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04.About the rest

Worth considering

# 30cm 12”

Malvern Star Blast MI0292

Malvern Star  BlastPrice $150

Good points

  • Padding on handlebar and stem.
  • Comes with training wheels.

    Expert comments:

  • "Solid frame construction."
  • "Solid, durable training wheels."
  • "Excellent value for money."

Bad comments

  • "Basic pedals."
  • "No front brake."

Raleigh Bella Push

Raleigh Bella PushPrice $200

Good points

  • Padding on handlebar and stem.
  • Comes with training wheels.

    Expert comments:

  • "Well assembled." 
  • "Durable training wheels."
  • "Solid construction."
  • "Parent-push handle is good for beginners."

Bad points

  • No brake on front wheel.
  • No rear, in-wheel or front reflectors.

    Expert comments:

  • "Very basic pedals."
  • "Solid nose on seat, which could be uncomfortable."

# 40cm 16”

Dunlop Flutter 16” ME0034

Price $98 Dunlop Flutter

Good Points

  • Padding on handlebar.
  • Comes with training wheels.

Bad Points

  • Steering geometry is not within recommended limits.
  • Sharp corner on the metal chainguard – however it is unlikely to come in contact with the hands and legs of the rider.
  • Doesn’t comply with Clause 2.3 (fasteners) of the standard - the screw for the seat pillar is loose threaded. We consider this a minor failure.

Malvern Star Kaos 16” MIO272

Price $169Malvern Star Kaos

Good Points

  • Padding on handlebar and top tube.
  • Comes with training wheels.

Bad Points

  • The end protector on the end of the control cable for the front brake became detached exposing a sharp end.
  • Its chainguard doesn’t completely enclose the chainwheel. We consider these two points’ minor failures to the standard.

Avanti MXR

Avanti MXR16Price $199

Good points

  • Padding on handlebar and stem.
  • Comes with training wheels.
  • Some good-quality components.

Bad points

  • Tyre pressure stated in psi only.
  • Basic pedals and seat. 

Huffy ZRX-16 7225161

Huffy 40 cmPrice $138

Good points

  • Padding on handlebar and stem.
  • Comes with training wheels.

    Expert comments:

  • "Full-sized reflectors."
  • "Ergonomic hand grips." 
  • "Good choice of tyres."
  • "Three types of brakes help children to learn."

Bad points

  • Handlebar stem insertion mark - the mark is present but it is indistinct.

    Expert comments:

  • "Chain guard flimsy."
  • "Non-standard seat tube."

Raleigh Gravity 16

Raleigh Gravity 16Price $170

Good points

  • Padding on handlebar and stem.
  • Comes with training wheels.
  • "Comfortable seat and hand grips."

Bad points

  • "Basic pedals."
  • Tyre pressure is in psi only.

# 50cm 20”

Raleigh Gravity 20

Raleigh Gravity 20Price $200

Good points

  • Good amount of seatpost adjustment.
  • Padding on handlebar and stem.
  • Has a kickstand.
  • Back pedal brake works well.

Bad comments

  • "Basic pedals."
  • "Welds could be more consistent."
  • "Hand grips quite hard to the touch for small hands."
  • "Basic front brake, may require re-tightening."

Trek Jet 20

Trek Jet 20Price $299

Good points

  • Good amount of seatpost adjustment.
  • Padding on handlebar, stem and tube.
  • Has a kickstand.

    Expert comments: 

  • "No loose parts, rattles or knocks."
  • "Good choice of tyres."
  • "Rear mudguard."
  • "Lots of growing adjustment in seat post."

Bad comments

  • Rear reflector is obscured by the wheel.

Not recommended 

Felt 10-Base 18.5 20”

Price $395 Felt 10-Base 18.5

Good Points 

  • Four step pegs.

Bad Points

  • No chainguard on the sample we tested (the manufacturer insists this bike should come with one).
  • Failed Clause 2.14.2.3 (handbrake grip dimensions) of the standard. The handgrip brakes can be too wide for small hands, which we consider major if the child needs to suddenly apply the brakes.
  • The end protector on the end of the control cable for the front brake became detached exposing a sharp end.
  • Did not comply with Clause 2.8.3 (tyres) of the standard. There are no kilopascals (kPa) units to indicate tyre pressure. We consider this a minor failure.

Felt 10-Heretic 16”

Price $389 Felt Heretic

Good Points

  • Four step pegs.

Bad Points

  • Failed Clause 2.14.2.3 (handbrake grip dimensions) of the standard. The handgrip brakes can be too wide for small hands, which we consider major if the child needs to suddenly apply the brakes.
  • Did not comply with Clause 2.8.3 (tyres) of the standard. There are no kilopascals (kPa) units to indicate tyre pressure. We consider this a minor failure.

Huffy Boys 50cm Reactive 20”

Price $148 Huffy Reactive

Good Points

  • The only bike on test to come with suspensions on the frame and fork.
  • Quick release on the seat pillar allows for easy adjustment of the seat.
  • Comes with a kickstand.
  • Good amount of seat post adjustment.

Bad Points

  • Steering geometry is not within recommended limits.
  • Failed Clause 2.14.2.3 (handbrake grip dimensions) of the standard. The handgrip brakes can be too wide for small hands, which we consider major if the child needs to suddenly apply the brakes.
  • There is marking to indicate the minimum handlebar insertion however it’s not clear.

Trek Mystic 16”

Price $279 Trek Mystic 16

Good Points

  • Comes with training wheels.
  • Padding on handlebar.
  • Front basket.

Bad Points

  • The end protector on the end of the control cable for the front brake became detached exposing a sharp end. We consider this a minor failure.
  • Failed Clause 2.8.1 (a) (locking devices) of the standard. When the locking nut on the axle of the front wheel is tightened to the manufacturer’s specifications, the minimum removal torque was found to be less than 80% of the manufacturers recommended tightening force. We consider this a major failure.
 

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