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Best cheap 16 inch bikes: Reviews and buying advice

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Dynacraft Magna Major Damage Boys BMX Street/Dirt Bike 16", Yellow/Black

$89.99
$76.50  in stock
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as of January 2, 2020 9:35 pm

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Product Dimensions36.5 x 17 x 7 inches ; 27 pounds
Shipping Weight27.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number8053-39ZTJ

The Magna Major Damage 16" BMX Street/Dirt Bicycle is a fun way for kids to ride around the neighborhood, park, or easy trails. Great for beginning riders, it also includes a rear coaster brake and adjustable/removable training wheels to provide extra balance and stability . This BMX bike has a...

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Do not buy this product. I purchased this for my 5 year olds birthday. He was very excited and when we went to put it togethor the front wheel did not fit. Not even close! This appears to be a known issue but has been buried on the bottom of the review board. Inorder to get a refund I had to repackage and return the entire bike. This is a known issue that both the manufacture and Amazon are allowing to continue.
I took a chance on this bike for my 4-year-old after reading some widely mixed reviews, but it was so cheap that I gave it a go (mine did not have the front wheel issue that others have described.) Make no mistake: right out of the box this thing is terrible. If you have zero mechanical comfort then take a hard pass. However, the bones are not bad, it is just like when they were assembling it they gave some people who have never ridden a bike some wrenches and said "tighten everything up as much as you can." That's a great idea when building a deck, not so much when assembling a bike. +1 to all those who described super-tight wheel bearings. Mine were so tight they almost didn't spin and if I put them on as-is they would be worn out in a month. The fork was also so tight the thing creaked and grinded whenever it moved. Chain was also so taught I thought the thing was going to pop if my boy actually started riding.So...why four stars? I am very comfortable with bike mechanics so I took the whole thing apart, regreased all bearings (factory grease looked like it came off a Thanksgiving turkey) and reassembled properly. Now that big yellow banana can rip like hot fire and my boy has a big old goofy grin on his face. It's really not a bad bike.Takeaway: you are looking at a $60 kids bike and not a $200 kids bike for a very logical reason...your kid is going to grow up. But the difference between any $60 bike and $200 bike is going to be huge, and this thing is proof positive for that. It's not hard to make any bike run well (things should be tight enough that they don't fall off, not so tight that other things can't move...) but for the safety of your kids, if you don't know how to do that then definitely fork out the extra cash to pay a reputable company like Trek to do it for you. If you're cool with that, then by all means save the cash but kill some time making this baby purr, because it definitely can.
Bought this bike for my four year old son (42 inches tall) as his first bike after graduating from a tricycle. I chose this bike because unless you spend upwards of $150 for a kid’s first bike (which is insane), they are all essentially the same. The differences in cost in the sub-$150 range are licensing for movie/tv characters, one or both hand brakes (which are always of so horrible quality they are unusable after a few weeks, if they were ever very useable at all in the first place), and brand name (like a company that actually makes some quality adult bikes). If you strip all those attributes away, you wind up with a $60 bike just like this one.Assembly: This instructions are absolutely horrible. There is a booklet that contains instructions for virtually every kind of bike they make and you have to flip through and find the one that applies to BMX bikes. Even then, the instructions are rather generic. If you have never owned a bike before and had to make any kind of adjustments, then you might have a few head scratching moments. But if you’ve worked on your own bike before, even as just an amateur, then you should be okay as most of the bike is put together already. The things you have to attach are the front wheel, pedals (make sure you have left and right correct so you don’t strip the threads), seat (which is already attached to the post), handlebars (which are already attached to the stem), and training wheels (which are also pre-assembled). You’ll need a 15mm wrench and a 13mm wrench. Be aware that you’ll need open wrenches for the pedals as a socket wrench will not work and pliers will be awkward at best.My bike was missing one of the screws which are used to anchor the bike chain guard to the frame. Luckily, I have a small arsenal of nuts and bolts and was able to find a #4 machine screw, nut and washers to save the day. Otherwise I would have had to make a trip to the hardware store that would have had me rather pissed off. While this isn’t a big deal, no product should EVER ship with missing parts so I’ve knocked a star off for that.There were no bent, scratched, or otherwise damaged parts. I checked all preassembled nuts for tightness and they were all tight, but I could tighten them a little more to standards.Quality: This is a $59 bike. The fact you can make a bike this cheap blows my mind, so I didn’t have high expectations other than that it work. It does. This is not a performance bike, it’s for a tiny kid who will likely not be able to exceed 10 miles per hour. I was actually rather surprised at the lack of defect in the paint and welds and everything felt really solid. But here’s where you will notice it’s not a $200 bike: Basically all of the bearings aren’t the best. The handlebars turn fine, but it’s not like my bike – you can feel very subtle resistance. The pedals don’t spin freely on the crank arms – they spin, but if you flip them they won’t make a couple revolutions. The wheels don’t spin forever – but they spin fine enough for a small kid. There is a very subtle scraping sound when the rear wheel coasts that I noticed during assembly, but is too quiet to hear in use. The reality is that IF you are the kind of person who can strip a bike down to the ground and rebuild the whole thing, then you can make improvements by repacking the bearings and such. But honestly, if you did that I don’t think your typical 4 – 7 year old would even be able to notice the difference. And again, this is a $59 bike!The training wheels, which are often a weak part of a kids bike, I’m happy to report, are quite robust. I doubt they will bend under use. They also, as expected, are adjustable so you can start out when the bike as ALMOST a four wheeled vehicle and slowly raise them up over time as the kids gets his/her balance under control.In use: My son’s eyeballs jumped out of their sockets when he saw it. We headed for a school parking lot (with 15 and 13mm wrenches in my pocket to make adjustments and/or tighten anything that I missed. He’s been riding it for the past couple weeks and there have been no issues. Nothing has broken or come loose.

