Hi! Quality kids’ bikes are one of my favorite things, bordering on obsession. If biking is The Thing you like to do with your kids, getting them on a lightweight bike that is comfortable and fun to ride makes all the difference. The bad news is that bikes and in particular kids’ bikes are largely out of stock everywhere right now. But if you have a month or so to wait, there are lots of great options that didn’t even exist when Isla first pioneered quality kids’ bikes. There is an amazing review site that has guided us to some great purchases, http://www.twowheelingtots.com and I highly recommend browsing their in depth reviews. It sounds like you’re probably after a 24 inch and a 26 inch. If you can find something quality on Craigslist, more power to you, but they keep their value so well sometimes you aren’t even saving that much. However, the good news on the flip side of that coin is when you do sell them you’ll get almost all your money back!
The most similar in weight, geometry, price and quality to Islabikes is Woom. They are really the cream of the crop, but they are not cheap and they are backordered to heck right now.
However, we have now had a Priority and a Guardian that we liked just as well as the Islabike we had. I’m particularly buoyant about Guardian’s customer service. Neither of those have a 26 inch bike, though.
We also have a 24 in Raleigh Cadent that was an amazing value, but those are hard to come by these days, supposedly from supply chain shortages.
Some kids can skip a 26 inch bike and go to an XS adult frame so that’s something to keep in mind as you might have an easier time finding one.
If you do decide to go the Craigslist route, be vigilant – there’s a supply shortage out there and it shows. I sold our Priority Start in 7 minutes last week.
Best of luck!