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Pello Reddi 20″ Kids Bike Review

pello reddi 20 inch kids bike review

Of all the kid-specific bike brands, Pello is (in our opinion) the most under-recognized. With a range of high-quality bikes, Pello offers lightweight, durable bikes at a competitive price point. If you’re not familiar, do yourself a favor and get familiar.

The Pello Reddi is the company’s 20″ single-speed offering. The bike is ideal for kids who aren’t ready for the added complexity of gears (or the weight), and who may not yet fit on other 20″ bikes with higher minimum standover. At a mere 17 pounds, the bike performs well both on and off-road, and is one of our top picks for bicycles for 5 and 6-year-old kids.


Review in a Nutshell

Pros:

  • High-quality, brand-name components
  • Super lightweight
  • Tektro handbrakes
  • Quick-release seatpost collar

Cons:

  • Plastic chainguard breaks easily

Price & Where to Buy:


Pello Reddi Detailed Review

Size, Weight, and Geometry

The Pello Reddi is the ideal size for my 5.5 year old who swaps between a 5T and 6T pant. He has plenty of standover clearance on the bike and easily manages the 22″ minimum seat height. We recommend the bike for kids with a minimum inseam of 19.” This is lower than most 20″ bikes, so if you are ready to move your child to a larger wheel size, but they are on the shorter end of the spectrum, the Pello Reddi makes a good pick.

pello reddi kids bike

The other thing we love about the Pello Reddi is the weight. At 17 pounds, it is lighter than most 20″ bikes we’ve looked at or tested. My son immediately noticed this weight difference and has commented multiple times about how light the Reddi feels.

High-quality components

Pello hasn’t scrimped on the build of their bikes. The Pello comes with brand-name components including a Cane Creek headset, Kenda K-Rad tires, and Tektro handbrakes. All this means that the bike both provides a smooth ride and is guaranteed to last for the long-haul. There’s no doubt that the Reddi can survive a couple of years of abuse and still be handed down to a younger sibling or sold on Craigslist.

pello reddi components

Kenda K-Rad Tires, Cane Creek Headset, Tektro Brakes

When we originally tested the bike, we complained about the lack of a quick release seatpost collar. Since then, they’ve added a quick-release which is rad and shows that they listen to their customers. A quick-release is convenient for dropping the seat at the bike park or pump track, and helps with those seemingly overnight growth sports.

The only component that’s a bit meh is the plastic chainguard.  While we appreciate that it isn’t some sort of giant metal monstrosity, the plastic is prone to breaking (as we discovered on our son’s Romper), and is more obtrusive than those on some of the other higher-end kids’ bike brands.

Assembly and Pre-Ship Checklist

We assemble a lot of bikes, which means we’ve seen it all, and we were impressed by how quickly and easily we were able to build up the Reddi when it arrived. The brakes required no adjustment, the tires were adequately inflated, and all required tools were included. The bike also came with a pre-ship checklist which showed that it had been thoroughly checked by a mechanic prior to shipment, which explains the ease of assembly. Well done.

pello reddi assembly

Easy assembly.  Comes with pre-ship checklist. 

Singlespeed vs SRAM Automatix 2-speed Hub

May 2019 Update: Pello is no longer offering the Reddi with the SRAM Automatix hub. If you are looking at a used Pello Reddi you might still find one, and we know folks who’ve been lucky enough to score one on Ebay.

Although many bikes begin to introduce gears at the 20″ size, if kids haven’t yet mastered other skills–braking, cornering, climbing, etc–adding another dimension the mix can be overwhelming. Adding gears to a bike also adds weight. For this reason, we appreciate the Pello has offered a 20″ bike with gear and a 20″ bike without gears. The Reddi is their singlespeed offering.

Pello offers an optional SRAM automatix 2-speed hub (which we love) and had installed on the bike we’ve been testing. It automatically shifts to a harder gear when your child starts going fast enough. This is a nice middle-ground between a single-speed drivetrain and a rear derraileur. Unfortunately, SRAM has discontinued the manufacture of this hub so there are a limited number of these wheels in the Pello inventory. If you are interested in this option, order sooner than later.

Pello Reddi drivetrain

Singlespeed drivetrain and optional 2-speed hub

Paint job

The paint job on the Pello Reddi is lovely, and we can assume it will hold up over time as well as the paint on our son’s 14″ Pello Romper did. The orange color is pleasant (not overly bright), but I like it because it helps me spot our kiddo from quite a distance.

Pello has also recently added a coral / pink offering which is nice for kids who don’t love orange.

