2015 Holiday Gift Guide: The best kid’s bikes and gear

Get junior rolling in 2016 with these 15 great gift ideas

Holiday Gift Guide Kids

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

If you have kids on your holiday shopping list, there’s no reason not to add a bike or bike-related gear to all the toys, games and clothes that they will be receiving this year. We have gathered this list of interesting and new bikes and accessories that you may not have heard of yet.

Strider ST-Pro Balance Bike

Strider ST-Pro Balance Bike

Strider is one of the oldest names in the kid’s balance bike game. When it comes to teaching your kids early, nothing beats a balance bike. Strider makes their balance bikes in three levels, Classic, Custom, and Pro, which is their lightweight aluminum version designed for riders 18 months to 5 years. Price: $170 | More info at www.striderbikes.com

Trek Fuel EX Junior

Trek Fuel EX Junior

The Trek Fuel EX Junior takes all the great parts of the Trek Fuel and downsizes them for kids. The bike features legit parts and a true mountain biker stance. Full suspension bikes for kids can be expensive, but Trek offers this bike at a very reasonable price. Who knew that 26″ wheels would eventual become a kid’s size? The frame itself is the equivalent of a 12.5″ frame. This is definitely one worth checking out. Price: $1890 | More info at trekbikes.com

Free Agent Maverick BMX Bike

Free Agent Maverick BMX Bike

This all-time classic 20” shredder with great racing heritage is the perfect day-to-day bike to get young riders rolling on the street, trail or track. Features of the Free Agent Maverick distributed exclusively by KHS Bicycles include a bomb-proof Hi-Ten TIG welded frame, tapered leg fork, durable Weinmann alloy wheels, and a padded low profile Free Agent BMX saddle. Price: $259 | More info at www.freeagentbmx.com

Trailcraft Cycles Pineridge 24

Trailcraft Cycles Pineridge 24

Trailcraft is a new brand based out of Fort Collins, Colorado and they specialize in lightweight 24″ mountain bikes for young riders and budding racers. Concentrating on only one wheel size has allowed them to make a very high performance product at a very competitive price. The Pineridge starts with a lightweight 7005 aluminum frame and hangs it with quality parts such as a Shimano Deore drivetrain and brakes, Stan’s Crest rims, Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires and RST fork specifically tuned for lighter riders. They have 2×10 and 1×10 options, five color choices, and even options for a custom Ti rigid fork. Price: $1725 | www.trailcraftcycles.com

TykesBykes Fat Byke 20

TykesBykes Fat Byke 20

TykesBykes is a fairly new company based out of Southern California. They have three models of balance bikes as well as three pedal choices. Highlighted here is the Fat Byke 20, which has an alloy frame and a steel fork. Fat bikes really do make sense for young riders because they are actually easier to ride and balance. They do weigh more, so this isn’t the best option if your grom is ready to set personal records. But if you live near the beach or snow, this bike could add a bit of versatility to your young one’s rides. Price: $550 | More info at www.tykesbykes.com

Norco Fluid 20" 2.2

Norco Fluid 20″ 2.2

The Fluid line from Norco is a full suspension XC/trail bike that comes in many different version, including three for kids: a 26″ wheel version with 120mm of rear travel, a 24″ wheel version with 100mm of rear travel, and the 20″ wheel version shown here with 83mm of rear travel. Combined with the RST air fork with 60mm of travel, the Fluid 20″ 2.2 will give your little shredder their first taste of the benefits of full suspension. There are other full suspension bikes with 20″ wheels out there, but none at this price. Price: $1495 | More info at www.norco.com

Isla Bikes Beinn 20

Isla Bikes Beinn 20

Isla Bikes has been selling kid-specific bikes for a while and they have quite an expansive selection of models. From balance bikes to youth bikes, they have something for almost everyone. Featured here is the Beinn 20 that comes in two version: the Beinn 20 Large and a Beinn 20 Small. Both roll on 20″ wheels, but the Small features a slightly smaller frame. Mtbr.com currently has a Beinn 20 L in for testing so stay tuned for our full review. Price: $440 | More info at www.islabikes.com

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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