With a lightweight frame, no need for steering, and multi-directional wheels, your tiny toddler will be maneuvering around the house on the Pewi YBIKE in no time! Read the review below for all the reasons we love it!
Pewi YBIKE Review
RATING: Highly Recommended
BEST FOR: Babies and toddlers who are steady walkers and ready to start scooting around! 12 months – 2T clothes.
SEAT HEIGHT: 10.13″
WEIGHT: 3.87 lb.
- Smooth caster-style wheels make maneuvering a breeze
- Super stable
- Confident riders love how fast they can go
- Adorable design looks like a tiny person
- Available in four colors
- Speed of bike could be dangerous outdoors if not used with caution
- Caster wheels move too fast for the “Walking Buddy” function with less-confident walkers
- Somewhat detailed assembly required
Pewi YBIKE Review – Results of our Test Rides
With multi-directional wheels that allow your tiny walker to maneuver around the house with ease, the YBIKE Pewi is an excellent choice for fun-loving, confident toddlers who have a sense of adventure and speed. It’s also a great option for timid riders who would benefit from a ride-on toy that rolls smoothly in whichever direction they choose.
2.5-Year-Old in 2T Pant on Pewi
The YBike Pewi really excels at two things – stability and maneuverability. With four wide-set wheels, the Pewi is the most stable ride-on toy we’ve tested. And because those wheels are small, multi-directional caster wheels, your little rider can move around with ease.
Kids won’t get stuck in corners, won’t have to get off the bike and pick it up to turn it around, and won’t get frustrated trying to maneuver around couches and chairs in the house. Kids move the Pewi by pushing off the ground with their feet, developing early the mechanics of balance bike movement.
While the Pewi is designed for both indoor and outdoor use, we do want to caution about outdoor use. The wheels on the Pewi are fast. Like really fast. On one hand, that’s great because it was easy for our timid riders to move around, while our older, more adventurous riders got a big kick out of how fast they could glide across wood floors.
But outside, this could pose a safety issue with kids flying out into the street. If you’re going to use the Pewi outdoors, we recommend doing so under strict parent supervision, or on a large, flat area, such as a school playground.
3-Year-Old in 3T Pants on Pewi
2-in- 1 Walking Buddy and Ride-On Toy
The Pewi boasts that it can be used as young as 9 months as a “walking buddy”. In our experience, however, it’s not actually ideal for babies young enough to need a walking buddy (before they are confident walkers). While the fast, multi-directional caster wheels serve a great purpose in “ride-on toy mode”, they roll too quickly and in too many directions for unsteady walkers.
In theory, a baby would stand in front of the bike, hold on to the round “handlebar”, and push the bike in front of them. In reality, the “walking buddy” moves so quickly that if a baby places any of their weight on it for support, it moves forward more quickly than a new walker can keep up with.
Basically, your baby will most likely end up with their bum on the floor rather than walking very many steps with the Pewi. If you have carpet, this does help the issue, but it’s still difficult for young, inexperienced walkers to manage on their own.
That said, our 16-month-old confident walker absolutely loved pushing the Pewi around as a “walking buddy”, so for her, she could use the Pewi as both a ride-on toy and a walking buddy.
11-Month-Old vs 16-Month-Old Using the Walking Buddy
With a fixed seat height of 10.13″ but a very narrow seat, the Pewi was a great fit for our very petite 16-month-old tester with 10.25″ inseam (12 month pants), and a good fit for her 2.5-year-old sister with a 12.75″ inseam (2T pants). Their 3 year and 9-month-old older sister with a 16″ inseam actually loved riding the Pewi as well (3T pants).
While already riding a 14″ pedal bike on a normal basis, this 3-year-old tester was gliding around the house with glee on the Pewi. She loved its speed, leaning forward on the “steering wheel” and “flying” all over the house.
While YBIKE states that the ride-on toy is for 12-36 months, please check your child’s inseam rather than go strictly on age. Our 2.5-year-old (30 month), average-sized tester in 2T pants is almost too big for the Pewi. While she can certainly still ride it, you wouldn’t want to buy it new for a child her size.
Kids in 12-months, 2T, and 3T Pants on the Pewi
Frame and Components
Built with a lightweight aluminum frame, multi-directional rubber wheels, and sturdy plastic “steering wheel”, the Pewi is both lightweight and durable. It just feels high-quality and is likely to last through several children.
Handlebar and Steering
A round, stationary, solid plastic “steering wheel” replaces traditional handlebars on the Pewi. This “steering wheel” allows kids to grip anywhere along the circle to anchor themselves to the bike. While it doesn’t turn like a traditional steering wheel or handlebar, the caster wheels provide more multi-directional movement than any handlebar would. It also simplifies the riding process for kids – they don’t have to worry about using their hands as part of the process and can focus solely on their feet.
The YBIKE Pewi is high-quality, unique, and exciting ride for early walkers and toddlers in 12 months to 2T pants. With a lightweight frame, no need for steering, and multi-directional wheels, your tiny toddler will be maneuvering around the house in no time! Due to the speed with which the caster wheels roll, we recommend that you use the Pewi outside or as a “walking buddy” with caution.