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The best kids 24" wheel mountain bikes - 2019
If your child is aged between about 8 and 10 years of age and loves riding off road bumpy stuff, then your thoughts are probably turning to which are the best kids 24" wheel mountain bikes, and how much you need to spend to get them out enjoying mountain bike trails and cross-country mtb riding.
The best kids 24" wheel mountain bikes
At Cycle Sprog we believe kids should be able to get out and enjoy riding a bike, and experience the sense of freedom it brings. Ideally all kids bikes would be good quality, not too heavy and will last the distance. Sadly, not all 24" wheel mountain bikes are, so to help you find something suitable for your 8 year old little ripper, I've provided a selection of quality children's 24" wheeled mountain bikes, both with rigid and suspension forks. Expect to pay £350 upwards for a quality mountain bike that will give your child years of pleasure. If you maintain it well, you'll be able to recoup some of the cost by selling it on when they've moved onto a 26" wheeler.
I've also written and article called Buying a kids mountain bike – things you need to know if you need any advice on the terminology I've used in this post.
If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, then choosing a decent, lightweight 24" wheel hybrid bike is a better bet than spending on a cheaper mountain bike that is incredibly heavy and has suspension forks that don't work.
Frog MTB 62 (RRP £630)
Cycle Sprog Reviewed and Recommended brand
Frog Bikes are renowned for making some of the best and most popular quality kids hybrid bikes, and at long last they've expanded out into mountain bikes. The Frog "Push The Limits" (PTL) range of junior MTB's was launched in Spring 2018, and the bikes have very quickly made their way into the shops and out onto the trails. The Frog MTB 62 is their 24" wheel offering, and is suitable for kids with a minimum inside leg of 62cm.
The spec has all the attention to detail that we've come to expect from Frog Bikes, including a specifically designed junior specific 24"air suspension fork with lockout and damping control, a lightweight oversize handlebar and stem and easy-reach junior specific hydraulic brakes. The Shimano rapid-fire 9 speed shift lever is an easy to use way to move the chain on the 12-36t Shimano Alivio HG-400. When we reviewed the slightly larger Frog MTB 69 our only complaint was with the supplied tyres, so you may want to upgrade the tyres if you're buying for all round use - just ask when you purchase the bike and the shop should be able to do this for you.
Hoy Bonaly 24" wheel kids bike (from £360)
Not all kids need suspension on their off-road bikes. Indeed, if you read our article on Buying a Kids Mountain Bike you'll understand why it can add weight, cost and complexity that's not needed, as well as resulting in kids that don't have as good core skills as those don't rely on the suspension to get them over obstacles on the trail.
The Hoy Bonaly is a great all round bike that will cope with both on and off road riding for the majority of kids. The range has been revamped this year, and is now even lighter. The top of the range model is a a 24" version of the bike with disc brakes, to ensure even more reliable stopping on those fast descents. There's a cheaper rim brake version as well, for those doing slightly more sedate off road riding. All Hoy Bikes are available exclusively at Evans Cycles. The 24" wheel disc brake Bonaly has an RRP of £435, whilst the traditional rim V-brakes version has an RRP of £360.
We've reviewed the smaller wheeled Bonaly 20 and were impressed with its credentials.
The Vitus range is really pushing the boundaries for what you get for your money when buying a 24" wheel kids mountain bike. The Nucleus 24 has disc brakes - most other mountain bikes this price will have rim breaks. The Nucleus 24 has a single chainring at the front, meaning your Sprog doesn't have to worry about complicated left hand gear changes - most mountain bikes this price will have a double or triple chainring. This makes for a great bike, without the price tag associated with so many of the other quality 24" wheel MTB's.
Buy now: Vitus Nucleus 24 from Wiggle
Cycle Sprog Reviewed and Recommended Bike
Ready to hit the ground rolling in 2019, Cube have released their latest 24" wheel mountain bike. Last year we reviewed their fantastic Cube Kid 240SL which has returned for 2019 with a fresh new name and colour scheme that allows it to slot into the already established 'Reaction' series to become the Reaction 240 TM.
As you would expect, the Reaction 240TM comes with a high specification. There's a decent set of hydraulic brakes from Tektro and it comes equipped with a SR Suntour Raidon air fork providing a useful 70mm of travel, plus the ability to easily set it up for the riders weight. The 11 speed drivetrain makes use of Shimano's excellent SLX range for the rear mech and shifter, with a Cube branded 32T chainset (with child appropriate crank arm length!) and wide range Sunrace 11-46T cassette to top it all off. Let's just say - hills will not pose a problem!
Islabikes Creig 24 mountain bike (RRP £799)
Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended bike
Put the Islabikes Creig 26 on a hot wash and this is the result! Featuring the same frame and component specification as its 26" wheeled big sister, the Creig 24 is a purposeful, well designed and executed piece of hardware.
