Once we got past the sticker shock of nearly one thousand dollars for a kids dirt jumper, we realized Prevelo has yet again put together a sweet bike. Our tester immediately loved the color and the fact that he had a dirt jumper, his favorite thing to ride at the skills center. It’s clear the designers of this bike thought of every detail. The Rowdy Red paint scheme with sand-colored accents and gold chain, ooze style and do not play into the typical bright colored, gimmicky kids colorways we’re used to seeing.
The parts spec is top notch for a kid’s bike, and we would like to see some of the parts carried over to the ZULU TWO that we tested previously. The wheel and tire package is an improvement compared to the ZULU TWO and why not add the sweet gold chain while you’re at it.
Once we went beyond admiring the aesthetic of the bike, it was time to get a ride or two in and there were a few notable observations immediately. First, the riding position for our young rider took some getting used to. Younger children tend to rely on the safety of riding in a seated position rather than standing all the time. The pivotal seat and lower saddle position put our tester in an awkward position to pedal the bike when seated. One unexpected benefit of the riding position is it led to a teaching opportunity for our rider on proper riding position and encouraged him to stand up and ride in a balanced position.
Second, at 69* head angle is still more slack than many comparable kids bikes on the market, but the bike was very easy to control for our tester. Once he navigated the nuances of the new riding position, it was clear his ability to maneuver the bike around the pump track and over obstacles quickly improved.
After spending considerable time and truly enjoying the Prevelo ZULU TWO it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing the two bikes, but the two bikes are truly unique. That left us wondering if we combined the best features of each, would it create a quiver killer kids bike? Would the suspension fork and upgrade wheel/tire package on the BRAVO TWO improve the ZULU TWO’s trail worthiness? Would a longer seat post combined with the ease of handling make the BRAVO TWO a perfect kids bike for the skills park and groomed trails?
Due to our limited time on the BRAVO TWO we cannot make a fair assessment of the bike, but it left us intrigued and with more questions than answers. Our tester is excited to continue putting it the paces at our local skills park. Check back later for a long-term review.
The Wolf’s First Impression
The Prevelo BRAVO TWO is the first and only kids 16” dirt jumper on the market. As with most Prevelo bikes, it features a well-built frame, solid ride qualities and a nicely curated spec. Our first rides led to great teaching lessons for our tester that vastly improved his riding in a short amount of time. Due to our limited testing thus far, we cannot give a definitive answer on if this is a niche that needs to be filled, but it’s clear to see the bike has some advantages that we look forward to continuing to test. Check back soon for a full review.
Weight: 16.9 lbs