Kids' bikes can get expensive, as every parent discovers sooner or later, and there's no such thing as n+1 with kids. Who wants them to grow out of two or more bikes when it's hard enough to keep up with the progression from balance bike to 12in, 16in, 20in, 24in...
So that's why the winter sales, love them or hate them, gives you the chance to tee up your child's next bike and save some money. Don't wait until the seatpost is past its minimum insert and the saddle-to-bar drop makes them look like a mini-Filippo Ganna - do it now!
We've searched the online bike stores and identified what look to us like the best deals in town. If you want to browse the Christmas kids' bikes deals more generally, just click the quick links below and they'll take you straight to the kids' bikes on each of the retailers' websites.
Underneath the quick links you'll find some of the deals we think are worthy of spotlight status - big discounts on quality bikes or sometimes just big discounts if you're looking for a simple bargain.
If you need some kids' bike buying advice, check out our page with tips for choosing a children's bike.
And for other bike deals for grown-ups - let's not get too selfless as parents - be sure to check out our main Black Friday bike deals hub page, which has an ever-lengthening list of desirable cycling items at some incredible prices.
Quick links to kids' bikes Christmas deals USA
- REI: Big deals on big brands including Cannondale and Diamondback
- Competitive Cyclist: Specialized, GT, Cleary all on sale
- Jenson USA: Norco, Rocky Mountain and more with money off
- Wiggle: Cube, Nukeproof, Fuji... plenty to see here
- Mike's Bikes: from balance bikes to 12, 16, 20, and 24in wheel bikes on sale
- Walmart: Huffy and a lot more discounted machines to choose from
- Amazon: Huge range and bikes and some huge deals too
Quick links to kids' bikes Christmas deals UK
- Wiggle: Up to 50% off brands including Vitus, Commencal, Kona
- Chain Reaction: Big savings on Cube, Nukeproof, Fuji
- Evans Cycles: MuddyFox, Pinnacle, Hoy all discounted
- Leisure Lakes Bikes: Specialized, Cannondale, Orbea on sale
- Amazon: Raleigh, Huffy, Schwinn and some very low prices
- Tredz: Discounts on Early Rider, Norco, Forme and more
- Decathlon: Super deals on B'Twin kids' bikes
- Cyclestore: Specialized, Cannondale, GT with big chunks off their RRPa
Christmas kids' bikes deals USA
Cannondale Quick 20:
was $435 now $347.93 at REI
Made from Cannondale's SmartForm C3 alloy, the Quick 20 is not not only fast, as the name suggests, but rugged too. With seven gears and a twist shifter, 1.5in tyres on its 20in wheels and grips, brake levers, saddle and cranks designed specifically for little cyclists, it's a smart choice, especially with this discount. It's the same discount as we saw over Black Friday, so we don't expect any further drops.
Stolen Agent 12in BMX:
was $390 now $195 at Wiggle
This mini-freestyle BMX will ensure young riders hit the trail or the skatepark in style. Rolling on 12in wheels and with a super-tough Hi-Ten frame, it is virtually kid proof and is designed for rough handling. Now with 50% off it might just be recession proof too...
Cleary Hedgehog 16:
was $390 now $234 at Mike's Bikes
It comes in Desert Green as well as Punk Rock Pink but it's selling out fast at this price so you'll need to be quick if you're not 'punk' enough... Apart from that, the Hedgehog is perfect as a first proper bike: with 16in wheels it's good for up to age five, is made from quality steel so will serve more than just one young owner. This is the same 40% discount as as the initial Black Friday deal.
Cannondale Trail 12: was
$260 now $207.93 at REI
It's never too soon to start riding a crazily painted Cannondale, right? But the rest of the Trail 12 is eminently sensible: rear coaster brake, singlespeed, kid-sized grips, saddle and cranks and optional training wheels. At 20% off it might be sensible to snap one up.
Christmas kids' bikes deals UK
Vitus 24+ Kids' Bike:
was £409.99 now £299.99 at Wiggle
A super stable, lightweight and manoeuvrable bike for exploring the woods and trails with confidence. Made from 6061 alloy with a seven-speed Shimano drivetrain, it's a well specced machine at an incredible price with this discount. (And it has very cool tanwall tyres.) Sadly, the price has gone up £30 since Black Friday, so if you're interested, grab it before it goes up any further!
Cannondale Cujo 24+:
was £500 now £399 at Cyclestore
With 24in wheels and suitable for age 10+, the Cujo is made from Cannondale's SmartForm C3 alloy, has an eight-speed drivetrain, Tektro mechanical disc brakes and rolls on chunky 2.6in Kenda tyres. It's tough, fun and hard to resist at this discount.
Cube Acid 200 Disc 20w 2022:
was £509.00 now £399.00 at Tredz
The Cube Acid 200 Disc 20w is aimed at ages 7-10 with its 20in wheels - and is waiting for said kids to aim it at the toughest terrain they can find. It has a super-wide 13-34 seven-speed cassette, hydraulic disc brakes and a Cube aluminium bar and stem. The price has dropped again and now you can save over £100
BMC Twostroke AL 20in:
was £739 now £589 at Sigma Sports
For 5 to 8-year-olds who want to rule the roost, this high-end aluminium BMC with 20in wheels has a 1x8 SRAM drivetrain, 2.4in Kenda tyres and hydraulic disc brakes. Normally you might baulk at spending over £700 on the kids, but with 20% off... it's worth it to see them riding the most awesome bike in town.
Hoy Bonaly 16in:
was £350 now £279 at Evans Cycles
Track superstar Chris Hoy's brand has designed the Bonaly to be light, fast and fun. Everything is scaled down for smaller riders including brake levers, cranks and even the amount of padding in the saddle. A great way to get your little 'un off to a great start in cycling.
Vitus Smoothy balance bike:
was £89.99 now £59.99 at Wiggle
This has to the be the world's coolest balance bike - it's made from magnesium! The slot that looks like a wind tunnel-derived airflow feature is in fact a carry handle. Your three-year old sadly won't be able to compete in UCI races, however, because it weighs just 3.2kg.
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Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.
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