Trek has a new line of simple lightweight alloy kids’ bike called the Wahoo Trail that gives the old Wahoo family a big off-road performance boost. It’s still a rigid aluminum hardtail. But now it gets a lighter carbon fork, much bigger tire clearance, hydraulic disc brakes, a bit more modern MicroShift 1x drivetrain, and internal routing for a dropper post. Like its predecessor, it comes in 24″ wheels, or a smaller 20″ version, too.
Update: Read on for 20″ availability in the US.
Trek’s new lightweight Wahoo Trail 24 kids’ mountain bike
Officially, the Wahoo family is Trek’s hybrid kids bike, with ‘just big enough’ tires to make it off-road-ready, but sticking with a light and simple rigid frame and fork. Well for 2024, the hybrids lean a bit harder into mountain bikes with the new Wahoo Trail, bumping up to 2.2″ tires – and room for more – plus, what Trek is calling an ‘adult-level’ spec with kid-specific component fits.
So what’s new?
Compared to the old Wahoo, this new Wahoo Trail simply looks beefed up for mountain biking. The 4 big visual shifts are:
- Proper knobby mountain bike tire. Now the bike gets spec’d with 2.2″ Kenda Amrak knobbies. But there’s apparently room for up to 2.4″ tires if your grom wants to go bigger down the trail.
- Real disc brakes. The new bike gets short-reach Tektro hydraulic disc brakes sized for small hands & 160mm rotors.
- More aggressive frame shaping. A dropped toptube and seattube strut mean more standover clearance. But it also helps build in space for internal dropper post routing, if you want to swap in a 31.6 dropper in the future.
- Lastly, a carbon fork. Bigger tires, disc brakes, and a burly frame inevitably mean more weight. So, Trek gave the Wahoo Trail a carbon fork with its own integrated fender to keep weight in check. Complete bike weight is still a bit more than 1kg heavier than the old rim brake 1.95″-tired version.
Less obvious, but Trek’s new Alpha Silver Aluminum Wahoo Trail gets a geometry upgrade with a much slacker 67° head angle, longer chainstays & more BB drop. It’s definitely a more MTB-oriented bike now with about 2cm longer Reach and lower Stack and longer wheelbase overall to complement the bigger tires.
The Wahoo Trail build also upgrades to a MicroShift Advent 1x 9-speed drivetrain with a wider gear spread and a kid-friendly trigger shifter. It gets post mount brakes, a 68mm threaded BB, bolt-on QR axles, a replaceable derailleur hanger, and a kickstand.
2024 Trek Wahoo Trail – Options, Pricing, and Availability
The new Wahoo Trail comes in two sizes with either 20″ or 24″ wheels, but otherwise the same spec. Both come in 2 colors – Plasma Grey Pearl or Power Surge green – each with bling oil slick alloy rims.
The Trek Wahoo Trail 24 sells for $700 / 750€ (claimed weight 10.7kg/23.59lb).
While the smaller Trek Wahoo Trail 20 costs a bit less at 730€.
No word yet on US pricing & availability for the smaller wheeled bike. Trek has now updated us, saying the 20″ bike will be coming stateside in Spring 2024.
The 24″ bike is officially available globally online and at your local Trek dealer now, with the 20″ bike now available outside of the US.