Cube launch new 18" wheel, single speed MTBRead More
If your child is aged between about 8 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 mountain bike trails and cross-country mtb riding.
At Cycle Sprog we believe kids should be able to get out and enjoy riding a bike, and experience the sense of freedom it brings. Ideally all kids bikes would be good quality, not to heavy and will last the distance. Sadly, not all 24" wheel mountain bikes are, so to help you find something suitable for your 8 year old little ripper, I've provided a selection of quality children's 24" wheeled mountain bikes, both with rigid and suspension forks. Expect to pay £350 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.
Cube are a German brand with an ever increasing presence within the UK biking market, with a broad range of bikes and accessories for kids and adults alike.
The Cube Kid 240SL is a front suspension mountain bike that's bang up to date with an air fork that can be tuned for the riders weight, and a 1x11 drivetrain with Shimano SLX shifters and rear mech matched to a SunRace 11-46T cassette to get your Sprog to the top of the steepest of hills!
It's got almost 'Plus' sized tyres that give high levels of grip and quite wide bars to give good control and all of this is wrapped up to create a high quality and lightweight package.
We've been fortunate to have one as a demo, and Tester T has absolutely loved riding it.
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.
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
Frog Bikes are renowned for making some of the best and most popular quality kids hybrid bikes, and at long last they've expanded out into mountain bikes. The Frog "Push The Limits" (PTL) range of junior MTB's was launched in Spring 2018, and the bikes are making their way into the shops and out onto the trails. The Frog MTB 62 is their 24" wheel offering, and is suitable for kids with a minimum inside leg of 62cm.
The spec promises all the attention to detail that we've come to expect from Frog Bikes, including a specifically designed junior specific 24"air suspension fork with lockout and damping control, a lightweight oversize handlebar and stem and easy-reach junior specific hydraulic brakes. The Shimano rapid-fire 9 speed shift lever claims to be an easy to use way to move the chain on the 12-36t Shimano Alivio HG-400.
The Frog MTB 62 retails for £590 and is available from Rutland Cycling and Leisure Lakes Bikes, plus some of Frog's network of local bike shops.
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.
It's not cheap by any standards, but then quality costs. With a 1x10 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 and is only available direct from Islabikes.
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.
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 and is available from Tredz.
There are other versions in the MX24 range too, built around the same frame but for different price points and purposes.
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 2019 Orbea MX24 Trail costs £529 from Tredz.
Not all kids need suspension on their off-road bikes. Indeed, if you read our article on Buying a Kids Mountain Bike you'll understand why it can add weight, cost and complexity that's not needed, as well as resulting in kids that don't have as good core skills as those don't rely on the suspension to get them over obstacles on the trail.
The Hoy Bonaly is a good, all round bike that will cope with both on and off road riding for the majority of kids. New for 2018 comes a 24" version of the bike with disc brakes, to ensure even more reliable stopping on those fast descents.
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 this year, 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.
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
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!
Please check out some of our other articles:
This post about the best kids 24 inch wheel mountain bikes contains affiliate links. The small commission we get if you buy through these links helps us keep running the Cycle Sprog website. Thanks for your support!
Cube launch new 18" wheel, single speed MTBRead More
A road bike for speed demons (and parents who can keep up)Read More