By the time kids reach the 8 to 10 age- range, they are truly becoming capable of putting in some substantial miles on the trail with Mom and Dad. As you know, mountain biking is rough and taxing on the components of bikes and kids need a quality build too.
Below is a comprehensive list of the best 24 inch mountain bikes out there. We’ve grouped them into our “top” favorites and then a bunch of other bikes that are worthy of your consideration as well. There are four sub genres of bike: hardtail, full suspension, budget and honorable mentions.
As you peruse the weight, price, and build info, you’ll probably notice a trend. The bigger brands are good at building bikes at an affordable price point, but don’t necessarily consider the bodyweight ratio of a child and their bike. The small boutique brands, on the other hand, are offering lighter frames with components designed to specifically fit little ones but come with a steeper price tag.
If you’re a bike geek, make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see our big comparison chart with specs. We’ve included as many 24 inch bikes as possible to give you all the choices and data.
Also note, these are true 24 inch mountain bikes. If you are looking for a bike for more casual riding, check out or list of 24 inch recreational bikes instead.
Table Of Contents
Top 24 Inch Kids Hard Tail Mountain Bikes
Let’s start with the hard tails!
|Bike||What Makes It Special||Price|
|1||Trailcraft Pineridge||Super light build, Stans Crest MK3 wheels||$1,649+|
|2||Prevelo Zulu 4||Slack geometry, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, Heir Fork||$939+|
|3||Woom Off Air 5||Light build, RST air fork, quality components||$999|
|4||Pello Reyes||Lightweight build, rigid fork or air fork||$619+|
|5||Frog MTB 62||65mm Fork, hydraulic disc brakes, lighter weight||$880|
|6||Spawn Yama Jama 24||Rock Shox Reba 100mm fork, Brood 2.3 tires||$1,325|
|7||Nukeproof Cubscout 24||Under 25 lbs, Manitou Machete J Unit fork||$1,349|
|8||Orange Zest 24||Sram NX 11 speed, Strange Edition Spinner Grind fork||$1,300|
With multiple build kits and color options, the Tailcraft Pineridge 24 is a versatile xc ripper for your young ones. We would probably select the cheapest full build available, but like any other bike, the higher end components are available…for a price.
At a mere 20.2 pounds (for the lightest build), the Trailcraft Pineridge is one of the lightest xc kids bikes on the market. Trailcraft also offers a titanium version if your little person is SPOILED! Stans Crest MK3 wheels help round out a build with a quality component spec that will leave you drooling and wishing you had one too.
Read Review: Trailcraft Blue Sky 20 (smaller version of the Pineridge)
Price: $1,649 – $2,399
Prevelo Zulu 4
The Prevelo Zulu 4 is an eye-popping hardtail designed for small riders. The bike comes in two versions, a standard build and the Zulu 4 HEIR.
Both versions have a slack geometry design and plenty of plushness upfront to allow the mini shredder in your life to not only keep up but remain comfortable and really open up on the trail.
This bike is definitely a cross-country ripper with a Shimano drivetrain, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and in-house components designed to fit kids. They’ve recently updated the bikes to include tubeless-ready wheels and internal routing for a dropper post should you choose to add one.
Read Review: Prevelo Zulu 3 HEIR (smaller version of the Zulu 4)
Woom Off Air 5
Woom has been in the U.S. market for a few years now and have taken the cruiser crowd by storm. With thoughtful builds that offer both light weight and affordability they are hard to beat.
The Woom Off Air 5 is their entry into kids mountain bikes. With an RST 100mm fork, SRAM drivetrain, Promax hydraulic disc brakes, house components, and Schwalbe Rocket Ron’s, your little ones can cruise with the freshman NICA class and have enough beef in the bike to conquer chunky trails.
Read Review: Woom Off Review
There are plenty of reasons to choose a fully rigid bike for your child, but chief amongst them are weight savings and cost savings. The Pello Reyes has a rigid fork option, but the 60mm air fork will create a comfortable ride.
In addition, a build with tubeless-ready wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, and super compact geometry rounds out a nice package. For the price, it probably can’t be beaten.
Price: $619 / $809
Frog MTB 62
Frog is a British brand with a competitive weight for a competitive price.
The Frog MTB 62 checks all of the boxes with a Shimano drive-train, house branded, 65mm travel fork, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and other house branded parts rounding out the build. Just shy of 25 pounds, this bike is capable of long days in the saddle with mom and dad.
Spawn Yama Jama 24
Spawn was started as one of the first “kid-specific” brands and quickly branched out with matching componentry. With a reputation known for handling the rigors of North Shore riding in BC, Canada, the Spawn Yama Jama 24 holds true.
