I arrived home last week to find the biggest box I had ever seen in my hallway… However it wasn’t the box which was the surprise, it was the fantastic product inside! Bugs had just finished learning to ride on a second hand bike, which is now far too small and was ready for an upgrade. So when Ridgeback Bikes got in touch to see if Bugs would like a bike to review it could not have come at a more perfect time!
Bugs was sent a Ridgeback Dimension 20 which costs £289.99 over on the website. It is described as ‘the original premium kids bike’ and is ideal for younger riders who cycle more frequently. All the principles of a Metro series hybrid with a specification and features designed specifically for smaller riders.
So how good is the bike? Well the truth is I am jealous, seriously jealous. I have a broken bike and an old bike on it last legs. So when my son received this beautiful machine I truly wished that I was 6 again.
The bike has a slender low profile similar to a BMX frame. However, unlike a true BMX made for tricks, this is much more of a hybrid designed for a young person to feel cool and learn how to ride any bike. The groupset is Shimano… ie the gears, pedals and brakes, top class. The gears are controlled by a twist grip mechanism on the right handle and change smoothly, rapidly and make learning how to manage gear changing for a child as easy as it can be.
It is easy to push-off for small young legs, it is easy to control and it’s frame is light enough and agile enough to enable him to zip at speed…and then the brakes: sharp, taught, mountain bike style quick release calipers. For storage and carriage the wheels are also quick release. There is no down side here. None what so ever!
Regardless of functionality it is a beautiful thing, cool, attractive and it gives Bugs his first real taste of freedom and makes him happy and if a bike does all those things it’s a success. Isn’t it? Amazing!
Bugs has been riding his new bike every single day since he got it, he found the transition from his old bike to this one incredibly easy, in fact I think he has become a really confident rider since starting to ride this. We are very very happy with this bike, it is absolute quality and can highly recommend it to you 🙂
* Bugs was gifted this bike free of charge for the purpose of our review. He absolutely LOVES his new bike and I am sure he is going to have a few awesome years with it!