5 Best 24″ Bikes

Our Favorite Bikes for Kids 8 to 11 years old

Like adult bikes, 24″ bikes can vary greatly in form and function. While they generally fit kids ages 8, 9, 10, and 11-years-old, they’re designed for everything from triathlons to road riding, cyclocross and single track. For most families, however, they simply want a well-designed and good-quality bike that will last their kids for several years.  Here are our favorite 24″ bikes that we feel are best for the typical bike-riding child aged 8 to 11.

 


WOOM 5

Best for Budding Bike Enthusiasts


WOOM 5 24" kid's bike in green

MSRP: $479

SEAT HEIGHT: 27.5″ – 34.5″

WEIGHT: 18.4 lbs.

FULL REVIEW: WOOM 5

The WOOM 5’s combination of a more upright position, a wider gearing range, and slightly wider tires makes it ideal for beginning to intermediate riders on various surfaces. Because it’s so versatile in use, it’s especially great for young riders who have a love for bike riding, but haven’t seriously committed to road or aggressive trail riding. The WOOM 5 is a solid, does-it-all bike for your budding bike enthusiast.

PROS
  • Lightweight with a low minimum seat height
  • Wide range of gears (8-speed) for tackling various terrains and elevations
  • Low center-of-gravity geometry for better balance and maneuverability
  • Easy-to-use grip shifters and other high-end components
  • Gorgeous, and with a nice variety of colors available

CONS
  • For some riders, the saddle can take some getting used to

 


Guardian Original

Best for Neighborhood Riders


Guardian 24" kid's bike in red and black

MSRP: $420

SEAT HEIGHT: 25″ – 33″

WEIGHT: 23 lbs.

FULL REVIEW: Guardian 24″

You wouldn’t think that brakes on a kid’s bike would be a big deal, but Guardian Bikes prove otherwise. Their proprietary SureStop braking system helps kids of all riding abilities feel more confident and less anxious, whether they’re riding to their friend’s house or across town. With just one brake lever that sequentially engages the rear brake followed by the front brake, timid kids feel more secure, and aggressive kids have the added stopping power they need.

Guardian recently came out with a budget-friendly “Ethos” line of bikes that we also really love. You can read our full review of the Ethos 24″ here, or check out the Ethos on Guardian’s website.

PROS
  • Patented SureStop braking system for faster and more controlled braking
  • Shimano Revoshift grip shifters provide smooth shifting (7-speed)
  • Low center-of-gravity design for better balance and maneuverability
  • Great quality build for the price
  • Fun, kid-approved designs

CONS
  • Slightly heavier, and components aren’t as high-end as some of the other bikes on this list


Prevelo Alpha Four

Best for Aggressive Riders


Prevelo Alpha Four 24" kid's bike in silver

MSRP: $499

SEAT HEIGHT: 25.8″ – 31.2″

WEIGHT: 21.2 lbs.

FULL REVIEW: Prevelo Alpha Four

With a Shimano ALTUS 8-speed drivetrain, trigger shifters, an aggressive body position, and wider tires, the Prevelo Alpha Four is easily the best of the lot for really aggressive riders and those just getting started on single-track. For true mountain biking, Prevelo’s Zulu Four has an air fork, hydraulic disc brakes, and 10 speeds.

PROS
  • Lightweight, low step-through frame
  • Low center-of-gravity for better balance
  • Narrow Q-factor for maximum leverage on pedals
  • Top quality components

CONS
  • Limited color options
  • Trigger shifters challenging for some kids


Guardian Ethos

Best Mid-Priced


Guardian Ethos 24" kid's bike in light blue for girls

MSRP: $320

SEAT HEIGHT: 25″ – 33″

WEIGHT: 25.5 lbs.

FULL REVIEW: Guardian Ethos 24″

A more budget-friendly version of the Guardian Original, the Ethos line still features Guardian’s unique SureStop braking system and kid-specific fit, but keeps costs down with a steel frame, simpler graphics, and a basic grip shifter.

PROS
  • Patented SureStop braking system for faster and more controlled braking
  • Low center-of-gravity design for better balance and maneuverability
  • Great quality build for the price
  • Fun, kid-approved designs

CONS
  • Basic grip shifter (as compared to the Original’s upgraded shifter), can be hard to use
  • Steel frame has the potential to rust if paint were to chip


Raleigh Rowdy 24″

Best on a Budget


Raleigh Rowdy 24" kid's bike in royal blue

MSRP: $290

WEIGHT: 22.14 lbs.

FULL REVIEW: Raleigh Rowdy 20″ (24″ review not yet available)

As your child gets older, there are fewer bikes to choose from, and they get considerably more expensive. So what do you do if the high-end bikes are beyond your budget? Fortunately, you’re not completely out of luck! Raleigh offers well-designed, solid-quality kids’ bikes at a very decent price. With lower handlebars, the Rowdy is a more leaned-forward bike best suited for confident, adventurous, and aggressive riders.

PROS
  • Quality bike for a very decent price
  • Sturdy frame and tires great for exploring off the paved trails
  • Lightweight compared to other budget 24″ bikes

CONS
  • Low/flat handlebars limit the “best use” to aggressive riders and limit the comfortable seat height range

 


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