Early Rider Belter 16

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Early Rider Belter 16. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

9 reasons to buy

  • The Early Rider Belter 16 is attractive and sleek with its shiny, silver aluminum frame.
  • With a belt drivetrain, riders do not have to worry about grease getting on clothing, catching clothes in the chain or chain maintenance on the bike.
  • The Early Rider Belter 16 is lightweight, at 13 lbs., making it easy for young riders to transition from a balance bike to the Belter 16.
  • The bike has Tektro handbrakes instead of coaster brakes.
  • Users agree the pedals are easy to remove for those desiring to use the Belter 16 as a balance bike before a child is ready to pedal.
  • The bike rides quietly. Experts and users note children’s bikes can often be noisy. This bike is not one of them.
  • The bike has a freewheel hub.
  • The Belter 16 has a comfortable and stylish faux leather saddle.
  • The 2" Vee Speedster tires allow riders to maneuver smoothly and provide riders with stability on pavement and beginner mountain bike trails.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Experts and users agree the Early Rider Belter is more expensive than other children's bikes.
  • One expert noted that the brake cables are close to the front wheel. This area may easily jam with mud, causing braking issues.
  • The raised pedal grips on the bike’s pedals can easily scratch the rider’s legs.
  • Experts found the grips may become loose on the Belter 16.

Bottom line

The Early Rider Belter 16 is a high-quality, aluminum pedal bike. It has 16” wheels paired with Vee tires. The bike has an easy to maintain Gates belt drive and is a single speed. Children can utilize this bike both on and off-road. Experts agree that features including handbrakes, the freewheel hub and sliding dropouts are notable. The bike is higher in price than most other children’s bikes.

Expert Reviews

90/100 based on 1 rated expert review
Two Wheeling Tots

Early Rider Belter Urban Review

While pricey, the Early Rider Belter 16 is as beautiful as it is functional and is worth every penny (if it’s in your budget).

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Matthew Armstrong

Early Rider Belter 16″ Urban Bike Review – Best Children’s First Bike

It’s a very, very well built bike.

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Early Rider Belter 16 Trail – Reviewed

For my little one, the Early Rider was love at first sight and an easy transition from her other pedal bike on the road.

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User Ratings

99/100 based on 14 ratings
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