Yepp Mini

Child Bike Seat Review

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Durable, comfortable and easy to mount. Shoulder straps are difficult to adjust, but don't need to be adjusted often. Will be a tight fit on small-framed bikes.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $150

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Mount Type:

Age Range: 9 mo. to 3 yr.

Additional Mounting:

Reclines: No

Quick Release: Yes

Inches to Mount: 1 5/8" (threaded), 1/8" (threadless)

Review

A Dutch company, with almost 80 years of experience building and designing bike seats, GMG (Yepp’s parent company) truly understands the needs of parents and kids on bikes.  (Note: Yepp was acquired by Thule in 2016) Since Yepp’s introduction in 2009, their modern design and use of unique materials have won multiple awards across Europe and the US.   Made of “Crocs”-like foam material, their Mini and Maxi seats are durable, comfortable, come in 10 different colors and have received high praises from parents.   The Mini  is a front mounted seat, designed to fit children starting at the age of  9 months and a max rider weight of 33 lbs. It can be installed on both threaded and thread less headsets (see What to Look for in a Child’s Bike Seat for help determining what type of bike you have).  The Maxi  is a rear mounted seat, designed for kids starting at the age of 9 months and has a max rider weight of 48 lbs. and can be mounted to a bike rack or the bike frame.

Yepp Mini

Compared to other front-mounted bike seats on the market, the Yepp excels not only in safety, but in durability and usability as well.  To help keep your child secure, rubberized shoulder pads prevent the straps from sliding down a child’s arm, foot straps keep the child’s feet and legs out of danger and the two-handed safety buckle prevents a child from un-buckling their straps.   Various accessories are also available to extend the Mini’s usability such as the sleep roll (shown below).

yepp mini features

Having used and loved front-mounted bike seats, the BoBike City in particular, the Yepp certainly didn’t disappoint.  While the installation wasn’t as quick and easy as we would have liked (more details below), we were able to mount it ourselves in less than 30 minutes.  Once the seat was properly secured, our 22-month-old (27 lbs.) happily jumped on board for a ride, but due to the rubberized shoulder pads interfering with the adjustment slider on the straps, adjusting the straps took some time.  After the first initial adjustment however, making small adjustments to the straps was quick and easy.  During our rides, our son particularly seemed to enjoy the U-shaped handlebar on the seat.  In addition to providing him a sense of security (or at least is seemed :)), it also allowed him to place his hands in a more natural horizontal position during rides, versus the horizontal position he was accustomed to on his BoBike City.

yepp mini riding

As a rider, the Yepp provided a comfortable ride for me as well.   Being 5’10” and riding a large framed bike, riding with the Mini did not require me to bow out my legs, but for those riding on smaller frames, space may become an issue.  As a rule of thumb, front-mounted bike seats take up about 10″ of space between the stem (where handlebars mount to the bike) and saddle of the bike.  If your top tube or the distance between your handlebars and seat tube, is less than 20″ you may have difficulty riding with a front-mounted seat.

Yepp Mini vs. BoBike Mini City

Having ridden with the BoBike Mini City for the past year, several differences between the two became apparent during our rides.  While the bike seats look and essentially function the same, there are certainly pros and cons to each.  Starting with the seat, the durable foam material of the Yepp made for easy washing, while the holes in the back allowed for air circulation, preventing sweaty backs on hot days.  The BoBike Mini City however, offers slightly more coverage along the sides of the seat as well as a recessed helmet pocket to prevent the seat from pushing up on a young child’s helmet during a ride.

yepp mini vs. bobike

Overall, we found the differences in shoulder straps to be the major difference between the two.  While we loved the secure fit of the sturdy straps of the BoBike Mini City when our son was younger, at 22-months the straps become too tight for him and without a way to adjust them, they quickly became uncomfortable.  On the Yepp however, the flexible shoulder straps provided a secure fit without the uncomfortable fit experienced by the BoBike Mini City.  Like the BoBike Mini City, the foot rests and straps were not as useful as we would have liked.  Having small feet (size 5.5), on both seats he was easily able to pull his foot out of his shoes during rides (as shown by his blue socks in the BoBike Mini pictures above).  Lastly, we much preferred the built-in locking mechanism of the Yepp (shown below) versus the small cable lock offered by the BoBike.

Will it fit my bike?

The Yepp Mini comes with a standard mount that requires about 2″ of space on the steer tube of your bike (see What to Look for When Purchasing a Child’s Bike Seat).  With 2″ of clearance, the standard mount will fit on a thread less or threaded headset, but may require the removal of spacers on a threadless setup.  While mounting the bracket is not too challenging, it does require removing the handlebars, so if you are not familiar with bikes, do not have a set of allen wrenches, or a handy husband, having a bike shop mount the bracket is recommended.

yepp standard bracke

 Yepp Threadless Adapter

If you have less than 2″ of clearance on your steer tube, an adapter is available for thread less headsets.  Like the standard mount, installing the adapter does require the removal of the handlebars.  Although a rough step-by-step is given below, for those not accustom to the care and maintenance of bikes, having the adapter installed by a bike shop is recommended.

Yepp mini install

 Bottom Line

While we prefer the sturdy straps of the BoBike Mini for the youngest toddlers, the Yepp Mini is our hands-down favorite in terms of overall fit, longevity of use and durability.

MSRP: $150

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: January 8, 2017

FTC Disclosure: To help facilitate this review, we received a Yepp Mini with a sleep roll from Aika Trading (Yepp's old distributor in the US).  No monetary compensation was provided for this review and all opinions are strictly that of Two Wheeling Tots LLC. Two Wheeling Tots is not an affiliate of Thule, but is an affiliate of Amazon.

  • chiyoko Lin

    Can you compare Yepp with Bobike mini+, and tell me which one is more recommended?
    Polisport Mini is not considered since no handlebar.
    Thank you very much.

    • I much prefer the Yepp Mini over the Bobike Mini+, but I also liked the Mini City over them both. The Mini City has by far the best straps, which are really easy to adjust, the Yepp’s are the hardest to adjust. My son also liked the handlebar on the Yepp better than that on the Mini City, the Mini+ doesn’t have one. Overall, I prefer the Yepp as it provides the most room for growth as the plastic shoulder clips of the Mini City got to small for my son before his second birthday.

  • chiyoko Lin

    Can you test Bobike One Mini and give some comments about it? Thank you very much.
    http://bobike.com/product/detail/bobike-one-mini-1

    • Thanks for pointing that out as I was unaware that they released a new model. The straps look very similar to the Yepp Mini’s, which is good in that it allows for more growth, BUT they will be harder to adjust. Otherwise, the seat looks good. I really like how the footrests are adjustable without tools and buckle is a one-handed release. It does still lack a handlebar though. Hope that helps.

  • chiyoko Lin

    Hi, I asked Bobike official website, they say Bobike mini classic handlebar can be used with Bobike One Mini. Just for your information. Hope to see review about Bobike One Mini soon. Besides, I want to ask about the helmet your baby’s wearing. Can you tell me which brand & module?

    • Awesome, thanks for letting me know! Currently I do not have any plans to review the new BoBike seats, but perhaps I’ll reach out to them again. The helmet my little guy in wearing is a Lazer P’Nut. That particular design isn’t currently made, but several other designs are available.

  • Robin

    We’ve been enjoying the yepp mini for about a year now…but I find the straps to be terrible and essentially useless. They fall down off my son’s shoulders ALL the time.

    • I agree that they need a chest strap to keep them up. This was the main reason why i liked the BoBike Mini City+ better than the Yepp, but those straps have issues as well as they hurt my son as he got older. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any other bike seats to stay in place that much better. The one trick I did find with the Yepp was making sure they were properly adjusted, which I admit, is a pain due to the foam padding.

  • We received a hand-me-down Yepp Mini which we love – however, riding with it is another matter. I’m also 5’10” and normally ride a road bike, but we bought a men’s Schwinn city bike for riding with the baby, and it just doesn’t fit. (My partner said I look like a clown riding a child’s bike.) Can you recommend ::bikes:: for front mounted seats, particularly for tall riders?

    • Glad to help. I am also 5’10” so I know where you are coming from. Because bike seats do take up a lot of the riders space, they can be challenging to ride with. As a result, for many people, a bike with a more aggressive geometry (ie, you sit further down on the bike) works slightly better than cruiser style bikes as they have a longer top tube and therefore more space for the seat. I used the Yepp for a year on an old Giant mountain bike (men’s large frame) and it worked just fine as I didn’t even have to splay my legs out. Recently, I just upgraded to a Specialized Ariel (the base model) and it has been great for me. I also tried Liv’s hybrid bike as well and liked it, but got a better deal on the Specialized. Hope that helps.

    • Kibber

      Yepp is a Dutch company, so a Dutch (or similar) bike should work best. That basically means the more upright – the better. Electra bikes (Townie, Amsterdam, Cruiser) should work well too.

      • Completely agree. I should emphasize that.

  • Kibber

    Have you found the sleeproll to be of any use at all? I searched all over the Internet and could not find a single picture of a kid actually sleeping on it.

    • No, I wouldn’t recommend it. I found that my son much preferred holding onto the handle (which is covered up by the sleep roll) and when he did fall asleep, his head never went forward onto the sleep roll and didn’t stay there if I put it there.

