Buying a 24″ bike for your kids can sometimes turn into a decision making nightmare. You’ll have questions like,
What’s the best 24″ bike for my kid?
And you soon realise that these bikes come in various types of configurations; frame materials, number of gears, tire types, brakes and even different frame geometry.
Pretty confusing, isn’t it?
Generally, 24″ bikes are suited towards kids aged at least 7 years and above, or if they’ve reached a certain height to be able to ride these bigger size bikes comfortably and confidently.
So, here are my top 10 picks for the best 24″ kids bikes for you to consider.
Best for the Budget Minded
Roadmaster 24" Granite Peak
Another alternative for a budget 24″ bike is the Roadmaster 24″ Granite Peak. It comes with plenty of features suitable for the kids who are about to upgrade to a larger bike.
The frame made of steel for better durability, 18 gears powered by Shimano, making this bike suitable for riding in almost all types of terrains.
The alloy wheels are mounted with 1.95″ mountain bike tires which offer plenty of grip for uneven surfaces and off-road terrain.
Huffy Kids Hardtail 24" Bike
Huffy Kids Hardtail is a true mountain bike which is made for aggressive riding both on-road and off-road, featuring a gloss blue hardtail frame, Shimano 6-speed drivetrain and a front suspension fork.
It’s a lightweight and durable frame that handles bumps and dips efficiently, ensuring a smoother ride. The handlebar offers a slight-rise position that minimizes back and shoulder strain yet offers a better riding position that ensures comfort.
What’s interesting about this bike is a micro-shift twist shifter that is easy to use yet combines 6 speeds that will handle most any climbs. There’s even a removable derailleur guard placed to protect the rear derailleur during a crash.
Best Value for Money
Diamondback Cobra 24
The Diamondback Cobra 24 represents the best value for money 24″ bike.
It’s equipped with a Shimano Tourney 2 drivetrain. With 21 gears, it’ll be more than enough for your kids to cover all types of terrain from flat to hilly roads and off-road rides.
Besides the wide range of gearing, the Cobra 24 also comes with a front suspension fork with 40mm travel that will absorb stress and shock just like on a bigger mountain bikes.
Mongoose 24" Boys Bike
Mongoose is another ideal choice for parents who are looking for a 24″ bike that represents the most value for their money.
The bike frame is made of aluminum, making it lighter than most steel frames. The tubes are formed using Mongoose’s proprietary Hydro technology to increase durability and reliability especially when riding in off-roads. The wheels are made out of light alloy material and are able to fit 2″ wide mountain-bike tires on them.
To further improve the riding comfort over rough terrains, the front suspension offers 40mm of travel while two V-brakes ensure enough stopping power in the trails.
It also features Shimano drivetrain with 21 gears. Shifting is crisp with a grip shifter on a strong and ergonomic handlebar with a higher-rise for a better riding position.
This is a great alternative to the more popular DiamondBack Cobra 24.
Best for All Terrain
Avigo AirFlex Dual Suspension Bike
The Avigo Air Flex bike is certainly built for all types of terrain. The frame is made out of steel, making it very durable and will last for years, but at the expense of more weight.
Unlike most 24″ bikes such as the Tommaso Ghost and the Mongoose 24″ bike that feature only a front fork suspension, this bike also comes with a rear suspension. It’s very useful on the roughest off-road terrain and when this is coupled with a 2″ wide knobby tires, your child is set for a comfortable ride.
The Shimano 21-speed drivetrain provides plenty of versatility for riding in flat and hilly terrains.
Tommaso Ghost 24"
The Ghost is an all-rounder 24″ bike which is ideal for all types of terrain. With a 1.95″ wide knobby tires, they provide plenty of grip when riding over dirt, gravel and pavements.
The front shock absorbing fork makes the ride even more comfortable for the kids. There’s also a 21-speed Shimano Tourney derailleur that is operated by grip shifters on the handlebars, called the GripShift system.
Whether your kids will be riding on the road or on the local trails, they’ll always be safe with the disc brakes on both wheels that provide plenty of stopping power if needed.
Best for Girls
Raleigh Lilly 24
If you’re looking for a 24″ bike for your little girl, the Raleigh Lily 24 makes a great choice.
It’s an all rounder bike that can offer a great riding experience whether your girl is riding around the town or tackling down mellow trails.
This bike features an aluminum frame that makes it very lightweight but durable, and what’s interesting is that Raleigh added a low standover height feature that makes getting on and off the bike a lot easier.
It features no suspension fork but it has an aluminum fork that provides great stability. But even though there is no suspension fork unlike the Pacific Tide 24″, there is a padded seat that offers incredible comfort when riding in any terrain.
Pacific Tide 24"
The Pacific’s Tide is a 24″ bike for girls who are looking to get on a bigger bike and continue their adventures whether they’re riding on the road or off-road.
