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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.
14 reasons to buy
- Parents report that the Cub is easy for kids to use and works well to train kids to ride a pedal bike.
- Buyers are pleased by the affordable price-points of the Cub & Cub 2.
- The original Cub has a low minimum seat height of 11.5”. An expert says both Cub models can be ridden by kids as young as 18 months.
- Handlebar and seatpost heights are easily adjusted via quick-release levers.
- Adjustable handlebars match the Cub’s fit to growing riders.
- The Cub’s foam tires are airless and puncture-proof.
- Parents have described the Cub as durable and reported up to 3 years of use.
- Buyers say the Cub is quick and easy to assemble.
- Parents are impressed by the “cute” Cub’s look and 8x bright color options.
- Some owners feel the Cub is light. One tester weighs the Cub 2 at 7 lb.
- A tester appreciates the Cub’s padded saddle for post-diaper riders.
- Owners are pleased with the Cub’s “sturdy” steel frame.
- A tester lauds the stability provided by the Cub 2’s extended wheelbase.
- The Blippi-themed Cub excites young fans of this kids’ television show.
9 reasons not to buy
- Concerned parents report the Cub’s handlebar and plastic headset cups disassembling and falling off.
- An expert tester says the Cub 2’s quick-release handlebar clamp comes loose regularly. Users also found the seat and handlebars difficult to secure in place.
- The original Cub’s footrest obstructs kids’ legs when striding, according to parents.
- Frustrated buyers have described damage and quality issues from brand new.
- Several parents express concern over the ~9 lb weight of the original Cub.
- Parents deemed the plastic headset & wheels to be low-quality.
- For smaller 2-year-olds, the Cub could be oversized, according to parents.
- An expert says foam tires provide “no cushioning” and offer minimal traction.
- Buyers remonstrated over difficult assembly and parts that did not fit without modification.
Expert Reviews59/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
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Offering great styling, fit, and performance for a low price point, the Retrospec Cub should be on the list for any budget-minded parent. The old Cub model needed a few important changes… the new Cub 2 is a completely different beast in all the right ways … the Cub is better suited to young riders sticking to the pavement.
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The Retrospec Cub has a strikingly swift assembly time among the competition. It has the most significant footrest design. One isn’t better than the other; it’s a personal choice. We suspect most kids will get used to whatever option they own and won’t know the difference.
Quality rating: 3/10.
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