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Best 2020 Bikes for Teenagers

Words by Cycles UK

on 06/12/2019 11:40:51

Best 2020 Bikes for Teenagers

Having a decent bike as a teenager gives you a lot of freedom to ride to school, hang out with friends, learn how to wheelie or to start getting into serious riding and racing. Most teenagers tend to want a mountain bike and this is a good choice as they are built to be touch and will stand up to plenty of abuse. Below are some of our favourites.

2020 Specialized Pitch - £399

2020 Specialized Pitch Black

The £399 entry level Specialized Pitch is a total bargain. It comes with a lightweight aluminium frame, reliable Shimano gearing and hydraulic disc brakes. Importantly the Pitch also comes with 27.5” wheels on all sizes. This makes the bike much easier to handle for smaller riders and makes it easier to do wheelies on. The Pitch has properly sorted off-road geometry but is equally at home on the way to school or the local park. The Pitch comes in 3 colour choices and sizes from XSmall to XL. The Xsmall and Small sizes will fit teenagers from 4’ 10” to around 5’ 5”. The Pitch is a unisex bike.

A good alternative option is the 2019 Pitch Sport which we have in sizes Xsmall to Medium for £350. It comes with cable rather than hydraulic brakes but is a total bargain.

2020 Specialized Allez - £649

2020 Specialized Allez Black

If your teenager has dreams of being the next Bradley Wiggins or Chris Froome then a Specialized Allez road bike is a great introduction. It will also do well for triathlons and is tough enough to handle being ridden to school or the odd light touring trip. With Specialized’s ‘Beyond Gender’ philosophy the 2020 Allez is a unisex bike and comes in sizes down to 44cm which means teenagers from 4’ 8” and upwards can fit on one. It’s also available in 3 different colour.

2020 Cannondale Trail 7 - £449

2020 Cannondale Trail 7

The Trail 7 comes in either midnight blue or acid red. Our favourite is the midnight blue colour which has glitter flake running through it so it really sparkles in the sunshine. The Trail 8 comes with 27.5” wheels on the Xsmall and Small sizes and then 29” wheels on the medium, large and xlarge which makes it more suitable for taller teenagers. The 29” wheels make the Trail 7 faster on the road and on trails and the bike has well thought out off-road geometry with short stems and longer handlebars for more precise handling. Cannondale have even put different tyres on the front and back to give better traction and handling on fast off-road rides. The Trail 7 is a men’s bike. The female equivalent is the Cannondale Trail Tango 5 which is the same price.

2020 Trek Roscoe 6 - £750

2020 Trek Roscoe 6

The Roscoe is specially designed for riders who are new to off-road riding and want a super stable bike that will let them push the limits. It comes with long 120mm travel forks and wide 2.6” tyres as well as plenty of standover height and really wide bars. This makes the Roscoe a really fun bike to ride as you can plough into corners and over rocks and roots with ease. The big tyres and off-road specific gearing don’t make it great for road use though so this is best for teenagers who are going to be spending most of their time refining the off-road riding skills. The Roscoe 6 is available in male and female versions.

2020 Trek Marlin 6 - £475

2020 Trek Marlin 6

The Marlin 6 is a great all-rounder. It is a properly capable off-road bike but it also has all of the fittings you need for mudguards, pannier racks and a kickstand so it can be turned into a tough and practical bike for riding to school or college. If you are going to be using it on the road, or off, then the lockout fork will make things more efficient while the 16 speed gears give plenty of options forgetting up hills. Whatever kind of riding you want to do the Marlin 6 will handle it. Like the Cannondale Trail it comes with smart wheel sizing so the smaller sizes uses 27.5” wheels and the bigger bikes (medium and up) use 29” wheels. The Marlin 6 is available in male and female versions.

2020 GT Aggressor Comp - £379

2020 GT Aggressor Comp Blue

GT have been making mountain bikes since the 1980s. They are well known for their quality frames and the use of their distinctive triple triangle design. The Aggressor comes with floating seat stays at the back to give you a smoother ride as well as the suspension fork at the front to soak up bigger bumps. The 21 speed Shimano gears and easy to maintain cable disc brakes give you plenty of go and stop. The Aggressor can be used for off-road riding and works equally well for general cycling.

2020 Cannondale Quick Disc 4 - £579

2020 Cannondale Quikc Disc 4 Womens

Most of the bikes we sell for teenagers are mountain bikes but they are not suitable for everyone. If your teenager is more concerned with getting around town quickly then the Cannondale Quicks are a great option. Available in both male and female versions the Quick is a lightweight bike that comes with a simple 1x chainring setup at the front and powerful hydraulic brakes. The Quick is tough enough to use on cycle paths and round the park, whether for fitness or just getting to friend’s houses more quickly. It even comes with a built in smart phone mount and app to tell you how much CO2 you have saved by riding your bike, how far you have ridden and when you bike needs a service.