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10 Best 24 Inch Mountain Bikes For Kids

Author: Blair Burton

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We have tested, reviewed, researched, and surveyed our community to come up with a list of the best 24 inch mountain bikes. These include hardtail mountain bikes as well as full suspension mountain bikes.

At the top of our list of 24 inch hardtails is the Woom OFF Air. Our favorite full suspension option is the Trailcraft Maxwell 24. These are both bikes that my son has thrived on and has ridden and tested everywhere from the smooth trails of Boise, ID to the bike park at Whistler.

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.

woom off air

Our Top Picks

BikeWhat Makes It SpecialPrice
HARDTAILS
1Woom OFF Air 5Light build, RST air fork, exceptional value$1,099
2Trailcraft PineridgeSuper light build, Stans Crest MK3 wheels$1,499+
3Prevelo Zulu 4Slack geometry, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, Heir Fork$1,299
4Spawn Yama Jama 24Rock Shox Reba 100mm fork, Brood 2.3 tires$1,550
FULL SUSPENSION
5Trailcraft Maxwell 24Super light build, Stans Crest MK3 wheels, Highly Customizable$2,499+
6Spawn Rokk 24Flip chip/Up to 26 wheels, Brood (House brand) components$2,950
7Commencal Clash 24145mm Travel, Shimano brakes, Spank wheels$3,400
8Transition Ripcord 24Full Rockshox suspension specc, Shimano brakes, Stans wheels$1,899
BUDGET
9Cleary ScoutBeautiful paint job, internal routing for dropper$820
10Pello ReyesLightweight rigid fork, great value$679

Woom Off Air 5

woom off air

Price: $1,099

Reasons To Buy

✅Lightweight
✅Exceptional value
✅Carbon fork OR suspension fork
✅Thru-axles and tubeless ready
✅ Excellent stock pedals

Reasons To Avoid

❌ External cable routing
❌ 80mm travel won’t be enough for more aggressive riders

The Woom Off Air 5 is our favorite 24 inch hardtail thanks to its incredibly lightweight (23 lbs) and exceptional value. No, it’s not cheap, but it offers more bang for your buck than any other bike on this list. If you want to go even lighter and cheaper, you can opt for the rigid fork, but most kids will be best served with the 80mm RST air fork.

With a SRAM drivetrain, Promax hydraulic disc brakes, thru-axles, and Schwalbe Rocket Ron’s, your little ones can race cross country AND still have enough durability in the bike to conquer chunky trails. The newest model of the bike also has routing for an internally routed dropper and a tubeless ready wheelset.

Something that also sets the OFF apart is the fact that it comes with really impressive pedals. The rest of the bikes on this list come with throw-away stock pedals, which means you’ll need to budget in the additional expense of a good pair of pedals.

The only thing we don’t love about the bike are the externally routed cables. Yes, it makes maintenance easier but it also looks a little messy.

Read Review: Woom Off Review

Trailcraft Pineridge

trailcraft pineridge

Price: $1,499 – $4,599

Reasons To Buy

✅Tons of customization options
✅ Can build REALLY light
✅ High quality component options
✅ Fun, bright colors

Reasons To Avoid

❌ No thru axles
❌ More aggressive, XC geometry won’t suit all riders

With multiple build kits and color options, the Trailcraft Pineridge 24 is a versatile cross-country ripper for your young ones. While we would probably select the cheapest full build available, you can build this one up as fancy (and as expensive as you would like).

The base level build weighs in at 21.75 lbs and it only gets lighter the more you raise the price tag. Is it worth spending the extra money to save a couple of pounds? We’ll let you decide, but for petite riders or families who do a lot of climbing, it may very well be.

Trailcraft also offers a carbon version if your little person is SPOILED!

kid riding the trailcraft pineridge

One thing that helps the Trailcraft stand apart is the option to choose your chain ring size. This is awesome especially for families who live in the mountains as many kids mountain bikes are over geared for big climbs.

Other than the steep price, the biggest drawback of the bike is that it does NOT have thru-axles. Most modern mountain bikes (even those for kids) offer thru-axles for stability and safety.

Read Review: Trailcraft Blue Sky 20 (smaller version of the Pineridge)

Prevelo Zulu 4

prevelo zulu mountain bike

Price: $1,299

Reasons To Buy

✅100 mm of suspension
✅ Lightweight
✅ In-house HEIR components
✅ Internal cable routing

Reasons To Avoid

❌ Pedal upgrade is additional $

The Prevelo Zulu 4 is an eye-catching hardtail designed for small riders. The newest version (updated for 2024), is a mere 22 pounds, and has all the bells and whistles.

