Best kids 24" wheel mountain bikes ages 7 to 10 years - Christmas 2019

Christmas is almost here!! 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.

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. So for Christmas, we've put together a selection of quality children's  24" wheeled mountain bikes, both with rigid and suspension forks. A good rule of thumb tends to be that as the models rise in price, so does the quality of components while overall weight reduces. However, all of the bikes here should give good service and be bags of fun.

kids 24" wheel mountain bikes - great trail

I've also written an 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 cheap mountain bike that is incredibly heavy and has suspension forks that don't work.

Here at Cycle Sprog we need to make enough money to feed and clothe our growing Sprogs! One way we do this is by using affiliate schemes where possible. This means we may receive a small commission from sales made when our readers click a link and buy a bike. Thanks for your support.

The best kids 24" wheel mountain bikes for Christmas 19

Orbea MX 24 range of MTBs (from £260 with our discount code)

Over the years, several Orbea bikes have lived at Cycle Sprog HQ and have, without exception, been great bits of kit. Orbea has put some serious work into creating the MX range which starts at £289 with the MX24 Dirt. As the models rise in price, so does the quality of components while overall weight reduces. With this in mind and such a large number to choose from, we've selected a few bikes from the MX range that we think will appeal to Cycle Sprog readers on terms of both specification and budget.

Orbea MX 24 Dirt - RRP £289

Orbea MX24 Dirt in blue

With an aluminium frame and steel forks, the MX24 Dirt is available in three colours (red, blue and purple). It features a 7-speed transmission that has a 36 tooth chainset at the front coupled to a 14-34 tooth cassette at the rear, with Shimano providing both the shifter and derailleur. Tried and tested v-brakes bring things carefully to a halt.

BUY NOW: The Orbea MX24 Dirt at Tredz

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Other models in the Orbea MX range

There are other, higher specification versions in the MX24 range too, built around the same frame but for different price points and purposes.

Orbea MX24 Team (RRP £379)

The MX24 Team features a number of upgrades over the Dirt that include a lightweight alloy fork and uprated transmission, with a Shimano Altus rear derailleur and shifter.

Orbea MX24 Team in Purple

Constructed from aluminium and with a rigid fork, the MX24 Team comes equipped with v- brakes and 9-speed gearing with 32 teeth at the front and an 11-36 Sunrace 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.

BUY NOW: The Orbea MX24 Team from Tredz and comes in three colour alternatives.

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Orbea MX24 Team Disc - RRP £469 (Save 10% with our code)

The Team Disc is not just the standard version with a set of disc brakes attached - it goes further than that. First of all, the disc brake set is Shimano's MT400 which comes well respected. Then the gearing is upgraded to feature Shimano Deore shifters and rear derailleur to provide 10 speeds, again with a 32 tooth chainset and 11-36 rear cassette, but with a greater choice of ratios. The wheelset is uprated too.

Orbea MX24 Team Disc in blue

Once again, there are three colourways of red, blue and purple to choose from.

BUY NOW: The Orbea MX24 Team Disc at Tredz 

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Orbea MX24 Trail (RRP £549)

Finally, there is the MX24 Trail that builds on where the Team Disc left off. The Trail comes equipped with a SR Suntour XCR air fork with 63mm of travel to iron out the bumps and a lock-out facility for when tackling climbs.

Orbea MX24 Trail 2020 in mint

Gearing is also improved, with the same Shimano Deore Shadow rear derailleur and shifter as the Team Disc, but with a wider 11-42 tooth rear cassette to help with climbing.

BUY NOW: The Orbea MX24 Trail at Tredz.

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Bergamont Revox Lite (rrp £299)

Bergamont is a brand from Germany, bought by Scott Cycles a couple of years ago, and now available in the UK. The Revox Lite is built around an alloy frame, with a 7-speed drivetrain featuring a 32 tooth single chainring at the front and a 14-34 tooth cassette at the rear to give a good spread of gears. Changes are made using a Shimano twist grip.

Bergamont Revox Lite 24

The design of the Revo Lite frame has a really low standover height which is useful and gives riders confidence. Braking is supplied by the tried and tested v-brake system. All in all, a good little bike for starting to venture out onto tracks and trails.

BUY NOW: Bergamont Revo Lite at Tredz

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Cube Acid 240 SL (rrp £399)

Cube have been refreshing their junior range and have brought in some great bikes. The Acid 240 SL is a pared-back mountain bike that has subscribed to the 'less is more' philosophy. With a single chainring at the front and a pair of rigid forks, the 240 SL is going for a lightweight approach.

