Uvex Hero

Helmet Review

Lightweight, well-ventilated, adjustable and durable, Uvex helmets are simply what the standard helmet should be. Add on their unique "monomatic" buckle and an LED light and you're in helmet heaven.

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Product Specifications

MSRP:

Recommendation: Exceptional

Head Circumference: 49 - 52 cm

Weight: 205 g

Internal Adjust: Dial

Skater Style: No

Construction: In-mold

Vents: 13

Visor: Yes

CPSC: 5+

Reflector: Yes

Sizes Available: One

Size Info:

One Size: 49 – 52 cm

Review

*The Uvex Hero has been discontinued.  A few Uvex Heroes are still available for purchase on Amazon. Its replacement, the Uvex Kid 2, is not yet available in the US.  *

Based in Germany, Uvex is a high-end helmet and sporting gear manufacturer whose products are a true testament of how thorough research and engineering can cause us to reevaluate what we commonly accept as “standard”.  Compared to the typical child’s helmets, Uvex outshines the competition (with exception given to Lazer) with various safety features offered in two different kid models.  To aide in our review, we viewed all models in person and received a Uvex Hero for extended testing.

Five main features of the Uvex Hero and Junior make them one of our top picks:

1.  Monomatic Closure Buckle

The first and most noticeable feature is their unique buckle.  Standard on all their bike helmets, the Uvex “monomatic closure” is truly the first pinch-free buckle and the only buckle that offers multiple locking positions.

When it comes to getting young kids to wear helmets, pinch-free buckles are a must.  Although Giro, Bell, Nutcase and Lazer all offer “pinch-free” buckles, Uvex “monomatic closure” is the only buckle that we haven’t accidentally pinched a child with.  The one button design also made is easier for older kids to put on and remove their helmets independently.  The only draw back we found to the buckle is that the slider can be pushed through the button portion of the buckle upside down.  While doing so will not damage the buckle, it will prevent it from locking into place.  As a result, when using Uvex helmets, be sure to double-check the buckle on younger kids prior to their ride.

2.  Inmold Construction

In-mold construction fuses the protective foam core of a helmet to its plastic casing, thereby increasing the durability of a helmet.  Exposed foam is venerable to dents and chips, which can compromise the safety of the helmet.  The hardshell construction of the majority of child’s helmets leaves the foam core of the helmet exposed on the inside and outside of the helmet.  Uvex’s in-mold construction however, completely covers the outer foam core of the helmet, but does leave the inner foam exposed (which is common in high-end adult helmets as well).

** Update:  As you can slightly see in the picture above, the Giro Rodeo is narrower than the Uvex Hero.  As a result, we over time we have found that the Hero fits better on children with rounder shaped heads and the Rodeo on those with narrower heads.**

3.  LED Light

LED lights are available for both models.  The lights are removable and blink when turned on.

 4.  Lightweight construction/air vents

One of the most noticeable features of Uvex helmets is their light weight.  Compared to skate style helmets that can run over 400 grams, while the Uvex Junior is 260 g. and the Hero a mere 200 g.  While 200 grams (7 ounces, close to a half a pound) may seem minimal to an adult, for a child it can mean the different between happily wearing a helmet and not.  The numerous air vents additional help to prevent the helmet from becoming sweaty and uncomfortable.

5.  IAS Dial adjustments

IAS stands for Individual Adjustment System and is designed to provide a customized fit for every rider.  The IAS system is simply the dial-adjust system found on the back of the Hero.  The Junior however, has an additional adjustment found in the upper portion of the helmet, as shown here.  This adjustment allows the helmet to be adjusted vertically as well as horizontally, thereby creating a truly customizable fit.

 Summary

Lightweight, well-ventilated, adjustable and durable, Uvex helmet are quite simply what the standard helmet should be.  Add on their unique “monomatic” buckle and a LED light and you’re in helmet heaven.  Our only word of caution regarding the Uvex helmets is to make sure you measure your child’s head before ordering to ensure a proper fit, as we found the Hero to be too small for most three-year-olds.