The bike has a modern, slack geometry design and plenty of plushness up front to allow the mini shredder in your life to not only keep up but remain comfortable and really open up on the trail. The new Zulu has a 100mm RST fork, which performs well and offers more travel than the Woom OFF AIR or the Trailcraft Pineridge.

The Zulu comes with tubeless ready tires and wheels, and the front and rear through axles offer lateral stiffness and make for one burley ride. The addition of internal routing allows for a dropper post as well.

The Zulu has a lot going for it. Compared to the Woom OFF AIR, it’s about a pound lighter, has an extra 20mm of travel and internal cable routing, but comes at a $200 premium. Considering the OFF comes with quality pedals, and the Prevelo HEIR pedals are an additional cost, it really ends up being more like a $300 premium.

Read Review: Prevelo Zulu 3 HEIR (smaller version of the Zulu 4) and Zulu 5 (larger version)

Spawn Yama Jama 24

Price: $1,550

Reasons To Buy

✅ Top notch components
✅ Higher end 100mm fork
✅ Durable build
✅ Internal cable routing

Reasons To Avoid

❌ Integrated saddle
❌ Heavier

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.

The Spawn Yama Jama was recently redesigned and can now be purchased with 22 inch wheels for kiddos not quite ready for 24″ wheels. Or, stick to the Spawn 24 for bigger kids.

spawn yama jama riding in the forest

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 hydraulic disc brakes. There’s nothing on the bike that’s off-brand or sub-par.

It is not as light as the Trailcraft Pineridge despite the similar price point, but it does offer more travel (100mm) and a burlier build.

Our only real complaint is that the saddle is integrated into the seatpost, so if you want to buy a dropper, you have to buy a new saddle too.

Read Our Review: Spawn Yama Jama

Trailcraft Maxwell 24

trailcraft maxwell 24

Price: $2,499 to $4,899

Reasons To Buy

✅ Lightest full suspension bike around
✅ Highly customizable
✅ Top notch components
✅ Climbs well

Reasons To Avoid

❌ No rear thru axle

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.”

This a more trail-oriented full suspension bike than the other bikes listed below. It climbs as well as it descends, but it can hold it’s own on the occasional lift-served day as well.

Like the Trailcraft Pineridge (listed above), the Maxwell is highly customizable. That said, we recommend the reasonably priced “Pro” build that comes with everything your child will need so you won’t have to upgrade down the road. This includes an optional dropper post, Stans Crest MK3 wheels, Shimano Deore, Rockshox Reba 120mm fork and Monarch R 120mm shock.

Our only complaint is the lack of a thru-axle on the rear wheel, which feels like a miss at this price point.

Read Our Review: Trailcraft Maxwell

Spawn Rokk 24

spawn rokk 24

Price: $2,950

Reasons To Buy

✅ Convertible wheels (24″ to 26″)
✅ Brood components
✅ High quality fork

Reasons To Avoid

❌ Must replace saddle if you add a dropper

From 12″ to 27.5″ 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. Take note of the “flip-chip” bolt on the rear of the chainstay. It uses a Horst Link suspension design and Rockshox Deluxe rear shock. 

Spawn Rokk DH2

Other components include Rockshox Revelation 140mm fork, SRAM Level T 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.

The only bummer about the bike, is that like the Spawn Yama Jama, it comes with an integrated pivotal saddle, so if you add a dropper post, you’ll have to buy a new saddle as well.

Read Review: Spawn Rokk

Commencal Clash 24

commencal clash 24

Price: $3,400

Reasons To Buy

✅ Lots of travel
✅ Comes with dropper post
✅ Top notch components

Reasons To Avoid

❌ Expensive

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. Although this bike is not a full-on DH design, it’s modern frame with reach and angle numbers to rival the greatest enduro bikes (with kids sizing in mind of course), make it well-suited for downhill and enduro-style riding.

The 145mm of front and rear suspension travel provides a plush and responsive ride, giving young shredders the confidence to tackle challenging terrain like rocks, roots, and drops. The burly build is further enhanced by the high-volume Schwalbe Big Betty tires, our favorite SDG Jr saddle, and Hayes brakes.

kid riding the commencal clash

We also really appreciate that the Clash comes with a dropper post so you don’t have to mess with adding one after the fact. All in all, this is a solid build that can take beatings from multiple days at the bike park and keep trucking.

