The cheapest kids bikes - Christmas 2018

How is it that Christmas has come around again so quickly??!  If you're wanting a cheap kids bike then we're here to help. You can still get some good deals, as retailers are discounting their 2018 ranges to make way for the 2019 bikes just arriving.  In this post we're looking to help you find the cheapest kids bikes, but only ones that are good quality and safe to ride.

Cycle Sprog Guide to the cheapest kids bikes

Please buy a proper 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. 

IF YOU'RE TEMPTED TO SPEND LESS THAN £100 ON A NEW BIKE, PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE AS TO WHY YOU COULD BE BUYING YOUR CHILD A  BIKE THAT'S NOT SAFE

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 very cheap 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 - Christmas 2018

Vitus Bikes (from £152)

Vitus bikes are sold through 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, as well as a balance bike.   They are priced from £152 for the 14" to £240 for the 24" wheeled bikes, and quite often have various  bikes discounted.

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

Wild Bikes (from £175)

Wild Bikes are the new 'in house' kids bike range from Go Outdoors. Lightweight with a great specification and colour choices, we expect the Wild Bikes range to be popular with both kids and parents alike. And that's before you take into account the excellent price! We won't be surprised to see these flying off the shelves in the run up to Christmas.

The Wild Bikes have sizes ranging from 14" wheel (3 years) through to 24" wheel (approx 10 years).

One other thing - you will need to buy the Go Outdoor discount card for £5 (it's easy to do when on the website) to get the full benefit of the cheaper price on these bikes.

BUY NOW: Click here to buy Wild Bikes at Go Outdoors from £175

Cube Bikes (from £180) plus free helmet with smaller bikes and free lights with larger bikes

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended brandCube Kid Girl 200 All Road bike is one of the best bikes for a 6 year old girl

Cube make a large number of kids bikes, in different styles and colours - all of them robustly made (think German engineering!).  At the moment Tredz are selling off the old models to make way for 2019 stock, so you can get a good deal on a variety of bikes. Plus, they're giving away a free kids helmet worth up to £30 with every 20" wheel and smaller bike or a free set of lights with any bike over £250.

We've reviewed three Cube bikes over the years (albeit more expensive mountain bikes) and have been impressed by the quality of their workmanship.

==> Click here to buy cheap Cube Bikes at Tredz - free home delivery available

Pinnacle Bikes (From just £180) plus free kids helmet

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 offering a free kids bike helmet (while stocks last)

===> BUY PINNACLE KIDS BIKES AT EVANS 

 

Squish Bikes from £210 (plus 10% off at Tredz)

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended brand

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. You can read our review of the Squish 18 here.

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

==> Click here to buy Squish Bikes from Tredz - free home delivery plus an extra 10% off if you use the code SPROG10

 

Best deal on Frog Bikes (from £240 with free helmet or bike lights)

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended brand

Cheapest Frog 55 kids bike on Black Friday

Frog Bike are some of the best kids bikes around - they come in a huge range of sizes and colours, so there's something for every child from age 2 upwards.  They're very well built (with a 5 year warranty on frame and forks and 2 years on components). We've reviewed a lot of the Frog Bikes over the years, including hybrid, road and mountain bikes, and have been very impressed.

Problem is there's rarely reduced, but this Christmas Tredz are giving away a free kids helmet worth up to £30 with every Frog Bike (up to wheel size 20", which means the FROG55 is the biggest size this deal is on - use code FREEHELMET), or a free set of bike lights for bikes costing over £250 (use code BESAFE)

All you have to do is choose your Frog Bike (size and colour) and then enter the code FREEHELMET at the checkout. They'll contact you to find out which helmet you want.

Buy now:  FROG BIKES AT TREDZ WITH A FREE KIDS HELMET OR BIKE LIGHTS

Wiggins Bikes (from £180)

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

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 £300)

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 £300 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 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 Winter 2018.

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2 Comments

  1. Steve says:

    Hi, Just to flag the Vitus 20 is now out of stock at wiggle and chain reaction cycles. I ordered one from chain reaction cycles following one of your reviews. This was before black friday and had my order confirmed, only to find out a week later my order had been cancelled. No communication from crc. Very poor.

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