The best kids 24″ wheel mountain bikes

If your child is aged between about 7 and 10 years of age and loves riding off road bumpy stuff, then your thoughts are probably turning to which are the best kids 24″ wheel mountain bikes, and how much you need to spend to get them out enjoying mtb trails and cross-country riding.

kids 24" wheel mountain bikes - great trail

The best kids 24″ wheel mountain bikes

At Cycle Sprog we just want kids to get out and enjoy riding a bike and the sense of freedom it brings. Ideally it’ll be a good quality one, that’s not to heavy and will last the distance. So to help you find something suitable, I’ve provided a selection of quality children’s  24″ wheeled mountain bikes, both with rigid and suspension forks.  Expect to pay £400 upwards for a quality mountain bike that will give your child years of pleasure. If you maintain it well, you’ll be able to recoup some of the cost by selling it on when they’ve moved onto a 26″ wheeler.

I’ve also written and article called Buying a kids mountain bike – things you need to know if you need any advice on the terminology I’ve used in this post.

Saracen Manta 2.4 Kids Mountain Bike

Saracen were at the forefront of UK mountain biking, building their first bike back in 1983 and with a massive following during the 1990’s. Skip to the present day and Saracen are at it again with a top tier line up of mountain bikes for all ages, and definitely worth considering.

Saracen Mantra 2.4 2018

The Saracen Manta 2.4 is a purposeful hardtail with a Suntour XCR air fork at the front providing 80mm of travel. A narrow/wide chainring (teeth alternate narrow/wide and fit into the inner/outer chain links respectively to keep chain secure and stop it coming off) with 30 teeth is paired up to a Shimano Alivio rear derailleur that moves the chain across the 12-36T rear cassette.

Stopping is provided by Promax 160mm hydraulic discs with short reach levers to account for smaller hands.

The Saracen Manta 2.4 has a retail price of £579.99.

Saracen Mantra 2.4 – available at Tredz    

Scott Scale RC Junior 24 mountain bike

The Scott Scale range of adult bikes are renowned for being fast cross country riding bikes, with lightweight frames and high quality components throughout. Updated for 2017, the Scott Scale RC Junior 24 is borne of the same mould, with a double-butted frame, rigid fork and single 32T SRAM chainset. This is matched up to a 10 speed 11-36T cassette and uses a SRAM X5 shifter to move between the cogs. Tektro supply the 160mm hydraulic brakeset to keep things under control.

Scott Scale RC Jr 24 in black/yellow - kids 24 inch wheel mountain bikes

The result is a fun and responsive bike that should put a smile on any face.

The 2018 Scott Scale RC Jr 24 has just been released with a price tag of £599.

Scott Scale RC Jr 24 – available at Tredz


Islabikes Creig 24 mountain bike

Put the Islabikes Creig 26 on a hot wash and this is the result! Featuring the same frame and component specification as  its 26″ wheeled big brother, the Creig 24 is a purposeful, well designed and executed piece of hardware.

The best kids mountain bikes with 24" wheels - Islabikes Craig 24 in red and yellow

It’s not cheap by any standards, but then quality costs. With a 1×10 SRAM GX gearing and a lightweight RST air fork with 60mm travel, the Islabikes Creig is both light weight and equipped for serious mountain biking activity. Test rider T has ridden an Islabikes Creig 24 in various locations, including the wonderful Kirroughtree Trail Centre in Galloway Forest and also at The Track Bike Park, near Redruth in Cornwall (both brilliant places and worth a visit!). It has proven to be a robust and confidence inspiring bike that has provided T with many grins.

The Islabikes Creig 24 has a retail price of £799.

Islabikes Creig 24 – available from Islabikes website


Orbea MX 24 Team 2018 MTB

Over the years, several Orbea bikes have lived at Cycle Sprog HQ and have, without exception, been great bits of kit. The MX24 Team is a pared back 24″ wheel mountain bike with ‘light weight’ at it’s heart.

kids 24" wheel mountain bikes - Orbea MX24 Team Disc in black

Constructed from aluminium and with a rigid fork, the MX24 comes equipped with v- brakes and 9 speed gearing with 32 teeth at the front and an 12-36 cassette at the rear which should see your little ripper clambering up most hills. One good point is that the frame has disc brake mounts should you feel the need to upgrade in the future. The low top tube is also a bonus, as it gives plenty of standover clearance and this can help to boost confidence.

