Best 24 Inch Bikes for Boys
A Current Comparison of my Favorite 24 Inch Boy's Bikes
As a Father of 4 children and 3 boys I've had the chance to look through, choose, and even throw out more than my fair share of bikes. When kids are young and growing they need a new bike every few years, so sometimes you're better off buying something that's cheap and durable, but may lack a few bells and whistles.
With a 24 inch bike you'll want to buy something for him that's at least decent in quality because he'll be able to use it for a longer period of time.
Picture: This is a 1972 Schwinn 24-inch wheel Varsity Sport bike much like the one I had when I was a kid.
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A Buying Guide to Boy's Bikes
After age 12 most boys need a bike that is 24 inches or larger and sometimes sooner if your child is tall. There are many options available in this category that younger boys simply don't have. For example, at 24 inches you have a lot more mountain bikes, bikes with aluminum frames, or bikes with additional gears to choose from.
If you've looked around you may notice that this chart guide recommends at 24 inch bike when a child hits around 49 inches when others may recommend around 52 to 53. While this ultimately can depend on the length of your child's legs, I think it's always good to jump up to a larger bike a little bit earlier so that your child can have a better quality bike for a longer period of time.
*If after seeing this chart your boy needs a smaller bike, then please check out these other useful guides.
My Picks for the 5 Best Boy's Bikes in 2013
This review is based on performance, price, overall look, customer reviews, and of course, my own personal preference.
In no particular order, here is my list of the 5 best boy's 24 inch bikes (see below for a short review of each). I've tried to include various street, mountain, and BMX options.
Pacific Boy's Chromium Mountain Bike with 24-Inch Wheels
The Pacific Chromium Boy's full suspension 24 inch mountain bike features a steel dual suspension frame, 18 speed index torque drive twist shifters, 3 piece crank, and linear pull brakes. Overall this is a safe bike for just under $150 and one he'll be able to use for several years.
Schwinn 24" High Timber Boy's Dual Suspension Boy's Mountain Bike
Schwinn was founded in 1895 and since then they've been making the best bikes around and then improving on the design. 115 years of design and stability have done good things for their company, and for their bikes.
This High Timber 24 Inch Boy's Mountain Bike is perfect for cruising rugged trails or going anywhere in the neighborhood. It features 21 speeds (SRAM grip shifters) and alloy linear pull breaks for maximum control and protection.
Be sure to have the right wrenches in front of you before you put it together.
Diamondback 2013 Cobra Junior Mountain Bike with 24-Inch Wheels
The Cobra Junior 24 inch boy's bike is this far down on the list because of price alone. If it's not a factor, then make sure to look into this fantastic bike.
I like it because of how heavy-duty it is. With an intense steel frame and pull front and rear bikes, it's perfect for kids that are a little bit hard on their bicycles.
Polaris Ranger Boy's 24-Inch Mountain Bike
Initial Impression: This Polaris Boy's Bike isn't the cheapest out there, but it is a good entry level light-weight mountain bike for boys who like to get outdoors.
You may know the four-wheelers but do you know the bikes? The Polaris Ranger Boy's 24 inch mountain bike features an incredible steel suspension frame with a 21-speed drive train and twist gear shifters.
This allows for easy and accurate gear changes at any time. It Also includes front and rear suspension brakes as well as alloy pull brakes for ultimate control in stopping. Includes kickstand.
This bike took me about an hour and a half to assemble and seems to be well made. The 2013 model seems very similar to the 2010 version, but slightly more sturdy overall.
A Cool Entry-Level BMX Bike 24 Inch Option for Boys - Diamondback Session
I've had two boys that were enthusiasts when it came to mountain biking and one that loves to do tricks. When I asked him what type of bike he wanted, he said two things; Diamondback, and BMX.
While this is a good starting point it's important for you to know a few things about these types of bikes. First of all, they are highly customizable. He'll probably want to change out the seat and other accessories on this particular bike. My son found the seat somewhat hard, but considering you pay about half as much for this bike as others you'll come across. It's still a good deal. If he gets really serious into BMX, then he can either upgrade it further or go with a more expensive BMX bike down the road.
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