Did you know? Cycling burns 600 calories in an hour while running burns only 398 calories! Cycling is also three times faster than walking, and 20 times cheaper than driving a car.
Cycling is one of the best forms of exercise. If you want your teenager to exercise more often, but are unable to get them to move, buying them a bicycle can be an excellent idea. MomJunction has compiled a list of the best bikes for teens. Whether you want a mountain bike, a road bike, a BMX bike or a general purpose bike, you can find them in our list here.
Types Of Bikes
Before you give your teen that surprise gift, understand which type of bike would be the best for him. There are different types of bicycles for teens based on their purpose and the terrain where they’d be ridden. The four primary types of bikes include:
- Mountain bikes come with multiple gears that make biking uphill smooth and tires that can endure rocky paths.
- Road bikes are ideal for everyday use, commuting on paved roads in the city or town, racing on track, cyclocross and touring.
- Hybrid bikes are designed for use on paved roads and gravel roads.
- Specialty bikes come with exclusive design and performance features. Beach cruiser bikes, electric bikes, cargo bikes and foldable bikes come under this category.
21 Cool Bikes for Teens
Choosing the right bike for your teen boy is as important as choosing the right fitness equipment. The market has many varieties of bicycles from various brands, making it difficult to choose one. So, here we are with details of bikes, short-listed considering the requirements of teenagers.
1. Diamondback Century 1
The Diamondback Century 1 2016 model comes with Shimano gears (105 drive train). The cycle has a full carbon form and a comfortable design, which makes it ideal for long rides. And your teen will not complain about back or neck aches. The bicycle has an aluminum frame, 22 gears, and a mechanical disc brake.
The bike is available in four sizes: 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, and 58cm. The unisex bike weighs 22 pounds and comes in an attractive red, silver, and black color combination.
2. Genesis Croix de Fer 10 Cyclocross Bike
The Genesis range of Croix de Fer Cyclocross bikes is now in the 10th generation. The latest model is the Croix de Fer 30, but you can choose the Croix de Fer 10, 2016 model for your teen. The bikes are made of an alloy of steel and carbon and suit urban riding or an adventure trip in the mountains. The bike is ideal for older kids or young adults who are passionate and have experience riding gear bikes.
Genesis is a UK-based cycling company.
3. Nishiki Boys Pueblo Mountain Bike
If your kid loves to explore the surrounding woods or hilly terrain on bikes, the Nishiki Pueblo mountain bikes for teens is a great buy. You could also get this exclusively for your teen’s adventure trips. The 24-inch wheel makes it a good choice for kids aged 12 and above. Riding this bike is very easy, thanks to the linear pull brakes and the 21-speed options. The seat can be adjusted to suit the rider’s height.
The bike is perfect for preteens and teens who want to learn how to ride a bike.
4. Pinnacle Dolomite 5 Road Bike
Pinnacle is an award-winning road bike made to suit the road conditions in the UK. But it works just fine in the US and other regions with well-laid roads. The bike combines the best of performance and style and comes with hydraulic disc brakes, which enable safe riding in all weather conditions. The bike has a carbon-tempered fork that is light in weight and has mounts as well. The bike can be used comfortably in both summer and winter weather conditions.
The bike has 22 gears and comes with the Shimano 105 drive train. The bike weighs just 19.6 pounds. In simple words, this is an all-rounder that your teenager will love owning.
Ideal for: Urban biking, fitness, and exercise
Recommended age: 14+
Terrain: Paved roads
5. The Vilano Shadow
The Vilano Shadow is ideal for cyclists of all levels. Whether your teen is a beginner, a seasoned biker or occasional rider, the Shadow is an excellent companion. The bike has Shimano STI integrated gears and brake levers, enabling precise braking and shifting gears. The Shadow has an aluminum frame and a 700c double walled wheel with dual pivot brakes. The bike is light in weight and comes in small, medium and large sizes.
6. Diamondback Boys Insight 24 Performance Hybrid Bike
The Insight boy’s bike from Diamondback is ideal for younger boys and pre-teens. The wheel size is 24 inches, which makes it ideal for kids aged over nine years (with average height). The bike has a lightweight aluminum frame, linear pull brakes to stop the bike safely, a 7-speed Shimano drivetrain and a steel handlebar. This is one such great bikes for teen boys for everyday use, exercise, road trips, and occasional use. If your teen likes adventure, he can try it on dirt racing tracks as well.
7. Razor Proseries 20 Freestyle Boys Bike
The Razor 20 Freestyle bike is a BMX bike for adventurous boys. If your kid loves to do his little tricks, this bike can be a great pick. The bike has an alloy frame, rims, and front caliper. It has rear u-brakes and front suspension. The tires are only 20c in size, which makes the bike easy to ride for teens with a smaller frame.
The bike is fitted with Pro Series handlebars and a graphic saddle. The freestyle frame of this bike makes it an ideal fit for street riding.
