Schwinn Iris

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Summary of Reviews

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

11 reasons to buy

  • Both coaster and handbrakes allowed young ones to train slowly.
  • The solid Hi-Ten steel frame seemed sturdy to new owners.
  • Early riders found the basket handy and fun to put toys in.
  • Tassels finished off the Iris’s playful look.
  • A number of parents found assembly to be easy.
  • Parents reported that little ones found the Iris easy to ride.
  • A chainguard kept the drivetrain and grease away from kids’ fingers.
  • Several parents said this bike had plenty of room for growing riders.
  • The Iris presented as colorful and cute in a way that appealed to kids.
  • Parents were pleased that the Iris was not based on a popular character.
  • The Iris struck some parents as cheaper than offerings from bigger department stores.

7 reasons not to buy

  • At 28 lbs, it can be hard for kids to pick up a fallen Iris.
  • Two buyers did not receive a basket, one did not get a stem.
  • A decent number of buyers found instructions difficult to follow.
  • The tassels fell out of one owner’s Iris, who was unable to reattach them.
  • One parent said the handbrake lever was too big for their daughter’s hand.
  • One owner received a used product, with dirty tires, scratches and no basket.
  • Buyers complained that the basket didn’t stay on. It sometimes arrived warped and was deemed poor quality. Owners said that it quickly sagged and required attachment with zip-ties.

Bottom line

A number of parents preferred the Iris to other character-themed options, which often didn’t hold the interest of childrens’ changing interests. Parents of girls aged 3 to 6 reported that the bike was a good fit. Although the frame seems to be of solid construction, this comes at a price. At 28lbs, it’s heavier than some adult bikes, making it difficult for kids to pick up if it were to topple over. If you’re after something that’s retro, colorful and adaptable to fast-growing tots, the Iris is worth considering.

Expert Reviews

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Kids Schwinn Iris 16″ Bike

It grows with your child… it’ll last you for a while… This one has a handbrake. It’s more like a bigger kids’ bike… Overall, I think it’s not bad, it’s a pretty good quality bike.

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The Best First Pedal Bike

The BMX-style Schwinn Scorch and Iris are solid, coaster brake-equipped bikes that our testers genuinely enjoyed riding. However, they were 4 to 6 pounds heavier than our runner-up picks (without training wheels), making them tougher for our tykes to maneuver without help.

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User Ratings

83/100 based on 330 ratings
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