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Skuut Balance Bike - Kids'is rated3.1429out of5by7.
Rated4out of5byErinPDXfromGood Starter BikeMy son received this as a gift just before his second birthday. By his third birthday he had graduated to a pedal bike without training wheels. We passed it along to my neighbor's son who has been using it for over a year now, and even through two rough and tumble boys, it has held up really well!. Now my daughter is waiting for her turn to use it, and I have no doubt that it will hold up well.
Things to consider:
1. It is made of wood, so if you don't think you will put it away each night, you might want to consider a different material. We live in Portland, OR and get our fair share of rain, but we have never had a problem with it getting wet.
2. If your child is on the small side, you will either have to try a different balance bike or flip the frame upside down so that it isn't too big for your child. We flipped the frame upside down and it looked like a motorcycle (at least that's what we told the kids).
3. The one thing I really like about this bike is the way the fork attaches to the frame--your child won't be able to turn the wheel so far that s/he will cause an accident. It is the perfect design for that, really.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated3out of5byRoswell BlakefromGreat for learning but it'll breakI've been through two of these bikes and I've just moved on to a third Novara steel balance bike for my son. He loves it, no question they work great. In no time my son was up and cruising around the neighborhood with great balance. The kid flies around on the skuut with a permagrin from ear to ear. The only deal with it is that it's wood. Our first skuut succumbed to the elements. The pressed wood absorbed water and delaminated in no time. If you get a Skuut make sure to bring it indoors every night, ours deteriorated very quickly once it got wet. I kept that bike but it's ruined. I bought a new one and had a second issue with it still being made of wood. Like I said, my son flies around on this thing and he's an aggressive kid in general. He came down the driveway and across the road yesterday and hit the curb, well wood doesn't hold up like steel. Sure he went over the handlebars and landed in the grass. It didn't knock the smile off his face. It did however smash the section of wood where the fork connects to the body effectively destroying the bike. Luckily we were able to return the bike and my son is now tall enough to ride a REI Novara Zipper bike made of steel. I'm pretty certain he'll have a hard time destroying this one. Seriously - your kids will love these bikes. Get them a balance bike, a skuut if they're really small and not too daring, a Zipper if they're a bit taller and ready to hit jumps and ride on some hills and bumps!
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated4out of5byclarity253fromMy kid loves this bike...me, not so sureLike other's have said, there is something odd with the screws. Put one together and the next to last screw was manufactured badly. Exchange.
We have had this bike for about 9 months, on recommendation from another parent. "Don't leave outside for obvious reasons" That was the only advice. The kid has only really been using it for 2 months since the garage sale tricycle finally died.
Last night, we are riding along and boom, kid fell. No harm to the kid, but the handlebars are broken.
My kid just started to love this bike...and he is now insisting that we try to fix it.
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated4out of5bySuperMikefromSkip training wheelsWe introduced this balance bike to my son when he was just turning 2. It was winter time, so he didn't show too much enthusiasm for it at first. Come spring, he would sit on it, sort of push himself around, but seemed ambivalent to it. Then he saw another kid really skooting on it (ie pushing, coasting and balancing as he rode), and he was soon hooked on learning to use the thing. After he proved himself fully confident in balancing on the thing (to the point where he was lifting his legs in the air and coasting for 25 - 50 feet, and taking turns at speed (without useing feet to balance) we transitioned him to a pedal bike. He spend a month figuring out those pedals, with training wheels, and then the training wheels were off. He fell one time, and then he was off to the races, while many kids his age and even a few years older were still learning to ride. Great investment.
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated4out of5byRockMadfromGreat Bike! Good Durability for WoodI bought this bike for my son when he turned 2 in June, 2012. He didn't touch it until Thanksgiving and when he started on it he was essentially just walking awkwardly while straddling the bike and he wasn't even on the seat.
From Thanksgiving to Christmas he rode it quite a bit through the halls of our complex and he'd lift his feet occasionally.
After Christmas, he started to really improve. We decided we better buy him a helmet back in March because he was flying down a ramp and crashed (more details below).
The two best parts about it are that it's really light (maybe just a few pounds at the most) and you cannot steer the front tire to the left or right more than 30 degrees. These two things make it very easy to control and a great bike for learning.
The worst part about it is that it doesn't seem to wear very well. However, I must add that it wears pretty well relative to wood. Obviously, it's not as durable as a steel bike, but it's much easier to control. When my son rammed the wall as he strayed too far to the left racing down a ramp, he broke a piece off of the handlebars. It's a little wobbly now, but it still functions just fine.
I've read through all of the comments and nobody mentioned anything about the seat. There is not much padding and I feel like the edge of the wide seat is cutting off the circulation of my son's legs. Perhaps I'm just projecting myself onto him (I seem to do that a lot), but if you look at the seat from above it does not get skinnier toward the front like a normal bike seat does.
Additionally, I just measured my son last night; he's 34 lbs and 39 1/2 inches tall so he's pretty much outgrown this bike. We decided to go for the Novara Zipper Balance bike (I'll review that one soon too) since it is larger and much sturdier. We'll probably wait to get him to pedals until 2014.
Others have complained about the screws, but I found the screws to work just fine for this bike. Again, it's just wood so if you crank it too hard you'll strip it. Unless you want to carry around an oak tree, there will be some tradeoffs for having a light bike.
My wife would actually give this bike a 5-star rating because she thinks the bike is very sturdy for how light it is and she loves that it's so easy for her to carry since it's so light. I'm going to stick with my 4-star rating. The seat and general construction make it great for learning, but now that my son is a maniac, it's just too small and easy to break.
Date published: 2013-05-08
Rated1out of5byYakovfromgreat idea but very poorly executedGreat idea but poorly assembled. I got two bikes and on both skrews on the back wheel got loose whithinh ten days and as a result the wooden parts started to wear quickly. It was factory assembled skrews.
Date published: 2013-02-18
Rated2out of5byDaddyofThreefromBetter product out thereI got the skuut for my first child when there weren't any other product like it. He was riding a two wheeler at age 4. But this product is not very durable. The handle bar quickly fell off. I was able to put it together for my second child, but now it won't hold for my third. The product was a great learning tool, but because its made out of wood it does not last very long. Now there are other similar product that are much more durable;; therefore I can not recommend this product.
Date published: 2013-01-25
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