Words by Cat Crimmins
So your little one has gotten a taste for trail riding and they want to explore their gnarly side.
Having the right children's mountain bike clothing is a big part of making sure they have a positive experience when riding their bikes. To get them off to a flying start, here's a list of some of the best pieces on the market...
If your child likes nothing better than ripping it down technical trails or getting air on tabletops, then a good quality full face helmet is essential. The Bell Sanction helmet is pretty much the smallest on the market, so small that it can fit a toddler, they are also very light (less than 1kg), so great for those young necks!
The 7iDP M1 helmet is fairly light, comes in a whole range of sizes (XS-XL) and has some funky colours too.
If you are looking for a well fitting open face helmet, then consider the Bell Sidetrack. They have a competitive price point, available with the MIPS technology, varied designs and come in two sizes.
Pretty much every major brand offer children’s riding tops ranging from cross country Lycra to baggy downhill tops. It really comes down to what your child wants to wear, and of course, your budget. A few of note are Fox tops that closely replicate the adult range and have sizes from 4 years and up.
Mountain bike legend Tracy Moseley has recently produced T-Mo Racing t-shirts and caps for children, they retail for around £13.50 with a large proportion of the money going into developing and funding young talented riders such as World Enduro rider, Megan James.
Again there is a large range of shorts available for kids, however you can’t go wrong with the Cube Action short. They are bombproof, wear really well as I have a pair that have gone through two children and still look in excellent condition. These shorts include a chamois liner and offer a great fit owing to an adjustable Velcro system, they're also excellent value for money.
For the older rider, the Madison youth range is a collection to consider, especially the very cool looking Zenith camo shorts.
There is one go-to shoe for your little ripper, the Five Ten Freerider. Not only are they robust and allow your little rippers to feel confident that their feet are going to stick to their pedal, they are really cool looking too. They have recently started to produce them with Velcro straps to minimise the chance of laces getting caught in the chain, and have the trademark rubber soles that Five Tens are so famed for. From a parent’s perspective, once they have outgrown them they maintain a good resale value as well.
For technical riding full fingered gloves are advisable with Giro and 100% being two great choices for their smaller sizes and snugger fit. 100% also sell the excellent winter Brisker glove.
If your ripper is more of an XC whippet then Madison offer reasonably priced fingerless gloves that go from x.small to large, they fit really well and are available in several awesome colours.
The Fox knee pads are robust, adjustable, comfy and are modeled on the popular adults Launch Pro range (£45). Another great contender is G Form's youth range as they produce knee and elbow pads as well as protective vests and shorts, great if your kids are sending it big!
Finally, if you haven’t already heard of the family run Scottish brand ShredXS, then check out their website. They are a kids only mountain bike clothing brand whose ethos is ‘love it, wear it, shred it’, and carry both a DH and enduro range for kids as young as four.
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