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Sturdy high-tensile steel frame is almost as tough as they are and is designed to stand up to demanding use
Rear coaster brake is easy and intuitive to use; simply backpedaling engages the brake
Removable training wheels and built-in full-length chainguard help kids learn to ride without fear of tipping over or catching pants in the chain
BMX-style handlebar is comfortable and fun; pads enhance safety and the front mud guard helps keep things clean
Convenient handle is integrated into the back of the saddle for easy carrying or control
Specs on the Novara Stinger 16 in. bike are subject to change
After its initial break-in period you might notice your bicycle performing less responsively than the day you brought it home. Not to worry, this is typical of all new bicycles and simply reflects that cables have stretched or their housings have seated themselves into final position. To keep running at peak performance, all REI bicycles come with a FREE warranty tune-up, which should be accomplished between the first 100-200 miles of riding or after the first two months if you're accumulating miles less quickly. Contact your nearest REI bike shop for details and an appointment for this important service.
by minny applesfromHeavy bike, poor geometryI bought this bike for my son who loved riding his balance bike. The bike is very heavy and has a very high center of gravity and short distance between the seat and the handle bars. This a great deal of difficulty in learning how to ride a bike. Even when I pulled the pedals and cranks to create a more balance type bike, my son still had trouble.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 4out of5
by k2mykelfromGreat bikeI bought this bike for my now 5 yr old son 2 years ago. He hated the training wheels, as most kids do. But after removing them, he has riden this bike on anything from the MS Ride (road) to farm trails (singletrack). He has been asking me to help him with ramps and I feel that this bike can handle them.
The only problem that we've had is that the back wheel worked loose on a ride. Most likely my fault for lack of maintance.
Date published: 2011-12-28
Rated 5out of5
by mountaineerswinfromI couldn't be happier with this bike.My five year old has been tearing up the neighborhood with this bike. He rides all the time and is having an easy time riding it and having a great time. The training wheels are sturdy and strong. Bike is well built.
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 1out of5
by the physicistfromnot for amateursWe ordered this bike online. It came with assembly instructions for a different bike and a generic owner's manual that did not have pictures resembling the product in the box. Good luck assembling this on your own! I hope I haven't broken it before I even put it together.
Date published: 2014-04-26
Rated 5out of5
by ACDfromQuality Bike!Great little bike for my little boy. He got this for his 5th birthday and loves it! The bike pros at our local REI assembled the bike perfectly and I am confident that it will last long after he's outgrown it. Very nice design, comes with pads, bell, reflectors, and training wheels. I love the handle on the back of the seat, perfect for mom or dad to hold on to while teaching or for child to hold on to when walking the bike. Very sturdy, great style, just a very good value all around. His twin sister got a similar bike for her birthday as well.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated 2out of5
by nwstephensfromQuality issuesThis is a premium product, so I expected it to be in perfect condition when I bought it (there are cheaper bikes out there). My bike came with a chain that was way too tight, so I took it back to the store. They told me it would take a long time to fix, so we went to the showroom to pick out a replacement. But the replacement had the exact same issue, so we pulled down one more bike. This (the third bike) seemed to work fine. However, I took it home only to find it had a slowly leaky tire. When I brought it back to the store (my third trip in two days), they said the rim protector had been punctured. They fixed the rim, and now the bike works great.
The people at REI were fabulous, and we love the bike, but I don't think it should be so hard to get a new bike. And it makes me wonder if there are any other quality issues with the bike that I am not yet aware of.
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 1out of5
by V'gerfromYou can be this disappointed for leas moneyI ride real, grown-up bikes - but have some perspective on the lower-end. This bike is a disappointment. I bought this bike for a child who is well within the stated size limits of this size of bicycle. Pretty much every bike in this category rolls out of the same Chinese factory; I bought this on the supposition that at a 23lb stated weight, it was almost 10lbs lighter than the versions sold elsewhere. That turned out to be wrong; the weight difference is shipping weight versus dry. This bike still weighs as much as a grown-up road bike and is unpleasant to carry (which, rest assured, you will have to do for your little bike learner at some point).
For a learning bike, the design turned out to be very poor. First, the BMX geometry either puts the rider's legs at an uncomfortable degree of bend or puts the seat too high to touch the ground with a foot. For a 45-inch tall child, the seat on this bike would have to be all the way down. A learning bike like this should be a full-step through. Kids under 7 do not have the same inseam to height proportions that adults do. Balance bikes recognize this; "big boy" bikes should too.
Second, the training wheels are worthless. The ones that ship with the bike are designed for larger main wheels - they are two-part assemblies that lock onto the seat stays and chain stays. They cannot be rotated up to give more clearance for learning. They can, however, work loose, slide down and eventually prevent the rear wheel from making contact with the ground - either making this an indoor exercise bike or a brake-less tricycle, depending on the context. If you remove the chain-stay brace piece of the training wheels, the amount of tension required to keep the training wheels tight begins to affect the torque on the main axle nuts. So when it's time to use less training wheel assist, this bike leaves you trying to hold the seat, which is quite a task if you are a normal-sized adult. Hope your knees and lower leg muscles can take it. This type of bike should just ship with a modern steering handle that attaches to the seat or rear frame - because these training wheels are worse than the 1970s one I learned on, and science has come along a ways since the kids' bikes of yore.
Finally, the quality of the hardware is very poor. The nuts that attach the training wheels deform well before there is enough torque to lock the training wheels in place. The same is true of the seat bolt, which should be a quick release and not a bullet-head bolt and nut (there just isn't enough clearance to get a tool in there).
Date published: 2014-06-28
Rated 3out of5
by BethGfromGood bike - can be better w/ spare partsA great kids' bicycle in most every way, and two '09s have served the family well over the last three years with two caveats:
On both bikes, the fenders need re-fastening a couple times per year. No biggie.
On both bikes, the plastic chain guard broke and fell off. Not a big deal in and of itself, but there are no replacement chain guards. I tried calling and tried visiting my store with the bike in hand.
The latter is Bad for the kids' pants, and ultimately for the resale value of the bike.
Date published: 2012-08-12
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Novara Stinger 16" Kids' Bike - 2014 Customer Reviews