Built like bikes, not like toys, the Ridgeback series of bikes offer great quality bikes at family friendly prices. With their light weight aluminum frames, front and rear coaster brakes and NO coaster brake, Ridgeback’s pedal bikes are the perfect upgrade from any balance bike.
“I want to ride the blue one, so I can ride in the gravel!”
This was my 4.5-yr-old daughter’s statement when I asked her which of several bikes she wanted to take out for a ride. The Ridgeback MX14 Terrain’s wide, knobby tires and steady handling helped my daughter feel stable even in lightly packed gravel. Truly a bike and not a toy, the MX14 Terrain is an excellent choice for the adventurous preschooler’s first pedal bike.
Ridgeback offers a full line of kids’ bikes, from 12” to 24,” ranging in price from $249 to $495. The MX14 Terrain is unique among the already less-common 14” size because it has two handbrakes and no coaster brake. This is the only 14” kids’ pedal bike we know of that has been able to pull this off, and it’s a big advantage! Especially for balance bike graduates who are already accustomed to a handbrake, the coaster brake can be jarring, as kids find themselves stopping unexpectedly with any backwards pedal movement. Not so with the MX14. The alloy V-brakes were easy to engage for all the testers who used them and provided excellent stopping power, even at higher speeds.
With a minimum seat height of 18.5” and a maximum of 21.5” the MX14 Terrain is a good fit for most preschoolers and balance bike graduates, with still plenty of room to grow. Our 4.5-yr-old tester pictured here is 40” tall with a 17” inseam. An experienced pedal biker, she hopped right on the MX14 Terrain and rode off without even a wobble. The lower handlebars and overall geometry made the bike stable, comfortable, and easy for her to maneuver. The MX14 also features a comfortable, padded seat (with an extra piece of molded plastic for easy carrying) and a full chain guard to prevent any contact with the chain.
Another testers, a 5-year-old in 4T clothing, also loved the bike, especially compared to her 12″ big-box bike.
Weighing in at 17.2 lb. without the included training wheels, the MX14 may be too much bike to handle for the most petite kids, but was well received by our average weight testers. Although similar in weight, the geometry of the MX14 make it far superior to cheap big-box bikes. With a longer wheelbase and lower handlebars, the MX14 has a lower center of gravity, thereby making it much easier to ride. The lack of a coaster brake makes the Ridgeback much easier to ride as well.
For those kids outgrowing Ridgeback’s Scoot balance bikes, the MX14 is the perfect for kids currently on the Scoot 12″ while the MX16 would be a better fit for kids on the Scoot XL.
The MX14 is the perfect bike for balance bike graduates. In addition to being lightweight, the lack of a coaster brakes makes it ideal for kids just starting off. With a seat height ranging from 18″ to 21″ and weight of 17.2 lb., the MX14 is a great fit for kids almost out of 4T to size 5 or 6 clothes.
Where to Purchase
The MX14 as well as Ridgeback lines of bikes that vary from 14″ to 24″ are available at WeeBikeShop.com.
By: Natalie Martins
Last Updated: January 19, 2017
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