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02.Results

 

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Kids' bikes result table

Brand / model (in alphabetical order within sizes)

Wheel size

Passed reflectors test

Passed bell test

Passed handbrake grip test

Passed fasteners test

Brakes

Frame material

Training wheels

Padding

Weight (kg)

Price ($)

Recommended

# Trek Jet 12
www.trekbikes.com.au

30cm / 12"

BP, FB

Steel

10.3

249

# Dunlop Jumbo 7291760
www.bigw.com.au

40cm / 16"

BP, FB

Steel

11.2

98

Huffy Girls Flower Girl

www.hunterleisure.com.au

40cm / 16"

FB, RB, BP

Steel

10.9

138

Kink Launch K420
www.eciimports.com

50cm / 20"

FB, RB

Steel

   

13.4

549

Magna Stranded
www.hunterproducts.com.au

50cm / 20"

FB, BP

Steel

 

12.8

129

Magna Summer Blast
www.hunterproducts.com.au

40cm / 16"

FB, BP

Steel

11.3

119

Malvern Star Radmax (A)
www.malvernstar.com.au

50cm / 20"

FB, BP

Aluminium

 

10.8

239

Trek Mystic
www.trekbikes.com.au

50cm / 20"

FB, RB, BP

Aluminium

 

11.5

349

Worth considering

Dunlop Flutter ME0034 (B)
www.repcosport.com.au

40cm / 16"

FB, BP

Steel

11.1

98

Malvern Star Kaos MI0272 (C)
www.malvernstar.com.au

40cm / 16"

FB, BP

Steel

11.2

169

# Malvern Star Blast MI0292
www.malvernstar.com.au

30cm / 12"

 

na

BP

Steel

8.6

149

# Raleigh Bella Push
www.raleighbikes.com

30cm / 12"

 

na

BP

Steel

9.4

200

# Avanti MXR
www.avantibikes.com

40cm / 16"

BP, FB

Aluminium

10.4

200

# Huffy ZRX-16 7225161
www.bigw.com.au

40cm / 16"

BP, FB, RB

Steel

12.1

138

# Raleigh Gravity 16
www.raleighbikes.com

40cm / 16"

BP, FB

Steel

12.5

170

# Raleigh Gravity 20
www.raleighbikes.com

50cm / 20"

BP, FB

Steel

 

14

200

# Trek Jet 20
www.trekbikes.com.au

50cm / 20"

BP, FB, RB

Steel

 

11.3

349

Not recommended

Felt 10-Base 18.5
www.southcottcycles.com.au

50cm / 20"

 

FB, RB

Steel

 


14.1

395

Felt 10-Heretic
www.southcottcycles.com.au

40cm / 16"

 

FB, RB

Steel

   

12.6

389

Huffy Boys 50cm Reactive
www.bigw.com.au

50cm / 20"

 

FB, RB

Steel

   

14.3

148

Trek Mystic
www.trekbikes.com.au

40cm / 16"

 

FB, BP

Steel

11.9

279


Table notes

* Including the supplied accessories, rounded to the nearest 0.1kg. 
# Tested in December 2009. 
(A) Discontinued. New model has new decals and a new light weight frame. 
 
(B)
Discontinued. New model is re-branded as Repco and has a new saddle and decals. 
(C)
Discontinued. Only change of decals.
(BP) Back pedal brake. 
(FB) Front rim brake.
(RB) Rear rim brake.   
na Not applicable

Using the table

Recommended These bikes passed all the key safety aspects that were tested.  
Worth considering These bikes failed safety aspects of the standard, which we consider to be minor failures. 
Not recommended These models failed safety aspects of the standard, which we consider to be major failures. 
Price Recommended retail, as of May 2010.


How we test

Our tester, Antonio Bonacruz, tests a range of 16" and 20" wheel bikes against the mandatory Australian Standard, AS-NZS 1927:1998. These tests cover many elements, including instructions, safety and design requirements. He specifically focuses on Section 2 - design requirements and Section 3 - performance requirements of the standard. Before testing we sent all the bikes to a bike shop to get assembled and/or checked over. This allows the bikes to be on the same level playing field and gives them the best possible chance at passing the standard. We also had two experts assess the bikes on details such as construction, wheels, components, brakes and value for money. 

Meet the experts


Simon Hayes is the editor of Bicycling Australia. Simon HayesJohn Droz

John Droz is the proprietor of Gilbert's Cyclery in Waverley. 

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