Uvex Youth Models

Uvex Kids Helmets Models
Model w/links to purchase MSRP Size Weight Light IAS/IAS 3D+ Construction Other
Uvex Hero
$50 49-55 cm 205 g. Optional IAS In-mold 5 designs w/ & w/o light
Uvex Quatro Junior
$60 50-55 cm 265 g. Optional IAS 3D+ In-mold 5 designs w/ & w/o light

 

MSRP: $40

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By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: January 11, 2017

FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation was provided for this review. Uvex Sports provided products to Two Wheeling Tots LLC to help facilitate this review. All opinions and images are that of Two Wheeling Tots LLC and should not be used or replicated in any way. Two Wheeling Tots LLC is not an affiliate of Uvex Sports, but is an affiliate of Amazon.com.

  • chris

    Let me start off by saying that as adults/ consumers in our world, we typically make calculated decisions to make a purchase like this (as with vehicles, etc.) from who we “like” or get a fair and honest deal from. Well, Priority has done that plus some. Leaving aside the intriguing and bold story of owner David Weiner leaving his old job with a vision, knowledge of and ability to design/ produce simple and effective bikes for people like us….this company impressed on many levels. Starting with customer service: we buy from who we like..I like Priority and its customer service period. Extremely polite and informative on the phone answering a barrage of questions surrounding the Priority Start F/W, I ordered one towards the end of my call. Owner David whom I spoke with personally, went leaps and bounds to help the bike get to me in time for my sons 4th birthday here in CA…they’re in New York! Now all the positives on the Priority Start F/W: Hands down hard to compare on to others in the same class. What a quality build, great geometry and even better price point. The Start is light, has freewheel which proves to be very advantageous for young riders and has the innovative belt drive! For future kid bike buyers out there, you’ll without a doubt feel good about purchasing Priority. My son who just turned 4 was down the road pedaling happily on the second shove..the rest is history. I love to ride myself, have 3 sons and this stuff matters to me as it likely does you if you’re reading this. I’ll post pics soon soon of Reece ripping his new ride. Thanks Priority Start for making it happen. P.S. I have to send a shot out to Natalie–thank you for reviewing this bike on twowheelingtots! So helpful.
    Peace,
    Chris

    • Totally agree. I was able to talk to David on the phone a couple times as well as meet him at a bike show and couldn’t agree with you more. An amazingly nice guy with a passion for kids that shows. In addition to his great bikes, I know that he stands by his bikes 100%. Great guy, great bikes. Glad you had a great experience with them! Thanks for reporting back.

  • Jered Goodyear

    @disqus_j754f5Cm5q:disqus I am debating between the Priority Start F/W, Commencal Ramones 16, TykesBykes Sprinter 16, and Cleary Hedgehog 16 (I spend any more than that so I’ve limited myself to that on the upper end). As you can see I have some narrowing down to do! Any help in the decision process from anyone would be greatly appreciated! What things should I be considering when deciding between these 4? My son turns 4 in January but is big for his age. He started on a Stryder when he was getting close to 2 and he just transitioned to a pedal bike (probably could have done so a little sooner but he loved his Stryder too much to switch). He picked it up extremely fast and by day 2 was zooming around our neighborhood. On ride 3 or 4 I was able to ride my bike next too him around the neighborhood. But his current bike is a beater we got used for $5; its a 12″ and too small and it is heavy as can be. Ready to get him a new bike and with Christmas around the corner its the perfect time. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    • Awesome. Isn’t it amazing how quick kids can pick up balance bikes and simply take off!

      To help figure out the best bike for him, a couple things will help. First, what is his inseam? Second, is he experienced with a hand brake, or is he going to want to stop with his feet, like he is familiar with on his Strider. Lastly, what type of riding do you plan on having him do, mainly paved surfaces around the neighborhood, off-road single track riding, or anything in between. Let me know and then I can give you my recommendation between those four.

      • Jered Goodyear

        Hi Natalie,

        I prefer the idea of him learning how to use hand brakes but he’s never used them before. His $5 junker bike has coaster brakes; it was problematic on his first day but overall he doesn’t have too hard of a time with it (accidentally triggers it sometimes but just enough to slow him down), but he can’t stop super effectively with it either. He kind of slows down with the coaster and then used his feet to finish it off.

        I just tried to measure him. As close as I can tell with a basic tape measure he is about 43″ tall with a 17.75″ inseam based on being barefoot (not an expert in inseam measurements, lol).