It's not cheap by any standards, but then quality costs. With a 1x10 SRAM GX gearing and a lightweight RST air fork with 60mm travel, the Islabikes Creig is both light weight and equipped for serious mountain biking activity.
Our rest rider T has ridden an Islabikes Creig 24 in various locations, including the wonderful Kirroughtree Trail Centre in Galloway Forest and also at The Track Bike Park, near Redruth in Cornwall (both brilliant places and worth a visit!). It has proven to be a robust and confidence inspiring bike that has provided T with many grins. You can read our review of the Islabikes Creig 24 here.
The Islabikes Creig 24 has a retail price of £799 and is only available direct from Islabikes.
Cuda Impact 24 dual suspension MTB (RRP £800)
Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended bike
If you're looking for a decent dual suspension mountain bike with a 24" wheel that comes in at under £1,000, then look no further than the Cuda Impact 24. This great bike is such fun to ride - our 8 year old tester was overjoyed to finally be able to experience full suspension, and it really did make a difference to what he could get up and over on the trail. You can read our full review of the Cuda Impact 24 here.
The Impact 24 is available to order through Cuda's network of independent bike shops, and has an RRP of £800.
Saracen Mantra 2.4 (£579)
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The Saracen Mantra 2.4 is a really well specified 24" wheel mountain bike for kids who take their mountain biking seriously. It has a 1x9 drivetrain with a wide-range 12-36t cassette giving a good spread of gears to help get to the top of those descents. On the way down the hydraulic brakes with short reach levers provide the stopping power and the Kenda Small Block 8 tyres and lightweight Suntour XCR Air fork with 80mm travel should make this a really fun bike to ride. Priced at £579.99 if you use our exclusive link code below, you'll get an additional 10% off at Tredz
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Scott Scale RC Junior 24 mountain bike (RRP £699)
The Scott Scale range of adult bikes are renowned for being fast cross country riding bikes, with lightweight frames and high quality components throughout. Updated this year, the Scott Scale RC Junior 24 is borne of the same mould, with a double-butted frame, rigid fork and single 32T SRAM chainset. This is matched up to a 10 speed 11-36T cassette and uses a SRAM X5 shifter to move between the cogs. Tektro supply the 160mm hydraulic brakeset to keep things under control.
The result is a fun and responsive bike that should put a smile on any young racers face.
Orbea MX 24 range of MTBs (from £359)
Over the years, several Orbea bikes have lived at Cycle Sprog HQ and have, without exception, been great bits of kit. The MX24 Team is a pared back 24" wheel mountain bike with 'light weight' at it's heart.
Constructed from aluminium and with a rigid fork, the MX24 comes equipped with v- brakes and 9 speed gearing with 32 teeth at the front and an 12-36 cassette at the rear which should see your little ripper clambering up most hills. One good point is that the frame has disc brake mounts should you feel the need to upgrade in the future. The low top tube is also a bonus, as it gives plenty of standover clearance and this can help to boost confidence.
The Orbea MX24 Team 2019 retails at £359 and is available from Tredz and comes in three colour alternatives.
There are other, higher specification versions in the MX24 range too, built around the same frame but for different price points and purposes.
For example, there is the MX24 Trail that comes with a SR Suntour XCR air fork with 63mm of travel to iron out the bumps but still equipped with the same gearing and disc brake set up.
The 2019 Orbea MX24 Trail costs £529 from Tredz.
Marin Hawk Hill Jr MTB (24" and 26" in one) (£1,350)
Before you balk at the thought of paying over 1,300 notes for a kids mountain bike, take a look at the large clearances on this bike, and the fact that it's got rear suspension. Yes, the Marin Hawk Hill JR is a top of the range kids 24" wheel full sus MTB, that is also able to take 26" wheels. So you're effectively getting two full suspension mountain bikes for the price of one (albeit you do need to get your hands on a set of 26" wheels - reasonably cheap these days!)
The Marin Hawk Hill JR is based around the best selling adult bike of the same name, just with scaled down components for a younger rider. With a 10-Speed SunRace 11-42T cassette this bike will get up most hills without problem, and the air sprung front X-Fusion Velvet RL 26" front suspension gives a very impressive 120mm of travel.
I hope you've found my selection of the best kids 24 inch wheel mountain bikes useful. If your child rides a model not on this list and you think it should be do please let me know via Facebook as I'd love to hear about it. Happy riding!
Please check out some of our other articles:
- Buying a kids mountain bike – things you need to know
- The best full suspension kids mountain bikes
- Cheap but quality 26″ and 27.5″ kids mtb’s for around £400
- The best kids 26″ wheel mountain bikes
- The best 24" wheel kids bikes for ages 7 - 10 years
- Traffic free cycle routes suitable for families
- Kona mountain bikes
- The Polaris Fang kids cycling jersey
- Black Friday deals on 24" wheel kids bikes for ages 7 - 10 years
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