Best kids 24″ wheel mountain bikes ages 7 to 10 years

If your child is aged between about 7 and 10 years of age (depending on their height) and loves riding off-road bumpy stuff, then your thoughts are probably turning to which are the best kids 24″ wheel mountain bikes, and how much you need to spend to get them out enjoying mountain bike trails and cross-country mtb riding.

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I’ve also written an article called Buying a kids mountain bike – things you need to know if you need any advice on the terminology I’ve used in this post. If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, then choosing a decent, lightweight 24″ wheel hybrid bike is a better bet than spending on a cheap mountain bike that is incredibly heavy and has suspension forks that don’t work.

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The best kids 24″ wheel mountain bikes 


As you will probably be aware, there is a shortage of kids bikes at the moment so this article contains some bikes that we have found in stock that might not be ‘full blown’ mountain bikes but are certainly capable of riding off-road trails and tracks. Please note, retailers stock levels are changing constantly – a handful of bikes may come into stock but demand is extremely high so they won’t be around for long.

Cube Acid 240 2021 MTB range (from £349)

CYCLE SPROG REVIEWED AND RECOMMENDED BRAND

Cube Acid 240 2021 - a great entry level kids mountain bike

Cube Acid 240 2021 Key Data:

Price: £ 349;
Typical age range: 7-10 years;
Standover height: 60.5cm
Bike weight: 11.7 kg;
Brakes: Alloy V-Brake with Powermodulator;
Frame: Alu Lite 6061;
Suspension:  Yes – front
Gears:  7 speed, 13-34T x 32T, operated by Shimano SL-RS45  Revo Shift (twist grip)
Tyres: CUBE IMPAC Smartpac;
Additional features:  Water bottle mount; replaceable gear hanger; rack mounts
Available colours: Coral; Green; Silver/Orange
Warranty: Frame 6 years; rest of bike 2 years

Cube has been busy refreshing their junior range and have brought in some great bikes for 2021.  The German brand has been hugely popular on the continent for years, and we’ve been very impressed with the bikes of theirs that we’ve reviewed as they’re build with longevity in mind, very helpful when you’re out on the trails!

Their entry level 24″ wheel kids mountain bike is the Cube Acid 240 (shown above), which is fitted with a suspension fork to smooth out the trail.  It has V-brakes which are perfectly adequate for most entry level riding, and has mounts for water bottles and racks which is useful if you’re planning to be out on longer rides, or perhaps commuting to school during the week.

The gearing is simple to use, with a twist grip shifter to move between the 7 speeds.

Buy new: Cube Acid 240

Buy secondhand:  Check out to see if there are any secondhand options currently available

 

Frog MTB 62 (rrp £630)

Cycle Sprog Reviewed and Recommended bike

Frog Bikes are renowned for making some of the best and most popular quality kids hybrid bikes, and in more recent years they’ve expanded out into mountain bikes. The Frog “Push The Limits” (PTL) range of junior MTB’s was launched in Spring 2018, and the bikes have very quickly become a common sight out onto the trails.  The Frog MTB 62 is their 24″ wheel offering and is suitable for kids with a minimum inside leg of 62cm.

Frog MTB 62 - a 24" wheel mountain bike for kids

Frog MTB 62 Key data:

Price: £360
Typical age range: 8-10 years
Inside Leg: 62cm
Bike weight: 11.3kg
Brakes: Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
Frame: 6061 T6 heat treated, aluminium alloy
Gears: 9 speed 32T x 12-36t operated by Shimano Acera SLM3000 Rapidfire Shift speed lever (thumb operated)
Tyres: Kenda K1153, 24×1.95
Available colours: Grey/blue or grey/red
Warranty: 2 years - extended to 5 years for frame if you register the bike within 28 days of purchase

The spec of the Frog MTB 62 has all the attention to detail that we’ve come to expect from Frog Bikes, including a specifically designed junior specific 24″air suspension fork with lockout and damping control, a lightweight oversize handlebar and stem and easy-reach junior specific hydraulic brakes.  The Shimano rapid-fire 9-speed shift lever is an easy to use way to move the chain on the 12-36t Shimano Alivio HG-400.  When we reviewed the slightly larger Frog MTB 69 our only complaint was with the supplied tyres, so you may want to upgrade the tyres if you’re buying a second hand version.  The newer versions have a more bespoke MTB tyre fitted, which is better suited to off road riding.

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Vitus Nucleus 24″ 2021 MTB (£500)

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended brand

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

Vitus Nucleus 24 Key data:

Price: £500
Height range: 127-142cm
Inside Leg: 57-66cm
Brakes: Tektro Hd-m276 Hydraulic Disc with Reach Adjust
Suspension:  Front:  Spinner Grind 24″ Air LC, 65mm travel
Gears: 30T x 11-34T, 8 Speed operated by Box Four 8 Speed Multi Shifter (thumb trigger)
Frame: Aluminium
Tyres: Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.1″
Available colours: Silver; red
Warranty: 5 year frame and forks, 2 year components

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 it’s 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.

