5 Best 24 Inch Bikes For Your Child (Boys & Girls)

Looking for a 24 inch bike for your son or daughter? Or grandchild?

You’re in the right place! We’ve tested and reviewed lots of kids bikes over the years, and in this article we’ll help save you time by providing a list of what we consider THE BEST 24 inch kids bikes, as well as giving you some tips on how to choose.

woom 5 in action

Table Of Contents

Niche 24" Bikes
How To Choose The Best Bike
Top 5 Picks Overall
Best Budget Bikes
Honorable Mentions
Comparison Chart

First, Let’s Make Sure You’re Looking At The Right List

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).

If you’re not so sure that your kiddo needs a 24″ bike, start with our article on bike sizing first and go from there.

We should also mention that the bikes on this list are what we consider all-terrain, all-purpose bicycles. The bicycles on this list can nearly do it all. They are perfect for biking to school, playing in the cul-de-sac, and maybe even hitting a little dirt trail.

That said, if you’re family does more serious cycling, you might want a niche-specific 24″ bike instead. In that case try one of these articles instead:

  • Want a mountain bike? While the bikes on this list can certainly handle going to the skills park or hitting a little singletrack, if your child is serious about mountain biking you’ll want to look at our list of 24″ Mountain Bikes instead.
  • Want a road bike? Racing on the road or the cyclocross track? You’ll want a drop-bar 24 Inch Bike.
  • Riding in the snow or sand? Bigger tires are a big benefit when riding in the snow or sand. Check out our list of Kids Fat Bikes.
riding the guardian 24 kids bike

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’s a quick primer.

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 or $600 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. To learn more about measuring your child for a bike use this article:

Guardian 24 In Use

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.

cleary meerkat review

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.

Disc brakes (left) offer the best stopping power but are more expensive and require more maintenance than traditional rim / v-brakes (right).

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.

guardian 16 tires

Suspension Vs Rigid Fork

We know that kids love suspension forks–they look cool! Sadly, most kids bikes with suspension forks are HEAVY and don’t work that well.

Most kids will be much better off on a lighter bike with a rigid fork. If your child is doing REAL mountain biking on technical trails or going to the bike skills park a bunch, then check out our list of mountain bikes instead.

A real mountain bike with an air fork will work well BUT expect to spend significantly more money.

hard guy trail on the trailcraft maxwell 24

Boys 24 Inch Bikes Vs Girls 24 Inch Bikes

There is no difference between a boys 24 inch bike and a girls 24 inch bike. Unlike adult bikes, where there may be true gender differences (like a sloped top-tube, women’s specific saddle, etc), kids bikes are kids bikes are kids bikes.

If you are just looking for a “feminine bike” for your kiddo, check out our article on the Best Bikes For Girls which has lots of ideas on how to make a bike more girly and what bikes come in feminine designs and colors.

Otherwise, feel free to buy any bike for your child, regardless of a gender description in the name.


5 Best Kids 24 Inch Bikes

If you’re looking for a lightweight, high-quality bike for your child, you want one of the bikes on our top 5 list.

BikeWhat We LovePrice (MSRP)
1Woom 5* Lightweight, child-appropriate geometry $549
2Prevelo Alpha Four* Low standover height, great customer service $549
3Frog 62* Beautiful colors, comes with fenders $679
4Cleary Meerkat 24 *Hydraulic disc brakes, internally geared hub$695
5Pello Reyes*Tubeless-ready wheels, mech disc brakes$639
Bonus!Early Rider Belter 24Brushed aluminum frame, belt drive$899

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 (thanks to the optional fenders). 

It boasts high-quality parts such as SRAM 8-speed grip shifters, fast-rolling Schwalbe tires, and Jagwire cables. 

And in spite of all this fabulous stuff, it still manages to be cheaper than our other “Top 5” picks.

Read Our Review: Woom 5

Price: $549


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.

Read Our Review: Prevelo Alpha Three (same bike just smaller)

Price: $549


Frog 62

frog 62 kids bike

The Frog 62 is a flashy-looking, lightweight 24″ bike from the UK.  Of all the bikes we’ve tested over the years, the Frog bikes probably get the most attention from passerby thanks to the bright paint job and small attention to details–colored spokes near the valve, small frog decals on the frame and saddle, etc.

The bike doesn’t just look good though. It also has high-quality, adult-level components. In addition to the 8-speed Shimano drivetrain, the bike has custom-cranks, Tektro v-brakes, and fenders.

Price: $679


Cleary Meerkat 24

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.   The other thing that makes this bike stand apart is the 5-speed Sturmey Archer internally geared hub. This means that there is no rear derraileur to get bent or dirty.

