enough to provide a good first layer of protection, these pads are comfortable to wear no matter the temperature on the trails. Right at the knee, there’s an embedded plastic cup that protects the joint and absorbs the force of the fall. It’s built to withstand an impact, keeping your child’s knee as safe as possible. There’s also a layer of built-in Kevlar (yes, the same material used in bullet-proof vests) that provides plenty of protection as well. Sleek and anatomically correct, these knee guards are a force to be reckoned with.

GForm knee and shin pads for kids

G-Form Rugged Knee-Shin Guard – Kid’s

If your kids need a little extra protection on the trails or prefer a single device that covers both their shins and knees at the same time, then you’ll love the G-Form Rugged Knee-Shin Guard. Living up to its name and purpose, these knee pads extend from the upper thigh to the ankle, with a hard-shell protective area ranging from right above the knee to the bottom of the shin, protecting an entire swath of the leg. Compression fabric – not fasteners – hold the guard comfortably in place, and make it machine washable. The protective guard is very flexible, allowing your child freedom of movement while riding, but at the same time, it’s designed to harden upon impact, preventing injury. These knee guards are CE-certified and meet a number of safety requirements. Plus, the fabric wicks away moisture and includes a breathable mesh panel at the back of the knee.

MTB Helmets For Kids

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

Mountain Bike Helmets For Kids

100% R-Core mountain biking shorts for kids

MTB Shorts And Pants For Kids

Comfortable, purpose-designed apparel for your groms.

MTB Shorts and Pants 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

G-Form knee pads for kids

G-Form Pro X3 Knee Pad

The G-Form Pro-X3 Knee Guards are built with proprietary SmartFlex technology that hardens on impact. These pads are flexible while we’re riding but extra strong during those learning moments. The moisture-wicking fabric sheds sweat quickly to keep your rider comfortable and dry. The silicone grip keeps the pads comfortably in place.

Leatt 3DF knee pads for mtb kids

Leatt 3DF 5.0 Knee Guard – Kid’s

The Leatt 3DF 5.0 Knee Guards come in one size and fasten with a hook and loop that’s easily adjustable. The snappy black and white color combo matches everything from mountain bikes to other protective gear, ensuring that your young rider will look nice and be safe while on the trails. Lightweight, these protective pads come in at a mere 400 grams (that’s .88 of a pound, for the record), so they won’t weigh your child down in an uncomfortable manner. This doesn’t mean that the pads are light on safety however, as they include an abrasion-resistant outer layer, as well as inner impact foam that cushions blows. On top of that, the foam is ventilated, preventing moisture, like sweat, from building up and becoming uncomfortable. This keeps the pad securely in place as well. The cuffs are designed to help them in place while riding, and the odor-resistant fabric ensures that the guards won’t smell up your car after a long ride.

7idp Transition Knee Pad - Youth

Seven iDP – Transition Knee Pad youth

With two different sizes to choose from – youth small/medium and youth large/extra-large, as well as a compression fit fabric with built-in four-way stretch mesh and a base layer of poly and spandex, the Seven iDP Transition Knee Pads will fit kids of all sizes. These pads come in black with the Seven iDP logo in blue right below where the knee hits. Unlike other knee guards, this pair covers most of the leg, ranging from mid-thigh to mid-shin, with the protective layers of foam located in the knee region. The double-layer custom foam is designed to conform to your rider’s legs, making them comfortable to wear, as well as less likely to slip mid-ride. On top of this, the foam is breathable, keeping the knee pads lightweight while allowing for plenty of airflow. When off, these knee pads roll up and are easy to stash in a gear bag.

Troy Lee Designs - Youth Speed Sleeve

Troy Lee Designs – Speed Knee Sleeve (Youth)

Made by one of the best-known names in the business, the Troy Lee Designs Speed Knee Sleeve is designed specifically for young mountain bikers. Troy Lee, son of motorcycle racer Larry Lee, opened up the business in 1981, giving them almost 40 years’ worth of experience in creating protective equipment for mountain bikers and other athletes. What does this mean for you? It means that these knee sleeves are among the best on the market. Available in two different sizes, either youth medium or youth large, these knee guards come in a snappy black and white combination with some red accents. They have silicone gripper bands that keep them comfortably in place, as well as 360-degree seamless comfort. You won’t have to hear your kids complain about uncomfortable seams ever again. As far as safety is concerned, the D30 padded insert and abrasion-resistant cover provide plenty of protection.

