Product Review | Woom 4
Check out our Product Review of the Woom 4. It might just be the ultimate kids bike! My son recently transitioned from a single speed pedal bike with coaster brake to a geared hand brake bike. It was great to see him take the leap and riding bikes just got even more fun for him.
KEY THINGS THAT STANDOUT
This bike is light. Like 16lbs light. The frame is double butted aluminum and is well built. The components are solid and the wheels are also light. Lighter bike for a kid is perhaps more meaningful then for adults. Even though they don’t realize it. A cumbersome bike can hold a kid back and reduce the fun factor. As a dad who loves to ride it’s a real joy to see my son develop so quickly. Part of his quick development is the use of good equipment.
Look at that saddle height. Lots of room to grow into this bike. While it might be just a hair too big for him now the idea is for him to have several years of riding on this bike as he grows. These bikes are not cheap! But I figure the more he enjoys it the more he will ride.
Sram X-4 drivetrain 1×8. 11-28 cassette and 29T front chainring. A geared bike has been huge for my son.
Here is my 6 year old tackling a hill that he previously had to run up with his bike. Now he cleans it every time! Gears and a light bike are a game changer. Watch him accelerate once he gets up and around the house!
Gripshift is great for kids. He can look down and see what gear he’s in which helps him better understand how to use them. Plus it is super simple to shift. Early on he had some accidental shifts but again he can see what gear he’s in and make the correction.
I really like the adjustability of the stem. The stem can be flipped to adjust the reach once he grows longer. Again lots of room to grow.
Ultralight Soopa Doopa Hoops by Woom. Love the name of their wheels! And the legit tires from Schwalbe. The Little Joe’s are a nice touch. I’ve seen a lot of junk tires on kids bikes.
This a great little saddle. I’ve seen so many cheap saddles on kids bikes. And we grownups know what a quality saddle can do for the enjoyment factor riding bikes.
And here is what my 6 year old likes about the Woom 4!
HOW IT RIDES
Lets just say my kid loves it! While his previous bike was great for his skill level and age he out grew it and it was starting to hold him back. The Woom 4 unlocked another level of cycling and enjoyment for him. He’s riding farther and up hills he previously could not. I love watching him grow in confidence and how he focuses on learning how to ride. The Woom 4 is excellent. When I was researching top bikes for kids his age the Woom 4 was always mentioned as one of the best. And we totally agree!
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FRONT CHAINRING – 29 Tooth
SHIFT LEVERS – SRAM X-4 Gripshift
CASSETTE – 11-28
REAR DERAILLEUR – SRAM X-4
FORK – Aluminum
FRONT WHEEL – Ultralight Soopa Doopa Hoops Woom
REAR WHEEL – Ultralight Soopa Doopa Hoops Woom
TIRES – Schwalbe Little Joe’s
SADDLE – Woom
STEM – Vario (Adustable)
BRAKES – SRAM
FRAME – AA 6061 Double Butted Aluminum
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Great review! My kids have been riding Wooms for a while now and while they are not perfect, they are hard to beat with respect to checking all the necessary boxes. Specifically, they are usually the lightest option for their respective size, and since we live in a hilly area, getting up the hills on a lighter bike makes the bike ride more enjoyable. A 10lb weight difference on a 30 lb kid is massive.
For your readers:
14 and 16 in bikes sell with coaster brakes per US law, but you should know they sell a freehub wheel as an accessory that you can then switch out for a full hand brake experience. The freehub makes a huge difference in confidence for early riders, first as they learn to pedal, then as they stand up on pedals.
I am not a fan of the grip shift. You CAN actually request trigger shifters if that’s your preference. I would recommend you contact them before ordering and see what you need to do during the order process to make sure you get what you want.
This is also another place Woom shines. Their customer service is fantastic. Emails get answers, orders get shipped, suggestions replied to, questions answered, complaints addressed. Other than Kona, I have never dealt with such a responsive bike company, and Kona doesn’t make kids bikes. Seriously, these guys are a great company.
As for price, these bikes are still fetching pretty good prices on craigslist. Plan on getting about 65-75 percent of the original price in some markets depending on condition. So while they are a pretty penny, you will get most of your money back on the back end when you sell. We have some friends that have basically sold their bike to the same younger kid as their kid outgrows her bike. She is very gentle on her bike, so they get a sizeable chunk of their original price back. Woom’s buyback program is also an option, but in our city, it offers a fraction of what you can get for it on the used market. These bikes are in demand right now.
For gripes, I think newer 14 and 16 in bikes ship with too big a rear cog for my taste. It might be good if you have huge hills, but if you have a speedster at home you may find them spinning too fast to get any decent pace. It’s probably not hard to switch out the rear cog for something smaller, but I would think ahead if you think it’ll be a concern.
Thank you for all this information!