Unbalanced and awkward, the Trikke Bikee is poorly designed and should be avoided.
Recommendation: Not Recommended
Seat Height: 14.5" - 18.5"
Weight: 6.7 lb.
Brakes: No Brakes
Tire Size: 12"
Grips Bumper: Yes
Frame Material: Steel
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.
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?
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 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”.
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.
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.
By: Natalie Martins
Last Updated: December 29, 2016
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