We’ve tested over 15 different 24 inch kids bikes with our own kids and have narrowed down our all-time favorites! From everyday neighborhood riding to single-track beginning mountain bikes, we’ve put these bikes to the test to help you find the best.
24 inch bikes are typically the best fit for kids ages 8, 9 and 10, but be sure to check out our kids bike sizing guide if you are unsure what is the best size bike for your child.
Like adult bikes, kids 24 inch bikes can vary greatly in form and function. To help narrow your search, we have broken down our top picks into three categories.
Neighborhood bikes are best for kids sticking mainly to pavement riding, multi-use bikes are best for kids who transition from paved to basic dirt, and beginner mountain bikes are for those who plan on tackling some single-track.
- Guardian Ethos/Original – $379/$479 – SureStop braking system safety innovation
- Priority Start 24 – $399 – Maintenance-free, grease-free, quiet belt drive
- Polygon Premier – $349 – Quality build and performance at lower price point
- woom 5 – $529 – Super lightweight, confidence-building bike
- Prevelo Alpha Four – $539 – Trigger shifters for aggressive riders
- Frog 62 – $550 – Highly adjustable fit, comes with street and all-terrain tires
- Vitus 24 – $359 + ship – Lightweight, trigger shifters for adventurous riders
- Trek Precaliber 24 – $379 – Lightweight “casual use” front suspension fork for cool styling
Beginner Mountain Bikes
- woom OFF/OFF AIR – $849/$999 – Ridiculously lightweight and nimble, hydraulic brakes
- Pello Reyes – $619 – Mechanical disc brakes, can upgrade to suspension fork
- REI Co-Op REV Plus – $379 – Great quality and build for the price
24 inch Bikes Comparison Chart
It’s important to note that a boys 24 inch bike and a girls 24 inch bike are the same thing. All of the bikes on this list are for boys or girls, with the same frames and components. They do offer different color options, which are in an array of typical girl colors and gender neutral colors.
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24 INCH BIKES FOR NEIGHBORHOOD RIDERS
What We Look for in a Neighborhood Bike
Whether you are riding down to a friends house or going to mile long rides on a bike path, neighborhood bikes are designed for kids who mainly stick to paved surfaces. With smoother street tires and slightly more upright positioning than multi-use bikes, these bikes are the perfect companion to any city cruiser.
Innovative braking system, easy-to-use grip shifters
SEAT HEIGHT: 25″ – 33″
WEIGHT: 25.5 lb. (Ethos), 23 lbs. (Guardian)
READ MORE: Guardian 24 inch Review
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.
- Patented SureStop braking system for faster and more controlled braking
- Grip shifters provide smooth shifting (7-speed)
- Low center-of-gravity design for better balance and maneuverability
- Fun, kid-approved designs
- Slightly heavier, and components aren’t as high-end as some of the other bikes on this list
Priority Start 24
Simplified and very-low maintenance gearing system
WEIGHT: 23.3 lbs.
READ MORE: Priority Start 24 Review
Intelligently designed with just three simple gears and a grease-free belt drive, the Priority Start 24 makes kids’ biking adventures simpler and easier (and more maintenance-free for parents!). The Start boasts beautiful lines and an impressive paint job along with multi-terrain tires that accommodate everyone from timid to aggressive riders. The Priority Start is truly the full package for your neighborhood rider.
- 3-speed internally geared hub keeps shifting simple and is very low maintenance
- Grease-free, rust-free, essentially maintenance-free belt drive
- Multi-terrain tires for a wide variety of uses
- Soft and cushioned saddle
- Dual v-pull hand brakes
- Soft, cushioning grips
- Gorgeous paint job – comes in 3 color options
- 3 gears is limiting for riders who may advance to more aggressive riding
24 INCH BIKES FOR MULTI-USE
What We Look for in a Multi-Use Bike
For those riding on paved trails one day and dirt trails the next, multi-use bikes are the perfect fit. The versatile tires on these bikes are knobby enough to grip dirt and rocks but also feature a flat centerline to allow for smooth rides along paved surfaces. With more aggressive positioning and gears, these bikes are also the perfect stepping stone to helping kids get more aggressive in their riding.
Polygon Premier Ultralight
Great quality and performance with a budget-friendly price tag
SEAT HEIGHT: 25.5″ – 31.5″
WEIGHT: 23.1 lb. (w/ kickstand, pedals and derailleur cage)
READ MORE: Polygon Premier Ultralight Kids Bike
New to the US, but not to the biking world, Polygon Bikes offers top-notch bikes with quality components at an affordable price. Their new Premier Ultralight 24 inch bike is no exception and comes fully spec’ed with a Shimano drivetrain, Kenda tires, and Promax brake levers.
