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Black Mountain HÜTTO 20 inch

Black Mountain HÜTTO

If your child fits the lower end of the Black Mountain HÜTTO, it’s really worth considering, as it will save you money and hassle over time.

This is because it’s got a very clever “growing” frame that increases in size so it will last a lot longer than a standard bike.

Having a bike that you know is going to last will be such a relief, as you don’t have to do all this searching for a bike again for a while!   

There are 7 easy to use gears, which are operated by a grip shifter (which your child twists with their right hand), which will make the transition to a “big” bike nice and easy.

Black Mountain Bikes really are targeting the top end of the quality kids bike market, with not only a very well specified bike, but also their attention to detail with their customer service and commitment to the environment (all their packaging is plastic free).   We also like the fact that the warranty is transferable – a nice touch not found with other brands.

Upgrades available include mountain bike mode with disc brakes and suspension forks if you’re planning to do a lot of off road riding, or a balance bike adaptor kit if your child is not pedalling.

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Black Mountain HÜTTO Disc 20 inch

Black Mountain HÜTTO Disc

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Black Mountain HÜTTO Trail 20 inch

Black Mountain HÜTTO Trail

The Black Mountain HUTTO Trail is a unique bike.  It uses Black Mountain’s very popular and patented “growing frame” technology, which allows the bike to quite literally grow with your child.  They’ve added to this disc brakes and a suspension fork to allow fun out on the trails.

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Black Mountain KAPĒL 18 inch wheel bike is one of the few 18" wheel kids bikes with gears

Black Mountain KAPĒL

Black Mountain Bikes have a really clever “growing frame” which means that when your child outgrows the original frame size you can adjust the frame and the gearing to make it last much longer.

This means you get at least two bikes for your money and don’t have the hassle of having to sort out a new bike. 

The KAPĒL is their 18″ wheel offering, but taller children may want to move straight onto the 20″ wheel HUTTØ to get maximum usage.

Most 18″ wheel bike are single speed, meaning they don’t have gears.  The KAPĒL is one of the exceptions, making it ideal for those who regularly ride hills.  Do remember that not all children are ready to start using gears at this age.  

Another clever feature about these bikes is the fact that they can start out in balance bike mode if needed (you do need to buy an additional balance bike convertor kit) so your child can progress from learning to balance through to pedalling all without you needing to buy a new bike.

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Black Mountain PINTO 14 inch

Black Mountain PINTO

The Black Mountain PINTO is certainly a clever first bike! It’s got a unique “growing frame” that means the bike grows with your child, allowing maximum use.

The PINTO is fitted with 14″ wheels, but the sizing means it’s designed to replace the need for a 12″ and a 14″ wheel bike.

Age wise it’s designed to fit a tall two and a half year old, or an average 3 year old.

The PINTO can also start out in balance bike mode if your child hasn’t quite mastered that stage of learning to ride yet, so you really can get the most out of this one bike.

You can read our detailed review of the Black Mountain PINTO here

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Black Mountain SKØG 16 inch

Black Mountain SKØG

The Black Mountain SKØG is a really clever bike designed to grow with your child.

It’s got 16″ wheels and an innovative “growing frame” designed for smaller riders, so you can skip the hassle and the expense of buying two bikes.

The SKØG is fitted with a maintenance and oil free belt drive rather than a traditional chain, to keep things easy and clean.

Age wise it’s designed for about 4.5 years up (102cm to 121cm height range) which could be until 7 years old (depending on growth rate.)

The SKØG can also be used as a balance bike if your child hasn’t quite mastered that stage of learning to ride yet, which will help speed up the “learning to ride” phase.

Our reviewer hadn’t started pedalling when she got the SKØG – you can read our review of how quickly she became a confident cyclist here.

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Cannondale Quick 20 kids bike 2021 - a good choice 20" wheel bike for cycling to school

Cannondale Quick 20

The Quick 20 is Cannondale’s all-rounder offering aimed at kids’ aged 7-12 years old.

The Quick features a lightweight SmartForm C2 alloy frame and fork, a Shimano Tourney 7sp drivetrain and the ever-popular Kenda Small Block 8 tyres.

This setup will be best suited to urban and light off-road use making it great for everyday usage whether it be riding to school or in the park. 

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Cannondale Quick 24 kids bike 2021

Cannondale Quick 24

The Quick 24 is Cannondale’s all-rounder offering aimed at kids’ aged 7-12 years old.

The Quick features a lightweight SmartForm C2 alloy frame and fork, a Shimano Tourney 7sp drivetrain and the ever-popular Kenda Small Block 8 tyres.

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Cannondale Trail 20 kids bike 2021

Cannondale Trail 20

The Trail 20 is Cannondale’s mountain bike offering for kids’ aged 5-8 years old.

The Trail 20 features front suspension, courtesy of an SunTour XCT-JR 20, a Shimano 7sp Tourney drivetrain and the ever-popular Kenda Small Block 8 tyres.

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Cannondale Trail 24 kids mountain bike 2021

Cannondale Trail 24

The Trail 24 is Cannondale’s mountain bike offering for kids’ aged 7-12 years old.

The Trail features front suspension, courtesy of an SR-Suntour SunTour XCT-JR 24, a Shimano 8sp Tourney drivetrain and the ever-popular Kenda Small Block 8 tyres.

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Cube Acid 200 2021

Cube Acid 200

Cube’s entry level  20″ wheel offering is a 7 speed bike, the Cube Acid 200, which helps make the transitions to gears easier.  21 or more gears that you get on some kids bikes just confuses things – more to remember and more to go wrong!

Cube realise that kids aren’t always the most careful or thoughtful so features of this bike include a modulator on the front brake to stop them slamming on too quickly, plus an easily replaceable derailleur hanger – the bit that changes the gears that gets damaged when kids drop their bike on the floor gears side down (TOP TIP –  teach them to lay their bike down derailleur side upwards!)

We’ve reviewed a number of different Cube kids bikes over the years and have always been impressed with the quality.

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Cube Acid 200 AllRoad - black 20" wheel kids bike fitted with mudguards, kickstand and lights

Cube Acid 200 AllRoad

The Cube Acid 200 AllRoad is Cube’s standard Acid 200 model to which they’ve added some accessories that are likely to be needed when riding on roads or (if you’re lucky) lovely safe cycle paths. 

So you get dynamo-powered lights, snap-on mudguards and a kickstand, which make this a more versatile choice of bike for children who are going to be riding their bikes to school during the week and want to explore further at the weekends or holidays.

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Cube Acid 200 disc 2021

Cube Acid 200 Disc

The Cube Acid 200 Disc is specified with mountain biking in mind.  They’ve upgraded their standard Acid 200 with disc brakes front and rear to make stopping easier on the trails.

A useful feature is a replaceable derailleur hanger, so that the occasional mishap doesn’t write off the entire frame. 

We’ve not reviewed this particular bike, but we’ve tested a number of Cube’s larger mountain bikes and have always been very impressed with them. 

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Cube Acid 240 Allroad 2021

Cube Acid 240 AllRoad

The Cube Acid 240 AllRoad is Cube’s entry level mountain bike (the Cube Acid 240) with additional accessories (mudguards, LED lights and kickstand) for riding on road.

The result will be suited to children who are riding gentle off road routes at the weekend (and therefore appreciate the suspension) and who are also riding to school in the week. 

If they’re only riding on road, then a hybrid bike without suspension will be lighter and possibly quicker to ride, without the hassle of maintaining the suspension fork. 

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Cube Cubie 120 2021

Cube Cubie 120

The Cubie 120 has a lightweight aluminium frame and forks and comes with child sized brake levers, a chain protector and a carry handle on the rear of the saddle for when you end up having to carry it.

The rear brake on the Cubie 120 is a coaster brake, which is operated by your child pedalling backwards, whilst the front brake is a v-brake on the rim, operated by the brake lever.  Coaster brakes are very popular on the continent and in the US but are not very common in the UK.

They’re a good idea if your child isn’t ready to operate a brake lever, but they will have to learn how to do this when they move up to larger bikes.

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Cube Cubie Walk 120 balance bike 2021

Cube Cubie 120 Walk

A low standover height means the Cube Cubie Walk 120 is easy for little legs to get on and off and the tyres are “proper” pneumatics ones so they’re going to be grippy and comfortable for outside riding. 

Cube have fitted a steering limiter to stop your little one getting into scrapes if they decide to turn the handlebars too quickly and there’s an integrated handle for carrying home at the end of the day.

