Bikes for 11 year olds: A Perfect 26 Inch Bike for Tweens

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A Perfect 26 Inch Bike for Tweens

The woom 6 26-inch bike is the perfect hybrid bike for tweens who need a high-quality bike to tackle the neighborhood and the trails.  As a hybrid (which is a blend of road and mountain bikes), the woom 6 features smooth-rolling tires that easily roll over various terrains, a lightweight 22 lb. build, and a wide gearing range to tackle a wide variety of riding conditions.

From long distance rides on paved trails to fun family rides on compact dirt trails, the woom 6 was designed for the everyday rider who needs a high-performing and versatile bike. Not too technical, yet far from basic, learn what makes the woom 6 shine in our review below.

woom 6 Overview

RATING: Exceptional

MSRP: $599

BEST FOR: Recreational tween riders looking for a high-performing bike that will effortlessly take them on a wide variety of rides, including rolling hills and paved trails.

SEAT HEIGHT: 29.5″ to 37.5″

WEIGHT: 22.1 lb.

GEARS: 8-speed with SRAM Grip Shifter

FRAME:  Aluminum Alloy
GAIN RATIO: 1.8 – 5.4

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  • Lightweight with a low minimum seat height
  • Wide range of gears (8-speed) for tackling various terrains and elevations
  • Low center-of-gravity geometry for better balance and maneuverability
  • Easy-to-use grip shifters and other high-end components
  • Gorgeous, and with a nice variety of “mature” colors available
  • Ergonomic grips to prevent wrist strain during long rides


  • Too upright for really aggressive riders

woom 6 Review – Results of our Test Rides

As a hybrid bike, the woom 6 is a great choice for everyday tween riders who want a lightweight nimble bike that can seamlessly go from paved to compact dirt trails.

If you’re shopping for a tween, it’s important to be familiar with the various types of bikes available for your child, and which bike is best for their style of riding. Since most tweens can also fit on adult bikes, your options of bikes available is quite substantial.

What’s a hybrid bike?

A hybrid bike, like the woom 6, brings together the best of road and mountain bikes to create a comfortable and capable ride for your average child.

Hybrid bikes are designed for mainly street use, but unlike road bikes, they have wider, grippier tires that offer more cushion and more surface area than traditional road tires.  The handlebars on a hybrid bike come with a slight rise for added comfort, versus drop bars on a road bike or flat bars on a mountain bike.

To improve versatility and simplicity, most hybrid bikes have a 1x (“one-by”) system versus a 3x system. Quite simply, this just means that your child only shifts with one hand, versus having the option of switching between gears with both hands.

More technically this means that there is only one shifter and derailleur which is attached to the cassette on the rear wheel.  The “one” refers to the single cog on the chainring (located by the pedals).  A 3x system has three cogs in the chainring.  Moving the chain between these three cogs allows for additional differences in gearing, but also requires a second shifter and derailleur.

For tweens and even casual adult riders, we greatly prefer a 1x system because changing gears is much easier.  Instead of worrying about which shifter to use, the 1x system’s single shifter eliminates any confusion.  While 1x systems don’t offer as wide of a range of gears as 3x systems, the range is plenty wide for riding everything from daunting hills to paved downhill paths.

While 1x systems are becoming more and more popular on higher-end mountain bikes, they aren’t as common on mid-priced bikes sized to fit a tween.  In fact, after countless searches for a suitable bike with a 1x system for my 12-year-old, the woom 6 and the Trek Wahoo 26 were the only bikes I could even find (more comparison on these two bikes later)!

Size and Geometry

The woom 6 has a seat height range of 29. 5″ to 37.5″ and is a best fit for kids ranging in heights from 55″ to 65″ tall.  We tested out the woom 6 on our 62″ tall 12-year-old tester with a 30″ inseam and a 60″ tall 10-year-old with a 28.5″ inseam.  The woom 6 provided a comfortable ride for both. For kids less than 55″ tall, the 24-inch woom 5 would be a better fit.

While experienced in mountain biking, our 12-year-old tester is not a very aggressive rider and prefers riding a bike with a more upright, relaxed position.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, our 10-year-old tester is very aggressive and prefers aggressive riding in general.  Both kids loved the woom 6, with the 12-year-old preferring to ride the bike full-time, while the 10-year-old preferred the woom 6 for neighborhood riding.


To put the woom 6 to the test, we started with a long ride on our local paved bike trail with our 12-year-old tester.  With rolling hills, long flat stretches, as well as gravel sections, the trail offered a wide variety of riding experiences.   The woom 6 performed like a champ in every condition.  Shifting was smooth and easy as she rolled up hills, and the top gear was plenty high for her to gain plenty of speed on the flat sections.  

Featuring Schwalbe low-resistance tires, the bike easily transitioned from paved trails to gravel and dirt trails.  With a medium tread, the tires provide plenty of grip on paved surfaces while still offering plenty of damping and flexing for basic all-terrain riding.

Upon completion of that initial long ride, our tester was super excited and asked when we could go out again.  As a tween whose love of biking riding has slowly been replaced by everything from hanging out with friends to screen time, the woom 6 successfully reignited that love, and just in time for summer (insert mom’s victory dance here)!

New Colors and Frame Design for 2021

New for 2021, the woom 6 comes in new colors! The woom 6 is now available in red, navy blue, mint green and gray. The light blue color shown in this review is no longer available.

To provide a more mature look, the frame of the new woom 6 comes with more modern squared off tubing, versus traditional round tubing. In the image below, you can see the older version of the blue woom 6 with rounded tubing compared to the squared-off tubing of the latest mint green model. This squared-off design is also featured on woom’s mountain bike-specific OFF series.

woom 6’s Notable Components

Adjustable-Height Handlebars

As a versatile hybrid bike, the woom 6 comes with an adjustable height stem which allows the handlebars to be raised or lowered.  Adjusting the stem is very simple and requires loosening just two Allen bolts. 

We recommend starting your child off on the highest setting (shown on the right) and then adjusting them as your child desires.  More aggressive riders may prefer to have the handlebars set lower, while average, everyday riders would likely prefer them to sit higher.

woom’s Adjustable Height Handlebar

Drivetrain and Shifter

The woom 6 features 8 speeds with a SRAM grip shifter that works great for the average tween rider.   Whether tackling rolling hills or long, flat, paved trails, the woom 6’s gain ratios (ranging from 1.8 to 5.4) offered plenty of range.

As mentioned previously, the woom 6 has the much desired 1x drivetrain.  Hard to find on a 26″ hybrid bike, but it’s a huge benefit for the average tween rider who doesn’t have the coordination (or the desire) to learn how to properly use a 3x drivetrain with two shifters.

Ergo Grips – new for 2021

To help ease the strain on the wrist during longer rides, the woom 6 now comes with ergonomic locking grips. The “wings” at the end of each grip provide a larger base for the lower palm to rest on. The wider base allows the child’s weight to be spread out onto a wider surface, thereby decreasing the overall strain on the wrist and hand.

The grips also lock into place to prevent the “wing” from twisting out of place.

Narrow q-factor

woom’s lightweight cranks are made of forged aluminum with a narrow q-factor (the inside width between the two pedals). The woom 6 is one of the few 26″ inch bikes with a narrow q-factor for kids.

A narrow q-factor maximizes efficiency with every pedal stroke. Considering tweens who fit on the woom 6 are likely to fit on an adult bike as well, the woom 6’s narrow q-factor is one of the major benefits of buying a kid-specific 26″ bike.

While tweens can be as tall as some adults, their frames are often still much narrower. The q-factor on adult bikes is typically too wide for most tweens, which can negatively affect the efficiency of each of their pedal strokes.

You can see the difference below of a 12-year-old on the woom 6 and a women’s Diamondback bike. On the woom 6, she is able to push straight down, but on the Diamondback, she has to push down at a slight outward angle. As a result, she is able to get slightly less power out of each pedal stroke on the Diamondback as compared to the woom.

Narrow Wide-Chainring Chainring

In order to prevent chain derailments, the woom 6 features a narrow-wide chainring. Narrow-wide chainrings alter the tooth shape of the chainring to precisely fit the standard narrow and wide spacing on bike chains.

A more detailed descriptions about narrow-wide chainrings and their benefits can be found in the drivetrain section of our woom 5 review.


The woom 6 has front and rear v-pull brakes that are easy to use and effective.  The brake levers are adjustable to fit the smallest of hands.  More advanced riders may benefit from the additional stopping power from disc brakes, but our testers had no complaints about the woom 6’s braking performance.

Adjustable Saddle

Cushioning and supportive, the saddle is ergonomically designed to fit the smaller bone structure of kids. Even after longer rides, our testers had no complaints about the saddle.

To help remedy any problems that may arise, the saddle is also fully adjustable and be tilted up or down (red arrows below) as well as slide forward and back along its rails (yellow arrow).

When setting up your child’s bike, it’s always important to ensure the saddle is level. If the nose of the saddle is too high or too low, it can affect the child’s comfort level on the bike. Using a standard bubble level can help you determine if the seat is level.

Included Kickstand

woom’s unique rear-placed kickstand now comes standard on the woom 6. The kickstand is easy for kids to engage and does a great job keeping the bike upright.

The rear positioning of the kickstand is out of the way of the pedals, so it will never get in the way of a pedal stroke. If a child were to forget to put the kickstand up, the kickstand will pop up upon coming in contact with the ground.

Pedal Strike –

Issues with Older Models – Pre-2021 ONLY

**woom has addressed the pedal strike issue and has raised the bottom bracket on their latest 2021 model. The pedal strike issue is an issue on all woom 6 purchased prior to 2021**

Due to a low bottom bracket, older versions of the woom 6 did have issues with pedal strike.   Pedal strike occurs when the pedal of the bike hits the ground.  Pedal strike typically occurs when riding over uneven terrain or during tight turns.

When making tight, more aggressive turns, our 10-year-old tester hit the inside pedal on the ground.  Our more conservative 12-year-old rider who has ridden the bike extensively, however, did not have an issue with pedal strike on the woom 6.

woom 6 vs. Trek Wahoo 26 vs. Pello Roovi

Comparable in specs and price, the Trek Wahoo 26″ and the Pello Roovi 27.5″ are two comparable hybrid bikes with a 1x system.  We have yet to get our hands on a Trek Wahoo 26″, so we weren’t able to do a true comparison ride of the two. But based on the build and available specs on the Trek, they are certainly designed for different riders.

The woom 6’s more upright positioning, low pedal clearance, and grip shifters make it a better fit for everyday recreational tween riders, while the Trek’s aggressive positioning, higher pedal clearance and trigger shifters make it better suited for more aggressive riders.  

woom 6: With an adjustable-height handlebar and grip shifters, the woom 6 is best for everyday or recreational riders.  With outstanding performance, the woom 6 is likely to re-spark your child’s love of biking.

Trek Wahoo 26″: With a very low rise handlebar, the Trek has a slightly more aggressive body position which allows aggressive riders to more easily lean in and out of turns.  Its trigger shifters are also typically better for more aggressive riders. 

Pello Roovi 27.5″: The Roovi can be purchased with a rigid fork for neighborhood riders, or with a suspension fork for mountain bikers. It can also be upgraded later if your child decides they want to get into more serious mountain biking. With the most high-end components of the three bikes, it’s also the most expensive.

Bike woom 6 Pello Roovi Trek Wahoo 26″
MSRP $569 $699 $479
Seat Height 29. 5″ to 37.5″ 28″ – 33.25″ ?
Weight 22.1 lb. 24.5 lb. 22 lb.
Gain Ratio 1.8 – 5.4 1.9 – 6.3 1.7 – 5.56
Shifter SRAM grip shift Shimano Trigger Shimano Trigger
Speeds 8-speed 9-speed 8-speed
Brakes V-pull Hydraulic disc V-pull

The ultimate ride for recreational tweens, the woom 6 will effortlessly take kids on a variety of adventures.  With a wide range of gears, the woom 6 is well suited for long paved trails to rolling hills and everything between.

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The Ultimate First Mountain Bike for Kids

The ideal mix of technical brawn and delicate simplicity, the woom OFF 4, woom OFF 5, and woom OFF 6 are the ultimate gateway bikes for young groms just getting started. From the hydraulic disc brakes to the carbon fork and their insanely lightweight frames, the woom OFF rigid mountain bikes will help your little one quickly master on-trail skills and learn to love the shred.

The woom OFF is available in 20″, 24″ and 26″ wheel sizes.  All sizes feature the same components, with size being their primary difference. We’ll cover the woom OFF 4 (20 inch), woom OFF 5 (24 inch), and woom OFF 6 (26 inch) bikes in this review. For all the details on what makes these kids mountain bikes so exceptional, read our full review below!

woom OFF Overview

RATING: Exceptional

MSRP: $799 – $899

BEST FOR: Beginning to intermediate mountain bikers who need a confidence-building, lightweight riding machine.


  • 20-inch OFF 4: 23″ – 29″, 17.2 lb.
  • 24-inch OFF 5: 28″ – 34″, 18.9 lb.
  • 26-inch OFF 6: 30.9″ – 38.4″, 20.5 lb.

GEARS: 9-speed/SRAM Trigger

BRAKES: Hydraulic Disc

SUSPENSION: No. Available on woom OFF AIR (Read our woom OFF AIR review!)

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  • Ultra lightweight
  • Rigid carbon fork with through-axle for added stability
  • Wide Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires for maximum grip and cushioning
  • Trigger shifters for rapid shifting
  • Adjustable stem and handlebars
  • Promax hydraulic disc-brakes
  • Studded pedals to prevent foot slipping


  • Components not as easily upgradable as other brands
  • Crank arms on woom 6 OFF can bend with aggressive use on drops and jumps

woom OFF 4, 5 and 6 Review – Results of our Test Rides

Finding the perfect mountain bike for your child can be tricky.   From geometry to drivetrain, there’s a lot more to consider when riding trails as compared to riding around town.  Where your child is going to ride and how much experience your child has on the trail also play a larger role in finding the “best” mountain bike for your child. 

All woom OFF bikes are in the “cross country” category and are designed for riders who need a bike that is just as capable uphill as it down. The OFF is ideal for young riders ready to tackle longer green or blue single-track trails with or without large elevation gains.

The woom OFF is NOT designed for young groms who are on a mission to hit the largest jumps or catching the largest air at the jump park. If your kid is itching to catch large air like this bike tester, a more aggressive mountain bike that places more emphasis on the downhill would be more appropriate.

To put the woom OFF through the full testing ringer, we tested these bikes for an entire season of mountain biking as our kids’ regular-use bikes.  We tested the 20″ woom OFF 4 and the 26″ woom OFF 6 with our 7, 10, 11, and 12-year-old kid testers. Our kids range in skill from beginning mountain bikers to experienced, confident shredders. 

