Rugged, nimble, and lightweight, the Pello Revo is a top-notch bike for beginning riders. Built with “ride right geometry” the Revo upright positioning and narrow crankset, provide a comfortable and natural fit for hesitant riders. Looking beyond the first few rides, the Revo is also built for years to come. With knobby, wide tires the Revo easily rolls over all-terrain conditions while the lack of a front handbrake prevents potential endos (flying over the handlebars due to braking with the front brake). The Revo does have a coaster brake, which may be problematic for riders learning how to pedal, but provides for safer braking for kids still working on the hand-eye control.
With a seat range of 20″ – 24″, the Revo is a great starter bike for kids in size 5 clothes. On the larger size for kids in 4T, our experienced 4yo tester had no problems riding the Revo (especially due to its light 16.3 lb. weight), but would have struggled if it was his first pedal bike. When riding uphill or in all-terrain conditions he was much more comfortable on the smaller 14″ Pello Romper (link to our review).
Compared to Islabikes and WOOM, who also specifically design bikes narrower, lighter weight kid’s bikes, the Revo stands out as it is the only one to offer wider, knobby tires. While the wider tires increase the overall weight of the bike, they allow the bike to ride on an all-terrain conditions.
The q-factor of a bike plays a large role on how comfortable a child feels on the bike. The distance between where the pedals mount to the crank arms, wide q-factors require kids to unnaturally splay their legs to pedal the bike. Allowing kids to pedal straight down, versus as an angle, the narrow q-factor of the Pello allow kids to pedal in a much more relaxed and natural position.
With a MSRP of $299, the Revo is an investment, but considering the high-end components that come standard on the bike, the Revo is a deal for what it provides. Built with a Cane Creek headset, Kenda tires and a Tektro caliper brake, the Revo has significantly better components than 16″ bikes found in a bike shop.
The brake system on the Revo is also unique in that it has a rear caliper brake (Tektro), a coaster brake but no front hand brake. Wanting to protect kids from front-brake related accidents, Pello intentionall omitted the front caliper brake. While we aren’t a huge fan of coaster brakes, it does allow for safer braking for kids who don’t have the hand-eye coordination or the strength to use a hand brake.
In a head to head comparison between WOOM and Islabikes, Pello’s wider tires, lower price tag and coaster brake are significant differences worth considering. Based on our tests, we found the Pello to be best for timid riders who will likely advance into more aggressive riding.
|Best 16″ Bikes for Timid or Beginning Riders|
|Bike||MSRP||Weight (lb)||Seat Height||Brakes||Q Factor||Gain Ratio||Handlebar||Wheelbase||Purchase?||Notes|
|WOOM 3 16″||$369||13||18.8 -23.8″||Dual Hand||5.25″||3.34||Mid||720||Online||Elastic turning limiter, Reviewed|
|Islabikes CNOC 16||$349*||13.2||18.8 – 22.6″||Dual Hand w/ Coaster||5″||3.55||Mid||707||Phone 503-954-2410||CNOC 14 Review, *Shipping not included in price.|
|Pello Revo||$299||16.3||20-24″||Rear Hand w/ Coaster||5.5″||3.55||Mid||705||Online|
Although the coaster brake prevents the Revo from being a true all-terrain brakes, it was easily able to tackle trails alongside bikes designed specifically for such.
Bottom Line: The ideal bike for more timid riders who are likely to become more aggressive once they master pedaling. The coaster brake may be problematic for some, but could be a lifesaver for others.
Where to Purchase: The Revo is only available directly through Pello.