Unbalanced and awkward, the Trikke Bikee balance bike is poorly designed and should be avoided. Read the full review below for more details on why we don’t love it.
Trikke Bikee Balance Bike Review – Results of our Test Rides
With many five star reviews on Amazon, sealed bearings and a mere weight of 6.7 lbs. all for around $70, Trikke Bikee certainly sounds like a great deal. Add a riveted a steer tube and seat post (to prevent swiveling), a footrest and a turning limiter, its no wonder it is one of the best selling bikes on Amazon.
But as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover. While the Trikke has some good credentials, the overall design of the bike is flawed. The single-sided fork on the front and back tires are on the same side, thereby making the bike unbalanced. If the point of a balance bike is to teach a child to balance, then why would you design a balance bike that is truly unbalanced itself?
Not wanting to draw conclusions based on looks alone, we tested the bike with a three and five-year-old. Both experiences with balance bikes, initially they were both drawn to the unique design and bright colors of the Trikke. Upon riding the bike, however, they instead quickly faded. While they were able to balance the bike, it took more then what they were unaccustomed to on other bikes. On their first ride, the forked-side of the bike was obviously heavier as the bike kept tilting while riding at slower speeds. Wanting to continue riding, both riders, especially the three-year-old (in green helmet below), struggled with overcompensating and in the end, became frustrated and wanted nothing to do with the bike.
The footrest was also problematic for our five-year-old tester. Upon initial use, her feet hung over the footrest and began rubbing against the tire. With time, she learned to rotate her toes out in an unnatural and uncomfortable position but generally preferred staying away from the footrest altogether. Being accustom to riding a bike with air tires, the firm, foam tires were also a turn off as it “was not as fun to go off a curb with”.
If you are in the market for a budget balance bike, stay clear of the Trikke Bikee, but instead check out the Radio Flyer Glide & Go as it accommodates the same size riders and is generally $10 to $15 cheaper. To see how the Radio Flyer compares to the Red Bullet, read The Best Balance Bikes on a Budget.