The best full suspension kids mountain bikes

With full suspension becoming more popular on adult mountain bikes, it’s not surprising that there is a growing demand for kids sized full suspension MTB’s.  In this article, we’re taking a look at some of the best full suspension kids mountain bikes with 26″ wheels or bigger that are currently available for older kids and teens (about aged 10 plus) at the moment. As you’ll quickly see, they don’t come cheap – but in each case, you’re getting a lot of bike for your money.

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Does my child need a full-suspension mountain bike? 

Now, some will argue that your Cycle Sprog should be learning their skills on a fully rigid or hardtail mountain bike before moving onto the comparative luxury of full suspension later in life (when the bones start creaking and muscles need warming up before a ride!).  Others will retort that if it means their Cycle Sprog can get up and down whatever the trail throws at them, then it’s a great thing, and means your family mountain biking can reach exciting new levels (assuming you can keep up!).

The best full suspension kids mountain bikes

Before we start – let’s just ask why a pre-teen or teenager shouldn’t just jump on an adult mountain bike.  Yes, it’s possible to get an XS or S adult MTB, but often they’re not designed with kids in mind. Those aged between about 10 and 14 tend to have smaller hands, narrower shoulders, and aren’t as strong as adults, so need a bike designed specifically for them.  Here’s our pick of those full suspension kids mountain bikes designed with the junior rider firmly in mind.

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Mondraker Factor 24

Mondraker Factor 24Mondraker Factor 24 key data:

Typical age range: 8-11 years
Height range:
135-155cm
Brakes
: Shimano M4100 with 160mm rotors front and rear
Frame
: Factor 24 alloy Stealth Zero Suspension System 100mm
Gears: SRAM SX Eagle 12 speed groupset
Tyres: Kenda Booster 24×2.4
Warranty: Please check with supplier

Mondraker is based in Alicante, Spain and has been making full on mountain ‘bicicletas’ since 2001. They produce the Factor 24 and 26 and take everything they’ve learned and boiled it down to a size suitable for pre-teens and teenagers.

The Factor 24 is not a downhill monster of a bike but is set up with a more XC bias having an X-Fusion 02 PRO R shock at the rear and an X-Fusion Velvet air fork giving 100mm of travel.

The specification for the Factor 24 shows that Mondraker have fitted Shimano’s M4100 brakeset to the bike with 160mm rotors front and rear so should give ample braking power.

There’s also a tasty drivetrain too for this updated model, with a SRAM SX Eagle 12 speed groupset being used for the crank, shift lever, and rear mech, with a massive 11-50T cassette out back. We’ve had good experiences with SRAM groupsets, so it’s reassuring to see the Eagle being used here.

It’s also interesting to note that Mondraker has made use of branded high-quality components throughout, such as the OnOff stem and bars and saddle from SDG, rather than using in-house products. But then again, when you’re paying a significant sum of money you do, quite rightly, expect more than a smattering of top kit for your investment.

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Norco Fluid FS2 24

Norco Fluid FS2 24

Norco Fluid FS2 24 key data:

Typical age range: 9-12 years;
Brakeset: Tektro HD-M276 Hydraulic, 180mm front and 160mm rear
Frame
: 6061 Aluminum,120mm Travel tapered headtube, boost axle spacing
Tyres
: Vee Rubber Crown Gem 24×2.25″
Available colours
: Charcoal grey/red
Warranty
: Check with supplier

Hotfooting it out of British Columbia is the Norco Fluid FS2 24 that is a full suspension kids bike for ages 8 and up. It’s fitted with a Manitou J-Unit air fork to give 145mm of travel at the front and complemented by a Fox Float shock at the rear that has been tuned for a lighter rider.

There’s a decent 10-speed drivetrain using a SRAM SX Eagle 30T chainset with Shimano Deore M6000 for the shifter and rear derailleur specified to match up with the Shimano 11-42 cassette.

Braking comes courtesy of a Tektro hydraulic system. Short reach levers are the order of the day, with 180mm rotor at the front and 160mm at the rear. Stopping shouldn’t be an issue!

