First-generation downhill bikers are having families of their own and that has helped grow the demand for this category of mountain bikes for kids. As a result, downhill bikes for kids are starting to become more popular. Several race events offer a junior downhill category on their tracks. A kid-sized downhill bike is a mandatory tool for the job when those 12 and under are ready to hit the gnar.
All of these bikes only feature single crown forks as opposed to dual crown forks on their adult-sized counterparts. Why? It’s just not necessary. Kids just don’t weigh enough to warrant the addition of a long travel dual crown fork. Properly tuned 120mm to 160mm of travel is plenty to get the job done for a smaller sized rider.
Take note – some of the Enduro Bikes for Kids in this article will also suffice as downhill bikes for your young riders.
Commencal Supreme 24
The Commencal Supreme 24″ bike is designed for the kids who become demanding in their quest for adventure and are ready to push the limits one huck at a time. The Supremem 24″ is built for kids measuring 128-150cm. Commencal’s Supreme 24″ gives the best of both worlds: the simplicity of a kid’s bike with the performance of an adult bike. The Monarch rear shock and the 150mm RockShox fork are easily adjustable.
This bike has some great components. Firstly, the Commencal Supreme 24″ is bike is built on a 6066 hydroformed alloy frame. Secondly, it includes a RockShox Yari RC (140mm), 15mm stealth axle, and tapered fork. Thirdly, the RockShox Monarch R 190x51mm shock provides a premium ride quality in the hands of your capable rider. Fourthly, the Ride Alpha ZS44/56 headset connect with a Commencal Supreme 24, 35mm, 0° rise, 31.8mm stem. Finally, the Commencal lock-on, soft compound grips allow your young’un to grasp the handlebars with ease while maintaining correct posture. The Commencal Supreme has an SRAM NX 1 x 11-speed drivetrain and SRAM NX X-Sync 32T, 155 mm crankset. The Alex Rims MD30, 32 holes, 30 mm inner width rims with Kenda Kinetics 24″ x 2.35″ tires provide fab grip and traction.
Kona Stinky 2-4
Kona was one of the first to start making downhill bikes for kids. Their first model was available over 10 years ago! Ask some fast teens and they’ll tell you they started downhill biking on a Kona Stinky 2-4. These mountain bikes offer a quality ride with a durability standard comparable to any other bike of its league. Built on a Kona 7005 DH aluminum butted frame, it offers a quality ride experience. The adaptable air suspension with Fastrax Air shock absorbers can be adjusted to get the maximum comfort level, control and agility.
A wide range Shimano single ring drivetrain offers you the flexibility to choose your gears. The 2.5″ Maxxis high roller tires combined with Alex DM24 rims with stainless black 14g spokes add to the look-and-feel of this rig. It features a RockShox XC 30 Silver TK Solo Air 100mm Tapered fork and FSA Alpha Drive Crankset. The braking power comes from Shimano RT30 180mm center lock front and rear brake rotors combined with Shimano hydraulic brake calipers and Shimano levers.
Lil Shredder Phenom
The Lil Shredder Phenom is all about being in the league of extraordinary bikes. Bigger wheels, bigger travel, and bigger progression. Everything about this bike is designed to take your little rider’s skills to the next level. Built around a 6061-heat treated aluminum, the bike is suitable for kids between height 4’3″ and 5’3″. The Phenom comes with 24″ wheels, 15mm front axle and 12 x 142mm rear axle. The Phenom features a Fox Performance fork, Shimano Zee rear derailleur and Shimano SLX brakes. The Lil Shredder is available in carbon black or sky white colors. Custom colors also available for an additional price.
The Meekboyz Beast is a 24’’ downhill bike which is lightweight and built for maximum performance. It’s the only bike in this category to feature carbon fiber parts for without affecting durability.
This splendid ride has 180mm of rear wheel travel and a 180mm Fox 36 up front. The Beast is built around a durable and lightweight carbon fiber frame and employs a dual-link suspension layout which is designed for light riders. And while the frame certainly looks rugged, you’ll find the standard 12 x 142mm rear hub spacing, a normal seat post size, and an 83mm wide threaded bottom bracket shell. The Beast features a Hope crankset custom built for younger legs.
The bike is adorned with some of the best parts in the biz which are far better than mom’s and dad’s bikes. Instead of the single pivot suspension, The Beast’s carbon fiber swing arms are molded in two separate pieces before being joined together about halfway up the chain and Seat. The 24 inch Beast weighs in at a remarkable 26.5 lbs.