Pello Revo

Pedal Bike Review

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Pello Revo is an ideal bike for timid riders who are likely to become more aggressive once they master pedaling. The coaster brake may be problematic for some, but could be a lifesaver for others.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $299

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Seat Height: 20" - 24.5"

Weight: 16.3 lb.

Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy

Tire Size: 16"

Brakes: Coaster

Handlebar: Medium

Gain Ratio: 3.55

Q Factor: 5.5"

Wheelbase: 705

Available Online: Yes


Rugged, nimble, and lightweight, the Pello Revo is a top-notch bike for beginning riders.  Built with “ride right geometry” the Revo upright positioning and narrow crankset, provide a comfortable and natural fit for hesitant riders.  Looking beyond the first few rides, the Revo is also built for years to come.  With knobby, wide tires the Revo easily rolls over all-terrain conditions while the lack of a front handbrake prevents potential endos (flying over the handlebars due to braking with the front brake). The Revo does have a coaster brake, which may be problematic for riders learning how to pedal, but provides for safer braking for kids still working on the hand-eye control.

With a seat range of 20″ – 24″, the Revo is a great starter bike for kids in size 5 clothes. On the larger size for kids in 4T, our experienced 4yo tester had no problems riding the Revo (especially due to its light 16.3 lb. weight), but would have struggled if it was his first pedal bike.  When riding uphill or in all-terrain conditions he was much more comfortable on the smaller 14″ Pello Romper (link to our review).


Compared to Islabikes and WOOM, who also specifically design bikes narrower, lighter weight kid’s bikes, the Revo stands out as it is the only one to offer wider, knobby tires.  While the wider tires increase the overall weight of the bike, they allow the bike to ride on an all-terrain conditions.


The q-factor of a bike plays a large role on how comfortable a child feels on the bike.  The distance between where the pedals mount to the crank arms, wide q-factors require kids to unnaturally splay their legs to pedal the bike.  Allowing kids to pedal straight down, versus as an angle, the narrow q-factor of the Pello allow kids to pedal in a much more relaxed and natural position.


With a MSRP of $299, the Revo is an investment, but considering the high-end components that come standard on the bike, the Revo is a deal for what it provides.  Built with a Cane Creek headset, Kenda tires and a Tektro caliper brake, the Revo has significantly better components than 16″ bikes found in a bike shop.


The brake system on the Revo is also unique in that it has a rear caliper brake (Tektro), a coaster brake but no front hand brake.  Wanting to protect kids from front-brake related accidents, Pello intentionall omitted the front caliper brake.  While we aren’t a huge fan of coaster brakes, it does allow for safer braking for kids who don’t have the hand-eye coordination or the strength to use a hand brake.


In a head to head comparison between WOOM and Islabikes, Pello’s wider tires, lower price tag and coaster brake are significant differences worth considering.  Based on our tests, we found the Pello to be best for timid riders who will likely advance into more aggressive riding.



Best 16″ Bikes for Timid or Beginning Riders
Bike MSRP Weight (lb) Seat Height Brakes Q Factor Gain Ratio Handlebar Wheelbase Purchase? Notes
WOOM 3 16″ $370 13 18.8 -23.8″ Dual Hand 5.25″ 3.34 Mid 720 Online Elastic turning limiter, Reviewed
Islabikes CNOC 16 $370 13.2 18.8 – 22.6″ Dual Hand w/ Coaster 5″ 3.55 Mid 707 Online CNOC 14 Review
Pello Revo $300 16.3 20-24.5″ Rear Hand w/ Coaster 5.5″ 3.55 Mid 705 Online


Although the coaster brake prevents the Revo from being a true all-terrain bike, it was easily able to tackle trails alongside bikes designed specifically for such.


Bottom Line:  The ideal bike for more timid riders who are likely to become more aggressive once they master pedaling.  The coaster brake may be problematic for some, but could be a lifesaver for others.

MSRP: $299

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: January 11, 2017

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  • TJ

    Just left a comment on another page but then found this bike, which might be a good fit for our timid rider! I wonder if you could provide a bit of guidance, as I’m looking at both the Revo and Reddi. My almost 7 year old daughter is small for her age (41lbs, 44″ tall with a 20.5″ inseam) and a timid rider, currently on a big-box-store bike with training wheels. She has used a balance bike as a toddler, but mostly in trike mode (the Wishbone Bike). She is now confident pedaling with training wheels, but we’d like to see her transition to a 2 wheeled bike. Given her size and limited balance bike experience, do you think the Revo or the Reddi would be a better fit? I like that the Reddi would last her longer, but the Revo also seems to be a good possibility, and closer to what she’s riding now (given that it has a coaster brake).

    • With a 20.5″ inseam, the Reddi would be a better choice as it will fit her much longer. My only concern is that since she has been using training wheels, she may have to re-learn how to balance. I would take the training wheels on her current bike, lower the seat until she can touch the ground with her full foot and see if she can run and balance bike the bike (whether pedaling or not). If she can, then she will be fine on the Reddi. If not, then the Revo might be better, but I would practice with her on her current bike for a while in hope that she could move up to the Reddi.

      • TJ

        Thanks! A great suggestion. We definitely want her to have a good, light bike. The plan was to get her a new one for her birthday, so we might go for the Reddi and let her work her way up to it by way of practicing her balance on her current bike.

  • BP

    I’d love some advice to help choose a bike in the $300 and under range for our almost 5 year old son. His inseam is 19″, height 43.75″ and he’s been riding pedal bikes for 1.5 years so he’s very comfortable and tends toward more aggressive riding, however he is definitely not ready for gears so we were looking more at 16″ bikes (he’s on a 14″ now). Our concern is that he’s only ridden bikes with coaster brakes (hand me down Norcos) and we’d like to move him to hand brakes. Does it make sense to get the Pello as an intermediate bike with both options? We are also considering the Stampede Sprinter and the Priority Start. Is one of these a better choice than the other given his lack of experience with hand brakes? Thank you!

    • anon

      Most kids will get handbrakes pretty quickly – have him walk the new bike and activate the brakes a few times before he rides it. That way he’ll get a feel for them before he’s actually on the bike. Since this will be his first experience with handbrakes, it would likely also pay to spray paint the rear brake lever green or wrap it in green tape – that way he’ll have a visual cue which one to use!

      I’d nix the Priority – it’s better designed for timid or beginning riders. The upright position is not suitable for aggressive riding.

      For under 300, it’s down to the Stampede or the Pello, then. If you can find the extra money, then you could also consider the Clearly Hedgehog.

      If your son was a little taller I’d more strongly suggest paying a little more for a 20in, but honestly he’s just a bit small for them. However, he could probably make a Pello Reddi or Cleary Owl work, if you wanted to try that. It would give you more room for growth. (If you have a long winter where he won’t be able to ride the bike much, getting the 20in for him as a Christmas present would probably help bridge some of the growth gap some.)

    • I agree with what anon suggested previously, but thought I would chime in to mention the Raleigh Rowdy as well. Seeing that I am late to the party, I assume you have already made your decision, but with the Stampede Sprinter sold out until December, the Raleigh Rowdy is a great deal at $220. It is very aggressive and the handlebar is really wide, but it can easily be shortened or swapped out at a local bike shop if needs be. You can read our full review here: