The cheapest kids bikes – August 2021

Thanks for coming to Cycle Sprog for advice on buying a cheap kids bike.  As you may have already discovered, there’s been a lot of kids bikes sold this past 12 months and we’re now facing a situation where there’s a bit of a shortage.

This means there’s not so many deals and discounts on bikes at the moment, so it’s harder to find a really cheap kids bike (that’s still great fun to ride!).  But this article will help you find a great bike for your child without spending too much money.

You might need to be a little flexible on colour choices right now, or choose to rent or buy secondhand, all of which we’ll explain in more detail.

In this post, we’re looking to take you through some of the cheapest kids bikes, but please remember – we only recommend only ones that are good quality and safe to ride, and which won’t fall apart mid-year.   

This means you won’t find any £50 brand new bikes here, as we know they’re not worth parting with your cash. However, we do have some great ideas on where to get a great quality kids bike – CHEAP! 

Take a moment to GRAB YOUR FREE KIDS BIKE BUYING CHECKLIST which will help you record all the information you need to find the perfect bike for your child. 

 

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In a hurry?  These are the cheapest kids bikes we’re recommending:

If you don’t have time to read our full article, then this is the alphabetical list of cheap kids bikes that we recommend you check out.   Stock is really low at the moment, so don’t delay if you’ve seen a bike you like!

Bike Club monthly bike rental scheme leasing quality kids bikes – no upfront costs of buying a bike. Return it when your child grows and upgrade to next size bike.  They will also buy your existing quality kids bike off of you – get a valuation here.

Carrera Bikes – Bikeability approved bikes from Halfords

Cube Bikes – lots of different models to choose from in different price ranges

Raleigh Kids Bikes – an established brand making a comeback in terms of quality 

Ridgeback kids bikes– several ranges of kids bikes at different price points

Squish Bikes a cheaper alternative to Frog and Islabikes

Vitus Bikes – great specification bikes cheaper than their competitors (and look great too)

Wiggins Bikes – Sir Bradley’s range of kids bikes – recently discontinued new, but plenty available secondhand

Cycle Sprog Guide to the cheapest kids bikes

Please buy a proper bike, not a bike shaped object

Let’s start by getting thing straight – here at Cycle Sprog we want parents to spend their money on a bike that their kid will enjoy riding,  which will give them years of safe cycling fun and be grown out of, rather than fall apart.

IF YOU’RE TEMPTED TO SPEND LESS THAN £100 ON A NEW BIKE, PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE AS TO WHY YOU COULD BE BUYING YOUR CHILD A  BIKE THAT’S NOT SAFE

We don’t want you to buy a bike that will lie unused, or rust quickly.  

This post, therefore, contains the best value, cheapest kids bikes we could find, rather than those very cheap 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.

The cheapest way is to rent!

If you’re looking for a cheap way to get your child a bike at the moment, then we recommend you take a look at The Bike Club.  If you’ve not heard of them, they’ve had the brilliant idea of offering kids bikes on a leasing model (think the kids bike equivalent of Airbnb, Spotify or Netflix!). 

It’s really simple – you sign up online for a monthly membership and choose a bike that fits your child now.  When they’ve grown out of it, you send the bike back and upgrade to the next size.

The Bike Club is a great way to find a cheap kids bike - including cheap Frog Bikes, Islabikes, Squish Bikes and Forme Kinder and Cubley children's bikes. You lease your child a bike for a monthly rent and send the bike back when you child has outgrown it

Not only does this keep upfront costs low, but they also take care of all the hassles of sourcing a new bike for you, plus it’s much more environmentally friendly as every bike will be ridden multiple times.  You can choose from a new bike or a reUsed bike (which they service after each rider).

We know a lot of people who have been using this service for several years now, which is why we are happy to recommend them to our readers.

Monthly fees start at just £5 per month for a reUsed balance bike through to over £26 per month for a new 26″ wheel mountain bike.

Forme Kinder MX24 - a great all round bike for boys and girls aged 8 or 9 years of age.

As with everything at the moment their rental fleet is getting sold out fast, so if you want a particular model or size we recommend you sign up as soon as possible. 

You can also join their waiting list if you want a particular make, model or colour which isn’t currently available. 