  • Julian

    I’ve acquired a Yepp mini but seriously I’m having trouble liking it. I currently ride a TREK 7.3 FX and the Yepp mini presses against my chest. I’ve nearly had a fall when I could not dismount the bike when stopping so I have to lower the seatpost so that my feet can contact the group.

    The Yepp currently is in cold storage although I could get a dutch bike off the local 2nd hand market. It seems good and well designed….just that I don’t seem to work well with this.

    • You’re certainly not alone in your complaints. Front-mounted bike seats are tricky and don’t fit every bike and ever rider. Looking at the Trek 7.3, being a hybrid it should have more room than a traditional mountain bike, as the geometry is more upright, but that is certainly not the case with you. What size frame are your riding? If is is a smaller frame, that would certainly limit the space you have. The majority of these bikes seats (including the Yepp), were designed in Europe where the traditional bike is a “townie” or a dutch bike, where the rider sits more upright, leaving more room for the chest. So switching bikes might be an option, but obviously that is not exactly ideal. Sorry to hear about your experience and thanks for letting me know as helps me helps others looking to purchase a seat.

  • Philipp

    While I am quite happy with the seat, I do question the construction of the ahead adapter. All the bikes I mounted it to where unridable with the seat attached. The steering was impaired severely and my sons head was pushing against my lower chest. On one of the bikes I was able to use the regular adapter which works fine. Therefore I can compare the different positions of the child seat using the different adapters. Compared to the normal fixation the ahead adapter pushes the seat at least half an inch back, leaving less room for the rider and limiting the steering angle with the foot rest hitting the top tube of the bike earlier. The seat is also tilted back moving the child’s head from under the riders chin to the chest. While this helps the steering a little bit, it made the pedaling and especially the room for the rider worse. I could not find a postition (changing stem and handlebar) that made riding safe and enjoyable.

    I do recommend the seat as long as you dont need to use the ahead adapter.

    • You’re right in that the seat is certainly not a great fit for everyone. While I had no problems with the seat (in the picture above, you can see that the seat is not hitting my chest when I ride), I had many people test it out for me who simply couldn’t ride normally with it on. Like you, the seat took up too much of their space when riding, so it was awkward and unsafe for the child and the adult. In the end, it really comes down to how tall the adult rider is as well as the size and type of their bike. I am 5’10” and ride a men’s large mountain bike frame, which provided me plenty of room. All of my adult testers were shorter than me and rode smaller-framed bikes, so the fit was tight. Townie style bicycles are actually the best fit for these seats as they place the adult rider in a very upright position. These bikes are popular in Scandinavia where these seats were developed. In the US, most adult ride a mountain bike or hybrid style frame, which puts the rider in a more aggressive position, which limits space for front-mounted seats.

  • Bruce A Woolley

    Thanks for the review Natalie. Quick question: I have an old Holland bike so it seems that that should suit well. Is it ok with a step through? Or is the cross bar necessary for the mounting? Also it’s like that the old bike will have a threadless setup correct?
    Regards
    Bruce

    • Not a problem with the step-through as the top tube doesn’t affect the set-up at all. Older bikes actually have a threaded system. Threadless system are generally found on mountain bikes and higher-end bikes, but standard adult bikes have threaded systems. Threaded systems are much easier to mount seat to as long as they have clearance. Hope that helps!

      • Bruce A Woolley

        Hey Natalie, many (belated) thanks for that. Fantastic to hear.
        Had taken a pic of the mount just to be sure. This look promising?
        Ps. I have no idea why it’s coming out upside down. I tried turning it first but still the same!

        • Ha, no worries. Gotta love weird computer glitches. Honestly, that’s the best looking headset I’ve seen for mounting a front-seat. With space like that, essentially any seat will mount just fine (I actually can’t think of one that wouldn’t)!

          • Bruce A Woolley

            Ah great. Well hopefully it will arrive in today’s mail. Again thanks for your help and thorough review. ???

  • tz

    How do you adjust the seatbelt for a small baby? My 13 month old is 19 lbs and the straps are snug on the leg but very loose on the torso

    • You can see how it is done in the first picture in the first set of images. You have to adjust the straps up top using the slider, which is usually stuck in the rubberized shoulder pads. It is a pain and was my biggest complaints about the seat. The good news, is that you really only have to do it once. Once they are adjusted, you just adjust the slightly with time. Hope that helps!

  • Darsh

    Yepp was acquired by Thule in May 2016. Thule is now preparing to release Thule Yepp Nexxt seats – looks like it will be a combination of Yepp and Thule RideAlong. Not in the shops yet.
    http://www.thulegroup.com/en/content/thule-welcomes-yepp-active-kids-family-introducing-brand-new-child-bike-seat-thule-yepp

    • Yep, you are correct. I was able to see a prototype of the new seat at a trade show back in September and it looked promising.