Even though it features a heavier steel frame (check out the Raleigh Lilly if you’re after a lighter girls bike), it has a geometry that allows easier control and getting on and off the bike. The suspension alloy fork helps to smoothen the bumps and increases the stability, control and comfort of the bike.
With 18-speed gearing system, controlled by a grip shifter, your girl can pretty much ride on all terrains, both flat and hilly ones.
Best Lightweight 24" Bikes
Prevelo Alpha 4
The Prevelo Alpha 4 certainly don’t come cheap. If you look closely at this bike, you’ll soon realise it screams quality right from the start.
The frame is made of a higher grade 6061 aluminum, which makes it even lighter than most aluminum frame out there. And it doesn’t stop here.
Gearing wise, the Shimano 8-speed drivetrain with a 11-34T gear range will ensure your child gets over the steepest climbs around the neighborhood. While not having a front suspension, this is compensated by a 1.5″ wide tires which will help smoothen out the uneven surfaces for a more comfortable ride.
Even though Alpha Four is a bit pricier bike, it’s worth every dollar it costs.
Cannondale Quick 24
Cannondale is a very well-known bike manufacturer and they provide incredible quality which is highly visible in their Quick 24 bike.
This bike is based upon Cannondale’s lightweight SmartForm C2 alloy frame and fork that is designed for riding over any type of terrains. Throw in the 1.5″ wide Kenda tires, the ride becomes more comfortable.
The drivetrain is powered by a 7-speed Shimano gear system, controlled by grip shifter. With its 11-28T gearing range, you’d be sure your kid will cover both flat and hilly terrains without any problem.
If you’re after a lightweight bike, the Cannondale makes a great choice.
5 Things to Consider Before Buying 24" Kids Bikes
From experience, I’ve seen parents being overwhelmed by lots of information when it comes to buying bikes for their kids.
Well, it’s a lot of info to digest but it shouldn’t be that complicated.
In this section below, I’ve covered the 5 important things to look out for before you buy. Going through the sections below will give you a clearer idea of what to expect.
If you want a more detailed guide, you can read my kids bike guide which will cover each of the topics below in depth.
1. Kids Aged 7+
24″ bikes are the last bike size before stepping into adult bike size territory. Generally the minimum age for 24″ bikes is at least 7 years old.
From my experience and observation, kids usually start riding 24″ bikes when they’re 8,9 or sometimes 10 years old.
It’s inaccurate to size the kids just based on their age as kids of the same age might not have the same height.
A more accurate method is to measure their inseam.
But, what’s an inseam?
Inseam is the length measured from the crotch to the floor of a child who is standing with both feet flat on the ground. The ideal inseam measurement for a 24″ bike is between 24″ and 28″.
If your child falls outside of this range, you might want to consider either sizing up or down a size for them.
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2. Frame Materials
The majority of 24″ kids bikes are main of either steel or aluminium. There are some exceptions where they’re made of carbon, but they will cost you a lot of money.
Steel is a very durable, reliable material and more importantly, affordable material to build a bike frame. The downside is, it’s heavy. Some good examples of steel bikes are the Huffy Kids Hardtail and the Diamondback Cobra 24.
On the other hand, aluminum offers the same durability yet is a lot lighter and more expensive. Bikes like the Cannondale Quick 24 and Prevelo Alpha 4 are among the lightest 24″ bikes, but they come with a heavier price tag.
In short, be prepared to pay more if you’re after a lighter bike.
3. Gearing Range
Shimano and SRAM are the two most common gear manufacturers seen in 24″ bikes.
Since 24″ are now bigger bikes, they come with various gear configurations. Some of the bikes will come with 7/8 gears, while others will feature 14/16 or even 21/24 gears.
For example, if the bike has 2 front chainrings and 7 rear cogs, there will be a total of 14 available gears. The wider the gearing range, the more versatile the bike is.
You might also start noticing that manufacturers specifying the gear ratio in terms of 11-28T or 11-34T.
What does this mean?
11T represents 11 teeth at the rear cog, which indicates a very high gear which is ideal for cruising along flat roads.
28T represents a very low gear, which is useful for the hills. The steeper the hill is, the lower the gears needed, which is why some bikes such as the Prevelo Alpha 4 comes with a 34T rear cassette.
You’ll notice that every 24″ bikes now come with brakes. And there’s really no surprise here.
However, what differs is the type of brakes. There are no coaster brakes anymore, but almost all of them come with either V-brakes, rim brakes or even disc brakes such as the Tommaso Ghost.
Almost all 24″ bikes come with tires that require air pressure and are vulnerable to punctures. So, it’s about time that you consider learning how to change an inner tube yourself and teaching your kids how to do them too.
You’ll notice that the tires come in various sizes, typically from 1.5″ to 1.9″ wide. The wider the tire size, the more comfortable the ride will be as you’ll be running a lower air pressure due to the larger tire volume.