Keeping your kids safe during mountain biking requires the use of multiple types of protective equipment – including knee pads. These pads, also called knee guards, are designed to handle many different bumps, from those that occur while riding too close to trees and rocks, to the ones that happen when your young one falls off of the bike. You need to find the right knee pads that are designed with young riders in mind since the circumference of their legs are often smaller. Adult pads won’t fit properly and may slip or slide down mid-trail, causing plenty of problems.

Need more kids MTB accessories? Check out our Bike and Gear Reviews page.

The Best Enduro Helmets For Kids

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Best Enduro Helmets for Kids

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

Best Enduro Helmets for Kids

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

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

Here is an overview of our top 6 helmets for mountain biking kids that focus on Enduro riding or racing. Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

Bell Super DH enduro helmet

Bell Super DH MIPS Helmet

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

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Leatt 3.0 DBX enduro helmet for kids

Leatt – DBX 3.0 Enduro Helmet

Leatt is already well-known for their neck braces, but they offer several other items in the protective gear marketplace. To begin with, the Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro Helmet features the patented 360º Turbine Technology to significantly reduce rotational acceleration impact forces. Importantly, this helmet is AS/NZS 2063:2008, EN1078, CPSC 1203 certified and tested. Certainly, the Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro helmet is stylish and lightweight. The chin-bar on this model is removable, too

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ixs full face enduro helmet for kids

iXS Trigger Full Face Helmet

The iXS Trigger Full Face helmet is one of the lightest enduro full-face helmets. The Trigger helmet provides all-round protection with patented in-mold technology due to the direct fusion of the helmet shell to the internal EPS material. Additionally, your young rider will rider benefit from increased structural strength, reduced weight & volume, and increased ventilation. The numerous ventilation openings have been strategically angled and positioned to offer superior air circulation and supply a continuous cooling system. The iXS Trigger allows you to adjust the fit for both for verticle tilt and circumference, guaranteeing a comfortable fit for any head.  Lastly, the Fidlock magnetic buckle makes for quick, efficient closure and release without compromising safety.

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Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS enduro helmet

Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPS Helmet

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

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Fox Racing Proframe enduro helmet

Fox Racing Proframe Helmet

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

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100 Percent Aircraft mountain bike helmet

100% Aircraft DH MIPS Helmet

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

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Giro Switchblade enduro helmet

Giro Switchblade MIPS Helmet

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

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HelmetShell Material / Impact FoamHead Circumference RangeCertificationsClaimed Weight
Bell Super DH MIPS HelmetPolycarbonate/EPS and EPP foam20.5-25.6 inchesASTM F1952-00, ASTM F2032-06, CE EN1078, CPSC Bicycle850g
Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro Full-FacePolycarbonate/3D in-molded20.9-25.52 inchesCPSC, EN 1078750 g
Troy Lee Designs Stage MIPSPolylite / dual-density EPS co-molded with EPP21.4-24-4 inchesCPSC 1203, CE EN1078, ASTM F1952, ASTM F2032, AS/NZS 2063-2008680 g
Fox Racing ProframePolycarbonate/EPS20.5-25.25 inchesASTM735g
100% Aircraft DH MIPScarbon, KEVLAR® composite20.9-24.4 inchesASTM, CPSC, CE, AS/NZ?
Giro Switchblade MIPS HelmetPolycarbonate/EPS20-25.5 inchesCPSC, EN-1078, ASTM-1952-DH?
iXS Trigger Full Face HelmetDouble-Inmould and 360° Inmould shellSizes: SM = 54-58cm, ML = 58-62cm head circumferenceEN1078, CPSC, KC, ASTM595g

Full Face Mountain Biking Helmets For Kids

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Best full-face mountain biking helmets for kids

Full-face mountain biking helmets for kids: A proper fitting helmet keeps your children safe while they’re riding the trails. A full face mountain biking helmet can offer improved protection. These full face mountain biking helmets for kids are far more advanced than the ones that emerged ten years ago. They are lighter. Hard outer shells with molded interiors made of advanced foam polymers are designed to cushion blows to the head. Yet, the proper fitting helmet is comfortable to wear. On top of that, the helmets featured here come in an array of colors and sizes, all of which should placate even the most meticulous kid, even as the safety features – such as MIPS make mom and dad happy.

