Best Budget 20 Inch Boy's Bikes 2016

As a family we love to bike, but knowing what bike gives you the best value is often difficult. Here's a few bikes we've used that offer a lot for the money you spend.
As a family we love to bike, but knowing what bike gives you the best value is often difficult. Here's a few bikes we've used that offer a lot for the money you spend.

Upgrading is Tricky, but Going a Little Big is Best

Kids grow up so fast. I have 3 sons and each time they need to upgrade to a larger bike I always try to push it a little further to make the bike last a bit longer and hopefully save us money.

At the 20 inch wheel size you're finally getting into a size that can last well into the preteen stage or even early teen years. For this reason, and as the kids become more responsible, I'm generally willing to spend just a little bit more for bikes at this stage.

While safety is important you also want to consider things like the design and therefore appeal of the bike for your son. Here's a look at the criteria I used while making this list.

1. Safety

2. Product Materials and Design

3. Specifications

4. Customer Reviews

5. Affordability

6. Durability

*Do you know what size bike you need? I've also written a guide on that in my article on 16 inch boy's bikes.

Should You Buy a Bike Online?

There are a few reasons why consumers buy a bike in a store. The most popular is convenience. Consumers can also see the product and have their boy even test it while at the store.

While it may be important to go to the store and have your son test drive a 20 inch bike to make sure that it is the right fit, buying a bike in a store is not always the best or most affordable option.

I recommend you go to the store and get a good idea of the features that your son wants in a bike. These probably include handlebar breaks but might include additional features like gears, steel pegs, or even an aluminum chassis.

From there take the model number and brand and look them up online to see not only the exact specifications for the bike, but the customer ratings as well. Be sure to compare the price of the bike with other similar highly rated options. Below, I've listed a variety of bikes from budget 20 inch boy's bike options to a few higher-end bicycles.

5 stars for Diamondback Viper

5 Good 20 Inch Bicycles for Boys

Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Viper Junior BMX Bike

If you're looking for solid value, then you'll be hard-pressed to find better than Diamondback's 2014 Viper series. For the money you get better than what you'll find in a conventional store like Wal-Mart in a bike full of features that can last him a long time.

That being said there is some assembly required with it. If you're unsure of putting it together, then take it to the local bike shop where they can help you put it together right the first time. They can also offer you a few customization options if you find anything lacking.

Standard Features include:

  • Heavy Duty Steel Frame
  • Multi-Brake options including alloy pull and coaster brakes
  • DB Icon Grips
  • Alloy 36h rims

Boy's 20 Inch Mongoose Bike - Raid Freestyle, Yellow

Although it's not as well-known as the model above I also recommend you take a look at the Mongoose Scan R20. In terms of value it's better than you'll find in the store and includes higher-end features like its lightweight freestyle frame and fork and 4 freestyle pegs.

The weight and features of this bike give it a BMX feel allowing your son to do tricks and grind without paying the price of the more customized bikes.

Kent Super 20 Boys Bike (20-Inch Wheels)

If you're looking for a good bike for your 7-10 year old boy, then this 20 inch Kent bike is probably one of the most well-liked among parents on the market.

The dual suspension combined with fun features like the 7 speed gearing and twist shift grip allow you to get a bike that has features that you'd find in both a trick bike and mountain bike. It's the best of both worlds if your son isn't exactly sure what direction he should go in.

Final Thoughts:

While there are bikes out there with more features, they cost more. For most it's better to go with something like this if your son isn't sure how serious he is about the sport.

X-Games FS20 Freestyle Bicycle

If you're looking for a good 20 inch BMX bike under $150, the X-Games FS20 should be near the top of your list. It has front and rear pegs for tricks and riding as well as a BMX X-games type saddle. The frame is also tig welded so it's sturdy enough to take some abuse from all the tricks, grinds, and jumps your son will do.

In addition to having a multi-grip system it also has tires with good street or skate park tread. Overall it's a solid bike for right around $125 and has a great look to it as well.

A Good Schwinn Boy's 20 Inch Bike Under $150

I'm always rooting for Schwinn as I loved their bikes as a child. This new 20 inch Schwinn boy's bike has a steel frame and fork as well as a coaster brake with rear and front brakes. It's good looking, sturdy, and has the Schwinn quality that people are looking for.

Like other packaged bikes it's not a terrible idea with this one to take it to your local bike shop for some easy adjustments. You'll get better and more use out of it if you're willing to take the time to do that.

For $100 the Mantis 20-inch boy's bike has pretty much everything you need except handlebar brakes. If your boy prefers peddle brakes, then you can save a good amount of money by going with this model and still get a fairly durable option as well.
For $100 the Mantis 20-inch boy's bike has pretty much everything you need except handlebar brakes. If your boy prefers peddle brakes, then you can save a good amount of money by going with this model and still get a fairly durable option as well.

A Good Budget 20 Inch Boy's Bike Under $100

If you're son isn't too serious about riding and you need something durable and inexpensive, then check out the Mantis Grizzled 20-Inch boy's bike. With an oversized frame and alloy rims it's durable enough and it gets him from point A to B without a problem. What's more is the lime green, black, and white color scheme looks fantastic.

Overall:

This is a solid bike that has a few features that more expensive bikes don't have including a chain guard, kickstand, steel padded handlebars, and a 10-inch steel frame. If it lacks one thing, it's the front handlebar brakes. You'll have to decide whether the difference in price between this and other models makes that something you can live without.

Final Thoughts:

More than anything you'll want to find a bike that he'll actually ride. Be sure to get your son's input on not only style, but also the features he's looking for and he'll be more than excited when he gets it.

Also, be sure to try out bikes at your local store before buying. While many kids may be taller than their friends they may have a longer torso and shorter legs or vice versa. This can make it tricky for parents that assume they know what size is best.

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Open Discussion and Commentary for 20 Inch Boy's Bikes 2 comments

Mike 19 months ago

Thank you so much for this! There aren't too many resources online for this specific subject matter. Got my Viper on order!


Maricel 14 months ago

A good kid's bike should be lightweight and made of aluminum instead of heavy steel frame.

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