With a redesign to get frame weight down, the Yama Jama is a better bike than ever before with a Rockshox Reba fork, Sram NX drivetrain, Brood (house) brand parts, internal cable routing, and Tektro disc brakes. Sometimes I wish these came in adult sizes!
Read Our Review: Spawn Yama Jama
Nukeproof Cub Scout 24
With a history founded in mountain biking, Nukeproof is a brand that builds bikes with current geometry specs and does it quite elegantly. I wouldn’t mind owning one of their adult bikes.
The Nukeproof Cub Scout 24 has a thoughtful build with a Manitou J Unit Machete (100 mm) fork, Box Four 8 speed drive train, WTB rims with Vee Crown Gems (or Maxxis Minions), and Tektro HD disc brakes bring this build right to 24.64 pounds.
Orange Zest 24
Another British brand with deep roots in mountain biking, the Orange Zest 24 is right at home as shrunk down version of their hard tail offering. Known as a brand that provides frames and builds for aggressive riding, the Zest 24 is ready for for some chunky trail.
This aluminum frame built up with a Sram NX drivetrain and special edition Spinner Grind fork are ready for what may come. Tektro brakes, Kenda Small Block 8 tires and a myriad of house branded parts round out the build bringing it right in at 24 pounds.
Other 24″ Hardtails to Consider
While these bikes didn’t make our Top 8, they are each worthy of consideration and some of them may be easier to find locally than the Top 8.
Early Rider Seeker 24
These British bikes are absolutely beautiful! A solid component build includes Promax hydraulic disc brakes, Vee Crown Gem tires, and a rigid fork keeping weight down to 21.94 pounds.
The Early Rider Seeker 24 was designed to help the preteen in your life to get after it on the trail.
Commencal Meta HT 24
Commencal makes amazing bikes for kids, and the Meta HT 24 is no exception. The bike’s fork has 120mm of travel, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, a Sram NX drivetrain, and Vee Crown Gem tires. At 26.67 pounds it’s not THE lightest mountain bike around, but with the build spec it is tough to be beat.
Cleary Scout 24
The Cleary Scout is a trail worthy rig thanks to the 80mm air fork, tubeless ready tires, and durable steel frame. For under $1,000 this bike offers quite a bit of bang for your buck. It also happens to look really good.
Norco Fluid 4.3+
Intended for conquering rocky trails, the Norco Fluid 4.3+ sports high-volume 2.6″ tires. Pair that with the Suntrour 80mm fork and your kiddo’s got a plush ride.
Others specs include a Shimano drivetrain and Tektro hydraulic dics brakes.
Marin San Quentin 24
With a moniker originating in one of the first hubs of mountain biking, Marin builds quality bikes at affordable prices. A Rockshox Judy fork paired with Shimano brakes and Vee Crown Gem tires provides a reliable, durable hard tail for all of the family adventure out there.
Rocky Mountain Vertex 24
With a similar build to many of the big names here, the Rocky Mountain Vertex also provides a decent build that will be durable and last. Shimano drivetrain, Shimano disc and Kenda Amrak rubber make for a fast-rolling bike.
Tair Cycles Ripper
A relative new-comer to the kid’s bike market, Tair Cycles has built the ripper as a high end carbon frame that is ready to live up to it’s name. The Ripper can size up wheels from 24″ to 26″ and on to 27.5″ so that the frame can last through a longer life cycle with your growing preteen to teenager. With either a Sram NX, GX, or Shimano XT drivetrain in addition to Shimano XT brakes and a Rockshox Reba SL fork, this ride is ready to rip.
Price: $2,099 – $2,799
Best Budget 24 Inch Hardtails
If you’re on a tight budget, check out these 24 inch mountain bikes.
|1||Vitus Nucleus 24||$499|
|3||Scott Scale 24||$429|
|4||Specialized Riprock 24||$550|
Vitus Nucleus 24
Looking for a killer deal? Sit up and pay attention to the Vitus Nucleus 24. This bike offers a ton of bang for your buck.
The Nucleus offers a Spinner Grind 65mm air-sprung fork, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, and even internal routing for a dropper post should you choose to add one.
Trek Roscoe 24
One of the biggest bike manufacturers in the industry, Trek offers a whole line of kids’ bikes. The Trek Roscoe is their 24″ mountain bike offering. The bike boasts a quality build at an affordable price point.
