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The Trek Jet 20 is a Great Starter Bike
Reviewed by: Kathleen Wilker
Trek Jet 20
Price: $ 219.99
With an aluminum frame, a rigid steel fork and a steel seat post, the Trek Jet 20 is not the lightest 20 inch bike on the market but is definitely light enough for little kids to handle. Lifting the front wheel up over a curb is easy and the lighter weight helps reduce rider fatigue.
Coaster brakes and a rear brake allow kids who are switching to hand brakes to gently transition. Its dirt bike design has all kinds of kid appeal and the front and back fenders will keep down the mud when kids take this sweet ride through the biggest mud puddles they can find. Designed for fun, this is a sturdy bike that can easily be passed down to younger riders or resold when your rider is ready for a 24 incher. The Trek Jet 20 is available in metallic blue or orange. Kickstand included so the bike will spend more time upright and less time dropped beside the monkey bars.
Pros: The aluminum frame makes the bike light enough for kids as young as 5 or 6 to handle. The ultra low cross bar extends the age kids can ride this bike as you could really drop the seat for a younger or shorter kid and the kid could still easily step over the cross bar. One rear brake helps kids get used to hand braking while still offering them the familiar coaster brakes they know so well.
Cons: Without gears, it would be challenging for kids to climb big hills or go on long bike rides (over 15k) without getting tired.
The Ideal Rider is a tall 5 or 6 year old who needs a larger bike but still prefers coaster brakes most of the time and isn’t quite ready for gears. The other kind of kid who would love this bike is a 7-9 year old more interested in jumps and tricks than long distance riding as the frame is perfect for the kinds of BMX style stunts that real rough and ready young riders enjoy.
Overall, the lower price point of the Trek Jet 20 as compared to other lightweight kids’ 20 inch bikes makes it a practical choice, especially if you have a young child who is tall for his or her age. The price price of the Trek Jet 20 still comes in ahead of bikes from big box stores, but those big box bikes usually have very heavy steel frames that make them hard for kids to handle and those big boxbikes also have cheap plastic parts that fall apart, making them difficult or near impossible to repair. If you want a bike to last through multiple kids and many years and be easy to repair, buy quality.
If you’re planning on taking longer family bike rides of 10 or 15km, I would choose a bike with gears so that your young rider can climb higher hills and ride longer. Trek offers geared bikes on their entire 24 inch line.
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