We’ve not reviewed this balance bike but we’ve reviewed a number of larger Cube pedal bikes and have always been impressed with the German precision engineering and attention to detail. 

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Cube Cubie 160 2021 Model

Cube Cubie 160

The Cube Cubie 160 is styled on Cube’s adult mountain bike range, so looks a lot more grown up than some other little bikes.

It’s worth noting that this bike has a rear coaster brake, which means your child has to back pedal to stop. These brakes tend to be more popular in the US and continental Europe than the UK, but can be useful for children who aren’t yet able to operate more traditional brake levers.

The Cube Cubie 160 comes with a rear mudguard to keep off most of the dirt and a chain guard to keep things clean.

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Cube Cubie 180 SL 2021

Cube Cubie 180 SL

The Cube Cubie 180 is inspired by Cube’s larger junior mountain bikes and is a good choice for a child who is desperate to go mountain biking, but not quite ready to move up to a 20″ wheel geared MTB.

It’s fitted with proper off road tyres and has small brake levers to help make stopping easy, and at just 7kg it’s light enough for them to ride and you to lift / carry at the end of the ride.

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Black Rocks 24

Forme Black Rocks 24

If you’re in the market for a junior full-suspension mountain bike then it’s well worth a look at the brand new Forme Black Rock 24.   Price wise it sits in that mid way point between a hard tail mountain bike and the much more expensive full suspension bikes that will set you back several thousand quid.

Having hit the sweet spot in terms of pricing, Forme have taken the learnings from their adult Black Rock mountain bike range and their junior Kinder range and melded it into the Black Rock series, giving you a good entry level full suspension bike.

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Forme Black Rocks 26

Forme Black Rocks 26

If you’re in the market for a junior full-suspension mountain bike then it’s well worth a look at the brand new Forme Black Rock 26.   

Price wise it sits in that mid way point between a hard tail mountain bike and the much more expensive full suspension bikes that will set you back several thousand quid.

Forme have taken the learnings from their adult Black Rocks mountain bike range and their junior Kinder range and melded it into the Black Rocks 26, giving you a good entry level full suspension bike.

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Forme Calver 700

Forme Calver 700

The Forme Calver is a bike suited to cyclocross, triathlon or bike packing adventures. It features a lightweight, robust alloy frame, a 1 x 9 speed drive train with short reach levers and cable disc brakes for optimal handling in all conditions.

Weather proofed internal cabling and sealed bottom bracket keep the bike running for longer and help maintain the bikes value for when you come to sell on.

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Forme Cubley 14

Forme Cubley 14

If you’re looking for a great quality first bike for your little one from a reputable British company, which is light weight, well specified and comes in a range of fun colours, then the Forme Cubley 14 is certainly well worth checking out.

The Cubley range is relatively new, so isn’t as well known as some of the bigger kids bike ranges, meaning you’re less likely to have waiting lists at the moment, which is another important consideration. [sc name="bike-club-forme-bike" bike_name="Forme Cubley 16" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-14-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Forme Cubley 16

Forme Cubley 16

The Cubley 16 has all the features we’re used to seeing from the more established kids bike brands, and it’s great that Forme are also partnering with the Bike Club, who offer a kids bike rental service.

We’re impressed with the low weight of the Forme Cubley 16 – it tips the scales at just 6.64kg.  It’s so important to have a bike that your child can pick up and manoeuvre without struggling if they’re going to enjoy riding it (plus it’s much easier for you when you’re carrying it around).

Other features on this bike include a size specific crank set for little legs, narrow bars, short reach stem and smaller pedals, plus grippy tyres so you don’t have to worry about your Cycle Sprog riding through puddles! [sc name="bike-club-forme-bike" bike_name="Forme Cubley 16" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-16-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Forme Cubley 18

Forme Cubley 18

One of the newest 18″ wheel kids bikes on the market, the Forme Cubley 18 is a great bike for all round riding, if your child isn’t quite ready to move up to a geared bike.

It’s a good value, lightweight bike with well designed child sized components and performs well on most surfaces a rider of this age is likely to want to go. [sc name="bike-club-forme-bike" bike_name="Forme Cubley 18" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-18-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Hartington 14 - a small 14" wheel city bike in the Dutch style with wicker basket

Forme Hartington 14

If you’re looking for a city style kids bike for a child who is just starting to pedal, then the Forme Hartington 14 is worth considering.  However, at 9.49 kg the bike is much heavier than many light weight kids starter bikes now available, so you do need to consider whether your child has the strength to easily ride this bike.

For this reason it’s probably better for slightly older children who are already confident moving around and lifting up their balance bike or trike. 

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Forme Hartington 16 - a small city bike for a 4 or 5 year old with a step through frame

Forme Hartington 16

If you’re looking for a Dutch city style kids bike with a basket on the front then the Forme Hartington 16 is a good option.

It has a low frame and easy-reach brakes, non- slip pedals and a brown wicker basket.

Weighing in at over 10kg, the Forme Hartington 16 is quite a lot heavier than many other kids bikes, so is going to be suited to a more sedate style of cycling.

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Forme Hartington 20

Forme Hartington 20

On trend “heritage styling” and step through frame make this bike suited to a relaxed, urban style of cycling. The Hartington 20 has high rise handlebars for an upright riding position, easy-reach brakes, none slip pedals, wicker basket and a choice of 7 gears.

Weight wise it’s heavier than many 20″ wheel bikes, which is worth considering if you child has to carry it up steps, or you’re planning to lift onto a roof rack regularly.

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Forme Hartington 24

Forme Hartington 24

If your Cycle Sprog is looking for a city style bike that has more of a Dutch bike feel about it, then the Forme Hartington 24 could be the bike for them. 

It’s a stylish 24″ wheel bike with a step through frame and upright riding position, that is available in three pastel colour options.  It is equipped with mudguards and a kickstand as well as a basket.

The Forme Hartington is quite a lot heavier than many other 24″ wheel bikes, so is suited to a more gentle style of urban cycling. 

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Forme Hartington balance bike

Forme Hartington Balance

If your Cycle Sprog wants the stylish look of a city bike, complete with a basket on the front, then the Forme Hartington is a great option.  It comes in a choice of two pastel shades and has bell fitted too.

It’s not the lightest balance bike out there, because it’s made from steel, so do be aware that if your child is very small they may have a bit more difficulty moving this bike around. For this reason it’s probably better suited to slightly older balance bikers. 

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Forme Kinder MX20

Forme Kinder MX20

The Forme Kinder MX20 is a really versatile all round bike, ideal for children gaining their first experiences on a geared bike, as the rapid fire gears are really easy to use.

When we reviewed this bike we found it shines best on steady gravel tracks as well as on tarmac and where its nimble steering and agility can be used to full effect to nip around tight turns. [sc name="bike-club-forme-bike" bike_name="Forme Kinder MX20" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-20-inch-deal" ][/sc]  

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Forme Kinder MX24

Forme Kinder MX24

The Forme Kinder MX24 is a versatile all-rounder of a bike that will be just as happy riding some trails at the weekends as it will be doing the daily school run. 

It’s light weight is really important as your child is likely to get more adventurous with their cycling at this age, and as they ride further they’re going to have to deal with more steps, kerbs and other obstacles. [sc name="bike-club-forme-bike" bike_name="Forme Kinder MX24" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-24-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Forme Kinder MX26

Forme Kinder MX26

Forme is a British bike brand and they released a range of lightweight, quality kids bikes for winter 2020, which is why you might not have heard of them when buying your child a bike in the past.   

The specification is what you’d expect from a quality kids bike brand – the Kinder MX26 is very light and fitted with easy to use gears and good all round tyres.

The Forme Kinder MX26 is a good all round option if your child is doing various types of cycling.  It’s named after the iconic Kinder Scout, which isn’t far from Forme’s HQ, but will be equally suited to riding on and off road terrain. [sc name="bike-club-woom-bikes" bike_name="Forme Kinder MX26" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-26-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Frog 40 Blue

Frog 40

Frog’s smallest pedal bike is the 14″ wheel Frog 40 (Frogs are named after the shortest leg length that the bike suits – in this case 40 cm).

It’s a lightweight bike so it’s easy for a child to ride, and has all the child-sized components that give parents peace of mind that their child is riding safely.