Cube Acid 240 SL 24w

There's a 7 speed Shimano drivetrain that uses a Shimano twist grip for changing between the ratios. Cube has opted for a v-brake system, so easy to maintain and cheap when it comes to replacing parts such as brake pads.

Fitted with Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres that deliver plenty of grip, it's one for the rough stuff.

BUY NOW: Cube Acid 240 SL from Tredz

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Kona Hula 24 - RRP £449

Founded in Vancouver, Canada Kona certainly know a thing or two about mountain bikes. This Hula 24 is the new 2020 model with a new frame and a design that omits the superfluous.

Kona Hula 24 Plus 2020 model

It comes equipped with legendary Project Two forks and a lightweight butted aluminium frameset that accommodates the 2.6 'Plus' size tyres, giving superb traction and a good degree of compliance over rough terrain. There's a single chainring and a good spread of gears from the 14-34T cassette., while a Shimano Tourney shifter makes the moves between the 7 gears.

BUY NOW: Kona Hula 24" wheel at Tredz

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Saracen Mantra 2.4 (RRP £580)

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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.

Saracen 2.4 2020 year model

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.

Buy now: Saracen Kids Mountain Bikes at Tredz (with FREE HOME DELIVERY)

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Giant ARX 24 - rrp £325

The Giant ARX 24 is certainly lean looking, so it's no surprise that Giant claims that it's the lightest bike in its category. Hugely experienced in creating great aluminium frames, Giant has gone back to the drawing board with this one, putting together a junior bike that's dialled to fit with all components correctly proportioned. If you're thinking about starting to explore riding on tracks and trails but don't want a dedicated full on mountain bike, then the ARX might fit the bill.

Giant ARX 24 in green

There's a Shimano Altus thumbshifter to change between the 8 speeds, and there's a single chainring at the front to keep things simple. It comes fitted with knobbly tyres that should give traction on road, gravel or dirt.

BUY NOW: Giant ARX 24 at Tredz

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

NOTE: Click here to view the 2019 model - still available on the Tredz website.

Hoy Bonaly 24" wheel kids bike (from £390)

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended brandHoy Bonaly 24 2018 kids bikeNot 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 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 £475, whilst the traditional rim V-brakes version has an RRP of £390.

We've reviewed the smaller wheeled Bonaly 20 and were impressed with its credentials.

BUY NOW: The Bonaly 24 from £390 at Evans Cycles

CURRENT OFFER FROM EVANS: Get a free kids bike helmet with every kids Hoy or Pinnacle Bike.
Simply add both items to your basket and the discount will auto apply. Valid whilst stocks last.

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.

Frog MTB 62 - a 24" wheel mountain bike for kids

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.

The Frog MTB 62 retails for £630 and is available from Tredz and Leisure Lakes Bikes, plus some of Frog's network of local bike shops.

BUY NOW: Buy the Frog MTB 62 from Tredz

Cycle Sprog readers get 10% off Frog Bikes at Tredz with our exclusive code, plus Tredz offer free home delivery. Just click on our affiliate link before 23.59 on 31st January 2020 and enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout.
Alternatively, you can choose to get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Islabikes Creig 24 mountain bike (RRP £899)

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.

Islabikes Creig 24 in dark teal

It's not cheap by any standards, but then quality costs. Totally redesigned to create a long, low and relaxed trail beast, the Creig comes with With 1x8 SRAM X4 gearing and a lightweight Rock Shox Gold 30 air fork with 60mm travel, the Islabikes Creig is a lightweight that's seriously equipped for mountain biking activity.

Our rest rider T has ridden the previous generation 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 new Islabikes Creig 24 has a retail price of £899 and is only available direct from Islabikes.

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE ISLABIKES CREIG 24

Marin Hawk Hill Jr MTB (24" and 26" in one - rrp £1445)

Before you baulk 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!)

Marin Hawk Hill Jr

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 an 11-Speed SunRace 11-46T cassette this bike will get up most hills without a problem, and the air-sprung front X-Fusion Velvet RLC 26" front suspension gives 120mm of cushioning travel when making your way back down.