Buy New  Buy Used

Merida Matts J24 Plus (£460)

Merida-MATTS-J24-Plus

Key data for the Merida Matts J24 Plus:

Price: £460
Bike size: 24″ wheel
Standover height: 560mm
Brakes: Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc brakes with Tektro 160mm front and 140mm rear rotors
Frame: 6061 series double-butted aluminium tubing
Forks: Merida aluminium
Gears: 8 speed – 28T single chainset, 11-34 tooth cassette, Shimano Altus thumb shifter
Tyres: CST Jet C1820; 24″ x 2.4″; wire bead
Available colours: Grey/Green, Purple/Teal, Yellow/Black
Weight: 10.4 kg (Merida website)
Warranty: Frame lifetime, rigid aluminium fork 5 years

The Merida Matts J24 Plus is a well specified mountain bike that opts for ‘plus-size’ tyres to provide a decent ride with greater comfort and a larger contact area for improved grip. There’s an 8-speed drivetrain with a single chainset at the front, so only one shifter is required for gear changes. Speed is scrubbed off by Tektro hydraulic disc brakes front and rear.

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Commencal Meta HT 24 (£1299)

Commencal Meta HT Junior 24

Key data for the Commencal Meta HT 24:

Price: £1299
Bike size: 24″ wheel
Standover: 660 mm
Frame: Triple-butted 6061 alloy
Forks: Front suspension – Manitou Machete Junit Pro kids-specific air fork with 120mm travel
Gears: 11 speed – 32 tooth Aerozine single chainset with SRAM 11-42T cassette and SRAM NX derailleur and shifter
Brakes: Tektro HD-J285 hydraulic brakeset with 180mm rotors
Tyres: VEE Tire Co. Crown Gem, MPC compound, Synthesis, tan wall, 24×2.6″
Available colours: Electroplate lagoon
Weight: 12.1 kg
Warranty: 5 years

The Commencal brand is 20 years old and based in Andorra, situated between France and Spain and nestling in the Pyrenees mountains. The Commencal range is predominantly mountain bike based, with the Meta HT 24 being a mainstay of their expanding children’s bike range and designed for kids that like to ride hard.

So what are you getting for your money? The Meta 24 is a high-end product with a triple butted alloy frame that has been designed and tweaked to be strong but also to give an element of flex or comfort. The SRAM NX groupset is both reliable and provides a broad range of gears, plus there’s a decent air suspended fork. Rather than tuning an existing fork, Commencal have joined forces and collaberated with Manitou to create the Machete Junit Pro. Designed specifically for juniors, they claim it has good small bump sensitivity and can use all of its travel which can only be a good thing.

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Orbea MX24 XC 2021 (£349)

Orbea MX24 XC 2021 is a great entry level mountain bike for an 8 year old

Orbea MX24 XC Key Data

Price: £349
Height range:  135-155 cm
Standover:
59cm
Minimum Seatpost Height: 66.4 cm
Maximum Seatpost Height: 81.2 cm
Brakes:  V-Brakes (rim)
Suspension: Yes – coil with 50mm travel
Gearing: 7 speed 34T x 14-34T operated by Shimano SL-M315 shifters (Thumb trigger)
Frame: 6061 Aluminum
Tyres:  Kenda Booster K1277 24 x 2.20″
Other features:  Central kickstand compatible; removable hanger; mudguard and carrier ready
Available colours:  Blue, lime or purple
Warranty:  2 years - register bike within 30 days for lifetime warranty on frame and forks and 3 years on paint, varnish and corrosion

The Orbea MX24 XC is an entry-level kids mountain bike which is a good choice if your Cycle Sprog is just taking to the trails and wants suspension and easy to use gearing, without the cost of some of the more expensively specified models in their MX junior range.

This does mean coil suspension and V-brakes, but for most kids starting out gently this should be more than adequate. If they really take to MTBing, then you can save your pennies for upgraded features on the next size up!

What they will appreciate is the lightweight frame and single chainring (which makes changing gear so much easier than a bike with about 21 speeds).   It’s these important features which separate this type of bike from some of the cheaper options you’ll find being touted as “mountain bikes” elsewhere.

Buy New  Buy Used

Orbea MX24 Team 2021 (£399)

Orbea-MX-24-Team-2021

Orbea MX24 Team 2021 Key Data:

Price: £399
Typical height range: 135-155cm
Standover height: 590mm
Bike weight: not given
Brakes: Alloy V-Brake
Frame: 6061 Aluminium frame and fork
Suspension: No
Gears:  9- speed – 11-36T cassette with 32T chainset and operated by Shimano SL-M2010 Rapidfire thumb shifter
Tyres: Kenda Booster K1277 24×2.20″ 30TPI
Additional features:  Internal cable routing; replaceable gear hanger; IS brake mounts if wish to fit discs in future
Available colours: Lime-Watermelon; Purple-Mint
Warranty: 2 years - register bike within 30 days for lifetime warranty on frame and forks and 3 years on paint, varnish and corrosion

A lightweight mountain bike from the Basque country that is not going to be scared of rough terrain! The MX 24 Team is equipped with a good quality 9-speed drivetrain, consisting of a ‘single’ 32 tooth chainring at the front to keep changes to a minimum, and a wide-ranging 11-36 tooth cassette to give a good spread of gears for all types of terrain. It’s definitely been designed for having a lot of fun!

