The Christmas countdown is on – Don't miss out on these kid's bikes at unbeatable prices

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The best Christmas bike can start a lifetime of cycling memories (Image credit: Paul Brett)
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The dust has settled on the big Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping weekend and now our thoughts turn to the excitement of Christmas, with Santa Claus arriving in just over two weeks. 

Many of us will have been on the hunt during the Black Friday weekend for that all-important tradition of Christmas morning - a bike for your children. If you missed out on a good deal, the good news is that I’ve found some Christmas bike deals on all sorts of bikes for kids. Having been in the market for the Christmas bikes for many years now, I've had my fair share of experience in selecting the correct size and type of bike to suit, and as parents we all know it has to be right, to avoid any Christmas morning tantrums.

I've selected some options below that have triggered a fair few emotions for me too, but now couldn't be a better time to snap up the best children's mountain bikes, cyclocross, or balance bikes just in time for Christmas. Gifting the magical journey of cycling to your child is something seriously special, and makes a lifetime of memories.  Getting your little shredders the best possible bike for the lowest price makes it even better. These great deals below can be ordered now with most retailers promising 'Just in time for Christmas' deliveries, so best not to wait any longer and snap them up now.

Child standing next to Specialized bikes

We can all remember our first ever bike (Image credit: Paul Brett)

Best US Childrens bike deals

1. Cannondale Trail 20

Cannondale has geared the Trail 20 for kids ready to step up a level. The Trail 20 has an expanded gear range with 7-speed gearing, and a low torque twist shifter, which I think is perfect for for smaller hands. It also has a durable lightweight alloy frame that always helps make the bike easier to handle and more fun to ride. Adding to the fun is a Suntour 40mm fork, helping smooth out the bumps and the 20-inch alloy rims with versatile multi-surface tires will have your little one hitting the trails with ease. If like me you have more than one kid, the discounted Cannondale 20 comes in three color choices of either Electric Blue, Lavender, or Volt and might just help stop the tantrums or bickering.

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Cannondale Trail 20: Save 34% at Mikes Bikes
Was $489.99, now $324.95
The Trail 20 from Cannondale has a durable lightweight alloy frame, with a low torque 7-speed twist shifter made for smaller hands. There's even a 40mm Suntour fork which makes it ready for building mountain bike skills with ease. Mikes Bikes also has a trade-in offer, so when it's time to upgrade, you get 50% of the old bike purchase value towards a new bike.

2. Nukeproof Cub-Scout 24 Race

My seven-year-old is currently eyeing up the Nukeproof Cub-Scout, and with good reason. It features an alloy frame that takes geometry and visuals from Nukeproof’s highly-rated mountain bikes and comes equipped with superb quality kids-sized components. Nukeproof has kitted it out with a Manitou Machete suspension fork and a BOX groupset that includes a wide-ranging 11-42 cassette that will have your kid flying up climbs. After the climbing comes the fun descending and the Nukeproof Scout has powerful Clarks kid-specific hydraulic disc brakes for supreme stopping power. Tubeless Ready Nukeproof Neutron wheels are wrapped Maxxis Minion tires that are some of the best mountain bike tires going.

Nukeproof Cub-Scout 24 Race: Save 45% at Wiggle$1,249.99

Nukeproof Cub-Scout 24 Race: Save 45% at Wiggle
Was $1,249.99, now $687.49
The Nukeproof Cub-Scout 24 Race is not just another kid's bike, it's inspired by the award-winning Scout adult hardtail mountain bike range. The Cub-Scout 24 has been designed from the ground up as a proper mini-hardtail mountain bike, and is aimed to allow kids to learn the ropes of riding, inspire confidence on the trails, and act as the perfect platform for progression.

3. Specialized Jett 16

The roller coaster emotional journey continues with the Specialized Jett, my daughter's first-ever pedal bike, and has lasted her for a good few years, and coped well with the growth spurts. Specialized has specifically designed the Jett to be a perfect child-specific bike and built to withstand the development of young riders, with tweakable features like a longer seatpost and adjustable handlebars. The Jett 16 has an A1 premium butted alloy frame and fork and features internal cable routing, a single-speed drivetrain, V-brakes with tool-less adjustable-reach levers, and tires that work well on the pavement and the dirt.

