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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kids 24" wheel mountain bikes - great trail

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 

COVID-19 / CHRISTMAS UPDATE - October 2020

There was a huge rush on the sale of kids bikes when the spring lockdown started and as a result there is now a shortage of new kids bikes across the UK. We predict that is going to get even worse as Christmas gets nearer, so it's wise to get sorted early this year. 

If you need a new bike urgently (e.g. for a birthday present) then check out this post Help! Where can I buy a kids bike with quick delivery?

We've kept all our links to new bikes in place in this article, so you can check retailers availability of stock, but we've also added in links for you to look for bikes secondhand (in green).   All the bikes we list are quality bikes built to high standards and make great secondhand buys. 

It's also worth checking out The Bike Club to see if they have any bikes left to lease in the size / brand you want. You pay a monthly subscription and then upgrade to the next size when your child outgrows it. You can cancel at any time. Plus you get a warm glow from helping the environment, as well as avoiding the upfront cost of buying outright. 

 

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 have 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

 

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 is 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

 

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:  Orbea MX24 XC

Buy secondhand:  Orbea has a wide range of different models within their MX range, so do check the specification carefully. 

 

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 at Tredz

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 now: Vitus Nucleus 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:  Aluminimum
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 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 chain ring, 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

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. 

 

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 we suspect is better suited to off road riding.

BUY NEW: Buy the Frog MTB 62 

BUY SECONDHAND: Frog’s often come up on eBay, so click here to see the search results on the eBay website.

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 rest 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.

BUY NEW: ISLABIKES CREIG 24

BUY SECONDHAND: The Creig 24 sometimes comes up secondhand – but be quick as they’re very popular! Click here to review the search results for Creig 24 on the eBay website.

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.

BUY NOW: Scott Roxter 24 PLUS at Tweeks Cycles

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.

BUY NOW: The Scott Scale RC Jr 24 at Tredz

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BUY SECONDHAND: Scott bikes are available secondhand – here are the results of our search on the eBay website.

Hoy Bonaly 24″ wheel kids bike (from £400)

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended brand

Hoy Bonaly 24 2018 kids bike

Hoy Bonaly 24 Key data:

Price: £400
Typical age range: 7-11 years;
Minimum Height: 127cm;
Inside Leg: 62cm;
Bike weight: 8.7kg;
Brakes: Tektro 837AL alloy V;
Frame: HOY 6066-T6 heat treated alloy;
Tyres: Kenda K1047 24 x 2.1;
Available colours: Green or blue;
Warranty: Evans Cycles website says “All products ordered from Evans Cycles come with a full warranty which covers manufacturing faults and defects in workmanship.”

Hoy Bonaly 24 disc brake Key data:

Bike weight: 10kg;
Brakes: Tektro HD-M286 w/ 160mm rotors;
Available colours: Red or blue.

Not all kids need suspension on their off-road bikes. Indeed, if you read our article on Buying a Kids Mountain Bike you’ll understand why it can add weight, cost and complexity that’s not needed, as well as resulting in kids that don’t have as good core skills as those don’t rely on the suspension to get them over obstacles on the trail.

The Hoy Bonaly is a great all-round bike that will cope with both on and off road riding for the majority of kids. The range has been revamped this year and is now even lighter.  The top of the range model is a 24″ version of the bike with disc brakes, to ensure even more reliable stopping on those fast descents. There’s a cheaper rim brake version as well, for those doing slightly more sedate off-road riding.

The 24″ wheel disc brake Bonaly has an RRP of £480, whilst the traditional rim V-brakes version has an RRP of £400.

We’ve reviewed the smaller wheeled Bonaly 20 and were impressed with its credentials.

BUY NEW: The Bonaly 24

BUY SECONDHAND: The Hoy Bonaly can sometimes be found secondhand. We’ve performed a search and the results can be found here on the eBay site.   

Cuda Impact 24 dual suspension MTB (RRP £800)

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended bike

Cuda Impact dual full suspension kids mtb

 

Cuda 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.

BUY NOW: The Orbea MX24 Dirt at Tredz

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BUY SECONDHAND: Orbea’s do crop up secondhand so checkout our eBay search by clicking here.

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.

BUY NOW: The Orbea MX24 Team Disc at Tredz 

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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.

BUY NOW: The Orbea MX24 Team from Tredz and comes in three colour alternatives.

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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.

BUY NOW: The Orbea MX24 Trail at Tredz.

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Specialized Hotrock 24 

Cheap 24" wheel mountain bike for kids aged 7 years old and over

Specialized Hotrock 24 Key data:

Price: £330
Typical age range: 7-10 years;
Minimum Height: 135cm;
Inside Leg: 62cm;
Bike weight: 11kg;
Brakes: V-brake, alloy, linear pull, tool-less reach adjust brake lever;
Frame: Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum;
Tyres: Specialized Renegade, 24×2.1″, 26 TPI, wire bead;
Available colours: Light blue, silver & black, blue & black;
Warranty: Lifetime on frames and forks

It’s looking increasingly unlikely that we’re going to be getting out on big mountain bike rides any time soon, so if you’re looking for a 24″ wheel mountain bike so your Sprog can ride around the garden or the local park, then the Specialized Hotrock 24 is well worth a look.

For £330 you get an aluminium frame bike with coil sprung suspension fork and rim brakes, which should be great for the type of riding we’re all having to do at the moment.

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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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Kona Hula 24 – RRP £449

Founded in Vancouver, Canada Kona certainly know a thing or two about mountain bikes. This Hula 24 is the new 2020 model with a new frame and a design that omits the superfluous.

Kona Hula 24 Plus 2020 model

Kona Hula Key data:

Price: £449
Typical age range: 7-10 years;
Inside Leg: 62cm;
Bike weight: kg;
Brakes: Tektro V-Brake;
Frame: Aluminum Butted;
Tyres: Vee Tire Crown Gem;
Available colours: Green;
Warranty: 2 yr on complete bicycle. Extended 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.

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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)

Cycle Sprog Reviewed and Recommended Bike

 

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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12 Comments

  1. Frank says:

    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 says:

      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

  2. Jack says:

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

  3. Bob Ridgway says:

    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 says:

      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

  4. Fairlight Matthews says:

    Thoughts on the Ghost Kato 24″?

  5. Mark says:

    Momsen JSL40 might be worth a look.

  6. Ruth McKennell says:

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

    • Karen says:

      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

  7. David says:

    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 says:

      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

  8. Mark Mall says:

    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.

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