BikeBiz takes a look at the latest children’s bikes and accessories from some of the leading brands in the sector, including Prevelo, Frog Bikes, Squish, Forme, Concept, Raleigh, Fuji, Hornit, Kiddimoto, Nutcase, Limar Helmets, Smith Optics, TSG, Krash and Raskullz, CamelBak, Little Rider Co, 100%, SDG and Kids Ride Shotgun
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Prevelo – Alpha Two
The 16″ Alpha Two is the perfect bike for 4- to 6-year-olds, whether they are just learning to ride or are mastering the trails. Prevelo confidence-inspiring low and narrow geometry. Prevelo geometry keeps the rider low, balanced and in control. Lightweight 6061 aluminium frame with custom formed tubing. Lightweight aluminium alloy fork with chromoly steerer. Tektro front and rear v-brakes with small reach brake levers. Front and rear hubs with low profile rounded hex bolts and no harsh edged nuts for little legs to knock against. Three-piece crank with squared taper cartridge bearing bottom bracket and ultra-narrow Q factor. Double chain wheel guard. Custom made cranks. All Prevelo cranks are sized specifically for each model bike, down to the millimetre. 95% assembled. Just install the handlebar, seat post and pedals.
Weblink: Prevelo Alpha Two 16” – Windwave
Prevelo – Zulu Three
The Prevelo Zulu Three packs high performance mountain bike features into a 20-inch wheel size package. Every component is the real deal and is carefully chosen to provide the best performance and fit for young riders ready to tear up the trails. Zulu specific slack head tube angle and short chain stays keeps the bike controlled over rough terrain. Stealth dropper post ready. Flat mount rear brake caliper keeps the rear brake caliper tucked away and protected between the rear chain stays. Tektro front and rear hydraulic disc brakes. SRAM GX 10-speed drivetrain.
Weblink: Prevelo Zulu Three 20” – Windwave
Frog Bikes – Frog 47 Kids’ First Pedal Bike
Distributor: Frog Bikes
The Frog 18-inch First Pedal kids’ bike has been carefully designed to help maximise the lifetime of the bike for a growing child. It is the ideal first pedal bike for four to six-year-olds with an average inside leg of 47cm. The Frog 47 offers a super lightweight frame, for ease of handling, weighing just 6.75kg. It is one of the lightest 18” kids’ bikes on the market.
Squish – Squish 24MTB
Distributor: Tandem Group Cycles
Super lightweight triple butted alloy frame, SR Suntour XCR-LO air suspension fork with lockout, disc brakes and a 1x8spd drivetrain. The Squish MTB range is meant for serious riders who demand the best quality.
Forme – Kinder MX20
Distributor: Moore Large
The Forme Kinder MX20 is one of the lightest and best-performing kids’ bikes on the market. Less weight helps smaller riders start easier, accelerate faster and handle the bike with more control. The high-quality components used on the Kinder will inspire
confidence in children and parents alike. Available in six colours and also in 24” and 26” wheel sizes.
RRP: £399.99 for the 20” (£419.99 for the 24” and £429.99 for the 26”)
Forme – Cubley 14
Distributor: Moore Large
The Cubley 14 is designed to make a child’s transition from a balance bike to their first pedal bike as easy and enjoyable as possible without relying on stabilisers. You can easily remove the pedals and then introduce the pedalling element as soon as they feel confident steering and braking. At 6.12kg, this is one of the lightest bikes available at this price point and specification. Available in six colours and also in 16” and 18” wheel sizes.
RRP: £289.99 for the 20” (£309.99 for the 16” and £319 for the 18”)
Concept – Cybot Boys’ Bike and Enchanted Girls’ Bike
Distributor: Insync Bikes
The Cybot comes equipped with a single speed freewheel transmission. The bike, with a colourful design, comes in 12” 14” and 16” wheel sizes. Finished in white and pink colours, the Enchanted (pictured) features elegant decals, matching stabilizers, chainguard and rims and has mudguards and front basket.
RRP: 16” wheel Cybot RRP £145; 16” wheel Enchanted RRP £145
Raleigh – Raleigh Pop 26’’
Distributor: Raleigh UK Ltd
Fun and vibrant, the Raleigh Pop range is perfect for little learners through to teenage riders. When they’ve outgrown their frame, the Pop 26 is the perfect next step. From family bike rides to catching up with friends, this lightweight kids’ bike will keep them moving into their teens.
Fuji – Dynamite 24 Comp Kids Bike
A stylish, versatile 24”-wheeled bike for junior riders. It comes kitted out with Zoom 50mm-travel suspension fork, Shimano Tourney Revo eight-speed drivetrain and alloy V-brakes. Kenda Small Block Eight tyres provide superb rolling speeds and grip on all terrains. The Dynamite is available in two colourways and is also available in a 20” wheel version.
