Expertreview: This mod-style, teal-colored roadster has a decorative front pouch and painted flower detail, plus generously sized grooved tires for optimum traction and dual brake options (foot pedal and back-hand), so she can choose whichever is most comfortable. There's no kickstand, which means she'll likely have to rest the bike against a wall or on the ground when she's done riding. The Diamondback can technically be self-assembled, but since it comes with multiple parts and requires eight tools, we suggest only the mechanically inclined attempt it.
Why we love it: The smooth, sturdy ride; nostalgia-inspired design; dual brake options.
What we wish it had: A kickstand; easier assembly; training wheels included.
Great for: Fashionistas ages 5 to 7 with no previous cycling experience.
Bottom line: Little girls will love the look of the Diamondback Impression, which offers a solid ride on driveways, streets, sidewalks and grass. The main downside: You'll need to outsource the assembly. What our parent tester thought: "Two-hand brakes instead of one would make this bike even better."
"I am not happy that the Diamondback bike didn't come with a kickstand."
-- Lisa, and her 6-year-old daughter, of Collierville, Tenn.