Specialized Jett 16: $450

Specialized Jett 16: Save $250 at Jenson USA 
Was $450, now $199.99
The Specialized Jett 16 comes highly recommended as this was the first pedal bike my own daughter had, and she loved it. Specifically designed as a child-specific bike and built to withstand the development of young riders, it has an aluminum frame and fork and features internal cable routing, a single-speed drivetrain, V-brakes, and tires that we found worked well on the pavement and the dirt. Grab this for Christmas currently available in 3 color options and carrying a superb 56% discount at Jensons,

4. Vitus Energie 24 CX

Cyclocross is the perfect place for your kids to experience the thrill of racing a bike for the first time, as a regular cyclocross mud wearer, there is nothing better (I promise) than standing in a muddy cold field in the middle of December, cheering your kid on. We've had many a cyclocross bike and the Vitus Energie 24 CX bike ticks all the boxes as a perfect lightweight and durable CX bike. The aluminum frameset features a modern CX-race geometry, optimized for pace, stability, and the rigors of a cyclocross race. Equipped with a wide-ranging Microshift R8 drivetrain and powerful Tektro disc brakes, it also rolls upon 24-inch Vitus wheels wrapped in high-grip Kenda Small Block Eight tires.

Nukeproof Cub-Scout 24 Race: Save 31% at Wiggle$1,299.99

Nukeproof Cub-Scout 24 Race: Save 31% at Wiggle
Was $1,299.99, now $899.99
The Nukeproof Cub-Scout 24 Race is not just another kid's bike, it's inspired by the award-winning Scout adult hardtail mountain bike range. The Cub-Scout 24 has been designed from the ground up as a proper mini-hardtail mountain bike, and is aimed to allow kids to learn the ropes of riding, inspire confidence on the trails, and act as the perfect platform for progression.

5. Public Bikes Sprout Balance

The Public Bikes Sprout mini balance bike is designed as a smart way to get kids started on bikes. "Less is more" is Public's design ethos, and by eliminating the pedals and chain, kids can use their natural instincts to balance with their feet and easily scoot around without fear of falling. Unlike traditional balance bikes, the Sprout Mini now features lightweight, airless tires that will never go flat, allowing for use on and off the road without a worry. The Sprout Mini also features a low-entry design and allows for a wide range of seat and handlebar height adjustments to grow with kids starting from age 2. 

Public Bikes Sprout Balance: Save 20% at Mikes Bikes$219.99

Public Bikes Sprout Balance: Save 20% at Mikes Bikes
Was $219.99, now $175.95
A balance bike is a perfect introduction to cycling for the smallest of kids. They're also tons of fun, they look great, and children love them. The Sprout Mini features lightweight, airless tires that will never go flat, allowing for use on and off the road, and designed as the smart way to get your kids started on bikes. Currently, with a 20% discount at Mikes Bikes, this is a great first bike choice.

Best UK Childrens bike deals

1. Vitus 14 

The Vitus 14 has a lightweight aluminum frame and fork and is ready for fun, designed and engineered with child-specific geometry. The Vitus 14 is also optimized for agility and control, which gives your kid greater confidence for riding just about anywhere. Built with child-friendly components such as short reach-adjustable brake levers, and smaller diameter handlebar grips to help ensure cycling is a fun experience. The Vitus 14 features a child-friendly single-speed gearing with a light enough action to be used on or off-road, stopping power coming from Tektro V-Brakes giving reliable braking performance and easy operation.

Vitus 14 Kids Bike: Save £120 at Wiggle£299.99

Vitus 14 Kids Bike: Save £120 at Wiggle
Was £299.99, now £179.99
The lightweight Vitus 14 comes in at just over 6kg and is aimed as a step up from a balance bike, ideally for children around 3-4 years old. It's feature-packed to make your childs next level biking experience fun for everyone (including parents!). The 14-inch wheels and all-purpose Vee Speedster tires are equally at home on hard pavement or off-road trails, so your child can join you on the dirt. Currently coming with a 40% discount at Wiggle and in a Silver colorway.

2. Scott Scale 20

The Scott Scale is a good option as a kid's first suspension bike and comes with SR Suntour suspension fork with 40mm of travel. Ideally aimed at 5-8-year-olds, it rolls on Shining V-6NS 20-inch wheels and when combined with SunRace 7 Spd cassette you might be chasing your little one up the big climbs. The Scott Scale weighs in at 10.6kg and the stunning Raw Aluminum finish might put your adult mountain bike to shame, but don't worry I've picked a few best mountain bike deals too, like the Whyte 909 X that also has a similar Raw Aluminum finish for the important matching bike look, and it has a huge £1,500 discount at Leisure Lakes.

Scott Scale 20: Save £120 at Tredz£419

Scott Scale 20: Save £120 at Tredz
Was £419, now £299
The Scott Scale may have some of the best looks out of all the bikes featured with a stunning Raw Aluminum finish. Its good looks are backed up with a great spec and it's a great entry point for a child's first suspension bike. Featuring a SR Suntour suspension fork with 40mm of travel, it's ready for your youngster to tackle the trails.

