Review Requests


Have a product you would like to see reviewed on Two Wheeling Tots?  Drop Natalie an email or simply leave a comment below.

Reviews of these products are currently in the works and are listed in the order they will most likely be completed in.  Since we often test our products for over a month, we can often answer questions about the products prior to the review being finished, so please feel free to ask.

  • Bubby

    how good is the Zum balance bike with the metal frame?

  • Bubby

    Please could you review the Metal Zum balance bike?

    • I have not seen the Metal Zum bike in person, but based on the pictures, the geometry of the bike seems off. The seat on the bike is mounted rather high up on the frame, which raises the overall center of gravity of the rider. The high center of gravity makes the bike more difficult to balance and to remain balancing. See point #12 here as an example, http://www.twowheelingtots.com/10-distinguishing-features-of-balance-bikes/. So in the end, although it does have air tires and is certainly cheaper than most bikes, I wouldn’t recommend it.

  • M Barnes

    What do you know about Royal Baby Balance Bike?

  • Vicki C

    Do you have any info/insight into the Booyah Swivel 3 in 1 Double bike trailer.
    Has good reviews on Amazon but not very many.

  • Tiffany Lambourne

    Have you guys reviewed the Norco balance bikes? I don’t see them on any of your comparison charts, and they’re great little bikes. They make a 10″ for little ones, and a 14″ with brakes for bigger tots.

    • Norco’s balance bikes are not available in the US (well as far as I know so please correct me if I am wrong!), so we don’t have access to them. If you happen to have access to them and would be willing to write up a review on them, I would be more than happy to throw it up on the site.

  • Jennifer Zuklie

    wonderful site – so many choices. If you’ve already commented on this one please direct me to the info as I didn’t see it.

    Micro Balance G-Bike? thoughts? compared to the strider?

    I love the Public ones from an aesthetic perspective, but they seem to be too heavy, so I’m looking for another option for my VERY tall and “sporty” 2.5 yo.

    Thank you for any insights or direction!

    • Glad to help. I have reviewed the Micro G, http://www.twowheelingtots.com/micro-kickboard-g-bike/, and while the kids loved it, the smaller tires made for some tricky situations as the tires easily get caught on small curbs and rocks. For the Public bikes, I haven’t seen them, but I don’t believe their geometry is as good as others in its price range.

      For suggestions, it really depends on your budget, what type of surfaces you plan on riding on, what size pants they are currently in as well as what climate you live (will the bike be ridden much over the winter)? Let me know and I can give you some further guidance.

      • Jennifer Zuklie

        Thank you!! We live in Brooklyn. So mostly sidewalks/concrete/cobble stone. I’m guessing no to snow, but yes to cold weather. She’s in sz 3/4t.
        Thank you!!

        • Since you will be on cobble stones at times, I would be sure to get a bike with air tires as it will help to cushion the bumps. My first choice would be the Ridgeback Scoot as it has air tires, a hand brake and will provide plenty of room for growth. It also has a longer wheelbase and handlebars than most balance bike, which helps to increase the bikes stability. Considering his height, the Scoot will also provide the most room for growth as compared to other bikes. The Yedoo Too Too is also a good lightweight options while the TykesBykes Scamper is a more affordable option.

          • Jennifer Zuklie

            Fantastic! thank you very much. I see there is a “Scoot” in 12″ and an XL version in 14″ – thoughts on which of those??

          • They are both awesome bikes, but for a 2.5yo, I would go with the regular “Scoot” as the XL is going to be a little too much bike at first. My 3yo who is barely in 4T, can ride the XL, but is more comfortable on the Scoot.

  • Daniel Miller

    Having just now ordered the Strider for the little guy who will be 18mo at Christmas, now I am going to spend the next 1-1.5 years shopping for the first pedal bike. Would love to see reviews of LittleBig Bike from Ireland, Kinderbike Morph which is finally out, and any other current convertibles…

    • Awesome, the Strider is a great bike for an 18-month old. I have contacted the owner of LittleBig and am planning on reviewing his bike, but not until it becomes widely available in the US, which should be soon (I think). As for convertible bikes, the LittleBig is by far my favorite design that I have seen, but since I haven’t tested it yet, I can’t comment its performance, quality, etc. The main benefit I see on the LittleBig is the 14″ tires versus 12″. By the time most kids are ready to transition to a pedal bike, they are generally too big for a 12″ and are a much better fit on a 14″ or 16″. Plus, many convertible bikes are much heavier than a regular balance bike, which is not the case with the LittleBig.

