Road cycling is becoming more and more popular, especially thanks to the success of British riders in the Tour de France, Giro and World Championships in recent years. Is your child desperate to have their own, kids sized road bike, to emulate their favourite riders and get out training in the hope of one day follow in their footsteps? (Perhaps by then it’ll be our sons AND daughters stepping up onto the podium).
If you’re wondering which kids road bikes are out there, we’ve picked the best children’s road bikes that will appeal to inspired young riders – there’s something for all budgets and experience levels.
Please note though, that in order to get the best out of a road bike, your child does need to be a competent and confident cyclist, as they need to be able to ride safely using drop handlebars and skinny tyres.
If they’re not quite ready, then a hybrid bike will give them much more fun.
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The Best Kids Road Bikes 2021
All these bikes will inspire all budding road cyclists – some are suitable just for road riding, and others can also be fitted with cyclocross tyres. If you’re definitely looking for a more all-round drop handlebar bike that can also be used for cx, then check out our post on the best cyclocross bikes.
Frog Road Bikes (from £440)
Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended bikes Frog Bikes are renowned for having taken the market by storm with their colourful yet top quality range of kids bikes. Frog 58 key data (smallest of the Frog road bikes):
Typical age range: 6-7 years
Minimum inside Leg: 58cm
Bike weight: 8.2kg
Brakes: Tektro Oryx (992AG) Aluminium Alloy Cantilever
Frame: Aluminium Alloy 6061
Tyres: Kenda K-1018 rubber 20*1 1/8 Black ETRTO:451MM
Available colours: Red, White, Black, Team Sky Blue, Team Sky Black
Warranty: 2 years – extended to 5 years for the frame if you register the bike within 28 days of purchase
Their smallest road bike is the 20″ wheel Frog 58 – it’s the smallest drop handlebar bike available, and suitable only for those younger children with great bike handling skills. Most other manufacturers don’t introduce a road bike until 24″ wheels when the majority of kids tend to have better control.
Frog has three sized road bikes – the Frog Road 58, 67 and 70 which have 20″, 24″ and 26″ wheels respectively. The 58, 67 and 70 refer to the minimum inside leg your child needs to ride the bike.
There’s a wide range of colours available and they can fit road and cyclocross tyres, so should be a bike to suit all younger riders, although those approaching teenage years and needing a 700c wheel will be disappointed as the range currently stops at 26″ wheel.
We’ve reviewed a couple of the Frog road bikes and have been impressed with the build quality and specification of the bikes.
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(ADV Junior Road Bike – 26″ Wheel)
Typical age range: 9-12 years
Minimum Height: 138-154cm
Bike weight: 9.3kg
Frame: Lightweight butted aluminium frame
Tyres: Superlight Air Filled Vee Tyre
Available colours: White
Warranty: Frame and Forks – lifetime guarantee – all other parts 1 year
Bradley Wiggins 2012 Tour de France victory marked a turning point in British success in the event. It’s hard to comprehend that there have been six British winners in the past seven years, but before Sir Bradley, no Briton had ever worn the yellow jersey on the final Sunday of the race!
In 2016 Wiggins launched his own brand of kids bikes, available exclusively at Halfords, to inspire the next generation of cyclists. The Rouen range are the best kids road bikes if you don’t have a big budget to spend as they’re significantly cheaper than the other lightweight, quality kids road bikes out there.
They’re well specified road bikes, (it’s worth noting they can’t be fitted with wider tyres, so are purely a road bike and cannot be used for cyclocross). There are three bike sizes in the range – the smallest being a 540c bike.
BUY NEW: Wiggins kids road bike range
BUY SECONDHAND: Due to their popularity and keen price, the Wiggins kids road bikes have been very popular over the past few years. There are now quite a few becoming available on eBay and it’s possible to get a real bargain if you’re lucky. As Halfords have some very good sales at times, check you can’t get a new bike for less than a secondhand one!
