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Biky 14 & Biky 16 Kids Bike Review

The Biky 14 and Biky 16 are two lightweight and highly adjustable kids bikes designed to cater to the needs of young riders. Weighing in around 11 pounds, these bikes are among the lightest available in the market for kids.

Crafted with high-quality aluminum and featuring a sleek and uncomplicated design, the Biky bikes have been meticulously designed to provide young riders with the confidence, comfort, and safety they need to explore and enjoy their cycling experience.

My son has an 18 inch inseam, and according to the Biky size chart, was right between the 14 inch and 16 inch models–so we had him test both! Read on to learn more about our experience with the two bikes.

(Spoiler alert: we liked the bikes enough that we’ve added them to our list of the best bikes for kids).


Review in a Nutshell

Pros: 

  • Low stand-over height
  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • Upright seated position
  • Simple and narrow design
  • Lightweight chain guard

Cons:

  • Single rear brake
  • Slick, narrow tires are not well suited to riding off road
  • No extras (kickstand, bell, etc)

Price: $349 Biky 14 / $399 Biky 16


Geometry Designed For Kids

Upon my initial inspection of this bike, I was initially concerned about the low seatpost tube and the height of the handlebars. My expectations were for a more adult-looking, sporty bike rather than a hybrid model.

biky kids bike

However, I soon came to realize that this bike is actually designed with children in mind. After observing my son ride it, I discovered that the bike’s geometry is well-suited for nurturing his riding confidence, ensuring his safety, and adapting as he grows. A kids bike shouldn’t look like an adult bike.

The Biky’s low seat height is incredibly convenient for my son. Not only does it make it easy for him to mount and dismount the bike, but it also allows him to practice riding out of the saddle and quickly dismount when encountering challenging terrain.

Given the minimum saddle height of 16 inches for the Biky 14 and 18 inches for the Biky 16, my son, with an inseam of 18 inches, initially wanted to ride the Biky 16 for its larger size. However, he feels more capable and confident on the Biky 14 for now. (He’s right on the cusp between the two sizes).

Both bikes are specifically designed to be narrow in all aspects – from the tires to the q-factor (the distance between pedals) to the frame. This narrow design helps to minimize overall weight, enhance pedaling efficiency, and improve control. It also means that the bike works well as a balance bike if you’re child is not yet ready to pedal–just remove the pedals! Finally, the narrow build reduces the likelihood of the pedals catching on ankles while pushing the bike or adjusting footing.

However, this design means there is limited clearance for larger tires, making the bike less effective on loose terrain. Kids are notorious for wanting to ride everywhere (grass, gravel, mud, etc) so these narrower, slick tires can be a limitation. While we managed to find a knobby tire that fits the Biky 16, it’s important to note that this bike isn’t suitable for introducing a child to mountain biking.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to help your child develop their riding skills and nurture their passion for cycling, and you plan to ride primarily on pavement, this bike is an excellent choice.

Safety

Upon a first look, the Biky gives off the impression of having a belt drive. It was quite perplexing to find out that it utilizes a chain as its driving mechanism but with a rather unique feature – a specially designed chain guard.

Unlike the typical heavy and noisy metal chain guards, this bike features a Hebie Chainlooper. It’s a contemporary plastic guard that smoothly attaches and encases the chain entirely.

It’s not only quieter and lighter than the conventional guards, but it also excels at preventing shoelaces from becoming entangled. The guard incorporates a chainlooper that envelops the outer part of the chain and two components that seamlessly fit inside, enabling the chainlooper to trail along the chain’s movements.

The bike’s front fork is equipped with a rubber steering limiter, which is a useful safety feature that prevents the handlebars from turning fully while riding. It is a thoughtful addition, almost as if a group of individuals who had experienced numerous bike accidents as kids collaborated to find ways to prevent similar mishaps. Thanks to this feature, riders can enjoy enhanced safety and stability.  (It’s removable once your child has mastered riding).