Thanks to the beefy Kenda tires the bike is also ideal for riding gravel roads and other off-pavement trails.

Read Our Review: Cleary Meerkat

Price: $695


Pello Reyes

pello reyes 24 inch kids bike

Like the Cleary Mearkat, the Pello Reyes is also a great do-it-all bike. Thanks to the more aggressive tires, the bike can be used as a school commuter as well as on the local pump track.

The Tektro mechanical disc brakes offer better stopping power than the rim brakes found on most kids bikes, which make them ideal for families living in wet climates or in hilly areas. We also LOVE the fact that the bike comes with tubeless-ready wheels. Tubeless tires rarely go flat and require so much less maintenance than tubes.

Should you want to add a suspension fork, that’s an option as well.

Read Our Review: Pello Rover (same bike just smaller)

Price: $639


Early Rider Belter 24

early rider belter 24 inch kids bike

If you can stomach the price tag, the Early Rider Belter 24 is a phenomenal little bike. The brushed aluminum frame is gorgeous, and the components are top notch.

What really sets the bike apart is the belt drive (rather than a chain) and internally geared 8-speed hub. Both help keep things clean and maintenance free.

The belt drive (and hydraulic disc brakes) perform really well in wet weather, so if you live in a rainy area, this bike is worth a look.

Price: $899


5 Best “Budget” Kids 24 Inch Bikes

While these bikes may not offer the same bells and whistles as those on our Top 5 list, if you are looking for a good durable bike at an affordable price, these bikes will fit the bill.

BikeWhat We LovePrice
1Vitus 24* Killer value, top-shelf components $399
2Trek Precaliber 24* Available at your local bike shop $439
3Guardian Ethos 24*SureStop braking system$429
4Co-Op Cycles Rev Cty*Can use your REI dividend$399
5Raleigh Redux 24Mechanical disc brakes$330
Bonus!Polygon Premier 24Quality components for cheap$399

Vitus 24

vitus 24 inch kids bicycle

In terms of value, the Vitus 24 really can’t be beat. It’s intelligently designed with child-appropriate geometry and brand name componenets–Tektro brakes, Vee Rubber tires, and a Shimano drivetrain.

If you want high-quality bike at a more affordable price that some of the bikes listed above, this is the bike you want.

Note for N. American Readers: The cost of shipping on these bikes has recently gone up significantly, making the Vitus not so budget-conscious if you live in N. America. If you live in the UK, this is still a great deal.

Price: $399


Trek Precaliber 24

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With the Trek Precaliber 24, 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.

Price: $439


Guardian Ethos 24

guardian ethos kids 24 inch bike

The Guardian Ethos 24 is a budget-friendly version of the Guardian Ethos 24 (listed later on), but has the same great proprietary SureStop braking system.

The SureStop braking system uses a single brake lever to apply appropriate force to both the front and rear wheels. This helps prevent over-the-bars crashes, and makes it a great choice for safety-concious parents and/or kids who struggle with eye-hand-coordination.

Read Our Review: Guardian 24 (this is a review of the more expensive Guardian AIROS, but will give you a good understanding of the braking system)

Price: $429


Co-Op Cycles REV CTY

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 fast-rolling Kenda tires.

What we don’t dig is the considerable weight–the REV CTY tips the scales at a hefty 26 pounds.

Price: $399


Raleigh Redux 24

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The Raleigh Redux 24 offers a killer value. We don’t know of any other bikes at this pricepoint that offer mechanical disc brakes and brand-name components.

The mechanical disc brakes are great for families that ride in wet or dusty climates, though they can cause hand fatigue for some young riders. Other components include Kenda tires and a Shimano 7-speed drivetrain.

Price: $450


Polygon Premier 24

polygon premier 24 kids bike

The Polygon Premier 24 is a fairly new entrant to the kids bike market, and it’s competing (quite impressively) on price. Even at a budget, it has managed to offer high quality, brand name components like the Shimano Tourney Revoshift drivetrain and Kenda tires.

It is also (relatively) lightweight at 23 lbs. If you’re on a tight budget, you could do far worse than this bike.

Price: $399


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.

BikePrice
Guardian AIROS 24$529
Specialized Jett 24$600
Ridgeback Dimensions 24$499
Priority Start 24$399
Cannondale Quick 24$500

Guardian AIROS 24

Guardian Original 24 Inch Kids Bike

Guardian Bikes are some of the safest kids bikes around thanks to their unique SureStop braking technology. The Guardian AIROS 24 is their top-of-the-line 24 inch offering and we dig it.