We’ve reviewed the earlier version of Frog’s 14″ wheel bike – the slightly bigger Frog 43 – and it got a thumbs up from our reviewer. [sc name="bike-club-frog-bikes" bike_name="Frog 40" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-14-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Frog 44 Spotty 2021 - a 16 inch wheel pedal bike for kids aged between 4 and 5 years of age

Frog 44

Frog Bikes come with everything you expect from a quality kids bike – child specific components, a good riding position and a light weight frame which all combine to make learning to ride such great fun.

The Frog 44 is a new version of the really popular Frog 48, their previous sixteen inch wheel bike.  They’ve introduced a lower standover for the frame, meaning children can start riding it with legs 4 cm shorter than before (i.e 44cm rather than 48cm inside leg). 

We’ve reviewed a wide range of Frog Bikes over the years and they’ve always been well designed and specified. [sc name="bike-club-frog-bikes" bike_name="Frog 44" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-16-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Photo of Frog 47 18" wheel kids bike in red - a good choice larger pedal bike without gears

Frog 47 First Pedal

The Frog 47 is a brand new bike for 2022. We think this single speed, easy to ride bike is going to be popular with children who are too tall for a standard 16″ wheel pedal bike, but don’t have the ability yet to move onto a bike with gears.

The Frog 47 has a minimum inside leg of 47cm and comes with all the features you’d expect from one of the best known premium kids bike brands.  This includes a lightweight aluminium frame, grippy tyres and child proportioned components.

We’ve not reviewed this particular Frog bike but we have reviewed a number of other sizes and they’ve all been great, long lasting and fun to ride.  [sc name="bike-club-frog-bikes" ][/sc]  [sc name="bike-club-18-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Frog 52 Red 2021 is the smallest 20" wheel geared bike from Frog Bikes, suitable for children aged 5 years and over

Frog 52

The Frog 52 therefore has everything you’d expect to see on a quality kids bike designed for a child using gears for the first time.  It was discontinued in 2021 so is now only available secondhand or to lease. It’s last retail price in 2021 was £400.

The gears are simple to use – there’s a single chain ring at the front so your child doesn’t have to worry about changing gear with both hands.  The 8 gears are operated by an easy to use thumb shifter designed for small hands, and the spread of gears should help them get up all but the steepest of hills. 

There’s plenty of room for growth with the Frog 52. The handlebars can be lowered or raised within a range of 54mm and it’s easy to adjust the seat height using the quick release system. 

We’ve reviewed the slightly larger 20″ wheel bike – the Frog 55 – and were very impressed with its performance and longevity. [sc name="bike-club-frog-bikes" bike_name="Frog 52" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-20-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Frog 52 Single Speed

Frog 52 (Single Speed)

If your child has an inside leg of 52cm but doesn’t need a bike with gears, then the Frog 52 Single Speed is a good option. 

You can even take the pedals off and use this bike as a balance bike, and add them back in when the time is ready. 

Note: The Frog 52 Single Speed was removed from Frog’s website during 2021 so you need to look secondhand for this bike

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Photo of the Frog 53 in blue, which is one of the best 20" wheel bike with gears for learning how to ride a bigger bike

Frog 53 Hybrid

Frog have just had a revamp of their 20″ wheel bike range, and the Frog 53 is the brand new model for 2022 that replaces the old Frog 52 and Frog 55.

For most children this will be their first time using gears on a bike, and you want it to be as easy as possible. 

The Frog 53 has 8 speeds which are accessed using an easy reach thumb shifter. 

The range of gears is good enough to get up most hills, and if it does get a bit too steep the bike is lightweight enough to hopefully allow your child to keep on pushing (and it’s light enough to carry if things get that bad!)
We reviewed one of the very first Frog 20″ wheel bikes  to be released years ago, and were very impressed by the comfort of the ride, quality of the bike and it’s longevity. 

Since then Frog have continued to improve on the specification,  and we see no reason why the new Frog 53 won’t continue in that tradition, and we suspect this will become a popular 20″ wheel geared bike. [sc name="bike-club-frog-bikes" ][/sc] 

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Frog 55 2021 Spotty 20" wheel kids bike with gears

Frog 55

The Frog 55 was Frog Bike’s original 20″ wheel bike, which was discontinued at the end of 2021, to be replaced by the new Frog 53

The Frog 55 is a good all round bike that’s equally suited to riding trails and paths as doing the school run.  Original bikes got mudguards supplied as standard, and you can also fit a pannier rack if you’re carrying school books or camping equipment. 

For most children this will be their first experience of using gears on a bike, and Frog specified an easy to use 8 speed set up with an easy reach thumb shifter. 

We reviewed one of the very first Frog 55’s to be released years ago, and were very impressed by the comfort of the ride, quality of the bike and it’s longevity.  [sc name="bike-club-frog-bikes" bike_name="Frog 55" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-20-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Frog 62 Blue

Frog 62

The Frog 62 is sized for a child with a minimum 62 cm inside leg (that’s how the Frog naming convention works, which is an easy way to decide which bike your child needs).

Weighing in at 9.25kg the bike is nice and light, meaning your child will be able to easily manoeuvre it as well as lift it up and over any obstacles on the way (think steps, high kerbs or debris on a trail).  The seat post and wheels are quick-release, making adjustments and maintenance easy. [sc name="bike-club-frog-bikes" bike_name="Frog 62" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-24-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Frog 69 Orange

Frog 69

NOTE: There is a limited stock of Frog 69’s at the moment and Frog Bikes website says the next stock is due in Spring 2022

Frog have three 26″ wheel  bikes, and the Frog 69 is the smallest, and is for children with a minimum inside leg of 69cm.

It’s a versatile bike which rides well on most terrains so  is a good choice for anyone who isn’t really specialising in one particular type of cycling.

One word of warning – Frog is very much known as a kids bike brand, so if you have a shorter but older child (particularly an image conscious one in their teens) you may encounter the desire to move onto a more “adult” brand. 

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Frog 73 Green 2021 = a 26" wheel kids bike that is good for riding on a wide range of terrains

Frog 73

The Frog 73 is a good all round bike which will be happy on most terrains so ideal for children who ride anywhere and aren’t specializing in any one particular kind of cycling.  

It has an 8 speed Shimano gear system operated by thumb shifters and having an 11-32T cassette, which should be good for all but the steepest hills.

The larger Frog bikes have lost the childish branding of the smaller bikes, so should appeal to an older audience.  However if you have a shorter but older child in their teens don’t be surprised if you find some resistance and the desire to move onto a more “adult” brand, as Frog is very much known as a kids bike brand. [sc name="bike-club-frog-bikes" bike_name="Frog 73" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-26-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Frog 78 Black

Frog 78

The Frog 78 is the largest of Frog’s three 26″ wheel bikes, and is an all round bike suitable for children (or smaller adults!) with a minimum inside leg of 78cm.   

The handlebars can be adjusted within a 54mm range and there’s a quick release seat post that makes adjusting the saddle height easy to do. Your kid should hopefully therefore get a decent amount of time on this bike, but some kids do grow very rapidly at this age. 

It’s comforting therefore to know the Frog Bikes really hold their value, so if you keep it well maintained you should be able to sell it on to fund the next bike. 

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Frog MTB 62 2021 a kids mountain bike with 24" wheels

Frog MTB 62

The Frog MTB 62 has a specifically designed junior specific air suspension fork with lockout and damping control, a lightweight oversize handlebar and stem plus easy-reach junior specific hydraulic brakes. 

The Shimano rapid-fire 9-speed shift lever is an easy to use way to move the chain. 

When we reviewed the slightly larger Frog MTB 69 our only complaint was with the supplied tyres, but the later versions have been upgraded to have a bespoke mountain bike tyre which is much better for off road riding.

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Frog MTB 69

Frog MTB 69

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Frog MTB 72 2021 is a 26" wheel mountain bike for older kids

Frog MTB 72

Frog Bikes website says that the next stock of this bike will be landing in Spring 2022 

All the Frog mountain bikes come with junior specific air suspension forks, complete with lockout and damping control, to enable optimal performance for lower weight riders,  with 100mm of travel

The Tektro junior specific hydraulic disc brakes make it easy for smaller hands to brake whilst remaining control of the bike.

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Frog Road 58 in Blue - a kids road bike with skinny tyres, 20" wheels, skinny road tyres and drop handlebars

Frog Road 58

The Frog Road 58 makes a good first drop handlebar bike for those wanting to start riding on roads, circuits or at cyclocross events.