Kali Protectives Zoka Kids full face mountain bike helmet

Kali Protectives Zoka Full-Face Helmet – Kids’

Your young rider will love the Zoka Full-Face Helmet. The Zoka is a great choice, whether they’re tackling new trails, enjoying downhill laps, or racing BMX. Its full-face design offers optimal protection, including EN 1078 and CPSC certifications for safety. The adjustable moto-style visor lets them find their perfect tilt. The anti-odor pads keep everything fresh. This helmet comes in sizes that will fit heads that are 19.7 inches to 20.9 inches.  The Kali Protectives Zoka also comes with additional padding if your kiddo likes a snugger feel. One of our favorite full-face mountain biking helmets for kids.

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100 percent status kids full face mountain bike helmet

100% Status Jr. Downhill/BMX Youth Helmet

The 100% Status Jr. Downhill/BMX Youth Helmet is designed for safety. Its exterior consists of lightweight fiberglass, making it comfortable to wear. The interior, most of which is made of EPS foam, also has a removable liner that can be tossed into a washing machine for easy clean up after riding on a hot day. The cheek pads and chinstrap liner are also removable and washable, ensuring that no matter how messy things get, the helmet will look as good as new.

Speaking of the way the helmet looks, it’s available in three color combinations: Kelton Blue, DDay White, and Black Meteor. There are three different sized outer helmets to choose from, youth small, youth medium, and youth large, and the interior section comes in two different sizes for a snug fit. The visor is completely adjustable, and it screws into place so that it won’t come loose while your child is riding. On top of this, the helmet is compatible with a number of different emergency release systems. One of our favorite full-face mountain biking helmets for kids.

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fox youth rampage full face mountain bike helmet kids

Fox Racing Youth Rampage Full Face Helmet

There’s a reason by the Fox Racing Rampage Youth Helmet has such an important (and winning) pedigree – it combines safety features with lightweight construction in several snappy colors, such as atomic punch, indigo and olive green. Available in sizes youth small an youth large, the Rampage Youth leaves no safety “stone” unturned. There’s liquid in between the inner EPS foam lining and the outer shell, protecting the brain from impacts. The magnetic visor is designed to detach during a crash, thus keeping landings from being even more damaging.

The helmet comes with mesh screens protect the face from insects and kicked up debris while riding, and there are intake and outtake ports located at various points to allow for plenty of comfortable airflow. Speaking of comfort, the inner liner is completely washable, and it wicks away moisture.

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7 protection M1 Youth Helmet kids full face helmet

7 Protection M1 Youth Full Face MTB Helmet

Doe your kiddo race BMX, rip the downhill, or love to get big air? If so, this might be the helmet for them! The M1 Youth Helmet provides full face protection for BMX racing or when your favorite shredder hits the bike park. This full-face helmet has a lightweight polycarbonate shell.  The large eye port offers an optimal field of vision. Additionally, seventeen air vents make for high breathability. The M1 Youth full-face helmet was thoroughly tested beyond CE, CPSC, and AS standards.

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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

SixSixOne Reset Youth MIPS Helmet

SixSixOne Reset Youth MIPS Full Face Helmet

If you’re looking for maximum protection for your young mountain biker, consider a full-face helmet. Full-face helmets are perfect for downhill mountain biking, BMX racing and some enduro riding. The SixSixOne Reset Youth MIPS Helmet brings MIPS technology to a full-face helmet with a budget-friendly price-point. The MIPS E2 Brain Protection System provides a low friction layer designed to reduce rotational motion transferred to the brain from angled impacts to the head. First, the helmet features a lightweight ABS shell. Second, it features large angular vents for enhanced air intake and heat exhaust. Third,  the large sculpted eyeport provides great vision and goggle compatibility.

What Is MIPS? What Does MIPS Do?

MIPS, which is short for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System is found inside of helmets designed for mountain biking and other pursuits. You can tell which helmets come with a MIPS system because they have a yellow dot on them, usually on the back, that often contains the system’s initials.

Why is MIPS important? The system kicks in during a crash, protecting the brain from rotational forces, particularly during angled impacts. These rotational forces are dangerous because they can tear brain tissue, leading to swelling, bleeding, and increased pressure. According to studies, most crashes lead to an angled impact, yet many traditional (non-MIPS) helmets aren’t tested for them. As a result, preventable brain injuries can occur, which is why it’s best to wear a MIPS helmet.

The system consists of a BPS, or Brain Protection System, usually hidden behind additional padding. The system allows the head to move inside of the helmet during a crash. When your head is stationary and unable to move, all of the rotational force produced by the crash is transferred to the brain. With MIPS, these forces are dampened, thus preventing brain injuries.

