Guardian Ethos

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Guardian Ethos. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

18 reasons to buy

  • The Guardian Ethos is available in four attractive color combinations.
  • Experts and users agree that with clear instructions, assembling the bike is easy.
  • Tools are included for assembling the bike.
  • Guardian includes a sleek kickstand that does not interfere with pedaling.
  • The bike has a durable steel frame.
  • The SureStop braking system uses a single brake lever to operate both front and rear brakes, ensuring that young riders are not sent over the handlebars when stopping suddenly.
  • A low standover height makes it easy for riders to get on and off the bike.
  • Weighing in at just 17.5 lbs, the 16" Guardian Ethos is easy for children to maneuver.
  • The tires of the bike provide young riders with loads of traction on pavement and gravel roads.
  • The gear ratio of the bike allows riders to pedal comfortably on flats and up and down most neighborhood hills.
  • Thin, sleek tubing with internally routed cables give this bike an impressive appearance.
  • Guardian’s avatar fit tool on their website ensures that buyers get the best fit bike for their child.
  • The Ethos has a freewheel hub, allowing kids to coast further and get more out of each pedal stroke than bikes without this feature.
  • A quick-release lever makes it easy for owners to adjust the height of the seat.
  • The position of the brake lever is adjustable, ensuring that it can be engaged by all riders' hands.
  • Upright, adjustable handlebars ensure young riders are comfortable on this bike.
  • A removable steering limiter prevents riders from oversteering and crashing their bike.
  • Experts and users rave that Guardian Bikes provides superb customer service.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The bike is not compatible with training wheels.
  • One user found the paint easily peeled off the Ethos.

Bottom line

Guardian Bikes provides young riders with a stylish and safe bike, with the Ethos. The SureStop brakes were first introduced on Shark Tank and prevent young riders from going over the handlebars when they brake. Other notable features on this bike include a freewheel hub, quick-release seat adjustment, an adjustable brake lever, kickstand and removable steering limiter. The bike is not compatible with training wheels. Consumers and experts were highly impressed with Guardian Bikes' fit tool that helped them find the right size bike for their rider.

Expert Reviews

90/100 based on 1 expert reviews
Two Wheeling Tots

Guardian 16 Inch Bike Review – Ethos and Original

Guardian’s combination of SureStop brakes, lightweight frames, and upright positioning make their 16″ line of bikes one of our top choices for 4 to 6-year-olds riding around the neighborhood and paved bike trails.

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Raj Kadiyala

Guardian Ethos 16in Kids Bike Review

This bike came partly pre-assembled and with really good instructions.

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Rascal Rides

Guardian 16″ Ethos Kids Bike Review

The Guardian Ethos 16 is a breath of fresh air for parents looking to buy a great bike for their young one, all while keeping overall cost at a minimum.

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User Ratings

94/100 based on 813 ratings
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