The Orbea MX24 Team 2018 retails at £349.

Orbea MX24 Team – available at Wheelies

The disc brake version (Orbea MX24 Team Disc) has a rrp of £439.

Orbea MX24 Team Disc – available at Wheelies  Orbea MX24 Team Disc – available at Tredz      

There are other versions in the MX24 range too, built around the same frame but for different price points and purposes.

kids 24 inch wheel mountain bikes - Orbea MX24 Trail with 60mm suspension forks

For example, there is the MX24 Trail that comes with a SR Suntour XCR air fork with 63mm of travel to iron out the bumps but still equipped with the same gearing and disc brake set up.

The Orbea MX24 Trail costs £499.

Orbea MX24 Trail – available at Wheelies



Dawes Academy 24″ kids MTB

Dawes Cycles come with a rich bicycling history, with their first offerings rolling out of Birmingham back in 1926. Dawes premium children’s bikes are part of the ‘Academy’ line up, with a variety of models catering from children aged 2 up to 15 years.

kids 24" wheel mountain bikes - Dawes Academy 24 MTB in purple

There are three options in the Dawes Academy MTB range, spanning from 20″ through to 26″ wheels, with their kids 24 inch wheel mountain bikes sitting firmly in the middle. A considerable amount of thought has gone into making the frame light and compliant by using triple butted tubes. This means the tubes have three different thicknesses, with the thicker sections where strength is needed at the ends where it’s welded.

At the front there is a Spinner Grind air fork that provides 65mm of travel and has a lockout for when it’s not required to save on bobbing up and down. There are Tektro dual piston disc brakes front and rear (140mm/160mm) that should provide ample stopping power, and gearing comprises a Shimano Deore 9 speed system with a Deore shifter, a Dawes branded 32T front chainset coupled to an 11-34T cassette and Deore derailleur at the rear.

The Dawes Academy 24 MTB retails for £599.99.

Dawes Academy 24 – available on Amazon Dawes Academy 24 – available at Evans Cycles


Genesis Core 24 kids hard tail mountain bike

Genesis are a British based company, renowned for putting oodles of thought into the design of their bikes with the aim of delivering a bike suitable for uk riding conditions.

Genesis Core 24 in yellow/black - The best kids mountain bikes with 24 inch wheels

Genesis describe the Core 24 as a first ‘proper’ mountain bike and looking at the specification and design you can see why. The lightweight double-butted aluminium frame has a low standover height and is pretty compact overall, so there should be plenty of fun to be had checking it around on the trails. Gearing wise it has a 34T chainset matched up to an 11-34T cassette at the rear. And while this may not get you up the steepest of inclines, it’ll certainly deal with most.

The Genesis Core 24 has appropriately proportioned components throughout and just looks a whole lot of fun to jump aboard and ride.

The Genesis Core 24 has a retail price of £499.99.

Genesis Core 24 – available at Rutland Cycling

I hope you’ve found my selection of the best kids 24 inch wheel mountain bikes useful.  If your child rides a model not on this list and you think it should be do please let me know via Facebook as I’d love to hear about it.  Happy riding!

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  1. Frank says:

    Not sure if you can get them in the UK, but the Diamondback Sync’r 24 beats – arguably – all bikes you mentioned in this article. It’s a better bike – just not sure the UK price, and thus the “value.” SRAM NX 11-speed, hydraulic brakes, air fork, sub 27 pounds. Yes, Diamondback was making yucky bikes for a long time, but it looks like they are getting back to their roots. Sweet ride. I suspect many other mfgrs will have to try to catch up. No one else is close. (Drawbacks: 720mm bars might be a bit wide; 165mm NX cranks a bit long when 155mm are available.)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Frank – sadly the Sync’r isn’t available in the UK at the moment. Good to hear Diamondback getting back to their origins – will definately keep an eye out for this bike. Karen

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