The biggest drawback is the price tag, but for families who love to shred, it will be worth it.

Transition Ripcord

Reasons To Buy

✅ Efficient pedaling design
✅ Beautiful paint job
✅ All brand name components
✅ Competitive price point

Reasons To Avoid

❌Heavy for a trail bike

Price: $1,899

The Transition Ripcord is a great all-around 24″ bike for kids.  It is efficient 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.

The one complaint we do have is the weight. It is 28.8 pounds which puts it on par with some of the bigger travel bikes on this list.

Cleary Scout 24

cleary scout kids mountain bike

Price: $820

Reasons To Buy

✅ Affordable option
✅ Beautiful paint job
✅ Dropper post compatible and internal routing

Reasons To Avoid

❌ Component spec is a bit lower end
❌ Heavy for a hardtail

The Cleary Scout is a trail worthy rig thanks to the 80mm air fork, modern geometry, and internal routing for a dropper post. (Dropper not included, however). 

For just over $1,000 this bike offers quite a bit of bang for your buck.  It also happens to look really good.

cleary scout 26 in action

Compared to the more expensive hardtails on our list, the Cleary Scout has lower end, off-brand components like the Nutt brakes. Additionally, it’s awfully heavy for a hardtail weighing in around the same weight as some of the more enduro-oriented bikes on this list including the Spawn Rokk and Commencal Clash.

If you’re on a budget, however, the Scout is still a good option. It’s durable, and has a lifetime warranty.

Read Our Review: Cleary Scout

Pello Reyes

pello mountain bike

Price: $679

Reasons To Buy

✅ Lightweight
✅ Good value
✅ Works for trails AND around town riding

Reasons To Avoid

❌ Rigid fork will limit what trails your child can ride
❌ Mechanical disc brakes can cause hand fatigue for little riders

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 provides both. (If you do have more to spend, you can add a 60mm air fork).

The bike is light (22 pounds) and is a fast climber. For mellow singletrack trails, the Reyes is perfect.

pello reddi mountain biking

In addition, a build with tubeless-ready wheels, Shimano drivetrain, and super compact geometry rounds out a nice package. The bike comes in three colors now: orange, corral, and teal.

One thing to be aware of is that the bike has mechanical rather than hydraulic disc brakes. They do a decent job, but they will cause more hand fatigue for little hands. Still, for the price, this bike can’t be beaten.

Read Review: Pello Reddi (smaller version)

More Options

We’ve tried to create a comprehensive list of 24 inch mountain bikes. While these bikes didn’t make our top picks, we’re including them here in case you want even more options or to continue your research.