Buy New   Buy Used

Forme Black Rocks Junior 24w (£875)

Forme Black Rocks 24 black with blue and red accents

Key data for the Forme Black Rocks:

Price: £875
Bike size: 24″ wheel
Frame: 6061 alloy
Forks: Front suspension – 100mm air fork
Rear suspension: SR Suntour Raidon
Gears: 10 Speed – 30T single chainset with Shimano Deore shifters and  11-42T cassette
Brakes: Promax hydraulic disc
Tyres: Kenda 2.35″
Available colours: Black/Red/Blue
Weight: n/a
Warranty: Lifetime on Frame

If you’re in the market for a junior full-suspension mountain bike then look no further. The Forme Black Rocks 24 is a scaled-down version of Forme’s popular adult Black Rock series and comes with an excellent Shimano Deore drivetrain including shifters, cassette and rear derailleur.  Plus it has dual suspension, which you don’t often find on kids mountain bikes at this price point.

Buy New   Buy Local

Orbea Laufey 24 H30 (£549)

Orbea LAUFEY_24_H30

Orbea Laufey Key data

Price: £549
Height range: 135 -155cm
Standover:
 593mm
Minimum Seatpost Height: 664mm
Maximum Seatpost Height: 842mm
Brakes:  Shimano MT400 hydraulic disc
Suspension: Rigid fork
Gearing: 10 speed 32T x 11-42T operated by Shimano Deore M4100 (Thumb trigger)
Frame: 6061 Aluminum for both frame and fork
Tyres:  Kenda Booster K1277 24×2.20″ 30TPI
Other features: Front mud fender
Available colours:  Black with rainbow accents, blue-grey/red
Warranty:  2 years - register bike within 30 days for lifetime warranty on frame and forks and 3 years on paint, varnish and corrosion

A no-nonsense trail bike, Orbea have the Laufey model in several different component specifications spanning through children’s wheel sizes up to adult. The Laufey H30 is an aluminium frame and fork engineered to reduce flex and with internal cable routing to keep things neat. There are Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and a 10-speed drivetrain that uses a wide range 11-42T cassette paired up to a 32T chainset.

Designed for tackling mountains, the H30 is kitted out with tubeless Kenda Booster tyres which are 2.2 wide with an aggressive tread to give high levels of grip when venturing off-road.

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Voodoo Bakka 24 (£320)

Voodoo Bakka 24

Price: £ 320
Typical age range: 8-11 years
Bike weight: Weighs in at 12.5 kg according to purchaser review, but 16.5kg on website.
Brakes: Clarks mechanical disc brakes – cable operated
Frame: Aluminium
Suspension:  Front – Suntour XCR forks
Gears:  9- speed Shimano Altus with single chainring at the front and operated by thumbshifter
Tyres: Kenda Kinetic
Available colours: Green
Warranty: Lifetime – frame

Halfords premium mountain bike range is the Voodoo, and the Bakka is their 24″ wheel kids version.   It’s a great choice for budding mountain bikers wanting to get out and explore the trails.

Buy New  Buy Used

Forme Kinder MX24  (£330 or from £14.40 per month)

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

 

Forme Kinder MX24 Key Data: 

Price new: £330
Leasefrom £12.05 per month
Inside Leg:  61 cm to 67cm   
Saddle to floor: 66cm to 74cm
Bike weight: 
9.34 kg
Brakes: Tektro V Brakes
Gearing:
8 speed Shimano 11-34T cassette with 32T chainring with changes by Shimano Rapid Fire thumb shifter
Frame:  Alloy 6061
Tyres:  Kenda Small Block Eight 24″ x 1.5″
Available colours:  Red, Blue and Pink
Warranty:  Lifetime on Frame

Whilst this isn’t a traditional mountain bike, the Kinder MX24 is a good all round choice if you’re wanting a go anywhere bike that’s equally good for riding on roads as well as trails, and it has the advantage of being available to rent for an affordable monthly payment.

Weighing in at just 9.34kg the Kinder is light for a bike this size, meaning it’s going to be easy to manoeuvre. This is 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.

The gearing on the Forme Kinder is simple – 8 speeds operated by a Shimano Rapid Fire trigger shifter. The range of gears should be fine for most hills a child of this age is tackling – after all the bike is named after Kinder Scout in the Peak District (close to where Forme Bikes are based).  The Kenda tyres are good all terrain options found on many quality kids bikes in this price range.

If your child is growing quickly and you’re not sure whether to skip to a bigger bike for them to “grow into”, then you need to know that the Kinder MX24 is available on a monthly lease via The Bike Club.  A monthly subscription allows you to get a bike that fits your child now and upgrade it to the next size when they’ve grown and are completely ready for the next size up.

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 (assuming we’re all still going to school!)

Buy New  Rent Now  Buy Local

Islabikes Creig 24 mountain bike (RRP £899)

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended bike

Put the Islabikes Creig 26 on a hot wash and this is the result! Featuring the same frame and component specification as its 26″ wheeled big sister, the Creig 24 is a purposeful, well designed and executed piece of hardware.