8. Diamondback Boys Octane 20 Mountain Bike
The Diamondback Octane 20 mountain bike for boys is one of the best options you have for teenagers. The bike is made of 6061 durable alloy and comes with a suspension hook, which makes riding less stressful for the body. It also has the Shimano six-speed drive train and linear pull brakes to stop the bike safely in different weather conditions. It is fitted with a 20-inch wheel that is suitable for younger kids.
Ideal for: everyday biking, fitness, and exercise
Recommended age: 9 to 14 years
Terrain: Paved roads
9. Norco Storm 7.3 2016 Mountain Bike
Does your kid love exploring the great outdoors? The Norco Storm 7.3 mountain bike is just what he needs for an adrenalin rush. The Norco Storm 7.3 has 24 gears, supported by the Shimano Altus drivetrain and is made of lightweight Norco alloy. It is equipped with 650B 27.5-inch wheels for quick acceleration, stability, and a better traction. Braking, shifting gears, maneuvering tricky pathways and responsive handling makes this a reliable adventure bike for your teenager. The bike is available in two color options – green and red with black.
10. Kent Thruster KZ2600 Dual Suspension Mountain Bike
The Kent Thruster KZ2600 is considered to be one of the best mountain bikes on the market today. The bike features a durable 6061 aluminum frame, 25-inch wheels, disc brakes and rear derailleur gears. Stopping the bike is simple with the disc brakes and the linear pull brakes while shifting speeds is made smoother with the Shimano 21-speed drive train. The bike has a rugged look and is adult-sized, which makes it ideal for older boys aged 14 and above.
11. Frog Road 70
The Frog Road 70 is a CX and road bike made completely from aluminum. The bike has a 9-speed rear hub, 26-inch wheels, and 18-speed gears. Buyers have a choice of two sets of tires, one for cyclocross and one for road biking. The minimum leg length is 70cm, which makes it ideal for younger kids and preteens. The bike comes in three color options: red, white and black. It is also available in custom Team Sky colors.
12. The Schwinn Prelude
The Schwinn Prelude is a steal! The road bike features a full aluminum frame, 700c alloy wheels, dual pivot brakes, and a 14-speed drive train. The bike is heavier than other road bikes, at 30 pounds. Regardless of the weight, the bike is easy to handle. Your teen can ride it for hours and not get tired!
It comes with a comfortable padded saddle by Schwinn, Shimano A050 shifters, and a double road derailleur. The frame is available in only one size that makes it right for riders with a height of 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches.
13. Atlas Ultimate 26 Mag Wheel Bicycle
The Atlas Ultimate 26 Mag is a bike that looks great and delivers performance too. It comes with a 21-speed shifting gear, alloy frame, and disc brakes with an aluminum lever. The alloy wheels have six solid rims, which give the bike a sporty look. The fenders are made of plastic and are not very appealing. It has a Shimano derailleur and a 21-speed gear shifter. The bike is light, at around 24 pounds. It comes in three colors: light green, red and blue.
Ideal for: Urban riding, sports biking
Recommended age: 14+
Terrain: Paved roads, off-road
14. Hero Octane 26T Endevour 21 Speed Cycle
The Hero Octane 26T is a high-end bike for teens and comes at an affordable price. The bike is lightweight, has 18-inch alloy frame, front shock absorbers, aluminum frame and rims, and a Shimano 21-speed gear set. The bike is available in just one color and is ideal if you want to introduce cycling to your teenager. Disc brakes make it easier to control the speed of the vehicle and stop it smoothly. It suits teenagers with a height of 5 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 4 inches.
Ideal for: Urban biking, everyday use, exercise, and fitness
Recommended age: 14+
Terrain: Paved roads
15. BSA Mach City Racers Bicycle
The Mach City bike from BSA is a basic bike for teenagers. Features of the bike include 26-inch wheels, lightweight steel frame, 26-inch durable nylon tires, alloy brake levers, and Shimano drive train. You can choose from different gear options including single speed, 7-speed, and 21-speed gear sets. The frames are also available in various designs to suit the needs of male and female riders. The bike is unbelievably cheap, which makes it an excellent first bike for learners.
16. Firmstrong Urban Beach Cruiser Bicycle
Firmstrong is a manufacturer of high-quality beach bicycles. If you live on the coast and are looking for a cool-looking, comfortable beach cruiser for your teenager, then the Firmstrong Urban Beach Cruiser for men is a great pick. These teenage bikes come in frame sizes of 24 and 26 inches to fit riders with heights ranging between 5 feet 2 inches and 6 feet 2 inches. The bike also has gear options: single, 3-speed and 7-speed. You could choose the three and seven geared bikes if you wish to bike on higher altitudes.
The urban beach cruiser is ideal for comfortable, recreational riding on paved roads and hard-locked terrains. The bikes are stylish with white cushioned tires, wide handlebars, and comfortable saddles.
