Getting your little grom on a bike and teaching them to riding is one of the greatest joys a cyclist parent experiences. Watching the joy as they discover their new found freedom to explore and to experience the world on two wheels. But, these years aren’t without frustration. The feeling of guilt as you head out for a ride without your kiddo because they struggle to keep up or the extra burden of dragging them up a hill with a tag-along setup or frame seat are very real issues. Luckily, STACYC Cycles are a stellar tool to bridge the skills developed over these years.
STACYC™: We are Parents. We love riding. We share it with our kids.
STACYC is an electric powered push bike that bridges the gap between push bikes and bicycles /motorcycles. STACYC™ provides a light weight, non-intimidating riding experience for young children. The stable bike geometry, low seat height and ergonomic features allow for easy push and glide functions, as well as exceptional powered mode fun. Break the normality and ditch the screen; engage the kids with outdoor riding and play.
Through the years, a good many of us at Jenson have had kids and experienced the highs and lows of getting them stoked on riding bikes. We’ve tried a myriad of various kid’s seats, balance bikes, towing devices, and kid’s bikes of all sizes. Most of these have worked well (with some notable standouts)* and have helped pass on our addiction of riding to the next generation. But, there has been a hole in the riding experience that STACYC bikes fill perfectly.
The 2 areas that have proven to be more challenging for kids is bike handling while under power (pedaling or e-motor) and being able to pedal at speed for long durations. Even well-designed pedal bikes with gearing can prove challenging due to the ratio of bike weight to kid weight. Imaging the difficulty of trying to pedal a bike that can weigh 50% or more of your own weight!
A bike that is hard to pedal for your kiddo means that you are either limited to riding very tame terrain, towing your grom behind you, or having to arrange shuttle rides. STACYC cycles eliminate those needs by giving your young rider power at the twist of their hand and allowing them to focus on learning good bike handling skills and line choice without running out of leg power. Now, they can keep up with mom or dad on the trail, take on the techier line, and maybe start sending some jumps. Our experience has shown us that riding together is more fun and rewarding for both parents and kids.
We’ve found that learning to pedal is actually one of the easiest parts for kids. We’ve seen them easily transition from balance bikes to pedal bikes without hardly blinking. This has also proven true with what we’ve seen from our adult friends who have transitioned from moto or BMX where the primary focus is on bike handling, and not pedaling. They easily learn the skills needed for efficient pedaling because their knowledge of line choice and body position are so dialed. For those kids we know with both a STACYC and a standard pedal bike, we see them choose the bike that best fits the situation and the love of riding is born regardless of pedals or not.
STACYC offers a comprehensive line of upgrade parts, batteries, and graphics kits. We carry the full line of upgrade products as well as the range of replacement parts should your little ripper get a little to rowdy. The stock battery that comes with both the 12eDrive and 16eDrive bikes is their 20v 4Ah battery that is good for a 45-60 minute run-time. If you’d like to extend that range, you can pick up the 5Ah battery. Charge times take about 45-60 minutes, so you could have endless riding if you had 2 batteries in rotation on the charger.
We are obviously big fans of STACYC’s balance e-bikes but we're also cyclist at heart. If we could dream of what we’d like to see from them, we’d love to see 16”, 20”, and 24” true e-bike models with both pedals and e-motor. Currently, there are very few options for kid's e-bikes that allow them to tackle harder and longer rides with challenging climbs. We'd love to see more competition in that space. Obviously, this is a more complicated setup and would likely benefit from STACYC partnering with some current e-motor manufacturers. We know that, eventually, our kiddos are going to leave us in the dust but for now we’d love the ability for our kids to be able to keep up on the trails as they grow.
Great question. STACYC offers 2 different models for toddlers aged 3-7 years old, although body size and mental maturity are more important indicators.
•12EDRIVE-The Skill-Building, 12” wheel size model. This model is a great first bike for 3-5 year olds weighing up to 75lbs. Its super simple design features the core elements that make STACYC™ the number one and only “powered” balance bike brand in the world.
•16EDRIVE-The Skill-Building, 16” wheel size model. This model is a great first bike for 5-7 year olds weighing up to 75lbs. Its super simple design features the core elements that make STACYC™ the number one and only “powered” balance bike brand in the world.