The only bummer is the weight which is a bit on the hefty side for a rigid bike. Nonetheless, we like the mid- fat tires (2.8 inches) which can be ridden year-round and help add some cushion. The component build includes a Shimano drivetrain and Tektro mechanical disc brakes.
Scott Scale 24
Scott sponsors the biggest names on the cross-country race circuit which explains this race-oriented 24 inch bike. The front fork offers 50mm of travel, and Tektro disc brakes provide adequate stopping power. The aggressive geometry is ideal for young riders, and the bike manages to come in under 26.5 pounds at a decent price.
Specialized Riprock Expert 24
One of the largest, quality brands on the market, Specialized makes a good bike. The Specialized Riprock 24 is no exception.
As previously mentioned, the bigger brands offer quality builds but don’t necessarily consider how much weight the youth rider has to muscle around. This bike would make for fun trail riding with mom and dad and can certainly be run in a youth aged xc race (just with more effort than other bikes). 2.8 tires offer extra comfort and if the parent wants to save some weight they can certainly do it there.
24 Inch Full Suspension Mountain Bikes
Kids today are charging harder, jumping further, and soaring higher than ever before. More and more ski resorts are scrambling to offer lift-served bike parks during the summer months. This increase in both accessibility and skill level is causing bike manufacturers everywhere to scramble to make capable full suspension mountain bikes in smaller sizes.
Here are the best 24″ full suspension mountain bikes available. A few of these are purpose-built DH rigs, most others are more trail-oriented full-suspension bikes that are capable of slaying at the bike park as well. From budget to anxiety-inducing price-tags, we’ve rounded up them all.
Top 24 Inch Full Suspension Mountain Bikes
|Bike||What Makes It Special||Price|
|1||Trailcraft Maxwell 24||Super light build, Stans Crest MK3 wheels, Highly Customizable||$3,199+|
|2||Early Rider Hellion X24||Slack geometry, Shimano DT and brakes, 120mm travel||$1,999|
|3||Norco Fluid FS 24||Dropper Post, Qaulity component build, 120mm /145mm travel||$1,699+|
|4||Cube Stereo 240||Full Manitou suspension specc, Magura brakes, just over 26 lbs||$2,430|
|5||Transition Ripcord||Full Rockshox suspension specc, Shimano brakes, Stans wheels||$1,699|
|6||Spawn Rokk 24||Flip chip/Up to 26 wheels, Brood (House brand) components||$2,350|
|7||Commencal Clash 24||145mm Travel, Shimano brakes, Spank wheels||$2,799|
|8||YT Jeffsy Primus JP 24||SDG Parts Specc, 27.11 lbs, Maxxis Minion tires, 130mm travel||$1,899|
Trailcraft Maxwell 24
Trailcraft makes some of our favorite mountain bikes for young riders. The Trailcraft Maxwell 24 is their smallest full-suspension bike and it is rad. Their goal has been “to build the lightest production 24” full suspension trail bike.”
It comes with everything your child will need so you won’t have to upgrade down the road. This includes a dropper post, Stans Crest MK3 wheels, RST Snyper (or Rockshox Reba) 100mm fork and Monarch R 100mm shock.
Read Our Review: Trailcraft Maxwell
Early Rider Hellion X24
Early Rider is a mountain bike company specifically for kids — which means their bikes aren’t an afterthought to bigger, more grown up bikes. Early Rider bought Lil Shredder a few years back and the Lil Shredder Phenom was their 24″ DH/Trail offering.
The frame design has been carried over and updated with the Early Rider branding. With 120mm of travel front and back in addition to a Shimano drivetrain and brake setup, this bike is ready to flow down the trail.
Norco Fluid FS 24
The Norco Fluid FS is more trail oriented but offers plenty of travel to serve dual purpose as a park bike a few days out of the year.
The bikes travel has been increased with a Fox Float rear shock coming in at 120mm and a Manitou Machete J Unit fork slackening the frame with 145mm of travel. One of the only builds including a dropper post, this bike is ready for long trail days and bike park, freeride frolics!
- Price: $1,699+
Cube Stereo 240
Coming in at 26.67 pounds, the Cube Stereo 240 has a smart build spec that is ready to shred and can easily do so on trail rides and at the bike park. With a full 120mm Manitou suspension build (front and back), Magura brakes, and a stout pair of Sunringle Duroc wheels the Stereo is ready to blast the trail volume loud.
The Transition Ripcord is a great all-around 24″ bike for kids. It is light enough for cross-country duty but burly enough to handle downhill runs for little ones. The 67 degree head angle and 381mm chainstays make a stable, but poppy bike.
