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What to look for when buying a youth bike (grades 6-12):

  • Lightweight (30 lbs or less)

  • Narrower tires (2.4 in wide or less)

  • Lower travel in the fork and shock (120mm or less)

  • X-country instead of downhill geometry

  • Make sure the frame is the correct size for  the rider (see sizing chart)

  • If you are not able to buy a brand new bike look for a used version of the bikes listed below at your local bike shop or online marketplaces

XC (Full-Suspension)

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Really Good

GT Sensor Alloy Sport

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Better

Marin Rift Zone 2

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Best

Trek Top Fuel 8

Cross Country Bike Manufacturers

Trek

  • Top Fuel 8

  • Superfly 26

  • Pro Caliber

  • X Caliber

Specialized

  • Epic

  • Chisel

Giant

  • XTC

  • Fathom

  • Trance

  • Anthem

Marin

  • Rift Zone 2

  • Nail Trail

Scott

  • Spark 900 Series

  • Scale

  • Contessa (W)

Pivot

  • Mach 4

  • LES

Canyon

  • Exceed

  • LUX

Santa Cruz

  • Highball

  • Blur

XC (Hardtail)

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Really Good

Diamondback Overdrive 

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Better

Ibis DV9 NX

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Best

Trek X-Caliber 7