Ridgeback Scoot

Balance Bike Review

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.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $199

Recommendation: Exceptional

Seat Height: 14" - 20"

Weight: 11.2 lb

Brakes: Hand Brake

Footrest: No

Limiter: No

Tire Size: 12"

Grips Bumper: Yes

Bolts: Exposed

Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy

Review

Scoot Awards

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.

ridgeback scoot pasture

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. ridgeback scoot sizes

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. ridgeback seat features

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. Ridgeback handlebars 2 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 brake

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. ridgeback vs. other bikes

Bottom Line:

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″.

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MSRP: $199

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.

  • Rachel Dozorec

    My daughter is 3.25 years old. She is tall for her age and wears a 4T/5T pant; weighs 42 lbs. I’m looking to buy a first bike for her. She doesn’t have any previous experience riding balance bikes. There is snow for almost half of the year where we live, so I wouldn’t want to buy something she would outgrow quickly.

    Would this Scoot be the best option? If so, are there any other comparable options? Or do you have any other suggestions for a tall, first time rider? Thanks!

    • Wow, she is tall! If she is has a long torso and is also athletically inclined or eager to learn, then the Scoot XL might be a good choice for her, if not, then I would go with the Scoot. As for other bikes, for tall kids, the Scoot is my favorite as its wide handlebars and longer wheelbase helps to counter balance the height and weight of tall kids.

  • sHandke

    I cannot decide between this and the LIKEaBIKE jumper. We already have a wooden LIKEaBIKE and LOVE it. So we may be a bit biased. Anyway, I’m looking for another bike that’s good for trails and maybe some crazy kid jumping activities. My almost three-year old is a bit of a dare devil, and I’m thinking we need something just for him. We’re very happy with the wooden LIKEaBIKE, but I want him to be able to “keep up with big brother” on the trails (which he currently has no problems with unless his sibling is riding his pedal bike).

    • If you are mainly riding downhills and jumps, I would go with the Jumper. If he will be cruising uphill or on flat distances for a considerable distances, I would go with the Scoot. The shock on the Jumper is awesome, but we found that even when set to it’s lowest setting, the shock is a real disadvantage when running.

  • katherine chun

    I have a 4 year old son who wears a 5T and has no experience with a balance bike. It seems like the Scoot XL would be ideal for him but I have a (almost) 2 year old daughter that I want to pass this down to. Do you think the regular scoot with work for him?

    • If you expect him to transition to a pedal bike sooner, rather than later, then the Scoot will work for him, but I doubt it will probably be too small for him next year. If you think he will need more time, then I would go with the REI Zipper for him and then get a separate smaller bike for your 2yo (who is old enough to start riding herself :)).

  • Bryan

    My 3 year old in 4T just got his Scoot and it’s a perfect bike for him. He went from awkward on an old wooden balance bike that he was scared of to not getting off his Scoot for any reason all day long.

    • Awesome, thanks for sharing. Many people don’t believe me that one balance bike can be so much different than other, but as you have witnessed, there can be a huge difference! Glad your son it loving it 🙂

  • thechunger

    My son turns 4 in a month, is 40″ tall, 16″ inseam, 35 pounds. Based on your “exceptional” rating for 3.5 year-olds and 4 year-olds, I’m debating between the Scoot and Scoot XL. This would be his first experience with a two-wheeler, and though he gets around pretty well on a trike, I’d say he’s more on the “cautious” side.

    Based on your detailed descriptions and sizing information, I’m thinking the standard Scoot would probably be perfect for him initially… but of course I’d hate to see him outgrow it quickly.

    Basically, I think he’s in-between the Scoot and Scoot XL right now. Can you offer any suggestions as to which I should go with? My hunch is that he’ll probably gain more from having the smaller bike initially, but in the long run perhaps the trade-off is worth it? Ugh!

    (Your site is amazing, btw! This is my first experience with purchasing a balance bike, but with your help I know I’m making an informed decision! I wish I had discovered it before we purchased a pedal bike with training wheels for my daughter 3 years ago.)

    • Thanks, I’m glad to help 🙂 I agree, that he is in between sizes. He will fit on the XL, but it is going to be a little big for him as the handlebars will be higher than they should be. Since he is on the cautious side and you don’t want him to be turned off the bike (especially at the beginning of the season), I would go for the regular Scoot.

      • thechunger

        Makes sense… was leaning towards the regular-sized Scoot. Thanks again!

  • Kathryn

    Help! My daughter will be three in August and I’m debating between the Scoot and the Yedoo too too. She is 38″ tall, 16″ inseam, and 32 pounds. She doesn’t “get” her tricycle but she does great on her scooter. Which bike do you think is best for her size? Of course it has to be pink!!

    • I would go with the Scoot as it’s wider handlebars and wheelbase will help her feel more comfortable on the bike. The handlebars of the Too Too are also much lower (to accommodate younger riders). As a comparison, below is a picture of my son on the new Too Too (the final review is not yet done), and you can compare that to picture of him on the Scoot above. These pictures were taken six months apart, so he is slightly bigger now, but not much.

  • Yuli

    Your website is amazing! Thank you for all the comparisons and detailed descriptions/information.

    My son is 28 months, 37″ tall, 14″ inseam, and 30 pounds. By considering his age and size, I am debating among Firstbike, Yedoo too too, and Scoot. I am wondering if you can help me to decide which one would be the best fit for my son.

    • I would go with the Too Too. With a 30 lb. inseam, the Scoot is going to be a little too big and the rigid frame of the Too Too will be better in the long run.