Review of the Hoy Bonaly 16 kids bike

The Hoy range of kids bikes has recently had an overhaul, with a fresh new look and enhancements to the specification, with the result that Hoy Bikes are now being some of the lightest kids bikes on the market.

Obviously we were keen to find out how the new bikes perform, so were pleased when Hoy Bikes got in touch and asked if we’d like to review them. Two cycle sprogs, sisters Jessica (5) and Katherine (7), have been busy putting the 16″ wheeled ‘Hoy Bonaly 16’ single speed and the 20″ wheeled ‘Hoy Bonaly 20’ geared bikes through their paces.

Hoy Bonaly 16 and Hoy Bonaly 20 kids bikes in action

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In this post, we’re looking specifically at how the smaller of the two bikes performed – the Hoy Bonaly 16.   It’s a single speed bike aimed at children aged about 4 – 6 years of age and has a retail price of £300. Our reviewer Jessica is now an active 5 year old, though she received this particular model when she was only 4 years old.

Review of the Hoy 16 kids bike for ages 4 to 6 years
We asked Jessica’s dad to give us his views on how the bike has performed over the test period.

Hoy Bonaly 16 Review 

Jessica has ridden the Hoy Bonaly 16 on a regular basis over a 7 month period, and it still has further room to grow with her.   The bike sent for review was orange in colour which was not only attractive to its rider, but is also easy to spot in a crowd or the dark, for rider and parent!  The 16″ wheel Hoy does also come in blue and a dayglo green/yellow option too.

Hoy Bonaly 16 kids bike suitable for a 4 year old
The bike has been used in all weathers and conditions, and even though the Bonaly 16 has been thrown around a fair bit by the rider, and transported in the car, it still looks like new which is a great asset for resale values.

The Hoy Bonaly 16 is light (5.95 kg) and compact, and easily fits into the boot of our car, as well as into the smaller boot of others, which is useful as Jessica likes to take her bike when visiting friends and family. Because of its lightweight frame (made from 6061-T6 heat treated alloy) it’s easy for Jessica to carry the bike short distances or over large obstacles.

Review of Hoy Bonaly 16 by Cycle Sprog
Lights have been easy to fit, along with a small front basket to carry essentials such as sweets, water bottle, cuddly toys and dolls, often all at the same time!

Performance of the Hoy Bonaly 16

The Tektro alloy mini-V brakes are effective and well placed for small hands, and easily accessible for adjustments, though we have not had to make any in the time we have been using the Hoy.

Hoy Bonaly 16 Tektro brake lever

Jessica likes to go everywhere at speed and it’s very important that any braking system can stop or slow her quickly without incident, and these brakes certainly do that. The riding position is stable and the saddle is well positioned and comfortable. Jessica has ridden the bike for up to 2 hours at a time on regular rides and has never complained of a sore bottom!

Saddle on the Hoy Bonaly 16

The Kenda K193 tyres provided are a hybrid type – suitable for both on and off road use.  These have proven hard wearing and there have been no punctures. Jessica has been able to ride at speed on these tyres on lots of different surfaces – she has ridden on grass, on sand, in the pouring rain, on gravel tracks – and still the bike and tyres look great and perform well.

Hoy Bonaly 16 Review

On first impressions, the 450mm handlebars seemed a little on the narrow side, and this led to a couple of incidents where the bars would turn 180 degrees, and cause some confusion (she’d been used to having a steering limiter on her previous bike).

However Jessica soon worked this out, and the steering has turned out to be a real positive as the turning ability of the Bonaly 16 is fantastic. Jessica can turn some incredibly tight turns that as parents we didn’t think she could master so young, coordinating speed and control together. So on maneuverability, the Hoy is an excellent choice.

Single speed gear on the Hoy Bonaly 16 kids bike suitable for a 4 year old
We are fortunate to be able to compare Jessica’s ability, and the Hoy’s, with her fellow 5 year old cyclists in the mini riders group at our local cycle club, where her skills are being honed.  This bikes’ performance certainly holds up very well in comparison to many other high end bikes that the other kids own and ride, and Jessica has greatly improved her skills at the same time.

