The Best Bikes For Teenagers 2019

Words by Cycles UK

on 27/11/2018 11:18:24

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We were all teenagers once and some of us are even fortunate enough to now have one. Bikes give teenagers more freedom to go where they want with their friends and if they are keen on cycling already, this is an important time to be honing skills. This makes it more important than ever to get a bike that fits right and there is a selection of adult bikes on the market that come in smaller sizes which are perfect for your resident mess-making drama queen.

Specialized Pitch

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The Specialized Pitch is an entry level mountain bike with 27.5-inch wheels, chunky tyres and a playful frame geometry, but don’t let “entry level” discourage you, the pitch has a truly premium build quality and features handed down from it’s legendary older siblings.

The 27.5 Inch wheels are definitely easier to handle and pull wheelies with, whilst the short stem and wide handlebars provide stable and precise handling.

The pitch also benefits from Specialized’s renown tyres, plus grips and a saddle you would expect to see on a much more expensive bike. If your teen wants a great all rounder mountain bike that can handle cruising about town as well has some flowy single track, the Pitch is for them.

GT Aggressor

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The GT Aggressor, as well as the Specialized Pitch, are our two best-selling mountain bikes be a long way. GT have been in the mountain bike business for a very long time, so you can expect a great package with their entry-level mountain bike, the Aggressor.

With hassle-free cable disc brakes, 27.5 Inch wheels and a lightweight frame design, the GT Aggressor can do it all, from cruising around town with friends to exploring wild trails. The WTB rims cased in WTB tyres are easy to handle and make for a playful and comfortable ride, whilst the wide range Shimano gearing make hills a breeze. If your teen is looking for a rugged do it all mountain bike and you don’t want to pay premium prices, the GT Aggressor is for them.

Trek Marlin

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The Trek Marlin is by far the best-equipped bike in this category, with a lightweight XC mountain bike frame from the much higher end X-Caliber model and hydraulic disc brakes with levers separate from the gear levers even on the base model Marlin 5.

The Marlin is a 29er mountain bike which means it is more suited to taller teenagers as the larger wheel size can be more difficult for smaller riders to use. The larger wheels mean that it rolls much faster, however, so it is great for long bike rides.

The hydraulic disc brakes provide great stopping power whilst the wide range Shimano gearing means you are never struggling to reach the top of hills.

Much like the Specialized pitch, the Marlin benefits from premium parts you would expect to see on a much more expensive bike, from Trek’s component company Bontrager, which finishes the bike off well and makes it a pleasure to ride. If your Teen needs a bike that punches way above its weight and you are looking for the best value for money, the Trek Marlin is for them.

Trek Roscoe

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The Trek Roscoe is a more serious, trail orientated mountain bike than the others with extra wide tyres, 120mm of front suspension travel and a 1x10 Shimano Deore drivetrain. The wider tyres make the Roscoe feel completely planted on more technical terrain and the simplified single front chainring makes changing gear much easier and problem free.

The Shimano Deore groupset has had many features trickled down from the top of the range XT group sets which have made it a very sleek shifting system. It is a great gateway mountain bike for those getting into riding more technical terrain like trails, especially as it is easily upgradable with a dropper post with its internal cable routing.

If your Teen is learning to ride more technical terrain this is the ideal bike for them.

Cannondale Trail

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Cannondale have only just started making a bike in this price bracket as they have always been a very premium brand. That being said, the Cannondale trail is one of the more expensive bikes in this category but that comes with the Cannondale brand and of course you can expect premium build quality.

The Cannondale Trail benefits from a smart sizing system in which the smaller sizes have 27.5” wheels and the larger sizes have 29” wheels meaning you can get a much better fit.

The simplified 2x9 drivetrain means there are only two front chainrings for easier and simpler shifting. More and more mountain bikes are moving towards 1x and 2x drivetrains recently for this reason so the Cannondale Trail is bang up to date and future proof.

If your Teen is after a premium mountain bike that will stay on-trend for a long time to come, the Cannondale Trail is for them.

Whyte 604

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The Whyte 604 is another fairly serious mountain bike like the Roscoe. With 120mm of front suspension travel, chunky tyres and Whyte’s rugged, weatherproof build quality, the 604 is built from the ground up for british mountain biking at a very reasonable price. It benifits from a double front chainring, hydraulic disc brakes and a compact frame geometry better suited for smaller riders and creating a more playful and easy to handle ride.

The 27.5 Inch wheels are easy to handle, especially with the short stem and wide handlebars that come on the 604 as standard.

Whyte have won numerous awards for their trail orientated hardtails, so if your Teen is looking to start riding more technical terrain, the Whyte 604 is for them