The best 24" wheel all purpose kids bikes for ages 7 - 10 years
If you're looking for a bike for a child aged between 7 and 10 years of age, the number of choices is increasing! By this age most children are able to pedal and change gear by themselves, and are starting to want to explore further afield on their bike. Buying a well made, correctly proportioned bike that your child is going to enjoy riding is SO important.
What size bike does a 7 year old need?
The majority of 7 and 8 year olds will be getting ready to move onto a kids bike with 24" wheels. However, every child is different and each type of bike is a slightly different size, so do make sure that you measure very carefully, or even better, test out a bike before you buy.
Please don't be tempted to buy big so your child can grow into it. They will struggle to control the bike, feel unsafe and not want to ride it. A total waste of money! You're much better buying a bike that fits them and then selling it on to fund the purchase of the next, correctly sized bike, as they get older.
If they don't quite fit a 24" wheel bike, or aren't able to pedal themselves, then check out these other posts:
What type of bike does a 7 or 8 year old need?
As kids bikes get bigger, so do the different options. So you need to decide whether you're buying a specialist bike such as a mountain bike, road bike or BMX, or whether you're keeping your options open with a more versatile flat handlebar bike, known as a hybrid.
We recommend a hybrid if your child is going to be doing a mix of cycling - this type of bike will allow them to cycle to school, ride bridleways and off road trails and are great for riding green and blue graded routes at trail centres. They are also suitable for riding in U10's cyclocross races without having to invest in a cyclocross bike, and are great fun for beginners to ride round a pump track.
For that reason we are concentrating mainly on 24" wheel hybrid kids bikes in this post. If you're looking for something more specialist then please visit these posts:
What features does a 24" hybrid bike need?
The best kids bikes all have the following:
CHILD SIZED BRAKES - reliable brakes with levers sized for a child's hands to allow them to stop easily. All the bikes featured in this post have easy reach, adjustable brake levers.
EASY TO USE GEARS - ideally a single chainring (the gear by the pedals) rather than two or three chainrings. This means there is no need for a left hand gear shifter, making it so much easier for kids to change through the 7 or 8 gears available to them. Having twenty-one or more gears is very complicated, plus there's just more to go wrong. All bikes featured in this post have a single chainring and child friendly gear shifters (either twist grip or thumb shifter).
LIGHTWEIGHT FRAME - if their bike weighs almost as much as them, then your child isn't going to enjoy riding it. It will be hard to move, almost impossible to ride up hills and will tire them out quickly. You will also find it hard to pick up and lift onto a car rack or to negotiate steps. All the bikes featured in this post have lightweight alloy frames, rather than heavy steel frames found on some very cheap kids bikes.
The best 24" wheel kids bikes for children aged 7 years and over
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Frog Bikes are one of the best known and well loved kids bike brands. They have a huge range of bikes that starts with tiny balance bikes through to larger hybrids, such as the 24" wheel Frog 62, as well as road, track and mountain bikes. Frog only make bikes for kids, so are able to concentrate on getting the important details for children correct.
The Frog 62 is sized for a child with a minimum 62cm inside leg (that's how the Frog naming convention works, which is an easy way to decide which bike your child needs), so may be a bit big for smaller 7 year olds - in that case the 20" wheel Frog 55 may suit.
Weighing in at 9.25kg the bike is nice and light, meaning your child will be able to easily manoeuvre it as well as lift it up and over any obstacles on the way (think steps, high kerbs or debris on a trail). The seat post and wheels are quick release, making adjustments and maintenance easy.
There are 8 gears on the Frog 62, operated by a Shimano Alivio rapid fire right hand thumb shifter. There is a single 32 tooth chainring (the front gears) and this means there are no left hand gears to worry about, making changing gears simple. The range of gears at the back wheel go from a small 11 tooth gear (11T) for downhills through to a larger 32 tooth (32T) gear for climbing. This should be sufficient for most children, but if you are riding in a very steep and hilly area you may need a slightly larger gear, usually found on a mountain bike.
