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Hiboy BK1 Review

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Richard Shrubb
By
Richard Shrubb,
Contributing Author
Kristy Snyder
By
Kristy Snyder,
Professional Editor
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6 mi

RANGE

9 mph

TOP SPEED

5 hrs

CHARGE TIME

17.6 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

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Hiboy BK1 Review: Takeaway

Ideal for introducing the fun of cycling to a toddler, the Hiboy BK1 breaks the mold of traditional balance bikes with the addition of a powerful motor. This also comes with a quality front brake and rear e-brake as safety measures.

Ideal for...

Teaching kids cycling confidence
Riding around in the yard
Family rides

E-Bike Overview

As a toddler begins to explore the world a little more, the Hiboy BK1 Balance Bike is a great introduction to the world of biking. Made for children between 2-6 years old (max weight 77 lbs), this is a balance bike with an added buzz.

Of course, this isn’t your average balance bike, as this one comes with a 100-watt motor and will take them up to 9 mph by turning the half-twist throttle. This means they don’t just have to push themselves on their feet but have the fun of riding it like Mom’s or Pop’s motorcycle without putting their feet on the ground.

Safety comes with an e-brake in the rear hub and a disc brake on the front wheel. As they gain confidence, they can put their feet on the foot pedals and ride to their heart’s content.

The battery offers a respectable range of six miles or 50 minutes of use and can be recharged in 3-5 hours. That should be more than enough for a playtime session with friends.

Reasons to Buy

It takes just three seconds to adjust the cushion height for different children. This can mean little brothers and sisters can take turns on the same bike.

While extremely quick, the Hiboy BK1 Balance Bike also has more safety controls than any other electric starter bike, including an e-brake on the rear wheel to stop quickly as required. Furthermore, it sports anti-slip handlebars and foot pedals, preventing the child from slipping while riding.

Things to Consider

As children grow up, they get harder to catch. Is 9 mph too quick? That could be a hard sprint to catch up should you need to whisk them away from danger. As such, the Hiboy BK1 is best only used away from any main roads. .

Regarding playtime, 50 minutes is a bit limiting for a child, with many parents reporting that riding the HiBoy BK1 is the favorite pastime for kids who have one. The five-hour charge time is also a long time for a kid who’s just had great fun riding it. Again, some youngsters even sit by the balance bike and wait for it to charge!

Specs & Components

Motor
100W rear hub
Battery
50.4 Wh in-tube
Throttle
Half twist
Front Brake
Disc
Rear Brake
E-brake
Dimensions
34.7” x 19.5” x 22.2”

The specs above come from the manufacturer and may vary from what you’ve experienced. Notice something that needs correcting? Let us know.

Ratings

Power
5/5
5

The motor is rated at 100 watts, which is very powerful and high torque for a child taking their first steps toward autonomy. It will handle inclines well and on the flat give them a taste for speed.

You the parent must decide if the 9 mph top speed is too powerful. Could you intervene in time? Approved for children’s use by U.S. federal authorities, it is still a question of parental judgment.

Range
5/5
5

Six miles is more than enough for a child who’s starting to explore their world. If kept in the yard, 50 minutes is often longer than a very young child’s attention span, too.

On softer surfaces like your backyard, the 50-minute running time may well drop considerably compared to the e-bike being used on asphalt and hard surfaces. If you live on a hill, this will also impact how long they’ll be able to ride.

Comfort
5/5
5

With a fixed frame and tiny wheels, the Hiboy BK1 Balance Bike is a great introduction to cycling for a little one. Has anti-slip handles and foot pedals for safety and comfort. The cushion height can be quickly adjusted both as your little one grows up and so they can share among their friends. The flexible handlebar allows the child to control the e-bike well.

Durability
4/5
4

Hiboy offers a one-year warranty on the frame and a six-month warranty on the battery. There are few serviceable component parts to go wrong on this bike, with a sealed rear-hub motor and no chain pedal drive system.

Style
5/5
5

At first look, this appears to be just another balance bike. On closer inspection though, you will see it has a throttle and a brake handle as well as a fully functioning disc brake. This modernizes the standard children’s brake considerably. It’s very fun to ride when the child gets it, and that makes for a cool little toy indeed.

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About Our Editorial Team

Richard Shrubb
Written by Richard Shrubb
Contributing Author
Richard is a well-established journalist and copywriter with years of experience in the EV and e-bike world. He has worked with international sailing magazines, e-bike publications, and national newspapers.
Kristy Snyder
Edited by Kristy Snyder
Professional Editor
Kristy Snyder is a professional writer and editor living in Pittsburgh with over 10 years of content creation experience. When she's not contributing to eBikes.org, Kristy enjoys reading, practicing yoga, drinking beer, and hitting up rail trails.
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