The frame has clearance to fit both slick road tyres and more grippy cyclocross tyres, which makes this a good choice kids bike for youngsters racing in triathlons and cyclocross as well as riding on the roads. 

When we reviewed the Frog Road 58, one thing our 7 year old tester really liked is that it comes with auxiliary brake levers on the handlebar tops. These are very useful if your child is not confident enough to lean forward onto the drop handlebars.   [sc name="bike-club-frog-bikes" bike_name="Frog Road 58" ][/sc]

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Frog Road 67 Blue

Frog Road 67

When we reviewed the Frog Road 67 our 9 year old tester really liked having the auxiliary brake levers on the handlebars, as the transition to cycling entirely on the drops takes time.

The handlebars are suitably narrow for kids shoulders and the gear shifters are nice and close to the bars to make changing gear easier for small hands.

There’s cantilever brakes and enough clearance for wider tyres should you wish to use it for cyclocross / triathlon.

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Frog Road 70 Blue kids 26" wheel road bike

Frog Road 70

The Frog Road 70 is a good bike if your child is racing cyclocross or triathlon, as well riding on road, as the frame has enough clearance to fit wider cyclocross tyres as well as slick road ones. 

As well as integrated short reach brake levers the Frog Road 70 is also fitted with additional levers on the tops of the handlebars.  This is useful for children who are just progressing to drop handlebars and skinny tyres, as it can be a big step to spend all (or even any) of your time on the drop handlebars. 

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Frog Tadpole Balance Bike 2021

Frog Tadpole

The Frog Tadpole is a 12″ wheel balance bike, which is suitable for children with an inside leg of 31cm.  It’s available in a wide choice of fun colour schemes to appeal to young children. 

The Tadpole is fitted with a rear brake to get your child used to the concept of braking (although they will probably still use their feet a lot to stop, especially in the early days). 

The tyres are pneumatic, so good for use on a variety of terrains, and a steering lock  prevents over-steer accidents.  The quick-release seat post is useful for when your Cycle Sprog has a growth spurt. 

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Frog Tadpole Mini Green 2021 is one of the smallest balance bikes for toddlers

Frog Tadpole Mini

The 10″ wheel Frog Tadpole Mini is one of the very smallest balance bikes available and it’s suitable for children with an inside leg of just 24cm

The Frog Tadpole Mini balance bike does have a rear brake which will allow your child to get used to braking when they are ready. However, don’t expect a very young child to use them – feet are more than adequate for stopping!

The tyres are pneumatic, which means you can take this bike outside and ride on a variety of surfaces, and there’s a quick-release seat post so the bike easily grows with your child. 

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Frog Tadpole Plus 2021 in red with 14" wheels and a rear brake

Frog Tadpole Plus

The Frog Tadpole Plus is a 14″ wheel balance bike designed for taller and/or older children with a minimum inside leg of 38cm for whom a 14″ wheel pedal bike isn’t suitable.

It has a rear brake, but not a front brake, which will help ease a child into learning to brake gently if that’s appropriate.  If not, then stopping with their feet is much more fun! 

The Tadpole Plus is fitted with a steering lock, which acts as a safety mechanism to prevent any serious falls and damage – to the child or the bike.

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Frog Track 58 is a 20" wheel track bike designed for young riders racing at the velodrome or on a grass track

Frog Track 58

The Frog Track 58 is one of the smallest kids track bikes available.  The bike is designed for riding at the velodrome or on a grass track only, and is a good way to get your child into track cycling. 

The Frog Track 58 is specified with Kenda track tyres and flip-flop hubs for both free-wheel and fixed use.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:   The Frog Track 58 is designed only for TRACK use and is not supplied with brakes, a bell or reflectors. In the UK this bike is NOT road legal.

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Frog Track 67 is a 24" wheel kids track bike for racing at the velodrome or on a grass track

Frog Track 67

The Frog Track 67 is a 24″ wheel Track Bike for children who are racing on a grass track or at the velodrome. 

Frog say that the aerodynamic tear drop tubes combined with track specific geometry minimise drag result in a light, stiff and responsive bike. 

IMPORTANT:   The Frog Track 67 is designed for TRACK use only and is not supplied with brakes, a bell or reflectors. In the UK this bike is NOT road legal.

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Frog Track 70 kids track bike

Frog Track 70

The 26″ wheel Frog Track 70 is a good choice for any child wanting to get into track racing – either on grass or at the velodrome. 

The Frog Track 70 is fitted with flip flop hubs for both fixed and free-wheel use and Kendra track tyres. 

PLEASE NOTE:  This bike is designed for TRACK use only and is not supplied with brakes, a bell or reflectors. In the UK this bike is NOT road legal.

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Giant ARX 16 kids bike 2021

Giant ARX 16

Giant are one of the world’s biggest bike brands, and the Giant ARX 16 has everything you’d expect from a single speed kids bike.

It’s really light (great for when you have to pick it up and carry it) and is fitted with versatile tyres for cycling on lots of different surfaces, child sized components and comes in a range of fun, bold colours.

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Giant ARX 20 kids bike 2021

Giant ARX 20

The Giant ARX 20 is the smallest geared bike in the ARX range of lightweight bikes from Giant – one of the worlds biggest bike brands.

It comes in a range of bright colours and has all the child sized components we’ve come to expect on a quality 20″ wheel bike. They even do a matching helmet to complete the look!

Our reviewer was really impressed with this bike – from the eye catching paintwork to the way the bike handled on different terrains it was a hit with our two reviewers aged 6 and 8 years of age.

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Giant ARX 24 kids bike 2021

Giant ARX 24

As you’d expect from one of the worlds biggest bike brands, the Giant ARX 24 has all the features we’d expect to see on a quality 24″ wheel kids bike.

However, in a sign of how confident they are with the quality of their bikes, Giant offers a lifetime warranty on their frames, plus 10 years on forks. Your child will have grown out of the bike long before then!

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Giant ARX 26 kids bike 2021

Giant ARX 26

Giant are one of the biggest bike brands, and the ARX 26 is their largest geared kids bike. It’s a good all round choice for commuting to school, riding to meet friends at the weekends and perhaps a little bit of off roading too.

Giant use a lot of their own brand components on the bike to keep the costs lower, and whilst they don’t provide weights for their bikes we know from reviewing a smaller bike in the range that it’s comparable to the competition.

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AIRO BALANCE BIKE - Tuvalu Turquoise

Hornit AIRO

The Hornit AIRO is one of the lightest balance bikes we’ve ever reviewed here at Cycle Sprog. It’s designed for children aged 18 months and over and the light weight means it is very easy for a young child to move it around. You’ll also be pleased when they get fed up riding and you’re left carrying it!

The pneumatic tyres mean the AIRO will be much more comfy on outdoor surfaces than cheaper balance bikes with solid tyres, and there a footrest for use when picking up speed.

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Hornit Hero 14 - a belt driven starter bike for a 3 year old

Hornit HERO 14

If you want to be the talk of the town (or at least the playground) then the Hornit HERO 14 is quite possibly the bike for you.  It’s part of the newest range of kids bikes released in August 2021, plus, it’s got a belt drive rather than a traditional bike chain which will help start conversations!

The Hornit HERO is one of the lightest starter bikes around, and with a low inside leg requirement it’s ideal for younger / shorter children who are ready to start pedalling. 

We’ve reviewed the Hornit HERO 14 and were very impressed with its lightweight, good looks and ease of use.

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Hornit Hero 16 - a kids bike with a belt drive train rather than a chain

Hornit HERO 16

If you want your child to be seen on the very latest kids bike, which is sure to get everyone asking questions, then take a look at the brand new range of kids bikes from Hornit.

Not only is the HERO 16 one of the lightest kids bikes in this wheel size, tipping the scales at just 5.7kg, it also has a belt drive rather than the more traditional bike chain.

This is designed to reduce the amount of bike maintenance needed (no more rusty chains to deal with), and also helps stop dirty fingers and clothing.

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Hornit HERO 20 kids bike with easy to use gears

Hornit HERO 20

If you’re looking for a bike to turn heads and get other parents talking then the brand new Hornit HERO 20 is a good choice. 

It was only released in Spring 2022, and has a belt drive rather than a chain, both reasons that it will stand out from the crowd!

The Gates carbon belt drive system is maintenance free so you don’t need to worry about oily or rusty chains.

The gearing is a Shimano Nexus 3 speed internal hub which is different to what we see on most kids bikes here in the UK. Hornit are clearly taking inspiration from a more continental, urban style of bike, where this type of gearing is more popular for year round, daily use bikes. 

