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Best 24″ Downhill / Full Suspension Mountain Bikes for Kids

best 24 inch downhill 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 downhill mountain bikes in smaller sizes.

Here are the best 24″ downhill mountain bikes available.  Some of these are purpose-built DH rigs, others are more trail-oriented full-suspension bikes that are capable of serving at the bike park as well.  From budget to anxiety-inducing price-tags, we’ve rounded up them all.


Lil Shredder Phenom

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Lil Shredder is a mountain bike company specifically for kids — which means their bikes aren’t an afterthought to bigger, more grown up bikes.  The Lil Shredder Phenom is their 24″ DH/Trail offering.  The frame is handcrafted in the USA and can be built up with your choice of components.

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Meekboyz Mega Beast

meekboyz mega beast

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+.

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Commencal Clash 24

commencal clash 24 inch mountain bike

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.

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Trailcraft Maxwell 24

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 100mm fork and Monarch R 100mm shock.

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Slater Mobster DH

slater mobster 24 inch downhill bike

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.

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Kona Process 24

kona process 24

You can’t go wrong with the Kona Process 24. This is a recent upgrade to the previous Kona Stinky 24. The bike offers 100mm of travel, a Manitou Machete fork, in-house components, and Kenda tires.

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Norco Fluid FS 4.2

norco fluid FS 4.2

Like Kona, the Norco Fluid FS 4.2 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 bike boasts 100 mm Rockshox A.R.T. suspension design, Maxxis 2.0 Snyper tires, and a mixed bag of components –Shimano drivetrain, Novatec hubs, Alex rims, Tektro brakes, and in-house Norco components. It comes with a JD TransX dropper post, which we haven’t seen on many of the other bikes.

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Spawn Rokkusuta 24

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From 12″ to 24″ bikes, Spawn offers some of the nicest mountain bikes available for kids.  The Spawn Rokkusuta 24 is a highly-capable full-suspension steed.  It uses a Horst Link suspension design and O2 Pro RLX rear shock. 

Other components include X-Fusion Velvet fork, SRAM Guide Brakes, and SRAM GX drivetrain.  The bike comes stock with Kenda Small Block Eight tires (2.1). At this size and for downhill riding, I think kids need a beefier tire.   Spawn offers the Brood Maxtion 2.3, a much beefier tire that’s well worth the upgrade.

Read Review: Spawn Rokkusuta

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Transition Ripcord

Transition Ripcord

The Transition Ripcord is a good 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 of SRAM, Shimano, and WTB.  Other parts include lightweight 100mm front and rear Rockshox travel,  Kenda Kinetic 2.35 tires, and Jalco wheels. 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.

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Rocky Mountain Reaper

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 (120/130 mm travel front and rear respectively). adjustable geo chip and quality component spec.  

Usually, a bike has more front travel than rear if not equally matched, but with the Reaper Rocky Mountain designed in a little extra in the rear so it can be run very plush — up to 50% sag.  

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.

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Propain Yuma

propain yuma 24" mountain bike

You might have a bit of trouble figuring out how to import the Propain Yuma into the United States, but we’ve heard it can be done.  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 Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires.

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Mondraker Factor 24

mondraker factor 24

A little on the small side, as far as travel is concerned, but the Mondraker Factor 24 is a nice bike that could handle some downhill riding. It’s also 26″ wheelset compatible, so this is a bike your child can actually use for a while.

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 Cube Stereo 140 Youth

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Cube is available in the EU and offers some world class mountain bikes. The Stereo 140 Youth is trail oriented, but considering your grom’s pint size, it can serve as an occasional DH rig as well.

The Suntour Aion RC fork provides the plush front suspension while a Suntour DUAir shock does all the work out back. A 1×11 Sram NX groupset, Magura MT brakes and Schwalbe Nobby Nic 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.

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Whyte T120

Although the Whyte T120 can be considered more cross country-oriented, considering the size of the riders and the amount of travel, it is more than capable of offering full-on downhill duty.

With ample amounts of travel, internal routing and a component build that rivals any of the other bikes listed here, the T120 is ready to charge down the mountain. The 13” frame does come stock with 26” wheels but the frame can certainly accept 24” wheels and would be able to size up to the bigger wheels when your child is ready.

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Marin Hawk Hill Jr

marin hawkhill 24 inch mountain bike

Marin has created their entry into the kid’s market with the Hawk Hill 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 Hawk Hill Jr can upgrade from 24-inch wheels to 26-inch wheels extending the life of the bike much longer.

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Comparison Chart: 24″ Downhill 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.

