Best mountain bikes for teenagers

In this post, we’re going to guide you through a selection of the best mountain bikes for teenagers (and taller tweens! Having outgrown their kids mountain bike, they’re ready to move onto a larger size bike but often haven’t fully finished growing yet.   With the adult bike market firmly based around 27.5″ and 29″ wheels, there’s a bit of work required to find a MTB that’s lightweight and small enough for a teenager to cope with (and which doesn’t cost too much, as they could outgrow it in a flash!). There may also be some top drawer 26″ wheeled bikes in here too.

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Can’t I just buy a regular 27.5″ adult mountain bike for my teenager?

Yes, and no!  Even if your child can fit the frame of an adult bike, remember that the majority are not designed for younger riders – the suspension may well only work with heavier riders and the brakes will be designed for larger and stronger hands.  If the saddle has to be set so low that the back wheel is above their saddle, they won’t be able to shift their weight backwards on descents either. Your Cycle Sprog will have much more control, and therefore feel safer and have a lot more fun on a 27.5″ wheel MTB sized correctly for their size and weight.  Of course, it is the case that some teenagers are actually the size and weight of adults so this must be taken into consideration too. I speak from experience!

Here’s our selection of the best mountain bikes for teenagers that are sized for younger riders. If we’ve missed off your favourite, do please let us know.

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The best kids 27.5″ wheel mountain bikes for teenagers

COVID-19 / CHRISTMAS UPDATE - November 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. 

Orbea MX 40 2021 (£549)

Orbea MX 40 mtb

Key data for the Orbea MX 40:

Price: £549
Bike size: Small 27.5″ wheels
Rider height: 155-165 cm
Frame: Orbea MX alloy
Forks: SR Suntour XCT 30 Coil 100mm QR
Gears: 18 speed – double 22/36T chainset, 11-36T cassette and Shimano Alivio SL-M3100
Brakes: Shimano MT200 Hydraulic Disc
Tyres: Kenda K1153 2.35″ 30TPI
Available colours: Red/black
Weight: n/a
Warranty: 2 years - register bike within 30 days for lifetime warranty on frame and forks and 3 years on paint, varnish and corrosion

Buy new: Orbea MX 40

GT Avalanche Sport(£529)

GT Avalanche Sport

Key data for the :

Price: £529
Bike size: XS
Standover: 698 mm
Frame: 6061 aluminium frame – totally new design
Forks: SR Suntour XCT-DS with 100mm travel
Gears: 18 speed – Shimano MT101 36/22 tooth double chainset, 11-36T cassette and Shimano Altus shifters
Brakes: Tektro M275 Hydraulic Disc with 160mm Rotors
Tyres: WTB Ranger Comp, 27.5/29 x 2.25, DNA Compound
Available colours: Grey
Weight: n/a
Warranty: Frame - lifetime; Components - 1 year

Buy now: GT Avalanche Sport

Norco Storm 1 hardtail 2020 women’s model (£500)

Norco Storm womens 2020

Key data for the Norco Storm 1:

Price: £500
Bike size: XXS
Standover: 588mm
Height range: 4′ 6″ – 4′ 10″
Brakes: Tektro HD-M275 Hydraulic 160mm
Frame: 6061 aluminium
Forks: RockShox 30 Silver Solo Air TK, 100mm Travel
Gears: 18 speed – Prowheel 36/22 chainset with 11-36T cassette and Shimano Acera shifters
Tyres: WTB Ranger 2.25”
Available colours: Silver
Weight: n/a
Warranty: 5 year frame, limited lifetime frame warranty if register

The Norco Storm 1 is a stunning looking bike with a great specification for the price, including a broad gearing range plus an 100mm Rockshox air suspension fork. It comes fitted with 2.25″ tyres but can accommodate up to 2.35″ so has been designed for serious off road activity!

Buy now: Norco Storm 1

Whyte 403 Kids Mountain Bike (£625)

whyte-403

Key data for the Whyte 403 from Leisure Lakes Bikes:

Price: £625
Bike size: 26″ wheel 
Height: 135-152 cm
Brakes:
Promax Solve disc brakes, 160mm Rotor
Frame: 6061 hydroformed aluminium
Forks: Suntour XCR – 100mm Travel, HYDRO Lock-out, Air Spring, Adjustable Rebound
Gears: 9 speed – 28T single chainring, 11-40T cassette and Shimano Altus SL-M310 thumb shifter
Tyres: WTB Bronson Race, 26″ X 2.1″ Front, WTB Riddler, 26″ X 1.95″ Rear
Available colours: Matt granite/grey/silver shown here and Matt Orange
Weight: 12.7 kg
Warranty: Frame: 2 years - can be extended to 4 years if registered within 28 days of purchase. Doesn't cover racing, jumping or tricks

When the world of adult mountain bikes changed over to 27.5″ wheels, Whyte bikes invested a great deal of time and energy to create high quality 26″ wheel mountain bikes for junior riders, and to this day they continue to cater for kids and junior bikers.