Paired with a lightweight aluminum frame with confidence building geometry, the Premier is a great bike for young riders ready to tackle everything from cruises around the neighborhood to longer rides on compact dirt trails.
- Low minimum seat height
- Budget-friendly price tag with free shipping
- Modern graphics on a lightweight aluminum frame
- Easy to assemble and all bikes are quality checked before shipping
- Comes with derailleur cage and kickstand
- 1.75″ wide all-terrain Kenda tires
- Only available in two color options
- Shimano Tourney shifter can be hard to use for some kids
- Lower max gear ratios for those riding on long flat trails
Super lightweight, confidence-building bike
SEAT HEIGHT: 26.4″ – 32.3″
WEIGHT: 18.1 lbs.
READ MORE: woom 5 Review
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.
- 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
- For some riders, the saddle can take some getting used to
Prevelo Alpha Four
Best for Aggressive Riders & Basic Trail Riders
SEAT HEIGHT: 25.8″ – 31.2″
WEIGHT: 21.2 lbs.
READ MORE: Prevelo Alpha Four Review
With a Shimano ALTUS 8-speed drivetrain, trigger shifters, an aggressive body position, and wider tires, the Prevelo Alpha Four is the best of the lot for really aggressive riders and those just getting started on single-track. With 24 x 1.5″ Kenda Small Block Eight tires, the Alpha offers great traction for basic trail riding as well for adventerous riders who eagerly scout out every dirt jump in the neighborhood. For true mountain biking, Prevelo’s Zulu Four has an air fork, hydraulic disc brakes, and 10 speeds.
- Lightweight, low step-through frame
- Low center-of-gravity for better balance
- Narrow Q-factor for maximum leverage on pedals
- 24 x 1.5 Kenda Small Black Eight knobby tires
- Top quality components
- Limited color options
- Trigger shifters challenging for some kids
Highly adjustable fit and comes with 2 sets of tires
SEAT HEIGHT: 26″ – 32.5″
WEIGHT: 20.3 lbs.
READ MORE: Frog 62 Review
Hailing from bike enthusiast parents in the UK, Frog Bikes are another kid-focused bike brand that designs their bikes top-to-bottom for kids. Built on a lightweight, yet strong aluminum frame paired with top-of-the-line components, the Frog 62 provides a unique blend of performance, price, and precise fit.
Coming standard with both street and extra knobby all-terrain tires, the Frog 62 can handle everything from long distance paved riding to beginning mountain bike trails. And as one of the most lightweight trail-worthy bikes on this list, it makes those climbs just a bit easier. Frog Bikes offer more color options that any other bike manufacturer we know of, which makes finding the perfect bike for your young rider that much easier.
- Comes with two sets of tires for any riding situation – hybrid and knobby, all-terrain
- Versatile for everyday riding, mild all-terrain, and longer distances
- Highly adjustable headset, stem length, and saddle height for a precision fit
- Lightweight aluminum frame
- Tektro short-reach levers are responsive and easy to activate
- Tons of color options
- Trigger shifters can be difficult for some kids to master
Vitus Kids 24
Best Quality and Value Combo
MSRP: $359 + shipping from UK
SEAT HEIGHT: 26″ – 32″
WEIGHT: 21.8 lbs.
READ MORE: Vitus Kids 24 Review
Lightweight and spec’d with high-quality components, the Vitus Kids Bikes are an impressive combo of quality and value. With Kenda Small Block 8 tires, these bikes move effortlessly from paved neighborhoods to basic dirt trails. The trigger shifters make the Vitus especially suited to more aggressive kids who seek after aggressive terrain and local adventures.
- Lightweight bike aluminum frame
- Solid quality components at a fair price
- Padded saddle was loved by our test riders
- Semi-upright body positioning is comfortable for new and aggressive riders
- Trigger shifters are a plus for aggressive riders
- Trigger shifters can be challenging to learn for beginning riders
- Shipping from the UK can range from about $50 – $150
- Limited gear range: highest gear is lower than other brands
Trek Precaliber 24
Mountain bike look and feel with optional casual use suspension
MSRP: $349/$379 (with suspension)
SEAT HEIGHT: 26″ – 30.5″
WEIGHT: 25.5 lb., 26.5 lb. (with suspension)
READ MORE: Trek Precaliber 24
Featuring the look and feel of a real mountain bike, but without the costly components of a true mountain bike, the Trek Precaliber is a win-win for parents and kids. With 2.25″ wide tires and an optional front suspension fork, the Precaliber is the perfect ride for the adventurous neighborhood rider who is eager to tackle both paved and dirt trails.
