Best Bikes For Kids 1-3 Years Old

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The best bikes for 1 - 3 year olds

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

The best bikes for 1 - 3 year olds

Balance bikes

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

Pedal bikes

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

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

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

Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

Prevelo Alpha Zero

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

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

Buy this balance bike from:

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

Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike

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

Buy this balance bike from:

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

Vitus Smoothy Balance Bike

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

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

Buy this balance bike from:

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

Woom 1 Balance Bike

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

Buy this balance bike from:

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

Cleary Gecko 12 Single Speed

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

Buy this balance bike from:

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

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

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

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

Bikes for Kids 3-4 Years Old: There are lots of kids bikes available online. However, many of these bikes are super heavy with cheap full-sized components which make them hard to ride safely. MTBwithkids recommends choosing a bike designed specifically for 3 and 4 year old riders. Our list of best bikes for 3-4 year olds includes balance bikes, pedal bikes and bikes that are designed to transform from balance to pedal bikes. These bikes all have 14-inch wheels and span experience and skill levels from true beginners to little rippers.

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

Balance bikes

If your 3-4 year old is just starting to ride, we’d highly recommend choosing a 14-inch wheel balance bike for their first bicycle. Balance bikes are an excellent first step to help your kiddo develop the coordination to balance and steer without having to think about pedaling. When choosing a balance bike, it’s important to be sure that the minimum seat height is low enough. Your kiddo should be able to sit on the seat with both feet touching the ground. You’ll want to measure your child’s inseam length to determine minimum seat height and then look for a balance bike with the largest diameter wheels that will accommodate your child.

Pedal bikes

If at 3 or 4 years old, your little rider has already mastered the balance bike, there are a few manufacturers designing 14-inch wheel kids bikes that are well made, lightweight and fun to ride.

Note: kids on the taller side may fit on a 16-inch wheel bike, so you might want to check out our list of Best 16-inch bikes  before making a purchase.

Here is an overview of our top five 14-inch wheel bikes for 3 or 4 year old kids. 

Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the data in one place.

Strider Balance Bike 14x Sport

Strider 14x Sport Balance Bike

The Strider 14x Sport is an amazing bike that designed to grow with your child. Firstly, the 14x comes with a fully adjustable seat and handlebars to grow with your growing kid.  The 14x starts off as a balance bike, which helps riders gain confidence and balancing ability. Importantly, once your kiddo is ready to pedal, just attach the Easy-Ride Pedal Kit. Converting the 14x from balance bike to pedal bike is quick and easy. The Strider 14x Sport will fit riders 37-49 inches tall (Inseam (16-23 in). This is one of the classic bikes for kids 3-4 years old.

Buy this 14″ wheel kids bike from:

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

Prevelo Alpha One

The 14″ Alpha One is the smallest pedal bike in the Prevelo lineup and fits most 3 to 4.5 year olds. The Alpha One is packed with features to get little riders off to the right start. Firstly, Prevelo included confidence inspiring low and narrow geometry. Secondly, this lightweight bike is made of 6061 aluminum frame with custom formed tubing with an aluminum alloy fork with chromoly steerer. Finally, stopping is easy with Tektro front and rear v-brakes with small reach brake levers and a rear coaster brake (removable with optional freewheel kit). You will appreciate this kids bike!

Buy this 14-inch wheel kids’ bike from:

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

Woom 2

The Woom 2 was developed specifically for kids that are new to or have only recently begun pedaling. Importantly, this bike is designed with short cranks and a low bottom bracket to enable your child to put their feet on the ground without losing balance. The Woom 2 is a great transition from balance bike to pedal bike and enables fast learning. Woom 2 was designed to fit kids 37″-43” inches tall. A separate freewheel kit is available for purchase.

Buy this 14-inch wheel kids’ bike from:

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

Prevelo Zulu One

This bike has to be seen to be believed. It is truly one of the bikes for kids 3-4 years old. See our Prevelo Zulu One Review for photos of this bike in action.  The Prevelo Zulu One packs high performance mountain bike features into a tiny 14-inch wheel size package. Each component is carefully chosen to provide the best performance for young riders ready to mountain bike with mom and dad.

Specifically, the Prevelo Zulu One comes with front and rear disc brakes! Your kid will be safely able to modulate speed and stop quickly when needed. In addition, this amazing little machine features a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame and BOXT™ rear stays and forged rear dropouts. Additionally, this 14” bike ships with a bonus short seat post. This adds options for height adjustment. All things considered, you can’t go wrong with the Pevelo Zulu One.

