Kids Mountain Bikes That Won’t Break The Bank

by Jeffrey Cleary December 03, 2015

Kids Mountain Bikes That Won’t Break The Bank

Our friends at Bike Rumor did a review of our selection of kids mountain bikes. Here are a few excerpts from the article:  
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Cleary Bikes' Decent Kids Mountain Bikes That Won’t Break The Bank

Remember that feeling of freedom as a kid? Bikes empower kids to learn about our world in a way that is free of a screen. Cleary Bikes recognizes that kids become engaged when they have the independence to ride around wherever they choose.

Designed to be fun, not stressful and scary, Cleary bikes roll smooth, quiet and provide a thrill for kids. The 4 bikes that have really cool names, Owl, Hedgehog, Gecko and Starfish. The intent with the bikes was to make them simple enough to last through the abuse a kid can inflict, yet also be enough of a “real bike” to teach them proper riding techniques and keep the weight down.

The Cleary Owl 20" Single Speed Bike

Kids mountain bikes by Cleary

The Owl is for the older kids, with 20″ wheels, but weighing only 19.1lbs. Cleary concentrated on building the bikes as durable and simple as possible, so it will work well, and for a long time on the trail, half-pipe or on the way to school. The Owl comes in blue, orange or grey for $345

FEATURES:

  • Front and rear hand brakes, ships with flat handlebars
  • Slim, junior race-style saddle designed to maximize a rider’s range of motion while minimizing chafing and weight
  • 5mm Allen skewer on front wheel
  • Internal cable routing
  • Three-piece crank, Square taper bottom bracket
  • Reinforced steel fork
  • Single speed drivetrain with removable chain guard
  • Grips, handlebars and brake levers designed for small hands; slightly larger than on the Starfish and Gecko
  • Bike geometry centers the rider’s weight between his or her hands and seat, which creates a stable, quick-handling bike
  • 32×19 gear ratio
  • Comes in Easy Grey, Cleary Blue and Very Orange

The Cleary Hedgehog 16" Single Speed Bike

  Kids mountain bikes by Cleary Bikes

The Hedgehog weighs in at just 16lbs with 16″ wheels. It is available in cream, blue, green and orange for $310

FEATURES –

  • Front and rear hand brakes
  • Slim, junior race-style bike saddle designed to maximize a rider’s range of motion while minimizing chafing
  • 5mm Allen skewer on front wheel
  • Internal cable routing
  • Three-piece crank; Square taper bottom bracket
  • Single speed drivetrain with removable chain guard
  • Grips, handlebars and brake levers designed for small hands; slightly larger than on the Starfish and Gecko
  • Bike geometry centers the rider’s weight between his or her hands and seat, creating a stable, agile bike. 

The Cleary Gecko 12" Single Speed Bike

Kids mountain bikes by Cleary Bikes

The smallest of the models with a drivetrain, the 12″ wheeled Gecko is an amazing 15.8lbs. Selling for $250, it is available in cream, orange, blue and pink. 

FEATURES – 

  • Front and rear hand brakes and Coaster brake
  • Slim, junior race-style bike saddle designed to maximize a rider’s range of motion while minimizing chafing and weight
  • 5mm Allen skewer on front wheel
  • Three-piece crank; Square taper bottom bracket
  • Internal cable routing
  • Single speed drivetrain with removable chain guard
  • Grips, handlebars and brake levers designed for small hands
  • Bike geometry designed to provide early riders with ample room to stand over the seat or top tube with two hands on the handlebars, and feet on the pedals or toes on the ground

The Cleary Starfish 12" Balance Bike

Kids mountain bikes by Cleary Bikes

The smallest of the models, the Starfish does not have a drivetrain. Designed as a kick bike, it has 12″ wheels, and is $199.

FEATURES –

  • 5mm Allen skewer on front wheel
  • Fully adjustable saddle and handlebars will last at least one growth spurt
  • Semi-slick tires
  • Slim, junior race-style bike saddle designed to maximize a rider’s range of motion while minimizing chafing
  • 5mm Allen bolt on rear wheel
  • Internal cable routing
  • Grips, handlebars and brake levers designed for the littlest hands
  • Bike geometry designed to comfortably position first-time riders with two hands on the handlebars, seat on the saddle and feet on the ground
  • Variable speed, Fred Flintstone style

All Cleary Bikes arrive 99% assembled. This is a pretty nice feature to prevent most home mechanic dads from trying to adjust the brakes with a pipe wrench.

Jeffrey Cleary
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