The length of the frame (between seat post and handlebar is too long and the handlebars are so far forward that it makes for an awkward and uncomfortable ride. I’m taking it back to REI to have “granny bike” style handlebars installed, hopefully this will do the trick
My son has had this bike for almost two years now and we still love it. When looking for a bike, I wanted something simple (not plastered with characters) and durable. This bike has definitely fit the bill. It hasn't only seen light use either. We've ridden dozens of days to school in the dead of winter in upstate New York and it still rides/looks amazing. Now that my 6-year old is ready for this size, I'm planning to buy another in teal.
I was excited to find a reasonably-priced bike at what I expected would be a high quality, given my experience with other REI products. Have been moderately disappointed, although I suspect other bikes at this price have more issues. The bike frame seems exceptionally sturdy and I expect will outlive me, but at the cost of being exceptionally heavy--my 6-year-old daughter who is quite strong can barely lift it, and I find it very tiresome to carry it more than a few feet. The peripheral components are less sturdy. So far a few minor tumbles have led to the chain guard getting bent and preventing the chain from moving (a quick fix to bend it back, but should it be so easy to bend and bend back?) and the hand brake getting whacked out of adjustment, making it unride-able until I carried it a mile home (remember that weight I complained about?) and spent 45 minutes learning how to adjust bike brakes on youtube. The gravest issue from my daughter's perspective is that REI's bike rep assured us the streamers they sold would fit into the ends of the handlebars if you just give them a good whack. Turns out not only will they not fit, but whacking them will snap the plastic stem of the streamers. How can REI sell kids' streamers that don't fit on their kids' bikes?
This was a great bike to get started with no training wheels, It grew well over the year + my oldest daughter used it, and will be the next bike for my youngest. It was a good introduction to using a hand brake.
Went to REI at a very busy time of day but there was plenty of space for him to run around and to try the different bikes. The associate was very attentive to fitting him with what he needed.
While my child had several first bikes this was the first one she actually rode. She loved this bike! It was easy to load in and out of cars highly portable highly recommend.
The bike does not grow with the child since the bars cannot be raised.