The component build is a mix with a SRAM drivetrain, Shimano brakes, and Stans wheels. Other parts include lightweight 100mm front and rear Rockshox travel and Maxxis Minion tires. This thing has all the right components, smart geometry design, and offers cross country, trail, and downhill duties for parents who don’t want to spend a fortune on multiple bikes.
Spawn Rokk 24
From 12″ to 24″ bikes, Spawn offers some of the nicest mountain bikes available for kids. The Spawn Rokk 24 is a highly-capable full-suspension steed that can convert from 24 inch to 26 inch wheels as your child grows. It uses a Horst Link suspension design and Rockshox Deluxe rear shock.
Other components include Rockshox Revelation fork, SRAM Level brakes, and SRAM NX drivetrain. Spawn offers the Brood Maxtion 2.3, a beefier tire that’s well worth the investment along with various other Brood parts in the build.
Read Review: Spawn Rokkusuta
Commencal Clash 24
With 145mm of travel, the Commencal Clash 24 is a big travel bike that will provide your budding pre-teen with enough confidence to rage down the descents, but still offer a solid platform for climbing. Let’s be honest, this bike will keep you and your spouse chasing the kiddo up and down every trail!
Although this bike is not a full-on DH design, a modern frame with reach and angle numbers to rival the greatest enduro bikes (with kids sizing in mind of course), a Manitou Machete fork, a durable and functional component spec along with some grippy Vee Flow Snap tires provide a solid build that can take beatings from multiple days at the bike park and keep trucking. More than just being a downhill rig, this bike would serve as a great all-arounder as well.
Price:$2,799 at CommencalUSA.com
YT Jeffsy Primus JP 24
Young Talent or YT is a relatively new contender in the mountain bike market. With a few years of production under the belt they have had some of the worlds best downhill and slopestyle riders under their brand.
The YT Jeffsy is a mid-travel model that quickly became a favorite of several riders and there is no doubt that this scaled down version will offer the same quality of ride for the 24″ sized rider in your life. Coming at 27.11 pounds with Manitou suspension, Sunringle Duroc wheels, a Sram NX drivetrain and SDG parts spec, this whip is ready to fly sideways down the bike park jump lines. It will also climb reasonably well too!
Other Full Suspension 24 Inch Bikes to Consider
Kona Process 24
You can’t go wrong with the Kona Process 24. This is a recent upgrade from the previous Kona Stinky 24. The bike offers 100mm of travel, a Manitou Machete fork, in-house components, and Kenda tires. In addition, a Shimano divetrain and brakes round out a solid build making this machine trail ready.
Price & Where to Buy:
- $2,099 at KonaWorld.com
Marin Rift Zone Jr
Marin has created their entry into the kid’s market with the Rift Zone Jr. With 120 mm of suspension travel, Vee Flow Snap 24×2.4 tires keeping the bike glued to the dirt, and Shimano MT-201 hydraulic disc brakes keeping speeds in check this bike is ready to charge ahead and keep your kiddo chomping at the bit.
Bike park days sprinkled in with long cross-country descents and adventures will offer years of family enjoyment. In addition, the Rift Zone Jr can upgrade from 24-inch wheels to 26-inch wheels extending the life of the bike much longer.
Price & Where to Buy:
- $1,679 at MarinBikes.com
Rocky Mountain Reaper
The Rocky Mountain Reaper is touted as a trail bike, but is capable of the occasional day at the bike park thanks to the beefy suspension design (130/130 mm travel front and rear respectively), adjustable geo chip and quality component spec.
The previous design had extra rear travel engineered in, but has now been changed to run matching 130mm travel between a Rockshox Monarch shock and Suntour Raidon fork.
This bike can also grow with your child. The Ride 9 chip design allows it to transition from 24″ wheels to 26″ wheels once your little ripper hits their next growth spurt.
It’s like a mini Slayer!
Price & Where to Buy:
- $1,949, Find a dealer at Bikes.com
You might have a bit of trouble figuring out how to import the Propain Yuma into the United States, but Propain states that they are working on the supply chain to bring them to market here. The bike can convert to a 26″ bike as well, making it worth the hassle. The Yuma boasts 140 mm travel, Sram GX drivetrain, and Vee Flow Snap tires.
Price & Where to Buy:
- $1,799 EU at Propain-Bikes.com
Scott Ransom 600
Scott builds beautiful bikes. More than looks, this rig can roll too. With X Fusion suspension front and back (130 -140 mm), a Syncros parts spec, Kenda Hellcat tires and Shimano brakes and drivetrain, this bike is ready for just about any form of mountain biking you can get your preteen into.