The Norco Fluid FS2 24 also comes ready fitted with a dropper post set up to operate correctly for lighter weight riders.

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Norco Fluid FS1 24

Norco Fluid 24 FS

Norco Fluid FS1 24 key data:

Typical age range: 9-12 years
Brakeset: Shimano BR-MT500 Hydraulic, 180mm front, 160mm rear
Frame
: 6061 Aluminum, 120mm Travel tapered headtube, boost axle spacing, ISCG05 mount
Tyres
: Maxxis Minion folding bead 2.4 front, 2.3 rear
Available colours
: Slate blue/slime green
Warranty
: Check with supplier

Hotfooting it out of British Columbia is the Norco Fluid FS1 24 that is a full suspension kids bike for ages 8 and up. It’s fitted with a Manitou J-Unit air fork to give 145mm of travel at the front and complemented by a Fox Float shock at the rear that has been tuned for a lighter rider.

There’s a decent 11-speed drivetrain using SRAM’s excellent NX range for the shifter and rear derailleur, while a SRAM SX 30 tooth 1X chainset has been specified to match up with the SRAM 11-42 cassette.

Braking comes courtesy of a Shimano hydraulic system. Short reach levers are the order of the day, with 180mm rotor at the front and 160mm at the rear. Stopping shouldn’t be an issue!

The Norco Fluid FS1 24 also comes ready fitted with a dropper post set up to operate correctly for lighter weight riders.

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Norco Sight Youth (27.5″ wheel)

Norco Sight Youth youth mountain bike

Norco Sight Youth key data:

Height range149-158cm
Frame
: 6061 Alloy Frame
Fork: Rockshox Pike with Charger damper and 150mm travel
Shock: Rockshox Deluxe R Select, DebonAir with 140mm travel
Gears: 12 speed – SRAM SX Eagle shifter, derailleur and 30T crankset paired with an 11-50T cassette
Brakes: Shimano BR-MT500 hydraulic with 180mm rotors front and rear
Wheel size: 27.5″ with tubeless ready rim tape, Shimano Deore hubs and stainless steel spokes
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 2021 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. The frame and fork have boost spacing front and rear to give increased stiffness and stability. There’s also a dropper post already fitted which has been tuned to operate effectively with a lighter riders weight. Then there’s the drivetrain – a SRAM 12 speed Eagle setup comprising shifter, derailleur and crankset, complete with massive 11-50 tooth cassette. There can be no excuses!

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Forme Black Rocks Junior 24w

Forme Black Rocks 24 black with blue and red accents

Key data for the Forme Black Rocks:

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.

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If we’ve missed out your favourite full suspension kids mountain bikes, then do please let us know in the comments section below. We’d also love to hear which bike you bought and what your Cycle Sprog thinks of it.

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Comments

zoe Hughes

Help – anyone know where I can get a bike! The one thing my 8 yr old asked Santa for is a mountain bike. We paid the deposit for a transition Ripcord in September. It’s still on the shipment unable to dock and looks unlikely before Christmas. I love the bike, but need a back up. Anyone know if any 24” Norco’s or something similar to the transition please ?

Karen

Hi Zoe – sorry to hear about this. Unfortunately there is a real shortage of bikes at the moment. If you’ve already got a bike ordered but really want one to unwrap on Christmas day you could sign up for The Bike Club for a few months, until the Ripcord arrives? Tredz also have some Orbeas in stock with delivery in time for Christmas if you’re able to cancel your other order. Hope this helps Karen

Tuck

We bought my son a commencal supreme 24” which has now moved on to a new owner.
I couldn’t recommend this bike enough – we rode at quite a few bike parks and it coped with all grades of runs.
A great kids full suspension bike worthy of a 9/10 and delivery from the factory to your door.?

Penny Millar

Hi Tuck
Thank you so much for your comment, wonderful to hear that the Commencal Supreme 24 was such a hit with your son and you rate it so highly. And, fantastic that the bike has been pass to another to enjoy. We hope your son is enjoying his next bike as much?! Kind regards, Penny

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