  • Frog MTB 62 ($1,230) – 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.
  • Nukeproof Cub Scout 24 (£1,249.99) – A Manitou J Unit Machete (100 mm) fork, Shimano 10 speed drivetrain with a wide gearing ratio, WTB rims with Maxxis Minion DHF’s, and Clarks HD disc brakes bring this build right to 25.79 pounds.
  • Specialized Riprock Expert 24 ($1,500) – Much like their Jett series of cruiser bikes, the youth mountain bike line at Specialized has received some much needed upgrades. Gone are the heavy plus tires and a clunky fork that inhibited the bike and rider. Now with a Manitou Machete J-Unit fork (100mm), internal cable routing, Sram brakes and a Sram drivetrain, the Riprock is ready to rip….rocks….and trails in general.
  • Early Rider Seeker 24 ($899) – These British bikes are absolutely beautiful! The brushed aluminum frame is complemented by a solid component build that includes Promax hydraulic disc brakes, Vee Crown Gem tires, and a rigid fork keeping weight down to 21.94 pounds.   
  • Commencal Meta HT ($1,250) – The bike’s fork has 120mm of travel, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, a Sram NX drivetrain, and Maxxis Minion tires.  At 26.67 pounds it’s not THE lightest mountain bike around, but with the build spec it is tough to be beat.
  • Norco Rampage 1 24 ($1,349) – The Norco Rampage is a dirt jumper hardtail with sliding dropouts and a single-speed setup. Parents can convert it to a geared trail bike if desired. It includes a Manitou Machete J-Unit fork (100mm), boost frame spacing, and Tektro disc brakes.
  • Marin San Quentin 24 ($1,099) – The Marin San Quentin pairs a Rockshox Judy fork, Shimano brakes, and Vee Crown Gem tires for a reliable hardtail. This model might change soon due to an anticipated update.
  • Rocky Mountain Vertex JR 24 ($909) – Features an 80mm Suntour fork, Shimano drivetrain, disc brakes, and Kenda Amrak tires. Rocky Mountain also makes a smaller version of their popular Growler hardtail.
  • Tair Cycles Ripper ($2,900) – A high-end carbon frame bike with wheel sizes ranging from 24″ to 27.5″. Offers Sram NX, GX, or Shimano XT drivetrains, Shimano XT brakes, and a Rockshox Reba SL fork.
  • Fezzari Lone Peak 24 ($797) – A direct-to-consumer bike with a Sram SX drivetrain, Tektro hydraulic brakes, 80mm Suntour XCR fork, and 2.6” Vee Crown Gem tires. Fezzari offers discounts on their website.
  • Rocky Mountain Growler 24 ($929) – Features an aluminum frame, Microshift drivetrain, Shimano brakes, and 2.6” Kenda tires. The 80mm Suntour XCM fork provides front-end cushioning.
  • Kona Honzo 24 ($699) – The Kona Honzo 24 has 2.6” wide tires, an 80mm Suntour fork, a Shimano Altus drivetrain, and Tektro brakes.
  • Trek Roscoe 24 ($569.99) – A quality 24” mountain bike with a Shimano drivetrain, Tektro mechanical disc brakes, and 2.8” mid-fat tires. Its weight is a bit high, but the tires help provide cushioning.
  • Scott Scale 24 ($729.99) – A lightweight, race-oriented bike with a 50mm fork and Tektro disc brakes. Its geometry supports aggressive riding, and it weighs less than 26.5 pounds.
  • Scott Ransom 600 ($2,199) – 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.
  • Chromag Minor Threat ($3,378) – With a full Rockshox suspension build and Sram NX/GX drivetrain the bike is able to be pedaled up the mountain. Once at the top, the Minor Threat is ready to open up and use all of it’s 140/150 mm of travel on the way down
  • Rocky Mountain Reaper 24 ($2,239) – 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.
  • Marin Rift Zone Jr. ($1,799) – 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. The Rift Zone Jr can upgrade from 24-inch wheels to 26-inch wheels extending the life of the bike much longer.
  • Kona Process 24 ($2,399) – 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.
  • VPace Moritz 24 (€2,249) – The Moritz 24 is trail oriented, but considering your grom’s pint size, it can serve as an occasional DH rig as well. The Manitou fork provides the plush front suspension while a 125mm shock does all the work out back.
  • Propain Yuma ($2,400 ) – The bike can convert to a 26″ bike, growing with the kiddos as they sprout even further into their lives riding with mom and dad.  The Yuma boasts 140 mm travel with the Manitou Machete J-Unit fork, a Rockshox deluxe rear shock,Sram Guide brakes, Newmen Evolution wheels, and Vee Flow Snap tires.
  • Slate Mobster ($2,750) – This rad full suspension option has a trail setting (130mm) and a “DH” setting, offering 150mm of travel and super slack geometry.
  • Meekboyz 24″ Mega Beast ($8,350) – The 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. 
  • Mondraker F-Trick 24 (€1,999) – Zero Suspension System with a 120mm of travel keeps the bike plush and tracking over all of the rocks and roots.
  • Early Rider Hellion X24 ($2,199) – The Hellion X24 is a 24″ DH/trail bike built specifically for kids. It has 120mm of travel with an RST front fork and a DNM rear shock, alongside a Shimano drivetrain and brakes. The durable frame design and capable suspension allow young riders to tackle rocks and roots confidently.
  • Norco Fluid FS 24 ($2,499+) – The Fluid FS is a trail-oriented bike with a RockShox Deluxe R rear shock providing 120mm of travel, and a Manitou Machete J-Unit fork slackening the frame with 145mm of travel. It also includes a dropper post for versatile trail days and bike park adventures.
  • Cube Stereo 240 (€2,199) – This lightweight, 26.67-pound bike features a full 120mm Manitou suspension system, Magura brakes, and sturdy house-built wheels. The Cube Stereo 240 is optimized for both trail riding and bike park shredding, offering a versatile and durable option.
  • YT Jeffsy Primus JP 24 (€1,899+) – The Jeffsy Primus JP 24 is a mid-travel bike designed for 24″ riders, weighing in at 28 pounds. With Manitou suspension, Sunringle Duroc wheels, a Sram NX drivetrain, and SDG parts, it can confidently handle downhill and jump lines at the bike park while still being capable of climbing reasonably well.