STACYC™ bikes are available in a 12EDRIVE and a 16EDRIVE model (number refers to wheel diameter in inches). For children with an inseam of 17” or less, we suggest a 12” model. For children with an inseam more than 17” and less than 23”, we suggest the 16” models. Both bikes are designed to function with riders weighing less than 75lbs. More than 75lb riders will see a significant drop in battery life and runtime. The experience will not be optimal.
If your child is proficiently walking, he or she can ride a STACYC™, but we do not encourage children under 3 to ride the bike. Parental supervision is of utmost importance for young children to keep them safe. STACYC's Patent Pending design offers the perfect combination of low seat height, low center-of-gravity, and light weight, allowing even the smallest children to find success. Do not worry about buying those awkward kids bikes with tall seats, #ridestacyc until your child can easily reach the pedals on a proper 18-20” wheel size bike.
Initially, in the non-powered mode, children put their feet on the ground and push. It functions just like a balance bike (also referred to as running bikes.) Young children have the most stability by using their legs to walk and balance.
Stopping is just as easy as starting; they just put their feet down. As your child progresses, they should start to use the powerful handbrake. When the child has great command of the handbrake, they can begin the Slow Power Mode. Just follow the process.
SLOW – walking speed (RED Light)
MEDIUM – faster walking speed (YELLOW Light)
FAST – jogging speed (GREEN Light)
The bikes have 3 power options. Both bikes function as a balance bike, so they potentially can go as fast as the child wants, as long as they can push or coast down a hill. On flat asphalt, the 12” STACYC has a theoretical top speed of 9 mph (no load), and the 16” STACYC™ has a theoretical top speed of 11 mph.
Please do not raise the seat. Seat height is critical for correct knee angle to provide efficient pedaling of a bicycle. The STACYC™ does not have pedals, so the safest and most stable and confidence inspiring seat height is a low one. For the non-powered mode, the proper seat height should have the child sitting on the saddle with feet flat on the ground and a slight bend in the knees, but because our system quickly transitions into powered riding, we have seen that seat height does not need to be adjusted higher. A low seat height offers the most stability and safety. Your child will learn that standing is the most effective way to maneuver.
Let your kids have fun. The entire basis of the STACYC™ is to transition from balance bikes to pedal bikes, and it will happen. The best thing that can happen is that your child continues to get extra seat time two wheels. The more repetition they get, the more bike skills they will develop before they need to pedal.
STACYC™ uses an industrial grade Lithium Ion battery, specifically designed for STACYC™ Stability Cycles. STACYC™ follows testing and safety standards used in the power tool industry to provide a safe, lightweight, and powerful energy system.
The runtime of a battery is highly dependent on riders ability, terrain, and child size. In general, we ask, that if your child is 50lbs and would be able to “enjoy” riding a bicycle for 10 or more minutes of continuous pedaling, the 16” STACYC™ will typically run from 30-60 min, depending on how aggressive the rider is. On the 12” STACYC™, with smaller children, we have seen batteries last up to 2 hours. If you ride in grass, loose dirt or sand, the runtime will drop dramatically.
The charger will charge a completely discharged battery in 110min. We rarely see a completely discharged battery, and usually see a 45-60 min charge time. Usually this is about the same time as the usage of the bike for a 50lb child on flat, hard ground.
You can ride the bike in the grass, but do you think your child would be able to ride a pedal bike in the grass? The runtime of the bike would be greatly reduced. We suggest riding the bike on flat, hard ground (asphalt or concrete), free of rocks and loose debris.
The bike can be ridden up certain hills, but it is not intended to do so. Runtime of the bike will be greatly reduced. We always go back to the basic question; Do you think your child could pedal a bike continuously for 10min uphill and have fun? If so, the STACYC™ bike performs well. STACYC's target for the bike is to have a power system that is similar to what a child is capable of with pedals.
STACYC™ bikes were designed to be ridden in DRY, safe conditions in all aspects. DO NOT let your child ride any model STACYC™ in rain, snow, sleet or hail. . . any sort of wet riding activity voids any and all warranties.
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