  • elipsoid

    I have bought the Thule Ridealong Mini but my knees keep hitting the seat. It wouldn’t have been such in issue if the sides of the seat were not sharp. The Yepp Mini seems to solve the issue by having rounded edges that are further away from the rider’s knees. Plus the baby seems to be sitting more straight. I would need the adapter for my mountain bike, which would also bring the seat a bit higher, thus creating more space for my knees.

    Hi, do you have any news about the new Yepp Nexxt Mini? Seems to be the newest version not requiring an adapter for ahead stems.

    • Sorry, I don’t have any updates about the new seat. I was able to see an early prototype late last year, but they were very clear in that it was not ready to go to production and still needed to be tweaked. Just to be clear, what part of the Ridealong mini seat is sharp? I don’t have mine available to look more closely at right now, so I would love any more details you can provide. Thanks!

    • Finch204

      I have the same issue with the Thule Ridealong Mini on a Trek 7.2 FX. I am 5’5″-5’6″ and ride a 17.5″ FX. I lowered my seat and my knees will occasionally hit the bike seat if I don’t bow out my knees a little. On the underside of the Thule Ridealong Mini, on the left and right side, there are plastic pieces/ribs that jut down, which is what catches my knee occasionally. It almost looks like it was possible to design the seat without those pieces/ribs, but my guess is that they are there for structural integrity.

      I am very tempted to try out the Yepp mini because it looks like the rounded sides might mean my knees won’t hit the seat at all.

      • elipsoid

        I already ordered the adapter for a-head stems (hard to find these days here), I will try it with a Yepp Mini in store as soon as it arrives. I’ll report back in a week or two. Remind me if I don’t.

        • Finch204

          Do keep us updated. I think I will keep the Thule Ridealong mini as my wife seems to like it a lot. I will most likely get a cruiser bike or comfort bike in a few months to help with the fitment issues. Will also report back here with my findings.

          • elipsoid

            I’ve returned the Ridealong a few weeks ago and today purchased a Yepp Mini. Unfortunately I have no direct comparison, but these are my thoughts:

            The ahead adapter (sold extra) might not be necessary on some bikes. The included adapter requires 2 cms of space on your stem and a fairly vertical stem. The seat fits my wife’s older MTB fine, but if I try it on my Canyon Nerve, the feet supports limit the steering too much and they touch the crowns of the front fork.

            What the adapter does is that it raises the seat by roughly 2 cms, which means I can turn the handlebars more before the feet supports touch the frame. On the flip side it seems the ahead adapter positions the seat not only higher, but also a bit towards the rider.

            The ride on my bike with the ahead adapter is tolerable, I’d say. I am 185 cms (6 ft 1 in) tall and I still have to bow out my knees so that they don’t touch the seet. On the positive side the edges of the seat are soft rubber-like material, so it isn’t painful as it was with the Ridealong, just slightly annoying.

            Also my daughters helmet touches my chest, but I don’t mind that at all.

            Well, I think I’ll give it while, it is definitely not ideal, but my daughter seems to like it (even though she fell asleep while riding today) and I don’t see many other suitable options for front mounted seats. It would still be interesting to compare the Yepp Mini with the Mini Nexxt, but I think I had enough of shopping and returning.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7cf2dd052ca8ae5d151097bca0e4c798ef464357cc9712c20729553b739bc736.jpg

          • Loving the feedback! Thanks for taking the time to report back. Interesting to see the difference with the adapter. The seat has changed slightly since this review, but the adapter appears to be the same. The main difference was the change in the shoulder straps, which should be easy to adjust (like the RideAlong). Thanks again for the feedback and the pics!

          • Finch204

            I almost forgot about this since I missed the email notifications. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Yepp Mini. In my case, I did keep the Thule Ridealong Mini. Other than bowing out my knees a little, it has pretty much allowed me to ride my bike with my son. I think the only solution to avoid hitting our knees on the child seat is a cruiser/comfort bike, maybe even one with a crank forward design. I’m leaning towards getting an Electra Townie for this. When I do, I’ll make sure to come back here and post my thoughts on it as well.

          • You’re right in that a Cruiser style bike will provide you more room. Most front-mounted bike seats are designed in Europe where cruiser style bikes are very common, which is they often provide limited space on the typical mountain bike style American bike. The Electra would be a great choice as the flat foot design will make it easier to start and stop the bike with the seat attached as you won’t need to balance the bike on your tippy toes 🙂

  • Mark Randall

    Anyone know what bracket to get to fit the front seat to a 38.1mm diameter front fork / steerer tube?