If you’re looking for a bike to turn heads and get other parents talking then the brand new Hornit HERO 20 is a good choice.
It was only released in Spring 2022, and has a belt drive rather than a chain, both reasons that it will stand out from the crowd!
The Gates carbon belt drive system is maintenance free so you don’t need to worry about oily or rusty chains.
The gearing is a Shimano Nexus 3 speed internal hub which is different to what we see on most kids bikes here in the UK. Hornit are clearly taking inspiration from a more continental, urban style of bike, where this type of gearing is more popular for year round, daily use bikes.
With only three gears (Low, Medium and High) to choose from, gear changing is made nice and easy for younger children, who may struggle with the 6 or more gears found on other bikes.
We’ve not reviewed this particular bike, but we have reviewed the smaller Hornit HERO 14 and were very impressed.