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The cheapest kids bikes - January 2019
Is your New Year's Resolution to get more active? Or maybe to spend more time with the kids? Or to get the Sprogs off their screens and outside having some fresh air and exercise? What ever your plans for 2019, cycling is one of the best ways to get active and make 2019 a year of fun, adventure and fitness. If you're looking for a cheap kids bike to get you started on this adventure, then now's a great time to be buying. Many retailers are discounting any remaining kids bikes in their 2018 ranges to make way for the 2019 bikes. 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.
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 - January 2019
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
==> Click here to buy Squish Bikes from Tredz - free home delivery plus an extra 10% off if you use the code SPROG10
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.
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.
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 £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. 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
- Why you shouldn't buy a really cheap kids bike
- The cheapest kids bikes - where to buy now!
- Where to buy the cheapest Frog Bikes
- Cheaper alternatives to Islabikes
- 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
- Best kids road bikes - inspired by G's win in Le Tour!
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This post on the cheapest kids bikes was first published in December 2016 and updated for January 2019.
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