Review: Clearly Bikes Scout for 9 to 11 Years Old


Riding through the mountains with the help of its 10-speed gearbox and 100 mm front suspension. The Cleary Bikes Scout cycle comes into the market with a price tag of $850. Even though the bike is a little costlier than its counterparts present in the market, don’t judge it before you know its extraordinary qualities and fantastic features. Equipped with disk brakes, a steel frame, and much more, the bike is truly capable of handling tough terrains and aggressive riding. To know the list of its qualities and demerits, read the article below!


Pros and Cons


  1. Durable steel frame that absorbs most of the vibrations
  2. Incredible 10-speed gearbox
  3. Modern design and frame
  4. Disk brakes in both the front and the back tires
  5. Massive 26″ tires provide more clearance
  6. 100mm travel front suspension
  7. Lifetime warranty covering 100% of any manufacturer defects


  1. A little on the costlier side of the price range
  2. No quick adjustable seat clamp
  3. The steel frame can be a bit heavy for uphill rides
  4. No reflectors, bell, or kickstand provided with the bike


The Clearly Bike Scout 26″ is a steel ride weighing 28.5lbs or 12.92kgs. It comes in two distinct colors, namely, wicked blue and grey. The bike has dual disk brakes and comes with an adjustable seat (28″ to 35.25″) which, sadly, has no quick-release clamp. Built for 9 to 11 years old the bike will cost you anywhere around $850. The bike does hold some weak traits like a lack of safety elements like reflector, bell, and mudguards. But the lifetime warranty Clearly offers on all the bike parts do compensate for this safety lack to an extent.


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Paint Job

In the iconic shades of wicked blue and grey, The Cleary Bikes Scout rises above the child-oriented paint job and stickers and delivers a mature look, perfect for our young cyclists. The paints used are plausible, having dark shade to hide the dust and mud while mountain biking. The bike’s overall paint job infused with its built design and theme considerably increases its appeal for adults and children alike.


Material and Strength

The steel frame used in the bike noticeably increases its comfort and shock-absorbing capability. However, it also has a downgrade of making the bike a little heavier, weighing 28.5 lbs/ 12.92 kgs, apparent while riding uphill. The rubber tires have a firm grip on the slippery and muddy terrains. Where most bikes tend to slip off the spot, this bike delivers extraordinary performance and holds the ground perfectly. The Shimano 10-speed gear system used in the cycle drastically increases its performance on aggressive terrains. While the tires are a bit too wide, the gearing system handles them beautifully without requiring external pressure from the rider. The suspensions used in the front fork are durable and support the rider on the paved and off-road surfaces alike. Disc brakes used in the front and rear tires of the bike deliver robust and squeak-free performance. Alexrims’ rim is used in the cycle, which is tubeless compatible. The seat post of diameter 27.2mm is used in the bike, which is quite comfortable for the young cyclist.


Safety and Stability

Coming with disk brakes on both tires, The Cleary Bikes Scout assures you of its safety standards even before riding it. The sturdy and straightforward design of its mainframe maintains the rider’s equilibrium and stability while mountain biking. While the bike does not come with a reflector or a kickstand, the 100mm travel front suspension fills up for it. Unfortunately, a mudguard is not provided on the bike, but honestly, I see it only as a hindrance to clearance. Cleary lock-on grips fitted in the cycle do precisely what they are designed for – providing a soft and comfortable spot for your hands. Overall, the bike showcases appreciable qualities regarding the rider’s safety.


Wheel and Comfort

The massive 26″ wheelbase provides better clearance to the rider and is ideal for off-road adventures.


Undoubtedly, it provides an excellent grip on the muddy and slippery surfaces where most bikes are prone to slipping. Although they are broader than most of the tires used by various companies, it does not strain the rider as the 10-speed Shimano gear system balances it.


Coming to the gear system, the bike has a unique 10-speed gear system made by Shimano, which provides smooth shifting. The rear cassette has an effective 11 teeth to 42 teeth spread, with a 28 teeth narrow-wide chain. This impressive spread helps the rider push the cycle smoothly and according to the need of the moment.


The 100mm, travel front suspension provides an everlasting comfort to the rider on rocky terrains. It is made up of high-quality material, ensuring that it deals with minimum repairing and maximum performance. You also have the option to lock it out while going uphill.


The seat is adjustable, with its height ranging from 28″ – 35.25″. Modified according to the mountain bikers’ needs, the saddle supports the rider’s overall posture during their adventures. The only cut I noticed in this area was the absence of quick-release seat clamps, which could have been provided in the bike instead of the single bolt clamp.


The straight handlebar is designed to handle the rider’s strain in the case of sudden braking or bouncing after colliding with small rocks. The grips are soft and feel good while holding them.


Extra Features

The company provides a lifetime warranty on all the manufacturer defects, which was a plus for me. As for the included accessories, it wasn’t delightful to see that the bike didn’t come with a bell, reflectors, or a kickstand. Although I understand that the built and the bike’s design are not suitable for kickstand or back reflectors, manufacturers should have provided a bell with the cycle. Apart from this, the cycle has various customization options offered by the company, like saddles, seat collar, seat post, stems, grips, tires, tubes, and much more.



Looking back at The Cleary Bikes Scout, I find it one of the most beautiful and robust bikes I recently encountered. The simple yet effective design, the paint job, and the choice of color all define the aura and quality of the bike that is being offered. The steel frame used in the cycle absorbs most of the vibration caused, and even though it is a little on the heavier side, the 10-speed Shimano gear system rightly balances it. The 26″ wheelbase indeed provides a clear and easy ride. The lifetime warranty of the product quickly catches the buyer’s attention. Overall even for $850, I would recommend the bike to anyone whose kid is in the age group of 9-11 years.


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