While its lower-end components and “casual use only” fork, the Precaliber is not designed for hitting the true single track trails, but it excels at neighborhood dirt trails as well as jumping curbs and small jumps.
- Available with or without suspension
- Suspension is functional for around town but is not ridiculously heavy (adds about 1.5 lb.)
- Four different color options
- Assembly and tune-ups available at local bike shop
- Low-end components (Shimano Tourney, non-branded brakes)
24 INCH MOUNTAIN BIKES FOR BEGINNERS
What We Look for in a 24 inch Mountain Bike
While many of the multi-use bikes we mentioned above can be used for basic trail riding, their tires and braking system prevent them from being true dedicated mountain bikes. With knobby wide tires, disc brakes and an optional front air fork on the woom OFF and Reyes, these bikes are amazing options to get your little grom on the trails.
woom OFF and woom OFF AIR
Best Lightweight 24 Inch Mountain Bike
MSRP: $849 (OFF), $999 (OFF AIR)
WEIGHT: 18.9 lbs. (OFF), 22.3 lbs. (OFF AIR)
The woom OFF bikes are woom’s line of lightweight mountain bikes, available with a rigid front fork (woom OFF) or front suspension fork (woom OFF AIR). These bikes are seriously impressive and lightweight rides suitable for any young trail or mountain bike rider.
Whether your child is just getting started on flowy trails or ready to tackle more challenging terrain, the woom OFF’s light weight keeps kiddos from getting tired quickly. It also allows them to climb hills more easily, and when it comes to getting a bit of air time… the bike is easy to pop off jumps, roots, and rocks or just send it off the curb in the local streets.
The woom OFF comes fully stocked with a carbon fork, Promax hydraulic disc brakes, SRAM trigger shifters as well as 2.25” wide aggressive tires. For those kids ready to up their aggressive terrain game, the woom OFF Air features a lightweight Air suspension fork with lockout and rebound damping.
- An amazing build for the price, comes standard with hydraulic Promax brakes and SRAM X5 shifters and derailleur
- Ridiculously lightweight and nimble
- Great geometry for a solid all-rounder bike
- Optional Lightweight, fully functional air fork with adjustable rebound and lockout
- Solid Rocket Ron tires on lightweight rims with Schrader valves for easier fill-ups
- No internal routing for a dropper post
Mechanical disc brakes, can upgrade to suspension fork
SEAT HEIGHT: 25.25″ – 31″
WEIGHT: 21.9 lbs.
FULL REVIEW: Pello Reyes Review
From paved bike trails to smooth rolling single-track, the Reyes is the ultimate multi-trick pony for the adventurous 8 to 10-year old. Built with a lightweight and nimble frame, Tektro mechanical-disc brakes, a responsive Cane Creek headset and topped with 9-speeds controlled by a SRAM X9 grip shift, the Reyes is built ready. Taking it one step further, the Reyes comes equipped with 24 x 1.95″ Kenda Krad tires that are not only the widest tires in this group, they provide a ton of bite for adventurers on packed dirt trails, yet are low profile enough to provide a smooth ride on pavement.
Have a true grom on your hands? Convert the Reyes into the ultimate mountain bike by going tubeless (rims are tubeless compatible) and for $140 add on a Spinner Grind Air fork at purchase (geometry is suspension corrected). At $740 total, it’s a super affordable and legit mountain bike option.
- High-end components including Cane Creek headset, Kenda Krad tires, and Tektro disc brakes with kid-sized hand levers
- 9 speed Sram X9 shifter with super low gear to tackle gnarly hills
- Single-track worthy but with grip shifters for those who prefer grip over trigger
- Versatile in use – lightweight also makes it suitable for long distance rides
- With optional upgrades including suspension fork and dropper post, you can easily convert the Reyes to a full-blown mountain bike
- Higher price tag
REI Co-Op REV Plus
Great quality and build for the price
WEIGHT: 28.2 lbs.
READ MORE: REI Co-Op REV Plus Review
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! REI offers well-designed, solid-quality kids’ bikes at a very decent price.
