Chicco Red Bullet

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Too tall and too small, the Chicco Red Bullet is a sure pass.

RATING: Not Recommended

SEAT HEIGHT: 13" – 15"

WEIGHT: 7 lb.

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$56.99 $47.49

Tire Type

Foam, Puncture Proof

Rating

Not Recommended

Child's Pants Size

18-months, 24-months, 2T

Frame Material

Steel

Weight

7 lb.

Seat Height

13" – 15"

Tire Size

12"

Footrest

No

Sealed Bearings

No

Turning Limiter

No

Grips Bumper

Yes

Bolts

Exposed

Brakes

None

Available Colors

Red

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Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Affordable
CONS:
  • VERY small compared to the average balance bike
  • Upright handlebars prevent kids from leaning in far enough to be able to run fast

Vilano, Chicco Red Bullet and Radio Flyer Comparison Review

What is the best balance bike for under $75?  Whether you are on a budget or simply don’t feel that balance bikes are worth investing in (if so please read Why Balance Bikes are Worth the Hype), any balance bike is better than no balance bike at all.  To determine the best budget bike, we purchased three popular budget bikes, the Chicco Red Bullet, the Radio Flyer Glide & Go and the “Vilano” balance bike.  Each bike has numerous 4 and 5-star reviews on Amazon, so we set out to determine which, if any, are worthy of their five stars.

**We have recently updated our “Best Budget Balance Bikes under $100“.  Since the publication of this comparison review, several new budget balance bikes have come to market and the Vilano didn’t make it on our list of best budget bikes.  Read our updated budget bike article to find out which budget bike brands we now prefer.

budget balance bike

Size

Upon assembly, it came quite apparently how small the Chicco Red Bullet is.  Although it is clearly labeled 3+ on the box, the Radio Flyer is labeled 2.5 – 5 years and is much bigger than the Chicco.

budget bike comp

In addition to its small size, the geometry of the Chicco is also vastly different than the others.  The handlebars of the Chicco are highly centered on the front wheel, and it has a very short wheelbase compared to the Vilano and Radio Flyer.   As expected, the poor geometry of the Chicco (notice how upright both testers are in the pictures below) did not bode well with our testers as they found the bike more difficult to handle and twitchy as compared to the others.

budget bikes testers

As a point of reference, the Radio Flyer seat range is 14.5″ to 18″, the Vilano is 15.5″ to 17.7″ and the Chicco is 13″ to 15″.

Wheels & Tires

Along with its small frame, the Chicco also has 10″ tires as compared to 12″ tires on the Radio Flyer and the Vilano (as shown in the pictures above).  While larger wheels are used on bikes to increase speed and for leverage over obstacles, on kids bikes larger tires allow for a greater clearance and proper geometry (increased vertical space to extend reach and decrease center of gravity).  The lack of space on the Chicco is quite clear when compared to the other budget bikes.

All three bikes had foam tires, and while their tread varied, they performed equally well on paved surfaces.  Like all foam tires (even those on the $100 Strider), they were more prone to losing traction on off-road surfaces as compared to air tires.

budget bike tire tread

Seat Post Adjust


The Radio Flyer comes standard with a desirable quick-release seat post clamp while the others do not.

budget bike seat adjust

Durability

While all three bikes had minor scratches and dings, after a few weeks of use the saddle of the Radio Flyer and Chicco began to tear.  Although cosmetic, it was a little disappointing to the bikes begin to show wear so quickly.  The bell of the Vilano also fell apart before we could even put it on.  The bell on the Radio Flyer, however, it quite durable, but is also REALLY loud.

budget bike seat durability

Final Impressions

For $50, there is simply no benefit to the Chicco Bullet over the others.  While is does have the lowest minimum seat height of 13″ (as compared to Radio Flyers’ 14″ and Vilano’s 15.5″) if your son or daughter has an inseam less than 15″, then I would recommend the Banana Bike, which has a minimum seat height of just over 12″ and extends to 16″ and sells for $55 on Amazon.

 Between the Radio Flyer and the Vilano, both are good bikes that will certainly provide hours of learning fun for your son or daughter.  Between the two, I prefer the Radio Flyer, but if your child is not a fan or red, the Vilano is a great second choice that comes in 7 different colors, including pink and purple. The Radio Flyer also now comes with air tires, which will provide much more traction and cushion than the foam model.  Due to the high risk of flats, we highly recommend using tire sealant (link to instructions on how to use it) on bikes with air tires.

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