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How to choose a kid’s bike under $500
So, here are some kid's bikes that won’t break the budget.
Malvern Star Roxy 24-inch - $279.99
You can buy bikes cheaper than this, but you’re starting to take a risk on product quality.
The Roxy is significant because it rolls on smaller 24-inch rather than adult 26-inch wheels. That’s because some kids are still too small to go full-size even if they’re ready and eager riders. Of course, you may have to swap up to a bigger bicycle in 12 months as your child grows.
Spec-wise, the Roxy is female-specific with a lower standover height. It comes with only a single front chainring, seven gears on the back, basic suspension fork and V-brakes rather than discs.
Thumbs up: Size suits smaller riders.
Thumbs down: Basic component set.
Liv Alight 3 - $529
Yep, we’ve busted our self-imposed $500 cap here. But not by much.
This is a rare example of a kids bike in the current age that’s not a mountain bike. Instead, it’s a flat bar road bike, which means it’s light and fast-rolling. But without suspension and chunky tyres it’s more suited to sealed bike paths than riding on dirt.
Liv is a female-specific brand, but there are versions of this style of bike for both sexes.
Thumbs up: Female-specific design.
Thumbs down: Not suitable for off-road riding.