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Dynacraft Magna Starburst Girls BMX Street/Dirt Bike 16", Purple/White/Pink

$79.99
$64.76  in stock
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as of January 2, 2020 9:35 pm

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Product Dimensions36.5 x 17 x 7 inches
Shipping Weight26.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number8053-40

The Magna Starburst Girls BMX Street/Dirt 16" Bicycle is a fun way for kids to ride around the neighborhood, park, or easy trails. Great for beginning riders, it also includes a rear coaster brake and adjustable/removable training wheels to provide extra balance and stability. This BMX bike has a...

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This bike was bought as a gift for our daughter's sixth birthday. We assembled it the night before and it took about 30 minutes. As other reviews have mentioned the front wheel was challenging. Of course, our daughter was thrilled when she saw it and immediately took it for a spin. She was able to learn to ride it after literally riding the training wheels off. My only complaint is that they were hard to keep in place (as well as the seat) despite what I thought was adequate tightening. This could present a safety issue as they actually came off while she was in motion. Fortunately, her instinct kicked in and she didn't have any accidents. Overall, the price is right for this bicycle and the kid was very happy. This is good first bike if your child is able to exercise good caution at first and is ready to learn to ride.Update: by the end of last fall (18') this bike was done. It's now sitting in our garage collecting dust. Despite proper assembly, the seat will sag and the back tire has separated from the rim. This is cheap but it may not last long. I removed a star for this reason.
Got this for my daughters birthday. Went together excellent except for one thing- the front fork was too narrow for the wheel by about a 1/4".I was able to put a wrench between the fork and wheel "hub" and use it as a pry bar to spread the fork enough to let the wheel drop in.Other than this problem the bike is great and looks really good especially considering it was a bargain for $55 on Amazon.Brian
Pros:1.) Item fits description. The colors scheme is attractive and looks like the images online.2.) my daughter is 3.5 y/o and 42" tall and this bike fits her perfectly at the lowest seat position with room to grow.3.) assembly was fairly simple, though instructions are not included, so you have to have some basic knowledge of how things fit together on a bike.Cons:1.) the pre-assembled portions of the bike, specifically the back axle and pedals, show signs of poor craftsmanship and will need adjustment. The back wheel and pedals are very tight, making it difficult for your child to start and continue riding. We had to disassemble, loosen and oil potions of the back wheel and pedal assembly in order for everything to move properly and make it easy for my daughter to ride and maneuver the bike with ease.After the tune-up, she is in love with the bike and has been very successful riding it. Unless you are prepared to perform (or pay someone else to perform) a similar tune-up, you are making it too difficult for your child to ride this bike and setting them up for failure. Chose what is important to you.

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RoyalBaby Freestyle Kid’s Bike for Boys and Girls, 12 14 16 inch with Training Wheels, 16 18 20 inch with Kickstand, in Multiple Colors

$149.99
$99.99  in stock
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Product Dimensions44 x 25 x 29 inches ; 24.3 pounds
Shipping Weight30.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model numberRB16B-6O

RoyalBaby BMX Freestyle is the most classic model of RoyalBaby boy's and girl's bikes. Our patented components feature designs specifically with the needs of children in mind. Our unique carton and packaging includes all the tools necessary to assemble the bicycle very quickly.