Buy now: Whyte 403

Buy secondhand: Whyte 403 mountain bike on eBay

Giant Talon 3 (£449)

Giant Talon 3

Key data for the Giant Talon 3:

Price: £449
Bike size: XS
Standover: 686 mm
Frame: ALUXX-Grade Aluminium
Forks: Front suspension – SR Suntour XCE coil spring 80mm travel
Gears: 22/36 double chainset, 14-28 tooth cassette and Shimano SL-M315 shifters
Brakes: Tektro TKD 143, hydraulic disc
Tyres: Maxxis Ikon 27.5 x 2.2, wire bead (max tyre width possible: 2.4″)
Available colours: Metallic Black
Weight: n/a
Warranty: Frame - lifetime, Forks - 10 years, All other components - 1 year

Buy now: Giant Talon 3

DMR Sect Jump bike (£799)

DMR Sect

Key data for the DMR Sect:

Price: £799
Bike size: 26″ wheel – available in one size and is suitable for all riders taller than 4’5” or 137cm.
Frame: 4130 chromoly for strength
Forks: RST Dirt 100 with rebound adj
Gears: Single speed – 32 tooth single chainset with 13T rear sprocket
Brakes: Tektro M275 hydraulic 160mm
Tyres: Kenda Small Block 8 26×2.1”
Available colours: Envy Green, Matte Navy
Weight: 13.5 kg
Warranty: Frame 1 year

Jump bikes are designed for having fun dirt jumping and flying around pump tracks and skateparks. With a 4130 chromoly frame built for punishment and RST Dirt forks with adjustable rebound damping, it’s good to go.

Buy new: DMR Sect jump bike

Cannondale Trail 7 Ltd (£479)

Cannondale-Trail-7-Ltd

Key data for the Cannondale Trail 7:

Price: £479
Bike size: XS
Rider height: 147-160 cm (XS)
Standover: 71 cm (XS)
Brakes: Hydraulic disc – Tektro HD-M275 with 160mm rotors
Frame: SmartForm C3 Alloy frame
Forks: Front – Suntour XCT Coil 100m travel
Gears: 16 speeds in total. Microshift TS39 shifters with Prowheel 36/22 tooth chainset and 8-speed 11-34T cassette.
Tyres: WTB Ranger 27.5 x 2.25″
Available colours: Black, Green
Weight: Not given
Warranty: Frame - Lifetime, Components - 1 year

Cannondale has a strong reputation for building top quality aluminium frames and the Trail falls neatly into this category, with the inbuilt SAVE micro suspension that’s supposed to give a smoother ride. With modern geometry,  broad spread of gears and hydraulic brakes, The Trail 7 Ltd delivers a great specification for the price.

Buy now: Cannondale Trail 7 Ltd

Giant Talon 2 (£529)

Giant Talon 2

Key data for the Giant Talon 2:

Price: £529
Bike size: XS with 27.5″ wheels
Brakes: Tektro TKD 143, hydraulic disc
Frame: ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
Forks: Front suspension – SR Suntour XCT30 HLO air spring and 80mm travel
Gears: 16 speed – 22/36 tooth chainset, 12-32T cassette and Shimano SL-M315  thumb shifters
Tyres: Maxxis Rekon 27.5×2.4, wire bead
Available colours: Red clay
Weight: n/a
Warranty: Frame - lifetime, Forks - 10 years, All other components - 1 year

Buy New: Giant Talon 2

Specialized Rockhopper Sport (£549)

Specialized Rockhopper Sport

Key data for the Specialized Rockhopper Sport:

