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The cheapest kids bikes – Spring 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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
****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 – (balance bike to 18″ wheels – ages 3 – 6 years)
ACTIVATE CODE ==> 2017 JUNIOR BIKES (20″ – 24″ wheels – ages 5/6 plus)
This Tredz 10% discount code is valid until 30th April 2018
This 20″ wheel Kona Makena mountain bike is down from £349.99 to £262 with the existing sale discount plus the Sprog10 voucher code
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 £289.00
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.
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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 £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.
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!
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:
- 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 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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