Diamondback Mini Viper

Pedal Bike Review

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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.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $140

Recommendation: Recommended

Seat Height: 20" - 24"

Weight: 20.8 lb.

Frame Material: Steel

Tire Size: 16"

Brakes: Coaster

Handlebar: High

Gain Ratio: 3.5

Wheelbase: 758

Available Online: Yes

Review

Overview

 

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.

Diamondback MiniViper Kids Bike

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”.

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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.

Diamondback MiniViper vs 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.

MSRP: $140

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: January 12, 2017

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