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.
Seat Height: 14" - 17"
Weight: 9.9 lb.
Brakes: No Brakes
Tire Size: 12"
Grips Bumper: Yes
Frame Material: Steel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.