Prevelo Alpha Two 16″ Kids Bike Review
Your 5 year old can’t have a race car–but they can have a Prevelo Alpha Two. Shiny, fast, and sporting racing strips, this 16″ pedal bike inspires speed in kids and envy in adults. The Alpha Two is both beautiful and functional, wrapping everything you could ask for in a kids bike into one small, sleek package.
Prevelo is the new kid on the block in the world of kids bikes. Fortunately, it won’t take long for the neighborhood to get the word: Prevelo is a top-contender when shopping for a bicycle for your child.
Prevelo Alpha Two Review in a Nutshell
- Sleek design
- Lightweight frame
- Child-appropriate geometry
- Top-notch componentry
- Dual handbrakes, no coaster brake
- No steering limiter
- Lacks the “extras” – bell, kickstand, fenders, name decals, etc
Price & Where to Buy:
- $369 at Prevelobikes.com
Prevelo Alpha Two Detailed Review
Lightweight (and beautiful) aluminum frame
The most important thing about the Prevelo Alpha Two’s aluminum frame is that it is lightweight. The complete bike tips the scales at a hair under 15 pounds, which isn’t the lightest 16″ bike on the market, but it’s close.
Secondary in importance, the frame is gorgeous. It is made of 6061 aluminum with custom formed tubing and attractive welds. The lack of paint shows off the brushed-aluminum, and the afore-mentioned racing stripes add a bit of pizzazz. The rear brake cable is internally routed which helps keep things tidy looking.
The Alpha Two hits a bit of a sweet spot–the geometry is neither too leaned over and aggressive nor too upright. It is ideal both for riding fast and feeling comfortable and in control. The slight dip in the top-tube of the frame allows for easier stand-over and ease of getting on and off the bike. A long wheel base (28.8 inches) provides stability, and custom-made cranks ensure ultimate comfort and power output.
The Prevelo Alpha Two has left no box unchecked. Each component is high-quality and brand-name. Kenda Small Block Eight tires-check. Tektro brakes-check. Sealed bearing bottom bracket-check.
In practical terms, this means that the bike is going to (a) provide a smooth and enjoyable ride for your child, and (b) continue to do so for a long time. The Alpha Two, while still new and unproven over long periods of time, has the kind of quality we can assume will allow it to last thru multiple children and provide good resale value when it comes time to part with it on Craigslist.
The Prevelo Alpha Two is pretty average as far as 16″ bikes go. The recommended age group for this bike is ages 4 to 6. It fits my 4.5 year old (who wears a 4T pant) like a glove. The standard seatpost was a little long, so we swapped it out. They also sell a smaller seatpost for $1 extra at checkout.
The minimum seat post height (with short seatpost) is 18″ so just make sure that your child’s inseam is at least that long (or very close). If not, consider the Alpha One instead.
The only (minor) drawbacks of the Prevelo Alpha Two as compared to some other high-end kids bikes is the lack of “extras” and the lack of a steering limiter.
The Alpha Two comes standard without a kickstand, bell, or personalized decals. Of course, these are easy and inexpensive things to add and Prevelo does offer a kickstand as an option at check-out.
It is also missing a steering limiter. While I’m also not a fan of bikes that have a non-removable steering limiter (like the Frog 48), it is a nice thing to have as a removable option particularly for kids who haven’t mastered a pedal bike yet.
Dual handbrakes / no coaster
Thank goodness for all the coaster-free kids bikes coming to market. The Prevelo Alpha Two comes standard without a coaster brake. Instead, it boasts dual handbrakes with easy-to reach, easy-to-operate Tektro handbrakes. Tektro is the standard on quality kids bikes of this size, and I am always impressed by how well they work for young children.
The Prevelo Alpha Two sells for $369 which gives it the same sticker price of the Woom 3. The two bikes are very similar in quality and design–the Woom 3 does include a kickstand and bell and comes in fun colors, if that’s important for your child. The Islabikes Cnoc 16 is slightly more expensive the Alpha Two, and while a fantastic bike, it doesn’t offer anything additional to justify the higher price.
For $69, you can buy a membership to the “Trade-Up club” which offers you 40% back on the purchase of your Alpha Two when you buy the next size bigger bike within the next 24 months. So say you buy the Alpha Two for your five year old. In another 18 months, they are going to want the Alpha Three (20″ bike). After the cost of the membership, you would end up saving $78–a pretty decent deal.
Want to see how the Prevelo Alpha Two stacks up against its competitors? Here’s a handy-dandy comparison chart.
|Bike||Price||Weight||Minimum Seat Height||Freewheel Option||Dual Handbrakes||Training Wheels||Frame Material|
|Prevelo Alpha Two||$370||14.9 lbs||18″||Yes||Yes||No||Aluminum|
|Woom 3||$370||12.26 lbs||19”||Yes||Yes||No||Aluminum|
|Cnoc 16||$420||14.5 lbs||19”||No||Yes||No||Aluminum|
|Pello Revo||$300||16.2 lbs||20”||No||No||No||Aluminum|
|Cleary Hedgehog||$315||16 lbs||19”||Yes||Yes||No||Steel|
|Early Rider Belter||$420||12.5 lbs||19.5”||Yes||Yes||No||Aluminum|
|Spawn Banshee||$350||15 lbs||18.5”||Yes||Yes||No||Aluminum|
|Stampede Bikes Sprinter||$230||17.8 lbs||22”||Yes||Yes||No||Aluminum|
|ByK E-350*||$259||17.6 lbs||18”||No||Yes||Yes||Aluminum|
|Ridgeback Dimensions||$349||16 lbs||20.5”||Yes||Yes||No||Aluminum|
* All the bikes on this list have 16” wheels, with the exception of the ByK E-350 which has 18” wheels
You can’t get a nicer 16″ pedal bike. You can get bikes of equivalent quality, but you can’t get a NICER one. The Prevelo Alpha Two is a lightweight 16″ bike that is easy to ride, looks beautiful, and will last a long time. This one gets a big thumbs up.
Price & Where to Buy:
- $369 at Prevelobikes.com