BikeRadar Bargains: The best discounted kids' bikes

Get your kids cycling with these bargain bikes

There's nothing more idyllic, fun or empowering than a childhood spent messing about and exploring on bikes! And the good news is, not only is there plenty of choice for kids of every age, but there are also plenty of bargain bikes to be found so you can save a few pennies for that post-ride ice cream. 

And with Christmas just around the corner, now is an ideal time to bag a bargain, and you can't go wrong with the gift of a bicycle. It's something that comes with a whole lot more than just riding: freedom, adventures with friends, fitness, playing in the outdoors, and hopefully a life-long love of a brilliant activity. 

Kiddimoto Curve balance bike — £66 £58.50

It's a pirate bike. Need we say more?
It's a pirate bike. Need we say more?

Balance bikes are blooming genius inventions that mean kids get used to that balanced feeling on a bike before adding pedals, gears and brakes, which does away with the need for stabilisers further down the line. 

But this bike brings so much more with it than simply riding. This is a bike for PIRATES! There's also a police and fire brigade version if you prefer. 

Kona Hula 2017 kid's bike — £399 £315.21

A go-anywhere, do-anything versatile bike from Kona
A go-anywhere, do-anything versatile bike from Kona

The Hula got a redesign for 2017, and giving it a lower standover height makes things a whole lot more comfortable for shorter legs.

You can benefit from this updated version for fewer pennies right now too as it's in the sales. 

This is a cross-country mountain bike aimed at 7 to 11 year olds with 24-inch wheels, an aluminium frame and 21 gears — quality Shimano Tourney operated by a gripshift. 

Commencal Junior Yellow 2017 kid's full-suspension mountain bike — £2,295 £1,580

It may be small, but it is mighty!
It may be small, but it is mighty!

Know a junior rider who rips? Give them a bike that has all the capabilities of an adult bike but in a smaller size.

For the dedicated mountain biking families out there this has the works: Rockshox Yari RC forks with 160mm of travel, Rockshox Monarch RT shock, SRAM level brakes and SRAM NX 1x11 gearing. 

A seriously well-specc'd bike and a good choice for kids aged 10 to 13 years old. 

Early Rider Trail Runner — £174.99 £134.99 

A rugged balance bike for budding mountain bikers
A rugged balance bike for budding mountain bikers

If you've got a budding Rachel Atherton or Danny Hart, then start them cultivating those off-road skills at an early age with an off-road balance bike. 

If you tend to ride in your local woods, off road, or at your local trail centre, then this is a good choice because the knobbly tyres will give great traction in mud, dirt and on slippery slopes. Before you know it, they'll be zooming down little grass banks and rolling over rocks, sticks and little drops. 

We've included this bike in our Best kid's bikes buyer's guide

GT Team Comp BMX bike 2017 — £429.99 £365.49

You can't go wrong with a BMX for older kids
You can't go wrong with a BMX for older kids

A BMX is still a great choice for any kid. They're perfect for playing in your local area, and if there's a pump track nearby then hours of fun can be had learning to pump the terrain, jump, wheelie, manual etc — all of which are great skills to have. 

This quality offering from GT Bicycles is influenced by BMXer Jason Phelan and channels his own unique style. 

Early Rider Lite 12 kid's balance bike — £122 £90.55

The wooden-frame Early Rider Lite is an excellent first balance bike
The wooden-frame Early Rider Lite is an excellent first balance bike

This balance bike is lightweight as it's made of wood, which also adds flex to the frame, making it a more forgiving and comfortable ride than a lot of cheap balance bikes. 

The seat height is adjustable, so it can grow with your child, and the wood itself is weatherproof so will handle the hard wear we're sure it'll get. It's suitable for preschool children aged from 18 months up to three years, depending on height. 

This is another suggestion from our Best kid's bikes buyer's guide

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Aoife Glass

Women's Cycling Editor
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
  • Current Bikes: Liv Avail Advanced Pro 2015, Juliana Furtado 2013, Canyon Roadlite AL
  • Dream Bike: Juliana Roubion, Liv Avail Advanced SL
  • Beer of Choice: Red wine for the win!
  • Location: Weston Super Mare, Somerset, UK

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