Buy this 14-inch wheel kids’ bike from:

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

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

Buy this 14-inch wheel kids’ bike from:

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

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

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

The Best Bikes For Kids 4-5 Years Old

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

Bikes For Kids 4-5 Years Old: Have you been searching for the best bike for your 4 or 5 year old?  You’ve come to the right place! Our list of the top 5 bikes for 4-5 year olds includes bikes suitable for beginning riders to young rippers.

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

You’ll find loads of “kid’s bikes” online, most of which are heavy and hard to ride (or even dangerous) due to ill fitting components (especially brake levers). Our list of best bikes for 4-5 year olds only includes bikes that were specifically designed for small riders. For each of our featured models, special attention was paid to the weight of each bike. We also considered the  design of the components to improve the chances that your child can maneuver safely and confidently. These two aspects can have a hue effect on enjoyment of  riding.

Above all, remember that fit is of utmost importance for safety and fun. Even if your kiddo is comfortable pedaling, they should feel comfortable straddling the bike with both feet on the ground. Check the listed stand-over height against your rider’s inseam measurement (length of the leg, measured on the inside from crotch to ankle) to be sure you’ve got the right size. Note that kids on the taller side might fit better on a 20 inch wheel bike.

Here is an overview of our top five 16-inch wheel bikes for 4 or 5 year old kids

Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

Cleary Hedgehog 16 children's bike

Cleary Hedgehog 16 Single Speed

The Cleary Hedgehog 16” single speed is an excellent choice. Firstly, this is a light weight kids bike that weighs just 16 pounds. Secondly, the Hedgehog includes front and rear child specific hand brakes with a freewheel rear hub. Thirdly, the child-specific geometry centers your rider’s weight between hands and seat, creating a stable, agile bike. Fourthly, the seat, grips, handlebars and brake levers were designed for small riders. Finally, the flip flop rear hub enables two freewheels to be mounted at once, and a cog range from 13 teeth to 18 teeth to adjust to your local terrain.

Buy this kids’ bike from:

Stand-over Height16.5 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialSteel
BrakesV brakes
Claimed Weight16 lbs
Prevelo Zulu Two kid bike

Prevelo Zulu Two

Is your young mountain biker ready to tear up the trails? If so, check out the amazing Prevelo Zulu Two. This 16” wheel bike was designed with high quality components to provide the best performance and fit for mountain biking kids. Surprisingly, the Prevelo Zulu Two features a lightweight 60mm travel airfork with adjustable rebound, lockout and compression to help smooth out the bumps.In addition, the front and rear disc brakes will help your little ripper control speed comfortably and stop safely. In conclusion, Zulu Two is definitely one of the best mountain bikes for kids 4-5 years old.

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

Stand-over Height16.5 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight17.95 lbs
Woom 3 kids bike

Woom 3

The Woom 3 is a lightweight, high-performance package for your growing rider. Specifically, this bike was designed to have a low center of gravity to help your kiddo to further improve their riding skills. Additionally, the Woom 3 has a front and rear V-brake for easy sopping and speed control. Woom designed the 3 for kids 41-47 inches tall. Importantly, everything on this bike is designed with kids in mind. This includes the long wheel base for stable riding, the optimized geometry for an upright riding position, and the narrow pedals and the length and width of the Woom cranks are purposefully designed to match the ergonomics of a child.

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Stand-over Height16 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV hand
Claimed Weight12.7 pounds
vitus 16 best 16-inch wheel kids bike

Vitus Kid 16

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

Buy this kids’ bike from:

Stand-over Height16 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesV-brakes
Claimed Weight14.9 lbs
Strider 16 Sport kids' bike

Strider 16 Sport Bike

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

Buy this kids’ bike from:

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

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

Cleary
Hedgehog 16
Single Speed
Prevelo
Zulu Two
Woom 3Vitus Kid 16Strider 16
Sport Bike
Stand-over Height16.5 inches16.5 inches16 inches16 inches?
Drivetrainsingle speedsingle speedsingle speedsingle speedsingle speed
Framesteelaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloy
BrakesV brakeshydraulic discV brakesV brakesV brakes
Claimed Weight16 pounds17.95 pounds12.7 pounds14.9 pounds13 pounds

Best Mountain Bikes for Kids 5-8 Years Old

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

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

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

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

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

Here is an overview of our top seven 20-inch wheel bikes for 5, 6, 7 or 8 year old kids. Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

Prevelo Zulu Three kids mountain bike

Prevelo Zulu Three

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

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

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

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

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

Cleary Owl 20 3-Speed

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

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

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

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

Early Rider Limited Seeker 20

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

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

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

Vitus 20 inch wheel kids bike

Vitus 20

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

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

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

Woom 4

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

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

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

Norco Fluid FS1 20

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

Buy this kids’ full suspension bike from:

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

Cannondale Trail 20

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

Buy this kids’ mountain bike from:

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

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

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

Best Stocking Stuffers for Mountain Bikers

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The Best Stocking Stuffers for Mountain Bikers

Updated November 2020– You don’t have to go big when cruising through our gift lists. Here are some of the best stocking stuffers for mountain bikers. Go small and stock up on trail snacks or items that will help maintain the bikes and keep them looking good. Everyone in the family has a few frame protection decals on their bikes to help prevent cable rub when the bikes are transported on the van.