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Back in college, I used to work in a bike shop that sold low-mid price bicycles. I spent a lot of time assembling and repairing them. Lots of times, lower-end bikes had lots of issues: bent parts, untrue wheels, misaligned brakes, etc. I had never heard of the Royal Baby brand before, but after reading other reviews, I decided to get one for my eight year old son. Of course, when it arrived, I gave it my usual thorough walkthrough. Initially, I noticed that the parts seemed to be good quality. Welds were solid and the finish was perfect.Assembly was just like any other bicycle: pedals, handlebars, seat, accessories. All parts lined up perfectly on the first try. No fighting, no twisting and pulling, none of that. It also comes with some cheap tools to help with assembly, so you don't have to worry about finding a pedal wrench, or the right size metric allen. Once together, I started to look at the mechanics. Tires were very true. There was no noticeable wobble to them, which was abnormal for bikes in the $100-150 range. The brakes were adjusted perfectly. They were centered on the rim and had the perfect amount of pull.Overall, it seems like a quality bike for the price and I am pleased with the purchase.
With our daughter about to turn seven, we realized that it was time to officially retire her 12" You&Me pink bike and upgrade. After literally hours of searching reviews online, we had narrowed it down to this model and a Diamondback 16" bike. We chose the RoyalBaby 16" model in orange.I sat down and read every single review of this bike, and I would like to address what seemed to be the most popular complaints:* "Too heavy!" - Not sure what these parents are comparing this bike to. I kept checking the shipping weight to see if I missed something and the "2" in the "28 lbs" was actually a 3 or a 4...but nope, I was right. Then, thinking about the mess of returning this large object, I ran out to the shed to see how heavy her 12" bike was. I picked it up...then I picked up my 20lbs bar bell...then I picked it up again. I estimated her bike to be maybe 3-5 lbs heavier than my weight. When the RoyalBaby bike arrived a day early (gotta love Prime!) I assembled it and picked it up. Boy, was I relieved when I easily hoisted it up with one arm. This bike maybe weighs around 25lbs, which is perfect for our 7 year old girl. She's already fallen and can easily hoist the bike back up on her own. To all those complainers, go spend another $100 and buy an aluminum frame bike for your kids.* "Wheels don't spin freely" - This was also a big concern of mine, as I am a stickler about quality control at the factory level. During assembly, I flipped the bike over and checked out both wheels. They did feel a bit "sticky" at first, and didn't roll to a stop. First off, fellow parents, please make sure you read all the directions before you begin, if you're not mechanically inclined. One thing I noticed was that the front caliper brakes needed to be adjusted, as they were rubbing slightly against the tire, creating that "imbalanced" sound when spinning the wheel quickly. I scanned the directions, and it had some instructions about how to adjust the front brakes. A few minutes later, no rubbing. The rear wheel also felt a bit sticky and had a bit of a rubbing sound also...but then I realized that you must turn it (when upside down) with the pedals fully forward and engaged. If the coaster brake is engaged in the slightest, you can hear it rubbing as the wheel turns, so take note. With an adjusted brake, the front wheel spun much easier, and almost rolled to a stop...there was some resistance still, but I figured with weight on the wheels right-side-up, resistance would be negligible.As the directions suggest, make sure you lube all moving parts periodically. I grabbed some 3 in 1 oil and some auto grease and lubed everything up. It felt like the wheels were just "out of the box" stiff, and began to loosen up a bit on their own. Which leads me to the next con to address...* "Wheels out of true" - This one was concerning because it was mentioned by a few reviewers who claimed to have experience in bike assembly, maintenance, and repair. I didn't really know what they meant by "true", so I did some Google research and realized they meant balanced, with a straight rim. Here is where I almost docked a star. Both wheels were out of true and that was part of the reason they didn't spin as freely as I had expected initially. As I spun the wheels, you could see both of them needed adjustment, as they bowed left and right with several "bubbles" causing the rim to wobble considerably as it spun. However, after reading about "truing" a bicycle wheel, I found that it was pretty straightforward: You just adjust the spoke studs at their base, right above the rim, with a spoke wrench. This bike's spokes are a size 13 according to my $9 spoke wrench I purchased on Amazon. Once I figured out tightening the spokes was counterclockwise, in about 10 minutes I had both wheels very close to true and they spun much easier! My daughter even mentioned that the bike seemed to ride much smoother after my adjustments. Since I was able to correct the issue, and I'm pretty sure that places like Wally World and Target don't "true" their bikes prior to purchase, I decided not to dock a star.