Diamondback Mini Viper
Heavy, but a good bike for its price. The Viper's high handlebars make them better for tall or timid riders.
BEST FOR: Timid or tall riders on a budget.
SEAT HEIGHT: 17.5″ to 20.5"
WEIGHT: 17.4 lb.
20" – 24"
Coaster Brake Only
Pros & Cons
- Solid and durable
- Long wheelbase, lower step-over height, and straight handlebars are a huge step up from other budget bikes
- Rear coaster brake, no hand brake
The Viper has consistently been one of our favorite 16-inch bikes under $200! See how it compares to other 16″ bikes in our Ultimate 16″ Bike Comparison.
The Diamondback Mini Viper is a BMX-style bike that places the rider in an upright position and is one of our top picks for budget 16″ bikes.
Like the other budget bikes, it has only a rear coaster brake and is on the heavier 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”.
Bottom Line: The Viper is an amazing bike for the price. Great quality and provides a comfortable upright positioning for beginning riders. More aggressive riders will likely find the upright handlebars problematic.