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The cheapest kids bikes - October 2018
School's back, autumn's here and thoughts are starting to turn towards Christmas! Doesn't time fly? If you need a new bike then now is a good time to be looking, as retailers are starting to discount 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, and will list those retailers with good discounts on decent children's bikes. At the bottom of the post are links to other articles that will help you find the best bike for your child, which will help in the run up to Christmas.
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 - October 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) Discounted Cube Bikes at Tredz (15% - 37% off)
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.
==> Click here to buy cheap Cube Bikes at Tredz - free home delivery available
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 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 and at the time of writing were all heavily discounted
3) Hoy Bikes - 15% off old models
Hoy Bikes released an updated set of kids bikes this year, so it's not surprising that they're now selling off the older stock at a reduced price. Hoy Bikes are available exclusively at Evans, with 15% discounts on the older models, and more for ex-demo bikes.
===> Click here to buy discounted Hoy Bikes at Evans Cycles - with free home or in-store delivery
4) Trek Kids Bikes - 25% off at Rutland Cycling
Rutland Cycling currently have 25% off 2018 Trek Bikes - remember, when they're gone, they're gone! At the time of writing, the Trek Superfly 20" wheel mountain bike shown above is reduced to £255 from £340.
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.
*****BONUS: Evans are currently running a scheme where you can trade in your old bike against new bikes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
==> Click here to buy Squish Bikes from Tredz - free home delivery
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.
The Chicco Bullet is available from Amazon at the reduced price of just £28.
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Cheapest Kids Mountain Bike
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
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.
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.
The 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.
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:
- Islabikes on Ebay
- Islabikes on Preloved
- Pre-owned Islabikes Facebook Page
- Frog Bikes on Ebay
- Pre-owned Frogbikes Facebook page
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.
Other posts you may like:
- 12 things you need to know before buying a kids bike
- Choosing the best balance bike for your child
- The best kids bikes - all ages and sizes!
- The best starter bikes – 14″ wheel kids bikes
- The best 16″ wheel starter bikes for ages 4 to 6 years
- The best 20″ wheel hybrid bikes for kids aged 6 to 8
- The best kids 20″ wheel mountain bikes
- The best road racing bikes for kids (with 20″ wheels)
- The best kids 24″ wheel mountain bikes
- The best road racing bikes for kids – 24″ wheels
- The best kids 26″ wheel mountain bikes
- Cheap but quality 26″ and 27.5″ kids mtb’s for around £400
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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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