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The best kids 27.5" wheel mountain bikes
In this post we're looking at an increasingly popular trend in kids mountain bikes - 27.5" wheel bikes designed for younger riders. As the majority of adult mountain bikes are now fitted with 27.5" (or larger) wheels, it's really not surprising that the top end manufacturers are starting to turn their attention to their kids bikes. In this post we are looking at the best 27.5" wheel kids mountain bikes available at the moment - we expect more manufacturers to turn to this wheel size in the next 12 months.
Why can't I just buy a XS 27.5" adult mountain bike for my child?
Even if your child can fit the frame of an adult bike, remember that the majority are not designed for younger riders - the suspension may well only work with heavier riders and the brakes will be designed for larger and stronger hands. If the saddle has to be set so low that the back wheel is above their saddle, they won't be able to shift their weight backwards on descents either. Your Cycle Sprog will have much more control, and therefore feel safer and have a lot more fun on a 27.5" wheel MTB sized correctly for their age.
The best 27.5" wheel kids mountain bikes
Here's our selection of the best 27.5" wheel mountain bikes designed specifically for younger riders. If we've missed off your favoirite do please let us know.
Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended bike
We've been lucky enough to have spent most of last year testing out the Cube Stereo 140 Youth and it has proven to be a quality product that has taken the punishment dished out from a typical 12 year old and then come back for more.
With 150mm travel from the SR Suntour Aion forks and a 1x11 SRAM NX drivetrain with wide range cassette, the Stereo 140 Youth is perfect for all manner of terrain. Fitted with 27.5" wheels it really does give something extra for the younger rider when it comes to negotiating the rough stuff. What's even better is it comes in three different frame sizes, to cater for differing heights of young MTBers. You can read our full review of the Stereo 140 Youth here.
The Whyte range of bikes is pretty extensive, having pretty much something for everybody. The 802 has been designed primarily with women in mind, but with a view of also targeting the burgeoning youth market where bikes that fit are still pretty scarce.
The frame design is has geometry in keeping with current trends, with short chainstays to keep things agile. It's designed specifically for a single ring at the front, so no need for inner ring clearance. Whyte have chosen to use Shimano's tried and tested Deore M6000 for the 10 speed shifter and rear mech. There's a 30 tooth FSA 30 tooth narrow/wide crankset and an 11-42T cassette at the rear. Forks are the Rockshox 30 Silver - an air fork so easily adjustable for rider weight and providing 120mm of travel.
It's available in a number of colour options, but this matt magenta version is on sale at Leisure Lakes Bikes with 20% off, down to £719.99.
Commencal Meta HT Junior (RRP €1,199)
For 2019, Commencal continue to commit to providing younger riders with top quality mountain bikes with which to show off their silky skills (usually to less skilled adult riders!). First up we have the Meta HT Junior - a sweet looking enduro hardtail designed to pick its way through the trail with scalpel-like precision. The colour is a really cool gunmetal paired up with some amber wall Flow Snap tyres from Vee Tyres. It's a great look - I'm smitten!
It comes with 140mm travel from it's RockShox Recon RL air fork and a 1x11 SRAM NX drivetrain, giving a useful range of gears with it's 30T chainset and an 11-42T cassette. There's also a dropper post ready fitted - sweet!
You can pick up the Commencal Meta HT Junior direct from Commencal via their website (they trade in Euros with Sterling conversion available, so prices will fluctuate)
Also in the pipeline for June 2019 there's a full sus named the Downhill / Enduro Clash Junior which ,if it's anything like 2018's Supreme Junior, will be a long travel monster of a junior bike! watch this space for more news....................
Islabikes Beinn 27 (£439.99)
Cycle Sprog Reviewed and Recommended bike
Always looking to refine and deliver the right product, Islabikes are first to the 27.5" wheel party with a "do it all" kids hybrid bike that bridges the gap for youngsters who are on the verge of being a teenager (and all the fun that that will bring!)
