The woom 6 26-inch bike is the perfect hybrid bike for tweens who need a high-quality bike to tackle the neighborhood and the trails. As a hybrid (which is a blend of road and mountain bikes), the woom 6 features smooth-rolling tires that easily roll over various terrains, a lightweight 20 lb. build, and a wide gearing range to tackle a wide range of riding conditions.
From long distance rides on paved trails to fun family rides on compact dirt trails, the woom 6 was designed for the everyday rider who needs a high-performing and versatile bike. Not too technical, yet far from basic, learn what makes the woom 6 shine in our review below.
woom 6 Overview
RATING: Highly Recommended
BEST FOR: Recreational tween riders looking for a high-performing bike that will effortlessly take them on a wide variety of rides, including rolling hills and paved trails.
SEAT HEIGHT: 29.5″ to 37.5″
WEIGHT: 20 lb.
GEARS: 8-speed with SRAM Grip Shifter
- Lightweight with a low minimum seat height
- Wide range of gears (8-speed) for tackling various terrains and elevations
- Low center-of-gravity geometry for better balance and maneuverability
- Easy-to-use grip shifters and other high-end components
- Gorgeous, and with a nice variety of colors available
- Pedal can strike the ground during aggressive turns
woom 6 Review – Results of our Test Rides
As a hybrid bike, the woom 6 is a great choice for everyday tween riders wanting a lightweight nimble bike that can seamlessly go from paved to compact dirt trails.
If you’re shopping for a tween, it’s important to be familiar with the various types of bikes available for your child, and which bike is best for their style of riding. Since most tweens can also fit on adult bikes, your options of bikes available is quite substantial.
What’s a hybrid bike?
A hybrid bike, like the woom 6, brings together the best of road and mountain bikes to create a comfortable and capable ride for your average child.
Hybrid bikes are designed for mainly street use, but unlike road bikes, they have wider, grippier tires that offer more cushion and more surface area than traditional road tires. The handlebars on a hybrid bike come with a slight rise for added comfort, versus drop bars on a road bike or flat bars on a mountain bike.
To improve versatility and simplicity, most hybrid bikes have a 1x (“one-by”) system versus a 3x system. Quite simply, this just means that your child only shifts with one hand, versus having the option of switching between gears with both hands.
More technically this means that there is only one shifter and derailleur which is attached to the cassette on the rear wheel. The “one” refers to the single cog on the chainring (located by the pedals). A 3x system has three cogs in the chainring. Moving the chain between these three cogs allows for additional differences in gearing, but also requires a second shifter and derailleur.
For tweens and even casual adult riders, we greatly prefer a 1x system because changing gears is much easier. Instead of worrying about which shifter to use, the 1x system’s single shifter eliminates any confusion. While 1x systems don’t offer as wide of a range of gears as 3x systems, the range is plenty wide for riding everything from daunting hills to paved downhill paths.
While 1x systems are becoming more and more popular on higher-end mountain bikes, they aren’t as common on mid-priced bikes sized to fit a tween. In fact, after countless searches for a suitable bike with a 1x system for my 12-year-old, the woom 6 and the Trek Wahoo 26 were the only bikes I could even find (more comparison on these two bikes later)!
Size and Geometry
The woom 6 has a seat height range of 29.5″ to 37.5″ and is a best fit for kids ranging in heights from 55″ to 65″ tall. We tested out the woom 6 on our 62″ tall 12-year-old tester with a 30″ inseam and a 60″ tall 10-year-old with a 28.5″ inseam. The woom 6 provided a comfortable ride for both. For kids less than 55″ tall, the 24-inch woom 5 would be a better fit.
While experienced in mountain biking, our 12-year-old tester is not a very aggressive rider and prefers riding a bike with a more upright, relaxed position. On the opposite side of the spectrum, our 10-year-old tester is very aggressive and prefers aggressive riding in general. Both kids loved the woom 6, with the 12-year-old preferring to ride the bike full-time, while the 10-year-old preferred the woom 6 for neighborhood riding.
To put the woom 6 to the test, we started with a long ride on our local paved bike trail with our 12-year-old tester. With rolling hills, long flat stretches, as well as gravel sections, the trail offered a wide variety of riding experiences. The woom 6 performed like a champ in every condition. Shifting was smooth and easy as she rolled up hills, and the top gear was plenty high for her to gain plenty of speed on the flat sections.
Featuring Schwalbe low-resistance tires, the bike easily transitioned from paved trails to gravel and dirt trails. With a medium tread, the tires provide plenty of grip on paved surfaces while still offering plenty of damping and flexing for basic all-terrain riding.
