The Mondraker F-Play 24 is a serious electric mountain bike for kids 11-16 years old. Its 24” wheels and compact size allow smaller riders to enjoy trail riding at the max without having to sit uncomfortably in the wrong position.
Though the 250 Watt-hour battery is fixed in the frame, its range of around 25 miles is perfectly ample for a younger teenager’s stamina. The Mahle rear-hub motor offers little to no drag so the bike can be ridden economically, with the motor switched off on downhill sections or after the battery empties.
Overall, this is best for maxed-out trail riding where the youngster is ready to move into eMTB as a serious long-term hobby.
Reasons to Buy
Amongst the many great features of this e-bike, we love the Zero rear suspension system. Unique to Mondraker, it’s a dual-pivot rear suspension designed to offer perfect comfort over both smaller bumps and the biggest jumps. Designed to eradicate brake jack (where the rear shock extends in braking, potentially throwing you over the handlebars), it’s also a great safety system should the rider mess up a turn.
Another great feature of the F-Play 24 is the compact size that’ll allow all but the biggest in the age group to have a fun ride. With the 24” wheels and smaller frame, kids can throw their weight around to optimize riding from turn to turn and jump to jump. For taller teenagers, this will also show them the benefit of riding on a slightly smaller frame than they would on the road to enjoy the best trail riding.
Things to Consider
The 250 Watt-hour battery of the F-Play 24 is fixed inside the frame and cannot be removed. This will mean that after the battery is used up, that’s it for the day until the bike is recharged. This could be a big downer for a kid who’s just had a massive high on the trails.