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UPDATE: Monday 19th July 2021 - The Bike Club have been in touch to let us know that they've just taken delivery of some NEW COLOUR FORME BIKES

These three new paint schemes are currently exclusive to The Bike Club lease scheme, so if your child wants a purple, green or orange bike check them out (these are in addition to the standard red, blue and pink Forme kids bikes). 

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The best cheaper kids bikes to buy

In this selection, we’re looking at bikes that come in a lot cheaper than the more expensive and established kids bike brands. such as Islabikes, Hoy, Frog, Woom etc, but which don’t compromise on quality, safety or weight. They’re ideal for families who want to get out and enjoy cycling but want to do so on a cheaper budget.

With all these bikes you should be able to buy new and resell on to recoup your costs when your child has outgrown them, if you take care of them, or else in most cases find a decent second-hand one now. We’ve colour coded where to buy new in blue and second hand in green to help you. 

Take a moment to GRAB YOUR FREE KIDS BIKE BUYING CHECKLIST which will help you record all the information you need to find the perfect bike for your child. 

Vitus Kids Bikes (from £240)

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended brand

 

Vitus Twenty cheapest kids bike with 20" wheels

Vitus Bikes range key data:

Price: £240 – £400
Wheel Size: 14″ to 24″
Age range: 3 years – 8+ years
Weight of bikes:  6.5kg – 11.1kg
Types of bike: Hybrid, trail
Warranty: 5 year frame and forks, 2 year components

Vitus bikes are a great choice as they’re clearly taking on the more expensive Frog Bikes and Islabikes, at a much cheaper price point. You get a lightweight 6061 alloy frame, child proportioned components, Kenda tyres and easy to use gearing (where fitted).

Vitus kids bikes come in 16″, 20″ and 24″ wheels, as well as a balance bike.   They also do a range of reasonably priced mountain bikes, although these tend to sell out quickly!

You can read our thoughts on the Vitus 20 Plus here.

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Squish Bikes from £270 or rent from £5 per month

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended brand

 

Squish 14" wheel kids bike

Squish Bike range key data:

Price: £270 – £530
Lease: from £9.45 per month
Wheel Size: 14″ – 26″ wheel size & 14″ frame size (MTB)
Age range: 3+ years – 10+ years
Weight of bikes:  5.8kg – 13kg
Types of bike: Hybrid, mountain
Warranty: Frame and Forks - 3 years; components - 1 year (excluding wear and tear)

Squish Bikes are another reasonably new entrant to the kids bike market. Owned by the same company as Dawes, they are a midrange brand that hasn’t sacrificed a decent specification and respectable weight in order to lower the price.

The 14″ Squish bike (pictured above) is the smallest offering and costs £269.99. 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. You can read our review of the Squish 18 here.

If you want to keep your up front costs really low you can lease a Squish Bike from The Bike Club. You just pay a monthly subscription fee, and when you’re child outgrows the bike you send it back and upgrade to the next size. It’s hassle free and an environmentally friendly way of owning bikes.

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Ridgeback kids bikes (from £219)

Ridgeback Melody 16 inch wheel girls bike with Black Friday deal

Ridgeback Bikes key data:

Price: £219- £400
Wheel Size: 16″ – 26″
Age range: 3 years – 13+ years
Weight of bikes:  8.8kg – 12.8kg
Types of bike: Hybrid, mountain
Warranty: 1 year

Ridgeback kids bikes are that bit cheaper than some of the other bikes featured in this post, and therefore you will notice a slight difference in weight and quality of components. However, the bikes are still a lot better specified and lighter weight than the much cheaper, steel framed bikes available, plus they come fitted with child proportioned components.  Annoyingly Ridgeback still persist with having “girls” bikes called Harmony and Honey, and “boys” bikes called the MX range.  I’ll leave you to decide if you think having your bike called “Honey” is a good idea, but this blog explains why girls and boys bikes deserve to be equal.

