Mountain bikes for the younger riders have to be built well enough to take the abuse that they will no doubt get. From being dropped on the floor, riding rough trails, whizzing around the neighborhood and going up and down the kerbside. Kids like to perform all manner of ‘tricks’ on their bikes, jumping over things, riding ramps, doing 360º turns in the air ……. the list is endless. Most of these moves are more possible when the bike has a suspension element. These bikes need to be sturdy and robust to make it through the day with a teenager or younger rider. With such a large market the manufacturers are always bringing out new models or modifying the existing ones; so it makes it all that much harder to choose the right bike. We like to think we can take the worry out of choosing by giving you an up to date selection that is regularly reviewed ans researched.
Reviews of the best mountain bikes for teens in 2017:
REVIEWS ARE PENDING AS AT Jan 2017
#5 – Mongoose Exlipse 24″ Boys Dual Suspension Mountain Bike, Blue
The alloy wheels and 24 inch mountain tyres put together with the oversized durable steel frame make this bike look very impressive. With a front suspension fork and dual-suspension frame, to absorb the shocks of rough terrain riding, you should get a smooth and comfortable ride from this bike. It has a 21 speed Shimano gear system for full control and linear pull brakes at the front and rear for more control on the decline and great stopping capabilities. The mountain handlebars adjust up to 2.5 inches and it has a very hard wearing kickstand.
#4 – Diamondback Bicycles 2015 Recoil Pro Full Suspension Complete Mountain Bike
The strong yet light aluminum alloy frame has been hand built and has full suspension. For a durable performance and a smooth ride the single pivot that has sealed cartridge bearings handles the 4 inches of RockShox air suspension. The Shimano gear system has 10 gears at the back and two at the front giving 20 different gears. The large Schwalbe tyres will glide over smaller bumps yet stick to very surface for a safe ride. There is great stopping power provided by the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.
*** Just Checked on AMAZON and this bike seems to be out of stock at the moment. I’ll keep check when it is available again.
#3 – 24″ Mongoose Ledge 2.1 Boys’ Mountain Bike, Silver/Red
The Shimano gear system with 21 speeds changes easily using the twist shifters, along with the linear pull brakes you can keep full control of this bike on any terrain. The aluminum frame has a four bar linkage suspension system that is very shock absorbent. The wheel rims are made of alloy for durability and are lightweight.
#2 – Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Cobra Junior Boy’s Mountain Bike (24-Inch Wheels), One Size, Green
The front suspension fork with 40mm of travel will cope with harsh surfaces giving a smoother ride and the heavy duty frame made from steel has been designed for endurance. It has seven gears that are easily changed using the twist shifters. The wheels are made from aluminum and have 36 spokes. The brakes at the front and rear are linear pull for full control.
#1 – Diamondback Cobra 20 Kids Bike
A great all rounder for kids. The heavy duty metal frame teamed with the all terrain tyres can withstand a battering going along any trail or whizzing around the neighbourhood. The suspension fork at the front has 30mm of travel allowing for most bumps, curbs and drops that will no doubt be inflicted on this bike. Shimano provides 6 speeds using en easy grip shift system and linear pull brakes at the front and rear for great control.