BikePrice (MSRP)Weight (lbs)Geo ConfigurationFrame Material/DesignDrivetrain/ShiftersBrake SystemSuspension Travel (f/r)Front ForkRear ShockRimsTiresAxle Configuration (f/r)Addt'l Componentry24 to 26Addtl Features
Rocky Mtn Reaper$1,949DH and TrailAlu AlloyShimanoShimano120mm / 130mmSuntour Epixon LO DS 120Rockshox Monarch RWTB SX 17Maxxis Snyper 24 2.09mm QR / 9mm QRRocky Mtn brandedYesRIde 9 Chip
Lil Shredder Phenom$3495.00 (frame with shock 1395)DH and TrailAlu AlloyShimanoShimano??Fox FloatFox FloatSunringle EnvySchwalbe Fat Albert15 mm / 142x12MixNoNo
Meek Boyz Beast$8,65026.5DH SlackCarbonSram/HopeSRAM180 mm / 180 mmFox 36 FloatFox X2Meekboyz CarbonMaxxis 24 2.515 mm / 142x12MixNoNo
Commencal Clash 24$2,19930.2DH and TrailAlu AlloySRAMTektro145 mm / 135 mmManitou Junit 24Manitou Mcleod NinoAlex Rims MD30Vee Tire Co Flowsnap 2.415 mm / 148x12MixNoNo
Propain Yuma$2,086.0027.1DH and TrailAlu AlloySRAMFormula140 mm / 140 mmManitou MinuteRockshox Deluxe RTAlex Rims MD30Schwalbe Black Jack15 mm / 142x12First Ride (Propain childrens brand)YesNo
Transition Ripcord$999 - $1699.0028.7DH and TrailAlu AlloySRAMShimano100 mm / 100 mmRochshox Silver TKRockshox Monarch RJalco DD28Kenda Kinetics 24 2.3515 mm / 135x10MixYesNo
Norco Fluid 24$1,749DH and TrailAlu AlloyShimanoTektro100 mm / 100 mmRockshox ReconRockshox Monarch RAlex Rims DP21Maxxis Snyper 24 2.0QR / QRMixNoDropper Post
Spawn Rokkusuta$2,195.00DH and TrailAlu AlloySRAMSRAM140 mm / 140 mmX-Fusion VelvetX-Fusion 02 Pro RLXBrood TR 27 (additional cost)Kenda Small Block 8 2.115 mm / 142x12MixNoBrood Component Options
Kona Process 24$1,999.00DH and TrailAlu AlloyShimanoShimano100 mm / 100 mmManitou Machete Comp Air 100mmRockShox Deluxe Select Solo AirAlex DM 24Kenda Kinetics 2.3515 mm / 12mmMixNoNo
Trailcraft Maxwell 24$1350 - $299924.0DH and TrailAlu AlloyShimanoShimano100 mm / 100 mmRST SnyperRockshox Monarch RStansSchwalbe Rocket Rons15mm/135x12MixNoNo
Slater Mobster DH$950.00 (Frame/Shock Only)DH SlackAlu AlloyNo spec listedNo spec listed150 - 170 / 150No spec listed (Aion in picture)No spec listed (looks like a Fox Float)No spec listedNo spec listedNot listed (appears to be 15 mm / 9 mmNo spec listedYesNo
Mondraker Factor 2425.1DH and TrailAlu AlloySRAMSRAM80 mm / 90 mmRockshox 30Rockshox Monarch RMDK XP1 24Kenda SB8 2.115mm/142x12SRAMYesNo
Cube Stereo 120 Youth$1,978.4830.6DH and TrailAlu AlloySRAMMagura120 mm / 120mmSR Suntour XCR34 AirSR Suntour Edge R
Whyte T120DH and TrailAlu AlloyShimano/SunraceTektro120 mm / 120mmSR RaidonRockShox Deluxe RTWTB STp i25WTB Trail Boss, 2.2515mm / 12mmMixYes
Marin Hackhill $1,599DH and TrailAlu AlloyShimanoShimano120 mm / 120mmX-Fusion Velvet RLCX-Fusion O2 Pro RMarinVee Tire Co, Flow Snap 24x2.4"15mm / 135mmMixYes

How to Choose a 24″ Downhill Mountain Bike

24" downhilll mountain bikes for kids
Photo from Rocky Mountain

Sizing

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.

Geometry and Type of Riding

We’ve divided all the bikes listed here into two categories: either “downhill slack” or “DH and Trail”  (see comparison chart above).  The Downhill Slack bikes are true downhill mountain bikes that are intended only for lift-serve and shuttle riding.   Unfortunately, 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 “DH and Trail” 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 a bit more affordable, and saving you the expense of multiple mountain bikes if you plan on doing riding in both disciplines.

Suspension

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.

Weight

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.

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8 thoughts on “Best 24″ Downhill / Full Suspension Mountain Bikes for Kids”

  1. Great post, thanks for the feedback. I’ll be heading to Utah in about a week, any family day trails (just passing through) you recommend in Salt Lake area?

    • We love Trailside Bike Park and the Round Valley trails in Park City. Fun for all ages. The Draper Bike Park and corner canyon trails in Draper are family faves as well. You can find them all on Trailforks. Hope you have fun and let me know if you have any questions.

    • People who are dedicated to MTB and spend several times this on their own bikes. It’s not far off other expensive sports like downhill skiing or high end hockey equipment. These bikes hold value very every well, so people recover a lot of their initial investment on the used market, but yeah, that sticker shock is real.

    • These are top of the line bikes. The bad news is that these prices are unlikely to go down. But please don’t let this article discourage you, there are plenty of affordable 24 in bikes. And kids looooove riding bikes, any bike…

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