The Beinn 27 comes with the same low centre of gravity of the existing Beinn 26" but with a new frame and 27.5" wheelset to create a bike suitable for kids age around 10 years and up. The drivetrain involves a 32 tooth chainring at the front, with a 7 speed SRAM gripshift moving the cogs on the 11-32T cassette.
As always with Islabikes bikes, there's nothing superfluous about the Beinn 27 and with it's slim tubing it exhibits a very lithe appearance and this translates into a lovely lightweight build. It's a hybrid bike, so will be equally at home on the road as well as trail and is a great 27.5" wheel choice for kids who are into all types of cycling. Whilst specified with hybrid tyres and pedals you can add MTB equivalents to make this a decent off road, rigid fork bike.
Of course it's not an official mountain bike, but our reviewer put it through it's paces on winter cross country rides in the Lake District. You can read how the Beinn 27 got on here.
The Islabikes Beinn 27 is available to purchase direct from the Islabikes website and has a retail price of £439.99.
Cube Reaction C:62 Youth MTB (RRP £1,399)
The Reaction C:62 Youth is Cube's light, stiff and fast cross country carbon fibre thoroughbred. Cube, not wanting the adults to have all the fun, have decided to create the Reaction C:62 in 'youth' frame sizes too, once again confirming their dedication to teenage riders looking to enjoy their racing.
Available in 13.5" frame with 27.5" or 15" frame with 29" wheels, the Reaction C:62 Youth is one of the current crop of frame designs incorporating larger wheels.
It comes fitted with the SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain that has a range of gear ratios to get you up, over and through anything fast. With a SRAM Stylo Eagle 32T chainset paired up with the NX Eagle cassette that sports 12 cogs ranging from 11 teeth right up to a monumental 50 teeth, you have no excuses.
Braking comes from respected German brand Magura with a 180mm rotor at the front providing the bulk of the stopping power and a lighter 160mm rotor at the rear to balance things up.
There's a front fork courtesy of Manitou's Markor TS which is an air fork giving 100mm of plush travel.
The lightweight carbon fibre frame has internal cable routing to keep things tidy and out of the way and has been designed for taking the punishment and loadings exerted through the frame while racing. With this in mind, there's a tapered head tube with plenty of material in this area. The downtube is also significant in size when you see it in the flesh. The bottom bracket is wide to give stiffness and the rear axle is the latest 148mm boost width, rather than the standard 142mm. The idea behind this is that the increased width gives a shallower spoke angle and this allows for wheels to be built stronger and less flexy, something that has extra importance now wheel sizes are larger than the old 26" standard size.
The Cube Reaction C:62 Youth comes in Cube's Teamline colour scheme that matches a striking matt black finish with complementing blue and red accent colours on various sections of the bike.
The Cube Reaction C:62 Youth is a serious bike with a great frame and components and as such commands a serious price tag, retailing for £1399.
BUY NOW: CUBE REACTION C:62 YOUTH AT TREDZ (who do free home delivery and a price match promise)
Here at Cycle Sprog we predict that 27.5" wheel kids mountain bikes become more and more popular over the next few years. If we've missed on out, please do let us know - either in the comments box below or via our Facebook Page.
Other posts you may find useful:
- Buying a kids mountain bike – things you need to know
- Cheap but quality 26″ and 27.5″ kids mtb’s for around £400
- The best kids 26″ wheel mountain bikes
- The best full suspension kids mountain bikes
- 12 things you need to know before buying a kids bike
- Best 26″ wheel hybrid kids bikes – last stop before an adult bike!
- Black Friday Deals on Kids Mountain Bikes - discounts available already
- Frog MTB 69 kids mountain bike review
- Things to know when buying a mountain bike (for a child or an adult)21
- Review of Cube Action Essentials Round Neck MTB Jersey
- Review of Cube Action Essentials mountain biking shorts
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