The 5 Best 24″ Kids Bikes for Ages 7-11

The Best 24 Inch Kids Bikes

Unless your family does serious mountain biking or serious road riding, most kids will be best served by an all-terrain, all-purpose bicycle.  The bikes on this list can nearly do it all.  They can serve as a commuter for rides to school and the ice cream shop.  They can do longer family bike trips such as the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota.

In general, 24-inch bikes are appropriate for kids in the 7 to 11 age range, although this can vary depending on the size of the child and the geometry of the individual bike.  (More on picking the correct-size bike later).

The list that follows contains our top picks for the best-quality 24-inch kids’ bikes.  We’ve also included a comparison chart and tips to help you pick the best bicycle for your child.

Note: If you are looking for a more niche-specific 24″ bike, try one of these articles instead:

The 5 Best 24″ Kids Bikes

Woom 5

woom 5 24" kids bike

Woom makes our favorite bikes for little kids, and they also make our favorite bikes for big kids.  The Woom 5 is exceptionally light and fast which makes it nice for long rides around town or even bike camping and touring.  It boasts high-quality parts such as SRAM 8-speed grip shifters, Kenda Small Block tires, and Jagwire cables.  And in spite of all this fabulous stuff, it still manages to be cheaper than our other “Top 5” picks.

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Prevelo Alpha Four

prevelo alpha four

There aren’t many kids bikes built with the same quality you would expect in an adult bike–but the Prevelo Alpha Four is one of them.  All of the components are top-notch including Tektro v-brakes, sealed cartridge bearings, and a Shimano drivetrain.   Thanks to this high-quality build the Alpha Four can be handed down (or sold) without a problem.

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Islabikes Beinn 24

islabikes beinn 24

Islabikes is THE original kid-specific bike company and maintains its excellent reputation and cult-like following.  Serious bike families LOVE Islabikes thanks to the child-appropriate geometry, lightweight, and resale value.  Thanks to accessories like fenders and a luggage rack, the bike is ideal for around-town commuting or longer tours.  The only bummer is the price–which is significant when compared to other 24-inch bikes.

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Frog 62

frog 62 kids bike

The Frog 62 is a flashy-looking, lightweight 24″ bike from the UK.  We like that it comes with two sets of tires–one slick and one knobby–so you can choose the best one for your child’s preferred style of riding.  In addition to the 8-speed Shimano drivetrain, the bike has custom-cranks, Tektro v-brakes, and fenders.

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Cleary Meerkat 24

Cleary Meerkat Kids Mountain Bike

The Cleary Meerkat is a BEAUTIFUL 24″ kids bike that performs as well as it looks.  The bike comes in a variety of bright colors and has a durable steel fork and frame.  The hydraulic disc brakes add lots of stopping power which makes them ideal for wet climates and cities with lots of hills.   Thanks to the beefy Kenda tires the bike is also ideal for riding gravel roads and other off-pavement trails.

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Honorable Mentions: 24 Inch Bikes

While we highly recommend the bikes on our Top 5 list, the following bicycles are worth a look as well.

Co-op Cycles REV CTY

co op cycles

If you have a 20% off coupon and an REI dividend burning a hole in your pocket, the Co-Op Cycles REV CTY is worth some serious consideration.  We like the Shimano drivetrain and the mechanical disc brakes that add stopping power, especially in wet weather.  What we don’t dig is the considerable weight–the REV CTY tips the scales at a hefty 26 pounds.

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Trek Precaliber 24

precaliber 24

With the Trek Precaliber, you get an affordable bike with a brand name and the opportunity to support your local dealer.  The bike is heavier than those in our Top 5 list, but it comes with decent components that will last thru a kid or two.  The bike has 7-speed Shimano grip shifters and Bontrager tires.

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Ridgeback Dimensions 24

ridgeback 24

The Ridgeback Dimensions 24 is a shiny, around-town bike that will look good locked up at school.  Ridgeback is another UK company that knows how to make nice kids bikes.  The aluminum frame included eyelets to install fenders and a rear-rack should you choose to do so.

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Comparison Chart: 24″ Kids Bikes

BikePrice (MSRP)Weight (lbs)Frame Material/DesignDrivetrain/ShiftersBrake SystemRimsTires
Woom 5$44918.8Alu AlloySRAMV-brakesSupa Dupa Hoops (In-House)Kenda Small Block 8
Trek Precaliber 24$29025.1Alu AlloyShimanoV-brakesBontragerBontrager XR1
Cleary Mearkat 24$46024.0SteelMicroShiftHydraulic DiscNAKenda Small Block 8
Prevelo Alpha 4$49921.2Alu AlloyShimanoV-brakesIn HouseKenda Small Block 8
Islabikes Beinn 24$65019.5Alu AlloySRAMV-brakesIn HouseIn House
Co-op Cycles REV CTY$37926.1Alu AlloyShimanoMechanical DiscIn HouseKenda Cosmos
Ridgeback Dimensions 24$45026.1Alu AlloyShimanoV-brakesIn HouseKenda Kwest
Frog 55$45020.3Alu AlloyShimanoV-brakesIn HouseKenda K154

How to Choose a 24 Inch Bicycle

If you’re not sure what you should be looking for when shopping for a 24″ bike, here is a quick primer.  You can also download our printable cheat sheet.

Budget

Because 24-inch bikes are *almost* adult-sized and have gears, they also are also *almost* the same price as adult bikes.  Expect to spend at least $300 when buying new and closer to $500 if you want the best.  If that’s more than you can afford, consider buying a used bike rather than downgrading to a big-box store bike.  If that’s the route you choose to go, check out our tips on how to find a quality used kids bike.

Age Range

The general rule of thumb for 24″ bikes is that they fit kids between 7 and 11 years old.  This can vary quite a bit though depending on the bike and the child.  Many manufacturers on this list market their bikes for kids ages 8 to 12, so make sure to look at the sizing chart for a specific bike before buying.  Measure your child’s height and inseam and compare it to the manufacturer’s specs.

Weight

The weight of a bike can make a HUGE difference in how far and how fast a child can ride–and how much they enjoy it.  If you compare the bikes on our list to the weights of cheaper, big-box store bikes, you’ll notice the massive difference in weight.  We recommend buying the lightest bike you can afford.  We usually use budget as the #1 factor in choosing a bike, and weight as #2.

Brakes

There are three types of brakes you’ll notice on these bikes–v-brakes (rim brakes), mechanical disc brakes, and hydraulic disc brakes.  V-brakes are the most common and also the cheapest.  They work well enough under most conditions.  If you live in a city where it rains alot, there are steep hills, or your child may be using their bike for some off-road, trail riding, then you may want to consider a bike with disc brakes.  Amongst disc brakes, mechanical are the cheapest and also the easiest to maintain.  Hydraulic disc brakes offer the best modulation and stopping power but add cost and maintenance.

Tires

Consider the type of riding your child is going to be doing.  If they will be riding 100% of the time on pavement, you want to look for a bike with slick, fast-rolling tires.  If they’re going to be spending time riding dirt, gravel, grass, mud, etc, you want to make sure the tire is a little wider and has some extra tread.  Even if the bike you are considering doesn’t have the best tires for your child’s preferred type of riding, you can always swap out tires later.

Kristen

Kristen is a project manager and writer. She spends all her free time mountain biking with her family on the trails in Salt Lake City and Park City, UT.

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