With lower handlebars, extra-wide tires and mechanical disc brakes, the REI Co-Op REV Plus is a great started bike at an amazing price. The cheaper price, however, does come without drawbacks. The REV Plus is pretty heavy, so we wouldn’t recommend it for petite or really timid riders.
- Quality bike for a very decent price
- Sturdy frame and plus sized tires great for exploring the neighborhood or basic trails
- Local REI pick up and return guarantees
- Basic disc brakes have limited stopping power – not meant for advanced mountain biking
Comparison Chart: 24 inch Bikes for Kids
|Brand||MSRP||Wt. (lb.)||Seat Height||Brakes||Gears|
Neighborhood and Paved Trails
|$379||25.5||25 - 33"||SureStop||7, Grip|
|REI REV City||26.1||v-brake||7, Grip|
|23.3||27 - 34.5"||v-brake||3 in Hub|
|23||25 - 33"||SureStop||7, Grip|
|Dimension 24||20.9||v-brake||7, Trigger|
Multi-Use: Paved and Dirt Trails
|Polygon Premier||$349||23.1||25.5 - 31.5"||v-brake||7, Grip|
|Vitus 24||$359 + ship||21.8||26 - 32"||v-brake||8, Trigger|
|REI REV Plus||28.2||Mech disc||7, Grip|
|Trek Precaliber||$379||26.5||26 - 30.5"||v-brake||8, Grip|
|$550||20.3||26 - 32.5"||v-brake||8, Trigger|
|21.2||25.8 - 31.2"||v-brake||8, Trigger|
|20.3||26.4 - 32.4"||v-brake||8, Grip|
|28.8||25 - 31.2"||Hyd Disc||5 in Hub|
|21.9||25.3 - 31"||Mech disc||9, Trigger|
|Vitus 24 Plus||$449 + ship||25.5||26 - 31.5"||Hyd Disc||7, Trigger|
|27||25 - 33"||Hyd Disc||10, Trigger|
|woom OFF||18.9||28.2 - 33.3"||Hyd Disc||9, Trigger|
|25.7||Hyd Disc||10, Trigger|
|woom OFF AIR||22.3||Hyd Disc||9, Trigger|
How to Choose the Best 24 inch Bike for your 8 to 10-Year-Old
Here’s a quick summary of what to look for when selecting the best bike for your 8 to 10-year-old. For more detailed information on the topics below, check out our buying guide at the bottom of the article about the best kids bike brands on the market.
Sizing for 24 Inch Bikes
24 inch kids’ bikes are generally the best fit for 8, 9, and 10-year-olds or any child between 49″ and 59″ tall. If your child is already 11 or is a very tall 10-year-old, also consider 26″ bikes as they would offer more room for growth (although very few kids’ bikes come in 26″ tires). If a child starts on a 24 inch bike when they are 8 to 10, they can likely continue to ride it while they are 11 or even 12 years old.
Kids on 24 inch bikes are generally confident enough riders to set their seat about 2 – 3″ above the child’s inseam. At this height, a child can touch the ground with their tiptoes, which produces the best knee bend angle for pedaling with maximum efficiency.
As with all kids’ bikes, within a given wheel size category, the minimum and maximum seat heights of 24 inch bikes can vary. The average minimum seat height of a 24 inch bike is around 25″ while the maximum average is about 31″.
The height adjustability of 24 inch bike range from 5″ – 8″, which allows kids to ride 24 inch bikes much longer than other sizes. For example, the average 8-year-old should have plenty of room to grow with the bike until he turns 10 or even 11.
To ensure as much longevity as possible, be sure to compare your child’s inseam to the bike’s minimum seat height before your purchase. The Pello Reyes on the left has a minimum seat height of a little over 25″ while the woom 5 on the right has a 26.4″ minimum seat height. Make sure that you choose a bike that not only fits well now, but allows for plenty of room for growth.
Weight – light is better, but more expensive
Ideally, your child’s bike will be less than 40% of their body weight. This ratio is more important when a child is younger and just learning to ride, but is still applicable for your 8 and 9-year-olds! In most cases, the lighter the bike, the easier the bike is to ride. The more aggressive and longer your child rides, the more important weight becomes as well. If trail riding or any type of riding with varied elevation is in your child’s future, aim for a bike that is less than 30% of their weight.
