1. Ridgeback 24
This mountain bike, aimed at seven to 10-year-olds, is engineered to take all the knocks. The light frame makes it easy to lift.
2. Islabikes Beinn
The national cyclists' organisation CTC is among Islabikes' biggest fans, which says it all. These bikes are built to last.
3. Trek MT 60
This bike has a durable, corrosion-resistant aluminium frame and front suspension – an excellent choice for boys aged five and over.
4. Weeride Pro Pilot
No, this bike doesn't have a wheel missing – you simply attach it to your own bicycle and your child pedals behind. For ages four to nine.
5. Apollo Moonstone 20
With its vibrant graphics on a white frame, this is a great all-rounder for girls aged six to nine. The front suspension fork provides comfort.
6. Puky Z2
Unlike most bike manufacturers, Puky only makes children's bikes, so it is a true expert. The Z2 has many clever child-centred features.
7. Specialised Hot Rock 24
With 21 gears and a premium aluminium frame, this mountain bike also has special tyres for varied terrain.
8. Kettler Speedy
Balance bikes are all the rage – and rightly so. They're fun and enable kids to master the balance needed to ride a two-wheeler at an earlier age.
9. Raleigh MX
The MX range is inspired by the fast and furious world of Motocross. Available in two sizes (age 3+ or 5+), it has loads of safety features.
10. Mongoose Subject
£197.99, evanscycles.comNew for 2012, this is a terrific first BMX for kids aged 13 and up. It has all the parts you'll need, including BMX-style grips and pegs for tricks.Reuse content