Frog Bikes come supplied with two different sets of Kenda tyres, meaning you are equipped for both on and off road riding. They also come in a vast range of 8 different colour schemes / patterns, meaning there really should be something to appeal to every young cyclist!
We've reviewed quite a lot of Frog Bikes over the years (although not this particular size) and we've always been impressed by their child focused design and durability (the frame and forks come with a 5 year guarantee and the other parts a 2 year one).
Buy new: The Frog 62 is available from Tredz with free UK delivery and interest free finance.
Buy secondhand: There is always a good choice of Frog 62's on Ebay or check out the Second Hand Frog Facebook Group.
If a Frog Bike is above your budget, then a cheaper alternative to consider is the Vitus 24. Vitus have been developing their kids bike range over the past couple of years, taking the best of the current thinking in kids bike design, but bringing it in at a much cheaper price point. Of course, they do have to make compromises in some areas, so you get the heaviest bike we've featured (10.2kg) but this is still significantly lighter than many of the cheap kids bikes out there, which are made of low grade and heavy steel (the Vitus has a 6061 alloy frame).
The gearing is a 32T front chainring with a 12 - 32T cassette, giving a good range of gears for what most kids need, and these are operated by a right hand thumb trigger.
The Vitus 24 has Tektro short reach brake levers which make stopping much safer than than with the adult sized brake levers you get on some cheap kids bikes.
All in all, this is a great little bike that will satisfy the demands of the majority of Cycle Sprogs without breaking the bank. What is also impressive is that it comes with 5-year warranty on the frame and forks plus an extended 2-year warranty on all components.
Buy now: The Vitus 24 at Wiggle with free home delivery in UK plus a 30 day test ride period.
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The Hoy Bonaly range underwent a massive revamp in 2018 to make them some of the best specified and lightweight kids bikes around. Hoy carried out a major redesign, with the intention of reducing weight whilst improving comfort and ride-ability. As a result, the new look Hoy Bonaly 24 weighs in at just 8.6kg with pedals - the lightest bike featured.
We've reviewed the smaller Bonaly 20 and Bonaly 16 and been very impressed with how the bikes perform. This larger Bonaly 24 bike is aimed at children with a minimum inside leg of 62cm.
The Bonaly 24 is a borderline hybrid / mountain bike with wider tyres (2.1") than all the others featured (which tend to have 1.4" or 1.5" width tyres). It also has a wider range of gears, with a 32T chain ring paired with a slightly larger range of 11 - 34T at the rear.
This means the Bonaly 24 would be a good choice for children who are likely to be doing quite a lot of off road riding in hilly areas, but don't want the added weight and complications that a suspension fork brings. Note, the wider tyres will make riding on the road slightly more difficult, so it's not the best choice if your Sprog is going to be riding mainly on tarmac.
Buy now: Hoy Bonaly 24 from Evans Cycles - they have a click and collect service so you can order online and pick up fully assembled at your nearest store
Another cheaper alternative is the Wild 24. Wild Bikes are very new (launched in October 2018) and are exclusive to Go Outdoors. They're lightweight and well specified kids bikes, but at a significantly lower price than the more established names. With a cheaper bike you're obviously sacrificing some of the finer details on the specification, so you get greater levels of non-branded components such as tyres and gears, and a one year warranty. Wild tell us the weight is 9kg, which is very impressive if it's true.
It is certainly a lot of bike for the price, with the all important Tektro short reach brake levers sized for children's hands.
As with the majority of bikes on this page, the gears on the Wild 24 are 8 speed (11-32T) with a single 32T chainset, which means they avoid the complications of lots of gears and a left hand shifter you often get with cheaper kids bikes. The Wild uses a thumb shifter to change through the 8 gears.
This bike will be a significantly better riding experience than the hunks of steel that are sold in some of the cheaper stores.
Buy now: Wild 24" kids bikes at Go Outdoors
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Squish are another brand of kids bikes who are gradually building up their portfolio of bikes. Their 24" wheel hybrid offering is the cunningly titled Squish 24, which comes in at a very impressive weight of 9.36 kg fully assembled.
