woom bikes is a bicycle company based in Austria (Mozart, not Kangaroos!) and founded by two dads with years of prior experience in the cycling industry.
They saw a problem and were determined to solve it: There were no high-quality bikes available for their children, so they decided to make their own. Today, woom kids bikes are already very popular in continental Europe but are slowly taking over the rest of the world as well.
Woom’s mission is to create the perfect bikes for children – lightweight, practical, durable, reliable, and good looking.
As the founders of woom say themselves, their goal is to build bikes that inspire both children and their parents. That’s why we are making this review. We want to provide you with an in-depth guide of woom bikes and show you exactly why everyone says they are so good. Let’s start!
To whom: For kids making their first steps in the cycling world
To what size: 1.5 – 3.5 years / 31″ – 40″ in height; Saddle height: 10.04″ – 14.37″
Specs: Steering limiter, 12″ air tires, hand brake, weighs just 8.5 lbs
woom 1 is the number one balance bike for kids who are trying to learn how to ride a bike at a very early age. Thanks to the very low step-through frame and a wide range of saddle height positions, your kid can start riding as soon as they start walking and keep riding until they are 3-4 years old.
The woom 1 balance bike is the first choice of parents worldwide because of all of the features it packs. In my opinion, the most important ones that make this bike a good purchase are the steering limiter, the hand brake, and the low weight.
Everyone can learn how to balance on a bike. But fear is a great hindrance. Kids are afraid that they might fall if they start riding without support. The combination of a very lightweight frame, reliable hand brake instead of a coaster brake, and a steering limiter will give your kids more confidence than any other bike.
Best of all, woom 1 is available in five colors, so it’s suitable both for boys and for girls.
woom 1 Plus
To whom: For older toddlers practicing how to stay balanced on two wheels.
To what size: 3 – 4.5 years / 37″ – 43″ in height; Saddle height: 14.76″ – 18.5″
Specs: 14″ Air tires, mid-size frame, removable steering limiter, dual hand brakes, removable footrest
We mentioned that woom 1 is the best balance bike out there. Well, the woom 1 Plus is the best balance bike made bigger. At first glance, it’s quite similar to woom 1, but it has some important improvements.
The tires are 14″ in diameter, so this bike is suitable for older toddlers. The frame is bulkier as well, but it’s still easy to get on and off thanks to the low step-through design.
Related: Best toddlers balance bikes
Another really important feature on the woom 1 Plus that I like is the surfboard footrest. It’s ideal for taller riders who already have enough confidence, but it’s not that great for shorter riders. However, you can take it off in a matter of minutes and add it back when your kid grows taller or gains some more confidence.
Instead of just one hand brake, this model has two.
Moreover, they are color-coded, so there’s a minimal risk that children will mix up the front and the rear brake. Once you think that your kid is ready for an additional challenge, you can also remove the steering limiter and let them figure things out on their own.
woom 1 Plus is highly adjustable, so you can use it time and time again for years to come.
To whom: Kids who have outgrown their balance bikes and are ready to transition to a pedal bike.
To what size: 3 – 4.5 years / 37″ – 43″ in height; Saddle height: 15.94″ – 19.09″
Specs: Dual hand brakes, chain guard, steering limiter, 14″ wheels, air tires
When you see that your child has mastered riding a balance bike and there is no challenge in it for them anymore, that means they are ready to progress to a pedal bike.
The best choice at this point is woom 2 since it has a very similar geometry to the balance bikes. Therefore, the change for your little ones will be minimal.
One of the most important features for the parents on woom 2 is the chain guard. No chance you will have to deal with chain stains on your kid’s pants, socks, and shoes!
But woom 2 is also a great choice because it features dual hand brakes, a detachable steering limiter, and very lightweight construction (just 11.2 lbs). Like all other woom bikes, this model comes in 5 bright colors as well, so your child will be excited to ride it.
To whom: Preschoolers who are getting their first pedal bike or transitioning from a smaller one.
To what size: 4 – 6 years / 41″ – 47″ in height; Saddle height: 19.09″ – 25.2″
Specs: 16″ wheels, air tires, dual brakes, ergonomic crank, chain guard, anatomical saddle
woom 3 is a lightweight kids’ pedal bike which is ideal for children who have yet to completely relax when riding. This model features a completely upright position which is not only comfortable but promotes confidence as well.
It’s much easier to loosen up when you have a better view of what’s ahead and you can easily put your feet on the ground.
The woom 3 model is larger than the previous ones and features 16″ wheels and durable air tires. These tires are quite knobby, which is perfect if your kid will ride on slippery surfaces such as wet asphalt, sand, or loose gravel as they provide plenty of grip.
Other, pretty standard equipment by now includes dual color-coded brakes and a chain guard. But, woom 3 also features an ergonomic crank and an anatomical saddle, which are specifically built for young children. Therefore, your kid can spend hours riding around the block and feeling comfortable.
To whom: For school kids who love riding on all types of terrain, including gravel and forest roads.