The bike is equipped with two quick releases: one for the front wheel and another for the seatpost. These quick releases make it convenient to make swift adjustments, such as changing the seat height or addressing a front flat tire. Furthermore, the rear wheel being bolted on complements the single-speed design. Additionally, it includes a fine-tuned adjustment bolt to ensure precise chain tension, adding to the bike’s overall functionality.

The bike’s braking system is equipped with a single rear v-brake and lacks a coaster brake. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my son could pedal backward, which allows him to enhance his balance and back-pedaling skills and eliminates the need for an awkward and ineffective stopping method. (More on this shortly).

The rationale for using a single rear brake is to prevent over-the-bars type incidents where young children improperly grab a handful of front bake. This is a legitimate concern, particularly if the parent isn’t skilled at teaching proper braking technique. (Guardian bikes also work to address this issue).

However, I would have preferred if the bike also included a front brake. Without it, the stopping distance is longer, posing a challenge at higher speeds and on steeper hills. Additionally, the absence of a front brake increases the risk of the rear wheel skidding when the single rear brake is applied forcefully. This won’t be an issue for younger, more timid riders sticking to paved terrain, but for more athletic and aggressive riders (and those riding on mixed surfaces) this will be the biggest drawback of the Biky.

Design

The first time I laid eyes on this bike, I was captivated by its sleek and uncomplicated design. The clean welds and absence of overly gender-specific colors or decals immediately caught my attention. Currently, all models of Biky bikes are available in a striking white and red color scheme and come in sizes ranging from 12 inches to 20 inches.

The bike’s sleek design is complemented by its internally routed cables, which are cleverly concealed to prevent snagging, pulling, or breakage. In terms of quality, the components on this bike surpass what is typically found on a beginner-level adult bike and are of a higher standard than those found on most kids’ bikes.

The build kit for both the Biky 14 and Biky 16 includes a high-quality Tektro brake featuring replaceable pads, durable aluminum rims with adjustable steel spokes, integrated cables for a sleek look, and quiet hubs for a smooth ride. If something breaks, it won’t render the bike unusable.

None of the bike’s components are proprietary, and most parts are easily accessible, making it an excellent choice for long-term use and for passing down to others. No need to contact the company to send the part that can no longer be found. 

In the case of riders in this age range, it appears that bicycle manufacturers do not prioritize saddle comfort, sizing, or design. The saddle that accompanies this bike is a standard, non-adjustable plastic model, which is in line with expectations. It withstands regular use, water, and debris, but does not offer exceptional comfort.

That said, the ride durations we are currently accomplishing do not yet warrant more attention to this detail. If you need to replace the saddle, the seat post sizing is standard and can easily be replaced with a post that would take an adjustable saddle. 

Unlike other bikes that quickly show signs of wear, this bike’s durable frame withstands impact without a scratch. Not only is it sturdy, but it’s also lightweight, making it the ideal choice for any rider.

During numerous adventurous rides characterized by rugged terrain and plenty of falls, this bike has proven its durability without showing any signs of wear. The resilience of the paint and the overall build quality of the bike are genuinely impressive, as they have held up remarkably well despite the challenging conditions.

Sizing

When choosing a bike for your child, it’s crucial to take their measurements into account rather than just their age. For example, the Biky 14 is designed for kids aged 3-5 with an inseam of 16-18 inches and a height of 37-43 inches. My son, who has an 18-inch inseam and is 43 inches tall, would be well-suited for either the Biky 14 or the Biky 16. However, due to his experience and confidence in handling larger bikes and varied terrains, I believe the Biky 16 would be the better choice for him as it provides more room to grow.

If your child’s measurements fall in between sizes, it’s essential to consider their experience level to ensure they can handle the bike comfortably. Additionally, newer riders generally find it easier to navigate smaller-sized bikes.

The Biky 16 is specifically tailored for children aged 4-6 years who have an inseam measurement of 18-22 inches and a total height of 40-46 inches. The inseam measurement is crucial for this age group and also plays a significant role in adult bikes. It is especially important for children, as they are frequently stopping and starting while learning to ride.

I observed that my son, who has an 18-inch inseam, experiences some balance issues with this larger model. Although he manages to handle the bike due to his years of riding experience, it is evident that it is more challenging for him.

