Is your child outgrowing their old bike? Maybe they’re getting a little bored of riding around the neighbourhood and are looking for the next step up, or maybe you’re a seasoned mountain biker yourself who wants to introduce the young ones to the sport. Either way, there are many benefits of learning how to ride mountain bikes!
We know that trawling through the web in search of kids mountain bikes that are safe and durable for the great Aussie mountain bike trails, but still somewhat budget friendly for beginner mountain bikers can be a little overwhelming, so we’ve put together our picks for the top 5 kids mountain bikes in Australia.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “What is the best mountain biking brand for Aussie kids?” Read on to find out.
When it comes to outdoor play equipment that’s designed with safety, durability and ergonomics in mind, you can’t look past Vuly. Designed by an award-winning design team right here in Australia, it’s easy to see why Vuly makes our choice for top mountain bikes for kids in 2022.
Designed for both style and comfort, both Vuly’s 24-inch and 20-inch Mountain Bikes come in 4 stylish colourways each (that’s 8 in total!), while the ultra soft compound hand grips and ergonomic adjustable saddle allow kids to ride for longer. Vuly features the widest gearing range on this list, with its 21-speed Shimano Tourney gearing to inspire young ones to learn and explore their love for mountain biking.
Speaking of parents, you’ll love that you can purchase Vuly Kids Mountain Bikes directly from the Vuly website with FREE national delivery to your door, and it’ll only take you a quick 5 minutes to fully assemble. Talk about hassle free!This Bike is lightweight yet build to last, and parents can rest assured knowing that Vuly puts safety and durability first, openly advertising their excellent warranty on each product page of their website:
If you’re a seasoned MTB lover, you’ll probably have heard of the Trek, who manufacture some of the best mountain bikes for adults. With known and loved details from the adult Trek Roscoe in mind, Trek designed a kid’s bike from the ground up, bringing us the Roscoe 24. Only available in the 24-inch size and single colourway on the Aussie market, the Roscoe is designed as a more mature step up from Trek’s Precaliber series.
The Roscoe 24 does not have any front or rear suspension, instead relying on the 2.8” (7.1cm) mid-fat tyres for traction and stability. Featuring a 1x8 Shimano drivetrain, wide-range cassette, mechanical disc breaks, a closed front dropout and tucked-in rear brake calliper, this kids mountain bike is built to last.
Trek’s warranty will cover the frame, rigid fork, main frame and full suspension swing arms for the lifetime of the original owner (read: hand-me-downs may not be covered). Most other components, including accessories, wheels with alloy rims and others, are covered for 2 years.
Silverback’s Spyke kids mountain bikes are a great option for introducing kids how to ride with gears. This bike features a low top tube height for easy mount and dismount, wide knobbly mountain bike tyres, as well as mechanical disc brakes to instil confidence as children get comfortable braking on trails.
The Silverback Spyke is available in the widest range of sizes on this list: 20-inch, 24-inch and 26-inch, with a 6-speed, 7-speed or 8-speed MicroShift drivetrain on each bike respectively. The 20 and 24-inch bikes are available in two colourways each, and the 26-inch is available in a single colourway, for a total of 5 fun colourways kids will love.
The Norco Storm 4.3 is another kids mountain bike that takes inspiration from the brand’s adult MTB line, but is designed with kids in mind. The Storm 4.3 features a low standover height and shorter chainstay length, making mount/dismount easier on a bike with larger wheels, and their shifting and brake levers are designed to fit small hands.
Another bike with a single chainset, The Norco Storm 4.3 features a Shimano Altus 7-speed Altus shifter system for smooth and reliable shifting, MTB rigid long fork and Tektro rim brakes.
The Norco Storm 4.3’s aluminium frame is lightweight, durable, and comes in two bold colourways to choose from.
The Mongoose Rockadile is a youth mountain bike designed for 8-11 year olds looking to ride on bike paths or get started on easier trails. Teach your kid to get comfortable shifting between a range of gears that will help them climb and descend with the Rockadile’s 3x7 speed Shimano drivetrain. Available in two colourways per size, the Mongoose Rockadile is the only bike on this list alongside the Vuly Kids Mountain Bike that features a triple chainset, rather than a single.
The Rockadile features double wall rims, alloy rim brakes, a Prowheel 152mm crank, Shimano Tourney derailleurs, Revo shifters, aluminium hubs with 9mm QR front and bolt-on rear axles, so you know this bike is built to last.
Whether you’re looking to show your kid the ropes when it comes to gear shifting along the bike path or get them on their way to shredding the tracks, there’s sure to be a bike on this list that’s just what they need.