Best for Hard to Fit Bikes
Easy to use and included rack is available for disc brakes or non-disc brakes bikes. Seat fits very close to the rider; not ideal for older kids.
Age Range: 9 mo. to 40 lb.
Additional Mounting: Rack included, disc brake compatible
Quick Release: No
The Topeak BabySeat II is a rear, rack-mounted bike seat that is suitable for kids up to 48.5 lbs. Along with the included rack, the seat comes complete with a suspension system (the red “shocks” shown in the mounting photo below), wrap-around protection, foot restraints and a lockable lap bar. While not perfect, the Topeak did excel at being simple and efficient, so if your bike is designed to hold a bike rack (See What to Look for When Purchasing a Baby Bike Seat if you are unsure), and either you or your child has a smaller frame (see below), then the BabySeat is a bike seat worthy of your consideration.
The BabySeat is what we would consider your typical bike seat, but with some extra upgrades. First off, its wrap around body makes it larger in size as compared to other models, but also offers more protection for your child. Best suited for children aged 18-months and up, a 10-month old is too small for the seat, while a large 4-year-old (close to the 48.5 lb. seat limit) is bursting at the seams. As with most rear-mounted seats, the older and heavier the passenger, the more unbalanced we felt while turning and stopping during rides.
When it came to mounting, the Topeak BabySeat was by far the easiest rear-mounted bike seat to use and install. After attaching the included rack (available in both disc and non-disc brake models) with four simply bolts, the seat can then be mounted by sliding the yellow mounting brace in-between the bottom of the seat and the top of the rack.
Like mounting, the buckling system is very simple and straightforward. By simply un-latching the lap bar and adjusting the straps, your child will be secure and ready to ride within minutes. The height of the straps in also easily adjustable by re-threading the straps through the designated holes in the back of the seat.
To help protect the child from the tire and spokes, the seat offers well-designed plastic guards as well as foot restraints. With seven different positions, the footrest can easily be repositioned to fit your child legs. A strap is also provided, but we found it to be of little use as our two youngest testers were quickly able to remove their foot and not enough space was available to properly secure the straps on our 4 year-old’s foot. While normally, this would be a major source of concern for us, the fully enclosed side panels prevent even un-strapped feet from having any contact with the spokes and tire.
Our one major concern with the BabySeat however was its proximity to the rider. During all our rides, all three testers were in direct contact with me, leaving all of us wishing for additional space between the rider and the bike seat.
In conclusion, while the Topeak isn’t perfect, it certainly is easy to use. So if you are in the market for a rear, rack-mounted baby seat and either you or your child has a small frame, or doesn’t mind a little “snuggle” time on the bike, then the BabySeat is worthy of your consideration.
By: Natalie Martins
Last Updated: January 8, 2017
FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation was provided for this review. All opinions and images are that of Two Wheeling Tots LLC and should not be used or replicated in any way. ToPeak provided a seat to help facilitate this review. Two Wheeling Tots LLC is not an affiliate of ToPeak, but is an affiliate of Amazon.com.