Our top pick for older or taller preschoolers. Taller and longer than most 12" bikes, the Scoot is easy to balance and easy to ride. Plus, with six inches of adjustable seat height, any preschooler is certain to get years of use out of the Scoot.
Seat Height: 14" - 20"
Weight: 11.2 lb
Brakes: Hand Brake
Tire Size: 12"
Grips Bumper: Yes
Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy
Some balance bikes just look right. No gimmicky plastic, no strange protrusions or attempts to look cool, just a good looking bike built on a sturdy frame, with air tires on metal rims. The Ridgeback Scoot is just such a bike. 100% bike, 0% fluff. From its sturdy heirloom-quality frame to its highly adjustable seat height, the Ridgeback Scoot is perfectly portioned for maximum comfort and control. With a longer wheelbase and handlebars than most, the Scoot allows kids to easily gain and maintain control of the bike. Plus, with the six inches of adjustable seat height, ranging from 14″ to 20″, any preschooler is certain to get years of use out of the Scoot.
First Impressions of the Scoot
Right out of the box, the Scoot just feels right. From the grips to the tires, the Scoot simply screams “ride me!” Even without flashy colors and streamers, our testers quickly heeded its call and jumped at the chance to take it for a spin. After one ride, our four-year-old begged to ride the Scoot to preschool everyday and our three-year-old tester declared the bike “his” and took off across the nearest open field.
Needless to say, the Scoot was well loved by all of our testers.
Sizing of the Scoot
Proportioned for older riders, the Scoot was a perfect fit for our two, three and four-year-old testers but was too big for our 18-month-old. Although our 2.5 year-old tester had no problems maneuvering the 12 lb. bike, the Scoot is most likely too tall and heavy for newly 2-year-olds. Preschool-aged-kids of various height however, had no concerns fitting on the bike. In fact, the Scoot is essentially the only balance bike we’ve found that has comfortably fit kids aged 2 to 6 years-old.
Seat Height and Seat Posts
Each Ridgeback Scoot comes with two seat posts, which allows for the full six inches of seat height adjust. In order to prevent the seat post from hitting the ground when used in its lowest position, the longer seat post should be reserved for older riders with inseams greater than 18″. Swapping out the seat post is as simple as removing one screw below the saddle and swapping out the seat posts. The aid in quick height adjustments, the Scoot’s are also equipped with a quick-release seat post clamp. Additional features of the saddle include a handle for easy carrying, extra-thick padding as well as an adjustable tilt. The adjustable tile is unique to the Scoot and while the tilt is slight, it does allow beginning riders to sit more upright on the saddle and more experienced riders to lean forward to run.
Handlebars and Brakes
Another unique feature of the Scoot is its extra-wide handlebars. Four inches wider than the Strider and FirstBIKE, the additional length provides older riders with a more natural riding position and increased handling. The brake on the Scoot is also scaled to fit the youngest hands. While most kids generally do not have the hand-eye-coordination to regularly use a brake until the age of three, our 2.5-year-old tester was able to use the brake without any problems (hand shown below). The bikes also come with a quality bell that was well received by our testers, but is also easily removed if needs be.
Ridgeback Scoot vs. Other Balance Bikes
Although more expensive than other top-selling brands, the Scoot is an exceptional deal. With its lifetime warranty and maximum seat height of 20″, the Ridgeback is truly the king of adjustability and durability.
The perfect bike for preschoolers or for taller toddlers with at least a 14.5″ inseam and who can handle a heavier bike. Built to last, the Ridgeback is also a great investment for growing families who are looking for a bike to hand down to younger siblings. The Scoot is also a great fit for families who have two kids of different ages ready to ride a balance bike.
Scoot vs. Scoot XL
For older kids in clothing sizes greater than 4T, we found the Scoot XL (link to our review) to be a better fit as it allowed them more time to grow on the bike. The XL has a slightly larger frame and has a 14″ wheel versus a 12″.
By: Natalie Martins
Last Updated: December 26, 2016
FTC Disclosure: I am not affiliated with Ridgeback bikes and was given no monetary compensation for this review. I was, however, provided a bike by WeeBikeShop to help facilitate this review. All opinions given in the review are mine. I am an affiliate of Weebikeshop as well as several other balance bike retailers.