The best 18" wheel kids bikes

Now there's a bit of a gap in the quality kids bike market as most manufacturers tend to jump from 16" wheels up to 20" wheels. Up until now there hasn't really been a lightweight single speed 18" wheel option available for children who are too small for a 16" wheel bike, but not yet able to handle the larger 20" wheel bikes, most of which come with complexity of gears. So we were really struggling to write a post on "The Best 18" wheel kids bikes" to complete our range of articles, as we only recommend the best designed, lightweight, well specified bikes here at Cycle Sprog.

Some manufacturers have addressed this with single speed 20" wheel bikes, such as the Frog Single speed 52 (£300) and the Islabikes Cnoc 20" (£329.99) but both are quite pricey for what may be a temporary stop gap bike before the transition to a geared bike.

But that has just changed, with the new range from Squish that has, yes you've guessed it - an 18" wheel single speed bike in the range. So, if you're looking for the best kids 18" wheel bikes, read on - it's quite a short list!!

Squish 18 (rrp £239.99)

The best 18" wheel kids bike - the Squish 18 - is a great inbetween bike for those kids too big for a 16" wheel bike, but too small for a 20" wheel bike

Lightweight and packed with great components, the Squish 18 looks great with its vivid blue and green paintwork. It's a single speed bundle of fun, that has a long wheelbase to give confidence and easy to use 'child-sized' components that are perfect for smaller hands. The colour is really attractive, and when our tester feasted her eyes on it, she was smitten.

What about the components on the Squish 18?

The Squish 18 is adorned with lightweight alloy components including chainwheel, wheel hubs and rims. Small block tyres are fitted to give good grip on a variety of surfaces, so the Squish 18 can be used for fun in the mud too!

It feels as though it's been well thought out and put together, not only in its structural design but also in how it has taken the desires of a child into account too. A cool sticker set accompanies the bike and these can be used on the frame or anywhere else that takes their fancy!

Its design is on the money too. Paintwork looks hardwearing, the colour scheme works well and it's just fun. As a little one, you'd want to ride it as it looks a blast. Little touches like the green brake outer cables match the green on the frame are pleasing on the eye.

What does the Squish 18 weigh?

The Squish 18 is very light, due to its triple butted alloy frame. Weighing in at 6.96kg, it really is class leading, with all other 18" wheel bike currently available being made of much heavier steel frames.

Anything else?

Oh yes. There's even a little squish person on the headtube!

The best kids 18" wheel bikes - Squish 18 head badge

We've got a Squish 18 out for review! 

If you're looking for the best kids 18" wheel bikes then head over to read our initial review of the Squish 18 as we were lucky enough to get our hands on one.

It's now been packed off to be put through its paces by our no-nonsense tester Katherine, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to find out what she thinks of it and how it fares being used every day for the school run.


The Squish 18 has an RRP of £239.99.

Squish Bikes are sold through a network of local bike shops, where you can check the bike is the correct fit for your child before you purchase. Plus you're also supporting your local independent bike shop at the same time.


However, if you don’t live near a Squish Bikes stockist, then buy online at Tredz Bikes, who offer free UK delivery plus a free mutlitool. They will also give Cycle Sprog readers a £10 discount if you use the code SNG7NYG2 at the checkout.


They are sometimes also available on Amazon.

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Cycle Sprog have been provided with the Squish 18 for review by the Tandem Group Cycles.  You can read our full review here

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