The cheapest kids bikes - Summer 2018

Summer is on the way (hopefully!) so now's the time to make sure that your child has got a correctly sized bike so that they can get out and ride as soon as the nice weather arrives. Here's the Cycle Sprog guide to getting the best value, cheapest kids bikes in time for summer 2018.

Cycle Sprog Guide to the cheapest kids bikes

Buy a bike, not a bike shaped object

Let's start by getting thing straight - here at Cycle Sprog we want parents to spend their money on a bike that their kid will enjoy riding,  which will give them years of safe cycling fun and be grown out of, rather than fall apart.  We don't want you to buy a bike that will lie unused, or rust quickly.   This post therefore contains the best value, cheapest kids bikes we could find, rather than those bike shaped, heavy objects that we know from experience won't be loved or ridden anywhere near as much. Buy a heavy, steel bike for under £100 that your child can't pick up and it is likely to rust / break leaving your child heartbroken, and you angry at the expense of having to buy another one.

You may also want to read our other article, 12 things you need to know before buying a kids bike.

Cheapest Kids Bikes 2018

In years gone by you had to spend hundreds to pounds to get a decently specified, lightweight kids bike. Now lots of manufacturers are realising that parents are happy to spend a few more quid for a lightweight bike with child sized components, and prices are coming down.  There are several brands of great value kids bikes that you should be looking at towards the lower price range. All offer good specifications, child sized components and lightweight frames, which mean they are safe and fun for your child to ride.

1) Vitus Bikes (From £150)

Vitus bikes is the in-house range of bikes from Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles. The bikes were released last year as Verenti bikes, but have been rebadged and improved.  They're clearly taking on the more expensive Frog Bikes and Islabikes, at a cheaper price point. You get a lightweight 6061 alloy frame, child proportioned components, Kenda tyres and easy to use gearing (where fitted).

Vitus Twenty cheapest kids bike with 20" wheels

Vitus kids bikes are available exclusively at Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles, and come in 14", 16", 2o" and 24" wheels.  They are priced from £150 for the 14" to £200 for the 24" wheeled bikes.

===> CLICK HERE TO BUY VITUS BIKES AT WIGGLE

2) Carrera Bikes (from £160)

Carrera Bikes is Halfords in-house brand, and offer a decent specification for the money.  It's tempting when you're in store to go for one of the cheaper "toy" bikes.  However, this wording is taken from Halfords own website, and is about the smallest, and lightest bike in the Carrera range: "Coming in at nearly half the weight of the Police Patrol, the Carrera Cosmos is much easier to ride".  Yep - a steel framed toy bike is almost twice the weight, which will make it so hard to pick up and manouvre around (for yourself and your child).

Carrera Cosmos and Star 16" wheel kids bikes for 5 year olds

All Carrera kids bikes have a lightweight aluminium frame, reliable alloy v-brakes for safe stopping and Kenda tyres for good grip on various surfaces and weather conditions. Sizes start at a 14" wheel for ages 3 and over and progress through to 24" wheels.

The Carrera range is available from Halfords - you can buy on line and have free home delivery or pick up at your nearest store.

3) Pinnacle Bikes (From £180)

Pinnacle is the in-house brand for Evans Cycles, so is available to be collected on most high streets.  The Pinnacle range is much better specified and a lighter weight than many other kids bikes in the same price bracket.  Parents report seeing their children ride so much more easily once they swap their "princess" or "batman" bike for a Pinnacle.

Pinnacle Ash 202 wheel cheap kids bike

Prices range from £180 for the 14" wheel Pinnacle Koa (ages 4 plus) through to £320 for the largest 26" wheel bike - the Pinnacle Kauri (ages 10 plus).

*****BONUS: Evans are currently running a scheme where you can trade in your old bike against new bikes.

===> BUY PINNACLE KIDS BIKES AT EVANS

4) Wiggins Bikes (from £190)

Wiggins Bikes are sold exclusively at Halfords, meaning you can get it delivered to your local store of assembly and collection if that suits you better than home delivery.  Wiggins Chartres 20 cheap kids bike

All the Wiggins bikes are very well specified, and also come with a great sense of style that Bradley Wiggins is known for, with his signature reverse forks and mod target design. They range in size from a balance bike for toddlers through to 700c road bikes for teenagers.

===> CLICK HERE TO BUY WIGGINS BIKES FROM HALFORDS

 5) Squish Bikes (From £210)

Squish Bikes are another new entrant to the kids bike market. Owned by the same company as Dawes, they are a budget brand that hasn't sacrified a decent specification and respectable weight in order to lower the price.