In addition to the super safe braking system, the bike offers easy-to-operate Shimano grip shifters and a 7-speed drivetrain.

If you’re not super bike savvy, no problem. Guardian offers easy assembly, helpful videos, and exceptional customer service.

Read Review: Guardian AIROS 24

Price: $529


Specialized Jett 24

specialized jett 20

Specialized has stepped up their game with the introduction of the Specialized Jett 24. This bike competes with the best of the best on weight.

The bike is designed to maximize the amount of time your child can use the bike. There are two different crank holes (very unique) as well as a sizing tool to help you set the correct seapost and handlebar height.

Price: $550

Read Our Review: Specialized Jett


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.

Price: $499


Priority Start 24

priority start 24

The Priority Start 24 is unique in that it uses a belt-drive rather than a chain. We love this! The belt drive is grime-free, won’t stain your kids pant legs, and requires minimal maintenance.

Speaking of minimal maintenance, the bike also has an internally-geared hub. It has three different gears that shift automatically. This is great for kids who don’t have the dexterity yet to shift, and for parents who don’t want to deal with maintaining the drivetrain.

Read Our Review: Priority Start 20 (same bike just smaller)

Price: $449


Islabikes Beinn 24

islabikes beinn 24

As of fall 2018, Islabikes is no longer offering their bikes in the North American market. (Sad!) This was previously listed as one of our Top 5 bikes, and we are leaving it as an honorable mention in case you are lucky enough to find one used.

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.

Price: N/A


Cannondale Quick 24

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The Cannondale Quick 24 is capable of tackling paved city streets, gravel rail trails, and grass fields thanks to it’s all-around knobby tires.

All the components are brand-name including Kenda tires, Tektro brakes, and a Shimano Tourney drivetrain. It also weighs in at a totally respecatable 20 lbs, making this a great bike for any child.

Price: $500


Comparison Chart: 24″ Kids Bikes

BikePrice (MSRP)Weight (lbs)Minimum Seatpost HeightFrame Material/DesignDrivetrain/ShiftersBrake SystemRimsTires
Woom 5$52920.326.5"Alu AlloySRAMV-brakesSupa Dupa Hoops (In-House)Kenda Small Block 8
Trek Precaliber 24$40927.025.2"Alu AlloyShimanoV-brakesBontragerBontrager XR1
Cleary Meerkat 24$63024.025"SteelSturmey ArcherHydraulic DiscAlexKenda Small Block 8
Prevelo Alpha 4$54921.225.8"Alu AlloyShimanoV-brakesIn HouseKenda Small Block 8
Islabikes Beinn 24$65019.5Alu AlloySRAMV-brakesIn HouseIn House
Co-op Cycles REV CTY$39926.1Alu AlloyShimano V-brakesIn HouseKenda Cosmos
Ridgeback Dimensions 24$49926.1Alu AlloyShimano V-brakesIn HouseKenda Kwest
Frog 62$55020.326"Alu AlloyShimanoV-brakesIn HouseKenda K154
Guardian AIROS 24$52923.025"Alu AlloyShimanoV-brakes (SureStop)In HouseKenda
Pello Reyes$61922.025.5"Alu AlloySRAMMechanical DiscAlexKenda K-Rad
Priority Start 24$39923.327"Alu AlloyShimanoV-brakesIn HouseKenda K-Shield
Cannondale Quick 24$5002025.4"Alu AlloyShimanoV-brakesIn HouseKenda Small Block 8
Guardian Ethos 24$42925.525"SteelShimanoV-brakes (SureStop)In HouseKenda
Raleigh Redux 24$3302427.2"Alu AlloyShimanoMechanical DiscIn HouseKenda Kruiser
Vitus 24$37922.727.2"Alu Alloy ShimanoV-brakesIn HouseKenda Small Bloc
Specialized Jett 24$60020.526.5"Alu Alloy ShimanoV-brakesIn HouseSpecialized Pathfinder Sport
Polygon Premier 24$34923.125.5"Alu Alloy (fork is Hi Ten steel)ShimanoV-brakesIn HouseKenda


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.

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16 thoughts on “5 Best 24 Inch Bikes For Your Child (Boys & Girls)”

  1. So, I ordered her a Vitus when they were having a Black Friday sale. Noticed it still hadn’t shipped … and now they said it’s out of stock and they’re cancelling my order, two weeks before Xmas (and after most shops and REI have had their sales). UGH

    Our budget isn’t huge. $400 range. My daughter is 9 and she’s never been a super confident rider – meaning she’s fine around the neighborhood but tends to panic on easy trails when she gets into trouble, and she’s not the type of kid to want to do jumps etc. We do live in CO and near trails, and usually take a spring trip to Moab. Her little brother is only 4 so most of our riding isn’t too technical and she’s just too timid for that anyways.

