Trikke Bikee

Balance Bike Review

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Unbalanced and awkward, the Trikke Bikee is poorly designed and should be avoided.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $70

Recommendation: Not Recommended

Seat Height: 14.5" - 18.5"

Weight: 6.7 lb.

Brakes: No Brakes

Footrest: Yes

Limiter: Yes

Tire Size: 12"

Grips Bumper: Yes

Bolts: Rounded

Frame Material: Steel

Review

With 20+ five star reviews on Amazon, sealed bearings and a mere weight of 6.7 lbs. all for around $70, Trikke Bikee certainly sound 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.

trikee features

But as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  While the Trikke has some good credentials, the overall design of the bike is flawed.  The single-sided fork on the front an 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, they why would you design a balance bike that is truly unbalanced itself?

trikee one side

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.

trikee riding

The footrest was also problematic for our five-year-old tester.  Upon initial use, her feet hung over the foot rest 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 all together.  Being accustom to riding a bike with air tires, the firm, foam tires were also a turn off as it “was no as fun to go off a curb with”.

trikee footrest2

Compared to other budget bikes, the Trikke Bikee is more expensive than the Radio Flyer and the Chicco Red Bullet, yet only has a poor design to show for it.

budget bike compare

 Bottom Line

If you are in the market for a budget balance bike, stay clear of the Trikkee 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.

MSRP: $70

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: December 29, 2016

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  • Katie Bevan

    Thank you, and of course thank you for the comprehensive reviews in general. It is difficult that the best bikes seem to only be available online. This website is an amazing resource.

    Do all the ByK bikes come with the handlebar? I had been disappointed that the ByK 250 was likely too small, because I think the handlebar could make a difference to get him over the pedaling hump, but maybe the ByK 350 could work for us.

    • Sadly, only the 250 comes with the handlebar, but there are several after-market bars that should work with the 350, such as the Balance Buddy (http://amzn.to/1Lun5QV).

  • Ben Balcombe

    This bike looks like a great option for our soon to be 5 year old. He’s been charging around on a balance bike for 2 years and has just transitioned to a freebie/cheapy 16″ pedal bike so I want to get him something nice, but the spousal veto has been used on an Islabike CNOC 16.

    The Sprinter 16″ is available for ~$180 on Amazon at the moment so it’s very comparable to REI’s Novara Polpo which seems to be very similar to the sprinter in weight and design. Have you had a chance to look at the Polpo yet?

    • I haven’t had a chance to look at the Polpo, but based on our experience with Novara bikes, I would go with the Sprinter. The Novara’s are good bike, but in our experience, not as great as the price would make you think. They are generally pretty heavy and with lower-end components. To be sure, I would actually call REI and have them weigh the Polpo for you before you decide. I assume it is much heavier than the Sprinter, but it never hurts to double check.

      • Ben Balcombe

        Hi Natalie, thanks for responding. I am leaning towards the Sprinter, but the new Novara is interesting because it has an all aluminium frame and actually lists at a slightly lower weight than the Sprinter, 16lbs 14 oz vs 17lbs 8oz!

        Also the Novara actually sells with training wheels so removing those might bring that weight down even further? I’ll see if they can weigh it in store to get the actual figure…

        • KSpider

          I am also trying to decide between the new Novara aluminum Polpo and the Sprinter…

          • Ben Balcombe

            We went with the Sprinter, following a very scientific process of asking him what colour bike he would like!

          • Sounds about right! It’s a great bike for the price, I’m sure you’ll both love it.

          • Doug Crowder

            How have you liked the Sprinter 16? This bike is on the list of next bikes for my son.

          • Ben Balcombe

            Personally I find it a little on the small side, but my son loves it! ;o) You could see instantaneously how much better it was than the generic big-box bike that he used for a few weeks!

          • After looking more at the Poplo, it’s hard to know which would be better without knowing the wheelbase of the Poplo. The weight looks good, but as one reviewing said, the bike seemed to have a long geometry. Compared to most big-box store bikes, a bike with aggressive geometry is going to seem weird, so his comments isn’t especially helpful, but the frame does seem to be long. If possible, I would try to go to a local store to try one out, if not, I would probably go with the Sprinter as you won’t get any surprises with it’s geometry. The Sprinter also has a wider handlebar than the Polpo, which will help with stability.

          • KSpider

            We bought a sprinter today. My 5 yr old was pedaling within 20 seconds and had been riding for the last 3.5 hours! She had experience on a balance bike before that’s it. Great bike. Paint finish looks really nice.

          • Awesome, great to hear!

          • Doug Crowder

            How have you liked the Sprinter? Would you buy it again?

          • KSpider

            Absolutely would, it has been great. Get’s lots of great comments from other parents as well.

        • Thanks for pointing that out. I didn’t notice they had an aluminum version, I’ll add that to my list to look up. For the weight, the 16 lb. 14 oz. would be without the training wheels. Bike companies generally always weigh bikes without any extras such as training wheels, kickstands and water bottle cages, so that they can post a lower weight.