Price & Where to Buy:
Vpace Moritz 24
Vpace is available in the EU and offers some world class mountain bikes. The Moritz 24 is trail oriented, but considering your grom’s pint size, it can serve as an occasional DH rig as well.
The house branded fork provides the plush front suspension while a Fox Float shock does all the work out back. A Sram GX groupset, Magura MT brakes and Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires round out the build. If you can get your hands on one of these your young rider will surely be elated over their new whip.
Price & Where to Buy:
- $2,429.62 or €1,999
The Meekboyz bikes are about as nice as you can get. The 24″ Mega Beast is feather-light for a full-squish bike (26.5 lbs), particularly when you consider it comes with a whopping 180mm of travel.
Meekboyz manages this impressive feat by using a full-carbon frame and top-shelf components. Of course, you pay for what you get. In this case, a gulp-worthy $8k+.
Price & Where to Buy:
- $8,650 at Meekboyz.com
If you are up for the challenge of building up a rad downhill bike, consider the Slater Mobster. They sell the bike as a frame and shock only. This is a true downhill frame, offering 150mm of travel and super slack geometry.
Price & Where to Buy:
- $700 (Frame/Shock Only) at SlaterBikes.com
Comparison Chart: 24 Inch Mountain Bikes
We’ll admit it–trying to choose between all these bikes is tough. So many good choices! Use the comparison chart below to help sort by price, weight, etc, so that you can make the right decision for your child and pocketbook. Scroll right to see all columns.
|Make and Model||Type||Frame||Drive Train||Suspension||Wheels||Brakes||Other Features||Weight||Price|
|Cleary Scout 24||Hardtail||Chromoly Steel||Shimano Deore||Suntour 80 mm XCR||Alex/Vee Crown Gem||Tektro HD||Trail adjusted Geometry, Steel frame||~28 lbs||$840.00|
|Commencal Meta HT 24||Hardtail||Alum||Sram NX||Manitou J Unit 120 mm||Alex||Tektro HD||KS rage dropper, big travel, slack angles, Drool Worthy||26.67 lbs||$1,499.00|
|Diamondback Line 24||Hardtail||Alum||Sram 3×8||Suntour 80 mm XCR||House/Vee Crown Gem||Tektro HD||~31lbs||$700.00|
|Diamondback Sync’r 24||Hardtail||Alum||Sram 1×11||Suntour 80 mm XCR||House/Vee Crown Gem||Tektro HD||2.8 tires||~30lbs||$950.00|
|Early Rider Seeker 24||Hardtail||Alum||Box 3||None||House/Vee Crown Gem||Promax Disc||Light weight HT||21.94 lbs||$899.99|
|Frog MTB 62||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano 9 spd/Shadow-Alivio||Frog 65mm Fork||House Wheels||Tektro HD||5 yr warranty/House parts||24.9 lbs||$880.00|
|Giant STP 24||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Altus/Revo||Suntour 80 mm XCR||House/Kenda Karma||Tektro HD||Internal routing||??||$530.00|
|KHS Alite 24||Hardtail||Alum||S Ride 9 spd||Suntour 80 mm XCR||House/Kenda SB8||Bengal Cable Disc||??||$599.00|
|Kona Honzo 24||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Altus||SR Suntour XCM 80 mm||House/Vee CG 2.6||Tektro HD||2.6 tires||??||$749.00|
|Marin San Quentin||Hardtail||Alum||MicroShift 9 Spd||RS Judy 100mm||House/Vee CG 2.6||Shimano MT201||House parts||28.9 lbs||$999.00|
|Norco Fluid HT 24||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Altus||Sr Suntour 80 mm||House/Chaoyang/Kenda?||Tektro HD||House brand parts||??||$699.00|
|Nukeproof Cub Scout 24||Hardtail||Alum||Box four 8 8spd||Manitou J Unit 100 mm||WTB/Vee CG||Tektro HD||Kid specific house components/Internal routing||24.64 lbs||$1,348.80|
|Orange Zest 24||Hardtail||Alum||Sram NX 11 spd||Strange Edition Spinner Grind||House/Kenda SB8||Tektro HD||Meets all the needs of real mtb||24 lbs||$1,300.00|