        In terms of terrain, I’d like something that’s good for all purpose. I imagine we’ll do our fair share of family rides around the neighborhood (paved), but we also have a closeby park with a big field and I’d love to be able to hit the trails with him as he develops more strength and stamina (I have an old full suspension Gary Fisher I used to love to ride but haven’t done much since having kids).

        Thanks!!!

        • Jered Goodyear

          Correction, I re-measured using a book and making sure it was fairly tight under his groin/pelvic bone and I think his inseam is 18″.

          • Yep, I totally know the feeling of having a dusty bike in the garage once you have kids :). Of those bikes, the Priority has a more aggressive position than the others, but with a 19″ seat height, it is going to allow him to touch the ground with is toes, which will be helpful in getting him used to a larger bike. Compared to his cheapo, the geometry of the Priority is going to be vastly different, so I assume he is going to need some time to adjust to it. If he is less on the adventurous side, then the more relaxed positioning of the Commencal and the TykesBykes might be better. The TykesBykes, however, will require you to saw a couple inches off the seat tube in order to fit your son at first. The Commencal will be slightly big from the get-go, as the minimum seat height is 20″, but he should be able to touch with toes. For some kids, not being able to put their whole foot on the ground can be unnerving, but for some kids its not a problem, especially those who have already mastered riding a pedal bike (especially a cheap one). Lastly, the 16″ Ridgeback is currently not in stock (and has been out-of-stock for a while), so if you still want to consider it, I would call WeeBikeShop at 858-265-9975 (the US distributor of Ridgeback) to see when it will be back in stock.

          • Jered Goodyear

            Thanks Natalie! I don’t like the idea of needing to permanently mod the TykesBykes so I think that option is out. On your last comment… The other bike I was considering was the Cleary Hedgehog, not the Ridgeback. Any comments on that one? Also, are there any drawbacks to the no chain approach of the Priority?

            Sorry for all the questions. Thanks again for your help!

          • Ugh, sorry about that. Got confused with another question.

            The Cleary is has a really aggressive geometry, almost more so than the Priority, but is great quality. If you don’t plan on doing a lot of single track, I wouldn’t recommend it though as it is really meant for an aggressive rider.

            For the belt drive, the main benefit for kids is that there is no grease, which often gets on legs, pants, etc. (as I am sure you know). It is also very quite (which kids love) and certainly has that coolness factor. In terms of performance, we didn’t notice a difference, other than the fact that the “chain” never comes off :).

          • Jered Goodyear

            Thanks Natalie! You are a lifesaver! In terms of gear ratio, any difference between the Comencal and the Priority? It sounds like at this point it’s between those two.

          • Jered Goodyear

            That is of course, unless you think there is a better option I’m not considering. Lol 🙂

          • sumeet27

            Hi Natalie,
            what about the gearing ratio … it seems that the Priority bike has a far greater ratio than the other kids bikes on the market (cleary/ comencal …); so while it might not matter on flats, it might be hard for the kids when riding up on very low gradient climbs .. thoughts??

          • So I went out to count the teeth on the Priorities chain only to realize that, umm yea, it doesn’t have any. The diameter of the chainring though, is smaller than those on our cheapo bikes and about the same size as those on our Islabikes. Compared to the Cleary and the Commencal, the Cleary is has a smaller chainring, so it will be easier to ride up hill, while the Commencal and the Priority appear to have a larger chain ring which are about the same size.

          • sumeet27

            the ratio is 36/18 for Priority (based on email from Dave) while the others are at 25/16 ….

          • Thanks for correcting me as I was clearly wrong. Dave is great to work with, so I’m glad you got in touch with him. So by the others, do you mean Commencal and Cleary?

          • sumeet27

            Cleary has the 25/16 ….. as i was considering either the Cleary or the Priority …. do you have a Commencal 16 for review

          • No, I don’t, they are on my list for next year. I have only heard good things about them though. If you plan on doing a lot of trail riding, I would be sure to look at the Spawn Banshee (http://spawncycles.com/bikes/spawn-cycles-banshee) which has a 26T chainring and weighs a mere 15 lbs. (they are also on the list for next year).