Upon completion of that initial long ride, our tester was super excited and asked when we could go out again. As a tween whose love of biking riding has slowly been replaced by everything from hanging out with friends to screen time, the woom 6 successfully reignited that love, and just in time for summer (insert mom’s victory dance here)!
As a versatile hybrid bike, the woom 6 comes with an adjustable height stem which allows the handlebars to be raised or lowered. Adjusting the stem is very simple and requires loosening just two Allen bolts. We recommend starting your child off on the highest setting (shown on the right) and then adjusting them as your child desires. More aggressive riders may prefer to have the handlebars set lower, while average, everyday riders would likely prefer them to sit higher.
woom’s Adjustable Height Handlebar
Drivetrain and Shifter
The woom 6 features 8 speeds with a SRAM grip shifter that works great for the average tween rider. Whether tackling rolling hills or long flat paved trails, the woom 6’s gain ratios (ranging from 1.8 to 5.8) offered plenty of range.
As mentioned previously, the woom 6 has the much desired 1x drivetrain. Hard to find on a 26″ hybrid bike, but a huge benefit for the average tween rider who doesn’t have the coordination (or the desire) to learn how to properly use a 3x drivetrain with two shifters.
The woom 6 has front and rear v-pull brakes that are easy to use and effective. The brake levers are adjustable to fit the smallest of hands. More advanced riders may benefit from the additional stopping power from disc brakes, but our testers had no complaints about the woom 6’s braking performance.
Cushioning and supportive, our testers had no complaints about the saddle.
woom’s lightweight cranks are made of forged aluminum with a narrow q-factor (the inside width between the two pedals). This maximizes efficiency with every pedal stroke.
Lightweight, durable, and strong, the aluminum rims are built with 20 stainless steel spokes around an aluminum hub with sealed bearings.
Every bike needs a bell, and the woom 6 comes standard with a black bell (woom’s same beloved bell that is on all their bikes, including the woom 1 balance bike)! A water bottle cage and bottle are available for $19.
One problem we did encounter on the woom 6 was pedal strike. When making tight, more aggressive turns, our 10-year-tester hit the inside pedal on the ground. Our more conservative 12-year-old rider who has ridden the bike extensively, however, did not have an issue with pedal strike on the woom 6.
What is pedal strike? Pedal strike occurs when the pedal of the bike hits the ground. Pedal strike typically occurs when riding over uneven terrain or during tight turns.
To prevent pedal strike, bikes designed for more aggressive riders typically use shorter cranks to help increase the distance between the pedal and the ground. For example, the distance between the pedal and the ground on the Pello Reyes (which is designed for mountain biking) is 4.5″ while it’s only 3″ on the woom 6.
Why is the pedal set so low on the woom 6? The low-set pedal helps to create a low center of gravity for the rider and also helps to provide a lower gain ratio for easier pedaling. Considering the bike is designed for more everyday riders and not aggressive riders, we don’t anticipate the low-set pedal to be an issue for most riders. But to be safe, we DO NOT recommend the woom 6 for aggressive riders or those riding on uneven terrains.
woom 6 vs. Trek Wahoo 26
Comparable in specs and price, the Trek Wahoo 26″ is the only comparable hybrid 26″ bike with a 1x system. We have yet to get our hands on a Trek Wahoo 26″ (we have yet to find a bike shop who has one in stock), so we weren’t able to do a true comparison ride of the two, but based on the build and available specs on the Trek, they are certainly designed for different riders.
The woom 6’s more upright positioning, low pedal clearance and grip shifters make it a better fit for everyday recreational tween riders, while the Trek’s aggressive positioning, higher pedal clearance and trigger shifters make it better suited for more aggressive riders.
woom 6: With an adjustable-height handlebar and grip shifters, the woom 6 is best for everyday or recreational riders. With outstanding performance, the woom 6 is likely to re-spark your child’s love of biking.
Trek Wahoo 26″: With a very low rise handlebar, the Trek has a slightly more aggressive body position which allows aggressive riders to more easily lean in and out of turns. Its trigger shifters are also typically better for more aggressive riders. Trigger shifters have two levers that are operated by two different fingers. While trigger shifters are often physically easier to shift, they do require more thought as kids need to remember which finger to use to shift up and shift down.
woom 6 vs. trek wahoo 26
|Features||woom 6||trek wahoo 26|
|Bike||woom 6||Trek Wahoo 26"|
|Seat Height||29.5" to 37.5"||?|
|Weight||20 lb.||22 lb.|
|Gain Ratio||1.8 - 5.8||1.7 - 5.56|
|Shifter||SRAM grip shift||Shimano Trigger|
woom 6 Bike Bottom Line
The ultimate ride for recreational tweens, the woom 6 will effortlessly take kids on a variety of adventures. With a wide range of gears, the woom 6 is well suited for long paved trails to rolling hills and everything between.