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The best stocking stuffers for mountain bikers
PNW Components’ Loam Grips gift for mountain bikers

PNW Components Loam Grips

PNW Components’ Loam Grips are a perfect stocking stuffer. The Loam Grip features two contrasting patterns that play an important ergonomic role. Thin strips run horizontally across the grip’s surface for enhanced traction and supple feel. The thicker mountain pattern helps support the pad of your hand. Best of all, these grips come in a wide variety of colors (orange, blue, teal, green, grey, red, black, purple and brown) allowing you to customize your ride. (If the recipient has a dropper post, you’ll want to seriously consider adding a matching Loam Lever).

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Safey glasses with clear lenses for mountain bikes is one of the best stocking stuffers

All Mountain Style Frame Protection 

Protect your bike! The All Mountain Style frame guards provide protection from impacts and abrasion for mountain bike frames to keep re-sale value high. Constructed from an adhesive, semi-rigid PVC they adapt to the shape of your bike’s frame and allows repositioning while installing. These frame guards are available in colorful and unique designs and patters for customizing and protecting your bike.

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Picky Bars Real Food Energy Bars stocking stuffer for mountain biker

Picky Bars Real Food Energy Bars

Who’s sick of chemically tasting bars and sugary gels? We are!  Stockings need treats! Picky Bars are active nutrition for your mountain biking family. Picky Bars actually taste like food. Bonus: they’re dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and vegan.

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Dirt Series Podium Water Bottle 

Everyone needs a new water bottle! Designed especially for the mountain bike crowd, the Dirt Series Podium 21oz Bottle from CamelBak aims to quench thirst without any weird tastes from inside your bottle or on the valve. A self-sealing Jet Valve prevents spills and splatters and a gentle squeeze of the bottle delivers a high-flow of your beverage.

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Tire levers are one of the best stocking stuffers for mountain bikers

Pedro’s Bicycle Tire Levers (pair) 

Pedro’s award winning tire levers feature molded box construction and a proprietary plastic composite blend that makes them the strongest levers available. The unique chisel tip shape easily inserts beneath the tire bead and the slightly thicker shape keeps the lever securely in place. Additionally, the bold shape of the lever and helpful dual spoke hooks makes removal of even the tightest tires a simple task. These levers are some of the best stocking stuffers for mountain bikers.

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Fox Racing Digital HP Shock Pump gift for mountain biker

Fox Racing Digital HP Shock Pump

Keep your family’s mountain bike bikes well-dialed! Fox Racing Shox’s Digital HP Shock Pump brings digital precision to your shock.  This pump spans zero to 300 PSI in half-unit increments. A replaceable battery eliminates the need to keep track of external charging cords.

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Clif Bars Clif Bloks  

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Crankbrothers Multi-10 Tool

Perfect for a stocking and a hip pack! The Crankbrothers Multi-10 Tool is slimmer and more compact than the Multi-17. While it lacks the chain tool and nipple wrenches, it contains all the super handy tools that you’ll really use on a regular basis on the trail or on the tailgate to keep your bike rolling smoothly.

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Nano Tech Bike Cleaner by Muc-Off

Clean bikes are happy bikes! Nano Tech Bike Cleaner by Muc-Off can turn your filthy rigs into a squeaky-clean machines. It’s fully biodegradable, so you won’t have to worry about washing off your bike in the backyard or driveway, only to have nasty chemicals making their way into the surrounding watershed.

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Pedro’s Pro Brush Kit

Give them the tools to keep their bikes clean and shiny! Keeping your bike clean is an essential part of bicycle maintenance ensuring better performance, increased safety, easier repairs, increased life of all parts of the bike, and more fun on your next ride! Pedro’s Pro Brush Kit offers a set of four unique brushes designed specifically to easily and quickly clean all parts of the bike.

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Timber Mountain Bike Bell

This perfect little mountain bike bell is one of the best stocking stuffers for mountain bikers. The Timber Mountain Bike Bell is not your average biking bell. Designed for when you need “more cowbell”, this bell mimics the more passive noise that a cowbell produces as a more polite way to alert others of your presence. This bell even comes with an integrated on/off switch so you can ride in silence when the bell isn’t needed.