  • Jason B

    I received the Priority Start F/W yesterday, and after boy
    child went to bed, started working on putting it together. After watching the online video, and then
    reviewing the one page quick start guide stuffed in the rather lengthy manual,
    I felt pretty good about getting it assembled.
    I have a couple drawers in my tool chest dedicated to bike tools, but
    honestly, all but a screwdriver was already included, and all that was needed
    to get it assembled. Working slowly, it
    took me about 30 minutes to get it all put together, and setup. All that is needed now, is to adjust the seat
    height, and possibly the handlebars for him when he gets it in T-9 days.

    Overall, I am really impressed with the build quality of the
    bike. There are some minor scratches
    already on the frame though, but shouldn’t be an issue, as it will eventually
    get those with use. The seat post
    actually caused the biggest one, because the post was not wrapped in any
    protective paper like the rest of the bike, so in shipment, the end of the seat
    post banged against one of the lower triangles of the back of the frame, still
    not a big deal.

    The belt drive is really nice and quiet. It seems to be fairly high quality, looks
    like it is actually made by another company, but can’t remember the name
    stamped on the big ring. It looks like a
    fairly easy thing to adjust, but one thing I’m not certain of, is how much
    tension would need to be on the belt if it needed to be adjusted later. The adjustment system is pretty clever,
    basically loosen the rear axle bolts, then there is a set screw on either side
    that adjusts the position of the rear axle with respect to the bottom
    bracket. Once you have the tension you
    want, and have it aligned, looks like it is as simple as bolting down the rear
    axle again. I wonder if a spoke tension
    gauge could somehow be used…

    So at this point, I’m really excited about the bike, and
    hope he likes it. The quality seems
    really good for the price point. I think
    maybe in some areas it could be improved, perhaps the brakes, the levers are
    totally all plastic, so time will tell if they will last past any crashes or
    not. But for some of the higher end
    bikes, you’re looking at spending close to $100-130 more on those, and I didn’t
    want to do that on a bike he may only ride for 3-4 years. I will put more money in his next bike, that
    he will likely ride until he gets a full size bike.

    One last point I’ll make, the Kenda tires that come on the
    Priority seem to be mostly designed for street use. They have hardly any knobs, if any at all,
    that I remember, so riding this bike on tough off-road trails without changing
    the tires would probably result in a lot of tire slippage. I was okay with this, as I looked at the
    pictures of this review beforehand, because I figure he will probably not be
    riding mountain bike trails for at least another couple years or so. If need be, I will install a more trail
    suitable tire, which should not be an issue.
    The street tire is probably best for his learning right now.

    I’ll report back further after he has had time to ride it.

    • Not sure why I am just now seeing this, but thanks for your input. I always love to get feedback on the bikes I review, as I often missed things that should be addressed. All in all, I agree that it is a very well made bike for the price. Not perfect, but within a decent price range for kids bikes. I agree that the brake levers could be better, but we’ve never had a lever (cheap or high-end) brake on us, so I wouldn’t worry too much about that. I do feel that the brakes are harder to engage than other bikes, like the Cleary’s. I did feel that the chain guard was a little chinsy, but Dave at Priority mentioned that they were already working on getting a better one for the next batch of bikes.

      So since the 9 days have past, I’d love to hear how your son liked it. Did he take to it right away?

      Thanks again!

  • Melissa Azur

    Hello! Your website has been such a treasure. I just purchased a balance bike based on your reviews and recommendations and am now looking at helmets. I have a question about the Uvex Hero. My almost 2.5 yr daughter has a large head (above the 95th percentile). When her head was last measured (at 2 yr) it was 50.5 cm. Given the Hero’s size, it should fit her but I noticed your comment that it’s too small for most 3 year olds. Can you offer any thoughts on whether the Hero would be a good choice or if I should consider other options? Thank you!

    • I admit, I love the Hero, but the fit does tend to be problematic with some kids as it is a very shallow helmet. If your daughter has a more oval shaped head versus a round head, then the helmet isn’t going to be a good fit. If, however, her head is round, then it will. If you need a deeper helmet, I would look at the Lazer P’Nut or the Giro Scamp.

  • Melissa Harrer

    I am trying to decided between the Woom3 and Priority F/W. My son is an experienced rider, has been riding his cheapo bike since he was 3 and has a tykesbike balance bike with a hand break that he used before going without the training wheels. The geometry is vastly different and we really want something fun for our son to ride. My son has an inseam of 18 inches. Suggestions?