    Bike options: LBS has Cannondale Quick and Trails both on sale for $320 (I think the Trail at that price is last year’s colors). Trail has suspension but it adds 5 lbs, so I really don’t know that it’s worth it. She’s a rail and only weighs 62 lbs as is. I wish the tires on the Quick were a bit wider. Should I get the lighter Quick and get wider tires? Will the rims hold them (I don’t know how to read the rim specs).

    Raleigh Rowdy/Lilly also readily available for around $320-330. Knobby tires, low weight. I did read that it has a more aggressive stance that might feel intimidating for a more timid rider . . . which my daughter is.

    We have an REI nearby, though their REV bikes seem heavy in comparison.

    I’ve read a lot of good things about Guardian bikes, though with their one handed brake system I realize it’s not a good mtbr . . . but maybe for her type of riding it doesn’t matter?

    Other suggestions? (aside from spending a lot more, we can’t right now so please don’t launch into the whole “wait and save and spend $$$” because she might even outgrow this 24″ in another year and THEN we will invest more). I would like to buy something today to make sure it ships in time and there’s time for any extra assembly. (Bikes with limited assembly a plus, we’re not super bike handy beyond a tire change)

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    • Hi Sarah,
      I might be too late, but jumping into say you are totally on the right track. I’d stick with lightweight over suspension. The Cannondale Quick is a great choice for the type of riding you are describing, and you should easily be able to add some fatter tires should you decide she needs them. There isn’t enough info on their website too know exactly how wide of a tire you can add, but I would expect you to be able to add a 1.8 or 2.0 tire. The LBS should be able to tell you for sure.

      Judging by her riding style, the Guardian could also be a great choice. My only concern with it is if you think she’s going to progress with her trail riding, the brakes might eventually hold her back.

      Hope that helps a little.
      -KB

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  2. I saw the “budget’ options start at $330 and instantly thought (West coast or North East 1%ers).

    These bikes are not only identical (different aesthetics) to the boxstore bikes that cost 1/3rd the price… they’re using the same images as they got from their Aliexpress source. The weight is the same, the components all appear to be the same. No difference.

    Regarding durability, most Aliexpress and boxstore bikes are made in the same exact factories with the same exact tooling to the same exact specifications as the sub$1k non-USA made bikes.

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    • My thoughts exactly. No “Oshkosh B’Gosh” here, either. I love my son and want quality stuff for him but when it comes to bicycles at his young age the “Wally World” stuff fits the bill. Literally. I don’t expect he’ll be snapping forks or be concerned about weight.

      It’ll be a different story when (and IF) he takes the hobby seriously. THEN the higher-priced, quality bikes will warrant consideration.

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    • This is not true. a $199 Schwinn Sidewinders at Walmart cost 199 on 24″ wheels.
      Weight is 30 pounds and the groupset is absolute garbage!
      I know because I used to have the adult version of it.
      Look, I get that $150 is a lot of money for most. But that doesn’t mean the bikes listed here are not better. And for the most part they are.
      If you can find the exact same bike, with the same specs on Aliexpress for much less, then i suggest you start your own business and sell bikes on your own for a nice profit.

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    • What a load of BS. Even if they’re made in the same factories, who says its to the same specifications? Objectively, a Woom is a better bike than your box store bike, simply based on its weight. Then we haven’t even looked in to the build quality and the components. For kids (and adults) serious about cycling, lower weight is a serious advantage. If you don’t care and just want to have a fun ride – which is definitely possible with a $200 bike – then don’t spend the money.

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  3. How are you measuring the minimum seatpost height? I tried measuring my daughter’s seat on her 20″ bike and got about 18″ to the center of the bottom bracket and about 27″ to the ground. Based on the numbers you have I assume you measured to the ground, but I would appreciate confirmation.

    Thanks!

    p.s., sorry if this is a repeat. I tried posting earlier and it looked like it went through but later it disappeared.

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  4. Posting the Vitus 24 at a “budget” price of $379 is a little misleading for anyone here in the US. This bike is only available through Chain Reaction and is shipped from the UK. Shipping (in Jan 2022) is $139 so the true price is $518. Bikes are not included in Chain Reactions free shipping when spending over $99 and also not included in their often seen 10, 15% discount sales.

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    • Hi Simon, This is true! Unfortunately, the shipping cost has recently gone way up. We have a significant number of UK readers here, so it still makes sense for them, but I do need to make a note for our US readers.

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