How to Choose a Youth Mountain Bicycle

How to Choose a Youth Mountain Bicycle
Mountain bikes have become increasing popular during the past few years. At one point, there were only a few manufacturers producing mountain bikes, and as a result, they were expensive. But now there are a wide range of manufacturers, and one result is a greater selection, especially for youths.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to Choose a Youth Mountain Bicycle

Step 1
Determine the correct size for the individual based on height and leg length. Mountain bikes are typically sized from around 14 inches to 24 inches.
Step 2
Decide whether the bike should have front and rear, front, or no suspension. A good starting point for youths is a front-suspension bike, also referred to as a hard tail.
Step 3
Consider the type of gear shift that is preferred. There are two types of shifters: thumb shift or grip shift. This is a personal choice up to the individual rider.
Step 4
Choose a braking system the rider will be comfortable and confident with. Brakes are available as caliper or disc. Caliper brakes are the more traditional type, while disc brakes are somewhat newer and are preferred by many riders.
Step 5
Choose a bike that has a good reputation for reliability and has support after the sale. Bikes purchased from specialty bike stores might cost more upfront, but the benefit of follow-up service and repair is well worth the price.

Tips & Warnings

Allow the rider to test several bikes in different sizes to make sure the fit is correct.
Make sure young riders are thoroughly familiar with bike operation and safety considerations. And be sure they wear proper equipment.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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