We are also in the process of getting a new bike for our eldest. She turns 9 next month and is about 130-133cm tall. So a 24" should be the correct size. I really wish we could just go straight to 26" but it is what it is hey. I think it will be too big for her for a year or 2. She is small, but fast and athletic - sports and dancing.
So I've been checking at various models. It will be quite sometime before she rides anything technical like a proper trail as we don't have trails closeby. I think a bike with v-brakes and rigid fork should be sufficient, but that's why I'm asking... Keep in mind it's a girl so the colour DOES matter!
This will be her first bike with gears.
Marvel Livi has hydraulic disc brakes and air fork. It is just heavy - https://www.cyclelab.com/product/1016389-bike-jnr-girls-marvel-livi-disc
There's a Marvel Livi with v-brakes and rigid fork as well, but its blue (cheapest) - https://www.cyclelab.com/product/1016400-bike-jnr-girls-marvel-livi-v-brake
Titan Calypso Lite. Rigid fork, v-brakes https://www.cyclelab.com/product/1016458-bike-jnr-girls-titan-calypso-lite
Titan Calypso. https://www.cyclelab.com/product/1021017-24-inch-titan-calypso-v-2021
Mech Fork, v-brakes
Scott Contessa. https://www.cyclelab.com/product/1016434-bike-jnr-girls-scott-contessa-v
V-brakes and Mech fork - Best looking and the right colour. Not on sale anymore. Most expensive one on the list, but it was on sale recently and in line with the others on the list. I know there is a Scott Roxter with Rigid fork and mech disc brakes as well, but it wasn't in stock when I was at Cycle Lab.
Price class here was R4k-R6k (when the Scott was on sale)
We will try and get a proper thumb shift instead of the grip shifters.
I don't mind getting the Marvel Livi as I'm familiar with disc brakes so it will be easier for me. That being said, she's had a Avalanche 20" single speed now for 3 years with cheap v-brakes and it has been very good to us so far.
Am I overthinking this? Should she just choose the one which looks the best?
Maybe I answered my own questions, maybe not. But thanks for helping anyway!!