For more advanced riders who will be tackling more technical terrain, the woom OFF is also available as the woom OFF AIR with a front air suspension fork, which we cover in our woom OFF AIR review. If your child is a more advanced rider, we highly recommend starting off with the woom OFF AIR.

woom OFF Best for Beginning Trail Riders

Made specifically for cross country and trail riding, the OFF bikes share very little, if any, components with woom’s traditional bike line up (such as the woom 5 and 6).  From the SRAM X4 setup and wide bars to the longer, more stable wheelbase, the woom OFF line is perfectly designed for beginning riders as well as intermediate riders ready to push themselves a little further.

The OFF’s kid-centric frame design mixes the perfect balance of confidence and stability, while keeping steering and maneuverability responsive and quick. The woom OFF bikes climb, descend, and tackle cross country terrain with ease.

But why is the woom OFF so exceptional for beginning and intermediate shredders? In addition to exceptional geometry and high-end components, the OFF’s major selling point is its weight.

Incredibly Lightweight

The OFF is significantly lighter than most of its 20 inch and 24 inch mountain bike competitors. Just like woom’s neighborhood bikes, the biggest differentiator from other kid brands has been keeping off the weight that plagues so many bikes out there for the little ones.

So, when we got ahold of the new woom OFF bikes to test, it was no surprise that they had left OFF (haha!) a ton of weight compared to some of the other kids’ mountain bikes out there.

How much weight are we talking about? Well, woom states the 26” woom OFF 6 hits the scales at a very svelte 20.5 lbs. with pedals. In comparison, some bike shop bikes in the same size are weighing in between 30-40 lbs.   I can hear some parents out there now saying, “who cares?” For those of you saying this, let’s do a comparison.

Our 11-year-old tester riding the woom OFF 6 weighs about 75 lbs. So if he is riding a bike that weighs around 35 lbs, then the bike is about 46% of his body weight.  So if you are a 170 lb. adult that would be equivalent to you riding a bike that weighs about 79 lbs. Can you honestly imagine trying to pedal an 80 lb. mountain bike? Not a chance! Ok, rant over.

Rigid Fork – Yes, beginners can live without suspension!

The woom OFF features a carbon fork to keep it ultra-light, while the larger through-axle helps keep the fork rigid. A rigid fork on a mountain bike? Yes! But why? 

Because suspension forks add weight to the bike, and that weight just may not be necessary, especially for beginner riders. woom knows this, and smartly allows parents to choose between a rigid fork (OFF) or a suspension fork (OFF AIR). (As a note, if you buy the woom OFF, you can always upgrade to woom’s suspension fork later. )

Most suspension forks simply can’t provide sufficient dampening for lightweight kids.  Yes, they provide some, but for many beginning and intermediate riders, the additional weight the suspension forks adds does not compensate for the small gains in cushioning and the increase in price! (This is especially true for 20 inch mountain bikes.)

For reference, the woom OFF 5 weighs 18.9 pounds, while the woom OFF AIR 5 with suspension weighs 3.4 pounds more. That might not seem like a lot, but we’re talking about 7 and 8 year olds here. Unless they absolutely need suspension, why burden them with those extra pounds?

To compensate for the lack of suspension, the woom OFF comes with cushioning 2.35″ wide Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires, which do an incredible job of smoothing out the ride.

Our 10-year-old tester had been riding a 24 lb. Islabike Creig with an RST adjustable air fork for two years, but he had no complaints about the lack of an air fork on his 20.5 lb. woom OFF 6.  The OFF bike rode equally smoothly on its rigid carbon fork with wide tires as did the Islabike with an air fork and 2.1″ wide tires.

More aggressive riders or those tackling rougher terrain may prefer the additional weight of a suspension fork for additional help in smoothing out the ride.  For those groms, check out the woom OFF AIR with suspension.

When is it time to upgrade the rigid fork to suspension?

This question really depends on the terrain and trail features your child will be tackling. For kids just getting into mountain biking that are taking things a bit slower or are just riding mellower trails, no suspension is a non-issue.

As young riders progress and are able to ride for longer or tackle rougher trails, a suspension fork can certainly come in handy to help smooth out the ride. If your child’s arms or shoulders are getting tired during longer rides, it’s likely time to move up to a suspension fork. Sore hands (even when wearing gloves) is another indicator that it’s time.

The woom OFF Air is available with 60 to 90 mm of travel depending on the size of the bike. Our 12-year-old rider started his mountain bike journey on the woom OFF 6 and advanced fairly quickly in skills and confidence. As a result, we upgraded the woom OFF 6 to an air fork after about 6 months as he began attempting chunkier trails, and more aggressive terrain.

Considering the woom OFF is designed for cross country riding, keep in mind that while adding a suspension fork will help smooth out roots and rocks along the way, it will NOT turn the bike into an all-mountain bike capable of tackling aggressive drops and jumps. A more robust bike with a slacker headtube, such as the Prevelo Zulu, would be a better fit.

woom OFF Performance

For our beginner and intermediate mountain bikers, the OFF was the perfect bike for them – not too much (no suspension to save on weight), but not too little (plenty of gears and powerful hydraulic disc brakes). The woom OFF truly was exceptional for every situation our riders found themselves in – from the uphill and the downhill of Park City, to those flat flowy trails in Bentonville.

Climbing with the woom OFF is easy due to a comfortable seat tube angle which puts the rider over the bottom bracket. But of course, it’s also super easy to climb thanks to how light these OFF bikes are. With plenty of range in the gears to climb most green and blue rated trails out there, the light weight gives the OFF a huge advantage over a lot of bikes out there. Kids can easily make their way up significant climbs and effortlessly move around or up and over obstacles.

While certainly not a downhill bike, the woom OFF still performed well on the descents that followed the climbs. The bike had plenty of traction from the Rocket Ron tires. And through most terrain, the bike was fast and easy to throw around. Getting through corners was noticeably easy and the bike stayed stable at faster speeds at least when smooth.

One thing that woom didn’t have a measurement for were the chainstays. We’re assuming they are pretty stubby by the ease of getting the front wheel off the ground. Our more experienced 11-year-old tester was easily able to get the front tire off the ground to get up and over obstacles. He had a blast riding wheelies around the neighborhood too.

woom OFF 4, 5, and 6 Components and Specs

Geometry Ideal for Stability and Control

As far as geometry goes we’d say it fits right into the XC category, which is where most beginning and intermediate mountain bikers are going to find themselves, especially those on 20″ or 24″ bikes.

The geometry is set up to make the bike feel really balanced and give little riders a lot of confidence. This is great for new riders as well as more skilled riders who want to start trying new things or just increase their speed on trails.

Headtube angle is 69 degrees for the woom OFF 5 and 6, and 68 degrees for the woom OFF 4. This angle is slightly less slack than mountain bikes that are more designed for downhill dominance. This angle gives the rider confidence on the downhill by making the bike feel stable and controlled.

This helps them feel more grounded, like they are not going to go over the bars at any moment. It also allows for great efficiency on the uphill and flat trails, everything a cross-country mountain bike needs to be.

Wheelbase is fairly long on all the models (1066mm on the 26″) giving kids stability at speed and more confidence in basically every situation. The bike sits pretty low giving a more “in-the-bike” feel rather than being perched up on top of it. This again gives the feeling of confidence.

Notice a trend here? The woom OFF mixes the perfect balance of confidence and stability while keeping steering and maneuverability responsive and quick.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes Offer Great Stopping Power

Now let’s get into some nitty gritty specs for bit. The parts for the woom OFF have been well thought out for little hands and bodies. Promax hydraulic brakes have good stopping power but also great modulation, giving kids good control over braking.

Some hydraulic brakes can stop kids a bit too abruptly, causing them to skid and lose control – not the case here.  The brake levers are ultra-responsive and can be modulated to your child’s preference.

9-Speed Drivetrain, Trigger Shifters

All three sizes of the OFF feature 9-speeds with SRAM trigger shifters and an X5 derailleur.  While learning to use the double thumb shifter on the SRAM took our beginner testers a few neighborhood rides to master, our experienced testers got right on board.

All woom OFF bikes also feature a narrow-wide chainring to help keep that chain from coming off mid-ride.

What about gearing ranges? While only 9 speeds, we found there is plenty of range in gears to get up and down. With as light as the OFF bikes are, there’s less need for an additional, bigger tooth cog on the cassette for even lower gearing while climbing. 

woom OFF 6 has a 28 tooth chainring in the front and an 11-36 tooth cassette out back. This results in a gain ratio range of 1.7 to 5.6.

woom OFF 5 has the 28 tooth chainring in front, and an 11-34 tooth cassette, resulting in a slightly higher gain ratio range of 1.9 to 6.0.

woom 4 OFF has a 28t chainring and an 11-32 tooth cassette, resulting in a gain ratio range of 2.0 to 5.9.

The Q factor is nice and narrow, meaning your kid is not going to be cranking their pedals out in too wide of a stance.

Wide Handlebar & Ergonomic Saddle

Grips are small for little hands and super grippy and comfortable. Bars are 680 mm wide on the woom OFF 6, 600 mm wide on the woom OFF 5, and 580 mm on the woom OFF 4. All have with a 20mm rise.

It’s good to see kids bike manufacturers putting proper wide bars on kids’ bikes these days.  The bars can also be rotated forward or back 10 degrees to tilt the handlebars away or closer to the body.  The 50mm stem can be also be flipped to adjust the bar height.

The saddle is high quality and ergonomically designed to fit a child’s pelvis. The seat post does not have a quick release, which can be an inconvenience when kids are growing so quickly at this age.

Wide Tires, But Not Tubeless Ready

I was super pleased to see such a nice set of tires come on a kid’s bike at this price point. 2.35 wide Schwalbe Rocket Ron’s front and back give tons of traction with plenty of rolling speed and good shock absorbing qualities – as long as you run the pressure correctly. 

And through most terrain, the bike was fast and easy to throw around. Getting through corners was noticeably easy and the bike stayed stable at faster speeds, at least when smooth.

Make sure you are running your kids’ tires nice and low to allow the tires to get maximum traction and give some bump compliance. I ended up running the woom OFF 6 at about 16 lbs. for my son that weighs 70 lbs., and about 15 lbs. on the woom OFF 4 for our lighter riders.

The rims and tires are not tubeless ready, which would be nice to have so parents can convert them more easily if they think it necessary. (Something we really appreciated about the Pello Roovi.)

We did convert our woom 6 to tubeless when we also upgraded the front rigid fork to an air fork for our more aggressive, older riders. Because neither the rims nor the tires are tubeless ready, this was a bit more challenging, but still possible.

Challenging to Upgrade

While an exceptional gateway mountain bike, one downside of the woom OFF is that it isn’t as easy to upgrade as other brands. The brakes, shifter, and derailleur are standard and not hard to upgrade, but the fork and crank arms are not.

Due to the headset/headtube design of the OFF, there are currently no known aftermarket suspension forks that will work with the woom OFF in any of the sizes. If you want to upgrade the woom OFF, you will need to purchase woom’s suspension fork.

The crank arms are also custom to woom and are not easily replaced by non-woom parts. We found this to especially be problematic when the the crank arms on our woom 6 bent (more on that below). After our replacement woom cranks also bent, we were disheartened to realize that we couldn’t upgrade the cranks to another brand due to lack of compatibility.

We already discussed the difficulty with conversion to a tubeless set up, and there’s also no routing for dropper post cables. But realistically, given who this bike is designed for, a dropper post really isn’t needed on this bike.

Weak Crank Arm (woom OFF 6 only!)

After a year of use, one downside we discovered for ONLY the woom 6 was its weak crank arms. After practicing short drops (about 2 feet) on the trail, our 12-year-old rider discovered the crank arms on his woom 6 had bent. Upon receiving replacement crank arms from woom, those crank arms bent again after executing a short drop in the neighborhood.

The woom OFF is designed as a cross-country bike (think long single-track focused – aka fast bike hiking) and NOT designed as an “all-mountain” bike where drops are the norm and sought out. However, considering kids will be kids, we believe the crank arms should be strong enough to withstand the weight of a 12-year-old.

Stunningly built from top to bottom, the woom OFF mountain bike is a killer choice for any young grom ready for a steady, sturdy, and lightweight steed to begin their mountain biking journey.  Loaded with the essentials without being weighed down by a suspension fork, the OFF will dominate those cross country trails, make climbing quite a bit easier, and keeping kids steady on the downhill.

Check with our bike sizing guide to see which size woom is right for your mountain biker.

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Raleigh Talus 1 Review — Why it’s a Great Bike for the Price!

The Raleigh Talus 1 is a durable and well-built bike that’s perfect for recreational riders on a budget. Great for tweens, teens, and adult who want a good-quality, all-around basic bike for use on basic terrain. Its heavy weight makes it less ideal for extended climbing. Check out the details of the Talus in our review!

Raleigh Talus 1 Trailer

RATING: Highly Recommended

MSRP: Discontinued

BEST FOR: Recreational riders who want a good-quality, all-around basic bike for use mainly on basic terrain. Heavy weight makes it less ideal for extended climbing.


WEIGHT: 32 lb. (Talus 1, XS)

BRAKES: V-pull (Talus 1), Mech disc (Talus 2), Hydro disc (Talus 3, 4)


  • Moderate price point that won’t break the bank
  • Easy to use Shimano trigger shifters
  • 4 models with various price points
  • Good mid-range geometry, not too upright, not too aggressive
  • Available in 5 different frame sizes and in various colors
  • Over 8″ of seat height range


  • Heavy

Raleigh Talus 1 Review – Results of our Test Rides

The Raleigh Talus is a great recreational mountain bike that is designed as a daily rider for tweens to teens, or even as a commuter bike for adults.  Available in 5 different frame sizes (with 27.5″ or 29″ tires), as well as 4 different model levels, the Talus line has a lot to offer – all for under $700.

For this review, we tested out the Talus line’s base model, the Talus 1. We had the XS frame, which was a great fit for our tall (5’2″), 10-years-old tester.   From paved trails to basic packed dirt trails, the Talus has been a hit.  As a recreational mountain bike, the Talus provides the “cool” look of a mountain bike our tween wanted without the added expense or unnecessary components of a true mountain bike designed for real trail riding.

Recreational Mountain Bikes vs. Traditional Mountain Bikes

Bikes labeled as “mountain bikes” can range in price from $200 to over $20,000!  From bikes that mimic the typical frame style of mountain bikes to full suspension e-bikes, there is a vast difference in the functionality and performance of these bikes labeled as “mountain bikes”.  The category of “recreational” mountain bikes, however,  is reserved for bikes that have suspension forks and look like mountain bikes but aren’t designed specifically for riding on true mountain bike trails.