    • Glad to help and sorry for my delay in getting back to you. Things have been crazy around here! You are right in that the bikes are vastly different. If you plan on riding around the neighborhood and some bike rides around town, I would go for the WOOM, if he is more aggressive rider and it planning on hitting jumps or trails, then I would go for the Priority.

      • Melissa Harrer

        We decided on Woom, the 2016 version is lighter at 13.5 lbs and now is standard with free wheel. We will be riding on bike trails and in town. Thanks for your input.

        • Good to know! I wasn’t aware that the new models were available. I will have to update my charts and reviews. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Jordan Barnes

    My son just turned four and we got him the Start for his birthday. He was confident on a balance bike and on his first ride he was able to pedal to the end of the block and back. He was even figuring out coasting and the brakes on his first run. What a great bike. Colt says, “Dad that bike is cool. ” I agree, cool bike. Jordan- San Diego

    • Awesome. Isn’t is amazing how quite it is? I’m still amazed by that every time a kid rides by on it.

  • Adam Nelson

    After purchasing a bike from a discount store that was way to heavy and the crank arms where too long that it caused my 4 year old not to want to ride, I started to dig. I found several bikes that seemed to fit the mold but my gosh where they expensive, like 400$ expensive. I came across the two wheeling tots page and found that priority bikes matched the the specs of the early rider belter. After some conversation with Dave with priority I found that the crank arms and belt drive where going to make the grade also that the bike was lighter than most standard store bought models. After ordering the F/W version for our boy witch is very neutral and would work for either gender, it took about 20-30 minutes to assemble and was very easy, even if you had very little bike knowledge. My son was so excited to test it out, and I hadn’t seen him like this with the other bike i had to try. My son rode on the first bike from 2-4 and was very good in fact gliding circles around his friends with trainers and them wanting to try his because it looks and is so much more fun. After about 10 minutes of explaining pedals and how they only work in one direction and walking behind him while he pedaled and adjusted to two hand brakes vs one. I gave him a heavy push and he pedaled and glided to a controlled stop. This was already leaps and bounds better then the BMX bike we purchased, and will be selling. After a few pushes we called it a night, but to my surprise he wanted to try the second i got home from work the next day. We went to the store and got some knee and elbow pads and strapped him up. After 2-3 push starts he was pedaling 1 full block and stopping with the hand brakes with control. After 10 more minutes he biked 3 blocks with out stopping. Everything about this bike is geared for a 4 year old with some very good balance bike experience. I will and would recommend this bike to friends, and the customer service is great and fast to respond to questions or issues you have.

    Thanks again Priority (Dave)

    Adam Nelson – Minnesota

    • Awesome, glad you found us and Priority. Dave is just as amazing as his bike! Isn’t it amazing just how different a “kids” bike can truly be? Thanks for reporting back, happy riding!

  • Aiyappan

    We purchased the priority start f/w for my son who is a balance bike graduate. I was torn between getting the bykE 350 vs. priority since my son is 42″ tall with an inseam of 17″ which was an inch shorter than the recommended height for priority. Since ByKE was out of stock until june we decided to go with the prioirty start f/w. The assembly took me around 30 mins but had a hard time adjusting the brakes initially. Dave was really helpful in giving me videos that showed how to adjust the brakes. As soon as the assembly was done, i noticed that the height wasn’t optimal for my son and his feet was barely touching the ground. So I took off the seat reflector to get an half-inch more out of the seat height and that really did the trick as he could now maintain stability. The wonderful experience for me was when I saw within few minutes he was riding his bike without any assistance! He really loves the bike and went around more than 10 times around the block. The bike is really fast on the descent and i was surprised that he could understand the brakes that quickly. He was able to stop gracefully. A big thank you to Natalie for reviewing this bike and to Dave from Priority Bikes (very helpful and quick in responding). Without Natalie’s help i wouldn’t have bought a balance bike to begin with which I feel many parents should know about. Just wanted to share my thoughts.

    • Awesome! I’m glad to have helped you along the way. Plus, Dave is truly amazing, he will bend over backwards to help his customers! Sounds like you have an amazing summer of riding ahead of you :). Thanks for reporting back!