Price: £549
Bike size: XS
Rider height: 148 – 155 cm (taken from Specialized website)
Standover: 658 mm (taken from Specialized website)
Frame: Premium butted alloy
Forks: Front suspension – SR Suntour XCM
Gears: 18 speed – 22/36 tooth double chainset, 11-36T cassette and Shimano Altus RapidFire Plus shifters
Brakes: Tektro HD-M275, hydraulic disc – 180mm/160mm front/rear rotors
Tyres: Ground Control Sport 27.5 x 2.3″
Available colours: Satin slate/Cool grey
Weight: n/a
Warranty: Lifetime warranty on frame and forks

Buy now: Specialized Rockhopper Sport

Nukeproof Cub Scout Sport 26 (£799)

Nukeproof Cub Scout Sport 26

Key data for the Nukeproof Cub Scout Sport:

Price: £799
Bike size: 26″ wheels
Age: 10+ years
Rider height: 140-158 cm
Inside leg: 64-70 cm
Standover: 616.4 mm
Brakes: Tektro M276 Kids Specific Hydraulic Brakes
Frame: Custom triple-butted hydro-formed 6061 Alloy
Forks: X-Fusion RC32 27.5” Air Suspension forks, Bolt-thru Axle
Gears: 8 speed – 32 single chainring, 11-42T cassette and BOX FOUR shifter
Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF 26″ x 2.5” EXO TR (Tubeless Ready)
Available colours: Bullet grey
Weight: 12 kg
Warranty: 5 years frame 2 years components

Buy new: Nukeproof Cub Scout Sport 26

Nukeproof Cub Scout Race 26 (£999)

Nukeproof Cub Scout Race 26

Key data for the Nukeproof Cub Scout Race 26:

Price: £999
Bike size: 26″ wheel
Age:
10+ years
Rider height: 
140-158 cm
Inside leg: 
64-70 cm
Standover: 
655.5 mm
Brakes: Tektro M291 Kids Specific Hydraulic Brakes
Frame: Custom triple-butted hydro-formed 6061 Alloy
Forks: Manitou Markhor 27.5” TS Air, 120mm Travel, Custom Kids tune, BOOST 15x110mm Bolt-thru Axle
Gears: 10 speed – Shimano Deore M4100 rapid-fire shifter, 32T single chainring and 11-46T cassette
Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF 26″ x 2.5” EXO TR (Tubeless Ready)
Available colours: Bottle blue
Weight: 11.83 kg
Warranty: 5 years frame 2 years components

If the Cub Scout Sport isn’t enough then Nukeproof have developed the ‘Race’ version of the Cub Scout into one seriously high spec machine!

Buy new: Nukeproof Cub Scout Race 26 

Cube Aim SL 2021 (£599)

Cube Aim SL 2021

Key data for the Cube Aim SL:

Price: £599
Bike size: XS (14″)
Brakes: Hydraulic Disc Brake – Shimano BR-MT200 with 160mm rotors
Frame: Aluminium
Forks: Front – SR Suntour XCM RL coil spring suspension fork with 100mm travel, Remote Lockout
Gears: 27 speed – 40/30/22 tooth chainset, 11-36T cassette, Shimano SL-M2010 Rapidfire-Plus thumbshifters
Tyres: Schwalbe Smart Sam, Active, 2.25
Available colours: Black/orange
Weight: 14.4 kg
Warranty: Frame 6 years; rest of bike 2 years

Buy now: Cube Aim SL 2021 model

Merida Big Seven 80 Mountain Bike 2021 (£825)

Merida Big Seven 80 - a good choice mountain bike for teenagers

Key data for the Merida Big Seven 80:

Price: £825
Bike size: XS frame 13.5″ suitable for 142 -152cm
Brakes: Shimano MT-200 hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors
Frame: 6061 double-butted aluminium
Forks: Rock Shox Judy TK; Coil; 100mm
Gears: 12 speed Shimano Deore – 30 tooth chainring with 10-51 tooth cassette
Tyres: Merida K1080; 27.5″ x 2.2″
Available colours: Blue and white
Weight: 13.5 kg
Warranty: Lifetime on frame, Merida branded components 1 year

The Merida Big Seven 80 comes in an extra small 13.5″ frame crafted from lightweight aluminium and is supplied with a bang up to date 12-speed drivetrain, featuring a single 30 tooth chainring and a huge 10-51 tooth cassette to get you up any mountain!