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The Best Mountain Biking Shorts And Pants For Kids

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The best mountain biking shorts and pants for kids

Our favorite mountain biking shorts and pants for kids: Before buying your child’s mountain bike gear, there are a few things to keep in mind. Determine the type of riding they do, and when. This could resolve whether they need more protection, or perhaps less. It may determine if they need mountain biking shorts or mountain biking pants that provide maximum flexibility when changing positions – standing on the pedals or sitting on the saddle. The weather could dictate what they’ll eventually prefer to use while out and about. Shorts may be perfect for the summer, but mountain biking pants might be a wiser choice during the colder months or when riding technical terrain. Finally, other features to consider are length, the number of pockets, how fit is adjusted, and the availability of padding or chamois.

Not all mountain biking shorts and pants for kids are created equal. Here are a few for your consideration.

Mountain Biking Shorts For Kids Comparison Chart

ProductMSRPBuy from
100% - R-Core MTB Shorts - Youth$79.00BTO Sports
Troy Lee Designs Skyline Youth MTB Shorts$65.00Competitive Cyclist
Fasthouse Crossline 2.0 Shorts - Kids’$80.00EVO
Fox Youth Defend S MTB Shorts 2019$79.95Jenson USA
Zoic Boys Ether Jr Cycling Shorts$50.00Amazon
Troy Lee Designs Youth MTB Shorts$80.00Competitive Cyclist
Pearl Izumi Junior Canyon Shorts$60.00Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi mountain biking shorts for mtb kids

Pearl Izumi Junior Canyon Shorts

This mountain biking short has all the fit, style and function of mountain bike shorts from our adult range, not to mention being durable enough to handle additional off-the-bike adventures. They feature a sewn-in liner short with our Junior 1:1® Chamois, for enough breathability and support for long ride adventures.

Zoic youth Ether MTB shorts

Zoic Youth Ether MTB Shorts

Zoic’s Ether Jr Shorts are a good choice for the kids. Made of 96% polyester, 5% spandex (gusset: 87% nylon/ 13% spandex), the DuraFlex fabric stretches when they move and has integrated Air Flow mesh ventilation panels below the back waistband. It resists abrasion, too. The 6-pocket shorts include zippered pockets and a nifty headphone routing for media players. Elastic rear waistband and hook-and-loop side adjusters allow room for growth.

Available in colors: Digi Camo, Green Camo, and Grey Micro. Sizes S/M/L/XL. MSRP $50.00 USD.

TLD Skyline shorts for mountain biking kids

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts

From bike parks to alpine trails, the Troy Lee Skyline Short does it all without breaking a sweat. It’s made of a lightweight, breathable, stretchy, and temp-regulating CoolMax fabric built to handle punishing days on the bike, and then boasts a spandex back panel for extra mobility where it’s needed most. Adjustable hook-and-loop waist tabs provide a comfortable fit and accommodate growing kids, while zippered hand pockets keep gear (i. e. snacks) safe for energy-fueled adventures.

Fox youth Defend mountain biking shorts for kids

Fox Youth Defend MTB Shorts

Combining durability and 4-way stretch, the Fox Youth Defend MTB shorts keeps your kids agile on tough climbs and covered on rapid descents with its TruMotion all-way stretch for increased mobility. Made of 94% polyester and 6% elastane, it features body-mapped laser perforated areas on the front and back to keep you cool. The durable water resistant finish keeps away water, dirt, and debris. Ratchet closure provide a secure fit and allows quick on-the-fly adjustments. Zippered pockets complete this classic.

Available in Red or Black in even sizes 22-28. $79.95 USD MSRP.

100% R-Core mountain biking shorts for kids

100% R-Core Mountain Biking Shorts For Kids

Perfect for a downhill run when paired with knee pads, this durable yet lightweight selection is made of durable water repellent (DWR) 600D fabric and its 4-way stretch woven paneling increases maneuverability and comfort. These mtb shorts come in black only with stretch-mesh venting to increase airflow and mobility. Adjustable closures and a zippered pocket are included, too. Other features include a silicone print on the inner waistband to minimize slippage, an internal mesh lining to minimize chafing and add comfort, and fade resistant sublimated graphics.

The R-Core shorts come in even sizes from 22 to 28. MSRP of $79.00 USD.