Recreational mountain bikes typically have a more upright position and entry-level components as compared to true mountain bikes. While they can certainly be taken on basic mountain bike trails, they aren’t designed primarily for such and therefore shouldn’t be expected to tackle or perform as well as a true mountain bike.

Raleigh Talus In Action

From the first ride, the Raleigh Talus did not disappoint.  With a comfortable position and great stability, the Talus was easy to shift, easy to maneuver, and certainly fun to ride.  After an hour or so of riding, our tester actually declared that he liked the Talus better than his mountain bike!  For everyday riding, he greatly appreciated being in a more upright position and found the Talus to be easier to shift than his mountain bike (more about this later)!

As a recreational mountain bike, the Talus is not made specifically for trails, but with a local bike park nearby, we couldn’t resist the urge to give it a go! While our 10-year-old couldn’t shift his weight around on the bike as easily as he can on his mountain bike, the Talus handled well and is certainly capable for occasional use on basic trails and bike park lines.

For those who plan on riding off-road on a more regular basis, the higher level Talus models would certainly be a better pick.  The hydraulic brakes on the Talus 3 or 4 or the RockShox suspension fork upgrade on the Talus 4 will be much appreciated while on the trails.


All four models of the Raleigh Talus share the same frame design that features a more upright position for the everyday rider.  Certainly not upright like a cruiser bike, but much more relaxed than a cross country mountain bike, the Talus’s geometry provides a comfortable ride best suited for use around town or on paved bike trails.  As we pointed out above, the geometry of the Talus does not prevent it from being used on basic trails, but its upright position doesn’t make it ideal.


Weighing in at 32.7 lb. (the Talus 1 in an XS frame), the Talus was surprisingly nimble!  The effect of weight on performance, however, was noticeable upon hitting some uphill sections.   Although the Talus is geared plenty low for climbing, our tester struggled to get up hills as compared to his much lighter mountain bike, but was able to do so without stopping.

We compared the Talus to other recreational mountain bikes in the sub $600 price range, such as the Giant ATX or the Schwinn High Timber, and we found their weights to be similar at around 30 lbs.  For those riders with more petite frames who especially need the benefits that come from a lighter bike, your budget will likely need to be greatly increased; the components necessary to build a lightweight bike do not come cheap.

Talus Models

The Raleigh Talus is available in four different models, each with a different level of components.  The main difference between the various models is the brakes.

The Talus 1 has Tektro v-pull brakes, the Talus 2 has mechanical disc brakes, and the Talus 3 and 4 have hydraulic brakes.  The more aggressive you plan on riding, the more stopping power you will need.   So for more adventurous riders or those traveling in hilly regions in the city or around cars, the Talus 3 or 4 would definitely be worth the additional expense.

Additional differences included the fork and shifters. All four models feature a coil-spring fork with the 1, 2 and 3 coming with a Suntour with 100 mm travel while the 4 steps it up to a RockShox coil fork also with 100 mm.  All four models also come with different Shimano trigger shifters varying in levels of performance.

Like brakes, the more advanced riding you’ll be doing, the more money you want to invest towards a quality shifter.

All four models also feature progressive wheel sizing, so the bike frame you need comes with the most suitable tire size.  The XS (5’1″ – 5’4″) and S (5’4″ – 5’7″) frames come with 27.5″ tires while the M, L and XL frames (for heights 5’7″ – 6’4″) come with 29″ tires. Our Bike Size Guide can help you determine the best fit.

Raleigh Talus Models

Model Talus 1 Talus 2 Talus 3 Talus 4
Gearing 3 x 7 3 x 7 3 x 7 3 x 8
Drivetrain Shimano Tourney Shimano Tourney Shimano Tourney Shimano Tourney and Acera
Brakes Tektro V-pull Tektro Mech Disc Tektro Hydro Tektro Hydro
Fork/Travel Suntour Coil, 100mm Suntour Coil, 100mm Suntour Coil, 100mm RockShox Coil, 100mm
Tires Vee Rubber Crown Gem, 2. 25″ Vee Rubber Crown Gem, 2.25″ Vee Rubber Rubber Rail, 2.25″ Kenda, 2.1″
Shifters Shimano EF41 Trigger Shimano EF 5000 Trigger Shimano M310 Trigger Shimano M310 Trigger

Talus 1 Components


The Talus 1 (base model) comes with a 3 x 7 drivetrain, which provides plenty of gears but does require shifters on both hands to operate – one for the chainring in the front and the second for the cassette in the back.  

This is the one downside to adult bikes versus kid-specific bikes. While many adult bikes are available with 1x drivetrains with only one shifter, those models tend to be much more expensive – we couldn’t find any within the Talus’ price range. Single shifters are generally much easier for kids (and many adults!) to manage.

The transition to two shifters from one shifter is a challenge for many kids as they often get confused as to which shifter is attached to the “front” and which to the “back”. With time, most kids tend to pick it up.  Fortunately, the shifters on the Talus 1 are easy to use and include convenient viewing windows that show the rider which gear they are in.

The Shimano EF41 triggers on the Talus 1 are an entry-level mountain bike shifter with one lever on the top of the handlebar and the second below. Although entry-level, our tester actually found this set-up easier to use than his more expensive mountain bike that has both shifting levers below the handlebar.

On his current bike, it’s often been confusing for him to correctly locate the right lever with his thumb because they’re right next to each other.  On the Talus, with one lever clearly on the top (shifted with the forefinger) and only one lever below (shifted with the thumb), the Shimano EF41 trigger shifter was much easier and enjoyable for him to use.

The higher levels of the Talus also have Shimano trigger shifters, but higher-level, more compact versions that focus more on performance.  The upper shifter is not as prominent and is tucked down below the handlebar.  For more advanced riders, the quicker and more efficient shifting is worth the additional expense. For more everyday riders, the shifter on the Talus 1 works great.


Suspension forks vary widely in overall performance, weight and features.  The Raleigh Talus 1, 2 and 3 all feature a Suntour coil shock with 100mm of travel.  The shock is certainly on the heavier side, which adds to the overall weight of the bike.

But for those tweens (or adults) who want the “look” of a mountain bike but don’t need the rebound and lockout features of a more advanced fork, the Suntour fork works just fine.  The shock does have a pre-load adjuster that allows you to stiffen up the fork while on paved trails and loosen it up while on all-terrain.


The Talus 1 comes with Tektro v-pull brakes that performed great for our use.  The levers aren’t easy-reach levers found on kid-specific bikes, but they offer enough adjustment that they certainly weren’t a problem for our tester.

The remaining Talus models all have disc brakes that will be greatly appreciated for more advanced riders.  For less than $100 in price difference, the mechanical disc brakes in the Talus 2 is worth the jump, but for those looking for top-notch braking, be sure to upgrade to the 3 or 4.

Bottom Line

Raleigh’s Talus line is a great choice for those in the market for a budget-friendly and capable recreational mountain bike.   With 4 different models in the line, one can easily select the level of components to match their intended use.  For everyday use, the Talus 1 is a great option for tweens, teens, and adults looking for a quality bike without breaking the bank.  For those looking to ride more aggressively around town, or even on basic trails, the higher-end Talus 2, 3, or 4 would be a much better option.

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5 Best 24 Inch Bikes For Your 7 to 11 Year Old

Unless your family does serious mountain biking or serious road riding, most kids will be best served by an all-terrain, all-purpose bicycle.   The bikes on this list can nearly do it all. 

They can serve as a commuter for rides to school and the ice cream shop.  They can do longer family bike trips such as the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota.

In general, 24 inch bikes are appropriate for kids in the 7 to 11 age range, although this can vary depending on the size of the child and the geometry of the individual bike.  (More on picking the correct-size bike later).

The list that follows contains our top picks for the best-quality kids 24 inch bikes.  We’ve also included a comparison chart and tips to help you pick the best bicycle for your child.

Note: If you are looking for a more niche-specific 24″ bike, try one of these articles instead:

  • The Best 24″  Kids Mountain Bikes
  • The Best 24″ Kids Road Bikes

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How to Choose a 24 Inch Bicycle

If you’re not sure what you should be looking for when shopping for a 24″ bike, here’s a quick primer.


Because 24 inch bikes are *almost* adult-sized and have gears, they also are also *almost* the same price as adult bikes.  Expect to spend at least $300 when buying new and closer to $500 or $600 if you want the best. 

If that’s more than you can afford, consider buying a used bike rather than downgrading to a big-box store bike.  If that’s the route you choose to go, check out our tips on how to find a quality used kids bike.

Age Range

The general rule of thumb for 24″ bikes is that they fit kids between 7 and 11 years old.  This can vary quite a bit though depending on the bike and the child.  Many manufacturers on this list market their bikes for kids ages 8 to 12, so make sure to look at the sizing chart for a specific bike before buying. 

Measure your child’s height and inseam and compare it to the manufacturer’s specs. To learn more about measuring your child for a bike use this article:

  • Read: The Ultimate Guide To Kids Bike Sizes (And Bike Size Chart)


The weight of a bike can make a HUGE difference in how far and how fast a child can ride–and how much they enjoy it.   If you compare the bikes on our list to the weights of cheaper, big-box store bikes, you’ll notice the massive difference in weight. 

We recommend buying the lightest bike you can afford.  We usually use budget as the #1 factor in choosing a bike, and weight as #2.


There are three types of brakes you’ll notice on these bikes–v-brakes (rim brakes), mechanical disc brakes, and hydraulic disc brakes. 

V-brakes are the most common and also the cheapest.  They work well enough under most conditions. 

If you live in a city where it rains alot, there are steep hills, or your child may be using their bike for some off-road, trail riding, then you may want to consider a bike with disc brakes. 

Amongst disc brakes, mechanical are the cheapest and also the easiest to maintain.  Hydraulic disc brakes offer the best modulation and stopping power but add cost and maintenance.

Disc brakes (left) offer the best stopping power but are more expensive and require more maintenance than traditional rim / v-brakes (right).


Consider the type of riding your child is going to be doing.  If they will be riding 100% of the time on pavement, you want to look for a bike with slick, fast-rolling tires.  If they’re going to be spending time riding dirt, gravel, grass, mud, etc, you want to make sure the tire is a little wider and has some extra tread. 

Even if the bike you are considering doesn’t have the best tires for your child’s preferred type of riding, you can always swap out tires later.

Suspension Vs Rigid Fork

We know that kids love suspension forks–they look cool! Sadly, most kids bikes with suspension forks are HEAVY and don’t work that well.

Most kids will be much better off on a lighter bike with a rigid fork. If your child is doing REAL mountain biking on technical trails or going to the bike skills park a bunch, then check out our list of mountain bikes instead.

  • Read: 5 Best 24″ Mountain Bikes for Kids

A real mountain bike with an air fork will work well BUT expect to spend significantly more money.

Boys 24 Inch Bikes Vs Girls 24 Inch Bikes

There is no difference between a boys 24 inch bike and a girls 24 inch bike. Unlike adult bikes, where there may be true gender differences (like a sloped top-tube, women’s specific saddle, etc), kids bikes are kids bikes are kids bikes.

If you are just looking for a “feminine bike” for your kiddo, check out our article on the Best Bikes For Girls which has lots of ideas on how to make a bike more girly and what bikes come in feminine designs and colors.

Otherwise, feel free to buy any bike for your child, regardless of a gender description in the name.

5 Best Kids 24 Inch Bikes

If you’re looking for a lightweight, high-quality bike for your child, you want one of the bikes on our top 5 list.

Bike What We Love Price (MSRP)
1 Woom 5* Lightweight, child-appropriate geometry $529
2 Prevelo Alpha Four* Low standover height, great customer service $549
3 Frog 62* Beautiful colors, comes with fenders $550
4 Cleary Meerkat 24 * Hydraulic disc brakes, internally geared hub $630
5 Pello Reyes* Tubeless-ready wheels, mech disc brakes $619
Bonus! Early Rider Belter 24 Brushed aluminum frame, belt drive $899

Woom 5

Woom makes our favorite bikes for little kids, and they also make our favorite bikes for big kids.   The Woom 5 is exceptionally light and fast which makes it nice for long rides around town or even bike camping and touring (thanks to the optional fenders). 

It boasts high-quality parts such as SRAM 8-speed grip shifters, fast-rolling Schwalbe tires, and Jagwire cables. 

And in spite of all this fabulous stuff, it still manages to be cheaper than our other “Top 5” picks.

Read Our Review: Woom 5

Price: $529

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Prevelo Alpha Four

There aren’t many kids bikes built with the same quality you would expect in an adult bike–but the Prevelo Alpha Four is one of them. 

All of the components are top-notch including Tektro v-brakes, sealed cartridge bearings, and a Shimano drivetrain.   Thanks to this high-quality build the Alpha Four can be handed down (or sold) without a problem.

Read Our Review: Prevelo Alpha Three (same bike just smaller)

Price: $549

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Frog 62

The Frog 62 is a flashy-looking, lightweight 24″ bike from the UK.  Of all the bikes we’ve tested over the years, the Frog bikes probably get the most attention from passerby thanks to the bright paint job and small attention to details–colored spokes near the valve, small frog decals on the frame and saddle, etc.

The bike doesn’t just look good though. It also has high-quality, adult-level components. In addition to the 8-speed Shimano drivetrain, the bike has custom-cranks, Tektro v-brakes, and fenders.

Price: $610

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Cleary Meerkat 24

The Cleary Meerkat is a BEAUTIFUL 24″ kids bike that performs as well as it looks.  The bike comes in a variety of bright colors and has a durable steel fork and frame. 

The hydraulic disc brakes add lots of stopping power which makes them ideal for wet climates and cities with lots of hills.    The other thing that makes this bike stand apart is the 5-speed Sturmey Archer internally geared hub. This means that there is no rear derraileur to get bent or dirty.

Thanks to the beefy Kenda tires the bike is also ideal for riding gravel roads and other off-pavement trails.

Read Our Review: Cleary Meerkat

Price: $630

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Pello Reyes

Like the Cleary Mearkat, the Pello Reyes is also a great do-it-all bike. Thanks to the more aggressive tires, the bike can be used as a school commuter as well as on the local pump track.

The Tektro mechanical disc brakes offer better stopping power than the rim brakes found on most kids bikes, which make them ideal for families living in wet climates or in hilly areas. We also LOVE the fact that the bike comes with tubeless-ready wheels. Tubeless tires rarely go flat and require so much less maintenance than tubes.

Should you want to add a suspension fork, that’s an option as well.

Read Our Review: Pello Rover (same bike just smaller)

Price: $619

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Early Rider Belter 24

If you can stomache the price tag, the Early Rider Belter 24 is a phenomenal little bike. The brushed alumimum frame is gorgeous, and the components are top notch.

What really sets the bike apart is the belt drive (rather than a chain) and internally geared 8-speed hub. Both help keep things clean and maintenance free.