On and Off Road Performance

We’ve tested the bike both on and off road and it performs well on either. My son likes the upright geometry and raised handlebars for negotiating obstacles at the bike park, as well as riding longer distances comfortably on pavement. On his first ride on the Reddi, he powered thru 10 miles of paved bike path with a couple hefty climbs. We also tested it on the wet, rocky, rooty trails on Squamish, BC and he was able to rock and roll.  Indeed, the Kenda K-Rad tires are knobby enough to ride on singletrack but don’t cause undue rolling resistance on pavement either. Overall, this is a great all-around bike for young kids no matter how you plan on using it.

pello reddi mountain biking

Pello Reddi vs. the Pello Rover

Both the Pello Reddi and the Pello Rover are 20″ bikes, though the geometry and build differ slightly.

The Reddi is ideal for younger, smaller riders thanks to the low standover height and shorter reach. The Rover has a longer top-tube and less of a slope.

pello rover on pavement
The Pello Rover 20″

Additionally, the Rover adds a 7-speed derailleur which is awesome for kids who are ready to add gears but adds weight and complexity for those that aren’t.  It also has the option of adding a suspension fork for kids who do lots of off-road riding.  

For more information, read our review of the Pello Rover.  

Comparison Chart

How does the Pello Reddi compare to other 20″ offerings? You’ll notice that it is one of the lighter and more cost-competitive builds available.

BikePrice (MSRP)Weight (lbs)Frame Material/DesignDrivetrain/ShiftersBrake SystemRimsTires
Woom 4$47916.1Alu AlloySRAM, 8-speed, grip shifterV-brakes (In-House)Supa Dupa Hoops (In-House)Schwalbe Little Joe 20 x 1.4
Cleary Owl 20$48521.0SteelSturmey Archer Internal 3-speed Hub, trigger shifterV-brakes (Tektro)AlexKenda 20 x 1.9
Prevelo Alpha 3$49918.9Alu AlloyShimano, 8-speed trigger shifterV-brakes (Tektro)In HouseKenda Small Block Eight Pro 20 ×1.5
Specialized Riprock 20 Coaster$270NAAlu AlloySingle SpeedCoaster/ Rear V-brakeIn HouseSpecialized Rhythm Rhythm Lite 20x2.3
Frog 55$52019.4Alu AlloyShimano, 8-speed, trigger shifterV-brakes (Tektro)In HouseKenda K1153 20"x1.75
Pello Reddi 20$39917Alu AlloySinglespeedV-brakes (Tektro)AlexKenda K-Rad 20x1.95
Pello Rover 20$49918.5Alu AlloySRAM, 7-speed, grip shifterV-brakes (Tektro)AlexKenda K-Rad 20x1.95
Early Rider Belter Urban 20$59916.3Alu AlloySturmey Archer 3-speed hub, grip shifterV-brakes (Tektro)In HouseMaxxis DTH 20 x 1.5
Guardian Original 20 6-Speed$41921.2Alu AlloyShimano, 6-speed, grip shifterV-brakes (SureStop)In HouseKenda Kontact
Guardian Original 20 1-speed$37919.5Alu AlloySingle SpeedV-brakes (SureStop)In HouseKenda Kontact, 20" x 1.75"
Priority Start 20$36919.5Alu AlloyGates Belt Drive, Shimano Next 3-speed hubV-brakesIn HouseKenda 20 x 1.9
Vitus 20$24720.9Alu AlloyShimano, 7-speed, trigger shifterV-brakes (Tektro)In HouseKenda Small Block Eight Pro 20 ×1.5
Norco Roller 20$349NAAlu AlloySingle SpeedV-brakes (Tektro)In HouseNorco 20” x 2.1”
Trek Wahoo 20$43919.59Alu AlloyShimano, 8-speed, trigger shifterV-brakes (Tektro)In HouseBontrager
20x1.95˝
Cannondale Quick 20$38020.2Alu AlloyShimano, 7-speed, grip shifterV-brakes (Promax)In HouseKenda Small Block 8, 20 x 1.5
Raleigh Rowdy$25020.4Alu AlloyShimano, 6-speed, grip shifterV-brakesIn House20 x 2.125"
Co-Op Cycles REV 20$19920.2Alu AlloySinglespeedCoaster / rear v-brake (Tektro)In HouseKenda Kontact, 20" x 1.75"

Bottom-Line

The Pello Reddi falls on the smaller side of the 20″ bike spectrum which makes it ideal for kids who don’t have the minimum inseam for most 20″ bikes but are ready for the bigger size wheels. The singlespeed drivetrain (or the optional SRAM Automatix hub) keeps things simple and lightweight. Thanks to the reasonable price tag and the brand-name components, we think this is one of the best buys out there.

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