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The cheapest kids bikes – Christmas 2017
Christmas is coming and Mum and Dad’s bank balance is getting smaller!! However, if a kids bike is at the top of the present wish list this year, do not fear. Here’s the Cycle Sprog guide to getting the best value, cheapest kids bikes this Christmas.
Cycle Sprog Guide to the cheapest kids bikes
Buy a bike, not a bike shaped object
Let’s start by getting thing straight – here at Cycle Sprog we want kids to enjoy riding bikes which are well made, will give them years of cycling pleasure and be grown out of, rather than fall apart or lie unused. This post therefore contains the best value, cheapest kids bikes we could find, rather than those bike shaped, heavy objects that we know from experience won’t be loved or ridden anywhere near as much. Buy a heavy, steel bike for under £100 that your child can’t pick up and it is likely to rust / break leaving your child heartbroken, and you angry at the expense of having to buy another one.
You may also want to read our other article, 12 things you need to know before buying a kids bike this Christmas.
Cheapest 2017 model kids bike:
Retailers are selling off 2017 models as the 2018 bikes are now in store. Often the specification changes are minor, or else all that is changing for 2018 is the frame colour. If you’re very lucky, you can pick up a real bargain.
Tredz Cycles are offering Cycle Sprog readers an additional 10% off all 2017 model kids bikes.
Use code Sprog10 to get 10% discount on 2017 kids and junior bikes
ACTIVATE CODE ==> 2017 KIDS BIKES – (balance bike to 18″ wheels – ages 3 – 6 years)
ACTIVATE CODE ==> 2017 JUNIOR BIKES (20″ – 24″ wheels – ages 5/6 plus)
This Tredz 10% discount code is valid until 11pm on 20th December 2017
This 20″ wheel Kona Makena mountain bike is down from £349.99 to £262 with the existing sale discount plus the Sprog10 voucher code
Cheapest Balance Bike – the Chicco Bullet (RRP £35)
In our recent poll of parents as to which balance bikes they’d recommend, the Chicco Bullet balance bike got the thumbs up as being cheap, easy to ride and well made.
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Cheapest Kids Bikes
There are several brand of great value kids bikes that you should be looking at. All offer good specifications, child sized components and lightweight frames, which mean they are safe and fun for your child to ride.
1) Squish Bikes (From £210 – or £170 with discount code – see below)
Squish Bikes are another new entrant to the kids bike market. Owned by the same company as Dawes, they are a budget brand that hasn’t sacrified a decent specification and respectable weight in order to lower the price.
The 14″ Squish bike (pictured above) is the smallest offering, and costs £209.99 There are also 16″, 18″, 20″, 24″ and 26″ wheel sizes, and we like the fact that there are two frame sizes for the 26″ wheel bike to cater for taller kids.
The range has an 18″ wheel bike, which is unusual for a lightweight kids bike.
****BONUS: If you buy a SQUISH BIKE FROM TREDZ ENTER SNG7NYG2 AT THE CHECKOUT AND GET £10 OFF.
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2) Pinnacle Bikes (From £180 plus £25 gift voucher)
Pinnacle is the in-house brand for Evans Cycles, so is available to be collected on most high streets. The Pinnacle range is much better specified and a lighter weight than many other kids bikes in the same price bracket. Parents report seeing their children ride so much more easily once they swap their “princess” or “batman” bike for a Pinnacle.
*****BONUS: If you buy a Pinnacle Bike before Christmas 2017, you will receive a £25 Evans Gift Voucher
2) Vitus Bikes (From £150)
Vitus bikes is the in-house range of bikes from Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles. The bikes were released last year as Verenti bikes, but have been rebadged and improved. They’re clearly taking on the more expensive Frog Bikes and Islabikes, at a cheaper price point. You get a lightweight 6061 alloy frame, child proportioned components, Kenda tyres and easy to use gearing (where fitted).
4) Wiggins Bikes (from £190)
Wiggins Bikes are sold exclusively at Halfords, meaning you can get it delivered to your local store of assembly and collection if that suits you better than home delivery. If you collect from store before 6th December you’ll also get £10 of cycle accessories thrown in.
All the Wiggins bikes are very well specified, and also come with a great sense of style that Bradley Wiggins is known for, with his signature reverse forks and mod target design.
Cheapest Kids Mountain Bike
Scott Scale Range (from £289)
The thing with mountain bikes is that if you buy too cheap you might as well not bother – the bike will be too heavy to get up hills, and the suspension won’t work. You’re better off spending your money on a hybrid bike instead. However, if you’ve got that bit more cash and are looking for a proper mountain bike, the Scott Scale range has something for all budgets, with the 20″ wheel bikes starting at £289.00
There are a variety of bikes in the range, and you go all the way up to £599 for the top of the range 24″ wheel race bike with disc brakes and rigid forks.
The full Scott Scale kids mountain bike range is available from Tredz.
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Cheapest Kids Road Bike – Wiggins Rouen (from £300)
As you’d expect from a former Tour de France winner, the Wiggins range features a lot of kids road bikes. This road bike model is named the ‘Rouen’, after a stage in his winning TdF.
The Wiggins Rouen kids road bikes are well specc’ed and designed for the money, ranging from £300 for the smallest 540c bike (ages 8 plus) through to £400 for the 700c bike with carbon forks (ages 11 plus). They’re available exclusively at Halfords.
Cheapest kids BMX – Raleigh Fury (£120)
BMX’s can be surprisingly expensive so I was surprised to find this Raleigh Fury reduced down to less than £100 at the time of writing. It comes with all the usual features found on Raleigh’s kids bikes, and should bring a smile on Christmas morning!
The Raleigh Fury has an RRP of £120 and is available from Tredz Bikes. ****BONUS: ENTER SNG7NYG2 AT THE CHECKOUT AND GET £10 OFF.
Cheapest Frog Bikes
You can sometimes get a discount on a Frog Bike – check out our post to see where the cheapest Frog Bikes currently are.
However, if you’re happy for your child to have a good quality second hand bike for Christmas, then you can sometimes pick up a bargain.
Both Frog Bikes and Islabikes are well made, lightweight and designed to last, so if you buy carefully you’ll be onto a winner. Check out these links:
- Islabikes on Ebay
- Islabikes on Preloved
- Pre-owned Islabikes Facebook Page
- Frog Bikes on Ebay
- Pre-owned Frogbikes Facebook page
We hope you found this post useful – if you find your child the perfect bike at a great price this Christmas, please do let us know, either in the comments section below, or via the Cycle Sprog Facebook page.
Other posts you may like:
- Cyber Monday deals on kids bikes
- 12 things you need to know before buying a kids bike
- Choosing the best balance bike for your child
- The best starter bikes – 14″ wheel kids bikes
- The best 16″ wheel starter bikes for ages 4 to 6 years
- The best 20″ wheel hybrid bikes for kids aged 6 to 8
- The best kids 20″ wheel mountain bikes
- The best road racing bikes for kids (with 20″ wheels)
- The best kids 24″ wheel mountain bikes
- The best road racing bikes for kids – 24″ wheels
- The best kids 26″ wheel mountain bikes
- Cheap but quality 26″ and 27.5″ kids mtb’s for around £400
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This post was first published in December 2016 and updated for Christmas 2017.
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