iBert Safe T Seat
Fun and easy to use, but poorly designed shoulder straps and lack of back and neck support are disconcerting.
BEST FOR: Parents who want an easy-to-mount and easy-to-use front-mounted bike seat. The iBert's shoulder straps fall down, so it's not ideal for really squirmy kids.
MOUNT TYPE: Front
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1 yr. to 48" tall
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
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 European counterparts, the iBert’s glowing reputation began to tarnish as we realized that perhaps its design was a little too basic.
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Standard Features of the iBert
The iBert comes standard with a locking lap bar, padded seat and steering wheel (on newer models).
Straight out of the box, the iBert is ready to be installed with two simple bolts. With a minimum of 3/4″ of space on either threaded or threadless headset bikes, the included mounting bracket is compatible with almost all bikes on the US market.
While hands-down the simplest front-mounting seat to install, the mounting system does have some drawbacks. First, to use the bike without the seat, the entire mounting bracket must be removed. Without the seat, the bracket protrudes 7 to 8 inches out from the stem and becomes a safety hazard. Second, the seat does have a slight wobble to it once installed. The wobble we experienced wasn’t substantial enough to be deemed to “safety hazard,” but was quite noticeable during a side-by-side comparison with the BoBike Mini‘s.
Concerns with iBert
Two main concerns became apparent during our testing. First, while the plastic leg extensions prevent the legs from the front wheel, it does not prevent them from placing them on the handlebars during a ride. As shown below, a one-year-old tester (I know, I know no helmet!!! NOT okay and illegal in most states!), repeatedly put his foot onto the handlebars during a ride and actually fell asleep with his foot in a potentially hazardous position. Second, while the low backrest made it easier for riders to get on and off the saddle of the bike, it actually prevented the shoulder straps from staying in place.
As found with the two models of the BoBike (shown below), a higher backrest not only provides additional support for the child but prevents their straps from falling down.
As many reviewers contest, the iBert is a simple, easy to use front-mounted bike seat that your kids will certainly love. While there is definitely room for improvement, if you can’t afford a BoBike or Yepp seat, or if you are concerned with compatibility, the iBert is worthy of your consideration. If however, you plan on mounting the seat to a bike that will be used without the bike seat on a regular basis, I highly recommend upgrading to a Yepp or BoBike.