Buying your 12 year old boy a mountain bike is a great way to get him outside and active. Riding a mountain bike can be a lot of fun, especially if you are willing to take him off the road and onto mountain bike trails in your area.
If you plan on buying your boy a mountain bike, you want to make sure you not only buy the right size bike but one that also has good reviews and will last him awhile.
Most 12 year old boys will need a 24″ mountain bike unless he is quite short for his age or has a really small inseam. If you are unsure about whether he is too short for this size bike, then check out my post on finding the right size bike for your child.
Here are some of the best mountain bikes for 12 year old boys.
24″ Mongoose Ledge 2.1 Boy’s Mountain Bike
This is a great affordable mountain bike that can take on all types of terrain but still has a sleek style with the red and silver styled frame. The bike has an aluminum suspension frame making it a pretty lightweight bike especially when compared to other boys mountain bikes.
The bike has 21 different speeds so that you really can go on a variety of different terrains including steep hills as well as just simply strolling around the block. The 3 piece crank shifter allows for a smooth and easily transition between gears.
When it comes to braking it has linear pull brakes, which have strong braking power to keep your boy safe when biking.
Other features on the bike include a padded seat, standard pedals, and steel handlebars.
This is a cool looking mountain bike but also one that is practical as well. It gives boys the option to ride it around the neighborhood but also go on some different terrains to experience more with the bike. It’s not overly complicated like some mountain bikes but does offer enough gears to be able to drive on just about anything.
When you buy the bike there is assembly required but it does come with step-by-step instructions so just about anyone can easily put the bike together.
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24″ Roadmaster Granite Peak Boy’s Mountain Bike
If you are looking for a slightly less expensive mountain bike, then check out this one from Roadmaster. It is still a good quality bike that offers some nice features but it won’t set you back $200.
It has a rugged steel frame with suspension fork so you get a smoother ride over different terrains.
It has 18 speeds with SRAM drive twist shifters so you can smoothly switch gears when needed.
It is is a 24″ mountain bike which is the perfect size for most 12 year old boys and probably could be used for even 11 years and older.
It’s easy to put together and won’t cost you nearly as much as some other higher end mountain bikes but still offers a smooth ride and the ability for a boy to ride for a long time.
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24″ Diamondback Cobra Junior Boy’s Mountain Bike
This is a really great entry-level mountain bike for a 12 year old boy. It is slightly more expensive than the Mongoose mountain bike but it is a slightly higher quality bike as well.
It has a lightweight aluminum frame and Trail XC 40mm travel front suspension fork to help keep stability and absorb the shock when riding over uneven terrain.
The Diamondback Cobra has 7 different speeds to choose from and front and derailleurs to help make going from different speeds smooth and easy. If your child has never ridden a mountain bike before, this should be an easy transition from a regular bike to one were you have to shift gears.
This is a very durable and stable bike but it isn’t too heavy for a 12 year old boy. He will definitely be able to keep up with you on the trails and the pavement with this bike.
Other features of this bike include a padded seat, attached chain guard, and 36 hole alloy wheels. This bike should have no problem lasting a few years for a boy between the ages of 8-14 years old until he is ready to ride a bigger, adult mountain bike.
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Any of these bikes would be a great option for a 12 year old boy’s mountain bike. They all offer a great stable ride on just about any terrain and a comfortable ride that will have your boy wanting to get out and ride his bike everyday.
You definitely don’t have to spend over $200 on a mountain bike for your 12 year old, but these are the types of bikes that will last and will be able to passed down or at least sold secondhand to make up some of the money as well.
If you have a 12 year old buy who is on the tall side (over 5′ 4″) you may want to check out a 26″ adult mountain bike to compare what may be the best bike for your 12 year old.