Heavy, but a good bike for its price. The more-upright handlebars were fine for our confident riders, but could be a challenge for new riders.
Seat Height: 20" - 24"
Weight: 20.8 lb.
Frame Material: Steel
Tire Size: 16"
Gain Ratio: 3.5
Available Online: Yes
The Diamondback Mini Viper is a BMX-style bike that places the rider in an upright position and is our top pick for budget 16″ bikes.
Like the other budget bikes, it has only a rear coaster brake, and is on the heaver side at 20.8 lbs. Its more-upright handlebars were not a problem for our experienced pedalers, but could be more challenging for a new rider. The seat height ranges from 20”–24”.
Still, with a long wheelbase, lower step-over height, and straight handlebars (rather than angled in), the MiniViper is a huge step up from Walmart’s Next Rocket.
Recently, Diamondback released an updated version of their 16″ bike, the Mini Venom, $129. While the bike does offer lower handlebar for better control, but it is much heavier than the Mini Viper weighing in at 28.6 lb! As a result, we still prefer the Mini Viper to the Mini Venom.
By: Natalie Martins
Last Updated: January 12, 2017
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