With only three gears (Low, Medium and High) to choose from, gear changing is made nice and easy for younger children, who may struggle with the 6 or more gears found on other bikes.  

We’ve not reviewed this particular bike, but we have reviewed the smaller Hornit HERO 14 and were very impressed. 

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Hornit HERO 24 kids bike

Hornit HERO 24

The Hornit HERO 24 is a brand new bike for 2022, and is well worth considering if you’re not really into bike maintenance. 

The bike has a belt drive and an internal gear hub rather than the more common bike chain and external derailleur found on kids bike in the UK. 

This means there’s less to go wrong, and less oily bits to transfer onto clothing. 

The three speed gears make it really easy to change gear – something many children struggle with.

We’ve not reviewed this particular bike, but we have reviewed the smaller Hornit HERO 14 and were very impressed.

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Hoy Bonaly 14

Hoy Bonaly 14

Hoy Bikes are the brain child of Sir Chris Hoy – one of the most successful Olympians ever – so expect an attention to all the details that matter on a first pedal bike.

We’ve reviewed the slightly bigger Hoy Bonaly 16 and our tester (and her dad) were impressed not only with how easy the bike was to ride, but also how well it coped with daily use. [sc name="hoy-customer-service" ][/sc]

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2018 Hoy Bonaly 16" wheel kids bike

Hoy Bonaly 16

Hoy Bikes are renowned as being really reliable, lightweight and fun to ride kids bikes – after all they are the brain child of Sir Chris Hoy, one of the world’s most successful competitive cyclists!

Our 5 year old tester really enjoyed this bike – she found it easy to brake and steer – plus her parents liked the light weight and robustness of the bike.

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Hoy Bonaly 20

Hoy Bonaly 20

With the pedigree of an Olympic champion behind the brand, the Hoy Bonaly 20 is a lightweight versatile bike which our reviewer found very easy to ride.

With grippy Kenda small block tyres, the Bonaly is equally at home on road or trail.

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Hoy Bonaly 24

Hoy Bonaly 24

The Bonaly 24 kids bike is a borderline hybrid/mountain bike, with gearing that is designed to get up steep hills!  This means the Bonaly 24 would be a good choice for children who are likely to be doing quite a lot of riding in hilly areas (either on or off road). 

It’s a really lightweight bike and doesn’t have the added weight and complications that a suspension fork brings on traditional mountain bikes. 
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Hoy Bonaly 26

Hoy Bonaly 26

The Bonaly range is definitely a subscriber to the philosophy of ‘keeping it simple’, with its rigid fork, low centre of gravity, and of course, lightweight.  It’s technically a mountain bike, but with its rigid forks, it’s suited to mixed terrain (although probably not the best choice if you’re doing lots of on-road riding).

Hoy upgraded the Bonaly range in 2019 to make it lighter and improve some of the design features. It has a fresh, modern look with a lower spoke count and a redesigned frame. We haven’t tested out this particular bike, but have been impressed with the smaller Bonaly 20 we’ve reviewed.

One of the appeals of this bike will be its disc brakes – the Shimano RT200 hydraulic discs with RT26 160mm rotors mean this bike looks and feels like a grown up bike – but with the correctly sized components for a younger rider.

The 9 gears come via a 32 toothed front chainring matched up to a Sunrace M90 9 speed 11-34T cassette, with the power transferred to ground through Kenda Small Block 8 tyres.

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Hoy Napier balance bike 2021

Hoy Napier Balance Bike

The Napier is lightweight thanks to the aluminium tubes, has a saddle with a grab-rail to make it easier to carry when your child has had enough riding for one day, and there’s a stopper in the headset to stop over enthusiastic steering.

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Islabikes Beinn 20 Large kids bike 2021

Islabikes Beinn 20 Large

The attention to detail on an Islabike is second to none, which is why these bikes are so popular with families who are doing long distance cycling or the daily commute to school in all weathers.

You can add pannier racks, mudguards, bottle cages – everything a serious young cyclist needs to get the miles in. 

Whilst we’ve not reviewed this particular bike we’ve tested out a larger version of the Beinn and our reviewer was really impressed with how it handled. 

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Islabikes Beinn 20 small kids bike 2021

Islabikes Beinn 20 Small

The Islabikes Beinn 20 Small is Islabikes’ smallest geared bike aimed at ages 5+.

The bike features an aluminium frame and fork, 7speed 11-34T cassette and proportionately sized components.

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Islabikes Beinn 24 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Beinn 24

If you can afford the price of the Beinn 24 you certainly won’t be disappointed – the bikes are built to last and to such a high standard. For this reason, a new Beinn makes a good investment, as second-hand ones are snapped up very quickly.

With the ability to fit mudguards, pannier rack and bottle cage it’s not surprising the Beinn is a popular choice for both the daily school commute and long distance bikepacking adventures. 

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Islabikes Beinn 26 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Beinn 26

The Islabikes Beinn 26 is a multi purpose kids bike that is equally at home on the school run as bike packing across Europe. 

Components are proportioned for children’s bodies and a price tag to match. You get narrower bars for smaller hands, low q factor (distance between crank arms for comfortable pedalling), and the aluminum frame tubes have been specified to be strong but thin-walled to save weight.

We’ve reviewed a much older version of the Beinn 26 and our tester loved it. Things will have only got better in the intervening time. 

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Islabikes Beinn medium kids bike 2021

Islabikes Beinn Medium

The Beinn Medium is suitable for riders with a height of 164-174cm and a inside leg range of 75-80cm.

The medium weighs 10.33kg and costs £699.99.

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Islabikes Beinn small kids bike 2021

Islabikes Beinn Small

The Beinn Small is suitable for a height of 154-163cm and an inside leg range of 70-75cm. 

The Beinn Small features 29″ wheels and an aluminium frame and fork. Weighing in at just 10.17kg and costing £699.99 the Beinn Small certainly isn’t cheap but is an excellent package for the money.

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Islabikes Beinn XS kids bike 2021

Islabikes Beinn XS

The Islabikes Beinn XS is a lightweight at 9.82kg and comes in at £599.99 which is fairly large price tag, however, it is well-worth the money given the quality of the componentry.

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Islabikes Cnoc 14 Large kids bike 2021

Islabikes Cnoc 14 Large

The Islabikes Cnoc 14 Large is one of the most expensive first pedal bikes around – and for good reason.  The attention to detail on an Islabike is second to none.

They have taken every bit of a kids bike and looked at how it can be made better.  How the learning to ride process can be sped up.  How the bike can be more durable, easier to carry, more fun to ride. 

There are two sizes of Islabikes Cnoc 14 so measure your child carefully to make sure you’re getting the correct version. These measurements are for the Cnoc 14 Large – there is the Cnoc 14 Small if your child doesn’t quite fit. 

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Islabikes Cnoc 14 small kids bike 2021

Islabikes Cnoc 14 Small

The Cnoc 14 Small is one of the smallest 14″ wheel pedal bikes available and is suitable for an inside leg from just 34cm.  It’s not surprising therefore that it’s popular with children who are desperate to move onto pedals from their balance bike but don’t fit the majority of other 14″ wheelers (and certainly don’t want a clunky 12″ wheel bike).

The attention to detail borders on the obsessive with every component carefully designed for such a young rider – and a price tag to match.

And when your child has outgrown the bike you can rest smug in the knowledge that if you’ve looked after it well you’re probably going to recoup most of the cost when you sell it on.

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Islabikes Cnoc 16 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Cnoc 16

Cnoc 16 has everything you want from a first bike in terms of child sized components, longevity and lightweight (5.6kg). As well as great looks it has the brand reputation to back it up.

Mudguards, off-road tyres and a kickstand are available as additional options either at the time of purchase or later.

We’ve reviewed a number of Islabikes over the years and have never failed to be impressed at the quality and attention to detail of these bikes.

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Islabikes Cnoc 20 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Cnoc 20

The Islabikes Cnoc 20 is a beautifully proportioned starter bike for tall for their age learner riders or those a little later to riding, who will benefit from the simplicity of a bike without gears.

The bike is aimed at children aged 4 to 6 years old and weighs 6.6kg meaning it easy to ride and manoeuvre.

The Cnoc 20 also features a fully encapsulated chain guard which protects the riders clothes and also acts as protection from moving parts.

