Dimensions 14

Dimensions 14

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Balance bikes help kids off all ages learn to ride.  It is never too late to ride a balance bike, but for older, and especially timid riders, a larger bike often means a heavier bike.  Tall enough to hold an 8-year-old, yet weighing a mere 9.9 lb., the Dimensions 14 from Ridgeback, is the perfect balance of weight and size.  Ridgeback Scoot XL high-end brother, the Dimensions 14 is the same frame design, but with extra cushioning tires, a threadless headset and a lighter, more nimble frame construction. All in all, the Dimensions is hands down, the best balance bike we’ve tested for kids in at least 4T clothes.

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All too often small balance bikes with extra-long seat post are touted as being suitable for older kids.  Addressing height, but not stability or width, in reality, longer seat posts on small frames decrease the overall stability and maneuverability of a bike.  In a rare move in the balance bike world, the Dimensions line actually has two different frame sizes to provide for the ultimate ride for kids from ages 3 and up.  The frame of the Dimensions 14 is taller and longer than the frame for their 12″ bike, making it more suitable and stable for older riders.

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Taller kids often have larger frames and also need wider handlebars.  In conjunction with a long wheelbase, the wide handlebars of Dimensions’ creates a more stable base for its riders.  The signature Ridgeback upholstered saddle, small-reach brake levers, thick protective grip bumpers and a threadless headset perfect the Dimensions from top to bottom.  The Dimensions also comes accented with gold, green, blue, red or orange brake barrels and seat post clamp.

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To complete a smooth ride, the Dimensions 14 is grounded by Schwalbe Big Apple tires.  Thicker and wider than the standard 14″ tire, Big Apples provide extra cushioning for riders of all abilities.  Whether jumping over curbs or rolling over rocks, the tire significantly cushions the bumps and vibrations experienced by the rider.

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The result is truly an amazing ride.  For our 4-year-old tester, the Dimensions was pure joy on single track.  Although he can ride a pedal bike, the lightweight and easy of use gave him the confidence to take on trails he dares not tackle on his pedal bike (which is lightweight as well!).

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The bearings and rims on the Dimensions are also a significant upgrade than those on the Scoot XL.  The rims and lighter and stronger, while the alloy hubs are sealed, preventing dust and dirt from clogging the bearings, which allow the wheels to smoother and longer as compared to the high quality, but not sealed, bearing on the Scoot XL.

Eye-catching and simply stunning, the frame of the Dimensions 14 is beautifully simple.  Compared to the standard glossy finish of the Scoot, the matte aluminum finish creates a timeless, heirloom-quality finish.  The two frames are actually identical in size and are both composed of 6061 aluminum alloy, but the Dimensions’ is lighter.

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All in all the Dimensions is just about 2 lbs. lighter than the Scoot XL.  At 9.9 lbs., it the perfect bike for timid kids who need a larger bike without a larger weight as well as single track cruisers who want a light and nimble ride.  With a minimum seat height of 16″ and coming standard with an extended seat post, which raises the seat to 22″, the Dimensions is ideal for kids ages 4 and up (or those solidly in 4T clothes).  Like the Scoot XL, the Dimensions does not have a maximum weight capacity and is built strong enough to hold an adult.

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Bottom Line: From top to bottom, the Dimensions 14 is our top pick for kids aged 4 and up.  Built on a lightweight frame and on plush Big Apple tires, the Dimensions is fully equipt for a smooth, fast ride.  With 14″ tires, it provides much more room than 12″ bikes but is more manageable than 16″ tires.

Availability: The Dimension 14 is available from WeeBikeShop, Ridgeback’s US distributor, for $299.  It is also available from WeeBikeShop Certified dealers whose qualifications have been carefully screened.

 

      • Marsha

        Thanks for your helpful reviews.
        I’m looking for balance bikes for my two 5 yr olds. Both have inside leg measurements of 18.7″ (son) and 19.3″ (daughter). They have never been on a bike although love their scooters. My son is extremely active and a daredevil whilst my daughter is timid. Both are slight and weigh 16.7 & 17.2 kg respectively. I trying to decide between the Ridgeback Dimension XL and the Scooter XL and I guess I’m leaning towards the Scooter purely for colour options.

        We’re city based although will mainly be riding in parks and on gravel paths at first.

        • Considering their size and weight, they will do fine on either. The Dimensions is built with higher-end components that make for a smoother overall ride, but if you are sticking to a park and gravel trails, the Scoot XL should be just fine.

      • James Thornton

        My son is a lean but tall child at 110cm tall at age 3yrs 9m old… looking at this but wondering if I should go to the next stage of bikes? He’s not too good at balancing on his bike with stabilizers and thus wanting to get him something that will give him balance and last for a few years before he outgrows it. Suggestions?

        • Since you already have the Cruzee I would try that out. Using the extended seat post (which it should have came with), it will fit him just fine. Another option would be to remove the pedal and stabilizers on his current bike and try having him ride is as a balance bike. If you prefer to get a real balance bike, I would go with Dimensions 14 (an amazing bike!) or the Ridegback Scoot XL.

      • Sam

        This is a fantastic website full of such useful information. Thank you for making such a great resource.

        I am looking for a balance bike for my 3.5 year old son. Someone passed along their Berg Biky to us and after some use, we are finding it cumbersome. It’s a really heavy bike, and though my son can manage fairly well, I know there are better
        bikes out there that will improve his enjoyment of bike riding. In addition to the weight factor, the Biky does not have a hand brake which we see as an important feature at this point.

        Our son is about 40 inches tall with an inseam of 16.25 inches or so. The seat on the Berg Biky is at least 16 inches from the ground. I estimate his weight around 37 pounds.

        After reading your reviews, I wonder if our son is just still a tad too small for the Scoot XL. Would the handle bars be too high for him? And yet, I much prefer the wheels on the Scoot XL to the Scoot. We are in the Netherlands, where the grass if often wet and muddy, so having wheels that can easily manage such terrain is important.

        I am also giving serious consideration to the Dimension 14 (or maybe 12?). It would be tight in the budget, but if this would be the better fitting bike for him, we would get it. Do you think he would be able to manage the Dimensions 14?

        What are your thoughts?

        • Glad you found us 🙂 I would agree with you about the Biky. It is a big and heavy bike! If your son can manage it, he should be able to fly on a lighter balance bike. If the bike seat on the Biky is set at 16″, then he should fit just fine on the Dimensions 14 as well as the Scoot XL as their minimum seat heights are 16″. As for the handlebars on the XL, you are right in that they might be a bit too tall. Being in the Netherlands, I assume he won’t be riding the bike regularly for a couple months, so if you expect him to grow a decent amount in until Spring, then I would go with the XL (if not the Dimensions 14), if you are planning on having him ride a lot right away, then I would go with the Scoot. Hope that helps!

          • Sam

            Thank you, Natalie. It does help! With this information I imagine we’ll go with the XL or Dimensions 14. Thanks again!