  • Lisa Strauss

    would love to see a comparison between Cnoc 14 and Frog 43!

    • Sadly, the Frog 43 isn’t available in the US, so I won’t be able to do a real comparison :(.

  • Claire Woodard

    Any thoughts on this balance bike from Magic Vida? http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Vida-Balance-Inch-Training-Children/dp/B018Z8SEOW

  • After reading through all the reviews and looking at the pictures, it seems like a great bike, but really small and on the heavier side. Not only does it seem short, it also has a short wheelbase. For younger kids, who weigh 30lb., this would probably work, but for taller kids or kids older than 3, it looks like it would be too small.

  • KW mom

    Hello,
    My son is in between sizes currently size T2 is on the short side and T3 is a lil too long, which is why I figured based on your reviews the Muna bike would be more suitable for my son than the Strider XL. However, I live in Canada and unfortunately we can’t get the Muna bikes here.
    I came across the Bunzi Gradual Balance Bike and would really appreciate your thoughts on this bike. Thanks so much 🙂

  • Robyn Huezo

    Hello! I saw on a previous comment page that you did not think highly of Louis Garneau bikes. May I have more information? To my eye, they seem heavy, but I don’t know how to judge the geometry. In my area they are the most common bike available. My 4 year old son has outgrown his Kazam balance bike. His inseam is more than 17″. I shouldn’t be surprised, he is getting too tall for 5T pants too. I want to try a pedal bike, but it’s going to need to be an easy bike as he is not fast or confident yet. Thanks for the help!

    • I haven’t seen a Louis Garneau bike in person, so be sure to take that into consideration. I can certainly give my opinions, but seeing a bike does go a long way. My main issue with their kids line is their geometry. Their handlebars are really high and the frame looks on the bulkier side which likely ads to the weight of the bike. For your son, I would take a look at our pedal bike comparison chart here, http://www.twowheelingtots.com/pedal-bikes-comparison-charts/. There you can see the minimum seat heights of all the bikes. Since he is more hesitant, you will want a bike with a minimum seat height that matches him inseam, or comes really close to it. If it matches, then he will be able to stand on the seat flat footed, like on his balance bike, which will make him more comfortable to start with. Once he learns to pedal and stop the bike without his feet, you will want to raise the seat about 2″ to allow for the most efficient pedaling. As a result, be sure not to get a bike that is too small for him, as he will likely outgrow it since technically, he should fit a bike with a minimum seat height of 18.5″ right now.

  • ryan52403

    I think you should do a review on the Raleigh Cadent 24 (http://community.raleighusa.com/2015-bikes-kids-9-12-years-cadent-24). I’m looking for a bike for my son and this seems like a great Islabikes alternative for those with a lesser budget. It has shorter cranks and only weighs 22.5 pounds (according LBS scale). If you had a review on it, I surely would have discovered it sooner.

  • Thanks for the tip! I will try to go check it out locally. In comparison to the Islabikes, it is relatively light (Islabikes weighs 19.4 lb.), but it does have slightly longer cranks 152mm vs. 140 mm. The Raleigh also has a higher gear ratio, but the is quite a difference in the price, so you’re right, for that weight, it is a great deal and certainly worth looking at.

    • ryan52403

      The specs say 5″ crank, which would be 127mm. Did I miss something? Where did you see 152mm?

      • I got the specs off their site here: http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/youth/9-12-years-old/cadent-24. For some reason the link in your comment didn’t work, so I went searching on their site for it. It’s listed as a Cadent 24, so I assume that is the same bike?

        • ryan52403

          Very strange, I’m quite sure that it said 5″ crank when I looked at it yesterday, but it doesn’t now. I remember wondering why they had listed it in inches, since no one else does that…

          • I found the page that list 5″ here, http://community.raleighusa.com/2015-bikes-kids-9-12-years-cadent-24. It also has several different specs on it as compared to the page I was reading here, http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/youth/9-12-years-old/cadent-24. Upon looking closer, I realized the page you were looking at is the 2015 model and the one I was looking at is the 2016 model.