* "Royal Baby All Over The Bike = Not Cool!" - I totally get this one for the kids who want to be big boys and girls. However, after easily peeling off a few decals, and throwing out the ridiculous stickers that come with it, this bike only says "RoyalBaby" in two places...the seat and the center of the handlebars. Even the company logo on the front of the frame has a predominant crown where you can't even see the small print "RoyalBaby" unless you stick your face right up to the forks. The company name on the tire tread is black on black so unless you're looking closely at the tires, you can't tell. This bike has definitely passed the cool test with our 7 year old daughter!* "Missing Parts" - Bike came with all the parts.* "Pedals won't screw on/break easily" - This one may change after a few months of use, so I'll keep an eye on it and update, if necessary. However, I had no issues with the pedals, they screwed onto the crank arms just fine (take note that the left hand pedal must be tightened counter-clockwise).* "Water bottle is cheap" - Have to agree with this one, unfortunately, as it already is cracked and leaking. However we have several bicycle water bottles in our home and they all fit snugly in the holder, which is made of metal and bolts to the frame. Not enough of an issue to warrant docking a star, in my opinion.* "Chain falls off" - Chain was nice and tight and has not come off, yet. Besides, the rear axle sits in a groove which allows you to slide it backwards or forward to adjust the tension in the chain, which apparently, some of these reviewers failed to realize.* "Tires won't hold air" - I inflated tires to 35 psi 4 days ago and they are still full.I was a bit apprehensive about purchasing this bike, but so far, it seems to be a home run. We can't keep her off of it, she even just likes to sit on it when she can't ride! The frame seems to be solid, well made, and has quality frame welds. The color scheme of the orange and black with the white seat really looks sharp! Heck, I would rock this bike, if I fit! After truing the wheels,it was definitely a relief to see her get up to speed and coast almost the entire length of the sidewalk. She also loves the big, thick black tires.I also really like that it comes with a kickstand and a quick-adjust seat, which makes sizing it for her a breeze!In conclusion, we are very happy with this bicycle. With a little time taken to read the instructions and make some basic adjustments, this bike seems more than capable of providing our kids with years of good riding.UPDATE 12-18-2015: After reading my review, the company sent me a replacement water bottle, free of charge. Very nice customer service, in my opinion. Bike has performed flawlessly so far...
I bought two of these:The 16 inch pink bike for my daughter who will be turning 5 next week. I did not take her measurements, but she is a size 5/6 in tops and pants right now for size comparison. The bike is great with the training wheels, but it is too big for her to handle without them yet. If I had known what I know now, I would have bought her one size down to start off with. For now, she can ride this with the training wheels to get used to it and we will just keep her much smaller bike until she has made a full transition.The 18 inch blue bike for my 7 1/2 year old Son - Again, no measurements, but he is a size 7/8 for size comparison. This bike just fits with room to grow. Last fall, it would have been a bit too big for him.Sizing aside, here are my thoughts:This is a great bike! It is nice and sturdy and I love the look. (especially the fact that the pink is still girly looking but has BLACK tires, not the dang white tires that most little girls bikes have) We live on a farm, so no sidewalks. Just dirt, gravel and grass to ride on. These bikes ride just fine on the rough terrain.My kids love that the bikes came with a water bottle.The 16" bike has a firmer white seat with what sort of looks like a hand grip in the back. The 18" bike has a slightly cushier black seat - like a normal bike seat. Neither of the kids have mentioned that they especially love or dislike their seats. Both bikes have brake, which is nice - although my daughter is still getting used to using it - it's a little big for her tiny hands. I would recommend getting the hang of that before going down any hillsAnd last - the assembly was pretty easy - They came mostly assembled already. It took about 15 minutes per bike (Putzing speed) to get everything ready to go. One bike came with the tires ready to go and one bike needed to have the tires inflated before riding.Overall, these have been great bikes so far and I am very pleased with the purchase!