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Carrera Kids Bikes (from £170) 

Carrera Abyss 20 is one of the cheapest bikes for a 6 year old

Carrera Kids Bikes range key data:

Price: £170 – £275
Wheel Size: 14″ – 24″
Age range: 4 years to 11 years
Weight of bikes:  6kg – 12.5kg
Types of bike: Hybrid, mountain
Warranty: Frame and Forks - lifetime guarantee - all other parts 1 year

Halfords sell some really cheap, heavy kids bikes that we don’t recommend if you want your child to really enjoy their cycling, and for the bike to last a long time. However, their Carrera kids bike range is well worth a look if you’re on a budget – it’s made with a lightweight aluminium frame, with child sized components. As Halfords themselves say on their website about the smallest bike in the range:  “An aluminium frame makes this bike nearly half the weight of the “Police Patrol” bike”. 

The Carrera range comes recommended by the Bikeability scheme as being safe for children to ride on the road – the bikes have front and rear alloy V-brakes for reliable stopping plus Kenda tyres for good grip on various surfaces and weather conditions.

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Raleigh Kids Bikes (from £185)

Raleigh Pop 18 Kids Bike

Raleigh kids bike range key data:

Price: £185 – £275
Wheel Size: 12″ to 24″
Age range: 3 years – 8+ years
Weight of bikes:  6.4 kg – 11.7kg
Types of bike: Hybrid
Warranty: 1 year

Raleigh were founded in 1885  and are one of the oldest bike brands in the world.  At one point bikes poured out of their Nottingham factory, but in more recent decades they’ve had a turbulent time, with numerous changes of ownership and production shifting out of the UK to Vietnam. It’s safe to say they lost their way when it came to the quality of their kids bikes.

More recently they seem to be turning the tide, and their new Pop range provides a fun and vibrant alternative to some of the other brands at the cheaper end of the kids bike market.  They’ve ditched the very heavy steel framed bikes of the last decade and come up with a slightly lighter weight aluminium framed kids bikes range.

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Wiggins Children’s Bikes 

Wiggins Chartres 24 inch kids bike

Wiggins Children’s Bikes range key data:

Price: £220 – £440
Wheel Size: 16″ – 26″ wheel sizes, 17″ & 19″ frame sizes
Age range: 5 years to 12 years
Weight of bikes:  6.3kg – 11.3kg
Types of bike: Hybrid, road
Warranty: Frame and Forks - lifetime; All other parts - 1 year

Wiggins Children’s Bikes were sold exclusively at Halfords and were a very popular choice of bike. Unfortunately, the Wiggins kids bike range was discontinued in early 2021, but there are still plenty of Wiggins Kids Bikes available secondhand on eBay at a very cheap price. 

All the Wiggins Children’s 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. They range in size from a balance bike for toddlers through to 700c road bikes for teenagers.   For winter 2019, they updated their specifications and look so you may find a choice of two different designs for each wheel size you search for. 

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Cube Kids Bikes (from £250)

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended brandCube Kid Girl 200 All Road bike is one of the best bikes for a 6 year old girl

Cube Kids Bikes range key data:

(NB below details don’t include the very top end mountain bikes)

Price: £250 upwards
Wheel Size: 16″ – 26″
Age range: 5 years – 12 + years
Weight of bikes:  7.5kg – 13.8kg
Types of bike: Hybird and Mountain
Warranty: Frame 6 years; rest of bike 2 years

Cube make a large number of kids bikes, in different styles and colours.  All of them are robustly made – they are a German company after all!

We’ve reviewed three Cube bikes over the years and have been impressed by the quality of their workmanship.

Cube have a bewildering range of models each year, so check the specification carefully so you know what you’re buying.

Some of their smaller bikes have a rear coaster brake, which is popular on the continent but not particularly common on UK bikes.  

Thanks to their robust build quality, Cube Bikes tend to last a long time. Hence it’s often possible to get a great bargain secondhand Cube kids bike on eBay.

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Cheapest Balance Bike

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.

Chicco Bullet Balance Bike

Chicco Bullet key data:

Price: £37
Age range: 2-5 years
Weight of bike:  2.7kg
Types of bike: Balance
Warranty: Please check suppliers warranty details

The Chicco Bullet is available through Amazon from £37.

