KidzTandem Review

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BOTTOM LINE

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!

Strengths

  • Stable
  • Fun
  • Carves well
  • Highly adjustable handlebars for Copilot

Weaknesses

  • Heavy
  • 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
KidzTandems $1949.99
Road KidzTandem $2399
Mountain KidzTandem $2199

Optional Quick-change child seat, basket and dog carrier

KidzTandem url: http://www.browncycles.com/tandems.htm

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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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