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Hot Wheels Dynacraft Boys BMX Street/Dirt Bike with Hand Brake 16"" Black/Red/Orange

$109.99
$94.88  in stock
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Product Dimensions36.2 x 17 x 6.8 inches ; 24 pounds
Shipping Weight29.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number8054-34WA

Hot Wheels fans will love riding around on this 16" BMX boys bike featuring a sturdy steel frame with a colorful design and authentic Hot Wheels graphics. This bike includes front hand and rear coaster brakes making it easy to stop. It also includes a handlebar/crossbar pad, adjustable/removable...

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I bought this bike and it went together rather easily, the graphics are awesome and it seems like a sturdy bike. After getting it all together I noticed that the rear rim was bent. I did what I could do with the spokes and without just trying to bend it back into place it is still bent. I’m going to have to take it into a bike shop now just to have a brand new rim straightened.Also the “rev handle” broke almost instantly. The spring action that turned the sound off stopped springing back and the sound wouldn’t shut off. I took it apart very carefully and found that the screw holding the retraction spring had fallen out. I put the screw back in, put the thing back together and presto chango it worked like a champ. Almost seemed stronger than the factory. All of 10 min of riding an my son had already broke it the exact same way. I fixed it again and just had him barley try it.We have another bike with the aftermarket bought “rev handle” which doesn’t have batteries and that one has not had a single problem. Need less to say we are going to buy another one to replace the junk we got from the manufacturer.I would say this is a good bike for a child, if you want the rev handle your better off buying the aftermarket “hot wheels rev grip” from amazon and just putting it on instead of the POS that comes with the bike. Also check the rims as soon as it comes out of the box instead of putting it all together and then finding out.
Perfect big boy bike for my 4 year old who loves hot wheels and monster trucks!!. He loves it!!
Item arrived severely damaged and NOT in working condition. The front wheel is bent and out of round. The front brake calipers are bent to the point that they cannot function and the wheel/brakes cannot be installed properly. The front brake bolt that holds the calipers on is also severely bent so the brakes are crooked. Basically a mess on arrival. I cringe to think that the product could arrive like this and leave a kid very unhappy at Christmas time or for a Birthday. I had to get a number of tools and try to unbend the parts to get it together. It's risky but I took a stab at it to at least try to get it together while waiting on customer service to send new parts.I called Dynacraft customer service (the manufacturer) as instructed by the included documents, and they were nice on the phone. They said they only had a limited set of parts in stock. They offered to send replacement parts, no charge and no questions asked. The parts arrived a week later.HOWEVER, when I went to swap out the new parts with the damaged ones, I found that the parts they sent are not correct. They sent wrong colors across the board. Wrong wheel. Wrong tire. Wrong brakes/calipers. Right specs but wrong colors. And the rep on the phone said they only keep one version of these things in stock.The whole point of buying this bike was that my 6-year old loved the colors and the way it looks. There's no way I'm installing all the wrong parts on it and making it look ridiculous. He'd be crushed.I am going to try to salvage the bike by taking it to a repair shop to see what can be done (the things we do to make our kids happy). But, unless you like damaged bikes and having your time wasted, I would not buy this bike or any other from Dynacraft (especially online).

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Dynacraft Jurassic World Bike

$89.99  in stock
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Product Dimensions43.9 x 20.9 x 32.7 inches ; 20.5 pounds
Shipping Weight26.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number8057-64TJ

Make sure this fits by entering your model number.; Custom jurassic world graphics; Handlebar shield; Jurassic world dino grip; Removable, adjustable training wheels; Recommended Age: 4-8

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UPDATE - I was able to reach Dynacraft customer service on the 800 number finally. The customer service rep was polite, to the point, and within a couple minutes got me a replacement part ordered. I received it within a couple days, and now the bike is working great. I appreciate Dynacraft standing behind their product, I will buy from them again.ORIGINAL - I purchased this bike for my 4-year old son. He was so excited when he saw the dino theme and looks of the bike. Unfortunately, upon trying to put it together I noticed that the thread hole for the left pedal was defective, and no matter what I tried, refused to accept the left pedal screw. I noticed others had the same issue, I started a "case" on their website several days ago and have had no response. The 800 number rings endlessly. I will update my review when Dynacraft supports their product and reaches back out to me.
My 4 yo loves it he is 40in tall and he is just a hair to small but he can get on so we're all good. Has an adorable dino roar horn. Easy to put together 2 hands required lol.
I was my nephew 7 bday and is Obsessed with dinosaurs and this bike was a must he rides it everyday and loves it .. I thought he would have been too big but if was perfect fit

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