17. 27.5 Mongoose Ledge 2.1 Men’s Bike
If your teenaged son is into adventure and mountain biking, you may want to consider this birthday present. The 27.5 Ledge 2.1 men’s mountain bike is among the best MTBs you have today. It has a full aluminum frame with fork suspension, 3-piece crank with alloy wheels, 21-speed Shimano gear set, and rear derailleur. The high-end mountain bike gives your teen a high-performance workout on every ride. More than anything, mountain biking is fun with the Mongoose Ledge 2.1.
18. Roadmaster Granite Peak Men’s Mountain Bike
The Granite Peak mountain bike for men is one of Roadmaster’s best MTBs. It features a steel frame with fork suspension, alloy wheels with three-piece crank, 26-inch wheels, and thick tires for mountain biking and 18-speed shifting gear set. It also has Shimano rear derailleurs and linear pull brakes for a smooth stop.
Ideal for: Mountain biking, fitness, exercise, everyday use
Recommended age: 13+
Terrain: Paved roads, gravel, and dirt
19. Vilano R2 Commuter Road Bike
Vilano bikes are cool and are among the best performing bikes for teenage boys. The Vilano R2 is a sleek urban commuter bike for young adults and adults. The bike has a 6061 durable aluminum frame, Shimano 21-speed shifters, and double-walled CNC wheelset. The bike has derailleurs in the front and the rear as well. It is a good pick if your teen wants to get into cycling. The bike is easy to handle with a comfortable saddle and a smooth drive train for commuting in the city.
20. Diamondback Wildwood Classic Bicycle
The Wildwood Classic is another Diamondback bike on our list. The bike is light owing to the 6061 durable alloy frame it has. Key features of the bicycle include the Shimano drive train with 21 speeds, linear pull brakes, and 26-inch tires. The bike is easy to ride and handle, thanks to the front suspension fork and the linear brakes for effective stopping. It works well on paved roads and urban terrains, although you can try it on dirt and gravel roads as well. The geometry of the frame makes it a great cycle for both men and women.
The 2017 version is the latest Wildwood classic from Diamondback.
21. Jetson Electric Mountain Bike
Getting dirt bikes for teenagers may be a little premature. If your teen insists on an electric bike, you can consider a safer alternative to the dirt bikes: the electric mountain bike from Jetson Electric. The bike has 7-speed gear set and is powered by a high-grade lithium ion battery. The electric bike can go up to speeds of 30mph with the electric motor and the pedal assist feature. The handle has an ergonomic design with cushioning.
The bike is easy to use and can be a great time saver during mountain biking expeditions. It comes with hydraulic brakes for safe stopping.
Ideal for: Mountain biking, urban commuting
Recommended age: 18+ (check laws for usage of electric vehicles by kids)
Terrain: Paved roads, off-road biking
Now that you know the types of bikes and the options you have, you need to pick the one that suits your teen the best.
How to Choose the Best Bikes for Teens
No matter how much or how little you spend on a bike for your teenager, it is not worth it if it does not serve the purpose. Finding the right bike is about finding one that lets your child ride where they want to, fits their height and size, and comes with features that enable smooth and safe biking.
Consider these factors while selecting a bike:
The fit of the bike is the most important thing to check before you get it home. Teenage bicycles are available in different sizes, and you would want to get one that your teen can comfortably sit on and ride without any difficulty. The height of your teen should be considered to pick the right-sized bike. The wheel size is an indicator of the size, so check that before deciding if that bike is for your teen.
Most importantly, try the bike and take it out for a short ride in the store to know if it fits your teen.
Several bicycle manufacturers design and develop a variety of bikes for teenagers. When selecting a particular brand, make sure that you check for the reputation of the brand, with regards to their quality and service. Picking the right brand is of particular importance if you are buying a specialty bike. Things to check for include quality, assembly, warranty, and service.
Avoid spending more than $100 for a beginner’s bike. If you want a high-end bike, which is lightweight and has unique features, you may have to spend a little more. Also, consider the purpose of the bike, how long your teen is likely to use it and the longevity of the bike before you spend any extra money on it.
The cost of the bike is not the only thing you should consider. When you buy a bike, you buy for the basic structure and features. You may have to pay extra for accessories like a basket, helmet, a carriage in the rear, highlighters, bell and a lock. If you are buying a bike online, make sure you check the list of accessories it comes with before you order. However, the best way is to purchase a bike after you try it at the store.
Take time out to compare it with similar bikes in the market. There is no need for you to settle for mediocre quality goods as there is a myriad of options out there.
Biking is not just an exercise. It can be fun when you do it right and with the people you love. Cycling keeps you and your family in top shape and costs you just a fraction of driving a car. However, biking is fun only as long as your teen is safe. The only way to make sure they stay safe is to have safety gear in place and follow rules that help them stay safe.
Gear up, get a bike for everyone in the family and you could go on an exciting adventure of biking through the country. Imagine how wonderful that could be!
What’s your teenager’s favorite bike? Tell us about it in our comments section.