Ridgeback Scoot XL

Balance Bike Review

What We Would Ride

With a larger frame and tire (14") than the Scoot, the Scoot XL is perfect for taller kids too big for a 12" but not yet able to manage a 16" bike.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $209

Recommendation: Exceptional

Seat Height: 16" - 22"

Weight: 12.5 lb.

Brakes: Hand Brake

Footrest: No

Limiter: No

Tire Size: 14"

Grips Bumper: Yes

Bolts: Exposed

Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy

Review

Scoot XL AwardNot to big, not too small, the Ridgeback Scoot XL is the perfect bike for older preschoolers or grade schoolers who have yet to learn how to ride a pedal bike. With a 14″ wheel, the Scoot XL is perfectly proportioned for kids who are too tall for a 12″ bike yet too short to handle the longer reach required by a 16″. The adjustable handlebars and the two standard seat posts, allow the Scoot XL to be adjusted to fit kids up to age 7 or 8. Built on a durable aluminum frame with an easy-pull, rear v-pull handbrake, knobby tires and a thickly-padded, contoured saddle the Scoot XL  is comes ready to roll for kids with an inseam of 16″ to 22″.

Scoot XL 3

To put the XL to the test, we had two kids on both ends of the Scoot XL’s size range, a 6-year-old tester in size 7 clothes and a 5-year-old in size 4T clothes (shown in pictures later), take the bike out for a ride. Both were able to handle the bike beautifully without any complaints.

Scoot XL 1

Riding through snow, mud and dirt, the knobby tires on the XL easily ride over hills and jumps. In addition to performance, the knobby tires on aluminum rims with black spokes provided an older, more mature look to the bike that both of our testers appreciated.

Scoot XL 2

The internally-routed brake cable, easy-pull hand brake and soft rubber grips with thick protective bumpers additionally added to the appeal of the bike for both parent and child.

Scoot XL 4

Compared to the Basic Scoot with 12″ tires and a 16″ pedal bike, the Scoot XL is clearly the perfect middle size. Often times parents of older, or even taller, kids fault in buying a bike that is too big as they fear they will outgrow a smaller bike too soon. Upon doing so, the child is left with a bike that is challenging to maneuver and less than appealing to ride. Not too big and not too small, the Scoot XL is the perfect bike for kids in at least 4T clothes.

Scoot Compare 1

For those on the fence as to what size would be best, we found that more athletic kids in 4T clothes do just fine on the XL, while more hesitant kids in 4T did better on the smaller Scoot.

Scoot Compare 2

Comparison

For kids in size 3T and 4T clothes, parents often struggle to determine which bikes would be the best fit for their child. As mentioned before, the XL is best for kids in at least 4T and is also a much better fit than the TykesBykes 16″.

4yo on TykesBykesScoot

For kids in 3T, whom parents expect to grow quickly, the Scoot XL is still slightly too big (the handlebars are too high), but is manageable for really athletic kids.

TykesBykesScoot Compare

 

Bottom Line

The Scoot XL is the perfect balance bike for taller preschoolers or grade schoolers who have not yet transitioned to a pedal bike.  With a minimum seat height of 16″ and a max of 22″ (that can be raised to 24″ with the purchase of a third seat post), the Scoot XL is sure to be a success with kids in size 4T to 8 clothes.

MSRP: $209

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: February 5, 2017

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