  • Jeffrey M. Gould

    Hi there – any experience or impressions of the 12″ Priority? Can’t quite get a sense of the geometry or pros/cons of the no-inflate tires. Had been considering a ByK E-250 OR Specialized Hotrocks 12 for my 3.5 yr old twins who have 15″ inseams. Think the Hotrocks might be a tad tall for them and the ByK would give us a longer life span. As a fan of belt drives and the Priority company, though, I’m intrigued. (Also don’t see a weight online for the 12″ so will ask Priority.) thanks!

    • I would call over to Priority and talk to them about it. They sent me their 16″ for review because it was a more advanced bike design (a more aggressive geometry and no coaster) as compared to their 12″. Their 12″ is also designed to be used with training wheels at first (although you don’t have to), which I don’t recommend. That being said, I must say that the tires are very intriguing and having a belt drive on kid bikes is pretty awesome (although my son has gotten his pants stuck in belt drives before). As far as geometry goes, it has a really small cockpit (the space between the seat and the handlebars) which makes it great for training wheels, but not ideal for kids who are transitioning from balance bikes who tend to learn forward more as they ride.

  • MagicWagon

    Any reason this was recently dropped from the exceptional category? Just wondering if there were any updates.

    • No, that was a mistake. I recently updated the charts and I put the divider in the wrong part of the code. It’s fixed now.

  • Francis Lam

    Hello and thanks for all your work here, it’s really helpful!

    I’m looking to possibly upgrade my son’s 16″ bike which is not bad for a steel frame bike ( http://goo.gl/j6YfkC , less the training wheels ) but a little heavy for him. He’s a confident rider having graduated from his balance bike. Currently his seat height is 20 1/2″ , he starts tippy toe, and he’s good with the rear hand brake-only configuration, he doesn’t even know about the coaster brake and hasn’t accidentally discovered it yet 🙂

    My question for the Priority Start is about the tires. Near our house we have a combination of side walks, streets, gravel trails, grass, etc. The Start’s tires look like there isn’t that much traction for unpaved roads, is that right?

    Also, are you aware of any 16″ or 18″ bikes that have the SureStop braking system? I know about the Guardian 20″ but that’s too big for my son for now.

    • The SureStop system is only available on Guardian bikes as they are the ones who invented the system :). They are working on different sizes, but only the 20″ is currently available. In regards to the tires on the Priority, they should be fine for most riding, but if he plans on riding on mainly non-paced conditions, I would look into a bike with knobby tires. The Pello Revo has a similar set up to his regular bike as it has a coaster as well as a rear hand brake, but it is light weight at 16.3 lb. and has knobby tires. It also has a more upright position. As a comparison, here are two kids riding both bikes. The child is a 4yo in 4T and the bottom a 5yo in size 5 clothes. The Priority is the bottom picture in the middle and the Pello is the top picture to the left. These are sets of pictures we are putting together for our 16″ comparison guide.

      • Francis Lam

        Thanks for your quick reply!
        I suppose another option is to purchase another set of wheels (not that expensive). I like everything else about that Priority Start F/W 🙂

  • Marco Grubert
    • Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciated it. I actually spoke to the owner of Priority Bicycles this morning about the gear ratio as well as the handlebars of the F/W. The gain ratio on the F/W is actually consistent with most 16″ on the market which is around 3.5. In the meantime, the stem on the bike can easily and inexpensively be swapped out if you would prefer a more upright position. A local bike shop should be able to take care of that for you. Lastly, I agree that the hub is loud. Personally it is not my favorite, but many parents prefer it at is allows them to hear their kids when they are riding. Of course they have to stop pedaling for the hub to make noise, but kids often do, which allows them to be heard around turns on trails or simply riding around in front of the house. In the end, there really isn’t one perfect bike, but rather bikes that are best for various types of rides and riders.

  • Brandon

    Can you please tell me if the front forks are steel or aluminum?

    • Honestly, I’m not sure. I will check with Priority to confirm.

  • Joachim Espeland

    After quite a bit of research, I purchased two Priority Start F/W in April for my twin boys 4th birthday as. Previously they had learned to ride on a 12” bicycle from Walmart. I was a bit concerned with the transition from a bike with pedal brakes to a bike with hand brakes only. However the boys got used to that the first day and never had any issues. They love their bicycles, and I love the belt drive. It is clean and pretty much maintenance free. On their 12” bikes I had to put on or adjust the chain every other day it seemed like. I see some comments below about slightly high gear ratio. That is probably true, but in a kid bike you can’t have it all at the same time. The Priority Start F/W is great on “flater” trails, road, surfaces. When I ride together with them we actually can keep a decent pace. Yes it is true, in the beginning my boys sometimes had to get off the bikes up a hill, but once they learned to stand up
    and pedal it hasn’t been a problem.