Specification wise, there's everything you'd expect from a quality 24" wheel kids bike at the £310 price point, so I'm not going to list it all again. What is worth noting on the Squish 24 is that the minimum inside leg is shorter than many of the other 24" wheel bikes, at just 57cm (see the table at the end of this post for the comparisons). We've reviewed the smaller Squish 18, and found it to be a reliable ride.
Buy now: The Squish 24 is available Online from Ebay or a network of local bike shops.
Islabikes Beinn 24 (£440)
Cycle Sprog recommended brand
If Frog Bikes are specialists in kids bikes, then Islabikes are obsessives. They were the first company to build quality bikes designed specifically for children and continue to be at the forefront in terms of innovation and quality.
If you can afford the price of the Beinn 24 you certainly won't be disappointed - the bikes are build to last, and to a standard that is almost impossible to fault. For this reason a new Beinn makes a good investment, as second hand ones are snapped up quickly.
We've reviewed many Islabikes over the years, including the Beinn 26 and the Beinn 27 and never fail to be impressed by the quality and attention to detail. The bikes come with a 5-year guarantee on the frame and forks and a 2-year guarantee on the components.
The gearing on the Beinn 24 is very simple and easy to use with a Sram twist grip shifter. The Beinn comes with the usual spread of 8 gears from the Sram 12 – 32 cassette which means it will get up all but the steepest of hills.
The range of inside leg measurements for the Beinn 24 is from 57cm to 68cm meaning this bike can be ridden by smaller riders. It weighs in at just 9kg, making it one of the lighter 24" wheel kids bikes available.
Buy new: Islabikes can only be bought directly from Islabikes
Buy secondhand: The Beinn 24 is a popular secondhand choice due to the longevity of the bike. There's always quite a few Beinn 24's available on Ebay or check out the PreOwned Islabikes Facebook Group.
The Pinnacle Aspen 24 is one of Evans Cycles best selling 24" wheel children's bikes, and the customer reviews of the bike speak for themselves. Parents have often upgraded to this bike from a much cheaper and heavier one, and are overjoyed at how much their child loves riding it (we obviously know this, and therefore don't recommend you ever buy a cheap hunk of metal pretending to be a bike!)
So, what is it that sets the Pinnacle apart from it's cheaper rivals? Here are a few of the things mentioned - the light weight (ironically it comes in at 10.1kg making it one of the heavier bikes we feature in this article!), the durability - no faults that need fixing after just a few rides, the width and grip of the tyres, and the ease of changing gear.
The range of gears on the bike is different to the other bikes featured on this page, but it still has the single chainring with 36 teeth, so no complicated left hand gear changing. The spread of 6 gears ranges from 14 to 28 T, which means that this bike won't be quite as easy to pedal up hills as the other bikes on this page, but will be fine for more gentle terrain.
The minimum inside leg measurement is 62cm, the same as the Frog 62.
Buy now: The Pinnacle Aspen 24 can be ordered online from Evans Cycles - either delivered to your home, or you can pick up free from your local Evans Store where they can assemble the bike for you.
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Islabikes and Frog Bikes are all well and good, but so many children ride them. If you want your child to stand out from the crowd a bit, than it's worth considering the Cuda Performance 24" wheel bike (aka the CP24). It's a well specified, lightweight bike that hasn't yet got the same coverage as the other brands, partly because they're newer to the market and have a smaller distribution network than Frog Bikes.
As with all the quality kids bikes it has a single 32t chainring (remember a single chainring makes it easy to change gears as there's no left hand gear shifter to worry about). The 8 speed 11-32t cassette will give a good range of gears for most terrains, and is operated by a thumb shifter.
Cuda do several different kids bike ranges, so be careful to look for the Performance (CP) range. These bikes are much lighter and better specified than the other ranges. We've reviewed a few of the other bikes in the Cuda Performance range, which is why we are happy to recommend them.
Buy now: The Cuda CP24 is available online from Ebay or a network of local bike shops.
