The Best Mountain Bikes for Kids Who Are Ready to Rip Up the Trail

Is the singletrack calling to your kids? These kids mountain bikes are the answer.

by Berne Broudy
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four kids mountain bikes set against a multicolored background

Sure, greenways and bike lanes can be satisfying, but if your child is ready for thrills, then it’s time to get him or her a kids mountain bike. The best kids mountain bikes allow your child to rediscover the excitement of riding while, most importantly, getting out in nature. Jumps and drop-offs are no problem, but even just the added effort of riding on flat singletrack helps get his or her mind off social media and iPhones and back into the real world. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite kids mountain bikes for every budget and every child. If your kid has already got some chops, there are even a few options to take him or her to the next level.

Kids mountain bikes generally have wider, knobbier tires and can have front shocks to soften the impact when they’re cruising down rough terrain. Plus, fatter tires stabilize the bike, which can help prevent spills. The more gears a bike has, the more choice the rider gets in terms of speed and climbing power going up and down steep hills. Our picks for the best mountain bikes for kids are light but tough: They come with reliable brakes, smooth shifting, and legit suspensions that add up to a positive introduction to an active, nature-based hobby.

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