    Most IMPORTANT of all is the exceptional customer service at Priority Bikes. I had lots of questions before and after I bought the bikes. My concerns have always been addressed immediately that same day. Customer service alone is a reason to by a bike there.

    • I agree, the customer service over at Priority is top-notch. Thanks for the feedback on the bike as well as well as your input on the gear ratio. You are right in that there truly isn’t one gear that works for all rides and riders, but as you pointed out, kids generally always find a way to make it work :).

  • Scot

    I bought the Priority F/W for my 3 1/2 year old son a little over a month ago and he is thrilled with it. I chose the Priority F/W for a few reasons: 1) handbrakes, 2) no coaster brake and 3) seat height.

    1) The handbrakes are very easy to use, even for a 3 1/2 year old.

    2) Not having a coaster brake is a huge plus for me. We tried a coaster bike previously and he got very frustrated trying to get the pedals in the proper position to launch. He was also already used to the handbrake from his balance bike.

    3) My son wasn’t quite tall enough for most any pedal bike, so I was really interested in any bike that had a lower seat height. I waited until he could stand on his tippy toes with shoes on and the balance bike seat set at 19” measured from the ground before ordering the Priority. The Priority’s seat sits just at 19.5”, and even being slightly too tall for my son, he is a very aggressive rider and it was not a problem at all. Transitioning from the balance bike to the Priority F/W was seamless.

    The one concern I had buying the Priority F/W was the gear ratio. I wanted something that could easily pedal up hills and the gear ratio seemed a little high. But after a month I can say it is a trade off, but one I don’t regret. There are some moderate inclines that he has to walk the bike up, but he loves being able to pedal fast on flat ground, and I’d say he enjoys that more than riding up a hill so I’m happy with the gear ratio.

    Finally, a word on customer service. Dave at Priority Bikes truly cares about his customers and he made sure everything was the best it could be. Dave responded super quick to my e-mails with questions before and after the purchase. A very refreshing experience after dealing with large companies for other products I’ve bought. I am very satisfied with his product and the experience. 5/5 stars from us!

    • Awesome, glad to hear! It is one great bike, but I’ll agree that the personal attention Dave provides can’t be beat. I appreciate your comment on the gear ratio as well. You are right in that there really isn’t a perfect ratio, so right in the middle (where the Priority is) is best for most riders. Thanks again for the feedback!

  • cronopio

    I am thinking of buying this for my 3.5 yo boy. The belt drive is one of features that attracts me, but at the same time I am concerned about durability/reliability over the long term…Your thoughts?

    • The only component of the Priority that I felt was not up to par was the chain guard, which is still many times better than those found at big box stores. We have been riding the bike for about and haven’t had any issues with it, with the brakes or the belt drive. My only concern for a 3.5yo would be the reach, at the Priority is longer than many 16″ bikes, BUT it can also easily be fixed by swapping out the stem.

  • Dos

    Hi,
    Would you recommend this for a tall 5-yr old girl (47″) who never rode any bike including balance bike before ?
    I only recently learnt about balance bikes and thinking of letting her try one of these without pedals as a balance bike.
    Trying to decide b/w a 16″ or a 20″ given her height and its also her first bike.
    Thanks!

    • This bike is completely sold out and the new model, expected Spring 2017 is going to have many changes, so I can’t comment on it specifically. In general, however, if she is hesitant on a bike, it is best to go with a 16″ versus a 20″. The sizes of 16″ bikes vary greatly, so a larger one, such as the Specialized Hotrock, would be a good place to start.

      • Dos

        I eventually ended up getting a radio flyer balance bike that was recommended here. She practised on it for a few weekends. And then I got the Pello Reddi since this was sold out. It was amazing how effective balance bike training is, I let her try it w/o pedals for sometime one day and then next day she was biking with pedals on in 2 minutes. Thanks for the great website and pointers, shared it with all my friends!

        • Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate it! Isn’t it amazing to see balance bike graduates take off on a regular bike! It never gets old:) Glad to hear you found Pello bikes, we love them here!