BUY NOW: The Marin Hawk Hill Jr at Tredz

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Scott Roxter 24 PLUS Kids Hardtail RRP £359

The latest version of the 24" wheel Roxter opts for 2.6 'Plus' sized tyres to provide the suspension. It comes with Shimano 8-speed drivetrain, incorporating a single chainring at the front for simplicity with changes are made via a Shimano twist-grip. Scott has specified Tektro mechanical disc brakes to bring things carefully to a halt.

Scott Roxter 24 PLUS

BUY NOW: Scott Roxter 24 PLUS at Tweeks Cycles

Scott Scale RC Junior 24 mountain bike (RRP £799)

The Scott Scale range of adult bikes is renowned for being fast cross country riding bikes, with lightweight frames and high-quality components throughout. They also have a broad range of 24 inch wheel mountain bikes to choose from, with the top model being the Scale RC.

Scott Scale RC 24w 2020

Updated this year, the Scott Scale RC Junior 24 is borne of the same mould as the adult range, with a lightweight alloy frame and forks. The transmission comprises a single 32 tooth chainset matched up to an 11 speed 11-42T cassette. Scot has specified Shimano's SLX range to provide the shifter and rear derailleur to move between the cogs, with braking tasks also supplied by Shimano using a 160mm hydraulic brakeset to keep things under control.

On their website, Scott gives a weight of 8.5kg approx. for the Scale RC.

The result is a fun and responsive bike that should put a smile on any young racers face.

BUY NOW: The Scott Scale RC Jr 24 at Tredz

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Vitus Nucleus 24" mtb (£399)

The Vitus range is really pushing the boundaries for what you get for your money when buying a 24" wheel kids mountain bike.  Vitus Nucleus 24 MTB

The Nucleus 24 features disc brakes while most other mountain bikes at this price will have rim brakes.  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

Cube Reaction 240 TM (RRP £849)

Cycle Sprog Reviewed and Recommended Bike

Ready to hit the ground rolling, Cube has released their latest 24" wheel mountain bike. Last year we reviewed their fantastic Cube Kid 240SL which has returned 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.

Cube 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!

BUY NOW: Cube Reaction 240 TM available at Tredz for £849

GOOD NEWS! This bike is eligible for a 10% discount at Tredz.
Just click the affiliate link above and then enter the code JTG8XVW6 at checkout. Code valid until 23.59 on 31st January 2020. Tredz also offer free home delivery.
Alternatively, you can get a £30 gift voucher if you enter the code FREEVOUCHER – valid until 23:59 on 15th December 2019.
The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Wednesday 18th December.

Cuda Impact 24 dual suspension MTB (RRP £800)

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended bike

Cuda Impact dual full suspension kids mtb

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.

 

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, please let me know via Facebook as I'd love to hear about it.  Happy riding!

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9 Comments

  1. Frank says:

    Not sure if you can get them in the UK, but the Diamondback Sync'r 24 beats - arguably - all bikes you mentioned in this article. It's a better bike - just not sure the UK price, and thus the "value." SRAM NX 11-speed, hydraulic brakes, air fork, sub 27 pounds. Yes, Diamondback was making yucky bikes for a long time, but it looks like they are getting back to their roots. Sweet ride. I suspect many other mfgrs will have to try to catch up. No one else is close. (Drawbacks: 720mm bars might be a bit wide; 165mm NX cranks a bit long when 155mm are available.)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Frank - sadly the Sync'r isn't available in the UK at the moment. Good to hear Diamondback getting back to their origins - will definately keep an eye out for this bike. Karen

  2. Jack says:

    Surprised no mention of the Canyon range. Their bikes are normally very good and well priced. Are they no good?

  3. Bob Ridgway says:

    Shame that the manufacturer's don't sell the frames as I usually build up my son and daughters bikes and have been using second hand Giant XTC 20 and 24's which I have stripped and powder coated to their colour choice Daughters pink and then lime green, with sons bright orange. Next 24 for son will be nearly shortly so in the market for another 24 MTB

    • Chris says:

      It’s a pity isn’t it. Sounds like your Cycle Sprogs have some great unique bespoke bikes (and no doubt keeping you busy each time they grow!) Karen

  4. Fairlight Matthews says:

    Thoughts on the Ghost Kato 24"?

  5. Mark says:

    Momsen JSL40 might be worth a look.

  6. Ruth McKennell says:

    Was the Early Rider Trail 24 no good? We’re on the Belter Trail 16 which has been great.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruth - thanks for getting in touch. Sadly, we've not been able to review any Early Rider bikes. The Trail 24 is not available at the moment, so we've not included it. Karen

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