    • Bicycle Hubabaloo

      Jumping in late, but have been comparing bikes. I don’t recommend the Polpo. Weight may be similar, but unless I’m seeing a different bike than you are, the Polpo is a standard “kid bike” with coaster brake. No freewheel and no hand brakes. The Polpo seems much closer to the Hotrock, which is exactly what our WeeOne has and what we find sorely lacking. Hand brakes (preferably V-brake style) and NO COASTER BRAKE are an absolute must on the next bike purchase.

      • Excellent points, thanks for especially pointing out the coaster brake, which I clearly missed. Coaster brakes only complicate riding for kids. With out little one, who just learned to ride, we’ve learned that the coaster brake continues to be a problem even after he learned to ride. When riding uphill, he often mistakenly pedals backwards as he is riding slower and still has balance wobbles. On a bike with a coaster, he loses all momentum when he pedals backwards by accident, but on a bike without, he can regain his balance and keep pedaling.

  • Julie Duda

    Hi Natalie, Thank you for your wonderful website. About a year ago we purchased our son a Tykes bykes balance bike off of your reviews/recommendations. The bike is amazing and my son has loved it and has used it a ton. I like that the Tykesbykes balance bike has a quick release seat making adjustments easy. My son also has enjoyed figuring out the hand break. With all of that said, he is turning 5 in mid-April and we want to buy him a pedal bike. He’s still slightly nervous about the idea of pedals even though I know he is capable. Do you think we should just go ahead with the 16″ sprinter since we have loved their balance bike so much? I’m wondering if he will feel more comfortable on it if it is similar to his balance bike in terms of looks/feel. Also, now as I do some more digging I am wondering if the sprinter will be too big. He will be 5 and is 45 inches tall with a 18 inch inseam. I’m wondering if he needs a 14 inch bike like the WOOM2? Thanks!

    • Glad to help and thanks for coming back! If he is hesitant to ride a pedal bike and if he only has an inseam of 18 inches, then the Sprinter is going to be too tall for him. He will barely be able to touch the ground with his tippy toes (if at all), which is going to make him really nervous on the bike. With a child’s first pedal bike, it is best if they can touch the ground with almost their whole foot, or enough to be able to comfortably stop the bike, while siting on the seat. So for your son, a bike with a minimum seat height of 16.5″ to 17″ would be best, which the WOOM2 has. In addition to being lightweight and with an upright sitting position for the rider, which is best for timid kids, the WOOM2 would be a great choice for him.

      • Julie Duda

        We ended up going with the Woom3 and we love it.

  • Vanessa S

    Hi Natalie,
    Thank you for your dedication to kids and bikes! I have learned a lot from your website. I just posted on Facebook too. I was not sure which way was best to communicate. I am stuck on a decision between the Sprinter and Commencal Ramones. The price for either on is very similar and we wanted to stay around $250. I was not sure about the q factor on the Sprinter. Is it less or more than the Ramones? I have a 4 yo with a 19inch in seam. He is riding well on a cheap walmart hand me down 12 inch bike no training wheels. We were planning to cut the seat post a little. Are the brake levers easier to reach on the Ramones? That was the one drawback on your review of the Sprinter. I appreciate any help.

    • I think I may have just responded to you on Facebook, but just in case, the q-factor on the Sprinter is 6″ versus 7.25″ on the Commencal. The levers on both bikes have similar reach, but the Ramones are easier to pull. Both bikes are great, but the Commencal wasn’t a very comfortable ride for our 4yo tester with a small frame but was preferred by our 4yo with a larger frame. For the price, they are both great bikes and are similiar in quality. Hope that helps!

      • Vanessa S

        Thank you for both responses! I will just respond back here. I called Stamede bikes to get their input over the phone. Very nice customer service. They responded with a phone call the next day of my contact inquiry They said the new model (yellow) has better brakes, a smaller seat, and something else ( I cannot remember right now!). Have you tested the new model with the improvements to see if there is a difference? Also, can you give me any details on what is considered a small frame or larger frame for a 4 yo? My son has always measured 50th percentile for height and weight. He can wear either 4 or 4t clothes but 4t pants are fitting a little short now. Did your larger 4 yo tester give any reason he liked the ramones better? I also have another son (infant) who will be inheriting this bike in a couple of years. I may lean towards the Sprinter just in case my other son is smaller frame than my first. Thank you again, Natalie.

        • Yes, we have tested the new model and we love it! I haven’t done a side by side comparison between the new and the old models though. My 4yo son loves it and is able to ride pretty aggressive on it (a lot of leaning into turns) than with other bikes. In terms of frame, my 4yo was always in the lower percentiles, but has recently worked his way up to around 50%. 4T pants are still saggy on him, while 3T are too short, so I consider him to be smaller framed. Another 4yo who tested the bike is solidly in size 5 and I consider him to be larger framed. In the picture below, the 4yo at the top is in 4T, the bottom left is a 5yo in size 5 and the last two on the bottom are a 4yo in size 5 as well. You can how they all fit on the bikes. The 4yo on the bottom preferred the Commencal (then again, his cousin had the same bike, so he may had been biased) while the 4yo on the top, who is smaller, preferred the Sprinter. The 4yo on the bottom also rides mainly on dirt trails and likely prefers a wider stance compared to the average rider.

          Hope that helps!