iBert Safe T Seat

Child Bike Seat Review

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Fun and easy to use, but the lack of shoulders straps, and back and neck support are disconcerting. Unlike other seats, it is compatible with most bike frames and takes up less room.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $99

Recommendation: Recommended

Mount Type:

Age Range: 1 yr. to 48" tall

Additional Mounting:

Reclines: No

Quick Release: Yes

Inches to Mount: 3/4"

Review

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.

Standard Features of the iBert

The iBert comes standard with a locking lap bar, padded seat and steering wheel (on newer models).

ibert features

Mounting

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.

ibert mount

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.

ibert wobble

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 feel 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.

ibert disadvantage

As found with the two models of the BoBike (shown below), a higher back rest not only provides additional support for the child but prevents their straps from falling down.

Bobike high back

Conclusion

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 used without the bike seat on a regular basis, I highly recommend upgrading to a Yepp or BoBike.

MSRP: $99

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: January 8, 2017

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  • Patrick8888

    the top eyelets you have mentioned, the seats, Betos and the REPCO seat are the two I have fitted several BETOs and one REPCO, but they fit far more easily to some bikes than others..the presence/absence of top eyelets helps/hinders simple quick fitting, but the other big issue which is less predictable, is the one of the child footwells fouling and scraping the pedaller’s heels when he/she is pedalling (correctly) with front part of foot.It can mandate pedalling with middle of foot, or even heel…this is an inefficient, incorrect and tiring way to pedal any bicycle.This can then force the use of extra slide brackets between seat frame and top eyelets, to push the seat much further back against ride.The less of those slide brackets and M5 bolts clamping them together in the mix, the better, imo.

    • You are absolutely right about the presence of eyelets making or braking the fit of a seat on a bike. We’ve found that cables running along the frame can cause issues as well, whether on the seat tube and the seat and chain stays. Unfortunately, this information isn’t readily available for many seats, which is why we put our comparison charts together.

      Having long legs and large feet myself, I have also had problems with hitting my heels on the the foot rest of various seats. As you mentioned, if the seat has slides, moving it back is an option, but we’ve had seats that mounted without slides. Regardless, thanks for your input on the Betos, it is much appreciated!

  • Anthony Gagliano

    Hi Natalie,

    First of all, I just want to thank you all at Two wheeling Tots for creating this website, it is such a valuable source of information!

    I have a question that hopefully someone may be able to help me answer:
    My son and I have enjoyed using the Thule Ride Along Mini for just over a year and other than the shoulder straps beggining to tear as he has outgrown the seat, I have nothing but great things to say about this product, I even purchased a second mounting bracket to be able to quickly swap the seat back and forth between to bicycles.

    We love it so much and now that he has outgrown the seat, I am looking for an alternative that would keep him at the front of the bicycle rather than getting a rear mounted seat. He almost 4 years old and approximately 38-40 lbs. and I am happy to get something that will fit for just another year and then sell it/give it away once he outgrows.

    I’ve read all of the reviews and i realize that some of these seats can accommodate a child larger than 33 lbs. despite what the manual may say. What would you recommend?