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    I have a fairly short 5yr old at 110cm. He needs his first pedal bike (has had a balance bike) and these are my options. Can you tell me which one fits him best in your opinion?

    Zak Byk e350.jpgZak Trek.jpgZak Specialized Riprock.jpgZak Avanti.jpg

    Image 1:ByK e350 $339 2: Trek 16" $300 3:Specialized Riprock 16" $320 4: Avanti Shadow 16" $250

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    We bought my DD the Byk E350 when she was 5. 18 months later she is too tall for it. I'd go something a little bigger if you are planning on spending a lot of money (which I know the Byk brand are expensive). I wish we'd bought DD the size up (which is the size we got for her then 7 y/o sister) because IMO a bike costing that much should last her for a lot longer than 18 months. I could honestly sell her bike in as new condition.

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    They all look pretty much the same to me. I would just get the cheapest because he will grow out of it pretty quickly. Did you try him on the next size up?

    FWIW I've always had a preference for Trek bikes and bought them for my kids when they were older, but i'm not sure that I would pay that much for a 5 year old.

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    He is too small for the bigger version. We tried it today. I really don't mind selling it when he outgrows it. I want him to enjoy riding now and if I got the bigger one it would sit in the garage because he would struggle and give up. He has low tone core and motor planning issues so I want it to be as easy as it can be for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlsRock View Post
    We bought my DD the Byk E350 when she was 5. 18 months later she is too tall for it. I'd go something a little bigger if you are planning on spending a lot of money (which I know the Byk brand are expensive). I wish we'd bought DD the size up (which is the size we got for her then 7 y/o sister) because IMO a bike costing that much should last her for a lot longer than 18 months. I could honestly sell her bike in as new condition.
    The salesman I was talking to said you can buy a longer shaft bit for the handle bars that can give them some extra time on it. Could be an option for you.

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    Is it just me or are the handles on #2&3 bigger than the other 2?

    Does he have a preference? He looks like he fits all of them. How heavy are they? I would get a lighter one.

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    As you have indicated, he needs a bike that will fit now or it will just not be easy and therefore not fun. Sorry I dont know how to do a link'but this article (although long) was a huge help to us in understanding bike geometry for kids and justifying why a more expensive brand can be so much easier for kids to learn on.
    http://www.twowheelingtots.com/speci...ock-12-review/
    We had a freebie cheapie 12"inch bike when DS2 aged 2 years and 3 months decided he wanted to ride a pedal bike like his big brother. He was giving it a really good shot, able to go a short distance without training wheels but it was a heavy bike with poor geometry and he couldn't touch the ground so had to be caught when stopping. Based on the above article we tried and chose a BYK250 for him. The long wheel base and low height made an amazing difference. 4 months later (2 y 7 months) he is riding completely unaided even at the bmx track, never needing the training wheels. I have no doubt that the geometry of the BYK helped immensely. If you look at your photos you can clearly see the BYK 350 is much longer so easier to balance with a low centre of gravity. We had no prior knowledge of the brand and DS1 started on a Specialised brand which is also excellent quality, but we have had a really wonderful experience with the BYK brand and I reckon it it absolutely worth the extra money if its within your budget. As a PP said, you can get a bit more time out of the bike by adjusting/swapping handlebars and seat heights, and good brands sell well second hand. Good luck!!

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    In my opinion the byk looks too small for him, as in it wont last long at all.

    The other 3 look better

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiceBlessed View Post
    As you have indicated, he needs a bike that will fit now or it will just not be easy and therefore not fun. Sorry I dont know how to do a link'but this article (although long) was a huge help to us in understanding bike geometry for kids and justifying why a more expensive brand can be so much easier for kids to learn on.
    http://www.twowheelingtots.com/speci...ock-12-review/
    We had a freebie cheapie 12"inch bike when DS2 aged 2 years and 3 months decided he wanted to ride a pedal bike like his big brother. He was giving it a really good shot, able to go a short distance without training wheels but it was a heavy bike with poor geometry and he couldn't touch the ground so had to be caught when stopping. Based on the above article we tried and chose a BYK250 for him. The long wheel base and low height made an amazing difference. 4 months later (2 y 7 months) he is riding completely unaided even at the bmx track, never needing the training wheels. I have no doubt that the geometry of the BYK helped immensely. If you look at your photos you can clearly see the BYK 350 is much longer so easier to balance with a low centre of gravity. We had no prior knowledge of the brand and DS1 started on a Specialised brand which is also excellent quality, but we have had a really wonderful experience with the BYK brand and I reckon it it absolutely worth the extra money if its within your budget. As a PP said, you can get a bit more time out of the bike by adjusting/swapping handlebars and seat heights, and good brands sell well second hand. Good luck!!
    Thanks, that article is the reason I looked at the ByK in the first place. It makes so much sense. I think I've narrowed it down to the Byk and the Specialized. There is only $20 difference in the price so that doesn't worry me too much.


 

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