Buy now: Merida Big Seven 80

Cannondale Trail 8 Ltd (£420)

Key data for the Cannondale Trail 8 Ltd:

Price: £420
Bike size: XS and S
Brakes: Tektro cable-actuated disc with 160mm rotors
Frame: SmartForm C3 Alloy frame
Forks: Front – SR Suntour M3030 coil spring suspension fork with 75mm of travel
Gears: Microshift 14 speed – Prowheel 36/22 tooth chainwheel, 7 speed Microshift thumbshifters, 11-34 tooth cassette
Tyres: WTB Ranger Comp 27.5 x 2.25″
Available colours: Graphite
Weight: Not given
Warranty: Frame - Lifetime, Components - 1 year

The Trail 8 Ltd priced slightly less than the trial 7 Ltd and the specification has been adjusted to take this into account, such as a 14-speed drivetrain, cable operated disc brakes instead of hydraulic and a different suspension fork. As with the Trail 7 Ltd, the Trail 8 Ltd features a fresh Cannondale alloy frame which is both light and durable.

Buy now: Cannondale Trail 8 Ltd 

Stereo 120 Youth (RRP £1699)

 

Cube Stereo 120 Youth - one of the best mountain bikes for teenagers around

Stereo 120 Youth key data:

Price: £1699
Bike weight: 13.9kg;
Brakes: Magura MT Thirty, Hydr. Disc Brake (180mm);
Frame: HPA Ultralight, Advanced Hydroform, Triple Butted, ETC 4-Link, ISCG Mount;
Tyres: Schwalbe Hans Dampf, APerfL, 2.35;
Available colours: Silver w/blue and orange;
Warranty; Frame 6 years, rest of bike 2 years

Cube are no strangers to the world of full-suspension, producing a broad selection of top quality mountain bikes for the adult market. Of course, they didn’t stop at that because kids should get to enjoy the delights of a full-susser too, so a couple of years ago Cube brought out the Stereo 140 Youth – an awesome bike that we were lucky enough to test.

For 2020 Cube has once again created a 27.5″ wheel full suspension bike for kids based upon the cutting edge technologies they employ in the adult range. This is based around a custom-sized triple-butted lightweight alloy frameset that comes in two sizes – 13.5″ and 16″.

With 120mm of travel provided by the SR Suntour XCR34 air fork and SR Suntour Edge R shock, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

Cube has specified SRAM for the transmission with an Eagle 12 speed setup throughout, featuring 30 tooth chainset and seriously wide range 11-50t cassette to give amazing gear options to cover all eventualities. Braking comes courtesy of Magura MT Thirty with 180mm rotors front and rear, so retardation of speed should not pose a problem.

The Cube Stereo 120 Youth certainly looks amazing and with such a quality specification we’re expecting junior riders will be enthused to get out, ride and grin from ear to ear.

BUY NOW: The Cube Stereo 120 Youth

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CUBE ACID EAGLE 27.5 HARDTAIL

 

Cube Acid Eagle 27.5 - a great choice of MTB for teens

Cube Acid Eagle Key data:

Price: £599
Bike weight: 13,4kg;
Brake system: Shimano BR-MT200, Hydr. Disc Brake (180/160);
Frame: Aluminium Lite;
Tyres: Schwalbe Smart Sam;
Available colours: black and flashgreen;
Warranty: Frame 6 years; rest of bike 2 years

Available in a number of frame sizes including a 14″ frame size to suit a young teenager who has outgrown their 26″ wheel MTB.

With a Rock Shox Recon air fork giving 100mm of travel and a SRAM NX Eagle 12 speed transmission with huge 10-50T cassette, this is a bike with the capability to blitz trails at ease.

Check out the size chart to ensure it fits.

BUY NOW: Cube Acid Eagle 27.5 hardtail

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Cube Reaction C:62 Youth MTB (RRP £1399)

 

Cube Reaction C:62 Youth xc race bike - a 27.5" wheel kids MTB - ideal for ages 10 and over

Cube Reaction C:62 key data:

Price: £1399
Bike weight:
9,9kg;
Brake system
: Magura MT4, Hydr. Disc Brake (180/160);
Frame
: C:62, Carbon Technology;
Tyres
: Schwalbe Rocket Ron, Addix Speed, Kevlar, 2.10, LiteSkin;
Warranty
: Frame 6 years; rest of bike 2 years

The Reaction C:62 Youth is Cube’s light, stiff and fast cross country carbon fibre thoroughbred. Cube, not wanting the adults to have all the fun, have decided to create the Reaction C:62 in ‘youth’ frame sizes too, once again confirming their dedication to teenage riders looking to enjoy their MTB racing. We managed to get our hands on one at a cycle show and it really is a superb looking bike!