To what size: 6 – 8 years / 45″ – 51″ in height; Saddle height: 22.05″ – 27.95″
Specs: 20″ tires, Grip shift Sram shifters, 8 gears, quick release axels, woom stem, Sram X4 derailleur
woom 4 is everything your kid will need for years to come. Woom bikes are a bit more expensive than other kids’ bikes out there, but I like to look at it as an investment for the future. This model is basically an adults’ bike in kids’ clothes, so it’s worth every cent.
When your kid is 6 to 8 years old and they have overcome simple riding, it is the perfect time to introduce them to gear shifting. The woom 4 comes with ergonomic and simple to use grip shifters, which are the best option for your kids to figure out how gears work and what they do.
I was also impressed with the woom stem, which is a clever addition.
It attaches to the original stem of the bike, so you can prolong the time your kid can ride this bike and postpone the next purchase.
If you have some additional money to spare, you can fit lots of accessories on this bike (and others as well), such as fenders, a kickstand, rear rack, lights, water bottles, and a lot more.
To whom: Ideal for school kids who want to ride around the block or explore their area on more rugged terrain.
To what size: 7 – 11 years / 49″ – 57″ in height; Saddle height: 26.38″ – 32.28″
Specs: 24″ wheels, Sram X4 rear derailleur and shifter, knobby tires, seat post clamp
woom 5 is rated as one of the best bikes you can buy in this class. Its smart design allows it to be perfect for long paved rides, short neighborhood rides, as well as off-road rides.
You can’t expect your kid to become a junior MTB champion on woom 5, but you can expect them to have loads of fun and come home with a smile on their face.
Kids at this age (7 – 11) are known to abuse their bikes a bit more, so it’s important for the bike to be easy to maintain. woom 5 has quick-release clamps on the wheels, so it’s super-easy to take them off to replace a flat tire or something like that.
The seat post has a quick release too, so you can easily adjust the height of the saddle as your kid grows (which happens fast at this age).
Personally, I love the grip shift gearing on woom 5. I am not a fan of grip shift on adult bikes, but it’s great on kids’ bikes because of its simplicity.
All in all, in my opinion, this is an extremely durable and well-built bike. It will reduce the need for maintenance for the parents and last for generations to provide fun for the kids.
To whom: Both for kids and for parents who like riding on flats, hills, asphalt, gravel, and any other type of terrain and surface.
To what size: 10 – 14 years / 4’6″ – 5’4″ in height; Saddle height:
Specs: 26″ tires, Lightweight aluminum frame, 8 speeds, reliable V-brakes, customizable with numerous accessories
Is your teen asking you for a new bike that looks like an adult bicycle and not like a kids’ bike? woom 6 is the answer to your woes. This model is a hybrid bike, which means it combines the functionality of both mountain bikes and road bikes.
It has a sturdy and durable aluminum frame, but fast-rolling tires. That makes it a great choice for all types of terrains, so you do not need to invest in two separate bikes if your child loves exploring.
I also love the simplicity of this bike, which is what children need. They want a bicycle that’s easy to ride and maintain, that will simply get them places with little or no fuss. The grip shift system that controls the 8-speed Sram X4 rear derailleur is simple to use and provides a gear for any type of terrain.
Since woom 6 is suitable for riders as high as 5’4″, it’s a great choice for shorter parents as well, in my opinion. You can also fit it with fenders, lights, water bottles, and customize it to your liking.
woom’s upCYCLE program
The woom upCycling program is what makes woom different from all other bike companies out there. It allows you to exchange your old woom bicycle and receive a new one with a 40% discount. This way, there is no reason to make compromises and have your child ride a bike that is too small and impractical for them.
However, not any bike can be exchanged. There are some conditions that need to be met first:
- You need to have a receipt of the purchase of your woom bike
- The bike cannot be more than 2 years old
- The bike needs to be roadworthy (it needs to be in a decent condition)
- You need to have purchased a woom membership card
Once you make sure that you have met all of these conditions, you can contact woom and they’ll organize the shipping of the bike free of charge for you. After they determine that the bike you sent to them is roadworthy, you will receive a 40% reimbursement from your next purchase.
This is a fantastic way to save money in the future. As a parent, I know how expensive buying a kids bike every couple of years can get. Plus, you end up with several bikes lying around your home that you do not know what to do with.
What do we recommend?
We can’t recommend one single bike out of the seven that we have reviewed above. This is because all of them are quite different and intended for kids of different ages and heights.
However, we can definitely recommend woom bikes in general!
We believe this is one of the best choices both for parents and for kids, even though it might seem pricey at first.
woom bikes are guaranteed to last for years and survive lots of abuse that kids usually put their bikes through.
When choosing a woom bicycle, all you need to make sure is that it fits the size and the age of your kid well. That’s it! You do not have to buy one size larger so that they can use it when they grow older. You can simply upCycle the old one and get a new one at a bargain.
Where to buy woom bikes?
Because they are quite popular, you get them from many places. For example:
What are your thoughts regarding woom bikes? Let us and others know in the comments section.