KidzTandem Review

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TESTING AND FEATURES

Test Bike Specs

Parts build: Shimano Deore drivetrain, Lasco cranks, Tektro V-Brakes, flat pedals, kickstand, wheels – 26″ rear and 20″ front, RST 200K front suspension fork, saddles – WTB rear and Cloud 9 front, bars – Ritchey rear and generic front, stem – generic rear and SATORI-EZ front, etc.

Weight: 54.6 lbs.

Video of KidzTandem Features:

I tested the mountain bike version of the KidzTandem in yellow over the winter in Colorado with my 6 year old daughter Rachel as my Copilot and fellow tester. It was difficult to get many rides in for in depth testing and fun between snow storms and the cold. For anyone who is a bike nut, going out in inclement weather is pretty normal, and some cold and snow never bothered us too much, but that is not something most children are quite as interested in doing! Sunny and warmer weather are much more fun for the kids.

“It’s such a fine line between stupid, and clever.”

Although I haven’t had a kickstand, since I was a kid, I enjoyed having the center-stand style kickstand. It was handy on the trail and in the garage, although on an occasion I scraped my leg on the kickstand when I was putting it up or down.

The set up for the bike was fairly straight forward. The handlebar and SATORI-EZ stem combo for the Copilot was really easy to put into any position that was needed, and my daughter was always changing them to suit her mood, the terrain or her whim. I think that her whim won out!

Copilot Adjustable Stem and Bar

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • gregg says:

    Hey Brian,

    Thank you very much for the informative review! I didn’t even know such a bicycle existed. It seems like a novel idea, I will be checking into this more, myself.

    One thing though, about that first riding picture…I am definitely not one of them, but I can already hear the helmet fanatics gettin’ ready to fire one off.

    -gregg

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I will take the flack for the lack of helmets in the picture, but it was an empty parking lot and no helmets were available at the time. I only had 1 picture that was taken of us riding the bike together, if you look at all the other photos and the video, helmets are always being worn. Normal biking attire does not include no helmets, crocks and my daughter wearing a skirt!

  • Chris says:

    Thanks for the reveiw of the KidzTandem. It really is a unique product, and it comes from a local bike shop here in Grand Junction that really supports family riding. The weaknesses you mention (heavy, vague steering, hard to stop) are common for most off-road tandems, and the front wheel wash-out can be helped by feeding your child lots of milkshakes to increase their weight ;) Kids really do like the “up-front position” and the sense of riding they get.

  • Wish I Were Riding says:

    That is really interesting. I would be scared to death to give the steering up to my daughter though.

  • Wish I Were Riding says:

    Ha! Woops… Just watched the video. Cleared up that issue.

  • John says:

    Got one and love it!!! First off road ride was with my four year old son Koda on the Slick Rock trail in Moab. The bike is amazingly easy to ride on any terrain. He loves it and now has a love for the sport as well.

  • Chris says:

    I have had one of these for over a year now. I take my daughter 2.5 everday to school with it. She loves going on the “bike” and I get a good ride in every morning before heading to work.

    I installed saddle bags and use it to run errands on the weekends. Love this bike!

  • Shawn says:

    Could an adult ride it up front, say a woman 5’4″ 135 lbs ?

  • pastajet says:

    Ping Browns Cycles, they are best to answer that question.

  • Floyd says:

    We’ve had a KidzTandem for about 6 months now and we love it. We do everything from road riding to some fairly technical single track and enjoy every minute of it.

    We also purchased the optional child seat that works for kids that are too small to pedal. The child seat works great, but since I’m tall (6’3″) I added a longer stem and can’t turn the bars all the way without hitting the seat.

    We also use a trail-a-bike quite often to carry more than one child.

    We like the bike so much we are thinking of buying another one (the mountain bike version) next spring.

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