The belt drive (and hydraulic disc brakes) perform really well in wet weather, so if you live in a rainy area, this bike is worth a look.

Price: $899

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5 Best “Budget” Kids 24 Inch Bikes

While these bikes may not offer the same bells and whistles as those on our Top 5 list, if you are looking for a good durable bike at an affordable price, these bikes will fit the bill.

Bike What We Love Price
1 Vitus 24* Killer value, top-shelf components $379
2 Trek Precaliber 24* Available at your local bike shop $409
3 Guardian Ethos 24* SureStop braking system $429
4 Co-Op Cycles Rev Cty* Can use your REI dividend $399
5 Raleigh Redux 24 Mechanical disc brakes $330
Bonus! Polygon Premier 24 Quality components for cheap $349

Vitus 24

In terms of value, the Vitus 24 really can’t be beat. It’s intelligently designed with child-appropriate geometry and brand name componenets–Tektro brakes, Vee Rubber tires, and a Shimano drivetrain.

If you want high-quality bike at a more affordable price that some of the bikes listed above, this is the bike you want.

Note for N. American Readers: The cost of shipping on these bikes has recently gone up significantly, making the Vitus not so budget-conscious if you live in N. America. If you live in the UK, this is still a great deal.

Price: $379

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Trek Precaliber 24


With the Trek Precaliber 24, you get an affordable bike with a brand name and the opportunity to support your local dealer. 

The bike is heavier than those in our Top 5 list, but it comes with decent components that will last thru a kid or two.  The bike has 7-speed Shimano grip shifters and Bontrager tires.

Price: $409

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Guardian Ethos 24

The Guardian Ethos 24 is a budget-friendly version of the Guardian Ethos 24 (listed later on), but has the same great proprietary SureStop braking system.

The SureStop braking system uses a single brake lever to apply appropriate force to both the front and rear wheels. This helps prevent over-the-bars crashes, and makes it a great choice for safety-concious parents and/or kids who struggle with eye-hand-coordination.

Read Our Review: Guardian 24 (this is a review of the more expensive Guardian AIROS, but will give you a good understanding of the braking system)

Price: $429

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Co-Op Cycles REV CTY

If you have a 20% off coupon and an REI dividend burning a hole in your pocket, the Co-Op Cycles REV CTY is worth some serious consideration.  We like the Shimano drivetrain and the fast-rolling Kenda tires.

What we don’t dig is the considerable weight–the REV CTY tips the scales at a hefty 26 pounds.

Price: $399

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Raleigh Redux 24


The Raleigh Redux 24 offers a killer value. We don’t know of any other bikes at this pricepoint that offer mechanical disc brakes and brand-name components.

The mechanical disc brakes are great for families that ride in wet or dusty climates, though they can cause hand fatigue for some young riders. Other components include Kenda tires and a Shimano 7-speed drivetrain.

Price: $450

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Polygon Premier 24

The Polygon Premier 24 is a fairly new entrant to the kids bike market, and it’s competing (quite impressively) on price. Even at a budget, it has managed to offer high quality, brand name components like the Shimano Tourney Revoshift drivetrain and Kenda tires.

It is also (relatively) lightweight at 23 lbs. If you’re on a tight budget, you could do far worse than this bike.

Price: $349

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Honorable Mentions: 24 Inch Bikes

While we highly recommend the bikes on our Top 5 list, the following bicycles are worth a look as well.

Bike Price
Guardian AIROS 24 $529
Specialized Jett 24 $600
Ridgeback Dimensions 24 $499
Priority Start 24 $399
Cannondale Quick 24 $500

Guardian AIROS 24

Guardian Bikes are some of the safest kids bikes around thanks to their unique SureStop braking technology. The Guardian AIROS 24 is their top-of-the-line 24 inch offering and we dig it.

In addition to the super safe braking system, the bike offers easy-to-operate Shimano grip shifters and a 7-speed drivetrain.

If you’re not super bike savvy, no problem. Guardian offers easy assembly, helpful videos, and exceptional customer service.

Read Review: Guardian AIROS 24

Price: $529

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Specialized Jett 24

Specialized has stepped up their game with the introduction of the Specialized Jett 24. This bike competes with the best of the best on weight.

The bike is designed to maximize the amount of time your child can use the bike. There are two different crank holes (very unique) as well as a sizing tool to help you set the correct seapost and handlebar height.

Price: $600

Read Our Review: Specialized Jett

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Ridgeback Dimensions 24

The Ridgeback Dimensions 24 is a shiny, around-town bike that will look good locked up at school.  Ridgeback is another UK company that knows how to make nice kids bikes.  The aluminum frame included eyelets to install fenders and a rear-rack should you choose to do so.

Price: $499

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Priority Start 24

The Priority Start 24 is unique in that it uses a belt-drive rather than a chain. We love this! The belt drive is grime-free, won’t stain your kids pant legs, and requires minimal maintenance.

Speaking of minimal maintenance, the bike also has an internally-geared hub. It has three different gears that shift automatically. This is great for kids who don’t have the dexterity yet to shift, and for parents who don’t want to deal with maintaining the drivetrain.

Read Our Review: Priority Start 20 (same bike just smaller)

Price: $399

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Islabikes Beinn 24

As of fall 2018, Islabikes is no longer offering their bikes in the North American market. (Sad!) This was previously listed as one of our Top 5 bikes, and we are leaving it as an honorable mention in case you are lucky enough to find one used.

Islabikes is THE original kid-specific bike company and maintains its excellent reputation and cult-like following.  Serious bike families LOVE Islabikes thanks to the child-appropriate geometry, lightweight, and resale value.  Thanks to accessories like fenders and a luggage rack, the bike is ideal for around-town commuting or longer tours.   The only bummer is the price–which is significant when compared to other 24-inch bikes.

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Cannondale Quick 24


The Cannondale Quick 24 is capable of tackling paved city streets, gravel rail trails, and grass fields thanks to it’s all-around knobby tires.

All the components are brand-name including Kenda tires, Tektro brakes, and a Shimano Tourney drivetrain. It also weighs in at a totally respecatable 20 lbs, making this a great bike for any child.

Price: $500

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Comparison Chart: 24″ Kids Bikes

Bike Price (MSRP) Weight (lbs) Minimum Seatpost Height Frame Material/Design Drivetrain/Shifters Brake System Rims Tires
Woom 5 $529 20.3 26.5″ Alu Alloy SRAM V-brakes Supa Dupa Hoops (In-House) Kenda Small Block 8
Trek Precaliber 24 $409 27. 0 25.2″ Alu Alloy Shimano V-brakes Bontrager Bontrager XR1
Cleary Meerkat 24 $630 24.0 25″ Steel Sturmey Archer Hydraulic Disc Alex Kenda Small Block 8
Prevelo Alpha 4 $549 21.2 25.8″ Alu Alloy Shimano V-brakes In House Kenda Small Block 8
Islabikes Beinn 24 $650 19.5 Alu Alloy SRAM V-brakes In House In House
Co-op Cycles REV CTY $399 26.1 Alu Alloy Shimano V-brakes In House Kenda Cosmos
Ridgeback Dimensions 24 $499 26.1 Alu Alloy Shimano V-brakes In House Kenda Kwest
Frog 62 $550 20.3 26″ Alu Alloy Shimano V-brakes In House Kenda K154
Guardian AIROS 24 $529 23. 0 25″ Alu Alloy Shimano V-brakes (SureStop) In House Kenda
Pello Reyes $619 22.0 25.5″ Alu Alloy SRAM Mechanical Disc Alex Kenda K-Rad
Priority Start 24 $399 23.3 27″ Alu Alloy Shimano V-brakes In House Kenda K-Shield
Cannondale Quick 24 $500 20 25.4″ Alu Alloy Shimano V-brakes In House Kenda Small Block 8
Guardian Ethos 24 $429 25.5 25″ Steel Shimano V-brakes (SureStop) In House Kenda
Raleigh Redux 24 $330 24 27.2″ Alu Alloy Shimano Mechanical Disc In House Kenda Kruiser
Vitus 24 $379 22.7 27.2″ Alu Alloy Shimano V-brakes In House Kenda Small Bloc
Specialized Jett 24 $600 20. 5 26.5″ Alu Alloy Shimano V-brakes In House Specialized Pathfinder Sport
Polygon Premier 24 $349 23.1 25.5″ Alu Alloy (fork is Hi Ten steel) Shimano V-brakes In House Kenda

More Articles To Help You Make The Best Decision

  • Best Kids Bikes: How To Choose, Reviews, & More!
  • Kids Bike Sizing: 3 Tips To Help You Pick The Best Size Bike

About Us

The Rascals are a family of three. Kristen (mom), Blair (dad), and Parker (kiddo). We started Rascal Rides when Parker was born and we didn’t want to give up our passion for biking. As we learned, we shared. Over the years, we’ve tested hundreds of kids bikes, helmets, bike trailers, and more.

Kristen is a USA Cycling certified coach and loves to share her passion for biking with other families. Blair is a bike geek, mechanic, and mountain bike junkie. Parker is our resident tester and inspiration.

If you see us out on the trail, make sure to say hi!

What Size Bike For 11 Year Old Boy Or Girl? (Detailed Guide)

Bike sizing for an 11-year-old can be fraught with frustrations for an adult, as there are quite a few bike sizes for kids of all ages, and getting this right can be quite a challenge in itself.

At the same, getting the bike size right is also very important as it can shape how the child experiences the fun and joy of riding a bike.

The more they take to biking, the better it is for them. They would tend to enjoy the outdoors and not resort to sedentary activities like gaming or watching TV.

Biking is also an excellent activity that can keep the kid fit and in shape.

What Size Bike Should You Get For Your 11-Year-Old Daughter Or Son?

A 26-inch kid’s bike would be a good fit for an 11-year-old boy or girl who is between 58 and 63 inches tall.

The 26 inch bike category has both adults and kids segments within it.

The kids’ version would have a smaller frame compared to that of an adult.

If your kid is shorter than an average 11 year old then you can try them out on a 24 inch bike that can be a better fit.

Note that a 26 inch is also a recommended bike size for a 10 year old too.

Age is not the ideal factor to gauge the size or fit of a bike for a child.

Instead, go with height as kids of the same age can vary widely in terms of their height and size.

The inseam height is a much better standard, and measuring this height against the top tube height is a finer method for sizing bikes.

The top tube is the tube that connects the front of the bike to the seat post.

The inseam height is not the inseam length of the pants. This is the measurement of the distance from the crotch to the floor while not wearing shoes.

This height should be at least 5-6 inches taller than the top tube height when the kid is standing over the bike when stationary. This is known as the standover height.

Sizing Bikes For 11-Year-Old – Factors To Look For:

Apart from height, the other main factors that play a major role in getting the fit and size right for the child are:

Weight: The weight of the bike is often an overlooked aspect.

Parents when buying bikes for kids often neglect this aspect and look at it as if they are buying a bike for adults.

Kids’ bodies are not fully developed enough for them to push and shove weights that are quite heavy in proportion to their body weight.

And for kids, this can be a make-or-break proposition.

Also, heavier bikes often tend to be cheap.

High quality, but lower in weight, bikes can be expensive. So it’s a balancing act between price and quality.

Reach: The reach, crudely translated, is the space available at the front triangle of the bike, i.e., the area between the saddle, handlebars, and pedals.

This space needs to be optimum for the kid to feel comfortable and confident with the bike.

The kid should not be leaning too much onto the front nor should be sat way back on the saddle.

Likewise, there should be optimum space between the knees and the handlebars, especially during the top of the stroke, or the kid can feel cramped.

Geometry: The angles on the frame are also an important aspect depending on what type of bike your kid prefers.

26-inch kids bikes cater to all forms of biking such as road, mountain, BMX, gravel, cruisers, etc.

The frame on these bikes sports different degrees of angles.

A mountain bike will have a slacker angle of the head tube to aid in the control of the bike whereas on a road bike the angle would be steeper as aerodynamics is the key element.

So keep these points in mind while selecting the bike.

What Size Bike Frame For 11 Year Old?

Kids’ bikes are sized based on the size of the wheels rather than the size of the frame.

Adults’ bikes are sized based on the frame.

A 26 inch kid’s bike would be a good fit for an 11-year-old.

The 26 inch refers to the diameter of the wheels and not the size of the frame.

If your kid shorter than an average 11 year old, you can test a 24 inch bike that could be a better fit.

Likewise, if your kid is very tall, consider a 26 inch adults bike.

Note that 26 inch bikes are the recommended bike sizes for 12  year olds and 13-year-olds too.

What Size Road Bike For 11 Year Old Boy?

A 26 inch road bike would be a good fit for an 11-year-old boy or girl who is between 58 and 63 inches tall.

If your kid is shorter than this height, a 24 inch bike would be a better option.

Likewise, if the kid is much taller than an average 11 year old, then a 26 inch adult bike would be a better option.

Testing out the different options can be a much better way of finding the right-sized bike for your kid.

Can An 11 Year Old Ride A 26 Inch Bike?

Yes, an 11-year-old can ride a 26 inch kid’s bike, and is also the recommended bike size, also factoring in for their growth spurts.

However, if your kid is shorter than an average 11 year old, then you can consider a 24 inch bike that will be a better fit.

Likewise, if your child is very tall, check out an adult 26 inch bike that has a bigger frame size.

Height is a better gauge when sizing bikes for kids and so test out the various sizes and see which one your child is confident and comfortable with.

Confidence and comfort trump any other factor when deciding what size bike to go for.

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Best 24 Inch Bikes for 7 to 11 Year Olds in 2022

Buying a bike for your kids can sometimes turn into a decision-making nightmare. You’ll probably be asking questions like;

  • What’s the ideal age?
  • Does it suit my child’s height?
  • What’s the best ones out there?

…and many more.

You’d probably noticed that these bikes come in various types of configurations such as different frame materials, number of gears, tire types, brakes, and even different frame geometries.

Here are some of the important things to know :

  • For kids aged at least 7 and above or with an inseam of 24″ and above.
  • Bike frame can be steel (cheaper, heavier) or aluminum (more expensive, lighter).
  • Enough low gearing to tackle the gentle hills around your neighborhood bike paths or gravel trails.

I’ll discuss each of them, and more in detail in the buying guide section, and hopefully, you’ll get a clearer picture of what you should be looking for.

A Quick Glance : Our Favorite 24 Inch Kids Bikes

Editor’s Pick : Guardian Ethos 24
“A multiple safety award-winning bike in recent years.”

Budget Pick : Co-op Cycles REV 24
“Affordable price point makes this an attractive choice for most parents.”

For Mountain Biking : Trek Precaliber 24
“A great style, designed for durability and performance in the trails.