3. Vitus Mythique 24 

The kids shred hard, sometimes, harder than parents, and the Vitus Mythique 24 is built to be one of the best kids mountain bikes around. This full-suspension mountain bike is designed to be just as capable and confidence-inspiring as its highly-rated adult-sized namesake, the award-winning Vitus Mythique. It comes packed with a high-end spec built around a full suspension alloy chassis with a 120mm travel fork from suspension masters Manitou and an X-Fusion shock with 120mm of travel on the rear. It rolls on 24-inch wheels from WTB and its ST i30 wheels, with really nice looking Vee Flow Snap tan wall tires. Clark's Clout1 hydraulic brakes will give impressive stopping power. It's even got routing for a dropper post, uses a Universal Derailleur Hanger, and proper-sized thru-axles, making it an all-round stunner at a great price.

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Vitus Mythique 24: Save 38% at Wiggle
Was £1,599.99, now £999
The Vitus Mythique 24 is essentially a shrunken-down version of the adult-size Mythique, one of the best budget full-suspension bikes around, so your budding shredder can expect the same poise, playfulness, and durability the adult version is renowned for. It comes packed with a high-end spec built around a full suspension alloy chassis with 120mm of travel front and rear, ready to deliver on the gnarliest of trails. It delivers great performance and looks stunning too. There is also a 26-inch wheeled version of the Mythique at Wiggle where it's discounted even more than the previous Black Friday deal.

4. Scott Roxter Walker 

This one brings a lump to my throat and pulls the heartstrings as I remember my own children unwrapping their first balance bikes and starting their exciting journey in the world of cycling. The Scott Roxter Walker balance bike is designed for young toddlers and aims to help them develop balance, coordination, and confidence while having fun and learning to ride. The Scott Roxter Walker has a low center of gravity again aimed to help balance and the tough aluminum frame will cope with the inevitable bumps and falls that come with the first days of learning.

Scott Roxter Walker: Was £209, now £179 at Tredz

Scott Roxter Walker: Was £209, now £179 at Tredz
The Scott Roxter Walker balance bike is designed for the youngest of kids, ready for their first bike that will hopefully set them on a lifetime of cycling memories. It's good to go at Tredz available in Orange with Christmas Delivery guaranteed.

5. Vitus Energie 24 CX

If your kid is interested in becoming the next Mathieu van der Poel or Wout van Aert then cyclocross is the place to be, and the perfect proving ground to experience the thrill of racing a bike for the first time. As a habitual mud wearer, there is nothing better than standing in a muddy cold field in the middle of December, cheering your kid on. I've had many cyclocross bikes and the Vitus Energie 24 CX bike covers all the bases as a perfect lightweight and durable CX bike. The aluminum frameset features a modern CX-race geometry, optimized for pace, stability, and the rigors of a cyclocross race. Equipped with a wide-ranging Microshift R8 drivetrain and powerful Tektro disc brakes, it also rolls upon 24-inch Vitus wheels wrapped in high-grip Kenda Small Block Eight tires.

Vitus Energie 24 CX: Save £60 at Wiggle£599.99

Vitus Energie 24 CX: Save £60 at Wiggle
Was £599.99, now £539.99
There is nothing better than watching your kid racing, and cyclocross is one of the best bike racing options to unleash your little racer into the world of competitive cycling. The Vitus Energie 24 has everything you need as a race-ready CX bike ready for a winter in the mud. It's also available in a 26-inch wheeled version, with a similar discount, for the bigger wannabe racers in the family with the same Orange Fade colorway at Wiggle.

Hopefully these guides can point you in the right direction for a good Christmas Bike deal, and be sure to check out our Christmas Gift Guide 2023, coming soon...

Frequently asked questions

Where are the best Christmas childrens mountain bike deals?

The Bike Perfect team are hunting down the Christmas mountain biking deals from across the internet, and we'll add new deals as we find them. Below are some of the best mountain bike retailers with the best kids bike deals:

US bike deals

Amazon US: Discounts on children's bikes and accessories

Wiggle US: Over 60% off a huge range of kids bikes and cycling kit

Evo: Celebrating their anniversary with massive discounts 

Chain Reaction US: Discounts on a huge selection of bikes

Jenson USA: Celebrating 20 years with a huge sale

Mikes Bikes: Savings on kids bikes plus shoes, clothing, helmets, and more

UK bike deals

Amazon UK: Offers on all things cycling

Sigma UK: Big savings bikes, shoes, clothing, helmets, and more

Tredz UK: Up to 50% off bikes, shoes, clothing, helmets, and more

Leisure Lakes UK: Massive discounts on a huge range of bikes and more

Cycle Store UK: Discounts on hundreds of bikes and clothing

Wiggle UK: Offers and big deals on loads of cycling kit

Should I still shop at Wiggle and Chain Reaction?

Yes, we believe so as there are many excellent deals at these two online stores owned by the same parent company. You may have heard the news that Wiggle/Chain Reaction has gone into administration, but the administrators have issued a statement saying that "all operations are running as normal".

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Based in Edinburgh, Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.


Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm