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    Novara Firefly 12'' Kids' Bike - 2014

    They'll be eager to get rolling aboard our 12 in. Novara Firefly bike, thanks to training wheels, fun streamers and a handy handlebar bag. See details

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    Item # 814573

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    They'll be eager to get rolling aboard our 12 in. Novara Firefly bike, thanks to training wheels, fun streamers and a handy handlebar bag.

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    They'll be eager to get rolling aboard our 12 in. Novara Firefly bike, thanks to training wheels, fun streamers and a handy handlebar bag.

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    They'll be eager to get rolling aboard our 12 in. Novara Firefly bike, thanks to training wheels, fun streamers and a handy handlebar bag.

    • 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; handlebar bag and bell complete the package
    • Convenient handle is integrated into the back of the saddle for easy carrying or control
    • Specs on the Novara Firefly 12 in. kids' 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.


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    Novara Firefly 12'' Kids' Bike - 2014 Specs
    Best use
    Recreational cycling
    Mountain bike
    High-tensile steel
    No suspension
    BMX unicrown
    Steel, 28T
    9-piece loose ball
    Coaster brake
    Rear coaster
    12 inches
    Riser bar
    Steel BMX Style
    Steel BMX Style
    Integrated seat/post
    Wellgo resin body platform
    YST steel loose ball
    23.69 pounds
    How we measure bike weight
    Bike style
    Bike frame material
    Bike suspension
    Bottom bracket
    Brake type
    Front hub
    Rear hub
    Wheel size
    Handlebar shape
    Seat post
    Bike weight

    Novara Firefly 12'' Kids' Bike - 2014

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    Novara Firefly 12'' Kids' Bike - 2014 is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Ride Obviously I didn't buy this bike for myself, its for my 3 year old daughter. We originally got the Novara Zipper (the one without pedals) but she hated it. This bike is the same size as the Zipper. She loves it. Her first time on, she rode it like she has been riding a bike for years. Very stable and durable. She has yet to flip it over even when making a sudden turn. Small enough that it fits in a normal-size car trunk, even with the training wheels on. Brakes quickly and smoothly. Light enough so that when she gets tired of riding it, I can put it on my shoulder and carry it back to the car or home. Only potential downside is she may outgrow it quickly because its a 12", but that depends more on her than the bike. She was 40" tall when we got it. Right now, it looks like its going to be perfect for at least the next year. I'd recommend this bike to anyone whose kids have mastered the trike. Skip the Zipper and just go to this.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great quality, but heavy, bicycle for 3+ It's a nice bike, but heavy for what it is. I've got full-size road bikes that weigh less. Also, none of the bolts are hex, so you can't use standard bike tools to work on this bike, which is a shame, and is needless. However, having said that, it's a bike that's solid, comfortable and well put-together.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from good product poor service We moved from the Zipper and the transition was easy. Only 2 weeks on this and we took the training wheels off and she is only 3.
    Date published: 2014-04-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too big for a smallish 3 year old I'm reviewing an older version, but as far as I can tell it's the basically the same geometry. The lowest the seat can go leaves the seat 19" above the ground. The seat tube extension on the frame and long seatpost make it impossible to go lower. This in conjunction with the somewhat high bottom bracket makes it pretty tall. My almost 3 year old has the seat 16" above the ground on her balance bike (which is the maximum). She's slightly below average for height. I can't see waiting for her to grow a few inches before riding the bike, nor do I want to put her on training wheels with her feet nowhere near touching the ground. If the seattube extension on the frame were not so long, and the seatpost was shorter she could probably fit it. Until then, it looks like the specialized 12" and maybe the trek can go that low. Other than that, it looks well built. With regular maintenance it should will be outgrown long before it wears out.
    Date published: 2014-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, well-built, fun bike! This is a fantastic bike for a kid. Super sturdy, well-built, fast, and lots of fun. My kid loves it, and wants to ride it every day!
    Date published: 2014-03-21
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ridiculously heavy I saw the reviews noting that it was "heavy for what it is' and figured well, sure, it's not a carbon racer. When it arrived, I realized that it's heavier than any of our adult bikes. I'm pretty sure the downtube is made of solid barstock instead of a hollow tube, which may have saved the factory a few bucks but is absolutely asinine engineering because it makes the bike far too heavy for anyone small enough to be riding a 12" wheel. I can understand why REI doesn't post a weight on the 'Specs' page. Other than the weight, it seems well made and comfortable. However, my daughter can't push it up even the smallest inclines. This is not only the first time an REI product has disappointed me, but the first time one has made me actively upset. I'll probably return it and look for a properly-weighted tubular-construction bike from one of the major brands.
    Date published: 2014-03-21

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