Islabikes Creig 24 in dark teal

Isla Creig 24 Key data:

Price: £899
Typical age range: 8+ years
Inside Leg: 58-68cm
Minimum Height: 128cm
Brakes: SRAM Level hydraulic with 140mm rear and 160mm front discs
Frame: Aluminium
Tyres: Vee Tyre
Available colours: Charcoal or dark teal
Weight; 10.6kg
Warranty: 5 years on frame and forks and 2 years on parts

It’s not cheap by any standards, but then quality costs. Totally redesigned to create a long, low and relaxed trail beast, the Creig comes with With 1×8 SRAM X4 gearing and a lightweight Rock Shox Gold 30 air fork with 60mm travel, the Islabikes Creig is a lightweight that’s seriously equipped for mountain biking activity.

Our test rider T has ridden the previous generation Islabikes Creig 24 in various locations, including the wonderful Kirroughtree Trail Centre in Galloway Forest and also at The Track Bike Park, near Redruth in Cornwall (both brilliant places and worth a visit!). It has proven to be a robust and confidence inspiring bike that has provided T with many grins. You can read our review of the Islabikes Creig 24 here.

The new Islabikes Creig 24 has a retail price of £899 and is only available direct from Islabikes.

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Buy New   Buy Used

Kona Hula 24 (£429)

Founded in Vancouver, Canada Kona certainly know a thing or two about mountain bikes. This Hula 24 is the new 2021 model with a new frame and a design that omits the superfluous.

Kona Hula 24

Kona Hula Key data:

Price: £429
Typical age range: 7-10 years
Standover: 615 mm
Brakes: Tektro V-Brake
Frame: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
Fork: Kona Project Two JR
Gears: 7 speed – 28 tooth single chainset with 14-34T cassette and Shimano Revo Shift shifter
Tyres: Vee Tire Crown Gem 24 x 2.6”
Bike weight: n/a
Available colours: Metallic Alpine Blue
Warranty: 1 yr on complete bicycle. Extended lifetime warranty (for original owner) if bike registered within 3 months of purchase.

It comes equipped with legendary Project Two forks and a lightweight butted aluminium frameset that accommodates the 2.6 ‘Plus’ size tyres, giving superb traction and a good degree of compliance over rough terrain. There’s a single chainring and a good spread of gears from the 14-34T cassette., while a Shimano Tourney shifter makes the moves between the 7 gears.

Buy New   Buy Used

Giant ARX 24 – rrp £359

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended brand

Giant ARX 24 kids bike - one of the best bikes for an 8 year old

Giant ARX Key data:

Price: £359
Typical age range: 7-10 years
Height range: 130-150cm
Brakes: alloy, linear pull
Suspension: No
Gearing: 8 speed – 32t x 12 x 32t – operated by Shimano Altus shifter (Thumb trigger)
Frame: ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
Tyres: Innova IB-3010
Available colours: Orange, Lemon yellow, Neon Green, Purple, Red
Warranty: Frame - lifetime, Forks - 10 years, All other components - 1 year

The Giant ARX 24 is certainly lean looking. Hugely experienced in creating great aluminium frames, Giant has gone back to the drawing board with this one, putting together a junior bike that’s dialled to fit with all components correctly proportioned. If you’re thinking about starting to explore riding on tracks and trails but don’t want a dedicated full on mountain bike, then the ARX might fit the bill.  It’s as at home on the roads as the trails, so is a great all round choice.

There’s a Shimano Altus thumbshifter to change between the 8 speeds, and there’s a single chainring at the front to keep things simple. It comes fitted with knobbly tyres that should give traction on road, gravel or dirt.

BUY NOW: Giant ARX 24

Nukeproof Cub Scout Sport 24 2021 (£799)

Nukeproof Cub Scout 24

Key data for the Nukeproof Cub Scout Sport 24:

Price: £799
Standover height:
616.4 mm
Rider Height: 127-142 cm
Inside leg: 57-66 cm
Rider age: 7-11 years
Brakes: Tektro M276 Kids Specific Hydraulic Brakes
Frame: Custom butted hydro-formed 6061 Alloy
Forks: RST First 24-15 Air Suspension forks, Bolt-thru Axle
Gears: 8 speed – 30T single chainring, 11-42T cassette and BOX FOUR shifter
Tyres: Vee Rubber Flow Snap 24″ x 2.4” Skinwall, Tackee Compound
Available colours: Bullet Grey
Weight: 12.28 kg
Warranty: 5 years frame 2 years components

Fully optimised for junior riders, the Cub Scout Sport 24 exhibits a great specification with wide-range gearing, air suspension forks tuned for lighter weight and hydraulic disc brakes with short reach levers. All in all, a nicely presented package from Nukeproof.

Buy New: Nukeproof Cub Scout Sport 24 (2021)

GT Stomper Ace 24 (£359)

GT Stomper Ace 24

Key data for the GT Stomper Ace 24:

Price: £359
Bike size: 24″ wheel
Brakes: Promax Mechanical Disc with 160mm rotors
Frame: Aluminium with LegitFit system geometry for juniors
Forks: Front suspension – All Terra CH-565, 50mm, Coil
Gears: 8 speed – 30T single chainset with 11-34T cassette and Shimano SL-M310 Rapid Fire shifter
Tyres: Kenda Small Block Eight 24 x 2.10
Available colours: Deep Teal, Moss Green
Weight: n/a
Warranty: Frame - lifetime; Components - 1 year

GT is an established brand, starting out making BMX bikes in 1972 before branching out into mountain bikes and beyond. The Stomper Ace 24 has been designed for junior mountain bikers, with a good specification and a frame designed using GT’s LegitFit system to ensure that it is ergonomically correct for junior riders.

