Our initial review of the internally geared Cleary Meerkat 24" kid's bike.
We recently took delivery of a few relaunched Cleary Meerkats. After building them up, we took the opportunity to take them for a long spin to see if they are worth the price tag. Here are our initial impressions and what we think of this sub $600 24" kid's bike.
Cleary Meerkat Details that Matter
Steel frame with suspension corrected fork
Relaunched with a 5-speed internally geared hub (more on that shortly)
Hydraulic disc brakes
1.95" tires that would work on the road or for the child wanting to try out dirt. We wouldn't recommend this tire long term for mountain biking but will be fine for trying it out.
A real bicycle in every sense, the Cleary Gecko 12 has front and rear brakes, the option for a freewheel that a child can quickly turn over, and crankarms that will not scrape when pedaling through turns. Available in Very Orange, Cool Moss Green, Sorta Pink and Deep Blue, the bike weights 15 pounds with the freewheel option, or 17 pounds with a coaster wheel. The Gecko 12 also comes with a compact vegan leather saddle with integrated seat post designed to accommodate the earliest of early riders. Best fit for riders with 15″ to 18″ inseam
The world of kids’ bikes has been turned upside down in the past decade. Training wheels are out,balance bikesare in. There’s a slew of small bikes with suspension forks and disc brakes for little rippers. And even basic bikes have evolved to make riding easier to learn, more fun, and safer.
To take advantage of these advances, there are a couple key features to look for when picking up a new kids’ bike. Getting the size and fit right is important too; it will make sure your little one gets the most out of their new ride. Here’s what to look for, and 15 of our top recommendations, reviewed and evaluated by our test editors and proven on the road and trail by our crew of test groms.
It is hard to decide what to like best about the Cleary Hedgehog–the beautifully painted steel frame, the top-notch componentry, or the way the little bike performs out on the trail. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose. Your child can have it all: form and function.
The Hedgehog is Cleary’s 16″ bike, sized for kids ages 4 to 6. The geometry and design make it look and perform like a real (albeit tiny) mountain bike. That said, it performs just as well on rides around town and on the kindergarten commute as it does on singletrack.