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The best road racing bikes for kids – 24″ wheels
Over the past few years cycle road racing has become increasingly popular, so don’t be surprised if your child puts in a request for a kids size drop handlebar road bike on their Christmas or birthday list! Most manufacturers don’t start making drop handle bar kids road bikes until the 24″ wheel size, which are sized for riders aged about 8 years through to 12 years old, depending on height and leg length.
In the Cycle Sprog guide to the best 24″ wheeled road racing bikes for kids we’ve included road bikes and some 24″ cyclocross bikes too, as not all kids will actually be riding on roads. If you’re looking for a 20″ wheeled road bike for a smaller rider, check out our other post on 20″ wheel kids road bikes.
Road racing bikes for kids aged 8 to 12 years – 24″ wheels
HOY Cammo 24 Inch Kids Road Bike
The Hoy Cammo 24 is a scaled down kids sized version of the adult Hoy road bike, designed by Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy and sold exclusively at Evans Cycles. With a weight of just 8.5kg, the Hoy Cammo 24 is designed specifically with children in mind, with micro-drop bars, short-reach shift/brake levers and shorter cranks than most children’s bikes are commonly specified with. This has allowed HOY to design a low frame and bottom bracket to make it manageable for junior riders and to create a very stable riding experience.
The Hoy Cammo is sold exclusively at Evans Cycles.
Frog Road 67 junior bike
The 9 speed Frog Road 67 is an all aluminium road / cyclo-cross bike with 24″ wheels designed for junior riders with a minimum inside leg of 67cm. In practice this means it’s a road bike for kids aged between about 8 years and 12 years old, depending on height and leg length.
Weighing in at 8.8kg, the Frog Road 67 comes with quick release sealed hubs front & rear and is supplied with 2 sets of tyres, namely Kenda road and cyclocross tyres, making it ideal for both on and off road cycling. This was a feature we liked when reviewing this particular bike, as at the age of 8 not many kids are able to ride on the road at all time.
Read the full Cycle Sprog review of the Frog Road 67
The Frog Road 67 is fitted with brakes on the drops, as with adult road bikes, but also with auxiliary brakes on the top of the handlebars, as often found on cyclocross bikes. This can be very useful when learning to ride a kids road bike – you may find your child does not lean over and use the drop handlebars all the time. It can be a struggle to manage the “twitchiness” of a road bike for the first time, and these additional brakes can be very reassuring.
The Frog Kids Road bikes come in 5 colour options: black, red, white and two different Team Sky colours, so plenty of choice. Be warned that the Team Sky bikes are usually slightly more expensive than the regular colours.
Scott Speedster Junior 24 (2017)
Scott have been producing great mountain bikes and road bikes since 1986. Known for their work on carbon fibre frame technology, they have a great selection of kids bikes suitable for riders aged from two years up to teens.
Scott’s children’s 24″ wheeled road bike offering is the Scott Speedster Junior 24 2017 road bike. With a quality aluminium frame, the 2017 model is kitted out with a combination of Shimano Claris and Sora components. There are 16 gears to choose from and all this comes in with a very respectable weight of just 8.7kg.Prices and availability of the Scott Speedster Junior 24
Islabikes Luath 24 kids road bike
Islabikes have taken the cycling world by storm over the past decade, creating top quality bicycles designed specifically for children and selling them with apparent ease to an ever expanding audience. The Islabikes Luath 24 oozes quality and does not disappoint. The bike is built around an aluminium frame and chromoly steel forks, and with the weight of the bike coming in at a shade over 9kg, the Islabikes Luath 24 is definitely a lightweight offering.
Gearing on the Islabikes Luath 24 is controlled by Shimano STI levers, with a nice touch being the secondary brake levers mounted on the top of the bars. It’s funny, but most adult road racing bikes from the late seventies to the nineties had these fitted before fashions changed. In essence they provide a little safety net, as wherever your child’s hands are on the bars there is a brake lever close by!
Our 9 year old reviewer was very impressed with the Islabikes Luath 24, and it remains his road bike of choice. The Islabikes Luath can also be fitted with grippy tyres making it an ideal bike for cyclo-cross and triathlon.Read the full Cycle Sprog review of the Islabikes Luath 24
Eyelets are fitted for both mudguard and rack, so you can pop a pannier on and no more carrying the school bag/lunch box/gym kit on your back if using to ride to school. This also makes the Luath 24 an ideal road touring bike.
Therefore the Islabikes Luath is a good choice for an all round junior bike if your youngster is into a bit of road, cyclocross, triathlon and touring.
The Islabikes Luath is available exclusively from Islabikes
Wiggins Rouen 540c Junior Road Bike
The latest addition to the quality kids bike market, the Wiggins range, was launched at Halfords in July 2016 in collaboration with Sir Bradley, Britain’s first Tour de France winner. The road bikes are all named Rouen, with the 540c being the smallest road bike in the range.
The Wiggins Rouen 540c is one of the cheapest 24″ kids road bikes available, whilst still retaining a light weight (8.7kg) and quality components.Read Cycle Sprog’s detailed look at the Wiggins Rouen road bike range
The Wiggins Rouen 540c has some design features such as the reverse curve front forks and Wiggins distinctive ‘mod’ target logo, which we think will appeal to young road cyclists looking to emulate their hero.
The Wiggins Rouen is available exclusively from Halfords.
Felt F24X Cyclocross Bike (2017)
Whilst not strictly a road bike, the Felt F24X is a great choice if you’re kid is desperate for drop handlebars, but you tend to ride on tracks, grass and bridleways rather than roads.
As the name suggests, the Felt F24x cyclocross bike is also ideal if your son or daughter is into this face paced sport. With an aluminium frame and forks, 18 speed drive train and secondary brakes, they will soon be tearing through the mud.
The Felt F24X is available from Wiggles.
Dawes 24 Inch Academy CX 2017 Kids Bike
Dawes have been making bikes since 1926, but their latest range of kids bikes is definitely looking to the future rather than the past. The Dawes Academy range is aimed at the increasing number of junior club riders. The Dawes Academy range is a particular favourite amongst junior triathletes, as Dawes and the Triathlon Trust have worked together to give more children the opportunity to try out the sport.
If your child is looking to do more off road riding or cyclo-cross racing then the Dawes Academy CX24 may be a better bet than a road bike.
With Tektro CR710 Low Profile Cantilever Brakes plus secondary brakes on the tops, plus 18 gears provided courtesy of Shimano Sora, this is a great little bike, that weighs in at 9.84kg
The Dawes Academy CX 24″ 2017 Kids Bike is available from Evans Cycles.
Road racing bikes for kids – the summary
As you can see from our selection, there are an increasing number of good quality drop handlebar road racing bikes for kids available with a 24″ wheel. You can choose from an all out racing bike to a cyclo-cross bike, depending on what type of cycling your child will be doing.
We hope you found our article on 24″ road racing bikes for kids useful – if you did please share it with your friends.
Other articles you may find interesting:
- The best road racing bikes for kids with 20 inch wheels
- 12 things you need to know before buying a kids bike
- The best kids 24 inch wheel mountain bikes
- The best kids summer cycling gloves
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This article on road racing bikes for kids was first published on Cycle Sprog in November 2013, and is regularly updated to reflect changing makes and models of 24″ kids drop handlebar bikes.
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