Cyclesprog review Hoy Bonaly 16 decals

Final verdict on the Hoy Bonaly 16 kids bike

As a parent, I liked the uncomplicated, solid operation and functionality of this bike. For a 4/5 year old, in my opinion, there is no need for accessories that add little benefit. Our kids just want to have fun, ride fast and that’s what Jessica has done on this bike. It also proved good fun explaining to Jessica and her older sister where the name Hoy comes from, and its great sporting associations. The name itself holds a lot of kudos!

Review of the Hoy Bonaly 16 kids bike suitable for 4 year old child
In summary, I would definitely recommend the Hoy Bonaly 16 as a good buy in this age group (ages 4 – 5 years). It compares very well to other similar bikes in its price range and specification. 

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This review was first published in November 2018 and updated in July 2020 to update prices and product links



I know you are a small website that doesn’t do standardised testing, but are you sure that you got the weight right on this bike? I recently bought one on the basis of this review and I’m kind of regretting it. I’ve got the weight (using 2 separate scales, one being a postal one) at around 6.6kg. While ~0.65kg may not be a massive discrepancy, it’s 10% for a bike like this.

More importantly it changes how it compares to bike like the Vitus 16 and Carrera Cosmos 16. The three are close in spec and the prices can get close enough that the details make the difference. Weight is important as beyond rideability, I’m sure many parents end up having to carry their kids bikes for various reasons (tiredness, surface becomes too dangerous, large obstacles…). It’s also important as we live in a lovely age where there is more than Isla to choose from and a single specification could be the deciding factor.

For me the weight was the deciding factor and so to find that it is not really different to the Vitus means that I have bought a bike whose other components are a little bit worse, for very little benefit. Like the other poster I found that away from some of the main components, the Hoy has cut some corners and was also badly assembled out of the box – Some cheap components, poorly set up brakes, wheels out of true, badly tensioned chain, not all components are child optimised… Some of those things I have the ability to correct but not everyone does.

We’ve had direct experience of Isla and Woom and have had an adult Vitus, all of them were quality products that mostly reflected the price. The same cannot be said of the Hoy Bonaly 16. Because of this review I find myself having bought a bike that is inferior in many regards and not particularly superior in the way that I wanted. Evans delivery charges and returns policy means that I can’t even return it without taking a massive hit in shipping charges. So I’m stuck with it and can’t afford to return it and get another brand.

I don’t expect websites like yours to have all the answers, but please make sure that you verify what you do publish.


Hello Dr P – I’m very sorry that the weight of the bike has changed from when we reviewed this bike. We did weigh the bike ourselves when it arrived, but this review was first published in November 2018 and bike specifications do change over time. We are starting to be aware that possibly some bikes are not of the same standard that they were pre pandemic due to rising costs and difficulty in getting components.
Evans Cycles have also been taken over by Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct, which has affected their policies and customer service.
I’ve also just noted that the full specification is not listed on their website any more.
I do hope you can resolve the matter, and thank you for raising it with us so we are aware of the issue. I have added a line to the review to make our readers aware that the specification may have changed since Jessica reviewed the bike.
Kind regards Karen


I bought a Bonaly 16″ for my grandson. It’s a good bike and very light. He loves it.
Unfortunately the freewheel internals broke down after about a year and jammed. This threw him off the bike which could have been dangerous. The part is a very cheap Taiwanese version which is a shame as this is an important component. I struggled to find a replacement – Evans seem to have stopped answering the phones so I gave up and found one in a BMX shop.
whilst fixing the freewheel, I also repacked the wheel bearings with new grease. Sorry to say that the hubs are also very poor quality.


Hello Geoff – thank you very much for bringing this to our attention. I’m disappointed to hear this as we certainly didn’t have any issues with the bike our reviewer rode on a daily basis for a number of months, but this was as older bike. I have passed your comments onto Hoy Bikes for their information. Kind regards. Karen

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