How to Choose a 24″ Mountain Bike

Not sure how to choose amongst all the bikes listed here? Here are some things we’d recommend thinking about, as well as how our top picks stack up in key areas.

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. 

You should try to buy a bike that has a standover height as close as possible to your child’s inseam to give them plenty of time to grow with the bike. That said, don’t be tempted to buy a bike that’s TOO big–they will struggle on it!

The chart below shows the standover height of each bike on our list. (Numbers are in inches). The Trailcraft Pineridge is the smallest while the Commencal Clash has the highest standover.

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. 

Most kids will be best suited by a hardtail. They are generally lighter and better capable of climbing. They’re also more affordable.

That said, there are certainly families (ours included) that do some serious riding and have kids that need a full suspension bike. This includes those who are doing downhill lift served riding, enduro riding, or who live in an area with chunky, technical trails.

bike park on the trailcraft maxwell

Suspension

With the exception of the Pello, all of the bikes on our list have a suspension fork. The full suspension bikes also have a rear shock.

The more suspension (travel) a mountain bike has the better suited it is going to be for drops and technical riding.  Also, the more aggressive your child is, the more important bigger suspension is going to become. 

spawn yama jama fork

The hardtails on this list have forks between 80mm and 100mm of travel. This is plenty for most kids who are doing trail riding. If you live in an area with rocky trails, I’d opt for 100mm rather than 80mm.

The full suspension bikes have between 100mm and 145mm. 100mm will be better suited for trail riding. The more you go up from there, the better suited it will be for downhill riding.

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.  This includes the Spawn Rokk and the Commencal Clash 24. 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, so don’t overdo it.

The chart below shows how much travel each of the bikes on our list have (in mm).

Weight

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 chart below shows how the bikes on this list stack up in terms of weight. The Trailcraft Pineridge is the lightest hardtail, while the Trailcraft Maxwell is the lightest full suspension.

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.

trailcraft blue sky 20 brake rotors

Mechanical disc brakes, on the other hand, are cheaper and are simpler to maintain.

Still the price has come down enough on hydraulic disc brakes, and they’re so much easier for kids, you’ll notice that all of the bikes on our list (with the exception of the budget-minded Pello Reyes) have hydraulic brakes.

Tire Size

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.

pello rover kenda tires

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.

prevelo zulu heir front suspension

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.

The Extras

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.
  • 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 your child and the shorter their legs, the shorter the optimal crank length. Anything over 150mm I would think twice about.

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About Us

The Rascals are a family of three. Kristen (mom), Blair (dad), and Parker (kiddo). We started Rascal Rides when Parker was born and we didn’t want to give up our passion for biking. As we learned, we shared. Over the years, we’ve tested hundreds of kids bikes, helmets, bike trailers, and more.

Kristen is a USA Cycling certified coach and loves to share her passion for biking with other families. Blair is a bike geek, mechanic, and mountain bike junkie. Parker is our resident tester and inspiration.

If you see us out on the trail, make sure to say hi!

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21 thoughts on “10 Best 24 Inch 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?

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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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    • You should also not discount second hand as an option. Many of the bikes discussed here have been on the market for a number of years. There are many hardly used 24 inch bikes on Ebay. Your little one will in all likelihood only spend a year or two on the bike before going on to 26 or 27.5 inch, and a second hand bike with a few scratches will make no difference to them, but will cost you half the price.

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    • I picked up a used Kona Stinky 24 in excellent condition for $400 a couple years ago… you can find used full suspension bikes for 500.00 – 750.00 all day long on pinkbike, craigslist, etc.

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  2. I’m surprised none of the Nukeproof options are in the mix. The Cub Scout 20, 24 and 26″ bikes seem very competitive with these, at a slightly lower price.

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  3. Hi Kristen!
    I’m between the woom off 5 air and the zulu four (budget around $1000)
    Which would you recommend for a petite 7 year old (23″ inseam)? She joined a MTB team that meets 3 days a week riding XC trails and regular MTB trails (some uphill climbing on those days).
    Right now she’s on a woom 4 off and she loves the climbs but struggles a bit on descends (our trails are very rocky and sometimes steep). We’re looking to make the switch in December (when she turns 8) so she can grow a bit more and get stronger for a heavier bike.
    Has your son tried out the zulu four?

    Thank you!

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  4. A trail mountain bike is the second lightest among MTB types. Compared to a cross-country bike, a trail bike is an all-purpose MTB that you can use on steep and rough roads. They typically weigh around 13.2kg or 29lbs.

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