Squish 14" wheel kids bike

The 14" Squish bike (pictured above) is the smallest offering, and costs £209.99  There are also 16", 18", 20", 24" and 26" wheel sizes, and we like the fact that there are two frame sizes for the 26" wheel bike to cater for taller kids.

The range has an 18" wheel bike, which is unusual for a lightweight kids bike.

Squish bikes are available at a network of local bike shops, and online from Tredz.

****BONUS:  If you buy a SQUISH BIKE FROM TREDZ ENTER SNG7NYG2 AT THE CHECKOUT AND GET £10 OFF

 Last year's bikes: cheapest 2017 kids bikes:

Some retailers are still selling off 2017 models as the 2018 bikes are now in store. Often the specification changes are minor, or else all that is changing for 2018 is the frame colour. If you're very lucky, you can pick up a real bargain.

Tredz Cycles are offering Cycle Sprog readers an additional 10% off all 2017 model kids bikes.

Use code Sprog10 to get 10% discount on 2017 kids and junior bikes

ACTIVATE CODE ==> 2017 KIDS BIKES

Valid until:  31st August 2018
Link:  CLICK HERE TO SHOP FOR ELIGIBLE BIKES
Exclusions: Excluded brands include: Altura, Bianchi, Boardman, Cannondale, Cube, Endura, Frog, Garmin, Giant, GoPro, Haibike, Hoka, Salomon, Lapierre, Liv, NS Bikes, Nukeproof, Ragley, Ridley, Scott, Topeak, Specialized, Zipp. 2018 Bikes, Nearly New Bikes & Cycle to Work are also excluded from the offer.

Kona Makena 20w kids mountain bike

This  20" wheel Kona Makena mountain bike is down from £349.99 to £262 with the existing sale discount plus the Sprog10 voucher code

Cheapest Balance Bike - the Chicco Bullet (RRP £35)

In our recent poll of parents as to which balance bikes they'd recommend, the Chicco Bullet balance bike got the thumbs up as being cheap, easy to ride and well made.

Chicco Bullet Balance Bike

The Chicco Bullet is available from Amazon at the reduced price of just £28.

Cheapest Kids Mountain Bike

Scott Scale Range (from £269)

The thing with mountain bikes is that if you buy too cheap you might as well not bother - the bike will be too heavy to get up hills, and the suspension won't work. You're better off spending your money on a hybrid bike from the list above instead.  However, if you've got that bit more cash and are looking for a proper mountain bike, the Scott Scale range has something for all budgets, with the 20" wheel bikes starting at £319.00

Scott Scale 20 inch wheel kids MTB is one of the cheapest, well specified mountain bikes on the market

There are a variety of bikes in the range, and you go all the way up to £599 for the top of the range 24" wheel race bike with disc brakes and rigid forks.

The full Scott Scale kids mountain bike range is available from Tredz.

Cheapest Kids Road Bike - Wiggins Rouen (from £248)

As you'd expect from a former Tour de France winner, the Wiggins range features a lot of kids road bikes. This road bike model is named the 'Rouen', after a stage in his winning TdF.

Wiggins Rouen 540c kids road bikeThe Wiggins Rouen kids road bikes are well specc'ed and designed for the money, ranging from £248 for the smallest 540c bike (ages 8 plus) through to £400 for the 700c bike with carbon forks (ages 11 plus). They're available exclusively at Halfords.

If the Wiggins bikes don't hit the mark, check out our other posts on 20" kids road bikes and 24" kids road bikes.

====> BUY WIGGINS ROAD BIKES AT HALFORDS

Cheapest kids BMX - Raleigh Fury (£140)

BMX's can be surprisingly expensive so I was surprised to find this Raleigh Fury reduced down to less than £100 at the time of writing. It comes with all the usual features found on Raleigh's kids bikes, and should bring a smile to any kids face!

Raleigh Fury BMX - one of the cheapest kids bikes this Christmas

The Raleigh Fury has an RRP of £120 and is available from Tredz Bikes****BONUS: ENTER SNG7NYG2 AT THE CHECKOUT AND GET £10 OFF. 

Cheapest Frog Bikes

You can sometimes get a discount on a Frog Bike - check out our post to see where the cheapest Frog Bikes currently are. 

However, usually the best value, cheap kids bikes are actually second hand. Both Frog Bikes and Islabikes are well made, lightweight and designed to last, so if you buy carefully you'll be onto a winner.  Check out these links:

We hope you found this post useful - if you find your child the perfect bike at a great price, please do let us know, either in the comments section below, or via the Cycle Sprog Facebook page.

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This post on the cheapest kids bikes was first published in December 2016 and updated for Spring 2018.

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