|Pello Reyes||Hardtail||Alum||Sram X5/X7 9 spd||Alu fork or RST First 60mm||Alex/Kend or CST||Tektro HD||140mm cranks, QR seat collar||22 to 24 lbs||$619 to $809 w/ fork|
|Prevelo Zulu 4||Hardtail||Alum||Shim Shadow 10 or SLX12||Heir Fork 80 mm||Stans Crest MK3||Tektro HD||Internal Cable routing, Slack headtube||23.24 lbs||$939.00|
|Rocky Mountain Soul||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Altus/Sunrace shifter||Suntour 80 mm XCR||House/Kenda Amrak||Tektro HD||House parts 24 or 26 wheels||??||$589.00|
|Rocky Mountain Vertex||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Deore||Suntour 80 mm XCR||House/Kenda Amrak||Shimano MT200||Nicer build than the Soul||??||$769.00|
|Salsa Timberjack 24||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Tourney/Altus||Suntour 80 mm XCR||Novatec/plus tires||Promax Mech disc||Plus tires||~29lbs||$559.00|
|Spawn Yama Jama 24||Hardtail||Alum||Sram NX||RS Reba 100 mm||Brood/House||Tektro HD||Internal Cable routing, house brand parts||??||$1,325.00|
|Specialized Riprock 24||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Tourney||SR Suntour 70mm||House Brand/Big Roller tires||Mech Disk||2.8 wide tires add “susp”||??||$525.00|
|Trailcraft Pineridge 24||Hardtail||Alum||Shim XT/XTR to Sram AXS||Custom TC 80 mm fork||Stans Crest MK3||Shim MT, Deore, XT||House brand parts, custom Fork||20.2 to 22.5 lbs||$1649.00 to $2399.00|
|Vitus Nucleus||Hardtail||Alum||Box four 8 8spd||Spinner Grind 24 65mm||Vitus/Schwalbe RR||Tektro HD||Clutch derialleur||??||$499.99|
|Vpace Max 24||Hardtail||Alum||Sram GX||Vpace Fork 60mm||Vpace/Schalbe RR||Magura MT4||Light weight HT||18.73 lbs||€1299 or $1579.78|
|Woom Off Air 5||Hardtail||Alum||Sram X5||RST 100 mm||Woom Brand||Promax Hydro||Rigid Fork or Front Sus||18.9 to 22.3 lbs||$879.00|
|Commencal Ramones||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Tourney||None||House rim/ Vee CG||Tektro Mech disk||24.25||$449.00|
|Framed Cable||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Acera 9 spd||Suntour 80 mm XCR||Alex rims/2.6 tires||Promax Mech disk||165mm crank arms are long||??||$419.95|
|GT Stomper Prime||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Tourney/Revo||All Terra 50mm||House/Kenda SB8||V brakes||??||$385.00|
|Scott Scale||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Altus/Tourney 8 spd||Suntour 80 mm XCR||Alex Rim/Kenda Booster||Tektro HD||26.46 lbs||$429.99|
|Tair Cycles Ripper||Hardtail||Carbon||Sram NX – GX/Shim XT||RS Reba 100mm||Stans Crest MK3/Vittoria Barzo TNT||Shimano XT||Carbon Frame||??||$2,099 – $2,799|
|Trek Roscoe||Hardtail||Alum||Shimano Altus/Tourney 8 spd||None||House/Chen Shin 2.8||Tektro HD||Kids plus wheels. Rigid||25.58 lbs||$499.99|
|Commencal Clash 24||Full Suspension||Alum||Sram NX||RS Delux 145mm/ Manitou Machete 145mm||Spank Spoon/Vee Flowsnap||Shim MT 501||Full Sus – optimized for kids 7 to 12 and small adult||30.64 lbs||$2,799.00|
|Cube Stereo 240||Full Suspension||Alum||Sram GX 1×11||Manitou Machete J Unit 120mm/Manitou Radium shock||Sunringle Duroc/Schwalbe Hans Dampf||Magura MT30||Full Manitou Suspension package||26.67 lbs||€1999.00 or $2429.53|
|Early Rider Hellion X24||Full Suspension||See Lil Shredder Phenom||Shimano Deore||RST First 120mm, DNM rear||House/Vee Crown Gem||Shimano SLX||Early Rider and Lil Shredder merged||25.35 lbs||$1,999.00|
|Kona Process 24||Full Suspension||Alum||Shimano Deore 10 Spd||RS Deluxe 100mm/ Manitou Machete J Unit 120 mm||Alex DM/ Kenda Kinetics||Shimano Deore||Dropper routing. Nice parts||??||$2,099.00|
|Lil Shredder Phenom||Full Suspension||Alum||Sold as a frame and shock or custom complete builds||See Early Rider for details||Part of Early Rider||25.35||$1350.00 for frame and shock|
