Retrospec Cub

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9 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

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

8 reasons to buy

  • Most users agree the Retrospec Cub is inexpensive.
  • Assembly is an easy process for most. Tools are not required.
  • The seat and handlebars are adjustable.
  • The frame is sturdy as it is constructed of steel.
  • The bike helps toddlers and young children develop balancing skills as they prepare for a pedal bike.
  • Riders have the choice between sixteen colors for the Cub.
  • Foam tires guarantee riders never have flats.
  • The tires do not leave marks on floors.

8 reasons not to buy

  • The foam tires wear quickly on rough surfaces.
  • Testers agree the bike is too small for taller children within the specified age category.
  • The frame can easily become scuffed or scratched.
  • The footrest interferes with some children’s stride.
  • The bearings wear quickly.
  • Users found the seat and handlebars difficult to secure in place.
  • The Cub lacks handbrakes.
  • At 9 lb, the bike is heavy.

Bottom line

The Retrospec Cub is a balance bike with a footrest. It is available in sixteen colors. It is designed for children five and under. Testers found the bike was not the best for taller children in this age category. The bike lacks handbrakes but has a footrest. Unfortunately, the footrest can interfere with the rider’s stride. The foam tires have both benefits and issues. They do not need air or scuff one’s floor. They do show wear with minimal use. The steel frame is durable and heavy. Overall, this is an affordable balance bike that helps children develop the skills needed to progress to a pedal bike.

Expert Reviews

40/100 based on 1 rated expert review
Two Wheeling Tots

Retrospec Cub Balance Bike Review

While certainly a great price, the Retrospec Cub balance bike has a poorly designed footrest that severely inhibits its performance.

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User Ratings

94/100 based on 2954 ratings
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