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If you're looking for a cheap kids bike to get them onto two wheels, then now's a great time to be buying. We've got an exclusive 10% discount off some brands, there's many second hand bargains plus some retailers are still discounting any remaining kids bikes in their 2018 ranges. 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.
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 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.
***We recommend that you buy a secondhand decent kids bike, rather than a really cheap new children's bike, so have included second hand links in green***
You may also want to read our other article, 12 things you need to know before buying a kids bike.
Tredz are currently discounting their remaining stock of 2018 kids bikes, with up to 32% discount off this stock. PLUS, they're also offering Cycle Sprog readers an additional 10% off, if you use our affiliate links and enter the code SPROG10 at the checkout. Yes - this is an additional 10% on top of the already discounted prices! You can also use the code on their range of 2019 kids bikes too (excluding a few brands of very expensive mountain bikes).
Obviously, when the 2018 bikes have gone, they're gone, but at the time of writing (1st September 2019) they had some great deals, including some 2018 Saracen Mantra kids bikes:
The aluminium frame and forks mean the Saracen Mantra will be much lighter than the majority of bikes available for a similar price (which are usually made of much heavier steel). The Saracen Mantra kids bikes come fitted with child sized brakes (which can be operated with just two fingers) and Kenda small block 8 tyres which are great for all terrain types.
Evans Cycles are currently discounting their range of Cannondale kids bikes. At the time of writing they had sizes ranging from tiny balance bikes through to 24" wheel mountain bikes - although of course once they've gone, they've gone!
In this selection we're looking at bikes that come in a lot cheaper than the more expensive and established kids bike brands (Islabikes, Hoy, Frog, Woom) etc, but which don't compromise on quality, safety or weight. They're ideal for families who want to get out and enjoy cycling, but want to do so on a cheaper budget. With all these bikes you should be able to buy new and resell on to recoup your costs when your child has outgrown them, if you take care of them, or else in most cases find a decent second hand one now. We've colour coded where to buy new in red and second hand in green to help you.
Ridgeback kids bikesre that bit cheaper than some of the other bikes featured in this post, and therefore you will notice a slight difference in weight and quality of components. However, the bikes are still a lot better specified and lighter weight than the much cheaper, steel framed bikes available, plus they come fitted with child proportioned components. Annoyingly Ridgeback still persist with having "girls" bikes called Harmony and Honey, and "boys" bikes called the MX range. I'll leave you to decide if you think having your bike called "Honey" is a good idea, but this blog explains why girls and boys bikes deserve to be equal.
BUY SECONDHAND: Due to the durability of Ridgeback kids bikes there's always a lot available secondhand on Ebay. Worth a look to see if there's one near you available, or what you're likely to get back when selling on a bike in a few years time.
Halfords sell some really cheap, heavy kids bikes that we don't recommend if you want your child to really enjoy their cycling, and for the bike to last a long time. However, their Carrera kids bike range is well worth a look if you're on a budget - it's made with a lightweight aluminium frame, with child sized components. As Halfords themselves say on their website about the smallest bike in the range: "An aluminium frame makes this bike nearly half the weight of the "Police Patrol" bike".
The Carrera range comes recommended by the Bikeability scheme as being safe for children to ride on the road - the bikes have front and rear alloy V-brakes for reliable stopping plus Kenda tyres for good grip on various surfaces and weather conditions.
BUY SECONDHAND: Due to their popularity, there's always loads of used Carrera kids bikes available on Ebay. Look for one that's been well cared for and preferably stored inside and you should get lots more use out of it.
Wild Bikes are the new 'in house' children's 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 low price! We won't be surprised to see these flying off the shelves this summer.
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 SECONDHAND: Wild Bikes were only released in the winter of 2018, so they're not yet available secondhand
Pinnacle is an 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.
Wiggins Children's 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 Children's 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.
Vitus bikes are sold through Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles. They're clearly taking on the more expensive Frog Bikes and Islabikes, at a much 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, as well as a balance bike. They are priced from £190 for the 14" to £240 for the 24" wheel hybrid. They also do a range of reasonably priced mountain bikes.
BUY NEW ===> CLICK HERE TO BUY VITUS KIDS BIKES AT WIGGLE
BUY SECOND HAND: Vitus kids bikes are quite a new brand (the adult bikes have been around a lot longer). Due to the popularity of Wiggle and CRC we're starting to see the first of them arriving on Ebay. However, for a couple of years before they were called Vitus, there was a range called Verenti so it's worth checking this search term on Ebay too as you may get a real bargain!
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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. You can read our review of the Squish 18 here.
BUY NEW ==> Click here to buy Squish Bikes from Tredz - free home delivery plus an extra 10% off if you use the code SPROG10
BUY SECONDHAND: Squish Bikes are still relatively new, so not many are currently making it onto Ebay, although it's worth keeping an eye out as we expect numbers to increase as time goes by and the initial owners start to outgrow these bikes.
Cube make a large number of kids bikes, in different styles and colours - all of them robustly made. At the moment Tredz are selling off the old 2018 models to make way for 2019 stock, so you can get a good deal on a variety of bikes.
We've reviewed three Cube bikes over the years (albeit more expensive mountain bikes) and have been impressed by the quality of their workmanship.
BUY NEW ==> Click here to buy cheap Cube Bikes at Tredz - use the SPROG10 voucher code to get 10% off the stated price at the checkout. Free home delivery available
BUY SECONDHAND: Thanks to their robust build quality, Cube Bikes tend to last a long time. Hence it's often possible to get a great bargain secondhand Cube kids bike on Ebay. Cube have a bewildering range of models each year, so check the specification carefully so you know what you're buying. Some of their smaller bikes have a rear coaster brake, which is popular on the continent but not particularly common on UK bikes.
Tredz have kindly given us a 10% discount code for Cycle Sprog readers. There are a number of brands excluded, but these links will take you to the bikes included in the deal. All you have to do is add the code SPROG10 at checkout to get the additional discount (on top of any discounts already being offered)
There are several brands excluded, so you can go to this post to find out all the details.
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.
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 £269.00
One thing to look out for on cheaper kids mountain bikes is complicated gearing. It's hard for children to cope with 21 or more gears, plus there's more to go wrong. The Scott Scale range comes with much simpler gearing (i.e. a single chain ring at the front) that you tend to associate with more expensive kids mountain bikes.
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.
BUY SECONDHAND: It's always a bit of a risk buying a cheap second hand kids mountain bike, as it may have had a hard life. There are sometimes a few available on Ebay, but check that the suspension hasn't been damaged and the brake pads aren't worn through!
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.
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. Frog Bikes are well made, lightweight and designed to last, so if you buy carefully you'll be onto a winner. Check out these links:
Islabikes are THE premium kid bike, with prices to match. However, there are so many available secondhand that if you know where to look you can sometimes find a real bargain and get a second hand Islabike cheaper than a new bike of another brand. Check out our post on "Where to buy cheap Islabikes" for more advice on how to do this. Alternatively go straight to Ebay to see what's available.
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 September 2019.
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