Kazam v2e

Balance Bike Review

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Kazam's new v2 frame is lighter with an angled footrest. Too wide for petite kids, it's a solid option for average or larger-build kids. The v2e has foam tires and the v2s has air.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $65

Recommendation: Recommended

Seat Height: 14" - 17"

Weight: 9.9 lb.

Brakes: No Brakes

Footrest: Yes

Limiter: No

Tire Size: 12"

Grips Bumper: Yes

Bolts: Exposed

Frame Material: Steel

Review

Kazam v2e Review

The new v2 Kazam bike has several new changes compared to the Classic.  With a new frame design, the v2e is lighter than the Classic weighing 8 lb. vs. 11lb.  The v2 comes with either foam tires (v2e) or air tires (v2s).  Due to its air tires, the v2s weighs 9.9 lb. An aluminum version of the v2 frame is also available (the other models are steel) with air tires, weighs only 8 lb.

Kazam v2

We tested out the v2e model with our three-year-old tester in 3T clothes.  He took to the Kazam right away and certainly had fun from the get-go.

Kazam v2 fun

Not used to having a footrest, he didn’t use it, but the footrest was properly placed out of the way of his stride.  The foam tires held up fine in the dirt, but were a bit “looser” in the dirt than air tires. After about 10 minutes of riding, however, he decided he changed up his typical bike riding routine and started being extra silly on the bike.

Kazam v2 leg

Being a three-year-old, I didn’t think much of it until I looked a little closer.  The rear portion of the frame was actually rubbing against the inside of his leg while he was riding.  While is certainly wasn’t hurting him, it was bothersome.

Kazam v2 frame
In the end, he still had fun on the bike, but the new v2 frame design wasn’t the best fit for him.  Being petite, he has had several problems with other bikes being too wide as well, so the problem certainly isn’t unique to Kazam.  For average sized kids, the new v2 is probably fine, but for petite kids, I would consider another bike.

Bottom Line: Too wide for petite kids, the v2 frame is best for average to larger sized kids.

Kazam on Shark Tank Episode 24:

Three years ago Mary Beth of Kazam appeared on Shark Tank and since then there have been many misconceptions about their bikes.  First, Kazam was not the first balance bike company and other brands are not a copy of theirs.  Kazam will be the first to admit that they were not the first balance bike company.  The were the first in the US to have their style of footrest, but not the first balance bike.  As expected, Mary Beth’s appearance on the show was edited, and many of her explanations were edited out.

MSRP: $65

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: December 29, 2016

FTC Disclosure: I received a bike from Kazam to help facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was provided for this review.  All opinions expressed are that of Two Wheeling Tots LLC.  The link to Amazon given above does however contain affiliate links.

  • Raul Vasquez

    I really wanted to get this bike for my son. He is 2 years and 9 months old. Unfortunately, his inseam measures at 11.5 inches which makes him too short. What would you recommend for him that is close to same price range?

    • With a 11.5″ inseam, he would fit on the bike*star line of bikes, http://amzn.to/2oOt52z. They are heavier at 10.5 lb., so it wouldn’t be ideal if he was on the lower end of weight percentages.

  • Alyssa White

    Does the v2s have sealed bearings? We live on a dirt road so I feel air tires and sealed bearing might be important for our 3 y/o rider

    • anon

      I can’t find anything saying such, so I honestly doubt it. Sealed bearings are a high end feature and a “nice to have”, even for a situation like yours.

      What is your 3 year old’s inseam and where will you be riding, other than the dirt road?

      To measure the inseam – stand your kid straight up against a wall, slide a book up to their crotch, then measure from the top of the book to the floor. You can do this in bare/stocking feet or the shoes they will usually wear when riding, but do tell me which. Also, how much does your child weigh? (If they are very light weight, you don’t want to put them on a heavy bike.)

      What is your budget?

      (I hope this comes in time!)