Available in 13.5″ or 15″ frame sizes, the Reaction C:62 Youth is one of the current crop of frame designs incorporating larger wheels.

It comes fitted with the SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain that has a range of gear ratios to get you up, over, and through anything fast. With a SRAM Stylo Eagle 32T chainset paired up with the NX Eagle cassette that sports 12 cogs ranging from 11 teeth right up to a monumental 50 teeth, you have no excuses.

Braking comes from respected German brand Magura with 4 pot piston calipers and a 180mm rotor at the front providing the bulk of the stopping power and a lighter 160mm rotor at the rear to balance things up.

There’s a front fork courtesy of Manitou’s Markor TS which is an air fork giving 100mm of plush travel.

The lightweight carbon fibre frame has internal cable routing to keep things tidy and out of the way and has been designed for taking the punishment and loadings exerted through the frame while racing. With this in mind, there’s a tapered head tube with plenty of material in this area. The downtube is also significant in size when you see it in the flesh. The bottom bracket is wide to give stiffness and the rear axle is the latest 148mm boost width, rather than the standard 142mm. The idea behind this is that the increased width gives a shallower spoke angle and this allows for wheels to be built stronger and less flexy, something that has extra importance now wheel sizes are larger than the old 26″ standard size.

The Cube Reaction C:62 Youth comes in Cube’s Teamline colour scheme that matches a striking matt black finish with complementing blue and red accent colours on various sections of the bike.

There’s no doubting, it’s a serious bike with a great frame and components.

BUY NOW: CUBE REACTION C:62 YOUTH

 

Whyte 802 Compact 27.5″ wheeled mountain bike (RRP £899)

 

Whyte 802 Compact 27.5 wheel - one of the best mountain bikes for teenagers

Whyte 802 key data:

Price: £899
Brakes
: (f) Tektro Auriga HD-M290, 180mm Rotor, (r) Tektro Auriga HD-M290, 180mm Rotor, Internal Routing;
Frame
: 6061 T6 Aluminium SCR frame;
Tyres
: Maxxis Forekaster 27.5″x 2.35″ Dual Compound, 60TPI;
Warranty
: Frame: 2 years - can be extended to 4 years if registered within 28 days of purchase. Doesn't cover racing, jumping or tricks

The Whyte range of bikes is pretty extensive, having pretty much something for everybody. The 802 has been designed primarily with women in mind, but with a view of also targeting the burgeoning youth market where bikes that fit are still pretty scarce.

The frame design has geometry in keeping with current trends with short chainstays to keep things agile. Whyte has chosen to use Shimano’s tried and tested Deore M6000 for the 10-speed shifter and rear mech. There’s a 28 tooth SR Suntour narrow/wide crankset and an 11-46T cassette at the rear. Forks are the Rockshox Recon RL – an air fork so easily adjustable for rider weight and providing 120mm of travel.

BUY NEW: Whyte 802 Compact

BUY SECONDHAND: Whyte 802 from eBay 

Norco Sight Youth

Norco Sight Youth youth mountain bike

Norco Sight key data:

Price: £1950
Height range:
149-158cm;
Brakes
: Shimano BR-MT500 hydraulic;
Frame
: 6061 Alloy Frame;
Tyres
: (f) Maxxis Minion DHF EXO, (r) Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO;
Warranty
: Check with supplier

Hailing from British Columbia in Canada, the guys at Norco certainly have the right environment in which to build bikes for jumping on and exploring the great outdoors. Based around the 2020 adult Sight, the Youth version is scaled down to ensure it fits correctly with a fantastic specification to boot.

Fitted with a Rock Shox Pike fork giving 150mm of travel at the front and a Rock Shox Deluxe R shock providing 140mm of travel at the rear, Norco has tuned both to take account of lighter riders.

This is a bike designed for all-mountain riding and everything such tough trails can throw at you. There’s a dropper post already fitted and the drivetrain is SRAM’s 12 speed Eagle setup, complete with massive 11-50 tooth cassette. There can be no excuses!