Editor’s Pick

Guardian Ethos 24

Photo Credit : Guardian Bikes

Guardian Bikes puts out two lines of kids’ bikes; the Original and the Ethos with the former being the company’s high-end line. The main difference lies in the drivetrain and frame.

The Ethos is fitted with Shimano 7-speed shifting, giving it a high level of performance. Other upgrades include smooth welding, which improves looks by eliminating the weld seams and strength with the addition of reinforced joints.

The remainder of the bike features all the kid-friendly design features that are present in all of Guardian’s bikes. This includes shorter reach on the handbrakes, a lightweight aluminum frame, and geometry tweaks that include smaller grips, shorter crank arms, and a lower center of gravity.

Understanding that kids can be rough on bikes, Guardian Bikes goes with double-walled rims, which resist bends and dents. And, of course, the Ethos also features cool graphics, which come in three different color schemes.

  • Pros : 7-speed drivetrain allows the kid to ride over multi terrains.
  • Cons : No disc brakes.

Value for Money Pick

Co-op Cycles Rev 24

Photo Credit : REI

It’s hard to justify spending a lot of money on a kid’s bike when you know they’re just going to grow out of it. Co-op, the bike brand of outdoor outfitting company REI, knows this. 

That’s why they came up with the Rev 24, a kids mountain bike at a very affordable price. While the REV 24 may lack some of the accouterments of a full-sized adult mountain bike, most notably a front suspension, it has everything else including mechanical disc brakes and 2.6” knobby tires. 

The Rev 24 also offers reliable shifting with a full 7-speed Shimano rear derailleur. 

  • Pros : Mechanical discs brake provide reliable braking in all conditions.
  • Cons : Limited and boring color choices.

24 Inch Mountain Bikes

Trek Precaliber 24

Photo Credit : Trek

The Trek Precaliber 24 offers versatility for your growing child. This is a great bike for riding on bike paths and also to take along for off-road, mountain biking adventures.

An aluminum frame keeps the Trek Precaliber at a weight that’s easy for children to maneuver while a dropped top tube makes it easier to get on and off the bike. 

A modest front suspension fork with 45mm of travel and knobby Bontrager XR1 knobby tires supply enough shock absorption and traction for aggressive dirt trails riding.

A full Shimano 8-speed drivetrain keeps the cadence up and pedaling easier on those big hills around the neighborhood.

  • Pros : Front suspension allows for aggressive off-road riding.
  • Cons : Expect to pay slightly more.

Cannondale Cujo 24

Photo Credit : Cannondale

Looking for that first mountain bike for your child? Cannondale’s Cujo 24 is another excellent option. 

With frame geometry designed for stability and maneuverability, the Cannondale Cujo 24 is ready to take on rugged off-road terrains. An aluminum frame makes bike handling and maneuverability easier for young kids. 

The gearing covers a broad range with a 1×8 Shimano Tourney drivetrain and 11-34T rear cassette. The Cannondale Cujo may lack a front suspension fork, but who needs one when the plus-size knobby tires are 2.6” wide.

It’s also fitted with smaller brake levers to accommodate smaller hands. 

  • Pros : Frame geometry aimed towards stability and easy maneuverability.
  • Cons : Expect to pay more for a reputable brand.

Picks for Girls

Co-op Cycles Rev CTY

Photo Credit : REI

REI’s Co-op Cycles Rev CTY is a great option for budding young riders looking for a good hybrid road bike that can comfortably handle both paved surfaces and light off-road terrain. 

The Rev CTY’s geometry mirrors that of the smaller Rev 16, with a top tube that drops below the seat stays on the seat tube for easy mounting and dismounting. Narrower tires with smaller knobs allow for faster roll, making pedaling easier. 

The real highlight of this bike, though, is its Shimano Tourney drivetrain, which offers an impressive 21 gears via a triple chainring and 7-speed rear cassette. 

  • Pros : Very low, the sloping top tube makes it easier to step over the bike.
  • Cons : Limited color choices.

Cannondale Quick 24

Photo Credit : Cannondale

Cannondale is a very well-known bike manufacturer and they provide incredible quality which is highly visible in their Quick 24 bike.

This bike is based upon Cannondale’s lightweight SmartForm C2 alloy frame and fork that is designed for riding over any type of terrain. Throw in the 1.5″ wide knobby Kenda tires, the ride becomes more comfortable.

The drivetrain is powered by a 7-speed Shimano gear system, controlled by a grip shifter. With its 11-28T gearing range, you’d be sure your child will cover both flat and hilly terrains without any problem.

If you’re after a lightweight bike, the Cannondale makes a great choice.

  • Pros : Cannondale’s alloy frame is renowned for its workmanship and comfort.
  • Cons : No front suspension fork nor disc brakes for the price.

Lightweight Models

Early Rider Seeker 24

Photo Credit : Early Rider

Not a little child anymore, but not yet an adult. That pretty much characterizes this bike.

The Early Rider Seeker 24 is an upgrade from the 20 inch version but with a drivetrain that resembles a full-sized adult mountain bike. This includes a 1×11 SRAM GX drivetrain with a cassette range of 10-42T. That’s not too far off from the 1x drivetrains that are becoming ubiquitous on adult bikes. 

Other features include a front suspension fork with 100mm of travel and hydraulic disc brakes. It’s safe to say that this is an excellent bike for getting your child off the road and onto some trail riding. 

  • Pros : Lightest bike among our picks and with top-of-the-line components.
  • Cons : Expect to pay a higher premium over other models.

Prevelo Alpha 4

Photo Credit : Prevelo

The Prevelo Alpha 4 certainly doesn’t come cheap. If you look closely at this bike, you’ll soon realize it screams quality right from the start.

The frame is made of a higher grade 6061 aluminum, which makes it even lighter than most aluminum frames out there. And it doesn’t stop here.

Gearing-wise, the Shimano 8-speed drivetrain with an 11-34T gear range will ensure your child gets over the steepest climbs around the neighborhood. While not having a front suspension fork, this is compensated by 1.5″ wide tires which will help smoothen out the uneven surfaces for a more comfortable ride.

Even though Alpha Four is a bit pricier bike, it’s worth every dollar it costs. 

  • Pros : Sleek and modern-looking lightweight aluminum frame design and colors.
  • Cons : No disc brakes for the selling price.

24 Inch Bikes Buying Guide

From experience, I’ve seen parents being overwhelmed by lots of information when it comes to buying bikes for their kids.

Well, it’s a lot of info to digest but it shouldn’t be that complicated.

In this section below, I’ve covered the 5 important things to look out for before you buy. Going through the sections below will give you a clearer idea of what to expect.

If you want a more detailed guide, you can read my kid’s bike guide which will cover each of the topics below in depth.

Buyer’s Guide to 24” Kids Bikes, by The Geeky Cyclist

1. Suitable for Kids Aged 7+

24 inch is the last bike size before stepping into adult bike size territory. Generally, the minimum age for 24 inch bikes is at least 7 years old.

From my own experience and observation, kids usually start riding this bike size when they’re 8, 9, or sometimes 10 years old. It’s inaccurate to size the kids just based on their age as kids of the same age might not have the same height.

A more accurate method is to measure their inseam.

But, what’s an inseam?

Photo Credit : Millfield Velo

Inseam is the length measured from the crotch to the floor of a child who is standing with both feet flat on the ground.

Here’s a quick way to measure your child’s inseam.

  1. Stand with the back flat against the wall, feet close together.
  2. Put a book between the legs, push it up so that it’s touching the crotch.
  3. Hold the book while the child moves forward and away.
  4. Measure the distance between the floor and the top of the book.

The ideal inseam measurement for a 24 inch bike is between 24″ and 28″.

If your child falls outside of this range, you might want to consider either sizing up or down a size for them. Alternatively, you can also visit your local bike shop to try out the various bike sizes before deciding.

Read More : 6 Tips to Teach A Child to Ride A Bike


Bike Frame Made from Steel or Aluminum

The majority of the bikes are made of either steel or aluminum. There are some exceptions where they’re made of carbon, but those will cost you a lot of money.

Steel is a very durable, reliable material, and more importantly, affordable material to build a bike frame. The downside is, it’s heavy.

On the other hand, aluminum offers the same durability yet is a lot lighter and more expensive. Bikes such as the Early Rider Seeker 24 and Prevelo Alpha 4 are among the lightest ones, but they come with a heavier price tag.

In short, be prepared to pay more if you’re after a lighter bike.

3. Enough Gears for Flats and Hills

Shimano and SRAM are the two most common gear manufacturers seen in 24 inch bikes.

Since the bikes are now bigger, they come with various gear configurations. Some of the bikes such as Co-op Rev 24 and Cannondale Quick will come with 7-speed gearing, while others can have up to 21 gears with 3 front chainrings.

For example, if the bike has 2 front chainrings and 7 rear cogs, there will be a total of 14 available gears. The wider the gearing range, the more versatile the bike is.

You might also start noticing that manufacturers specify the gear ratio in terms of 11-28T or 11-34T. 

What does this mean?

11T represents 11 teeth at the rear cog, which indicates a very high gear which is ideal for cruising along flat roads.

28T represents a very low gear, which is useful for the hills. The steeper the hill is, the lower the gears are needed, which is why some bikes such as the Prevelo Alpha 4 come with a 34T rear cassette.

4. Front and Rear Brakes

You’ll notice that every bike now comes with brakes. And there’s really no surprise here.

However, what differs is the type of brakes.

There are no coaster brakes anymore, but almost all of them come with either V-brakes, rim brakes, or even disc brakes such as the Salsa Timberjack and Cannondale Cujo for better braking performance.

5. Tires Sizes from 1.5″ to 1.9″ Wide

Almost all of the bikes come with tires that require air pressure and thus are vulnerable to punctures. 

So, it’s about time that you consider learning how to change an inner tube yourself and teaching your kids how to do them too.

You’ll notice that the tires come in various sizes, typically from 1.5″ to 1.9″ wide.

The wider the tire size, the more comfortable the ride will be as you’ll be running a lower air pressure due to the larger tire volume.

Julie Hammond

Julie discovered her love for cycling when she had her first child. When it comes to everything related to kids’ bikes, accessories, or gears, Julie is hands-on and up-to-date with the latest trends.

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How to choose a teenage bike for boys and girls, the best models for teens

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Adolescence is an extremely important stage in the growth and maturation of every child. Riding a bicycle helps children to get normal physical development. Having fun in the fresh air, during cycling, the child trains the muscles of the legs and back, and also develops the vestibular apparatus.

In this article we will look at the main parameters and differences between teenage bikes for boys and girls, as well as give recommendations on choosing a manufacturer and a suitable bike model.

1. Basic parameters and equipment of teenage bikes.

The teen bike is a smaller version of the adult bike, but designed to handle a child with weaker legs, less weight and height.

1.1 Wheel size.

The main parameter by which teen bikes are classified is the size of the installed wheels, which can be 24 or 26 inches. Sometimes there are also teenage models on 27.5 inch wheels, for example AUTHOR ULTRASONIC 27.5.

Bikes with 24 inch wheels are more suitable for young cyclists aged 9-12, 125-140 cm tall (max 145 cm). For teenagers 12-14 years old, with a height of 135-155 cm, a 26-inch junior bike is better suited. Tall teenagers over 150 cm tall can also look at adult bikes with 26 or 27.5 inch wheels. A smaller wheel size improves handling, a larger one increases rolling.

1.2. Frame.

Another important parameter is the size of the frame, which increases in proportion to the size of the wheels. But it also happens that different manufacturers have great ones with the same tire size, equipped with a frame of different sizes. In addition, the size of the frame may differ for different models of the same manufacturer. Sometimes the same teenage model is available in several sizes. For example AUTHOR ULTRASONIC is available in 14 and 16 sizes.

Each manufacturer has its own table of sizes, but they are all approximately the same, so you can make a preliminary selection of the frame size, depending on the height, according to the following table.

Frame size, inches

Child’s height, cm






XS (XSmall)

12-12. 5



XS (XSmall)




XS (XSmall)



Teen, adult

S (Small)



Teen, adult

S (Small)




M (Medium)




M (Medium)

For tall teenagers 14-15 years old, with a height of more than 150 cm, you can choose teenage or adult models with a 14-17 frame size. For teenagers 16-17 years of medium and tall, you need to choose among adult models with a frame size of 17-19.

The final choice of size is best done in the store, after the child sits in the saddle, and even better, rides a bike a little. Don’t forget to adjust the height of the saddle and handlebars before doing this. At the bottom of the pedaling torsion, the leg should be almost completely extended. If the leg does not fully straighten, then you need to raise the saddle or choose a large size. The foot should completely lie on the pedal, if the child reaches for the pedals, reaching with one toe, then you need to lower the saddle or choose a smaller size. If it is convenient for the child to pedal correctly and reach the steering wheel, then the choice has been made correctly.

Pay attention to the material from which the frame is made, it is better if it is aluminum, such a frame is much lighter than steel, which means it is easier to carry a bike, and it is easier to accelerate and climb a hill on it. To further reduce the weight, the tube butting technology of the frame is used, which implies a different thickness of the tube, where the load is greater — the thickness is greater.

1.3. Transmission.

Junior bikes are often equipped with amateur level multi-speed mountain gears with one or two 6-24 gear shifts. The most famous manufacturers of bicycle transmissions are the Japanese company Shimano and the American Sram. They produce groups of different levels and prices, which differ in the number of gears, reliability, durability, clarity of operation and weight. Below are the main classes of mountain transmissions that are installed in teen bikes:

  • low end: Shimano Tourney;
  • entry-level amateur: Sram X.3, Shimano Altus;
  • average amateur level: Sram X.4, Shimano Acera;
  • high amateur level Sram X.5, Shimano Alivio;
  • high amateur grade: Shimano Deore.

If you are looking for a reliable bike for a teenager who will ride daily, and even in an active style, then it is desirable that the transmission be of high quality, at the level of Shimano Alivio or higher. In this case, the gears switch very clearly, riding such a bike is a pleasure. And the service life is much longer compared to the same Shimano Tourney.

For everyday touring style trips, save some money and go with the Shimano Altus. Despite the fact that this group belongs to the initial amateur level, it is considered quite reliable, primarily due to the use of the HG200-8 or HG200-9 cassette. Any cassette is much more reliable than Tourney ratchets. And Altus shifters are better than Tourney.

For leisurely weekend rides, choose a bike with Shimano Tourney derailleurs.

1.4. Brakes.

The most reliable disc brakes are hydraulically actuated. Disk mechanical ones are worse, but for a teenager it is also a great option. But, in most cases, simple rim brakes are also suitable, as long as they are branded. Rim brakes are inferior in reliability to disc brakes only in bad weather and road conditions, when a layer of dirt or snow sticks to the rims. In this case, the braking quality of the rim brakes deteriorates. If the cyclist will not constantly drive through mud and snow, then you can safely take a bike with rim brakes.