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Lezyne Twin Kit CO2 NICA gift

Lezyne Twin Kit – CO2

The Lezyne Twin Kit will get any mountain bike rider back on the trail fast! This useful kit two 16 gram CO2 cartridges, a pair of easy-on-your-rims nylon tire levers and the indispensable Twin Speed Drive CO2 inflator. The Twin Speed Drive is compatible with both Schrader and Presta valves, so you don’t have to worry about carrying an adapter with you.

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Stocking stuffer for mountain bikers - Pedros Chain Lube

Pedro’s X Dry Chain Lube 

This chain lube is best suited to keep your chain clean and lubricated in dry to mixed conditions. Pedro’s X Dry Drip won’t collect dirt and muck that eventually bogs down your drivetrain. This formulation uses safe, natural base carrier, so you don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals ruining the environment.

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gifts for mountain bikers stocking stuffer socks

Cycling Socks!

If socks in stockings isn’t a holiday tradition yet, it should be! When it comes to on-bike comfort, little things make all the difference. Bontrager cycling socks are constructed with key arch compression for a fit that heightens every ride. Thermal wool and Profila Dry moisture-wicking options for the best cycling socks in every season.

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Stans DART Tool 

Keep the whole family rolling with the Stans DART Tool. Tubeless tires were supposed to mean the end of flats, but while flats are significantly reduced, they still remain a part of our life with tubeless setups. Stan’s DART Tool aims to make the inevitable tear or large puncture quick to fix by plugging holes and instantly sealing flats.

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The Best Mountain Bikes for 8-11 Year Old Boys And Girls

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The best mountain bikes for 8-11 year olds

Hitting the trails with your 8-11 year old? If your rider isn’t quite big enough for a full sized mountain bike, but is ready to graduate from a 20-inch wheel bike, a 24-inch wheel bike may be the perfect middle ground. 24-inch bikes can last your kiddo 2-3 years and can definitely take your kid to the next level. Check out our list of best mountain bikes for 8-11 year old boys and girls below.

The best mountain bikes for 8-11 year olds

Importantly, before you shell out the money on a new mountain bike for your kid, you’ll want to be sure that your kid can straddle the bike with both feet flat on the ground (for beginners) or on tip toe (for more advanced riders). Get a good stand-over height measurement by measuring your child’s inseam.

Additionally, we recommend that you look for a bike that has the biggest wheels available for your kid’s stand-over height. Firstly, bigger wheels roll more easily over obstacles on the trail. Secondly, a bike with larger diameter wheels will be more stable and more efficient for longer rides than smaller wheels because they require less effort to keep their momentum going. Kids on the taller side may fit on a 26-inch wheel bike, so you might want to check out our list of  best mountain bikes for 11-14 year old kids before making a purchase.

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

Norco Fluid FS 1 24

Norco Fluid FS 1 24

The Norco Fluid FS 1 24 has been totally redesigned for 2020. Certainly, its Fox and X-Fusion suspension package is ready to handle anything your little shredder can ride. Additionally, the Maxxis Minion DHR/DHF tires and a 100mm dropper help make this bike a solid choice for your gravity minded pre-teen. Finally, you can order direct from Norco! On the fence about whether your mtb kid is ready for a 24-inch wheel? The newly modeled Norco Fluid FS 1 20 sports 20-inch wheels and a 80mm dropper post.

Buy this kids’ 24″ mountain bike from:

Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height22.4 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum Alloy
Drivetrain1×11
BrakesShimano BR-MT500 hydraulic, 180mm
Shifter(s)SRAM NX
DerailleurSRAM NX
ForkManitou J-Unit 24", Expert Air, Alloy Steerer, 145mm Travel
ShockFox Performance FLOAT 3-position, SV/EVOL, custom light tune
MSRP$2,499.00
Live PriceNorco

Raleigh Redux 24-inch wheel bike for kids

Raleigh Redux 24″ Bike

New Bikes are the most popular gifts for mountain bike kids 10-12 years old. For youngsters who are ready to explore beyond the concrete and blacktop, this aluminum alloy bike with mechanical disc brakes allows them to build their riding skills on the dirt. The Redux 24 comes with a 1×7 drivetrain to ensure a smooth ride while learning about the benefits of a multi-gear bike.