Cycle Sprog recommended brand
Another interesting choice if you're looking for a well specified, lightweight kids bike that is a bit different to what everyone else is riding is the Woom 5. This is an Austrian brand who are now sold in the UK. It's slightly more of an upright riding style than the other bikes features, so is ideal for cycling to school but it also has the Kenda small block tyres and 8 Speed 29 T by 11-32T gearing (operated by a SRAM X4 Twist Grip). This makes it fun to ride off road at the weekends and should get up some quite steep hills (which they have in Austria!)
The range of colours is also a bit different from most other brands, with the yellow pictured above and a light purple as well as the standard reds, blues and greens.
We've reviewed a couple of the smaller Woom Bikes and were incredibly impressed with the quality and attention to detail. If you think of an Austrian bike built with the same quality and attention to detail as an Islabikes, then you can understand the price tag.
The inside leg measurement range is 64 – 75cm which means this is a slightly larger bike than some of the others featured on this page, making it ideal for taller / older children.
Buy now: Woom Bikes are available exclusively in the UK from The Little Bike Company.
Giant may be the world's biggest bike manufacturer, but they're slightly late to the party on quality kids bikes. They have only just released this new range of lightweight kids bikes - the ARX - at the end of 2018. This means they've had plenty of time to watch the other brands refine their product, and then come out with a decently specified, lightweight kids bike range to rival them, at a slightly cheaper price point.
As you'd expect, the Giant ARX 24 has many of the same features as the majority of the quality 24" wheel kids bikes we've already featured. However, in a sign of how confident they are with the quality of their bikes, Giant offer a lifetime warranty on their frames, plus 10 years on forks. Your child will have grown out of the bike long before then!
It's a great looking bike, with grown up styling, and one we expect to be seeing quite a few Cycle Sprogs riding in the years to come.
BUY NOW: Giant ARX 24 at Tredz with free home delivery and interest free finance available
Comparison of the best 24" wheel kids bikes for children aged 7 to 10 years
In this table I've collated all the information provided by the bike manufacturers. I've listed in price order but you can re-sort any of the columns to suit what you need.
(wp) means weight of the bike With Pedals. (wop) means weight of the bike With Out Pedals, where the manufacturer has provided this information.
|Vitus 24||£240||10.2kg||57 - 66cm inside leg||8||32T||12T-32T||Thumb||5 year frame and forks, 2 year components
|Wild 24||£240||9kg||130cm - 140cm height||8||32T||11T-32T||Thumb||12 months
|Pinnacle Aspen 24||£260||10.1kg||62cm (min inside leg)||6||36T||14T-28T||Thumb||Not stated
|Squish 24||£309||9.36kg||57cm (min inside leg)||8||32T||11T-32T||Thumb||3 year frame and forks, 1 year components
|Giant ARX 24||£325||Not stated||57.5cm standover||8||32T||12T-32T||Thumb||Lifetime frame, 10 years forks
|Cuda CP24||£330||10kg (wp)||62cm - 78 cm saddle height||8||32T||11T-32T||Thumb||12 months
|Frog 62||£340||9.25kg||62cm (min inside leg)||8||32T||11T-32T||Thumb||5 year frame and forks, 2 year components
|Hoy Bonaly 24||£360||8.6kg (wp)||62cm (min inside leg)||8||32T||11T-34T||Thumb||Not stated
|Woom 5||£410||8.8kg (wp)|
|64 – 75cm inside leg||8||29T||11T-32T||Twist||2 years
|Islabikes Beinn 24||£440||9kg (wp)||57 - 68cm inside leg||8||32T||11T-32T||Twist||5 year frame and forks, 2 year components
A few other 24" wheel hybrids to look at
In this post I've tried to list the best kids 24" wheel hybrid bikes that are currently available. If these don't quite meet your requirements, then a few more to take a look at (which are all lightweight and with a single chainring) include:
Wiggins Chartres from Halfords
Ridgeback Dimension 24
Discontinued 24" wheel kids bikes
There's been a couple of ranges of quality kids bikes discontinued in recent years, meaning you can sometimes find a real bargain when hunting on ebay or second hand forums.
Genesis Alpha 24 (£399 new in 2016)
Dawes Academy 24 (£380 new in 2018)
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