This is a great bike, that allows a child to actually participate in the riding experience with an adult. The KidzTandem arrangement has a unique, innovative and functional layout that allows a great interface for the child and adult. The adjustable handlebar and stem combo for the Copilot are a really nice feature that allows a slew of multiple positions. The bike allows the child to get an up close and personal view of riding, and you can maintain a conversation easily during the ride, which depending on the child is a very important nurturing experience. The steel frame makes the bike a bit heavy, but it makes for a durable and resilient frameset, and the default parts build kit was fine for this sort of bike. The long wheelbase and rear seating arrangement make the bike difficult to turn, and gives rise to some vague steering. The view of the front wheel is obstructed by the Copilot so it makes steering a bit odd, but that is a design compromise. The bike carved fairly well, and it had a very stable platform while riding, but on an occasion the front end washed out.
My daughter and I have enjoyed this bike immensely, and she really digs getting to go for a ride with Dad. I asked her what she really liked about it? She told me “I really like going for a ride with you, and I like the bike saddle bag on it, and are you buying it?” My daughter liked being in front, as it was much more of a thrill for her, sort of like getting the front seat on a roller coaster ride. My daughter was very bummed that we had to return it. Thanks to Chris for the long term test!
- Carves well
- Highly adjustable handlebars for Copilot
- Vague steering
- Front end washout
- Hard to see front wheel
Value Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Overall Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
KidzTandem Company Specs:
Custom made by Brown Cycles of Grand Junction, Colorado
Frameset: 4130 Cro-Moly steel frames
Parts Selection: 24 speed Shimano Deore with varying parts selection
Color: Sunshine Yellow or Red
Front weight limit: 100 lbs.
Age limits: toddler 2-4 yrs and youngster 4-7 yrs
Road KidzTandem $2399
Mountain KidzTandem $2199
Optional Quick-change child seat, basket and dog carrier
KidzTandem url: http://www.browncycles.com/tandems.htm