Buy New: GT Stomper Ace 24

 

Ghost Bikes (from £419)

Ghost 24 inch kids mountain bike

Ghost Kato / Lanao 2.4 Key Data

Price: £ 419
Average rider height:  140 cm
Standover height:  53 cm
Bike weight:  11.8kg (Kato) 12.7kg (Lanao)
Brakes: Tektro 855 AL rim brakes
Frame:  Aluminium
Suspension: Yes – front RST Capa T 50 mm coil-sprung fork
Gears: 16 speed – 38/24T x 12-32T operated by Shimano Tourney shifters (twist grip)
Tyres:  Mitas Ocelot 24 x 2.10
Available colours:   Blue/Yellow, Orange/Black
Warranty:  5 years frame, 2 years rest of bike

Ghost Bikes are a relatively new brand for kids mountain bikes here in the UK, but have been popular in their native Germany for many years.  Established in 1993 by two friends, they’ve become known for using reliable components and traditional design styles.  The noticeable thing we’re seeing at the time of writing is that they are actually in stock here in the UK, which is more than you can say about many of the other brands who have struggled to replenish stock levels since everyone went bike crazy during lockdown.

We haven’t tested these bikes out, but having looked at the specifications and the online reviews (which are mainly of the adult bikes) we’ve decided to include them in this round up due to their availability.  Please note that these bike do have a double chainring, which means that your child will have to use both their left and right hands to change gear.  These were normal on kids bikes a number of years ago, but there has been a move to single chain rings in more recent years so the rider only has to worry about using one hand to change gear.

It’s also worth noting that there are two different styles available in each Ghost bike model – the Kato and the Lanao.  The Lanao has a slightly lower frame and has pink detailing and Ghost market this as being “Chic Bikes for all girls!!”  The Kato is listed as being almost 1kg lighter than the “girls” Lanao – a lighter weight bike will be easier to ride and transport.

 

Ghost Kato D4.4 Kids Mountain Bike ages 8 and over

Ghost Kato and Lanao D4.4 Key Data

As per the 2.4 above except:

Price: £459
Brakes: Tektro HD-M282 2/2 Piston 160 mm Disc
Weight: 12.3 kg (Kato) / 13.3kg (Lanao)

Ghost’s upgraded version of the Kato and Lanao 2.4 is the Ghost D4.4   The difference is in the braking – for the additional £40 you’re getting disc brakes, which will provide a firmer and quicker braking.

Buy new:  Ghost Kids MTB’s 

Check Secondhand:  Ghost Kids 24″ wheel MTB’s – these are relatively new to the UK, so you may struggle to find one secondhand

Cube Acid 240 SL

Cube Acid 240 SL 2021 - a lightweight racing Mountain Bike for a 7 year old keen mountain biker

Cube Acid 240 SL Key Data

Price: £ 499
Typical age range: 7-10 years
Standover height: 60.5cm
Bike weight: 9.5 kg;
Brakes: Alloy V-Brake with Powermodulator
Frame: Alu Lite 6061
Suspension: No
Gears:  9 speed, 11-42T x 32T, operated by Microshift SL-M9295, Xpress Shifter (Thumb trigger)
Tyres: Schwalbe Billy Bonkers 2.0
Additional features:  Water bottle mount; replaceable gear hanger; rack mounts; thinner handlebar and grip
Available colours:  Mint Green or White/Blue
Warranty: Frame 6 years; rest of bike 2 years

The Cube Acid 240 SL (pictured above) is the next step up in Cube’s 24″ wheel kids mountain bike offering.  It’s a lightweight, pared-back mountain bike that has subscribed to the ‘less is more’ philosophy. With a single chainring at the front and a pair of rigid forks, the 240 SL is definitely going for a lightweight approach.

Unlike many of its competitors, Cube has opted for a v-brake system rather than disc brakes.  These have the advantage of being lighter, easier to maintain whilst out on the trails, and thankfully cheaper to replace when it comes to replacing parts such as brake pads.

BUY NEW: Cube Acid 240 SL

BUY SECONDHAND: Click here to check out our eBay search for Cube 240 range of bicycles

Scott Scale 24 2021 (£399)

The Scott Scale 24 MTB is a great value entry level kids mountain bike for ages 8 years and over

Scott Scale 24 Key Data

Price: £399
Typical age range: 8-11 years
Minimum Rider Height: 125cm
Standover height: 58.5 cm
Bike weight: 12 kg
Gears: 8 Speed / 11-34T x 32T operated by Shimano SL-RS45-8R Revo Shifter (twist grip)
Brakes: Tektro SCM-02 Mechanical Disc Brake
Frame: Alloy 6061
Tyres: Kenda K1227 Booster / 24 x 2.2″
Available colours: Yellow or blue
Warranty: Frame - 3 years

If you’re looking for a good value entry level mountain bike then Scott are well worth considering.  They’re an established brand with a history of making adult bikes at various price points.