          • ryan52403

            Wow, thanks for finding that! Now the only mystery is why they would make a change like that. The shorter cranks should be a selling point. I wonder if one of them is a mistake?

          • I know! My only guess would be price as shorter cranks are more of a specialty as they don’t fit on adult bikes or mass produced kids bikes.

  • Corinna

    Hi. I’m currently researching different tricycles and balance bikes for my grandson who will b turning 3. I’ve narrowed it down (I think) to the Ybike evolve and the Firstbike. I’m also considering the strider. I live in a culda sac and I have a long driveway which slopes down slightly. I like the fact that the Firstbike is so light weight but read a review that bcuz of the frame it’s really not meant for a child over 3 cuz the back tire gets wobbly. My grandson is on the short side and weighs about 35 lbs. I like the fact that the Ybike can transform to a balance bike and I’m really not sure if my grandson is ready for peddling. But the strider and the Firstbike are lighter in weight. The Firstbike basic is prolly not a good one due to the tires being more for indoor from what I read. Any suggestions.

    • If you live in a colder climate where you grandson won’t be able to ride for a good portion of the year, there is a chance that he could outgrow the FirstBIKE before he is ready to transition to a pedal bike, especially if he is already 35 lb. If he is able to ride regularly throughout the year, then I don’t think the flexing of the FirstBIKE will be a problem. the FirstBIKE basic tires are also pretty good, in fact, we like them better than the foam tires on the Strider, but not as much as air tires. Lastly, between the bikes you listed, the Strider and the FirstBIKE are much better bikes than the Ybike Evolve. At 3, kids are able to balance a bike (although it may take them some time to learn), so they don’t need any other type of bike. Tricycles are very inefficient compared to balance bikes, so I wouldn’t invest in one at all. Hope that helps!

  • Rebecca Burkart

    Hi there,
    Wondering if you’ve reviewed Limar helmets?
    Thanks!

    • I haven’t and haven’t even had a chance to see them in person. The Champ the Superlight both look like great helmets.

  • Jo

    Hi Natalie! Have you had much experience with the Giant Pre? Any idea what the lowest saddle height would be? I’m looking for a bike for my not quite 2 year old whose inseam is around 12″. Was looking at the Yedoo and Islabikes bikes because of quality and recommendation, but am having a difficult time swallowing the price tag. Saw that the Giant Pre is quite a bit more affordable (I assume it’s because there’s no hand break?) and was wondering what your thoughts are on it. Thanks!

    • The Giant Pre is a good bike for the price. It is heavier and doesn’t have a hand brake, but it is small as I believe the seat goes town to 12″, so it should fit. If you live on a dirt road, I would actually be sure to check out the Stampede Charger 12 as it has wider tires and handlebars, as well as a hand brake, that will be beneficial for all-terrain riding. The Charger goes down to 12.5″, so it may be too tall for now, but considering kids generally walk the bike for the first little bit, it will likely fit him by the time he sits and rides.

  • Charlie Cundiff

    I’m checking out some Craigslist bikes here and I see a Specialized Riprock 16″ for $40. Have you guys checked out the Riprock?

    • Wow, for $40 that is a deal! I actually didn’t even know the Riprock series had a 16″ as any of the stores I visited didn’t have one on the floor. It does have wider tires than the Hotrock, which will likely mean that it is also heavier. The coaster brake and lack of handbrake are less than ideal, but for $40 its a steal. In fact, the first pedal bike we ever bought was an old Specialized 16″ Hotrock for $40 off Specialized and it worked great for our oldest two kids.

  • Michael Sellinger

    Hi Natalie: Enjoyed your analysis. As the importer of Kiddimoto balance bikes and helmets, I was wondering how we can get reviewed. Thanks, Michael

    • Love to, just shoot me an email at natalie at twowheelingtots.com. Right now we are pretty back logged with reviews, but now that the kids are back in school, we are starting to play catch up.