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Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height23.7 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
Drivetrain1×7
BrakesAlloy Mechanical Disc Brakes
Shifter(s)Shimano Revo, 7 speed
DerailleurShimano Tourney
ForkRigid
ShockRigid
MSRP$450.00
Live PriceMoosejaw

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 Alpha 4 24 inch bike for kids

Prevelo Alpha 4

The Alpha Four is an excellent bike for kids moving up to 24 inch wheels. There are many things to love about this bike. First, the Prevelo confidence inspiring low and narrow geometry. Prevelo geometry keeps the rider low, balanced and in control. Second, the lightweight 6061 aluminum frame with custom formed tubing and aluminum alloy fork with chromoly steerer keep the weight manageable. Third, the Tektro front and rear v-brakes make speed control and stopping a breeze. Fourth, the Shimano ALTUS 8-speed drivetrain with Shimano smart cage. This unique pulley cage permits the use of a shorter pulley cage without comprising gear ratio width. Finally, this bike comes 95% assembled. Just install the handlebar, seat-post, front wheel and pedals.

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Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height22 inches
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
Drivetrain1×8
BrakesTektro aluminum alloy V-brake
Shifter(s)Shimano Acera RAPIDFIRE Plus
Derailleur8-speed Shimano Altus
ForkRigid
ShockN/A
MSRP$539.00
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Cleary Bikes - Scout 24 inch mountain bike

Cleary Bikes Scout 24in Bike

The Cleary Bikes Scout 24 is hardtail mountain bike for kids. Cleary’s highest goal is to get kids comfortable on their bikes. Subsequently, they design bikes that ensure  a balanced, responsive ride for kids. Particularly, the Scout 24 is a good fit for kids who are ready to get off the pavement and start pedaling the single track. Significantly, the hydraulic brakes and junior-sized levers will build confidence. Additionally, the 1×10 drivetrain is sure to allow your young rider to increase her/his mtb skills.

Buy this 24″ kids’ mountain bike from:

Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height26 inches
Frame Material4130 Chromoly
Drivetrain1×10
BrakesTektro HD-291 Hydraulic Disc
Shifter(s)Shimano Deore M6000
DerailleurShimano Deore M6000 Shadow Plus
ForkSuntour XCR LO 24
ShockN/A
MSRP$840.00
Live PriceCompetitive Cyclist
co-op cycles Rev 24 plus kids bike gift

Co-op Cycles REV 24 mountain bike

For young mountain bikers ready to build skills on single-track, the Co-op Cycles REV 24 bike might be a great start. Firstly, the 6061 aluminum frame is strong and lightweight. Secondly, this mountain bike includes 7 gears of easy, intuitive shifting to offer power for climbing and speed for cruising. Thirdly, the mechanical disc brakes provide confidence-inspiring, responsive braking power in all conditions. Fourthly, the  24-inch wheels and plus-size tires are 2.6 inches wide soften the little bumps and stick to the trail.

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Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height23.5 inches
Frame Material6061 aluminum
Drivetrain1×7
BrakesMechanical Disc Brake
Shifter(s)Shimano Tourney Revo Twist
DerailleurShimano Tourney
ForkRigid
ShockN/A
MSRP$379.00
Live PriceREI
Woom 5 mountain bike for kids

Woom 5 – 24 inch wheel bike

The Woom 5 gives children fun and safety on two wheels. There are many features to love about this 24inch wheel bike. Firstly, the frame is made of light, high-quality AA 6061 aluminium with butted tubes. Secondly, the geometry is designed for agile and easy handling. The low entry, very low sitting position and forgiving steering geometry to provide good control and more riding fun. Thirdly, there are 8 speeds. The SRAM X4 twist shifter make for easy transitions. Fourthly, two independently operated V-brakes with braking power are adapted for children. Finally, the high-quality, lightweight tires for good shock absorption, low rolling resistance and maximum grip. Read our full Woom 5 review.

 

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Wheel Size24 inches
Min. Standover Height20.28 inches
Frame Material6061 aluminum
Drivetrain1×8
BrakesV brakes Brake
Shifter(s)SRAM X4 twist shifter
DerailleurSRAM X4
ForkRigid
ShockN/A
MSRP$499.00
Live PriceWoom
Trailcraft Maxwell 24, full-suspension mountain bike for kids

Trailcraft Maxwell 24

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

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

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

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

Buy this 24″ kids’ mountain bike from:

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

Comparison chart: Best 24-inch wheel mountain bikes for 8, 9, 10 or 11 year olds 

Wheel SizeMin. StandoverDrivetrainBrakesForkShockMSRP USDLive Price
Norco Fluid FS 1 2424-inch22.4 inches1×11Shimano BR-MT500 hydraulic, 160mmManitou J-Unit 20", 145mm TravelFox Performance FLOAT 3 Position, 120mm Travel$2,499.00Norco
Raleigh Redux24-inch23.7 inches1×7Alloy Mechanical Disc BrakesRigidRigid$450.00Moosejav
Prevelo Alpha 424-inch22 inches1×8Tektro aluminum alloy V-brakeRigidNone$539.00Prevelo
Cleary Bikes Scout 24in24-inch26 inches1×10Tektro HD-291 Hydraulic DiscSuntour XCR LO 24None$840.00Competitive Cyclist
Co-op Cycles REV 24 mountain bike24-inch23.5 inches1×7Mechanical Disc BrakeRigidNone$379.00REI
Woom 524-inch20.28 inches1×8V BrakesRigidNone$499.00Woom
Trailcraft Maxwell 2424-inch25 inches1×10, 1×113 Options, ShimanoRST Snyper 100mmRockShox Monarch RVariesTrailcraft
Transition Ripcord24-inch26.57 inches1×11Shimano MT400RockShox 30 Silver TK 26, 100mm TravelRockShox Monarch R$1,699.00EVO
Rocky Mountain Reaper24-inch (stock)27.241×10Shimano MT200 2 Piston / Shimano RT30 180mm / Shimano RT30 180mmSuntour Raidon 32 LOR DS 120mmRockShox Monarch R$1,799.00Rocky Mountain

Bontrager Ion Pro RT/Flare RT Light Set Review

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Bontrager Ion/Flare RT light set

It’s important to be able to see where you’re going no matter where you are – but especially when you’re riding down a trail during dusk or at night. Not only do these lights help you see the path in front of you, but it also makes it easier for others to spot you – making the chances of a painful collision much less likely. The Bontrager ION Pro RT/Flare RT Light Set takes care of both of these issues.

Bontrager Ion/Flare RT light set

Consisting of two different types of lights, the Ion Pro RT and the Flare RT, the set attaches to two different parts of the bike in order to keep you safe. The Ion Pro RT fits on the handlebars, where it illuminates the path in front of you with a wide enough light to cover the width of just about every path and trail. The Flare RT, designed to go on the back of the bike, fits below the seat and flashes behind you so that anyone coming up from the rear realizes that you’re there. However, both can be mounted on a helmet as well, giving you the flexibility to arrange them as needed. A lot of night riding mountain bikers swear by having a powerful light on their bars, and their helmets for an even greater/brighter night ride.

Bontrager Ion Lights with packaging

Both lights are easy to recharge, thanks to handy included USB cable. Just remove the lights from their mounts, and bring them inside. The mounting system is easy to use, and holds the lights in place no matter how many bumps you encounter on your ride, while at the same time, they slide out easily so that you can recharge them as necessary. The batteries are a sturdy, rechargeable 4800 Li-Ion that provide up to six hours of power when the lights are set to low. On high, they last for an hour and a half, while when set to flashing they last for 26 hours.

Bontrager light mounted to PNW Components stem with accessory mount

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For lack of a better term, the Bontrager Ion light set is lit.
Bontrager Ion light mounted to Bontrager Rally MIPS helmet

When it comes to visibility, the Pro RT and the Flare RT contain LED bulbs that produce enough light to make them visible up to 2 kilometers during the daytime, and they can be set to flash in an array of patterns that you can set to provide the ultimate protection based on your exact circumstances. Their maximum light output is 1300 lumens, which is pretty powerful. You can control the lights, as well as monitor their battery life, with your Bontrager ANT+ or Garmin device. This makes it easy to switch their flash pattern while you’re in the middle of a ride, without having to get off of your bike.

Looking ahead with the Bontrager Ion LED light
The rear Flare RT light from Bontrager
The small red light included in this set from Bontrager is very bright

We’ve used our Bontrager Ion Pro RT/Flare RT Light Set quite a few times and they’ve been great. Use them in the daylight as well for additional visibility. Be sure to keep them in your hydration pack or hip bag in case your ride goes longer than expected. We even used the Ion Pro when setting up camp when a traditional headlight has not been handy. When riding on trail behind our youngest, the red flashing tail light was so bright, it was distracting and we had to turn it off. This not only makes this light set great for mountain biking, but it’s also optimal for road biking and commuting. Your experience and age don’t matter when it comes to fun and safety. Be sure to include the Bontrager Ion Pro RT/Flare RT Light Set as one of your essentials.

PNW Components Loam Grips Review

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PNW Components Loam Grips Review

Nearly every part of a mountain bike can be customized to suit your preferences, including the grips. Not only do they serve an essential contact point on the bike – giving the rider a comfortable place to hold the handlebars and stay under control – they’re one of these easiest components to upgrade and customize. PNW Components Loam Grips are designed to be comfy – so they feel great.