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Islabikes Creig 20 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Creig 20

The Islabikes Creig 20 is a lightweight mountain bike for younger riders aged 6 to 8 years old who want a bike that can handle anything, from the local woods to trail centre adventures. The Creig 20 weighs 7.7kg meaning it is easily manoeuvrable and takes well to different terrains.

The Creig 20 features a lightweight aluminium fork rather than a suspension fork to keep weight down for the smaller rider.

It also features a narrow-wide 36T chainring and a wide-range 11-34T cassette which is a big benefit, particularly in a hilly area.

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Islabikes Creig 24 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Creig 24

The Creig 24 is aimed at ages 8+ and features a 24″ wheel. The Creig 24 is a lot of bike for an 8 year old and is packed full of features. 

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Islabikes Creig 26 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Creig 26

The Creig 26 is Islabikes’ 26″ wheeled mountain bike aimed at 9 yrs and up. It features hydraulic disc brakes, air-sprung suspension, a wide-ratio 11-40T cassette and an impressive weight of just 11kg.

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Islabikes Creig 27 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Creig 27

The Islabikes Creig 27 is a quality kids bike aimed at children aged 10-13 years of age.

The Creig 27 is a lightweight mountain bike for smaller riders who want a bike that can handle anything, from short trails to big mountain paths.

The Creig 27 features 27.5″ wheels, which are tubeless ready and feature Vee Crown Gem 27.5″ x 2.25″ tyres.

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Islabikes Luath 24 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Luath 24

The Luath from Islabikes is the do-it-all drop-bar range aimed at kids’ who are keen to explore a range of cycling disciplines, whether on the road, cyclo-cross, touring or as Islabikes puts it “the fastest bike on the school run”. 

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Islabikes Luath 26 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Luath 26

The Luath from Islabikes is the do-it-all drop-bar range aimed at kids’ who are keen to explore a range of cycling disciplines, whether on the road, cyclo-cross, touring or as Islabikes puts it “the fastest bike on the school run”. 

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Islabikes Luath 700L kids bike 2021

Islabikes Luath 700L

The Luath 700L is aimed at riders 13 years+ and is a great bike for those who are drop-bar curious.

With an aluminium frame and a carbon fibre fork the weight of the Luath is kept at a stealthy 9.6kg

As a feature-packed offering at such a lightweight the Luath 700L, like all Islabikes does not come cheaply, but with an excellent re-sale value the £899.99 price tag is justifiable.

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Islabikes Luath 700S kids bike 2021

Islabikes Luath 700S

The Luath 700 Small does not come cheap at £899.99 but it does pack quite a punch in terms of specification.

With a lightweight aluminium frame and carbon fibre fork it boasts the credentials of a high spec adults bike.

Weighing in at just 9.4kg it’s certainly no slouch.

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Islabikes Rothan 12 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Rothan 12

The Rothan 12 is the first bike in the Islabikes range and is aimed at children aged 2-4 yrs approximately.

The frame and fork on the Rothan are both aluminium to keep weight to a minimum with an Islabikes own scooped saddle to aid new riders propulsion.

Weighing in at 3.1kg the Rothan 12 is one of the lightest balance bikes on the market.

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Islabikes Rothan 14 kids bike 2021

Islabikes Rothan 14

The Rothan 14 is the larger-wheeled big brother of the Rothan 12.

At 3.4kg it’s one of the lightest balance bikes on the market, but with a price tag of £199.99 it’s also one of the most expensive.

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Kidvelo Rookie 12

Kidvelo Rookie 12

Kidvelo are a really new brand – only launched in winter 2021 by some of the most experienced people in the balance bike industry.

We’ve taken a close look at this bike and were really impressed. They’ve designed a balance bike from the ground up with all the attention to detail. It has features such as sealed bearings on the wheels and a proper headset – bits you don’t see but really make a difference to the quality of the product. 

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Pinnacle Ash 20 inch

Pinnacle Ash 20

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Pinnacle Aspen 24 - a 24" wheel kids bike for children aged 7 years old and over

Pinnacle Aspen 24

The Pinnacle Aspen 24 is one of Evans Cycles best selling 24″ wheel children’s bikes, and the customer reviews of the bike speak for themselves. Parents have often upgraded to this bike from a much cheaper and heavier one, and are surprised and overjoyed at how much their child suddenly loves riding their bike.

It’s worth noting that the range of gears on the Pinnacle Aspen 24 means that this bike won’t be quite as easy to pedal up steep hills as some other 24″ wheel kids bikes, but will be fine for more gentle terrain. 

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Pinnacle Kauri 26 kids bike

Pinnacle Kauri 26

The Kauri 26 is Pinnacle’s all-rounder, designed for multi-use.

It features a lightweight frame made from aluminium and steel straight-blade fork.

Clarks’ power and reliable disc brakes take care of stopping duties.

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Pinnacle Koa 14 inch

Pinnacle Koa 14

The lightweight aluminium frame with aluminium rims avoids this bike being too heavy.  This means it will be easier for your child to move around, 

Quality bearings in the hubs, cranks and headset make for a smooth ride, and if the reviews on the Evans website can be believed, these are a popular choice for a first pedal bike.

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Pinnacle Koto 16 inch

Pinnacle Koto 16

The lightweight aluminium frame with aluminium rims helps to keep this bike light, meaning it will be easier for your child to manoeuvre.

Quality bearings in the hubs, cranks and headset make for a smooth ride, and if the reviews on the Evans website can be believed, these are a popular choice for a first pedal bike.

Pinnacle Bikes are available at the shops in Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct empire, including Evans Cycles and Sports Direct. It’s worth giving their Trust Pilot reviews a look if you’re particular about things like delivery time scales and customer service so you can make an informed decision about the all round purchasing vs riding experience.

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Puky Classic 12

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Puky Classic 16

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Puky Cyke 24-3 Light

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Puky Cyke 24-7 Light

If you’re looking for a sturdy, continental style kids bike then it’s worth taking a look at the Puky Cyke 24-7 Light.

Puky Bikes are German, and have recently become available in the UK.  

The Cyke 24-7 Light is not the lightest 24″ wheel bike around, and is designed for everyday urban cycling rather than climbing steep hills.

The bike comes fitted with SKS mudguards as standard which is really handy for keeping clothes clean if used on the school run, plus a rack for luggage.

The bright LED headlight with automatic on/off, ensures optimal visibility at all times. The light is powered by a hub dynamo system from Shimano, which offers good visibility in low light.

The tyres have reflective strips for additional visibility and the pedals are non-slip, handy for riding in school shoes on wet days. 

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Puky Cyke 24-8 Light Active

The Cyke 24-8 features a lightweight aluminium frame, Shimano 8-speed gearing.

An integrated lighting system using a Shimano hub dynamo with automatic LED lighting.

SKS mudguards fitted as standard, perfect for the school run.

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Puky Cyke 26-8 Active

Featuring a lightweight aluminium frame, Shimano 8-speed gearing.

An integrated hub dynamo with automatic LED lighting.

SKS mudguards fitted as standard, perfect for the school run.

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Puky LS-Pro 16 Alu

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Puky LS-Pro 18 Alu in blue and silver

Puky LS-Pro 18 Alu

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Puky LS Pro 20-7 Alu

Puky LS-Pro 20-7 Alu

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Puky LS-Pro 24-8 Alu

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Puky LS-Pro 26-8 Alu

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Puky Skyride 20-3

The Puky Skyride features a low step-thru aluminium frame.

Intergrated front and rear lights and 3 speed Shimano Nexus hub gears.

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Puky Skyride 24-3

This German city bike is a good choice for children who are cycling in reasonably flat urban areas.

The 3 speed gears are simple to use, and the aluminium step through frame means it’s easy to get on and off.

The Puky Skyride 24-3 is fitted with dynamo-powered LED lights, and the rear light even has a parking light which makes the rider more visible when stopped, for example at a dimly lit junction. The tyres have reflective stripes for even more visibility at night.

It also has a luggage rack and mudguards making this a good choice town bike for your child.

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Puky Skyride 24-7

A low step-thru aluminium frame features on the Puky Skyride.

Intergrated front and rear lights.

7 speed Shimano Nexus hub gears.

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Puky Skyride 26-7

Featuring an aluminium frame and low-slung step-thru design the Skyride 26-7 is at home in an urban environment.

It features integrated LED lighting both front and rear, keeping the rider visible even in poor light conditions.