  • floating crayons

    Hi Natalie – your website has been an amazing resource. My 5.5 yo is on a Isla Cnoc 16″ and my 3.5 yo is on a Specialized Hotrock 12″ (no training wheels). My 5.5yo is generally timid physically but has really taken into biking and is doing “tricks” on his bike (well, not really, but showing us how he can put his feet on the handle bars while riding, etc.). Your reviews of bikes stop at 16″ so I was wondering if you have any plans to review the next stage of bikes. We live in NYC and bike mostly on paved roads (though I dream of driving to bike trails and doing that with my kids as well). Thanks in advance! Lisa

    • I have reviewed many 20″ and 24″ bikes. Currently is it hard to determine that (we are working on fixing that), but the best way to see the larger bikes we have reviewed is to visit this page: http://www.twowheelingtots.com/pedal-bikes-landing-page/ and then select 20″ bikes in the filters. The bikes that are labeled “Our Review” we have reviewed, which you can see by clicking on that link. Hope that helps!

  • Trevor Moore

    Hello, I would like to request a review of Norco’s Run 10″model. A 12″ wheeled version is also available too with a V brake in the rear (Ninja is the boys but is identical to the girls except color). Appears to be a good option for those of us with 18M old children.

    Also, Trek, Giant, Novara (REI), and even Commencal (Rear disc brake ready with 6 bolt disc hub!?!?!?) also have balance bikes I would love to hear your opinions on if time permits ha ha.

    Thank you for your honest reviews of so many different balance bikes and the various features each family may prefer over another. God bless!

    • I agree, I would LOVE to review all of those models, but it really comes down to time and money (doesn’t everything :)). In order to review these bikes I would have to purchase all of them at full retail price, which ads up quickly. These big bike manufacturers don’t have a high enough profit margin on their kids bike, so they don’t put any money into marketing them. That being said, I have checked out many of them at local shops and for the most part, for the price they don’t compete with the higher-end bikes only available online (like WOOM, Islabikes, etc.). Most lack any hand brakes, don’t have a true headset and cost more other bikes that do. Commencal and Norco certainly do provide more bang for the buck as compared to the other brands, so I would probably start with those brands first. Come Springtime, I’ll take a look again at the various models and probably purchase one or two for a review.

      Thanks!

      • Trevor Moore

        I hear you he he, thanks for your reply. I am sure you are plenty busy this time of year as is.

        I’ll keep an eye out for additional reviews in the Spring!

        It might be worth looking into a credit of sorts for your readers who purchase bikes based on your website.

        I know I would be more than willing to give you the credit due for your efforts.

        Your analysis can’t be measured in numbers or by the specs tab. Especially the numerous side by side comparisons using kids of different ages and builds, you are incredibly through!

        Just an idea that may help…
        Maybe an additional 5%, T shirt/ jersey with brands logo, sticker kit, etc. Anything that helps incentivize your followers, encourage manufacturers to give you special pricing/ demos and most importantly, reviewing kids bikes/gear becoming more lucrative for yourself.

        I would wager that might encouraging a broader range of brands reviewed only helping parents and our kids become fanatics about this sport!

        Sorry, I don’t shut up some times ha ha. Anyway thanks again and God bless!

        • Ha, no worries! Thanks for the feedback. Luckily, many links on the site are affiliate links, so I do get a small “referral fee” from many sales. A good portion of bikes are not however, as the manufacturers don’t offer any programs, but I list them anyway as they are a great bike and much better than those found at many local shops.

          As for merchandise, it is certainly something to consider. Perhaps when the kids are older I’ll have to time and energy to venture out in to that path 🙂

  • SnowEcho

    i suppose it would be too much to ask for cargo bikes on here too. 🙂 we have the yuba mundo and we love it. our friends have the xtracycle edgerunner and they love it.

    some requests – i sent by email, but i may as well put here:
    – petzl picchu helmet for cycling and climbing
    – early rider belter 20″ urban and trail bikes

    and looking more 20″ bikes in general that are less than 20 lbs? 🙂 i’m only considering the woom and the islabikes b/c we do long rides and i’d like her to have a bike that will let her enjoy the long ride, the same way our bikes let us enjoy a long ride. i’m also confused by the 18″ and 20″ section or the 16″ and 18″ section (i forget which two sizes you have together). do you recommend going from 16″ to 18″? i’m wondering if 20″ is too much of a jump for my LO but she’s over 46″ tall so i think she fits the criteria of getting a 20″ bike.

    the reason i worry is b/c i didn’t think going from 12″ to 16″ was a big deal until we tried (she was much too big for the 12″ and just too small for the 16″) and we quickly realized she needed a 14″ to fill the gap. so we got one. and now i’m wondering the same for the 16″->20″ gap.