Troy Lee Designs Sprint Shorts - mountain biking shorts for kids

Troy Lee Designs Sprint Mountain Biking Shorts For Kids

You may be hesitant to drop him off at the local trailhead or bike park, but the Boys’ Sprint Short by Troy Lee Designs affords you peace of mind in the face of inevitable spills and nasty falls. That’s because Troy Lee Designs reinforced them around the backside to handle abrasion, should he slide out on the trail or overshoot a jump in the park. The rest of the short is constructed from a burly polyester fabric with added stretch that conforms to his every move, whether he’s pumping around the park or dropping into technical trail sections.

Fasthouse Crossline 2.0 Shorts - Kids' mountain bike shorts

FasthouseCrossline 2.0 Shorts – Kids’

The Fasthouse Crossline 2.0 Shorts are outfitted with details that have you coming back for more. COOLMAX® Cool/Dry Fabric with stretch will keep your young rider comfortable in the saddle.  Zip pockets keep your ripper’s phone and snacks safe. The exterior hook and loop waist adjusters will ensure a perfect fit.

Available in black, camo and gray, with sizing in youth 22-28. MSRP of $80.00 USD.

Mountain Biking Pants For Kids Comparison Chart

ProductMSRPBuy from
Fly Racing Kinetic Youth Pants$99.95Jenson USA
Fasthouse Fastline 2.0 Youth MTB Pants$99.00Jenson USA
Fly Racing - Kinetic Mesh Pants (Youth)$109.95BTO Sports
Fox Youth Defend MTB Pants$99.95Competitive Cyclist
DHaRCO Gravity Pants - Kids’$95.00EVO
Dharco MTB Pants for Kids

DHaRCO Gravity Pants – Kids’

For the gravitationally-inclined youngster, it can be hard to find a pair of pants that fits right and is comfortable to wear on long trail rides and while using padding. The DHaRCO Gravity Pants are here to fix that. They’re stretchy, durable, resistant to mud and water, and tailored to perfectly accommodate the needs of a seriously trail-thrashing kiddo.

Fox Racing Defend Youth Mountain Biking Pants

Fox Youth Defend Mountain Biking Pants

Ride with confidence whether you go all-mountain, enduro, or downhill riding with Fox Youth Defend MTB Pants. This pair is perfect for aggressive riding with a 4-way stretch construction, targeted ventilation, and durable water-resistant coating. TruMotion all-way stretch fabric gives increased mobility, and the ratchet closure provides a secure fit and easy on-the-fly adjustment, while zippered hand pockets keeps your items secure. At 65% polyester, 27% polyamide nylon, 8% elastane, the durable water resistant finish sheds moisture, dirt, and debris.

Fasthouse mountain biking pants for kids

Fasthouse Fastline 2.0 Youth Pants

FastHouse Youth Fastline 2 MTB PantsLive life in the FastlineYour new favorite riding pants are here. Introducing the FastHouse Youth Fastline 2 MTB Pants, a durable, stretchy and great-looking pant that you’ll feel right at home in when you shred the bike park. Constructed of 400D polyester on the body and 600D polyester on the seat area, these pants were built to be durable. The Youth Fastline 2 Pants have four-way stretch panels for improved movement and also have a short-length inner liner for comfort.

Fly Racing Kinetic mountain biking pants for kids

Fly Racing Kinetic Mountain Biking Pants For Kids

Respected for its track cred and its maker’s solid reputation, and developed using stylish materials and innovations, the Fly Racing Kinetic Youth Pants 20’ could be a must-have. Updated for 2020 with various features including new, tapered lower and longer inseams on select sizes – this better fitting option still has all the features the Kinetic is known for such as its ultra-durable and breathable multi-panel 600D construction upper pants, and lightweight P200 4-way stretch material. It also retains the essentials such as the exclusive zipper lock system and ergonomically pre-shaped knee designed to accommodate most types of knee pads.

Available in Black in even sizes from 18 to 24. Priced at $99.95 MSRP USD.

Fly Racing - Kinetic Mesh Pants (Youth)

Fly Racing Kinetic Mesh Mountain Biking Pants For Kids

Fly Racing Kinetic Mesh pants are designed for maximal cooling airflow without sacrificing durability. These pants are made with a comfortable mesh liner to keep your young rider comfortable and cool. Importantly, the multi-directional stretch-rib panels provide ultimate flexibility. The ergonomically pre-shaped knee accommodates most knee pads.  The ratcheting closure allows for adjustability and custom fit.

Fly Racing Kinetic Mesh MTB pants are available in four color combinations and sizes from 22-26. MSRP of $109.95 USD.