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Puky Steel 12 in kiwi green

Puky Steel 12

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Puky Steel 16 in green

Puky Steel 16

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Puky Steel 18 in green

Puky Steel 18

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Puky Wutsch in red

Puky Wutsch

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Puky Wutsch Bundle in Grey and pink rabbit

Puky Wutsch Bundle

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Puky Youke 12 in rose pink

Puky Youke 12

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Puky Youke 16 in blue

Puky Youke 16

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Puky Youke 18 in blue

Puky Youke 18

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Pukylino

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Pukylino Bundle in grey panda colour

Pukylino Bundle

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Puky Moto in pastel green

PukyMoto

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SpecializeHotwalk Balance Bike 2021

Specialized Hotwalk

The Specialized Hotwalk balance bike has a very low frame, making it easy for young children to clamber on and off of it, regardless of what they’re wearing, or how long their legs are.

There’s a little ledge for putting feet on when scooting along and picking up speed, and the frame is lightweight aluminium making it reasonably easy to carry once they’ve had enough and you’re carrying home!

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Specialized Hotwalk Carbon Balance Bike 2021

Specialized Hotwalk Carbon

Specialized have taken all their experience of making really lightweight world champion winning adult bikes and dialled it all down into a tiny balance bike. 

The frame, fork, handlebars and wheels are all made from carbon and there’s a useful handle for when your little one has had enough of riding it and someone needs to carry it home. 

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Specialized Jett 16 kids bike

Specialized Jett 16

The Specialized Jett 16 is the smallest bike in the Jett range. The bike is designed to be easily configured as your child grows so that they get maximum use out of it, and comes with an online app to key in your child’s measurements.

The app tells you which position to put the saddle, handlebars and pedals for the most comfortable ride and you just recheck it every time your child has a growth spurt.

We’ve reviewed the slightly larger Jett 20 and were very impressed with it’s performance in more urban settings, although it’s able to handle gentle off road riding too.

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Specialized Jett 20 kids bike

Specialized Jett 20

The Jett 20 has all the features you’d expect to find on a quality kids bike, but also has the addition of two positions on the crank so you can move the pedals as your child’s legs grow. 

To help you size the bike for your child it comes with a nifty online Bike Fit tool. You key in your child’s measurements and it will tell you where to position the handlebars, pedals and saddle for correct riding position.

This is all part of the attempt made by Specialized to keep your child on this bike for as long as possible – they claim it should last 30 months (or 3 summers depending on when you buy it) – obviously that does depend on how fast your child grows!

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Specialized JETT 20 2021

Specialized Jett 24

The low standover height of the Specialized Jett 24 means your child can get onto this bike sooner than many other 24″ bikes and there’s an extra hole for the pedals on the crank meaning you can extend the use of this bike as your child’s legs grow. 

It also has handy markings on the seat post and handlebars making adjusting the bike easy as your child grows.  To help, Specialized also provide an online Bike Fit tool – you simply input your child’s measurements and they will tell you how to adjust the bike to fit.

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Squish 14 kids bike 2021

Squish 14

A fun “Squish” figure and colourful splodges make the Squish 14 an appealing bike for young children starting on their pedalling adventures.

The bike itself is lightweight with all keys features you want on a quality kids bike. Our reviewer was very impressed with the larger Squish 18 when she reviewed it. [sc name="bike-club-squish-bikes" bike_name="Squish 14" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-14-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Squish 16

The Squish 16 is a lightweight starter bike specified with child-sized components and fitted with good quality Kenda tyres for confident riding on different surfaces.

We’ve not reviewed this particular bike, but we have tested out the slightly larger Squish 18.  Our reviewer particularly liked the lightweight of the frame, and the ease of steering and braking. [sc name="bike-club-squish-bikes" bike_name="Squish 16" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-16-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Squish 18 kids bike 2021 is one of the best 18" wheel kids bikes for children aged 5 years and over

Squish 18

The Squish 18 is a good choice if your child isn’t quite ready to move up to a geared bike. It has a long wheelbase to give confidence and easy-to-use ‘child-sized’ brakes that are perfect for smaller hands.

The Squish 18 is fitted with lightweight components, and our 6 year old tester was impressed when she reviewed this bike for us.

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. [sc name="bike-club-forme-bike" bike_name="Forme Cubley 18" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-18-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Squish 20 kids bike 2021

Squish 20

The Squish range is a fun brand designed with children firmly in mind, whilst retaining child-sized components and a lightweight frame.

Components have been selected to offer reliable performance, low maintenance and easy access to spares and servicing if required.

Whilst we’ve not reviewed this particular bike we’ve reviewed several other Squish kids bikes and have always been impressed with their performance. [sc name="bike-club-squish-bikes" bike_name="Squish 20" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-20-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Squish 24 kids bike 2021

Squish 24

The Squish 24 is a good choice for a child who is doing a mix of riding on and off road, and wants a reliable bike they can ride all year around.

It has good quality components, easy to use gears and brakes plus tyres which are suited to all round general riding.

We’ve reviewed two different sized Squish Bikes in their range and our testers found them to be reliable and fun to ride. [sc name="bike-club-squish-bikes" bike_name="Squish 24" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-24-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Squish 26 Kids Bike 2021

Squish 26

The Squish 26 comes with a 13″ frame for those with a minimum inside leg of 67cm, and a 15″ frame for those slightly taller (with a minimum inside leg of 70cm).  The bikes have been designed to appeal to older kids. 

The range of 8 gears should be sufficient for most lumps and bumps and the tyres will be fine for a variety of terrains, although if you’re thinking of mainly doing mountain biking Squish also do a 26″ wheel MTB.

We haven’t reviewed this particular bike, but we have tested two other Squish bikes and found them to be good quality, lightweight bikes that are great fun to ride. [sc name="bike-club-squish-bikes" bike_name="Squish 26" ][/sc] [sc name="bike-club-26-inch-deal" ][/sc]

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Squish 650B

Squish’s 650B is a 27.5″ wheeled, 13″ framed bike aimed at ages 10+. Squish have made this bike to sit as their largest wheeled bike aimed at older children, roughly 10yrs and upwards. 

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Squish Balance Bike 2021

Squish Balance Bike

The Squish Balance bike is a popular choice for parents with 2-3-year-olds wanting a lightweight ride for their child. The lightweight alloy frame means the overall weight is only 3.86kg meaning it is easy to ride and manoeuvre. The wheels on the Squish balance bike are 12″ and feature alloy rims and hubs. 

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Squish MTB 24 2021

Squish MTB 24

The Squish MTB 24 is a 24″ wheel kids mountain bike with some great features including Tektro M-280 Mechanical Disc Brakes with 160mm rotors (which are controlled by two-finger-operated easy reach levers) and SR Suntour XCR-Lo Air Suspension forks with 80mm of travel which can be adjusted to suit as the rider gains weight.

The 8 speed 11-32T cassette should be fine for gentle undulations, but it may require some out of the saddle effort to get to the top of more steep inclines.

We’ve not reviewed this particular size bike but have put the larger Squish MTB 26 through its paces.

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Squish MTB 26

The Squish MTB 26 is Squish’s 26″ wheeled mountain bike with a 13″ frame aimed at kids aged 9+.

The MTB 26 comes with a range of features now common-place on quality children’s bikes, such as, a tuneable air suspension fork, disc brakes and a lightweight, aluminium frame.

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Squish 650 Large Kids MTB 2021

Squish MTB 650

The Squish MTB 650 is Squish’s 27.5″ wheeled mountain bike with a 14″ frame aimed at kids aged 10+ and suitable for a minimum inside leg measurement of 72cm.

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Vitus 20 kids bike 2021

Vitus 14

The Vitus 14 is designed with young riders in mind, with adjustable brake levers for smaller hands and Kendra tyres designed to cope with grass, gravel and tarmac surfaces.

This is a great entry-level bike that is lightweight without breaking the bank

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Vitus 16 kids bike 2021

Vitus 16

The Vitus 16 is a great choice for budding cyclists who want to ride further and faster as they get confidence and strength on their bike. It has a lightweight 6061 alloy frame and fork plus the all important child specific components such as brake levers, saddle and handlebars. 

We’ve reviewed several larger Vitus bikes and our testers have been very impressed with the build quality and comfort of the ride.

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Vitus 20 kids bike 2021

Vitus 20

With a long, slack geometry the Vitus 20 is a stable bike for kids getting used to riding further, using gears and assisting in developing their general riding skills and confidence.

