New Sir Bradley Wiggins kids bike range – balance and first pedal bikes

The Sir Bradley Wiggins kids bike range has launched at Halfords.  Britain’s first Tour de France winner and most decorated Olympian (along with Sir Chris Hoy) wants to inspire children of all ages to get cycling, whilst coming in at a competitive price. Wiggo’s range of bikes reflects this aim with an inspirational journey “From the porch, to the park, to the podium”. The range comprises two balance bikes, a first pedal bike, three hybrids and six road bikes all designed with children in mind.  Pricewise, they sit at the top of Halfords offerings but just below some of the other premium kids bike ranges available elsewhere.

Sir Bradley explained why he decided to launch his own brand of kid bikes: “These bikes are designed for kids and young people of all ages, boys and girls, to try and give them the best cycling experience, so they can get the feeling I had when I first got on a bike.  Riding your bike is one of the only sports mum, dad, everyone can do together.”

Bradley Wiggins Kids Bike Launch

Bradley Wiggins Kids Bike Range – a closer look

All bikes in the Bradley Wiggins kids bike range are named after stages in the 2012 Tour de France – Pau, Macon, Chartres and Rouen.  Styling varies between each bike, but the Wiggins brand is maintained throughout by the use of the ‘mod’ target logo and a red, white, blue and silver colour scheme.  There is only one colour scheme available per bike size, and we’re pleased to see that all the bikes are designed to be unisex.

In this post we will take a closer look at the two balance bikes and the first pedal bike in the Bradley Wiggins kids bike range  – the Pau and the Macon.

From the Porch – The Wiggins Pau balance bikes 

The smallest bikes in the Bradley Wiggins kids bike range are the two balance bikes. (See our post “What is a balance bike?” if you need more information)

The Wiggins Pau Single Sided balance bike, started out with an RRP of £120, but is currently available for £90. As the name suggests,  the frame is single sided, with only one front fork and rear fork. This bike is brake free and weighs in at 3.6kg.

Wiggins Single Sided Balance Bike

This is an interesting move by Wiggins, as other manufacturers have struggled to get the weightings of this design correct, as the weight of the frame is all on one side of the bike. We’re really interested to see how this particular balance bike performs for the 2-3 year old riders it’s aimed at, because if Sir Bradley’s team have succeeded this could affect balance bike design going forward.

A more traditionally designed Wiggins Pau balance bike is also available at £90 – which is £10 off the original RRP of £100.  Weighing in at only 3.8kg (just 200g more than the single sided bike), the Wiggins Pau balance bike has a single rear Tektro short arm aluminium V-Brake, which is operated via a ‘pinch free’ brake lever.

Wiggins Balance Bike

Both Wiggins Pau balance bikes come with Kenda multi purpose 12″ tyres on Aluminium rims and a lightweight brushed aluminium frame. Whilst on the topic of the frame, I’m seriously intrigued by the design – the reverse forks and the numerous tubes for the rear stays and crossbar. It begs the question as to whether going for all of this pipework over the traditional has incurred a weight penalty?

A handlebar limiter means there is no chance of the handles spinning through 180°.  The design features a concealed handle beneath the saddle to help parents carry it easily, which is a well thought out addition which will be welcomed by parents who often end up carrying a balance bike when the little rider has had enough.

Wiggins Balance Bike Carry Handle

Rivals to the Wiggins Pau

Weight wise the Wiggins Pau balance bike at (3.8 kg) is slightly lighter than Halfords best selling Carerra Coast (3.9kg) (as well as being significantly more pleasing on the eye!)  The Pau is also slightly lighter than some of the other major quality bike competitors Wiggins is going up against –  the  Frog Tadpole (4.17kg) and the Hoy Napier  (3.9kg) – but is heavier than the Islabikes Rothan (3.2kg).

Wiggins First bikes

Sir Bradley pulls on parents emotions about the importance of a first pedal bike, which helps set a child free.  It is therefore disappointing to discover that the first pedal bike in the range is a 16″ bike, aimed at 5-8 year olds. Like many other manufacturers, Sir Bradley Wiggins’ kids bike range doesn’t have a 14″ bike first pedal bike.

As more and more kids are using balance bikes, we’re finding they are ready to pedal younger, so this omission may be something Sir Bradley and Halfords consider plugging in the future, as they could loose customers to Frog (with the 14″ wheeled Frog 43) and Islabikes (the Cnoc 14 -which now comes in two sizes small and large, proving the need for this size bike).

To the Park – the Macon 16″ Hybrid

So, to the  Wiggins Macon 16″ – the first pedal bike in the new range. The Macon is a single speed bike (i.e. no gears), which the sizing chart says is aimed at 5-8 year olds (height of 112cm  – 127cm) costing £195 (currently reduced to £175).

Being a first pedal bike, it’s good to see that the pedals are one aspect of the design that Wiggins has concentrated on. These are designed to be closer together than on many other first bikes, which we’re promised will make pedalling easier. Halfords claim this is a “unique narrower pedal width” – it will be interesting to see what this means in reality, what benefits it delivers, what impact it has on pedalling technique, and impact on ankle and knee comfort and now the pedal width differs from other manufacturers.