BUY NOW: Norco Sight Youth 

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Islabikes Creig 27 (£899)

Islabikes Creig 24 in Teal

Islabikes Creig 27 key data:

Price: £899
Typical age range
: 10+ years;
Minimum height:
146cm;
Inside leg:
71cm;
Bike weight:
11.6kg;
Brakes
: SRAM Level hydraulic with 140mm rear and 160mm front discs;
Frame
: Aluminium, IS-mount dropouts;
Tyres
: Vee Tyre;
Available colours
: Charcoal, dark teal;
Warranty
: 5 years on frame and forks and a 2 years on parts

Islabikes have been very busy updating their range with a fresh new 27.5″ Creig joining the range. Islabikes have embraced the fact that kids are pushing the boundaries and redesigned the Creig with a long low trail geometry that will inspire confidence on technical terrain.

This bike isn’t going to suit taller teens, but if your child is at the shorter end of the height range then they may find this bike fits them.

The 27 comes fitted with a Rock Shox 30 Gold air fork, which according to Islabikes is lighter and more tunable than the fork fitted to previous models and provides 100mm travel. Braking is supplied by a SRAM Level hydraulic setup, with a 140mm disc at the rear and 160mm at the front.

The cassette is 11-40T and the new models also take account of customer feedback and see a change from the Grip Shift of previous versions to a new SRAM trigger shift. The wheelset also sees revision with Stan’s No Tubes rims fitted with Vee Tire Crown Gem’s in a width of 2.25” which are tubeless-ready. These are a large volume tyre with tall side knobs for cornering control with plenty of straight-line grip without sacrificing speed.

Islabikes Creig 27.5″ – available on the Islabikes website

Islabikes Beinn 27 (£499.99)

Cycle Sprog Reviewed and Recommended bike

Islabike Beinn 27

Islabikes Beinn 27 key data:

Price: £500
Typical age range
: 10+ years;
Minimum height:
146cm;
Inside leg:
68-80cm;
Bike weight:
9.2kg;
Brakes
: Aluminium mini V-brakes;
Frame
: Aluminium;
Tyres
: Islabikes Mixte;
Available colours
: Orange, teal, charcoal
Warranty
: 5 years on frame and forks and a 2 years on parts

Always looking to refine and deliver the right product, Islabikes are first to the 27.5″ wheel party with a “do it all” kids hybrid bike that bridges the gap for youngsters who are on the verge of being a teenager (and all the fun that that will bring!)

The Beinn 27 comes with the same low centre of gravity of the existing Beinn 26″ but with a new frame and  27.5″ wheelset to create a bike suitable for kids age around 10 years and up. The drivetrain involves a 32 tooth chainring at the front, with a 7 speed SRAM gripshift moving the cogs on the 11-32T cassette.

As always with Islabikes bikes, there’s nothing superfluous about the Beinn 27 and with its slim tubing it exhibits a very lithe appearance and this translates into a lovely lightweight build.  It’s a hybrid bike, so will be equally at home on the road as well as trail and is a great 27.5″ wheel choice for kids who are into all types of cycling.  Whilst specified with hybrid tyres and pedals you can add MTB equivalents to make this a decent off road, rigid fork bike.

Of course, it’s not an official mountain bike, but our reviewer put it through its paces on winter cross country rides in the Lake District. You can read how the Beinn 27 got on here.

The Islabikes Beinn 27 is available to purchase directly from the Islabikes website and has a retail price of £499.99.

BUY NOW: THE ISLABIKES BEINN 27 – DIRECT FROM ISLABIKES

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Commencal Meta HT Junior (RRP €1,249)

 

Commencal META HT JR_2020

Commencal Meta HT Junior key data:

Price: £1,249
Height range:
145-160cm;
Bike weight:
kg;
Brakes
Tektro HD-M276, kids specific;
Frame
: Alloy 6061, triple butted tubes, T4, T6;
Tyres
: Vee Tyre Flowsnap;
Available colours
: Boxxer Red;
Warranty
: Please check with supplier

For 2020, Commencal continue to commit to providing younger riders with top quality mountain bikes with which to show off their silky skills (usually to less skilled adult riders!). First up we have the Meta HT Junior – a sweet looking enduro 27.5 hardtail designed to pick its way through the trail with scalpel-like precision. The colour is a vibrant red paired up with some amber wall Flow Snap tyres from Vee Tyres. It’s a great look – I’m smitten!

It comes with 150mm travel from it’s RockShox Recon RL air fork and a 1×12 SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain, giving a useful range of gears with its 32T chainset and an 11-50T cassette. There’s also a dropper post ready fitted  – sweet!

You can pick up the Commencal Meta HT Junior for €1249 direct from Commencal via their website (they trade in Euros with Sterling conversion available, so prices will fluctuate).

