We spend a lot of time reviewing specific bikes, or talking about the best bikes for a certain age range, but perhaps it is actually easier to help people get familiar with the best BRANDS for kids bikes. Many of these brands offer great options across the board, from balance bikes to first pedal bikes to 24″ mountain bikes.
In general, we prefer brands that make kids bikes exclusively. Of course you can buy a nice kids bike from Trek or Cannondale, especially in larger sizes, but they are often an afterthought to their more lucrative adult bikes. Over the last few years, more and more companies have been entering the market making bikes specifically designed and built for the youngest riders. The brands on this list make lightweight, quality bikes that are safe, enjoyable, and will get your kids stoked on biking.
For each brand, we’ve listed their lineup of junior bikes. You’ll note that kids bikes are measured by wheel size, not frame size like an adult bike. If you’re not sure what size bike your child needs, or how to pick the best bike for your unique child, check out our post on how to choose the best bike for your kid.
With no further adieu, the best kids bike brands…..
Woom Bikes USA
Woom is our favorite kids bike brand. They make fantastic bikes for young kids–lightweight builds, child-specific geometry, and excellent quality. From their balance bike, the Woom 1, to their 24″ Woom 5, they don’t have a bike that we don’t like. They also offer an Upcycle Program so you can trade-up as your child grows.
- Woom 1 – 12″ balance bike, $199
- Woom 1 Plus – 14″ balance bikes, $269 (Read our Woom 1 Plus review).
- Woom 2 – 14″ first pedal bike, $339 (Read our Woom 2 review).
- Woom 3 – 16″ pedal bike, $369 (Read our Woom 3 review).
- Woom 4 – 20″ pedal bike, $449 (Read our Woom 4 review).
- Woom 5 – 24″ pedal bike, $479
- Woom 6 – 26″ pedal bike, $499
Where to Buy: Shop for Woom Bikes online at us.woombikes.com
We like Cleary Bikes because they aren’t just more cookie-cutter kids bikes. The unique and beautiful steel frames, top-shelf components, and affordable price tags, set these bikes apart. They also serve both sides of the spectrum well, offering one of the tiniest first pedal bikes out there as well as really nice 24″ and 26″ mountain bikes.
- Cleary Gecko – 12″ pedal bike, $310 (Read our Gecko review).
- Cleary Hedgehog – 16″ pedal bike, $375 (Read our Hedgehog review).
- Cleary Owl – 20″ pedal bike, $425
- Cleary Meerkat – 24″ pedal bike, $594
- Cleary Scout – 24″ front-suspension mountain bike, $840
- Cleary Scout – 26″ front suspension mountain bike, $860
You may not have heard of Prevelo yet. This new kid on the block deserves attention, however. My son has grown through many of these bikes, and they remain some of our favorites. Recently, Prevelo launches a revamped Zulu line, offering some of the best-quality tiny mountain bikes on the market. Not a mountain biking family? No worries. The Alpha balance and pedal bikes are perfect for any type of riding.
- Prevelo Alpha Zero – 12″ balance bike, $199
- Prevelo Alpha One – 14″ pedal bike, $359
- Prevelo Zulu One – 14″ mountain bike, $459
- Prevelo Alpha Two – 16″ pedal bike, $369 (Read our Alpha Two review).
- Prevelo Zulu Two – 16″ mountain bike, from $469
- Prevelo Alpha Three – 20″ pedal bike, $499 (Read our Alpha Three review).
- Prevelo Zulu Three – 20″ mountain bike with front suspension fork, from $899. (Read our Prevelo Zulu Three review).
- Prevelo Alpha Four – 24″ pedal bike, $499
- Prevelo Zulu Four – 24″ mountain bike with front suspension, from $899
Where to Buy: Shop for Prevelo Bikes online at Prevelobikes.com
Frog is a U.K. kids bike company that has just recently migrated to the United States and Canada. They offer bikes all across the spectrum, including a hard-to-find 20″ road bike as well as some of our favorite first pedal bikes. They come in a variety of pretty colors which is always a selling point as well.
Bike Line Up:
- Tadpole Mini – 10″ balance bike, $210
- Tadpole – 12″ balance bike, $215
- Tadpole Plus – 14″ balance bike, $250
- Frog 43 – 14″ pedal bike, $360
- Frog 48 – 16″ pedal bike, $395 (Read our Frog 48 review)
- Frog 52 – 20″ pedal bike, $510
- Frog 55 – 20″ pedal bike, $520
- Frog Road 58 – 20″ road bike, $570
- Frog 62 – 24″ pedal bike, $550
- Frog MTB 62 – 24″ mountain bike (Learn more about the MTB 62).
- Frog Road 67 – 24″ road bike, $700
- Frog Track 67 – 24″ track bike, $470
- Frog 69 – 26″ pedal bike, $590
- Frog MTB 69 – 26″ mountain bike (Learn more about the MTB 69).
- Frog Road 70 – 26″ road bike, $720
- Frog Track 70 – 26″ track bike, $490
- Frog MTB 72 – 26″ mountain bike (Learn more about the MTB 72).
- Frog 73 – 26″ pedal bike, $600
- Frog 78- 26″ pedal bike, 620
Where to Buy: Shop for Frog Bikes online at ReadySetPedal.com
Pello has a simple formula for their kids bikes–orange (or pink) frame, beefy tires–and it works. These bikes perform particularly well on dirt–whether that is singletrack or the bike skills park. Compared to other bikes of similar quality, they also happen to be relatively affordable making Pello bikes one of our top recommendations.
