How fast they grow up
Cannondale Trail 24: Ready for ripping around the trail or the
neighborhood, the Trail 24 features a 1x7 drivetrain with a twist
shifter that is easy on small hands. $440. Diamondback Cobra 20:
Diamondback knows that stepping up to a mountain bike can be
a lot for a little guy to handle at first. A
six-speed drivetrain shows them the ropes,
while a suspension fork softens hard landings,
whether it’s off a curb or on the trail. $195.
Giant XTC JR 24: The XTC JR shares its
namesake with Giant’s popular adult cross-country model. It takes design cues from its
bigger siblings, but features 24-inch wheels,
2 inches of front-wheel travel and a 21-
speed drivetrain. $375.
GT Zaskar 20: This 20-inch moun-
tain bike features a 2x8 drivetrain
for young riders who want more
gearing options. The rigid
chromoly frame and fork also
come with disc-brake
mounts—in case you want
to upgrade to some serious
stopping power. $650.