There’s also a 27.5 full sus enduro bike named the Clash Junior which, like Commencal’s Supreme Junior, is a long travel (160mm) monster of a junior bike!

Orbea range of 27.5 Junior Bikes

Orbea has not rested on its laurels when it comes to the kids and junior segment of the bike market. With a range of 27.5 bikes designed for younger riders, they have some of the best mountain bikes for teenagers at the moment.

EXPLORE FURTHER: The Orbea range of 27.5 Junior bikes

Orbea MX40 in size XS (RRP of £539)

 

Orbea MX40 mtb in size XS

 

Orbea MX40 (XS) key data:

Price: £499
Brakes
Shimano MT200 Hydraulic Disc;
Frame
: Orbea MX Alloy only disc;
Tyres
: Kenda K1153 2.35″ 30TPI;
Warranty
: 2 years – register bike within 30 days for lifetime warranty on frame and forks and 3 years on paint, varnish and corrosion

The MX40 is a 2019 model that Tredz are massively discounting just to make way for new stock. It’s the Extra Small model only, fitted with a 27.5″ wheelset and according to the size guide is suitable for riders between about 4′ 9″ and 5′ 2″ tall.

Specification-wise, it’s equipped really well with Shimano hydraulic discs and Shimano Altus gearing which is a triple chainring setup with 27 speeds – more gears to choose from and so a bit more involved than with a single chainring. At the front, there’s an SR Suntour suspension fork giving 100mm of travel.

The Orbea MX40 is available in two colour schemes.

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Orbea MX 27 XS Dirt (£419)

 

Orbea MX 27 XS Dirt 27.5 mtb

Orbea MX 27 XS Dirt key data

Price: £419
Height range
145-160cm;
Brakes
: Shimano MT200 Hydraulic Disc;
Frame
: Orbea MX Alloy only disc;
Tyres
: Kenda K1153 2.35″ 22TPI;
Available colours
: Blue/red, black/red & black/grey;
Warranty
: 2 years – register bike within 30 days for lifetime warranty on frame and forks and 3 years on paint, varnish and corrosion

The MX Dirt is a Junior bike sporting a 27.5 wheelset, which is still relatively rare for this group of riders. It comes fitted with 2.35 tyres ready for tackling the trails and a double chainset with 22 and 36 tooth rings that, coupled with the rear cassette, gives a wide spread of gears to cover all eventualities.

At the front, there’s an SR Suntour XCE 28 fork giving 100mm of travel. Now, this is a coil spring rather than our preferred air fork, so the options for adjusting to suit the rider is less with this one. However, it does come equipped with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano thumb shifters for changing through the gears. It comes in three colourway options, but they’re a fast seller so check to see what is available in time for Christmas delivery.

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Cube Stereo 140 Youth 27.5″ MTB 

Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended bike

Deal on Cube Stereo 140 Youth - 27.5" wheel kids MTB for teenage mountain bikers

Cube Stereo 140 Youth key data:

Price: £1,699
Bike weight:
13.7kg;
Brakes
: Magura MTTrail Custom 180mm;
Frame
: HPA Ultralight, Advanced Hydroform, Triple Butted, ETC 4-Link, ISCG Mount;
Tyres
: Schwalbe Nobby Nic, PerfL, 2.35;
Available colours
: ‘action team’;
Warranty
: Frame 6 years; rest of bike 2 years

We’ve been lucky enough to have spent most of last year testing out the Cube Stereo 140 Youth and it has proven to be a quality product that has taken the punishment dished out from a typical 12 year old and then come back for more.

With 150mm travel from the SR Suntour Aion forks and a 1×11 SRAM NX drivetrain with wide-range cassette, the Stereo 140 Youth is perfect for all manner of terrain. Fitted with 27.5″ wheels it really does give something extra for the younger rider when it comes to negotiating the rough stuff. What’s even better is it comes in three different frame sizes, to cater for differing heights of young MTBers.  You can read our full review of the Stereo 140 Youth here.

The Cube Stereo 140 Youth is available throughout the Cube Dealer Network and has a retail price of £1699.

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Here at Cycle Sprog, we predict that 27.5″ wheel kids mountain bikes become more and more popular over the next few years. If we’ve missed one out, please do let us know – either in the comments box below or via our Facebook Page

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1 Comment

  1. Daniel Barker says:

    Canyon have 2x 27.5 kids bikes. The Grand Canyon Junior hardtail and the Neuron Junior full suspension.

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