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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Riprock Coaster. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
13 reasons to buy
- Experts praise the Riprock Coaster’s geometry, for its low center of gravity and comfortable pedaling position.
- Speaking of the Riprock Coaster’s build, reviewers describe its “great quality and durability”.
- One parent says their child rode the Riprock Coaster 16 for 2 years before progressing.
- Testers say the Henge saddle is padded and comfortable for kids.
- An expert says the 15.6lb Riprock Coaster 12 is significantly lighter than many low-end options.
- The Riprock Coaster 12’s handlebar height is adjustable to suit growing toddlers.
- 2.3” pneumatic tires offer comfortable cushioning and a versatile tread.
- Reviewers say the bike’s included training wheels are very sturdy.
- The Riprock Coaster’s training wheels attach and detach without tools.
- The Riprock Coaster’s chainguard protects feet, clothes & hands from grease and pinching.
- A tester compliments the ergonomically low height and ample width of the Riprock Coaster 12’s handlebar.
- Reviewers love the range of vibrant color options available on all models.
- Testers like that the Riprock Coaster 12 uses easily-accessible, angled valve stems.
8 reasons not to buy
- An expert says the Riprock’s Coaster brake causes children to fall when back-pedaling to maintain balance.
- A tester says the Riprock’s Coaster brake causes kids to come to a stop when attempting to maintain balance on climbs.
- Reviewers found the absence of a hand brake on 12” and 16” models disappointing.
- An expert says the 12" model is too small for most children of ‘pedal-bike age’.
- One reviewer says this bike is “not ideal for long or technical rides.”
- The Riprock Coaster is heavier than options from specialist kids’ bike brands.
- A tester describes the Riprock Coaster as “pricey”.
- One reviewer dislikes that the bike's seatpost is only adjustable with an allen key.
Expert Reviews81/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
Specialized Hotrock 16 (Riprock) Review
The Riprock’s training wheels are by far the sturdiest we have ever seen…however, we strongly recommend checking out a balance bike instead. With coaster brakes, the bike comes to an unexpected stop when the child back-pedals, which usually leads to a fall. The one major update we would like to see is the addition of hand brakes as a replacement…
Specialized Riprock (Hotrock) 12 Review
One of the smallest pedal bikes on the market, making it a great option for very young or petite balance bike graduates. If your child needs training wheels, you should also consider the Specialized Hotwalk balance bike, which would be a much better experience… The coaster brake does make starting to pedal from a standstill more difficult.
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