My recommendation is to first measure your child’s inseam, evaluate where it falls within the specified range, and then consider their ability. If you are unable to conduct test rides, this method will provide the most accurate sizing guidance when making an online purchase.

After that, the bike can be easily adjusted to fit your child’s specific size and shape, thanks to its adaptable seat height and handlebar reach, which offer significant adjustment ranges. While the seat tube itself only allows for around 2 inches of height adjustment, an additional seat extension provides up to 6 inches of adjustment.

This versatile feature ensures that the bike can be used for many seasons as your child grows. There’s no need to worry about getting your money’s worth or making the decision to order two sizes up so they will grow into it. This one will last for a while.

No Coaster Brake

One of the most notable things about the Biky 14 is that it does NOT have a coaster brake. At Rascal Rides, we are big fans of not having coaster brakes on kids bikes. They make it much harder for kids to safely learn how to ride.

Unfortunately, in the U.S., the CPSC requires smaller kids bikes to have a coaster brake installed. Many brands (like Woom and Prevelo) get around this by putting a coaster brake on their 14 inch bikes, and then selling a freewheel without a coaster that you can install after the fact.

Biky has chosen to address this issue by including an additional seatpost that has a maximum height over 25 inches (which is the threshold for removing a coaster). This makes it an attractive choice, as you don’t have to deal with the additional expense or time involved with swapping wheels.

Biky vs Woom

In terms of price, the Biky bikes are on par with other high end kids bike brands like Woom and Cleary. And they are competitive in terms of performance as well.

The Biky 14 ($349) and Biky 16 ($399) are similar to the Woom 2 ($399) and Woom 3 ($449). And while the Woom bikes are known for being some of the lightest kids bikes out there, Biky manages to be even lighter!

Biky vs. Woom Weight

That said, the added weight on the Woom bikes comes from additional nice-to-have features like a front brake, kickstand, bell, and knobby tires. Get rid of those things and the two bikes are pretty comparable.

Additionally, the Woom 2 has a coaster brake. (Woom advocated for the removal of this requirement in May 2023, as can be read at www.cpsc.gov. If you choose a Woom, you can order an optional freewheel to remove the coaster but it costs an additional $19). With the freewheel, the Woom 2 gets down to 11.5 pounds, but is still slightly heavier than the Biky.

Woom has also introduced gears with the Woom 3 with what they call “Automagic,” which is an automatic two-gear hub priced at $499. This could be a differentiating factor for some.

The geometry of the Woom and Biky bikes are quite similar, though the Biky does have a longer wheelbase. This makes it more stable for kids learning to ride, but less maneuverable overall.

Woom, as well as competitors like Cleary and Prevelo, offer trade-in programs, which offers a discount when you need to size up. This is not an option yet offered by Biky.

To see even more about how Biky stacks up against the competition, review our lists of the best 14 inch bikes and best 16 inch bikes.

child on the biky 14

Bottom-Line

Biky offers an exceptional children’s bike that stands out for its lightweight design, durability, and versatile adjustability to accommodate my child’s growth. This bike has empowered my child to develop his riding skills, take on challenging drops at the bike park, and navigate the neighborhood with confidence.

While it may not be well suited for off-road riding due to its slick tires and single brake, it excels in fulfilling its purpose: ensuring that my child has a blast every time he hops on his bike. With this bike, he can stop, start, turn, skid, and pump like a pro, fostering his enjoyment and independence in every ride.

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About The Reviewer

candice dawson

Candice Dawson is a toddler chaser, gardener, and aspiring foodie. When she isn’t out cruising with her kiddo, she can often be found drinking coffee or hiking the local trails. 

1 thought on “Biky 14 & Biky 16 Kids Bike Review”

  1. Another China bike. How many companies need to make this bike?
    We’ll be going with Guardian because their bikes are fine and are built in Indiana. But there is an absolute sea of bikes coming from China that are incrementally better than one another for half a grand for $150.00 worth of parts.

    Not to be down on Biky. Congratulations on another excellent example of a kid bike. But just have to ask why?

    Great job

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