With the new 2021 version of the Scott Scale 24 you’re getting disc brakes and branded components that often come with a heftier price tag. However these are obviously going to be the cheaper end of the component scale, such as coil sprung forks rather than air sprung ones that you’d find with some of the more expensive bikes we’ve got listed.

However, if your Sprog is just getting to grips with mountain bike riding and you’re more interested in getting them out on the trails than the finer details of the bike specification, then this is a good value option that also looks great and should provide miles of fun.

BUY NEW:  Scott Scale 24

BUY SECONDHAND:  Scott 24″ wheel kids mountain bikes.
Be aware that Scott have released a lot of different types of kids bikes over the years – check to see if it’s got disc or rim brakes, and whether it’s a single chain ring or double.

Scott Roxter 24 PLUS Kids Hardtail RRP £359

Scott Roxter 24 PLUS

Scott Roxter Key data:

Price: £359
Typical age range: 7-10 years
Height range: 136-145cm
Brakes: Tektro SCM-02
Frame: Roxter 24 plus junior, alloy 6061 frame
Tyres: Kenda K1080 SlantSix
Available colours: Grey green
Weight; 11kg
Warranty: Frame 3 years

The latest version of the 24″ wheel Roxter opts for 2.6 ‘Plus’ sized tyres to provide the suspension. It comes with Shimano 8-speed drivetrain, incorporating a single chainring at the front for simplicity with changes are made via a Shimano twist-grip. Scott has specified Tektro mechanical disc brakes to bring things carefully to a halt.

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Scott Scale RC Junior 24 mountain bike (RRP £799)

Scott Scale RC 24w 2020

 

Scott Scale RC Key data:

Price: £799
Typical age range: 9-11 years
Height range: 130-145cm
Brakes: Shimano BR-MT500 -Shimano SM-RT66
Frame: JR24 Rigid Disc light Alloy 6061
Tyres: Schwalbe Rocket Ron – Evolution Lite Skin
Available colours: Silver
Weight; 8.5kg
Warranty: Frame 3 years

The Scott Scale range of adult bikes is renowned for being fast cross country riding bikes, with lightweight frames and high-quality components throughout. They also have a broad range of 24 inch wheel mountain bikes to choose from, with the top model being the Scale RC.

Updated this year, the Scott Scale RC Junior 24 is borne of the same mould as the adult range, with a lightweight alloy frame and forks. The transmission comprises a single 32 tooth chainset matched up to an 11 speed 11-42T cassette. Scot has specified Shimano’s SLX range to provide the shifter and rear derailleur to move between the cogs, with braking tasks also supplied by Shimano using a 160mm hydraulic brakeset to keep things under control.

On their website, Scott gives a weight of 8.5kg approx. for the Scale RC.

The result is a fun and responsive bike that should put a smile on any young racers face.

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Cuda Impact 24 dual suspension MTB (RRP £800)

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Cuda Impact dual full suspension kids mtbCuda Impact Key data:

Price: £800
Typical age range: 7-10 years
Saddle height: 73-87cm
Brakes: Shimano M315 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Frame: Alloy Double Butted
Tyres: Kenda  24″ x 2.10″
Available colours: Blue, green, black mix
Weight; 13kg
Warranty: 1 year

If you’re looking for a decent dual suspension mountain bike with a 24″ wheel that comes in at under £1,000, then look no further than the Cuda Impact 24. This great bike is such fun to ride – our 8 year old tester was overjoyed to finally be able to experience full suspension, and it really did make a difference to what he could get up and over on the trail. You can read our full review of the Cuda Impact 24 here.

The Impact 24 is available to order through Cuda’s network of independent bike shops and has an RRP of £800.

Orbea MX 24 range of MTBs 

Over the years, several Orbea bikes have lived at Cycle Sprog HQ and have, without exception, been great bits of kit. Orbea has put some serious work into creating the MX range which starts at £289 with the MX24 Dirt. As the models rise in price, so does the quality of components while overall weight reduces. With this in mind and such a large number to choose from, we’ve selected a few bikes from the MX range that we think will appeal to Cycle Sprog readers on terms of both specification and budget.

Orbea MX 24 Dirt – RRP £289

Orbea MX24 Dirt in blue

Orbea MX 24 Dirt Key data:

Price: £289
Typical age range: 7-10 years
Height: 135-155cm
Brakes: Alu V-Brake
Frame: Orbea MX 24 Alu
Tyres: Kenda 922 24×1.95
Available colours: Blue w/red, red w/black, purple w/pink/green
Warranty: 2 years – register bike within 30 days for lifetime warranty on frame and forks and 3 years on paint, varnish and corrosion

With an aluminium frame and steel forks, the MX24 Dirt is available in three colours (red, blue and purple). It features a 7-speed transmission that has a 36 tooth chainset at the front coupled to a 14-34 tooth cassette at the rear, with Shimano providing both the shifter and derailleur. Tried and tested v-brakes bring things carefully to a halt.

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Other models in the Orbea MX range

There are other, higher specification versions in the MX24 range too, built around the same frame but for different price points and purposes.

