Transport of environmental pollutants in groundwater systems can be greatly influenced by colloids. In this study, the cotransport of Pb2+ and silica (SiO2) colloids at different Pb2+ concentrations was systematically investigated by batch adsorption and saturated sand column experiments. Results showed that SiO2 colloids had low adsorption capacity for Pb2+ (less than 1% of the input) compared with sands. In saturated porous media, SiO2 colloids showed a high mobility; however, with the increase of Pb2+ concentration in the sand column, the mobility of SiO2 colloids gradually decreased. Notably, SiO2 colloids could facilitate Pb2+ transport, although they did not serve as effective carriers of Pb2+. Under the condition of low Pb2+ concentration, SiO2 colloids promoted the Pb2+ transport mainly through the way of "transport channel," while changing the porosity of the medium and masking medium adsorption sites were the main mechanisms of SiO2 colloid-facilitated Pb2+ transport under the condition of high Pb2+ concentration. The discovery of this non-adsorption effect of colloids would improve our understanding of colloid-facilitated Pb2+ transport in saturated porous media, which provided new insights into the role of colloids, especially colloids with weak Pb2+ adsorption capacity, in Pb2+ occurrence and transport in soil-groundwater systems.