PNW Components Loam Grips Review

The trick with the Loam Grips is to put them on the bike so that they face the proper direction. On the outside end of the grip, just align the “PNW” letters so they are horizontally aligned and legible. Each pair has a mountain pattern that’s supposed to be mounted facing upwards. This section is thicker than the other parts of the grip, using ergonomics as part of the design, allowing for plenty of comfort when you hold on it. The remaining parts contain thin textured strips that provide grip traction as well as structure in the outer zone that helps the grip absorb some of the bumps on the trail before they reach the hands and arms.

PNW Components Loam Grips in the box

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The PNW Components Loam Grips are available in different colors, including: Safety Orange, Blackout Black, Seafoam Teal, Cement Gray, and Really Red. This allows you to choose the pair that will work best on your bike, as far as color-coordinating is concerned. Also, the pattern on the grips, which incorporates all of the design and usage features described above, is attractive and stands out a bit. Even if you choose a color that completely blends in with your handlebars.

Detail shot of the PNW Components Loam Grips

Installing the grips is almost as easy as removing your current pair. After removing your yucky old, worn out grips, do some light cleaning to remove any grime that was under them on the bars. Then, push the new grips into the place; rotate them so the mountain design is facing the correct direction – and tighten them down using a 3mm hex wrench. Be careful to tighten the grips to the proper specs with carbon bars.

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How To Install Your PNW Components Loam Grips

The single clamps have a closed-end, helping them stay put. Once the correct side is up – the mountains that have extra padding – you just need to fasten them in place to prevent any slippage while riding. Since the Loam Grips are lightweight, coming in at a mere 90 grams for the entire pair, they won’t add much additional weight to the bike itself. In addition, they are 133.5 millimeters wide and 30 millimeters in diameter, making them fit onto a variety of mountain bikes.

Gray PNW Components Loam Grips
Mom's PNW Components Loam Grips

Both Traci and Tyge have been using the PNW Components Loam Grips this year. Wear-and-tear is obvious on Tyge’s set, but the grips aren’t dead yet. They’re still functional and safe. Every few rides, we’re sure to check that they are tight and secure so they will not rotate and slip due to abrupt or steady force.

Wear and tear after a season using the PNW Components Loam Grips

Overall, the grips have performed as designed. The thicker sections of the grip – where the bulk of your hand wraps, are still comfy and have plenty of life left. The only parts that have broken away are due to not so carefully laying the a bike down on concrete or pavement. The colors have not faded and there are no cracks or tears. When you’re ready to upgrade or replace your grips, give the PNW Components Loam grips a shot. Your hands, fingers, and forearms will thank you.

Bontrager Rhythm Women’s Mountain Bike Jersey Review

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Bontrager Rhythm Women's MTB Jersey Review

Functional and stylish, the Rhythm Women’s Mountain Tech Tee includes many features that make it a must-have for any mountain biker. Not only does it come in an array of colors, including gravel and mulberry, pink and black, and even a tie-dyed looking light teal, but the fabric is designed with performance in mind.

Bontrager Rhythm Women's MTB Jersey Review

The overall fabric is very lightweight and has built-in mesh inserts where you need them the most. The material also consists of a polygiene blend that controls odor, no matter how warm you get while riding. In addition to the fabric, there are a number of thoughtful features built into the shirt. There’s an added drop tail in the back for extra sun protection when hunched over the handlebars, as well as a sunglass wipe in the hem, preventing the need for an extra piece of fabric. That’s one less thing that you need to carry around. A back locker loop allows you to hang up the shirt when it’s not in use, making it easy to dry off after a particularly sweaty ride.

Bontrager Rhythm Women's mountain bike jersey

Designed to prevent chafing, the shirt has offset seams. This helps keep things comfortable, even when you have a hydration pack or gear bag riding along on your back. The semi-fitted seams provide plenty of room for movement of all sorts while staying close to your body to prevent snags.

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Back view - Bontrager Rhythm women's mountain bike jersey
Sleeve detail - women's mountain bike jersey review

Thanks to the large range of sizes, going from extra small to three-x, it’s easy to find a Rhythm Women’s Mountain Tech Tee that fits you just right.

Neck detail - Bontrager Rhythm mountain bike jersey review

I have been wearing and using the Bontrager Rhythm jersey for months. It has held up very well through a bike season from Big Sky to southern Utah, to the Pacific Northwest. The colors have not faded and the collar has not stretched out. Best of all, it’s still comfortable and always finds its way into my mtb road trip wardrobe.

Camping Gear For Your Family Mountain Biking Road Trips

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Our favorite camping gear for mtb road trips

Our family has been camping together for over 15 years. When the boys reached the ages where we could introduce bikes, new experiences and fun produced a synergistic effect that was second-to-none whenever we hit the road. In this article, we’re going to let you know about some of our camp gear essentials when we load up the van instead of booking a room.

