Stampede Sprinter 14″

Pedal Bike Review

Best Bang for Your Buck

Packed with features for a great price. The extra-wide handlebars, freewheel hub (no coaster brake!) and long wheelbase are ideal for new all-terrain riders.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $239

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Seat Height: 18" - 23"

Weight: 16 lb.

Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy

Tire Size: 14"

Brakes: Dual Hand

Handlebar: Low

Gain Ratio: 3.28

Q Factor: 7"

Wheelbase: 685

Available Online: Yes

Review

Tough enough to take a beating from kids, and sturdy enough to handle mild all-terrain surfaces, the Stampede Bikes Sprinter 14″ is a versatile starter bike for the price. With dual handbrakes, no coaster brake, and wider handlebars for a wider base, the Sprinter is built like a small mountain bike ready for adventure.

2017 Updates

Previously only available in a 16″ tire, the 2017 Sprinter now comes in a smaller 14″ tire size, which is available in neon orange and neon green.

Size and Seat Height

The Sprinter 14 is small enough for a newly 4-year-old rider in size 4 pants to ride as well as a 5-year-old in size 5 pants.  The seat height ranges from 18″ – 23″ and is best suited for first time pedal bike riders with an inseam of at least close to 18″ and experienced pedal bike riders with an inseam of 16″ to 20″ (to allow room for growth).

Beginner Riders Should Set Seat Height Differently than Experienced Riders

Side by side comparison of two riders on a Stampede Sprinter 14: 4-year-old in 4T clothes with a 17.5" inseam and a 5-year-old in size 5 clothes with a 19" inseam. A beginner rider should have the seat height set to match the child's inseam as closely as possible, while an experienced rider should have the seat set 2" above his inseam.

For our experienced 5-year-old tester in size 5 clothes with an 19″ inseam, the Sprinter 14″ fit him, but offered much less room for growth than the Sprinter 16″.  As a result, we would recommend the Sprinter 16 for experienced riders with inseams greater than 19″ and the Sprinter 14 for those less than 19″ (experienced and beginner).

Performance and Weight

Having only ridden a pedal bike for a little over a month, our 4-year-old tester was at first turned off by the weight of the Sprinter 14 (16 lbs.) as compared to the lighter Cleary Gecko 12″ she had been riding (13 lbs.). At this age, 3 pounds can be a lot! But once she got up and got moving she quickly fell in love with the bike. Being slightly too small for the Gecko, the additional space and wider handlebars offered by the Sprinter gave her more confidence and overall stability. Her original hesitations towards the bike quickly faded into smiles as she began to race our 5-year-old tester who was riding the Sprinter 16.

Collage of three images: 1) 4-year-old adjusting to the Sprinter 14 by running and balancing the bike, 2) 4-year-old on Sprinter 14 showing plenty of room between her knee and the handlebars for steering and room for growth, 3) Same rider on the Cleary Gecko 12" with no room between the knee and handlebars for steering or growth.

Geometry

For our 4-year-old tester, the Sprinter has a more upright position than the Cleary Gecko 12″ (shown above) but is slightly more leaned forward than the Priority Start 14″ and the ByK-E250.  An upright position is particularly important for a first time pedal bike rider as kids are more likely to be comfortable on a bike in which their body weight is centered over their hips (like on their balance bike).  The Sprinter provides an upright position while still allowing a slight lean to more easily tackle jumps and curbs once a child is more comfortable on the bike.  Very timid riders would likely be more comfortable on the more upright WOOM2 or the ByK, but average and more advanced riders would do well with the Sprinter’s position.

Sprinter 14 Has a Slightly More Aggressive Body Position than Other 14″ Bikes

Side by side comparison of 14" bikes showing leaned forward versus more upright body positions. The Sprinter 14 is slightly more aggressive, while the Priority Start 14 and ByK E250 are slightly more upright.

Brakes

The dual handbrakes were easy to use and easy to adjust.  We were able adjust them really close to our 4-year-old tester’s hands to ensure no problems with her braking.  The Sprinter is also coaster-brake free, which allows young riders to naturally pedal backwards when learning to pedal, without coming to a quick and unexpected stop.

Easy-Pull, Small-Reach Brake Levers

The 4-year-old tester's small hands can easily engage the hand brakes on the Sprinter 14.

Gearing

The Sprinter has a low 3.28 gain ratio, which allows a rider to start pedaling the bike with little resistance.  Lower gear ratios allow new riders to quickly gain speed, making it easier to balance the bike, which helps to build their confidence.  Gain ratios of 14″ bikes typically range from 2.8 to 3.6, while 16″ bikes range from 3.0 to 4.5.  With a 3.28 gain ratio, the Sprinter is low enough to allows kids to begin to pedal faster, but is also high enough to allow them to gain more speed as they get older.  In comparison, the Cleary Gecko 12″ has a gain ratio of 2.97 which helped our 4-year-old tester learn to ride a bike, but greatly limited her maximum speed once she mastered pedaling, which lead to some frustration for her.

Other Features

The Sprinter 14 has several other features to make it better adapted for small riders.  The seat is smaller and narrower than traditional bike seats, making it better suited for smaller frames.  The front axle bolts are also covered to prevent potential scratches on little legs at an age and experience level where falls are more common.

Three-image collage: 1) Sprinter 14" seat is shorter and narrower than the 16" bike, 2) Sprinter 14 has a covered front bolt to prevent scratches, 3) The ??

 

Comparisons

The Sprinter is heavier and wider than other 14″ pedal bikes, but is better adapted for beginning riders to advance to more adventurous riding such as leaned turns and non-paved pathsReally timid or petite kids will likely do better on the lighter and more upright Priority Start 14 or the ByK E-250, while average weight kids or those with more adventurous personalities will likely prefer the the ease of which Sprinter’s wider stance and the more aggressive position that allows them to go down curbs and practice tricks.

Bottom Line

The Sprinter 14 is an amazing starter bike for mid-weight kids with at least an 18″ inseam as well as a fun, adventurous bike for experienced riders with an inseam of at least close to 16″.  The seat height ranges from 18″ to 23″, making it suitable for taller 3.5-year-olds to shorter 6-year-olds. Its wider handlebars provide a stable base better suited for little zoomers chomping at the bit to take off and ride.

MSRP: $239

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: July 13, 2017

FTC Disclosure: Stampede Bikes provided a Sprinter 14" to help facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was provided and all opinions are that of Two Wheeling Tots LLC. Two Wheeling Tots is an affiliate of Stampede Bikes.

  • Jen Martin

    I am wanting to get two new bikes for my sons who are 3.5 and 5 years old. They ride really well currently and I want something that will be a little bit lighter and allow them to ride longer without getting tired. My 5yr (41in) is currently on a 16 inch diamondback Viper and my 3.5-year-old (38) is currently on a 12 inch happy with Cars characters
    We are looking at the stampede and the priority start. The stampede is appealing to me because they have open box models that are significantly less expensive and they have lots of coupon codes. Priority start doesn’t have any discounts except free shipping sometimes. What is the better choice? I noticed that the stampede has lower handlebars which will be a new thing for my kids Who currently sit more upright.
    Also, I’m worried about getting a 14 in for my 3.5 because I’m afraid he will outgrow it quickly. He’s definitely not a big kid (38inches). I don’t want him to outgrow it in a year but I’m worried the 16 in will be way too big! Help!