1.5. Fork.

A rigid fork is best for fast travel on smooth roads. For a comfortable ride on forest, mountainous and rough terrain, as well as broken roads, the fork must be equipped with a shock absorber, preferably an oil spring, and even better an air type. Budget spring-elastomer shock absorbers are significantly inferior to them in terms of shock and vibration damping.

2. Brand selection

Bicycles for teenagers are very popular among buyers, so the number of their manufacturers and modifications is constantly growing. Choosing the right bike among all this variety is quite difficult, so before choosing a model, it is better to focus on a couple of good brands, among which to choose the right model.

There are many manufacturers who produce poor quality bikes. They are distinguished by a cheap price and are sold mainly in hypermarkets and markets. Riding such a bike does not give any pleasure, its cheap attachments often fail in the first year of operation, but most importantly, the frame or steering wheel can break right during the ride, which leads to injury. You don’t want your child to get hurt, do you? Then do not buy a cheap bike from an unknown manufacturer.

On the other hand, although many popular companies produce high-quality and reliable bicycles, they charge a large markup for their well-known brand, we will not recommend them for purchase either.

We advise you to choose among those world-renowned manufacturers who produce reliable bikes for teenagers and do not charge too much for the brand. The world-famous Czech company AUTHOR stands out here, their junior bikes are of high quality, reliable and light, and the pricing policy is quite modest. The author’s frames are tested for strength, and Japanese Shimano transmissions are used in multi-speed modifications.

For those who are looking for an American manufacturer, we recommend bikes from the popular SCOTT brand, which are also based on very strong and at the same time light aluminum frames and are equipped with Shimano transmissions.

If you are looking for the most budgetary, but at the same time quite high-quality option, we recommend the young, growing company HORST.

2. Choosing a model

Now that you have decided on the manufacturer, chosen the frame size and wheel size, and also know approximately what equipment a bike suitable for your child should be equipped with, take your child to a specialized store with a large choice of teenage models and choose together!

If you live in St. Petersburg, visit our sports department store USPORTS, which has a wide range of junior bikes. We sell only quality branded bikes, both from the leaders of the cycling industry, world famous brands such as the Czech AUTHOR and the American SCOTT, as well as from lesser known brands such as HORST. You can also place an order through this site.

Please note that special models are available for girls, which have a more elegant appearance and a very low or missing top tube.

To further simplify the process of choosing a teenager’s bike, below are recommended models for different age groups.

2.1. Younger adolescence 9-12 years old.

Middle school students, aged 9-12, 125-140 cm tall, a bike with a 12.5 inch frame and 24 inch wheels is ideal. If you want the bike not to become small in one season, with a height of 135 cm or more, you can choose models on 26-inch wheels (read the next paragraph).

For boys and sports girls who love speed, we recommend a very fast AUTHOR ULTRASONIC 24 bike with a rigid fork, a chic 9-speed SHIMANO Alivio transmission and quality KENDA Small Block Eight aramid tires.

In 2021, AUTHOR released a slightly simplified version similar to the ULTRASONIC 24, the LIMIT 24, a fast lightweight bike with a rigid fork and a reliable SHIMANO HG31-8 cassette. Recommended for those who like to drive on smooth roads!

For off-road enthusiasts, the AUTHOR MIRAGE 24 is equipped with a RST Capa T suspension fork, mechanical disc brakes and a SHIMANO Acera 24-speed mid-range transmission.

For those who are looking for a budget option for walking, you can choose AUTHOR A-MATRIX 24, MATRIX 24 or HORST TACTIC, JOKER, STICH. For girls, specialized modifications are produced: AUTHOR A-MATRIX SL 24, ULTIMA 24 and HORST FANCY 24. All large, except for the steel AUTHOR MATRIX 24 and HORST TACTIC, are assembled on a lightweight aluminum frame. All of them are equipped with a simple suspension fork and a multi-speed transmission. A-MATRIX SL 24 stands out with a high-quality SHIMANO HG31-8 cassette, the rest of the models have a Shimano Tourney ratchet. HORST TACTIC and JOKER have mechanical disc brakes, the rest of the bikes have rim brakes.

2.2. The average adolescence is 12-14 years old.

For teenagers 12-14 years old, with a height of 135-155 cm, special teenage 26-inch bikes with a 13. 5 frame size are produced. If you want the bike not to become small after one season, with a height of 150 cm or more, you can choose adult models (read the next paragraph).

For future riders, here’s what’s new for 2021, a light bike tuned for AUTHOR LIMIT 26 speeds with a rigid fork and a solid SHIMANO HG31-8 cassette. Even better, but also significantly more expensive, is the top bike: the AUTHOR ULTRASONIC 26 2021, with a rigid fork and a chic 10-speed SHIMANO Deore drivetrain.

For off-road enthusiasts, the AUTHOR A-MATRIX 26 Disc 2021 is perfect. The RST Capa T 26 spring-loaded elastomer suspension fork, with 80 mm of travel, handles light off-road and potholes well. Shimano Altus transmission shifts 9 gears clearly. TEKTRO mechanical disc brakes are reliable in any weather.

For those looking for a more budget-friendly option, the 18-speed AUTHOR A-MATRIX 26 mountain bike or the 21-speed HORST ROCKET 26 will do.

For those who prefer an American manufacturer, we recommend SCOTT Scale JR 26 and Voltage JR 26 for boys and SCOTT Contessa JR 26 for girls.

2.3. Senior adolescence 14-17 years.

In older adolescence, it is already possible to choose among adult models 14-17 sizes, and sometimes 19-th. The adult lineup is even more diverse, there are both the simplest models for beginners, and the coolest modifications for experienced amateurs and professionals.

For juniors who will be riding off-road and are looking for a bike with a high-end suspension fork, we recommend adult models of hardtails with 27.5 inch wheels. For guys: AUTHOR TRACTION, PEGAS, SOLUTION, IMPULSE and RIVAL. For girls, AUTHOR produces the same models, but with a female frame geometry, their name has an ASL prefix at the end.

Great options at an affordable price — HORST MESSER and the new 2021 HORST TRASSER.

More affordable hardtail options on 26-inch wheels from Author, for guys: OUTSET for girls: UNICA. Budget bike on an aluminum frame from Horst: GENESIS.

For those who plan to actively ride on various terrain, high- and mid-level hybrid bikes are suitable. Recommended models for guys: CLASSIC, HORIZON. For girls: INTEGRA, HORIZON ASL, COMPACT ASL.

For riders who will be racing on flat roads, choose from road models. For teenagers, the best option would be the middle class of road bikes, for example AUTHOR AURA 55, AURA XR, AURA 44.

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biking every day, SCOTT has a special collection of teenage bikes with 20″ to 26″ wheels for boys and girls.

There are more than 15 models of different colors and configurations in the line, but all models are distinguished by attention to detail. Each bike has a chin guard — Syncros rubber pad on the stem cover, saddles are equipped with a handle for adults, a footrest and a bell are included. Components are carefully chosen: shortened brake levers, special cranks for teenagers, narrow pedals and child-friendly handlebars and grips. These bikes generate positive emotions for both children and their parents.

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The season is just around the corner, and this is the best time to pick up a children’s bike. Today in stores you will find a huge number of offers in various price categories, but we will limit this variety of bikes to one SCOTT brand. Since we are the official dealer of the SCOTT brand, as well as an authorized service center, we know all the features of this brand. So, we have a task: to buy a children’s bike for a child. What to choose and what to be guided by when choosing?

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For a child over 10, life without a bike is a path to poor eyesight and poor posture. To make a teenager more often distracted from the monitor and breathe fresh air, buy a bike of his dreams. How to choose a bike if a “good bike” for a teenager is a fancy design, and for parents it is a safe and comfortable vehicle? Is it possible to buy a teenager a bicycle for growth and which one? We will answer the popular questions of caring moms and dads in an informative article.

How to choose the right bike for teenagers: cruiser, folding, mountain or bmx?

The bike must suit the teenager’s riding style. Much depends on how fast the young cyclist rides, on what routes and how often the child travels.

  • Cruise bike for leisurely city riding. The saddle of the unit is located high so that the rider does not strain his back and does not get tired, the steering wheel is most often ergonomically curved, and the wheels of the transport are large. A steel bike with high-strength tires will last 2-3 years. And if you choose a teenager such a model as a bicycle with adjustable seat height and steering wheel, then 5 years is not the limit.
  • Is your child not very athletic but loves to ride on good roads and travel? It is right for such a teenager to choose a bike suitable for both the city and traveling. Folding transport will fit even in a travel bag. A high-quality travel bike weighs no more than 10 kg, and in terms of convenience it is almost as good as an urban counterpart.
  • Active teenage fidgets who love to ride off-road, feel the speed and drive, a light mountain bike will do. Ask a shop assistant about how to choose a speed bike for a teenager if you don’t know much about mountain bikes. Usually, children 10-12 years old take 6-speed models, teenagers 13-15 years old — 12-18-speed bikes, and girls and boys from 16 and older — bikes with 21-27 speeds.
  • Stunt bike is the choice of very sporty guys who love extreme maneuvers. Bicycle jumping up stairs, bicycling from one platform to another or riding backwards — bmx transport allows you to do all this. Even if you want to buy a stunt bike as a gift, go to the sporting goods with your child and find out which models will suit the extreme, as choosing a teenage bmx bike without experience in bike jumping will not work.

What size is a good bike for a teenager?

Older kids grow up fast, but buying an oversized bike with a long range is not a good idea. For safety reasons, the cyclist’s foot must always rest freely on the pedal (otherwise it will not work to brake urgently). Before choosing a bike for a teenager, decide on the size of the bike.

The size of a teenager’s bike is the length of its frame and the diameter of the wheels. It is easy to determine both quantities. Divide the child’s height in centimeters by 2.54, and divide the quotient by 2.5. Now you know how many inches should be in the wheel. It’s a little more difficult to choose a frame: the coefficient depends on the type of bike (0.66 for city bikes, 0.68 for bmx samples, and 0.57 for mountain bikes). It is necessary to measure the distance from the floor to the groin of a teenager using a centimeter tape, multiply the result by a factor and convert to inches. The resulting value should be rounded to tenths. You can also use the correspondence table below.

Age Height Leg length Wheel diameter frame size
10 years old 120-135 cm up to 55 cm 20″ 15/16 — bmx,

14 — city, 13 — mountain

11-12 years old 140-155 cm up to 65 cm 22-24″ 17/18 bmx,

16 — urban

15 — mountain

13-15 years old 160-175 up to 75 cm 26″ 19/20 bmx,



Bicycle of which brand should a teenager buy?

When choosing a bike for a teenager, consider both the specifications and the brand’s reputation. We will shortlist four firms that are trustworthy.

Stark is a young domestic company that has been in existence since 2002. In 2015, their bikes began to be exported. In total, the company has 8 lines of children’s and adult bikes to choose from. Prices for these bikes are much lower than for imported counterparts.

Giant is an English company with many years of experience, founded in 1972. Athletes with world-famous names won championships while driving these iron horses. Their motto is “Lead through life. Drive the Giant.”

Cube (Kid line) is a German bike manufacturer from Waldershof, which has been on the market since 1993. The company specializes in the manufacture of cross-country bikes, triathlon bikes, electric bikes and other high-tech models for young people.

Author is a Czech company that has been producing bicycles since 2002 (originally called Author Gang). Today they produce full suspension models, bmx bikes, freestyle mountain bikes and more.

In conclusion, we want to give you advice: whether you are planning an online purchase or a real shopping, the main thing is that when deciding which bike to choose for a teenager, listen to the opinion of a girl or a boy: in this case, the child will definitely be satisfied with the purchase and will treat new vehicles more carefully.

TOP 10 Rating of the best bikes for teenagers in 2022

A quality bike for a teenager should be comfortable, reliable and with good accessories. Safety and comfort while driving depend on this. Kids grow up fast so bikes need to be updated as they get older.

However, buying a low-quality bike, hoping that the child will grow up faster than it breaks, is not worth it. You can always resell a branded bike to other parents for almost the purchase price (on average, the price of used bikes drops by 10% for each year of use). A cheap bike is almost impossible to sell after two years of heavy use. Components in such bikes quickly fail, and it is unprofitable to change them before selling.

How to choose an inexpensive, practical, high-quality and comfortable bike for a child? You will find the answer to this question in this post. We have prepared a ranking of the best children’s bikes, as well as practical recommendations to help you make the right choice.


What to look for when choosing a bike.

When choosing a bike for a child, many parents simply pay attention to the price. In fact, there are more parameters that will determine the quality of using a bicycle. In particular, parents should consider the following aspects:

The quality of the saddle, tires, bottom bracket . Since the weight of the child is quite small, many manufacturers make saddles out of plastic. In our rating, models with a steel saddle frame. Such products do not crack, and last much longer. Tires must also be branded. A great option is Kenda. This also applies to the carriage. The sleeve with bearings makes the carriage mechanism almost eternal. Good bushings are made by Neco.

Materials . The weight of the frame determines the weight of the overall structure. Cheap bikes use steel frames. In higher quality — from aluminum alloys. Wheel rims are made from the same materials. Bicycles with aluminum frames and rims weigh less than steel ones.

Appearance . The brighter the color of the bike, the less the risk that a motorist leaving the parking lot will not notice the baby. To do this, reflectors and flags are attached to bicycles. In addition, the brighter the color of the bike, the more the child likes it.

Brakes . The main attribute of the safety of a small driver. It is better if there is both a rear and a hand brake. The rear is used to slow down, the front is used for hard braking. The main front brake uses a cantilever or V-Brake design. Both brakes are good, but the cantilever brake is harder because the compression of the right or left pad occurs with a uniform application of force.

The best manufacturers of teen bikes

Puky. The company was founded in 1949. The headquarters is located in the German city of Wülfrath. In addition to bicycles, it produces balance bikes and scooters. Products are tested in laboratory conditions under overload, therefore they are reliable and safe

STELS . Bicycles of this brand are produced by the Russian company Velomotors. The company was founded in 2003. Today the company has three factories (near Moscow, in the Bryansk region and in Krasnodar). In addition to bicycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles are produced. Products do not always win in terms of reliability, but the price is pleasantly pleasing.

S’cool . The German company has been producing bicycles for 15 years. There are both children’s bikes and balance bikes (bicycles without a chain that require pushing off the ground with your feet) and bikes for adults. At the heart of production is a bet on safety and reliability. Therefore, sometimes the price of a bicycle can seem high.

Merida . This company proves that quality branded products from Taiwan are not a myth. The company has existed since 1972nd year. Merida’s credo is to produce beautiful, quality, yet affordable bikes. Today, Merida ranks as the 15th largest enterprise in Taiwan.

Giant. The company was founded in 1972 in Taiwan, but since 1986 there has been an active expansion of the company’s divisions in Europe, Australia and the United States. About 55 percent of the world’s branded bicycles are produced at Giant’s facilities.

How to choose the right size bike for a teenager?

It is not difficult to choose a model that will match the height of the child. To do this, he must stand next to the vehicle. The most suitable models will be those in which the seat will be at the level of the teenager’s thigh.

The second variant of the selection is to stand in such a way that the frame is between his legs. There should be a distance of 10-12 cm between it and the child’s groin. This will protect him from injury if he slips off the seat.

Important choose the bike according to the height of the steering wheel and saddle so that the teenager sits evenly, without crouching, pedaling calmly reaching them at the lowest point, and also not resting his knees on the steering wheel.

TOP 5 Best teen bikes for boys.


FORWARD Bizon Mini 24 (2021)

The most comfortable teen bike

Half fat bike for kids ages eight to thirteen with Sun Race 7 speed attachments. Tech features: 6061 aluminum frame, FWD 286 suspension fork with 50mm travel, Stars Circle Double Wall rims, Power BX-351 mechanical disc brakes, kickstand. Suitable for active driving on various roads and rough terrain. Wheel diameter is 24 inches. Weight — 14.3 kg.


STELS Navigator 410 MD 24 21-sp V010

Best in price/quality category

STELS Navigator 410 MD bicycle, designed for children aged eight to thirteen, with Shimano beginner grade equipment 21 speed. Tech features: Hi-Ten steel frame, 40mm travel suspension fork, dual aluminum rims, mechanical disc brakes, rear derailleur guard. Suitable for recreational skiing in urban areas and on easy routes in the forest. Wheel diameter is 24 inches. Weight — 15.6 kg.



Novatrack Extreme 24 6

The Ultimate Teen Bike for Walking

Novatrack Extreme Teen Bike 6 sp. 24″ (2021) is an excellent option for a child from 9 to 12 years old. Mechanical rim brakes V-brake Steel are responsible for quick blocking of the wheels even on wet pavement. Wheels with lightweight Z-AXIS tires have all-round traction. The spring-loaded elastomer fork creates good handling. The frame is made of steel, which makes it durable and light in weight. You can switch between speeds using the Shimano Tourney system.



STELS Navigator 450 MD V030 (2020)

Most reliable teen bike If your child, like many of his peers, became interested in cycling and would like to have at his disposal a cool high-speed model in a stylish design, then give him the latest model Stels Navigator 450 MD V030. The lightweight aluminum alloy frame, shock-absorbing front fork, rim brakes and all-round tires will make the young rider a real pleasure to ride in and out of the city.



Stels Aggressor D 24 V010

Teenage Petet Bake Stels Agghassor D 24 V010 with wide tires 24 × 2.6 PLUS for the best passage in conditions of the best passage in conditions. Design and coloring will attract the attention of others. Robust and thoughtful aluminum alloy frame construction, rigid fork, 8-speed Microshift transmission, reliable mechanical disc brakes. This model is suitable for children from 8 years old with a height of 130 cm and above. The set includes a bell and a side stand for bike parking. Wheel diameter is 24″ inches.


TOP-5 best teen bicycles for girls


Forward IRIS 24 2.0 D 9001 inches) is a high-quality novelty for 2021 from the FORWARD brand, designed for driving around the city and rough terrain. Lightweight aluminum construction for faster acceleration and better aerodynamics.

Mechanical disc brakes are the best and most maintainable solution for stopping quickly and efficiently at any speed. Stylish design will please the eye of even an avid gourmet. High-quality components of the FWD brand increase the life of the bike. The headtail cushioning ensures a smooth ride over any uneven road.

Comfort saddle allows people of all sizes to ride comfortably. Six speeds allow you to easily move on various slopes. Partial chain protection prevents dirt and external influences, and the footrest allows you to comfortably put the bike.



Welt Floxy 24

Best Buyer’s Choice in the category

The updated Welt Foxy bike is a great city bike for girls aged 8+. In the new Edelweiss 26 Teen, Welt made internal cable routing in the frame, a 7-speed Shimano transmission, a lightweight aluminum frame, two sizes of which allow you to choose a bike for your height, reliable hand brakes, rolling wheels — all this makes the bike easy to handle and pass on city ​​and country lanes. The bike already has full-size fenders, the saddle and handlebars can be adjusted to the height of the child.

3. Stark Bliss 24.1 D (2021)

The most beautiful bike in the ranking

A bike for girls aged eight to thirteen with Shimano entry-level equipment, 7 speeds. Tech features: AL-6061 aluminum frame, Easing ES-225 suspension fork, YXR RD-0312 dual rims, YX DB-01 mechanical disc brakes. Suitable for pleasure riding on highways and flat country roads. Wheel diameter is 24 inches. Weight — 14.4 kg.


FORWARD Jade 24 1.0 (2021)

The newest bike for girls in 2022

A bike for girls aged eight to thirteen with Shimano entry-level equipment, 7 speeds. Technical features: 6061 aluminum frame, rigid steel fork, FWD Double Wall rims, reliable Promax TX-117 V-Brake rim brakes. Suitable for recreational skiing in urban areas and on easy routes in the forest. Wheel diameter is 24 inches. Weight — 13.5 kg.


Stels Navigator 420 V 24 V030

Best Women’s Teen Bike

Very light bike for kids aged eight to thirteen with Shimano entry-level equipment, 6 speeds. Technical features: aluminum frame, double aluminum rims, reliable V-brake rim brakes. Suitable for recreational skiing in urban areas and on easy routes in the forest.



Novatrack Titanium 20 6


ALTAIR MTB FS Full Suspension Teen Bike, designed for kids ages eight to thirteen, with Shimano attachments, 21 speeds. Tech features: AL-6061 aluminum frame, Easing ES-225 suspension fork, rear shock, YXR RD-0312 twin aluminum rims, reliable Saiguan CB-141 V-Brake rim brakes. Suitable for recreational skiing in urban areas and on easy routes in the forest. Wheel diameter is 20 inches. Weight — 15 kg.


STELS Mustang V 20 V010 (2020)

The bike has two shock absorbers and is made using quality steel and reliable entry-level components. The frame is mounted on small twenty-inch wheels, which indicates that the model is intended for the smallest conquerors of off-road — children from 6 to 9years. This full-suspension mountain bike is ideal for gaining experience in overcoming difficult sections of roads.


Novatrack Shark 20 6 Disc (2020)

Most Reliable Full Suspension Teenage Bike

Novatrack Shark 20 Disc Bike for ages 6 to 9 with 6 speeds. Full suspension bike Shark 20 with disc brakes (they brake better in all weather conditions, always works even if there is the slightest curvature of the wheel), two shock absorbers allow you to ride on a country road and easily drive into the curb. Frame size 13″. Bike weight 14.8 kg


STELS Mustang V 24 V020 (2021)

Cheapest two-suspension teen bike

STELS Mustang V bike for kids ages eight to thirteen with Power attachments, 21 speeds. Tech features: Hi-Ten steel frame, 40mm travel suspension fork, rear shock absorber, double aluminum rims, reliable Power V-brake rim brakes, kickstand. Suitable for recreational riding on various roads and rough terrain. Wheel diameter is 24 inches. Weight — 17.2 kg.


Novatrack Shark 20 1 (2020)

The coolest full suspension teen bike

Sturdy steel construction guarantees a long service life of the bike. The spring-loaded elastomer damper provides a smooth ride over rough terrain, and the included plastic fenders come in handy when riding through puddles. The bike is equipped with a reliable V-brake brake, which is controlled from the steering wheel. The chainring is protected by protection, the set includes a kickstand, a bell and plastic fenders.


At the end of the article, we recommend that you approach the choice carefully and with a cool head. Even if you like the design of a particular model, it is worth weighing all its pros and cons. We strongly do not recommend taking bicycles with a steel, shock-absorbing frame. The shock absorber on such a bike will work very poorly or not at all, and it will add extra nodes for maintenance, weight and headaches. Remember, the heavier the bike, the harder it is for the child to ride it. We also advise you to choose a bike with your child, even if you want to surprise him. This will help not to miscalculate with the size and model. Enjoy the shopping!

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top-18 rating according to KP

Most of today’s teenagers cannot imagine themselves without a bike. With it you can travel long distances, lead an active lifestyle, and on some models you can safely go to the mountains or learn tricks.

There are many models of teenage bikes on the market today, from the simplest to the high-speed, mountain and stunt bikes. The editors of Komsomolskaya Pravda compiled their own rating, based on the opinion of an expert. 9

1. Electra Cruiser Lux 7D Flowers 24

Electra Cruiser Lux 7D Flowers 24 This model has become especially popular due to its patented Flat Foot Technology frame geometry. Such a system reduces the load on the back muscles due to the correct straight landing, and also reduces the load on the knees and allows you to put your foot on the ground at any time of the trip without jumping off the saddle.

The ultimate combination of safety, versatility, speed and comfort makes this bike the perfect choice for teenagers from 145 cm to 170 cm tall. The bike is available in both classic and bright colors.

The main characteristics
Frame material Aluminum 6061-T6
Wheel diameter 24 ″, double rim
type of depreciation SEN with a spring bloc with a spring bloc with a spring bloc. 0041

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Pros and cons

Safety and build quality, will last long without loss of comfort thanks to Flat Foot Technology; the ability to turn in Trade In from Electra; the presence in the set of lamps powered by dynamo bushings; hidden wiring; versatility in application; comfortable fit; light and strong frame; full size fenders included; easy to install accessories (trunks, baskets, etc.)


Editor’s Choice

Electra Cruiser Lux 7D Flowers 24

Teen Adult Bike

Easy to handle and stable on the road. Cruiser Lux is a model for those who are serious about entertainment

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2. Trek Wahoo 24

Trek Wahoo 24. Photo:

Universal teenage bike with equipment from Shimano Altus amateur class. The 8-speed rear derailleur allows you to quickly and easily set your desired pace. Thanks to the lightweight Alpha Silver Aluminum frame and the rigid Wahoo 24 fork, the bike is fast and agile, perfectly balanced, therefore stable and safe. Rigid design (without shock absorbers) allows you to feel the bike well, pick up speed quickly, and ride it in any weather. However, the lack of shock absorbers negatively affects the ride comfort, the steering wheel can vibrate a lot on uneven roads.

Tough and durable 24×1.95″ tires will withstand even the toughest loads. Enclosed dropout with Trek’s patented ThruSkew safety feature that ensures wheels never fall out unintentionally. The 8-speed transmission will allow the teenager to easily overcome various types of tracks. This model has all the characteristics of an adult bike, both functionally and externally. The bike is designed for teenagers with a height of 130-150 cm. The maximum weight of the cyclist 80 kg Bicycle weight

Bicycle is ideal for any type of highway, since it is well equipped with sketchy equipment.

External brake cable routing reduces cable life; lack of shock absorption reduces the softness of the ride

3. Giant ARX 24

Giant ARX 24. Photo:

A great option for a teenager’s bike with the unique ALUXX architecture. This is Giant’s proprietary aluminum frame technology, which produces strong yet lightweight frames. Clever frame design with low center of gravity improves stability and safety. Innova IB-3010 tires provide good traction, making the young athlete feel confident when riding on any type of track.

Athlete-approved Shimano equipment is responsible for safety and comfortable handling. The 8-speed transmission will help the teenager choose the optimal pace of movement and distribute the load. The manufacturer focuses on the lightness of the bike in this class and the ability to fit the bike to individual parameters due to the presence of special components. The bike is designed for children from 8 to 13 years old.

Stylish teen bike designed primarily for girls. An interesting design, additional details and a low frame made of aluminum will surely attract the attention of young athletes. This model is perfect for walking in parks, country roads with small bumps or moving around the city.

Comfortable and lightweight, the ALUXX frame is designed with the anatomical features of the young athlete in mind, so the child will feel comfortable riding the bike. Thanks to the Giant Comfort saddle, the teenager will not get tired even during long rides. Chainguards and full-length fenders not only provide functionality but also add style. The bike is great for kids aged 8-12. 130-155 cm The maximum weight of the cyclist 80 kg Bicycle 13.4 kg

Pluses and minuses

COMPORTURA girls, a comfortable saddle and rubberized handles

This model is available in a single color

5. GIANT Momentum iNeed Latte 24

GIANT Momentum iNeed Latte 24. Photo:

Another bike from the GIANT brand. A truly feminine and beautiful model, suitable for girls aged 8-13. The white ALUXX-Grade Aluminum curved frame, branded for this manufacturer, with an unusual shape looks very stylish and gentle. A special element in the form of a cup holder on the top tube adds originality. Dual rim wheels and CST C1763 24×1.25 tires provide excellent traction and safety, while the 24-inch wheels provide good rolling.

Saddle with spring base absorbs small bumps in the road. Additional elements: a trunk, a basket, a taillight will definitely appeal to young athletes. Suitable for walks around the city and along easy routes in the forest. Despite the fact that this bike is not intended for rough terrain, its unique design will not leave indifferent young athletes and they will definitely prefer such a bike for cycling in the park.

Key features
15 kg
Pros and cons

Unique design that makes the bike look aesthetically pleasing and sophisticated

High weight — 15 kg. Given that the bike is designed for girls, this will cause some inconvenience. All color options are bright and memorable, which will definitely appeal to a teenager. The lightweight aluminum frame is well balanced, making the bike stable and safe. The bike is perfect for riding on city streets, as well as on simple rough terrain. This model has everything you need for a comfortable ride: Shimano equipment, rim brakes, 7-speed transmission, comfortable saddle, chain guard and full-length fenders.

Thanks to the thoughtful architecture, the bike is perfectly planned, making it safe and reliable. Wheels of the 24th diameter with branded WANDA tires provide good grip and roll. Ease of use and stylish design make the bike ideal for a teenager. Suitable for teenagers aged 8-13.

Key features
Frame material aluminum alloy
Wheel diameter
Pros and cons

Bright and stylish urban style bike with a well thought out balanced design, light frame, large wheels and quality tires for excellent flotation

Rim brakes are not the most reliable, especially in bad weather


FORMAT 6414 24

FORMAT 6414 24. Photo:

Stylish and maneuverable bike for active teenagers. The minimalistic design with bright details will definitely not leave indifferent modern teenagers who follow the fashion trends. The light frame is made of aluminum, but it looks massive and beautiful. Paired with 24-inch double-rimmed wheels and wide tires, the bike is sure to grab attention.

The bike is strong yet manageable. This bike behaves well on cross-country trips, and on a flat road it provides a good roll, which saves the strength of a young athlete. The bike is equipped with a saddle with a high level of seating comfort. Reliable equipment from Shimano helps the teenager easily control the bike and make the necessary maneuvers.