Our favorite camping gear for mtb road trips

Marmot Limestone Tent: 6-Person, 3-Season

Our old tent had a few tears, a couple of busted zippers and bent poles. Instead of getting all these things repaired we opted for the Marmot Limestone 6-person 3-season tent. Even though there’s only four of us, we really like the extra available space for storing additional gear in the tent. We’ve used it well over a dozen times over the the last couple of months and it has held up very well. We can easily transport it in our roof rack on the van (shown below) and it sheds the rain very well. Working it into the stuff sack can be a bit of a challenge so you have to make sure you compress and roll it tight.

Coleman Even-Temp Propane Stove, 3-Burner

What does one do when you forget the stove for a 3-day car camping trip with the kid’s mtb team over a holiday weekend? You hustle your butt back to the closest town and buy whatever they have available. We lucked out and got the last stove in the store. The surface area for this Coleman camp stove is big enough for our small griddle as well as a medium-sized saucepan. If you have safe-cracking sensitive fingers, you can carefully dial the burner knobs to control the flame to a nice simmer. This Coleman stove is easy to clean and store, too.

Coleman griddle:  Amazon

Marmot Trestles 15 Sleeping Bag

A good night’s sleep is an important part of a successful mtb camping trip. That’s why our kids have the Marmot Trestles 15 sleeping bags. As the name implies, they’re rated down to 15º F for comfort. The sleeping bags feature durable zippers and the mummy-style design helps keep the heat in on chilly nights. We’ve washed ours several times and the insulation and color has remained good as new. Mom has the women’s version of this sleeping bag.

Eureka Super Cush Sleeping Pads

This season we replaced our old 4-inch thick foam sleeping mattresses with these Eureka! sleeping pads. You inflate them by pumping them up using a valve system in the built-in pillows and applying your body weight until the pad with built-in pillow is fully inflated. They are space-saving additions to our gear because the old rolled up foam pads took about 6x the space. The Eureka! Super Cush Sleeping Pads are comfortable, too.

Goal Zero Yeti 400 Battery And Nomad 50 Solar Panel

The Goal Zero Yeti 400 allows us to power the family’s laptops and phones on the road without hotel/condo stays. A useful tip is to pick up the Goal Zero 12v car charging cable and you can charge/use the battery while you’re driving. The battery allows us to get about 3 full charges on a laptop and over 20 smartphone charges. To test it out prior to our last big trip, I powered our flat screen TV and DVD player for over an hour. Do the research and make sure the battery you choose can power the item you want to use.

We paired our Yeti 400 with the Nomad 50 Solar Panel to harness the power of the sun to supplement charging when we weren’t using the mini-van’s power port. For solar panels, the bigger the better. Our foldable, easy to store/transport Nomad 50 has pulled close to 40 watts in direct sunlight. Multiple panels can be daisy-chained together to charge a battery faster.

Goal Zero Nomad 50 Solar Panel:  Amazon
Goal Zero 12v Car Charger:  Amazon

The Black Diamond Moji lantern

Black Diamond Moji Lantern

We picked up a dozen of these during a Black Friday sale a couple of years ago. The kids use them for last-minute birthday gifts for friends. The soft glow of the light is perfect for using while cooking or evening tent games. They run on three AAA batteries and come in multiple colors.

The Helinox high back chair is a must-have

Helinox Chairs

We always get asked about our Helinox chairs and we love-love-love them. They’re comfortable, durable, lightweight, easy to transport/store, and easy to assemble. They come in several colors so a lot of families can choose a separate color or pattern for each family member.

A simple but useful cooler bag

Jumbo Insulated Cooler Bag

This is just a basic item we like to use for transporting soft goods, bags of ice, food and beverages, laundry, whatever. When not in use, you can easily compress them and tuck them away in your vehicle to save space.

These Kryptonite chain locks are not unbreakable, but they're an excellent deterrent

Kryptonite Bike Lock

When camping, we lock our mountain bikes up next to the tent at night. We will either stack them by laying them down on each other, or use a nearby tree as an anchor. A Kryptonite chain lock is just one of the locks we use. We also use a cable lock and u-lock to wad up our bikes in a big ball of mtb love.

Thule Roof Storage Box

Our lockable Thule roof box increases our storage space dramatically. We can store our 10×10 canopy shade, 4 sleeping bags, 4 sleeping pads, tent, and hydration packs on the roof of the mini-van. There’s no way we would be able to do a proper mtb car camping road trip with our family of four without one of these.