62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Fun, but has some flaws,
This review is from: YBIKE Balance Bike (Sports)
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My son is two and a half and I wanted him to start learning to ride a bike. I was considering the one with the training wheels, but during my research I learned about balance bikes and benefits of learning balancing on a two wheel bike first rather than learning first how to pedal. I was initially leaning towards one of the two wooden balance bikes - Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike or Prince Lionheart Balance Bike - mostly due to the novelty factor, but then I had a chance to try a YBIKE balance bike, so I took that chance.
The YBIKE is well built and was very easy to put together according to the instructions using included wrenches. My wife thought that the color scheme - solid color for the frame and black handlebars, front fork and wheels - was classy, but I thought a red reflector in the back and a white in the front would have added some color and helped with the safety. My son had no problem riding YBIKE from the first time he sat on it. I took this video during his first time using YBIKE about 10 minutes after he got on it. You can see that he already is trying to scoot a little.
Like some other reviewers, I did not like that the seat height is fixed. The manufacturer included a leaflet with an explanation (though the leaflet referenced a different model - YBIKE Extreme) explaining why they decided to make the seat not adjustable, but to me it sounded like an excuse. I would like an adjustable seat, because I think the life of this toy is severely shortened by the lack of it. I believe that as my child grows it will soon become uncomfortable for him to ride this toy as it is pretty low.
I also wanted to address the balance of YBIKE. The bike has double wheels in the back, which makes it very easy to balance. In fact, it is so well balanced that I can stand YBIKE on the ground and it won't fall; kind of like a tricycle. When my son tried a Skuut balance bike at a local bike shop, he tipped right over, he tried again and fell again, so he laid Skuut on the floor and walked away. It was hard for him to balance on Skuut whereas on the YBIKE he started scooting during his first try. The good thing about YBIKE's good balance is that a child does not get discouraged and enjoys it from the beginning. The negative is that he is probably learning less of the balance skill since YBIKE intrinsic balance is helping him so much. At this point, I think the stability of YBIKE is a good thing because it is hard to reason a two-year-old into doing something after he becomes discouraged, but with the YBIKE he is looking forward to using it.
Overall, this is a great toy. If I could, I would get it earlier when my son was two so the toy would be usable longer because of the nonadjustable seat.