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Cheapest Kids Mountain Bike

Scott Scale Range (from £249)

Scott Contessa 20 2021 bike

 

Scott Scale bike range key data:

Price: £249 – £799
Wheel Size: 16″ – 26″
Age range: 3+ years – 12+ years
Weight of bikes:  8.2kg – 13.6
Types of bike: Mountain, Trail
Warranty: Frame - 3 years

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 from the list above 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 £279.00

One thing to look out for on cheaper kids mountain bikes is complicated gearing. It’s hard for children to cope with 21 or more gears, plus there’s more to go wrong. The Scott Scale range comes with much simpler gearing (i.e. a single chainring at the front) that you tend to associate with more expensive kids mountain bikes.

There are a variety of bikes in the range, and you go all the way up to £799 for the top of the range 24″ wheel race bike with disc brakes and rigid forks.

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Cheapest Children’s Road Bike

Wiggins Rouen 

 

Wiggins Rouen 540c kids road bike

Wiggins Rouen key data:

Price: £360 – £440
Wheel size: 26″
Frame size:
17″ – 19″
Age range: 9 years – 12 years
Weight of bikes:  9.3kg – 9.9kg
Types of bike: Road
Warranty: Frame and Forks - lifetime; All other parts - 1 year

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 specced and designed for the money. They were available exclusively at Halfords, however, the range has been discontinued, but you can pick them up secondhand.

If the Wiggins bikes don’t hit the mark, check out our other posts on 20″ kids road bikes and 24″ kids road bikes.

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Cheapest Frog Bikes

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Frog Bikes key data:

Price: £290 – £670
Wheel Size: 14″ – 26″
Age range: 3+ years – 14years
Weight of bikes:  6.4kg – 11.5kg
Types of bike: Hybrid, mountain, road, track
Warranty: 2 years - extended to 5 years for frame if you register the bike within 28 days of purchase

At the moment there’s such a shortage of Frog Bikes that it’s highly unlikely to find one reduced, but you should worth checking out our link to see where else the cheapest Frog Bikes currently are.

However, usually the best value, cheap kids bikes are actually second hand. Frog Bikes are well made, lightweight and designed to last, so if you buy carefully you’ll be onto a winner.  Check out these links:

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Cheap Islabikes

Islabike key data:

Price: £320 – £800
Wheel Size: 14″ – 26″
Age range: 3+ years – 13+ years
Weight of bikes:  5.2Kg – 9.4kg
Types of bike: Road, hybrid
Warranty: 5 years on frame and forks and a 2 years on parts

Islabikes are THE premium kid bike, with prices to match.  However, there are so many available secondhand that if you know where to look you can sometimes find a real bargain and get a second-hand Islabike cheaper than a new bike of another brand.  Check out our post on “Where to buy cheap Islabikes” for more advice on how to do this.

Alternatively, you can go straight to eBay to see what’s available, or lease one (if there is one in stock) from The Bike Club. 

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We hope you found this post useful – if you find your child the perfect bike at a great price, please do let us know, either in the comments section below or via the Cycle Sprog Facebook page.

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This post was first published in December 2016 and updated August 2021.

 

Comments

Paddy

Hi do u operate in Ireland thank you

Penny Millar

Hi Paddy.
With regards to bike sales? We don’t actually sell bikes or bike accessories directly. You’ll find links that take you to bike sellers and distributors within the posts, most should be able to deliver to Ireland, delivery options/charges will be on each of their pages. Hope this helps? Penny

Andrew Newman

I just tried to buy a Wiggins Macon from Halfords and they told me it has been discontinued.

Karen

Oh no Andrew – that is very bad news indeed. That must have been why they were reducing them. Such a shame as it was a quality bike at a very good price. Thanks for letting us know – we’ll up date the post. Thanks Karen

Keith T

Hi Karen. One of the best places that I have found for ‘real’ kids mountain bikes is http://www.pinkbike.com. This tends to be because its a real enthusiasts site by people who wouldn’t think twice (well maybe three times) about spending 4-5k on their own adult bikes so when coming to sell on their kids mountain bikes they are usually in great conditon at a great price.

Karen

Thanks for that tip Keith – a good place to look for a bargain! Karen

Steve

Hi, Just to flag the Vitus 20 is now out of stock at wiggle and chain reaction cycles. I ordered one from chain reaction cycles following one of your reviews. This was before black friday and had my order confirmed, only to find out a week later my order had been cancelled. No communication from crc. Very poor.

Karen

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