If you’ve ever tried to size bikes for a 15 year old or for a kid of any age, you know the pitfalls of selecting one.
Could be a size too big or heavy, or a different type of bike or a wrong model – it’s so easy to get this all messed up what with the umpteen number of bicycle sizes, types, brands, and models on the market.
But figuring this out correctly is also a worthwhile endeavor as this can make or break a teen’s interest in biking.
Instead of finding it as a fun and inspiring activity, they may end up seeing it as a boring task.
Getting the kids to explore the outdoors without spending too much time on electronic devices can help them stay fit and active.
What Size Bike For A 15 Year Old Boy Or Girl:
A 26 inch wheel adults bike with a size Small frame would be a good fit for a 15 year old who is between 62.6 inches and 67 inches tall.
If your girl or boy is taller than an average 15 years old then you can also look at a size Medium bike with a 17’ to 18’ frame length.
Likewise, if the teen is shorter than the average height, an XS bike with a 13’ to 14’ frame would be a better fit.
This is recommended size for 14 year olds too.
You can also consider a 26 inch wheel bike for kids that has an even smaller frame.
These bikes not only have smaller frames but narrow handlebars with short-throw brake levers, etc, that some teens might find to be an ideal option.
What Size BMX Bike For 15 Year Old:
For a 15 year old between 5’2” and 5’6”, a 20 inch wheel BMX bike with a top tube length of 20.5” inches would be a good fit.
If your teen is shorter than an average 15 year old, you can also consider a 20 inch BMX with a top tube length of 20.25” that may suit better.
When it comes to BMX bikes, you have to consider wheel size as well as the top tube length to find the right choice.
20 inch wheel BMX bikes are a very popular category and you’ll get to see a lot of models with different frame sizes.
Test out a couple of sizes, if possible, and see which one fits and go with that.
What Size Bike Frame For 15 Year Old:
A 15 year old who is between 159 cm and 170 cm tall would find a 26 inch size small (S) bike with a frame length of 15 to 16 inches to be a good fit.
However, teens of the same age can vary widely for their height and so going with age alone will not give the right picture especially if your teen is shorter or taller than an average 16 year old.
So, if your teen is shorter, then you can consider a size XS bike with a frame size of 13 to 14 inches.
Likewise, for a 15 year old who is very tall, even a size medium (M) with a frame length of 17 to 18 inches would work out well.
What Size Mountain Bike For 15 Year Old Boy Or Girl:
A 26 inch wheel size Small mountain bike between 15-16 inches in frame size is suited for a 15 year old teen who is between 5’2” and 5’6” tall.
If your 15 year old is shorter than this height range, consider a size XS frame.
You can also try a 26 inch wheel kids bike that probably would be a better fit.
Likewise, for a very tall 15 year old, a size medium would be a better option.
The difference between a 26 inch wheel kids and adults bike is in the frame size.
The kid’s version would be smaller compared to that of adults.
However, keep in mind that the bigger the bike heavier it’s going to be and teens may not find it comfortable enough to handle the extra weight.
Factors To Consider When Sizing Bikes for 15 Year Olds:
Apart from the frame and wheel size, you also need to look at the geometry as well as the weight of the bike to make an informed decision on which one to go with.
Because for teens these aspects can make a big difference in how comfortable they find the bike to be.
Weight: Unlike adults, teen’s bodies are not fully developed enough for them to handle weights that are heavy in proportion to their body weight.
For this reason, bikes weighing on the lower side would be ideal for teens.
Frames made of aluminum weigh lower than steel but can be expensive.
Likewise, the type of bike (for eg. mountain bikes) also influences the weight of the bike.
Mountain bikes will have additional features such as suspension forks, etc. that can add to the weight of the bike.
A BMX bike on the other hand will a barebones frame to make it lighter.
Geometry: The geometry of the bike can vary depending on the type of bike that you want to get.
Mountain bikes will have a slacker head tube angle making them more aggressive than a neighborhood bike or a road bike.
That is because mountain bike riders require more control of the bike, especially during those downhill track riffs.
A hybrid or gravel bike on the other hand will focus on comfort along with control and speed for which a different type of geometry is required.
A road bike on the other hand will have a steeper head tube angle as aerodynamics is the key feature with road bikes.
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