|Marin Rift Zone Jr||Full Suspension||Alum||Shimano Deore 10 Spd||X-Fusion Velvet/ O2 Pro 120mm||House/Vee Flow Snap||Shimano MT201||Upgrade to 26″ wheels, internal routing||??||$1,679.00|
|Meekboyz Megabeast||Full Suspension||Carbon||Sram X01||Fox X2/Fox 36 Float||Carbon House||Sram Guides||Full on kids DH bike||26.5 lbs||$7,850.00|
|Norco Fluid FS 1 & 2 24||Full Suspension||Alum||Sram NX/SX||Fox Float/Manitou J Unit 145mm||Sunringle Duroc/ Maxxis Minions||Shim MT 500||JD Trans X Dropper Post||29 lbs||$1699 to $2299|
|Propain Yuma||Full Suspension||Alum||Sram GX Eagle||RS Deluxe 140mm/ Manitou Machete 145mm||1st Ride/ Vee Flow Snap||Sram Guides||Basically a DH bike for kids/ 24 -26 wheels||28.66 lbs||“TBA”|
|Rocky Mountain Reaper||Full Suspension||Alum||Shimano Deore 10 Spd||RS Monarch 130mm/ Suntour Raidon 130mm||WTB/Vee CG||Shimano MT210||Ride 9 Chip Adjustment. Cool looking….mini Slayer!||28.2 lbs||$1,979.00|
|Rossignol All Track Trail 24||Full Suspension||Alum||Sram X5 1×10||RS Monarch/ Silver 30 100mm||House/??||Tektro HD||Single Pivot Susp.||30.64 lbs||$1,599.95|
|Scott Ransom 600||Full Suspension||Alum||Shimano Deore 11 spd||X-Fusion Slant/ X-Fusion R (kids tune) 130, 140||Syncros/ Kenda Hellcat||Shimano MT500||24 – 26 Wheels, Syncros parts build||30.64 lbs||$1,699.99|
|Slater Mobster||Full Suspension||Alum||Not sold w/ frame||150mm – DNM shock with frame||Not Sold with Frame||Not sold w/ frame||Frame, shock, headset and seat collar||?? Variable||$700 for frame/shock|
|Spawn Rokk 24||Full Suspension||Alum||Sram NX 11 Spd||RS Deluxe/Revelation 140mm||Brood (House Brand)/ Brood Tires||Sram Level||Chainstay flip chip/Adjust up to 26″ wheels||29.78 lbs||$2,350.00|
|Trailcraft Maxwell||Full Suspension||Alum||Variable Sram AXS to Shimano XTR||Monarch R 100mm/RST Snyper 100mm or Rockshox Reba||Stans Crest MK3/Vee CG||Shimano (variable)||Highly customizable||22 lbs to 25 lbs||$3199 – $4399|
|Transition Ripcord||Full Suspension||Alum||Sram NX||RS Monarch R/ Judy Fork 100mm||Stans Arch D/ Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR||Shimano MT410||Sweet looking rig||28.8||$1,699.00|
|Vpace Moritz 24||Full Suspension||Alum||Sram GX||Fox Float/Vpace house fork 120mm||House/Schwalbe RR||Magura||House parts -supposed to fit kids on 20″ bikes||~22 lbs||€1999 or $2429.62|
|YT Jeffsey Primus JP 24||Full Suspension||Alum||Sram NX||Manitou Machete J Unit 130mm/ Manitou McLeod||Sunringle Duroc/Maxxis Minion||Sram Guide||SDG Parts specc||27.11 lbs||$1,899.00|
How to Choose a 24″ Mountain Bike
Things To Consider When Choosing
Most 24″ mountain bikes are appropriate for kids in the 8 to 11 year old age range. Of course, this is widely variable depending on the size of the child, and the geometry of the specific bike you are looking at. The best thing to do is to measure your child’s inseam and compare it to both the stand over height of the mountain bike you are considering and the minimum seat height. Of course, it is also awesome to be able to demo a bike before buying it to make sure it fits and is comfortable for your child. Unfortunately, it is harder to find demos and local dealers for kids bikes than it is for adult bikes.
Type of Riding
We’ve divided all the bikes listed here into two categories: either hard tails or full suspension. The full suspension bikes are true mountain bikes that are intended to ride chunder and provide the support that only a full suspension can whereas, most of the hardtails will be lighter and better suited for general trail riding. For the select few, there are only a few true downhill bikes offered with 24″ wheels, and they come with a pretty hefty pricetag. That said, the cost is worth it if you have a child who is serious about downhill riding.