In regards to weight, be cautious about purchasing a 24 inch bike with a shock as they can add a lot of unnecessary weight to a bike. In most cases, the weight a shock adds to the bike quickly negates the benefits of having a shock. Unless your child is an experienced all-terrain rider ready for the Zulu or Scout recommended above, we advise staying away from a shock on 24 inch bikes. In fact, we take this advice to heart – until our own kids have the basic skills of mountain biking down, they ride without a shock (even in their mountain biking classes!).
Best Frame Design – depends on riding style
The frames of all kids 24 inch bikes are designed for a specific type of riding. Whether they are designed for the average neighborhood rider (most are), for long distances (road bike), or for intense mountain biking, be sure to know HOW you plan on using the bike before you purchase one. Don’t expect your child’s neighborhood bike to perform well on single-track mountain bike trails, or a mountain bike with front suspension to be a good fit for a 30-mile+ ride on paved surfaces.
Our “Best Of” list is mainly comprised of bikes we would classify as neighborhood bikes or light trail use, for which the vast majority of kids use a bike. The geometry of these bikes, however, also vary greatly. Some place kids in a more upright position, which is better suited for more timid riders, while others place riders in a more aggressive, leaned forward position, which is better for more adventurous riders.
Brake Types are more varied on 24 inch bikes
Dual-hand brakes are the standard braking system on most 24 inch bikes. A few will have coaster brakes, but for the most part, differences will be between what type of hand brake a bike has. Braking systems include V-pull brakes, disc brakes (mechanical and hydraulic), and Guardian Bikes’ unique SureStop braking system.
Standard V-pull brakes work just fine for the mass majority of 8 to 11-year-olds, but the quality and performance of V-brakes varies from bike to bike. High-quality, high-performing brakes are easy for kids to activate and don’t require them to exert a lot of pressure on the lever.
The brakes on higher-end bikes such as woom, Priority, Pello and Cleary are far superior to any handbrake found on a bike at a big box store. These brands also feature short-reach levers that place the brake lever closer to their hand, only requiring kids to barely extend their fingers to activate the brake.
V-Pull vs. Disc Brake
Disc Brakes – a must for 24 inch mountain bikes
For those riding fast or on really aggressive downhills, consider a step-up to disc brakes. Mechanical disc-brakes are cheaper and lower-performing than hydraulic disc brakes, but still typically offer more stopping power than v-brakes.
Hydraulic disc brakes are the cream-of-the-crop in brakes, but they are expensive, require maintenance, and are a bit of overkill for lightweight kids who have only a fraction of the inertia of adults. For any serious mountain bike rider, however, hydraulic disc brakes are a huge benefit.
Guardian’s SureStop Brakes
Guardian’s unique patented braking system allows kids to activate both the rear and front brake with ONE brake lever. Upon activating the single brake lever, the rear brake is activated, which is turn activates the front wheel’s brake. As a result, it’s impossible for kids to “endo”, or be bucked off the bike by braking with only the front brake because the SureStop system prevents the front brake from being activated until after the rear brake has.
Gears – Common and more necessary on 24 inch bikes
Gears are not only fun to use, they’re essential to tackle long flat roads, hilly neighborhoods, dirt trails, and single track. By the time a child is 8 or 9-years-old, they’re probably tackling these terrains that make it beneficial to shift gears. They’re also at an age when they should be able to manage the complexity of shifting without too much trouble. And as they grow with the bike at 10 and 11-years-old, those gears will eventually become second nature.
24 inch bikes are typically available with 7 or 8 gears that are shifted with one shifter. Unlike most adult bikes that have two shifters, one for each derailleur, kids’ bikes typically have fewer gears and just one derailleur. Having to only worry about one shifter is much easier for kids as they can simply shift up or down without having to worry about which hand and which shifter to use.
Most 24 inch bikes are available with grip shifters, which kids activate by twisting the grip with the palm of their hand, or trigger shifters, which are activated by pulling or pushing on levers with their fingers. In general, grip shifters are preferred by more timid or beginning riders as they are often easier and more intuitive to use. Aggressive riders, especially mountain bikers, prefer trigger shifters.
Trigger vs Grip Shifter
Parents sometimes get a little sticker shock when they start shopping for a 24 inch bike. A larger bike is just going to cost more in general, and as kids get older, components often get more advanced to keep up with a child’s more advanced riding. Every bike on this list is pretty incredible and significantly better than a bike you’ll find at Walmart. But of course, they cost more! If your child truly loves riding, try to stick to the bikes on this list. If they are beyond your budget, try to find one used! But in the end, any bike is better than no bike at all, so do whatever it takes to keep your kid riding!
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