The iBert Bike Seat is a fun little seat for short jaunts around a neighborhood. While the seat is popular and easy to use offers a bright and fun design, its poorly designed shoulders straps and lack of back and neck support are disconcerting. Read the review below for all the details about why the iBert is a popular, but flawed front-mounted child bike seat.
Pros & Cons
- Compatible with most bike frames
- Takes up less room than traditional bike seats
- Super easy to install
- Padded steering wheel (headrest)
- No back or neck support, which also causes shoulder straps to fall down
- Kids can put their feet on your handlebars - potential safety hazard
iBert Bike Seat Review – Results of our Test Rides
The iBert Safe-T seat is the most popular front-mounted bike seat in the US. With its simple design, easy installation and countless 5 stars reviews, it continues to gain popularity year after year. Upon our first use of the iBert, we agreed, it was fun, easy and quickly brought smiles to our son’s face. However, like the Strider, once we compared it to its competitors, the iBert’s glowing reputation began to tarnish as we realized that perhaps its design was a little too basic.
All in all the iBert is fine if you aren’t looking to use this seat often or for long distances. When we were new parents we knew we wanted to be able to take our baby boy on bike rides with us. My husband searched “child bike seats” on Amazon, and of course, the iBert was one of the top results. We liked the look of it, it wasn’t as old school looking as traditional seats and had a fun steering wheel to keep the child entertained.
Shoulder Strap Design
While we enjoyed using the iBert, we quickly noticed some design flaws. Most annoying was the strap situation. The straps would not stay put over his shoulders. They would repeatedly fall off his shoulder, like a pair of overalls that were too loose. If we tightened them enough to make them stay put they were too tight and dug into his shoulders and significantly limited his movement.
Due to the design of the iBert, we realized that tightening the straps would never solve the issue. The problem lies with the fact that the shoulder straps of the iBert originate from the back of seat which is positioned just above the child’s waist. As a result, tightening them really snug only forced them to slide down quicker!
This strap design especially became a problem when our testers feel asleep. As shown below by another one of our testers, the straps of the iBert could not keep their one-year-old upright when he fell asleep as they provided no support. While in another seat with a higher back with shoulder straps that originated behind the shoulders (like in a car seat), their little guy was able to remain upright. Luckily, between the two rides, his parents got smart and put a helmet on him! (DON’T EVER LET YOUR BABIES RIDE WITHOUT ONE!).
iBert vs. BoBike Mini City
Low Back Seat Design
While awake, the low back design is also less ideal than other seats. With our little guy, we used this seat on an almost daily basis with some of our bike rides being 2+ hours. Because of the low-back on the iBert, he had to hold himself upright the entire time, almost like sitting on a stool, which got tiring at times.
On bike seats with a higher back, the child can lead back all they want and feel supported, whether they are asleep or awake!
Seat Back Height of Yepp Nexxt Mini vs. iBert
Our other concern with the iBert is that its mounting bracket should be removed if the adult bike wants to be used without the seat. In our opinion, the long metal bar is a potential safety hazard when not covered up by the seat. While we don’t know of anyone being hurt by this bracket, compared to other brackets, it is much more intrusive and more likely to cause injury to an adult rider if the adult bike wanted to be used without the child seat attached.
iBert Mount vs. Yepp Mini Mount
While we were essentially happy with our purchase of the iBert, it was only because we didn’t know or have experience with better-designed bike seats at the same price point. We trusted the high-star-review on Amazon. Fast forward a few years, few kids, and a few bike products later I realize that what is popular – especially in the world of child-friendly bike equipment – is not always the best bang for your buck. Sometimes the masses are right, sometimes they are wrong. Do your homework and make the best decision for your priorities.
So, if you want a popular & recognizable bike-seat on your bike for short little rides to the neighbor’s house, you’ll probably be perfectly happy with the iBert. It looks cool and your kid will love the steering wheel. However, if you want more comfort for your little one, more practicality and safety for longer rides check out other seats at the same price point.
What to Buy Instead?
Having tested out over 10 different front-mounted child bike seats, we can attest that while the iBert is a good seat, there are certainly betters out there. For a complete run-down, be sure to check out our “Best Front-mounted Child Bike Seats List“. With various styles of seats listed ranging in price from $95 and up, you’re sure to find a seat that matches your needs and your budget.
For those looking for our top budget front-mounted bike seat, we recommend the Peg Perego Orion (link to our review). Priced under $100, it fits a wide range of bikes and has a higher back than the iBert.