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Sandra Gordon on Jun 4, 2010 at 3:15PM

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Diamondback Impression


a Sandra Gordon on Apr 17, 2010 at 3:21PM

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Bike Stats
Tire size: 20"
Bike weight: 27 lbs.
Best for kids aged: 5 to 7
Type of bike: Girl's cruiser
Rider level: Intermediate
Price: $180

Get it Now: Amazon.com

Expert review: 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.

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