FORMAT is a well-known Russian brand that has won the audience with high quality products, so this bike will not let you down and will last a long time. Great for teens from

8. Aspect Winner

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Stylish model, lightweight due to aluminum frame. Disc mechanical brakes allow you to stop the bike in all weather conditions. Due to the large number of speeds, you can choose the most suitable teenager. Large wheels and suspension fork, which significantly reduces the level of vibration and shaking when driving, provide a comfortable ride on any road.

The bike is considered the best in the top. It has many speeds for a comfortable ride and is equipped with a good braking system. The model is distinguished by high-quality materials, which ensures a long service life.

The main characteristics
Type Mountain, Cross-Cantry,
Weight 13.8 kg,
12 ″ Wheels,
Number of speeds 21
Front brake type mechanical disc,
Rear brake type mechanical disc.
Pros and cons

Lots of speed, good braking system.

Rear brakes sometimes squeak.

9. Puky Cyke 24-3 Light black

Puky Cyke 24-3 Light black. Photo:

A high-quality bike with a low frame, which makes it easier to get on. The coating is wear-resistant, so it is not afraid of bright sunlight and falls. The bike is equipped with 3 speeds, and gear shifting is possible not only while riding, but also on the spot, which ensures comfort. The bike is equipped with an LED headlight with automatic on/off, which contributes to the safety of the teenager. The weight is optimal for a teenager, it will not be too difficult to carry it in your hands, for example, to a car or when going down stairs.

The main characteristics

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Type Mountain, Cross-Cantry,
Weight 12.6 kg,
14 ″,
Number of speeds 3
Front brake type V-Brake,
Rear brake type
Pros and cons

LED headlight, easy shifting, wear-resistant coating.

Low speed, high price.

10. Novatrack Valiant 24

Novatrack Valiant 24. Photo:

A high-speed bike in which the seat and handlebars can be adjusted in height. Good build quality guarantees a long service life even if the child rides a lot. Large wheels with a dual brake system provide reliable traction and braking performance, including emergency braking. The bike is equipped with large pedals, thanks to which you can not be afraid of accidentally slipping your foot. The front and rear brake handle in some models often breaks, and finding the necessary components is quite difficult.

Pros and cons

Good braking system, plenty of gears, wide pedals.

Weak brake levers, hard to find replacement parts.

11. Stinger Latina 24

Stinger Latina 24. Photo:

The bike is presented in pink, so it is suitable for girls. Two strong steel frames and a special low geometry, wide saddle will make the ride as comfortable as possible. The bike is equipped with 12 speeds, which allows you to move comfortably on almost any road surface. A simple gearshift mechanism and one of the easiest and most unpretentious brakes to maintain. The suspension fork provides a comfortable ride over bumps and pits, easily drives over curbs.

The main characteristics




















Type Mountain, Cross-Cantry,
Weight 15.9 kg,
12 ″, 14 ″, 24 ″,
The number of speeds 12
Front brake type V-Brake,
Type of rear brake type V-Brake.
Pros and cons

Wide saddle, quality materials.

The color is not suitable for boys.

12. Stern Attack 20 Sport 20

Stern Attack 20 Sport 20. Photo:

The bike is suitable for outdoor activities and training. The light weight of the model is provided by an aluminum frame. For the safety of the trip, the bike is equipped with disc brakes, thanks to which the teenager can easily stop his vehicle even if the road is bad. The saddle is adjustable, so the ride will be as comfortable as possible for a rider of any height. It is worth considering that the speeds on the bike are switched with difficulty.

The main characteristics





9003 mechanical disc.

Type Mountain, Cross-Cantry,
Weight 12.1 kg,
12 ″ Cheles,
Number of speeds 7
Front brake type mechanical disc,
Rear brake type
Pros and cons

Light weight, good brakes, good build quality.

Difficult to shift gears, tight brake levers.

13. TREK Precaliber 20 7-speed Boys

TREK Precaliber 20 7-speed Boys. Photo:

The bike is perfect for traveling both on country roads and on city roads. Sturdy aluminum frame is durable and corrosion resistant. Adjustable handlebars and saddle allow you to choose the optimal position that will exactly match the growth of a teenager, contributing to riding comfort. The 7 speeds that the bike is equipped with allow you to choose a comfortable speed for almost any road surface. However, keys are required to adjust them, which is not always convenient.

The main characteristics


Type Mountain, Cross-Cantry,
Weight 10.92 kg,
10 ° C, 10 ″, DOW
Number of speeds 7
Front brake type V-Brake,
Rear brake type
Pros and cons

Lightweight, easy to handle, manoeuvrable.

Saddle and handlebar adjustment difficult.

14. Mustang V 20

Mustang V 20. Photo:

With this bike you can comfortably ride outside the city and in off-road conditions. The steel frame provides high strength, reliability and resistance to heavy loads. Ergonomic frame design and height-adjustable seat guarantee a comfortable fit. Large wheels and shock absorption ensure a smooth ride in all conditions. The strong rim of the wheels contributes to their durability and reliability. For operational and emergency braking, an effective braking system is provided. Wings need to be bought separately, which is not always convenient. 915 Pros and cons

Good brakes, good build quality.

The paint is peeling off the rear fender, the need to buy fenders.

15. Foxx Mango 24

Foxx Mango 24. Photo:

A bright and stylish bike with a small number of speeds and a comfortable double frame. Easy to operate, great for cycling in the park area. Thanks to the design, you can travel long distances. The steel frame provides reliability and durability. Six speeds are enough for a comfortable ride and optimal physical activity. However, the weight can be too big for a teenager: it can be physically difficult to carry him to a car or take him down stairs.

The main characteristics
Type VMX, Cross-Kantry,
Weight 14.7 kg,
2 ″ 14 ″ 14 ″ 14 ″ 14 ″ 14 ″ 14 ″,
Number of speeds 6
Front brake type V-Brake,
Rear brake type 9004 V1.
Pros and cons

Quality build, durable, comfortable.

Low speed, no seat adjustment.

16. ALTAIR Disc 24

ALTAIR Disc 24. Photo:

The model is perfect for city trips and park areas. Wide fenders protect clothes from dirt, and a double frame makes the structure more durable. A bike stand will help you park your bike. Thanks to the disc brakes, you can quickly stop the vehicle even in rain or mud. There are few speeds, but they are enough for a comfortable ride.

The main characteristics



9003 ″,

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Type City, Cross-Cantry,
Weight 16.5 kg,
″ 19 ″, 24″,
Number of speeds 7
Front brake type mechanical disc,
rear mechanical disc
Pros and cons

Wide fenders, good braking system.

Few gears, tight shifter.

17. FORWARD Scorpions 20 1.0

FORWARD Scorpions 20 1.0. Photo:

The bike is suitable for learning to ride and walking around the city, as it has only one speed. Foot brakes will provide a short stopping distance even in rain and mud conditions. The steel frame is easy to repair in case of breakage by welding. Adjustable height and angle of the handlebars allow you to find the perfect position for your teenager. The model does not have shock absorption, so it is not recommended to ride on too uneven roads.

No damping, one speed.

18. STELS Pilot 200 Lady 20 Z010

STELS Pilot 200 Lady 20 Z010. Photo:

A bright bicycle, because of its coloring, is more suitable for teenage girls. Ideal for beginner cyclists thanks to its easy handling. Equipped with a steel frame that is not afraid of external influences and shocks, as well as temperature changes. The chain is protected from debris by a plastic overlay. The bike is suitable only for city roads due to the lack of depreciation.

The main characteristics
Type Mountain, Cross-Cantry,
Weight 12. 7 kg,
12 ″ Wheels,
Number of speeds 1
Front brake type none,
Rear brake type foot.
Pros and cons

Inexpensive, easy to operate.

No damping, one speed.

How to choose a bike for a teenager

You need to choose a bike not only for its cost and age of a teenager. There are a few other important factors to consider:

  1. The quality of the tyres, saddle and bottom bracket. Since teenagers typically weigh less than adults, manufacturers can save on these parts, which reduces the life of the bike and ease of use. The best choice would be a model with a steel saddle frame, branded tires and a bottom bracket with a bearing bush.
  2. Material. What a bicycle frame is made of determines its weight and durability. Steel frames are usually found in cheap models. In more expensive and reliable frames and wheel rims are made of aluminum alloys. They are stronger and lighter than steel.
  3. Appearance. The bright colors of the bike are not only an opportunity to emphasize the individuality of a teenager, but also a safety issue. At dusk, it is easier to notice than dark models. Additionally, you need to take care of reflectors.
  4. Brakes. The best choice would be the bike model, which has two brakes — hand and rear. Manual is designed for sudden braking, rear — to reduce speed.

Popular questions and answers

Komsomolskaya Pravda asked Daniil Lobakin, candidate master of sports in cycling and PRO-expert of Sportmaster PRO to answer the most popular questions that customers have.

What are the first things to look out for on a teenager’s bike?

According to the expert, the main thing is to buy a teenager a bike according to his height. Often parents buy very small bicycles — they last for 1 year or less. The main guideline is the growth-to-size ratio tables. For children’s and teenage bicycles, a certain wheel size will correspond to a certain height. If the child’s height is 150 centimeters and above, it’s easier for him to take an already adult bike with a small frame of about 14 inches, because a teenage one will be small for him in a year and he will need to take a new one.
The best option is a bicycle with an aluminum frame. It will be lighter — it is more convenient to control such a bike. Steel options are more expensive and heavier, in addition, attachments (brakes, gear shifters, saddle, pedals, etc.) are installed on them as simple as possible.
The choice of bike will also depend on how and where the child will ride — performance requirements should be based on goals. If mom and dad are masters of sports and want the child to train with them and compete in the future, you can look for a children’s bike with top equipment. And if a child chooses a bicycle for short city walks in a park, courtyard or paths of an asphalted village in the country, you can take a simple single-speed bicycle.

What is the difference between boys’ bikes and girls’ bikes?

Teenage bikes for boys and girls differ mainly in color schemes — there is no big difference in design features. Children’s bicycles for girls may have a slightly lower frame. Adult models will differ — as a rule, in women’s bicycles, the frame length is slightly shorter.

What is the best wheel size for a teenager’s bike?

Here everything will depend on height: a teenager of 10-12 years old with a height of about 130 centimeters will fit wheels from 20 inches, at the age of 12-14 years with a height of about 140 centimeters — 22-24 inches. If the child is taller — height 145-150 — an adult bike with 26-inch wheels may also be suitable. Some manufacturers also make teenage models with such wheels. So, wheels up to 20 inches are for children, 20-24 are for teenagers.

How many gears should a teenager’s bike have?

Daniil Lobakin believes that everything will depend on where and how the teenager will ride. If a bike is bought for riding in a park or a summer cottage where asphalt is laid and there are no serious climbs, you can watch a bike at one speed and choose the easiest one. If you ride in mountainous terrain, you already need at least 6 speeds in the rear and one or more in front.

How to choose the right bike for your child?

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It has long been known that a children’s bike, which is the dream of almost all modern children, is not only an interesting, but also a useful thing. What is its benefit?

While riding, a large number of muscles are strengthened, including those that remain unused during simple walking or running.

Tricycles are recommended for children under 3 years of age. The child himself does not have to balance himself, and parents do not have to worry that their child may fall. The seat of a tricycle should be in the form of a high chair with a back so that your baby can feel as comfortable as possible. The pedals should be easy to spin, and choose the height of the bike so that the child can easily reach the ground with his foot. I also recommend that the bike be equipped with an additional handle at the back of the seat, in this case, parents can control the direction of the steering wheel and roll the bike if the child is tired or simply does not want to pedal. A mandatory attribute of bicycles for the smallest is an arc-limiter attached to the seat. When you seat your child, you lower the bar and you can be sure that when you lean forward, your baby will not fall.

(3-6 years old) For older children, our chain offers a whole line of bicycles: Larsen kids, they are equipped with side (training) wheels, protective covers on the handlebars and stem, as well as chain and sprockets protection, which allows you to maximize the safety of riding. A reliable foot brake quickly stops the bike if necessary. These bikes are divided into three sizes, 12, 14 and 16, which corresponds to the size of the wheel in inches. To understand which bike is best for your child, check out the table:

Child height

Wheel size

90-100 cm


100-110 cm


110-120 cm


Children’s bicycles

For children 5-8 years old the bike will be the same as for 3-6 years old, only larger. There are many folding models for this age,

which is very convenient for transportation and storage. These bikes are usually already equipped with fenders, a rack, a bell and a footrest.

In this age category in our store you can find 20 inch Buggy and Raptor, which are smaller copies of adult mountain bikes. These bikes are equipped with V-brake rim brakes and a six-speed derailleur. Also, the city cruisers Way and Jet are suitable for children of this age — single-speed bicycles with a geometry that is well known to us from the good old Kama.

(10-14 years old) Bicycles of this age category are already in no way inferior to adults, the only difference is slightly reduced frame dimensions and 24-inch wheels. It can be equipped with a suspension fork, have several gears (6-21 speeds). It has hand brakes (such brakes are more efficient and reliable). The bicycle frame can be made of steel and aluminum. In the latter case, the bike will be lighter in weight, which makes it faster, and such a frame is less susceptible to corrosion, but it costs more.

In our network, these are Larsen bikes: Super Team, Dream Team, Fighter. Of the cruisers, both the 20-inch Way and Jet are suitable, as well as their “big brother” Tourist, which has 24 wheels.

How to choose the right bike for your height

Children’s bike sizes differ by wheel diameter:

  • 12″ wheels, bike for the little ones. For the age of 1-3 years with growth up to 98cm
  • 14″ wheels, bike for ages 3-4 up to 110cm.
  • 16 inch wheels will fit height up to 116cm and age 4-6 years old.
  • 20″ wheels, for child 6-9 years up to 130cm height
  • Wheels 24 inches (teenagers), for a child 10-14 years old and up to 155 cm tall.

To determine if the bike is suitable for the size of the child, the child must be seated on the bicycle: the feet should reach the ground. The distance between the crotch and the frame should be at least 10 centimeters. In the lower position of the pedals, the leg should be fully extended, and in the upper half-bent position. Adjust the steering wheel so that you can easily turn, the child should feel comfortable and cozy on the bike, he should easily get on and off the bike.

The main mistakes when choosing a bike

  • Attempt to buy a bike «for growth». It will be difficult for the child to maintain balance, and this is fraught with falls.
  • Trying to save as much as possible. Sometimes you can buy a very poor quality bike, and in 1-2 years you will lose a lot of money for repairs. It is better to buy in sports stores, where there are all certificates, as well as warranty and service.
  • Parents do not listen to the opinion of the child. The child should like the bike, it should be pleasing to the eye. A child will not want to ride a bike that he does not like.
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