The “hard tail and full suspension” bikes that we have listed are capable of both downhill and trail riding. This is ideal for most families who will do both trail riding as well as lift-served bike park type riding. These bikes also have the added benefit of being built for general mountain biking, and saving you the expense of multiple mountain bikes if you plan on doing riding in both disciplines.
The more suspension a mountain bike has the better suited it is going to be for true downhill mountain biking. Also, the more aggressive your child is, the more important bigger suspension is going to become. If you plan on using this bike primarily for bike park and shuttle riding, we recommend looking for a mountain bike with AT LEAST 140mm of travel. There are a couple of these on our list above. If you plan on doing a bunch of trail riding, with some downhill days thrown in, you might be able to get by with a little less. In general (but not always), the less travel there is, the lighter the overall build is.
This one should be obvious, yet we see way too many kids out on the trails riding mountain bikes that are WAY too heavy. In fact, many of the bikes on this list weigh more than my mountain bike, and I weigh double what most kids this age weigh. That’s a serious bike weight to body weight ratio issue.
The weight of a downhill mountain bike is far less important than the weight of a cross-country mountain bike. That said, you shouldn’t discount weight all together. Kids at this age still do not have the upper-body strength and dexterity of an adult. Give a kid a bike that is too heavy and they will have trouble maneuvering and jumping the bike. They will also get tired sooner. Buy the lightest bike with the most travel that you can afford.
Of course, the lightest bikes on the list are also the most expensive. Try to opt for the lightest bike you can afford.
You’ll thank me when your child is riding faster, having more fun, and complaining less.
Hydraulic Disc Brakes vs Mechanical Disc Brakes vs V-Brakes
We’ve intentionally NOT included any bikes on this list that have v-brakes. I’m sure your mountain bike doesn’t have v-brakes anymore and we don’t think your child’s should either. The benefits of disc brakes are too great, and the price has come down enough that they are reasonably affordable.
The question then comes on whether to choose hydraulic disc brakes or mechanical disc brakes.
The easy answer is to buy a bike with hydraulic disc brakes. They offer better stopping power and are much easier for small hands to pull without experiencing fatigue.
That said, the bikes on this list with hydros are more expensive so this is one area where you can cut some cost. Mechanical disc brakes are also easier to maintain, so if you don’t like working on bikes that’s something to consider.
Still, if you can afford it, go with the hydraulic disc brakes.
Ah, the great tire size debate. For some reason this issue causes more upset than any other, so I’ll prepare myself for the fire that’s sure to come.
We believe the best tire size for kids this age is between 2.1″ and 2.3″. This provides plenty of traction and volume without adding rotational weight. The biggest issue with plus-sized tires for kids is that they tend to be heavy and as we already established the lighter the bike, the happier the kid.
Still, there are some legit reasons to choose a larger tire. First off, a higher-volume tire is often a better choice than a sub-par suspension fork for creating a plush ride. Second, plus-sized tires create the ability to ride a bike year-round since kids are light enough to ride plus-sized tires even in the snow.
Coil Fork vs. Air Fork vs. Rigid Fork
Again, we come up against budget constraints, but whenever possible, choose a bike with an air-sprung fork. They are lighter and infinitely better performing than a coil fork.
Another option is to choose a mountain bike with a rigid fork. This is a super legit option especially for kids riding mellow or buff trails. A rigid fork saves a ton of weight and might be all your child really needs if they aren’t riding technical trails.
This stuff is less important….unless you’re a serious mountain bike aficionado (like I am). If you’re truly looking for the BEST mountain bike for your child, then don’t forget to pay attention to:
- Frame Geometry — What kind of riding is your child going to be doing? Pick a bike with appropriate geometry. Kids who plan on racing will be best off with a more aggressive design like that on the Trailcraft. If your kiddo is going to be spending most of their time at the bike park, look for slacker geo like that found on the Prevelo Zulu 4 HEIR.
- Internal Routing For a Dropper Post — Want to put a dropper post on your kiddos bike? A dropper can be hugely helpful for quick seat drops before a big downhill. But if you think you might add one, make sure to look for a bike that offers internal routing, because adding a dropper without routing, while possible, is a bit of a pain.
- Tubeless Tires — If it was up to us, every kid’s bike would have tubeless-ready rims and tires. It allows tires to be run at lower pressures for better traction. And nearly eliminates flat tires.
- Thru-Axle – Chances are, your mountain bike has a thru-axle. We think your kids mountain bike should have one too. Compared to a quick-release, a thru-axle provides greater stability and safety.
- Crank Length – The best crank length for kids this age are between 140mm and 150mm. The smaller you child and the shorter their legs, the shorter the optimal crank length. Anything over 150mm I would think twice about.