KidzTandem Review

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RIDE IMPRESSIONS

Weather and time constraints meant we, mostly rode the mountain bike version around the neighborhood on the streets and sidewalks. Since it had a front suspension fork it was fun to drive off small curbs, drive into culverts and into grassy areas. It was fun to hear my daughter scream with delight (or was that fear) when I would suddenly veer over and drop off the curb. I took it through snow drifts and anything that was entertaining, so at least we both could have some fun. Since my daughter was in up front she really gets the birds eye view of riding, and that makes the riding much more delightful for her. She is truly out riding, maybe not always a willing participant, since I got to choose where we went, although she was always giving directions anyway!

“As you Wish.”

Front Suspension Fork

We took it off road on some wide single track over at Fox Run Park near my house. The trail system, mostly consists of gravely trails with occasional roots and rocks, and it winds this way and that with a lot of up and down. It was a pretty fun, and it is mild enough for my daughter, but had enough entertainment for me. We turned a lot of eyes trying to figure out just what the bike really was, people were very intrigued by the bike, and that I was riding with my young daughter on a tandem off road.

Video of KidzTandem on singletrack:

Next » Ride Impressions – Continued

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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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