KIT TESTED

‘Elec­tric bike has left my boy buzzing’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

2017 OSET 12.5V Rac­ing £1075

Tester Adam Child/ Bodhi Child Time tested Ten weeks

What’s good? The Oset 12.5V Rac­ing is an elec­tric tri­als ma­chine de­signed for kids from 2-5 years old – and it’s the per­fect starter bike. My boy loves it, and has taken to it with ease af­ter a year on a bal­ance bike. There’s a con­ven­tional throt­tle, and a sim­ple front and rear brake just like a nor­mal bike. There are no gears – it’s twist and go. It’s also easy to restrict the power and throt­tle re­sponse. I started my lad on the low­est throt­tle set­ting, and 20% power (which is about walk­ing pace). He is now up to 40% power – equiv­a­lent to a light jog.

This ver­sion fea­tures disc brakes front and rear, al­loy wheels, hubs, bars and pegs, plus high-grade ad­justable sus­pen­sion. The qual­ity is re­ally im­pres­sive. We spent time mak­ing sure Bodhi was happy with ev­ery­thing, ad­just­ing the levers to fit his tiny hands, and then he was away. He is two-and-a-half but looks com­fort­able on the Oset and can eas­ily touch the floor. The bat­tery has never run out on us (Oset claim it lasts 2-3 hours on 50% power). It took me a while to con­vince my­self to part with a

grand for one, but I went for it and I’m glad I did.

What’s not? At just over £1000 it is an ex­pen­sive ‘toy’ but you can see where the money has gone. It doesn’t feel cheap, as it has light­weight wheels and ad­justable sus­pen­sion. On the sec­ond­hand mar­ket it’s hard to find one for un­der £600, so you can al­ways sell it on in a few years or trade up to one of the larger mod­els. The bat­ter­ies do make it heav­ier than I ex­pected but my son can just about pick it up, plus there is a side­stand to make life eas­ier for lit­tle ones.

Bat­tery-pow­ered tri­als bike has disc brakes and fully ad­justable sus­pen­sion TESTE D TEN WEE KS Chad’s lad can find noth­ing bad

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