Orbea MX24 Team Disc – RRP £469 

Orbea MX24 Team Disc in blue

Orbea Team Disc Key data:

Price: £469
Typical age range: 7-10 years
Height: 135-155cm
Brakes: Shimano MT400 Hydraulic Disc
Frame: Orbea MX 24 Alu only disc
Tyres: Kenda 1047 24×2.10″ 60TPI Wire DTC
Available colours: Blue w/red, Red w/black, Purple w/pink/green, Mint w/black
Warranty: 2 years – register bike within 30 days for lifetime warranty on frame and forks and 3 years on paint, varnish and corrosion

The Team Disc is not just the standard version with a set of disc brakes attached – it goes further than that. First of all, the disc brake set is Shimano’s MT400 which comes well respected. Then the gearing is upgraded to feature Shimano Deore shifters and rear derailleur to provide 10 speeds, again with a 32 tooth chainset and 11-36 rear cassette, but with a greater choice of ratios. The wheelset is uprated too.

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Orbea MX24 Team (RRP £379)

The MX24 Team features a number of upgrades over the Dirt that include a lightweight alloy fork and uprated transmission, with a Shimano Altus rear derailleur and shifter.

Orbea MX24 Team in Purple

Orbea Team Key data:

Price: £379
Typical age range: 7-10 years
Height: 135-155cm
Brakes: Alu V-Brake
Frame: Orbea MX 24 Alu
Tyres: Kenda 1047 24×2.10″ 60TPI Wire DTC
Available colours: Blue w/red, Red w/black, Purple w/pink/green
Warranty: 2 years – register bike within 30 days for lifetime warranty on frame and forks and 3 years on paint, varnish and corrosion

Constructed from aluminium and with a rigid fork, the MX24 Team comes equipped with v- brakes and 9-speed gearing with 32 teeth at the front and an 11-36 Sunrace cassette at the rear which should see your little ripper clambering up most hills. One good point is that the frame has disc brake mounts should you feel the need to upgrade in the future. The low top tube is also a bonus, as it gives plenty of standover clearance and this can help to boost confidence.

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Orbea MX24 Trail (RRP £549)

 

Orbea MX24 Trail 2020 in mint

Orbea Trail Key data:

Price: £549
Typical age range: 7-10 years
Height: 135-155cm
Brakes: Shimano MT400 Hydraulic Disc
Frame: Orbea MX 24 Alu only disc
Tyres: Kenda 1047 24×2.10″ 60TPI Wire DTC
Available colours: Blue w/red, Red w/black, Purple w/pink/green, Mint w/black
Warranty: 2 years – register bike within 30 days for lifetime warranty on frame and forks and 3 years on paint, varnish and corrosion

Finally, there is the MX24 Trail that builds on where the Team Disc left off. The Trail comes equipped with an SR Suntour XCR air fork with 63mm of travel to iron out the bumps and a lock-out facility for when tackling climbs.

Gearing is also improved, with the same Shimano Deore Shadow rear derailleur and shifter as the Team Disc, but with a wider 11-42 tooth rear cassette to help with climbing.

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Bergamont Revox Lite (rrp £299)

Bergamont Revox Lite 24

Bergamont Revox Lite Key data:

Price: £299
Typical age range: 7-11 years
Frame size: 31cm
Brakes: Alloy V-brakes
Frame: lite AL-6061 tubing
Tyres: Kenda K1166
Weight; 9.8kgs
Available colours: Petrol Blue/Gold, Burgundy Red/Rose, Lime Green/Black
Warranty: 2 years

Bergamont is a brand from Germany, bought by Scott Cycles a couple of years ago, and now available in the UK. The Revox Lite is built around an alloy frame, with a 7-speed drivetrain featuring a 32 tooth single chainring at the front and a 14-34 tooth cassette at the rear to give a good spread of gears. Changes are made using a Shimano twist grip.

The design of the Revo Lite frame has a really low standover height which is useful and gives riders confidence. Braking is supplied by the tried and tested v-brake system. All in all, a good little bike for starting to venture out onto tracks and trails.

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Saracen Mantra 2.4 (RRP £580)

 

Saracen 2.4 2020 year model

Saracen Mantra 2.4 Key data:

Price: £580
Typical age range: 9-13 years
Height range: 140-150cm
Bike weight: 11.2kg
Brakes: Promax Solve S hydraulic 160mm
Frame: Series 2 custom butted and hydroformed 6061 alloy tubeset
Tyres: Kenda Small Block
Available colours: Blue, orange
Warranty:  Frame – lifetime;  Forks – 2 years;  Components – 1 year

The Saracen Mantra 2.4 is a really well specified 24″ wheel mountain bike for kids who take their mountain biking seriously. It has a 1×9 drivetrain with a wide-range 12-36t cassette giving a good spread of gears to help get to the top of those descents.

On the way down the hydraulic brakes with short reach levers provide the stopping power and the Kenda Small Block 8 tyres and lightweight Suntour XCR Air fork with 80mm travel should make this a really fun bike to ride.