It’s a good option if you’re thinking of doing some mountain biking (blue graded trails), whilst your child is also wanting to ride regularly on tarmac or grass.

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Vitus 20+ kids bike with wider fat tyres suitable for getting into mountain biking

Vitus 20+

The Vitus 20 Plus is an eyecatching option for kids looking to get out on the trails. It’s a 20″ wheel bike with plus size (2.6″) tan wall tyres – which will really make your Cycle Sprog stand out.  It’s not all about looks though – it’s built around a lightweight 6061-alloy frame, with stopping power provided by Tektro mechanical disc brakes which have adjustable brake levers for small hands.

We’ve reviewed this bike and our test rider really enjoyed riding the Vitus on a mix of on and off road surfaces in various weather conditions.

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Vitus 24 kids bike 2021

Vitus 24

The Vitus 24 is a great choice for cycling to school and on gentle off road rides.  It has all the qualities you’d expect to see on a lightweight kids bike, but they’ve managed to keep the price point below some of the other brands. 

We’ve reviewed two of their other kids bikes and were really impressed. We’ve also seen the rest of their range up close and were pleased to see the effort put into the design, including the geometry, child sized components and overall style of the bikes.

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Vitus 24+ kids bike 2021 with wide tyres

Vitus 24+

The Vitus 24+ (said Twenty Four Plus) is a mixture of a bike – part mountain bike, part slightly-fat-bike, part good allrounder. 

The wider than normal tyres provide good stability, and the bike coped well on a wide variety of surfaces.  It’s a good looking, all round choice if you’re wanting to do some off road riding, but don’t want to get a mountain bike for reasons of cost or practicality.   

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Vitus Nippy balance bike 2021

Vitus Nippy Balance Bike

At just 1.9kg the Vitus Nippy balance bike is perfect for young children who don’t have the strength to manoeuvre a heavier or larger balance bike.  

One of the main differences between this bike and more expensive balance bikes is the tyres.  On the Vitus Nippy they are 10″ plastic, rather than the 12″ air-inflated tyres you get on a more expensive balance bike, which will impact the comfort if your child is riding outside.

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Vitus Nucleus 24 - a great value, well specificed kids mountain bike with 24" wheels - perfect for 8 year olds

Vitus Nucleus 24

The Vitus range is really pushing the boundaries for what you get for your money when buying a 24″ wheel kids mountain bike, both in terms of performance and looks.

The Vitus Nucleus 24 features disc brakes and air sprung forks, while most other mountain bikes at this price will have either rim brakes or coil forks in order to keep the price down. 

The Nucleus 24 has a single chainring at the front, meaning your Sprog doesn’t have to worry about complicated left-hand gear changes, with a great spread of gears for even the steepest hills.  This makes for a great bike, without the price tag associated with so many of the other quality 24″ wheel MTB’s. 

Vitus say this bike is suitable for XC, trail and bikepark riding.

We’ve recently reviewed the slightly larger Vitus Nucleus 26 and were really impressed with how this bike performed over a summer of riding at various trail centres and bike parks in Wales. 

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Vitus Nucleus 26 2021 kids mountain bike with 26" wheels and front suspension fork

Vitus Nucleus 26

Designed from scratch for young mountain bikers but taking styling cues from the adult range, the Nucleus 26 looks every inch the part, with progressive geometry and components sized for the younger rider so that it fits just right. 

The Nucleus 26 comes packed with a great specification including hydraulic disc brakes, a short stem and wide bars for rider control, plus an efficient ‘single ring’ gearing setup with a broad spread of ratios that should allow many a hill to be conquered.

Vitus has also specified a Spinner 300 air fork with 100mm of travel that can be tuned for the weight of the rider.

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Vitus Smoothy Balance Bike 2021

Vitus Smoothy Balance Bike

The Vitus Smoothy is a lightweight balance bike with “proper” pneumatic tyres that will make learning to ride a lot of fun.

The frame is made from magnesium, which has been cast allowing a carry handle gap in the middle for when your little one has had enough and your need to get the bike home. 

Vitus say they’ve specially designed the saddle to have a scoop in it to provide an optimal riding position, and they’ve used their experience of designing bikes of all shapes and sizes to make sure the technical elements on the Smoothly, such as the headset, bearings and wheels, are top notch. 

What stands the Smoothy out from other similar specified balance bikes is the low price – you’re certainly getting a lot of balance bike for your money.  Most similarly specified bikes are quite a lot more expensive.

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Woom 1 toddle balance bike 2021

woom 1

With a minimum inside leg measurement of just 26cm the woom 1 is one of the best balance bikes for shorter toddlers ready to move onto two wheels, and with 12cm of growth it’ll last for a long while. 

This balance bike is fitted with a rear brake (which a young toddler won’t be ready to use) but it’s there ready to help get them prepared to move onto a pedal bike as they grow.

The brake pad and the brake lever on the woom 1 are both green.  This starts to make sense when you move onto the woom 2 and woom 3 pedal bikes, which both have the same rear brake feature – you just need to say “use the green brake” when teaching them how to stop properly.

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Woom 1+ kids bike 2021

woom 1 PLUS

Woom Bikes are an Austrian company who are now available here in the UK.  They are one of only a few brands who have a big balance bike available for older and taller children. 

It comes with both front and rear brakes which helps with the step up to a pedal bike if and when the time is right. 

One thing we like about the woom range is that they colour code the rear brake lever and the brake pads, so you can just tell your child to use the green brake. No confusing left/rights or front/backs.  This colour coding continues through their starter pedal bikes which is helpful.  

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Woom 2 kids bike 2021

woom 2

If you’re looking for a first bike for your Cycle Sprog then the Woom 2 is an excellent choice as it’s one of the lightest 14″ wheel bikes available.

When we reviewed this bike we were really impressed at how well it performed on the daily school run in all weathers and our tester loved how easy the bike was to ride.

One thing that’s great about the woom 2 is the different coloured brake levers, so you can tell your child to use the green brake and there’s no chance of them getting their left and rights mixed up. Clever! 

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Woom 3 kids bike 2021

woom 3

The woom 3 is one of the lightest 16″ wheel bike we’ve reviewed.   This is due to almost every part on the Woom 3 being made from lightweight aluminium, and it meant our 4 year old tester was able to easily pick the bike up and move it around.

A nice touch is that the rear brake block and the rear brake lever both have green on them, so you can call out to your child to pull on the green brake – simple but effective!

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Woom 4 kids bike 2021 - Woom 4 kids bike 2021 - a lightweight kids bikje which can be fitted with kickstand and mudguards

woom 4

The Austrian kids bike brand woom is a relative newcomer to the UK, with a range of very lightweight bikes that are proving popular with Cycle Sprog readers.

The woom 4 is their 20″ wheel offering, and at 7.7 kg it’s one of the lightest geared bikes on the market.

It’s is a good choice for urban cycling, as you can add in an optional extra kickstand and mudguards which can be useful on the daily commute.  

However, this isn’t just a bike for riding on road.  The woom 4 is fitted with Kenda Small block tyres, meaning you can confidently venture onto gravel and grass without any worries.

We’ve reviewed two of the smaller woom bikes are were very impressed with them – they performed very well being ridden daily to school during the Cumbrian winter.

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Woom 5 kids bike 2021 - Woom 5 kids bike 2021 - a 24" wheel bike which can be fitted with kickstand and mudguards for cycling to school all year round

woom 5

The woom 5 has a slightly more of an upright riding style than some other kids bikes and can be fitted with a kickstand and mudguards (available to buy seperately) making it good for regular commuting all year round. 

However, it also has Kenda small block tyres and 8 Speed 29 T by 11-32T gearing (operated by a SRAM X4 Twist Grip) which makes it fun to ride off road too and has the gearing to get up some quite steep hills.

We’ve reviewed a couple of the smaller Woom Bikes and were incredibly impressed with the quality and attention to detail. If you think of an Austrian bike built with the same quality and attention to detail as Islabikes, then you can understand why this bike isn’t cheap, but is well worth the price tag. 

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Woom 6 kids bike 2021

woom 6

The woom 6 is one of the lightest 26″ wheel kids bikes available, making it easy to manoeuvre.  This is worth thinking about if your child is having to lift their bike up and down steps, or if you’re lifting onto a bike rack on a regular basis. 

The gearing is well suited to riding up hills with an easy gear for climbing.

We’ve reviewed several of the smaller single speed woom bikes and were very impressed with the quality and performance – they handled the daily school run all winter and still looked as good as new.

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