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This question came in from a customer named Rick.
I was about to purchase a Jumper when I saw the Dimension was going to come out. I held off on the Jumper to see some reviews of the Dimension. I realize it’s fairly new but so far there’s been nothing. Not even from the dealers.
This will be my 3yr old sons first bike. He likes the looks of both and will fit fine on either. So those are a wash. I tried a pro’s/con’s list but it’s small and so far seems to favor the Jumper. I already have a brake I can add to the Jumper if need be. Would you be able to point of some of the areas where the Dimension excels over the Jumper? Thanks Rick
Thanks for reaching out to us. Excellent (and difficult) question. My opinions of the Kokua Jumper are based on my memory and experience selling them over 5 years ago when I first started selling the bikes. Back then Likeabike had 2 US distributors and the bikes were much more popular.
When it comes down to differences there are a few and my opinion as to which one is better comes down to what essential features are included on the base models of these two brands. Both models feature alloy frames, hubs, seat post and Schwalbe tires. The Likeabike comes with a steering limiter and I don’t think it is a deal breaker if the Dimension doesn’t have one – I agree with their function but I have not witnessed as many jackknife incidents. One feature the Dimension has that the Kokua doesn’t is the rear brake with easy reach lever. I think this feature should be standard at this price point. The higher quality hubs, wheels and tires make these bikes much faster and rear brakes are essential. I know you can add a front brake to the Likeabike but not in the rear due to it’s unique suspension system.
The rear suspension on the Kokua is pretty cool and while it’s practicality could be argued, in my mind the benefits can be seen for riding off the beaten path. Between the two bikes, suspension set aside, I like the geometry of the Dimension; due to the angle and rise of the top frame tube. I like more room and a lower stand-over height for the adventurer-type kids who are more more daring and willing to try obstacles and aggressive terrain.
Hope this helps. If you are interested in another balance bike with the same frame geometry but with components that may be a little heavier due to them being steel, check out the Scoot – I’ve sold hundreds of these and they are one of my favorites.
Go with a Ridgeback and you won’t be disappointed. They after all are a well-known bike company and it’s what they know.
Thanks and let me know if you have any other questions.
My distributor refers to them as the “Rockstar” of balance bikes. I happen to agree with his spot on claim. Why do we love the Scoot balance bikes so much and even claim them to be the best balance bike available? It’s fairly easy: they are real bikes from a respected bike company that knows a lot about making quality bicycles for all types of uses.
Let me divulge a little and give you a background on Ridgeback the company. Ridgeback is a UK company that traces it roots back to 1983. Their range of bikes go from flat bar road bikes to commuter bikes to mountain bikes to kids bikes. In 1983 Ridgeback was the first mountain bike available in the UK. In 1990 Ridgeback introduced the Roxy – the flat bar commuter bikes that serves as a benchmark to today’s bikes. The Roxy is the foundation for their modern day Metro series. They continue to stay perched among the most respected bike companies with their lines of street commuter, road mountain bikes and several variations like 29ers, drop bar road bikes and of course their children’s bikes like the Dimension line and Scoot balance bikes.
So, with a history of making bikes for over 33 years; these guys have bike building down to a science. So, when they launched their Scoot balance bike they didn’t just slap together a toy to get in on the craze of balance bikes – they made a real bike that had to be a high enough standard to wear the Ridgeback badge. Aluminum frame, internally routed cables, direct pull rear “v” brakes, steel fork and a sealed headset.