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Cube Reaction 240 TM (RRP £799)

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Cube Reaction 240 TM

Cube Reaction Key data:

Price: £799
Typical age range: 7-10 years
Bike weight: 11.3kg
Brakes system: Tektro HD-M282, Hydr. Disc Brake
Frame: Alu Lite 6061
Tyres: Schwalbe Smart Sam 2.35, Folding
Available colours: Black and orange
Warranty: Frame 6 years; rest of bike 2 years

Ready to hit the ground rolling, Cube has released their latest 24″ wheel mountain bike. Last year we reviewed their fantastic Cube Kid 240SL which has returned with a fresh new name and colour scheme that allows it to slot into the already established ‘Reaction’ series to become the Reaction 240 TM.

As you would expect, the Reaction 240TM comes with a high specification. There’s a decent set of hydraulic brakes from Tektro and it comes equipped with an SR Suntour Raidon air fork providing a useful 70mm of travel, plus the ability to easily set it up for the rider’s weight. The 11-speed drivetrain makes use of Shimano’s excellent SLX range for the rear mech and shifter, with a Cube branded 32T chainset (with child appropriate crank arm length!) and wide range Sunrace 11-46T cassette to top it all off. Let’s just say – hills will not pose a problem!

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Marin Hawk Hill Jr MTB (24″ and 26″ in one – rrp £1445)

Marin Hawk Hill Jr

Marin Hawk Hill Jr Key data:

Price: £1,145
Typical age range: 7-10 years
Height range: 125-165 cm
Brakes: Shimano MT-201 Hydraulic Disc
Frame: Series 3 6061 Aluminum Frame
Tyres: Vee Tire Co
Available colours: Cyan/black
Warranty: Check with retailer if outside USA (in USA it’s 5 yrs on frame)

Before you baulk at the thought of paying over 1,300 notes for a kids mountain bike, take a look at the large clearances on this bike, and the fact that it’s got rear suspension. Yes, the Marin Hawk Hill JR is a top of the range kids 24″ wheel full sus MTB, that is also able to take 26″ wheels. So you’re effectively getting two full suspension mountain bikes for the price of one (albeit you do need to get your hands on a set of 26″ wheels – reasonably cheap these days!)

The Marin Hawk Hill JR is based around the best selling adult bike of the same name, just with scaled down components for a younger rider.  With an 11-Speed SunRace 11-46T cassette this bike will get up most hills without a problem, and the air-sprung front X-Fusion Velvet RLC 26″ front suspension gives 120mm of cushioning travel when making your way back down.

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At Cycle Sprog, we believe kids should be able to get out and enjoy riding a bike, and experience the sense of freedom it brings. Ideally, all kids bikes would be good quality, not too heavy and will last the distance. We’ve put together a selection of quality children’s  24″ wheeled mountain bikes, both with rigid and suspension forks. A good rule of thumb tends to be that as the models rise in price, so does the quality of components while overall weight reduces. However, all of the bikes here should give good service and be bags of fun.

I hope you’ve found my selection of the best kids 24-inch wheel mountain bikes useful.  If your child rides a model not on this list and you think it should be, please let me know via Facebook as I’d love to hear about it.  Happy riding!

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Comments

Mark Mall

David purchasing 24inch bike as a frame only is probably going to be a challenge .

Momsen South Africa does have an Australian dealer network so it might be viable purchasing a complete bike (JSL 40) as its decent and cheap enough.

David

Can you recommend where I can buy a good quality hard tail MTB frame for 24″ wheels? I would want it shipped to Australia.

Karen

David – I recommend you contact bike retailers directly to see their current shipping policies – I know many are no longer shipping internationally at the current time. Kind regards, Karen

Ruth McKennell

Was the Early Rider Trail 24 no good? We’re on the Belter Trail 16 which has been great.

Karen

Hi Ruth – thanks for getting in touch. Sadly, we’ve not been able to review any Early Rider bikes. The Trail 24 is not available at the moment, so we’ve not included it. Karen

Mark

Momsen JSL40 might be worth a look.

Fairlight Matthews

Thoughts on the Ghost Kato 24″?

Bob Ridgway

Shame that the manufacturer’s don’t sell the frames as I usually build up my son and daughters bikes and have been using second hand Giant XTC 20 and 24’s which I have stripped and powder coated to their colour choice Daughters pink and then lime green, with sons bright orange. Next 24 for son will be nearly shortly so in the market for another 24 MTB

Chris

It’s a pity isn’t it. Sounds like your Cycle Sprogs have some great unique bespoke bikes (and no doubt keeping you busy each time they grow!) Karen

Jack

Surprised no mention of the Canyon range. Their bikes are normally very good and well priced. Are they no good?

Frank

Not sure if you can get them in the UK, but the Diamondback Sync’r 24 beats – arguably – all bikes you mentioned in this article. It’s a better bike – just not sure the UK price, and thus the “value.” SRAM NX 11-speed, hydraulic brakes, air fork, sub 27 pounds. Yes, Diamondback was making yucky bikes for a long time, but it looks like they are getting back to their roots. Sweet ride. I suspect many other mfgrs will have to try to catch up. No one else is close. (Drawbacks: 720mm bars might be a bit wide; 165mm NX cranks a bit long when 155mm are available.)

Karen

Hi Frank – sadly the Sync’r isn’t available in the UK at the moment. Good to hear Diamondback getting back to their origins – will definately keep an eye out for this bike. Karen

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