    • I would LOVE a chance to review more Cargo bikes. Several years ago I was able to review the Xtracycle and it was well loved by the entire family, review here: http://www.twowheelingtots.com/xtracycle-family-cargo-bikes/. I agree that they are amazing for families, but right now I just don’t have the time and resources to review more Cargo bikes. I would love to hear any pros and cons you have some across with the two to share with my readers if you get a chance.

      For the Early Rider, the Urban 20″ is on the list, but not the trail as I have received more interest with the Urban. Seeing as I have to purchase their bikes for a review, I can’t review all of them. I have also added the Petzl helmet (http://amzn.to/2kXvpFC) to our list of potential reviews. It gets amazing reviews, so thanks for pointing it out. Not knowing much about climbing, could you fill me in on what specific features make this suitable for climbing? Are there any additional certification that make it a “climbing” helmet? I assume it fits slimmer on the head, but in order to pass for cycling standards, it can’t be that much thinner than a biking helmet. Any insights would be greatly appreciated!

      In regards to the bike sizes, I have the 18’s mixed in with the 16’s. The main reason is that there are very few 18’s available and ByK E-350, which is the only 18 we have reviewed, is sized like a 16. As a result, I wouldn’t recommend going from a 16 to an 18 as they are too similar in size. If your daughter is on the smaller size, but is ready to jump up to a 20″ I would look into a small 20″. A small 20″, such as the Islabikes BEINN 20″ Small, is significantly smaller and easier to manage than a standard 20″ bike you would find in a bike shop, like a Trek or a Specialized. The move from a 16″ to a small 20″ is similar to the move from a 12″ to a 14″. Moving from a 16″ to a standard 20″ is like moving from a 12″ to a 16″.

      Hope that helps!

      • SnowEcho

        Natalie thanks for your thoughts! i hear you on the time/resources aspect to review cargo bikes. i have tested the xtracycle edgerunner myself – and i have the yuba mundo – the pros i would say for the xtracycle is that it rides a little more “fun” like a mountain bike. also the rear wheel is smaller than the front so the cargo is lower to the ground, making the ride more stable with precious cargo. the con i would say b/c the rear wheel is smaller, the coasting on flat ground is not as great as i found the bike slowed quite a bit – i think it’s due to the rolling resisitance of a smaller wheel in the back – so continuing to pedal was important. the pro for the yuba mundo is that it is upright if you like that, but it’s not as fun of a ride as the xtracycle edgerunner. it has 2 26″ wheels so if the LOs are moving around back there, it feels less stable than the edgerunner. but coasting and maintaining speed is easier on this bike. i think they both can carry quite a bit. i have towed kid bikes and a chariot carrier trailer (but not with anyone in it – just to and from a kids bike event) as well on the yuba mundo. and christmas trees and furniture and groceries. i imagine they’d be perfect to take to the beach if the beach has a boardwalk. they can pretty much haul everything which i love. there are more than these, such as the box cargo bikes out there (urban arrow, babboe, bakfiets), midtails (yuba’s boda boda, kona’s min-ute), and more longtails.

        as for climbing helmets – they’re designed to protect your head from falling debris mostly, so while others climb up, falling rock can happen outside. they’re needed also in the case of a fall (for trad climbers they might fall 3 ft or more) – but with kids we are always top roping – no young kid is ever leading – so it depends on the (adult) belayer – and usually if our LO falls off the rock, she doesn’t go very far. the rope and the belayer catches her, and we have her wear a harness that prevents inversion (for waist harnesses, inversion can happen).

        i don’t know the features of this petzl which make it good for climbing unfortunately – my husband is the climber in the family and we went with the petzl helmet and the petzl body harness b/c he researched them. we were considering getting a separate cycling helmet vs climbing helmet but ultimately decided against it but would be open to it in the future. we did replace our petzl helmet recently and they have changed the design. i’m not sure i love it but when my husband called asking for an explanation they were able to explain. it has to do with the triangle which was adjustable before – i wanted the bottom of the triable right below her ears as the helmet we had before fits that way – our giro bike helmets fit this way too. however when we called them up they explained the new design and my husband was satisfied enough. i would be interested in your thoughts.

        thank you again for your thoughts and this page! it’s great & we love it.