Wiggins Macon 16 kids bike

The Macon is compatible with quick fit stabilisers, as evidenced by the fitment holes on the rear frame, and comes in a striking red colour scheme, with the distinctive Wiggins Mod target logo.

Wiggins Macon Mod Target logo

Rivals to the Wiggins Macon

The stated weight of the Wiggins Macon is 6.4kg which again compares favourably to the Frog 48 (6.9kg), the Hoy Bonaly (approx. 6.3kg without pedals), and Wiggle’s new in-house brand the Verenti Sixteen (which is slightly cheaper than the Macon but weighs more at 7.2kg). However, the Macon falls slightly short of the Islabikes Cnoc 16 (6.1kg but £65 more expensive).

Wiggins Bikes for older kids

The Wiggins Rouen Road Bike range includes some serious bikes for your money. You can read more about them here.

Where to buy the Wiggins Kids Bikes

The Bradley Wiggins Kids Bike Range is available exclusively at Halfords – either on line or in store. Please note not all Halfords stores carry the entire stock, so it’s worth checking availability on-line before setting off.

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This post was first published on 1st July 2016. It’s been subsequently updated in November 2016 to reflect changed in the prices of the Wiggins Kids Bike Range.

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9 Comments

  1. […] If you’re interested in the smaller bikes in the Wiggins range, please see our post on the Bradley Wiggins kids bike range (balance bikes and first pedal bikes) […]

  2. Matt Pickering says:

    Hi,

    We’ve done the rounds of the bike shops and looked at

    Frog 48
    Hoy Bonaly
    Easy Rider Belter 16
    Wiggins Macon

    They are all superb looking first bikes. The Early Rider edged it for me with the looks and the belt drive but our 3.5 year old has decided he’s a Wiggo fan. (This makes me very happy)

    I’ll report back once we’ve bought it and our little lad has attempted his first pedals.

    Matt

    • Karen says:

      Hi Matt, It’s great when a 3.5 year old knows what he likes! Do let us know how you get on with the Wiggins Macon – those first pedals are such an important milestone, and it will be good to know whether he finds the bike easy to ride. Thanks Karen

  3. Alex Peacock says:

    We have just bought the Rouen 540 road bike for our 8 year old. I wouldn’t normally buy a bike from Halfords, but it caught my eye due to its price and its good looks when my son was doing a cycle maintenance course at Halfords. I went home, did some research and compared it to other similar bikes. With my British Cycling discount and the already reduced price it was a bargain at £236! The bike is great. Well specced, and with fairly low gearing compared to the Hoy and Frog bikes, which is great as we live in a hilly area. It’s no good for cyclocross as there is not enough clearance, but my son uses his Beinn 24 for that anyway. In any case who would want to get such a gorgeous, glossy frame covered in mud? My son absolutely loves it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alex – great point about the British Cycling discount – that makes the bikes a really good deal. Hope your son really enjoys getting out on the roads on the Rouen 540 – and avoids the muddy puddles! Thanks for taking the time to feedback, Kind regards Karen

  4. Scott Perring says:

    I’ve just bought the Wiggins Macon for my 4 year old son. Up until now he’s had a balance bike for a couple years and is really good on it, he also has a Rally Atom (14″) bike with stabalisers, but has never got on with it and seemed to find it really hard to pedal so would just refuse and carry on using the balance bike. After speaking to a friend about the islabikes and them saying about how good they are for kids I started to look at them, I did think they were rather expensive so was consid r in second hand until I came across the Wiggins Macon, with the price of this new being about the same as a second hand Islabike and my son having a brief go on the Wiggins in Halfords we decided to buy the Wiggins. Well to cut this long story short my son is loving the Wiggins bike, he was riding on his own pretty much straight away and found the pedals really easy to use, much much better than the Rally bike set-up. I really can’t recommend the Wiggins Macon highly enough, the brakes are another great item, so easy for little hands as close to grips and require little effort to apply. Great bike, so happy with the purchase.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Scott – thanks for sharing this – it’s great to know that it gets the thumbs up – and at a fraction of the price of some other bikes on the market. It’s so important that young riders can reach the brakes, and are able to manoeuvre the bike around easily. Hope he has a lot of enjoyment out of it. Karen

  5. Barnaby Hulbert says:

    My youngest daughter has been cycling since she was 3yrs and was pedalling like the clappers on her cheap 14″ tank of a bike to barely reach a brisk walking pace. She ia now 4yes and we decided enough was enough and to invest in a “proper” bike for her. After considering Frog Islabikes Hoy and others we spotted the Macon by Wiggin. After a bit of a spin round Halfords ahe was absolutely taken with the bike and it was quite a job to convince her she couldnt take the demo bike home. She has been riding it for a week now and and although she was a controlled rider before its quite obvious the Macon is lovely to ride, both stable nippy and easy to stop. The tyres seem to provide good grip in both the wet a dry and the brakes easy to use for her petit hands. It looks quite lovely and she is absolutely thrilled with the choice and we are too,especially given its quite a bit cheaper than the competition. Another win for Bradley…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barnaby – thanks for sharing this – I can just imagine the battle you had to get her off the demo bike! So glad to hear she’s enjoying it – I would be interested to hear how it hold out longer term, as it sounds as if she’s going to give it a good work out. Karen

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