- Pello Ripple – 12″ balance bike, $198
- Pello Romper – 14″ pedal bike, $219 (Read our Pello Romper review)
- Pello Revo – 16″ pedal bike, $349
- Pello Reddi – 20″ pedal bike, $399 (Read our Pello Reddi review)
- Pello Rover – 20″ 7-speed pedal bike (optional suspension fork, from $499
- Pello Reyes – 24″ mountain bike (optional suspension fork), from $599
Where to Buy: Shop for Pello Bikes online at PelloBikes.com
The Early Rider bikes are grown-up bikes sized down for kids. Their brushed aluminum frames and faux leather saddles look just like something you would buy for yourself. Fortunately, they ride as well as they look. If you want a top of the line bike, consider Early Rider. You
- Early Rider Lite 12″ – 12″ balance bike
- Bonsai 12″ – 12″ balance bike
- Classic 12/14″ – 12″/14″ balance bike
- Alley Runner 12″ – 12″ balance bike
- Road Runner 14″ – 14″ balance bike
- Trail Runner 14″ – 14″ balance bike
- Trail Runner XL – 14″ balance bike
- Belter 16″ Urban – 16″ pedal bike
- Belter 16″ Trail – 16″ mountain bike
- Belter 16″ Trail Works – 16″ mountain bike
- Belter 20″ Urban – 20″ hybrid bike
- Belter 20″ Flat Bar Rod – 20″ road bike
- Belter 20″ Trail – 20″ mountain bike
- Belter 20″ Trail Hardtail – 20″ mountain bike with front suspension
- Belter 24″ Trail Hardtail – 24″ mountain bike with front suspension
Where to Buy: Shop for Early Rider online at REI.com
Most mountain bike parents have heard of Spawn bikes. For little rippers between 3 and 10, Spawn is one of the best companies out there. They offer mountain bikes that are oriented to both cross-country and downhill riding. If you head to Whistler bike park, you are likely to see lots of Spawns on the trails.
- Spawn Tengu – 12″ balance bike, $195
- Spawn Yoji 14 – 14″ pedal bike, $370
- Spawn Yogi – 16″ pedal bike, $380
- Spawn Raiju – 20″ pedal bike, $600
- Spawn Yama Jama – 20″ mountain bike with front-suspension, $1,050
- Spawn Kotori – 20″ mountain bike with front-suspension, $1,050
- Spawn Kotori – 24″ mountain bike with front-suspension, $1,150
- Spawn Yama Jama – 24″ mountain bike with front suspension, $1,150 (Read our Spawn Yama Jama review).
- Spawn Rokkusuta – 20″ mountain bike with full suspension, $1,950 (Read our Spawn Rokkusuta review).
- Spawn Rokkusuta – 24″ mountain bike with full suspension, $2,195
- Spawn Yama Jama 26″ – 26″ mountain bike with front suspension, $1,250
Where to Buy: Shop for Spawn Bikes online at SpawnCycles.com
The Brands That Were
In 2018, we lost two awesome kids bike brands. Stampede discontinued production altogether, and Islabikes quit distributing bikes in the U.S. market. I’ve left info on these brands below in case you are fortunate to find one used or happen to be in the European market.
Note: As of Fall 2018, Islabikes is no longer distributing their bikes in the U.S. We’re leaving this brand on here though because it’s still possible to find one used, or to import one from Europe.
Islabikes is the original kids bike company. They revolutionized what is considered a good kids bike–lightweight, sized correctly for small bodies, dual handbrakes and no coaster. They are pricey, but live up to the high pricetag.
- Islabikes Rothan – 12″ balance bike, $200
- Islabikes Cnoc 14 Small – 14″ pedal bike, $420 (Read our Islabikes Cnoc review)
- Islabikes Cnoc 14 Large – 14″ pedal bike, $420
- Islabikes Cnoc 16 – 16″ pedal bike, $420
- Islabikes Cnoc 20 – 20″ pedal bike, $469
- Islabikes Beinn 20 small – 20″ hybrid bike, $550 (Read our Islabikes Beinn 20 review)
- Islabike Beinn 20 large – 20″ hybrid bike, $550
- Islabikes Beinn 24 – 24″ hybrid bike, $650
- Islabikes Beinn 26 small – 26″ hybrid bike, $650
- Islabikes Beiin 26 large – 26″ hybrid bike, $650
- Islabikes Creig 24- 24″ mountain bike with front suspension, $1,249
- Islabikes Creig 26 – 26″ mountain bike with front suspension, $1,249
- Islabikes Luath 24 – 24″ road bike, $800
- Islabikes Luath 26 – 26″ road bike, $800
- Islabikes Luath 700 – 700cc road bike, $800
NOTE: As of summer 2018, Stampede has ceased production. We hope they’ll return, but in the meantime, this is no longer an option (unless you can find one used).
Stampede is our go-to recommendation for cost-conscious parents. They have managed to make quality bikes for a fraction of the cost of a lot of the other bikes on this list. Their bikes don’t have brand name components, but they do hold up well and ride nicely. Their balance bike was my sons favorite as a toddler.
- Stampede Charger 12 – 12″ balance bike, $139 (Read our review here)
- Stampede Charger 16 – 16″ balance bike, $149
- Stampede Charger 16 XL – 16″ balance bike, $199
- Stampede Sprinter 14 – 14″ pedal bike, $239 (Read our review of the Sprinter 14)
- Stampede Sprinter 16 – 16″ pedal bike, $249 (Read our review of the Sprinter 16)