Hornit – Airo Balance Bike
Made from a highly durable magnesium alloy and weighing just 2.95kg, the Hornet Airo is lighter than all 23 comparable competitors. The Airo is one of the only balance bikes to come with a lifetime warranty on the frame and forks.
Kiddimoto – Marc Marquez Grand Prix Wooden Balance Bike with matching accessories available
This revved-up ride is lightweight and light on the planet too thanks to its environmentally friendly wooden frame, water-based paint coating and minimal packaging. Built to withstand non-stop toddler play, with puncture proof tyres and ergonomic design, this balance bike develops imagination, gross motor skills, boosts two-wheel bike confidence, and improves balance and coordination. Other superbike designs are available in the range.
Kiddimoto – Ikon Full Face Helmet in Orange/Yellow
The Kiddimoto Ikon features patented detachable chin guard, making it two helmets in one – providing secure full-face and full-on head protection. It’s built for little heads and little neck muscles, so it’s lighter and a lot less bulky – perfect for balance biking, scooting, skating or BMXing with an unprecedented level of protection and comfort. Other colours and designs are available.
Nutcase – Baby Nutty/Little Nutty helmets
Distributor: Upgrade Bikes
The Baby and Little Nutty ranges cover heads from 47cm-56cm. This safety leading brand uses MIPS protection throughout the range, coupled with Crumple Zone EPS foam. Non-pinch Fidlock buckles are standard with reflective logos and straps giving added protection. 11 contoured air vents keeps the child cool and a ponytail cut out on Little Nutty ensure a great fit for all.
RRP: Baby Nutty £55 /Little Nutty £65
Limar Helmets – Kids Pro M Blue Pirates Helmet & Kids Pro S Graffiti Hearts Helmet
Distributor: Chicken CycleKit
Incorporating the same technical features as Limar’s top-level adult helmets, but in array of colours, designs and details. The Competition+ adjustment system grants perfect fit. The helmet also complies with the strictest international standards CE,CPSC, AS to give even the littlest of cyclists the highest levels of safety.
Smith Optics – Kids Mountain Bike Helmet – Wilder Jr.
Distributor: Ultra Sport Europe
The Smith Wilder Jr. mountain bike helmet combines the enhanced angle impact protection of MIPS with a lightweight, ventilated design just like our adult helmets. 21 fixed vents keep the air flowing as kids bomb down their favourite trails. The VaporFit dial system adjusts around the head with the turn of a dial to get the right fit every time.
TSG – Nipper Mini
Distributor: Ison Distribution
The Nipper Mini helmet delivers certified safety, a confident low-profile fit, unbeatable comfort and all in a super-lightweight package. The Nipper Mini is the strongest marriage of comfort and reassurance combined. And naturally, it’s styled out with super cool graphics and colours.
Krash and Raskullz – Helmets
Raskullz caters for the infant, toddler, child market with multiple sizes up to 8, while Krash looks after the youths in the 8-14 bracket. The helmets feature some of the coolest 3D moulded designs, including Super Rainbowcorns and Dino T-Rex Mohawks. Krash offers ABS Pro skate style helmets in cool colours in child and youth sizing.
RRP: £24.99 to £34.99 for USB RC LED models
CamelBak – Kids Mini M.U.L.E.
For maximum fun. This mini M.U.L.E. holds 1.5L/50oz water as well as 1.5L of gear capacity, a bike tool organiser pocket and zippered compartments for layers and essentials; all in a package that fits younger explorers.
Little Rider Co – Little Rider Kids Bike Knee Protection
Distributor: Little Rider Co
The Little Rider ‘Armour’ gives your little riders the confidence to feel like a pro, and stay safe on their bike. High quality and comfortable, it allows your little riders to look cool, stay safe and feel fast while they are out on their two wheels.
100% – 100% Strata 2 Youth Goggles
Distributor: Silverfish UK
Ride with the big kids without emptying your parent’s wallet. The Strata Jr. packs the same great features as its full-sized sibling with a fit that’s spot on for younger riders. Complete protection with excellent field of vision for today’s youth rider at the BMX track, local hills or the Bike Park.
SDG – SDG Junior Pro Kit
Distributor: Silverfish UK
Ready to take your children’s riding adventures to the next level? The industry’s first all-in-one premium youth components upgrade kit is here – skillfully engineered and manufactured for the little shredder in the family! Pack contains Slater Jr Grips, Slater Handlebar, Fly Jr Saddle and the Slater Pedals.
Kids Ride Shotgun – Shotgun Pro Child Bike Seat and Handlebars Combo
Designed for children two – five years (up to 60lb / 27kg). Zero frame contact. Folds flat for storage. Fully adjustable to fit all electric and regular mountain bikes. Fully adjustable leg length to grow with your child. Fits all mountain bikes with standard 1 1⁄8 steerers. Pro bars fit 31.8mm and 35mm handlebar diameters.