Best kids 20" wheel MTB's for 5 and 6 year olds - 2019

Trying to find quality kids 20" wheel mountain bikes for riders as young as 5 years of age is no mean feat, as at this size most bikes are not really designed for such a purpose. Thankfully, there are a number of manufacturers that have realised that it's not just the big girls and boys that like riding through the muddy stuff!

DEALS OF THE DAY: 2018 Saracen Mantra 2.0R from Tredz (now £242.99 with our discount code)

Saracen's premium 20" wheel mountain bike is the Mantra 2.0 which is a great bike - with front suspension for soaking up the bumps. However Saracen have decided to build a super light version. With the same spec but having rigid forks rather than the weight that comes from adding suspension forks. The bonus here is that the Mantra 2.0R can be purchased for a very keen £299.99, and is currently reduced at Tredz - especially if you use our SPROG10 discount code to get an additional, 10% off bring it down to £242.99.

Best kids 20" wheel mountain bikes - Saracen Mantra 2.0R

==> The Saracen Mantra 2.0R can be purchased from Tredz BUT IF YOU USE OUR LINK AND ENTER SPROG10 AT THE CHECKOUT YOU'LL GET 10% OFF!  

20% off Cannondale bikes at Evans Cycles

Cannondale Cujo 20 kids bike

Evans Cycles are currently having a 20% reduction on all Cannondale kids bikes - at the time of writing they had two different 20" wheel options - a mountain bike with front suspension (the Cannondale Trail 20)  and a rigid fork bike with wide tyres for extra grip (the Cujo 20).  Obviously this is a limited time offer and once they've gone they've gone!


Best kids 20" wheel mountain bikes

In this post, we take a look at our selection of some of the best kids 20" wheel mountain bikes that are currently on sale in the UK for kids around 5 years of age. If your child is going to be riding on all types of surfaces, such as grass, tarmac and road, then a mountain bike might not be suitable for them, so please take a look at our article on the best 20" wheel hybrid bikes, which will probably be more suitable.

Specialized Riprock 20 inch mountain bike (RRP £365)

Specialized have been big on the kids bike scene for many years, with the Riprock taking influence from the adult bike sector to produce a pint-sized ripper intended to deliver big fun.

With its 2.8" plus tyres, 7 speeds and SR Suntour XCT front suspension fork the Ripper should be capable of clambering across just about anything in its path. Plus there's a set of disc brakes fitted to bring you to a halt when you get to the other side.

Specialised Riprock 20 inch in Carbon Grey

Specialized have been advocates of low standover heights on their kids bikes for years, and the Riprock is no exception. This should give kids plenty of confidence when standing, as little feet will be planted firmly on the floor.

Specialised Riprock pink 20 inch wheel mountain bike

The Specialized Riprock is available in Carbon Grey and Rainbow Flake Pink and has an RRP of £365.


Kona Honzo 2-0 2019 (RRP £569)

Kona Honzo 20 inch kids mountain bike

Kona are back on it. Fact. Up until the last couple of years, Kona had started to get a bit of a reputation for not really moving the goalposts, seemingly pedalling tried and tested formats while newcomers were hitting the market with new designs, styles and colours. Then couple of years ago - bam!!!!!! Like a breath of fresh air, nope, a tornado ripping through the company they started to re-energise themselves and start clambering back to the top of the mountain.

The Kona Honzo 2-0 replaces last years Kona Shred 20W.  It is built around an aluminium frame with a Spinner Grind 1 suspension fork offering 50mm of travel. Shimano Tourney provides a seven gear system with a revoshift twist grip, a 32T chainset at the front and a 14-34T cassette at the back should help stop the moans and groans that come when climbing hills. Cable-actuated disc brakes from Tektro with 160mm rotors should provide plenty of stopping power as and when required.

I'm also liking the matt blue paintwork as the orange components compliment it nicely.

Buy now: The 2019 Kona Honzo 2-0 at Evans Cycles 

Orbea MX20 Team (from £329)

I have a soft spot for Orbea - the bike builders from the Basque country - as I have owned, ridden and loved one of their road bikes. I also like the fact that they take kids bikes seriously, and are creating some fine examples that are scaled to suit. The MX24 series features in our 24" wheel selection of kids mountain bikes, so it seems only fitting that it's pint-sized sibling should be featured too.

The MX20 comes in two versions, with the choice for hub or disc brakes.   As you can see from the picture (the Orbea MX 20 Team Disc version is shown) the bike just oozes purposefulness, with it's black paintwork and 2.1 inch tyres back and front it looks desperate to be let off the leash.

The specification for the MX20 Team is good, with a smattering of own brand components in the usual areas (bars, stem, seatpost) matched to named components such as the Shimano Acera hydraulic discs, that have a strong reputation for good performance at a palatable price. The drivetrain comprises a 9 speed setup with Shimano Altus Shadow rear mech and shifters, and matches a 34T single chainring up to an 11-36T cassette to give a good spread of ratios.

Shimano updated their groupsets earlier in the year, and in doing so the technology from the higher in the pecking order XTR an XT trickles down to those below, making them really great value. This is a good move by Shimano and gives the MX20 bang up to date kit, which is great to see on a 20" wheeled bike.

BUY NOW: ORBEA MX20 TEAM FROM Tredz (use the SPROG10 code to get an additional 10% off at Tredz). 

Specialized Hotrock 20" wheel mtb (RRP £320)

The Specialized Hotrock seems to have been around forever in one guise or another. It is quintessentially a classic kids bike model that has evolved greatly over its 20 years plus production life. The 2019 version sports a lightweight aluminium frame and SR Suntour front fork with 40mm of travel. Seven speeds are available to get you moving while v-brakes will scrub off the speed when required.

Specilized Hotrock 20 in pink

Available in pink, silver or black finish, the Specialised Hotrock 20 is available at Evans Cycles 

Saracen Mantra 2.0 (RRP £350) - plus 10% discount code

Best kids 20" wheel mountain bikes - Saracen Mantra 2.0

Saracen are a company are a company with heritage. Richly steeped in UK mountain biking history, not only do they create bikes that are suitable for the climes of these shores but they also do it very well.

The Mantra 2.0 is a compact bundle of fun, with a lightweight custom butted aluminium frame and a 20 inch wheelset at its heart. A Shimano Altus shifter and rear derailleur are matched to a single 32T chainset up front and a 12-34T cassette at the rear giving the Mantra a good spread of gear ratios from its 8 speed setup.

Saracen have specified v-brakes rather than discs as they say they give enough power and are nice and light. They also reckon kids love to mess with brakes, and fingers and discs don't mix well.



Vitus 20 Plus (RRP £299)

Vitus 20 + kids 20 inch wheel fat bike mountain bike

The Vitus 20 Plus is a brand new option for kids looking to get out on the trails. Released late October 2018, it's a 20" wheel bike with plus size (2.6") tan wall tyres - which will really make  your Cycle Sprog stand out.  It's not all about looks though - it's built around a lightweight 6061-alloy frame, with stopping power provided by Tektro mechanical disc brakes which have adjustable brake levers for small hands.

BUY NOW: Vitus 20 Plus from Chain Reaction Cycles (£299)

Whyte 203 (RRP £499)

Whyte mountain bikes are some of the most desirable bikes around at the moment - go to any trail centre and you're bound to see loads of them in 26" wheel and adult sizes.  The 203 is their brand new 20" wheel offering for the younger age range. So new in fact that it was only released in time for Christmas 2018. 

Whyte 203 MTB - one of the best kids mountain bikes for Christmas 2018

We saw the Whyte 203 at the 2018 Cycle Show at the end of September, if you want to know more about it.

BUY NOW: Whyte 203 from Leisure Lakes Cycles

Early Rider Belter 20 inch Trail (£550)

The Early Rider Belter is a stunning design with it's brushed aluminium frame and high end componentry. At the front is a 50mm travel air suspension fork to soak up the bumps, while Maxxis Daddy tyres have been specified to give good grip on the rough stuff.

Early Rider Belter 20 inch Trail

Cable actuated disc brakes are fitted fore and aft and Ritchey finishing kit makes this a very nice place to be indeed. Gearing is courtesy of a 3 speed 'belt drive' system, which is cleaner, quieter and requires less maintenance than its chain driven brethren, so all in all a very high spec machine.

The Early Rider Belter 20 inch Trail is no longer available new so you'll need to scour the auction sites, but there is an alternative in the form of the Trail20HT and this can be purchased directly from Early Rider.

The best kids 20" wheel mountain bikes

So there you have it. A great selection of kids 20 inch wheel mountain bikes that will have them tearing up the trails in no time. This is just a small selection of what is currently available, so if you feel another bike should be added to the list, please get in touch via Facebook as we'd love to hear from you. Happy riding!

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  1. Steve Burkett says:

    Small correction: The 2019 Specialized Hotrock has only 40mm of travel on it's SR Suntour XCT-JR fork, not 50mm. Changed from 2018?

    Helpful article!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Steve, Thanks so much for taking the time to point that error out - I've updated it to reflect the forks are 40mm of travel. Glad you found the article helpful, Karen

  2. Ruta Petrauska says:

    Does somebody knows what the weight of Saracen Matnra 2.0 is? I have looked everywhere and can't find anything 🙁

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruta - Saracen choose not to publish the weights of their bikes (they're not alone in this, Giant are currently the same). If you contact them directly via their website they may choose to share this info with you. Karen

  3. David Marshall says:

    I was very close to pulling the trigger on a Vitus 20plus but in the end have gone for a Bergamont Bergamonster Plus which is very similar in spec and with a 12% discount at Hargroves Cycles came in cheaper than the Vitus. I've immediately converted it to trigger shift with an £8.95 shifter from Amazon and it seems spot on.

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