Islabikes Luath (£699)
Cycle Sprog reviewed and recommended Islabikes Luath (24″) key data:
Typical age range: 8+ years
Minimum Height: 130cm
Inside Leg: 59-69cm
Bike weight: kg
Brakes: Tektro, flatmount cable disc
Frame: Aluminium, flat-mount dropouts
Tyres: Islabikes Road, 24″ x 1.0 (26-507) folding, 120TPI, reflective sidewall
Available colours: Charcoal / Dark Teal
Warranty: 5 years on frame and forks and 2 years on parts
The Islabikes Luath is another multi-purpose kids drop handlebar bike that can be ridden both on the road or for cyclocross with just a change of tyre. Designed by many times cyclocross champion Isla Rowntree, these bikes have a great racing pedigree.
One of the brilliant things about Islabikes is their longevity – both our Sprogs have ridden a Luath 26 and it still looks as good as new. Islabikes have also just had a complete refresh of their range, with lighter weight bikes, improvements to the specification, and fresh new branding. You can read our review of the Luath 26 here.
Available in wheel sizes 24″, 26″ and 700c (small and large) the Islabikes Luath provides a good option for slightly older kids looking for a bigger wheel size than the Frog and Hoy bikes offer.
BUY NEW: The Luath is available exclusively from the Islabikes website or can be collected from their showroom in Ludlow. RENT NOW: The Islabikes Luath are available to rent from The Bike Club. Pay a monthly fee and upgrade to a bigger size bike when your child outgrows their bike.
BUY SECONDHAND: There’s a thriving second hand trade in Luath’s on e-bay – if you’re lucky you can find a lightly used one at a decent price. It’s worth asking if the bike has been raced, as some will have had a very tough life!
Worx Junior Road Bikes (from £595)
Bike weight: 8.5kg
Brakes: Tektro Oryx Canti
Frame: Hydroformed profiled aluminium 6061 triple butted
Tyres: Kenda Road Tyre (Maxxis CX 5 also available as an optional extra £50 /pair)
Available colours: Gloss black and blue
Our own Cycle Sprog spent all last summer test riding the Worx JA-700 junior road bike, which also comes in smaller sizes with 24″ and 26″ wheels. It’s designed to go VERY fast, so is only for serious and confident riders. It certainly gave 12 year old N a love of road riding at speed!
The bike can be specified for either road or cyclocross riding.
BUY NEW: The Worx Junior bikes are available exclusively via the Worx website.
BUY SECONDHAND: We’re now seeing Worx bikes on eBay, click here to see if they have one in your size
Scatto J-Race 700c Road bike (£899)
Scatto J-Race key data:
Typical age range: 8+ years
Minimum Inside Leg: 62cm
Bike weight: 8.6kg
Frame: double-butted aluminium
For those really serious about getting a podium place, then you need to get onto big wheels as soon a possible. The Scatto J-Race has 700c but a frame sized for a 8 year old, which will give a real advantage during a race. There’s not much that the team at Kids Racing don’t know about bikes that are designed to be ridden fast so if this is your aim give them a call and they’ll help you find the best bike for your size and riding style.
Cuda Performance (from £500)
Bike weight: 9.3kg
Brakes: Tektro Kanti – Microshift short reach lever
Frame: Alloy Double Butted
Tyres: Kenda Road 24 x 1” & Kenda Cross 24 x 1”1/8
Available colours: Pink, green, orange
Warranty: 12 months.
The Cuda Performance Range is another road/cyclocross bike which comes in 24″, 26″ and 700c wheel sizes, making it a versatile option for older riders. Cuda has a range of different bikes, so make sure you’re looking for those starting with CP for Cuda Performance range if you’re looking for their best specification. We reviewed a Cuda CP700R when it was first launched and our tester was impressed with it’s handling.
BUY SECONDHAND: There’s not so many secondhand Cuda’s available as other brands at the current time as it’s not quite such an established brand, but it’s worth checking eBay just in case there’s one available.
Other posts you’ll find useful:
- The best kids size race team cycling jerseys
- Kids size Team Sky cycling kit – 7 ways to get the look!
- The best road racing bikes for kids – 24″ wheels
- The best road racing bikes for kids (with 20″ wheels)
- Inspire your Cycle Sprog with a kids size yellow jersey
- Tour de France facts for kids – become an expert on the worlds greatest cycle race!
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