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Trek Jet 12

Trek

Jet 12
2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (22 Reviews)
 

2013 Trek Jet 12

Trek's tiny-and-tough Jet 12 is the perfect first bike for your young'un. It's everything a first bike should be: colorful, easy to ride and built to last. This great tot rod is made of kid-proof steel and has brawny steel rims. Its safety package includes a chainguard, pads and fenders. And it comes with heavy-duty training wheels to help your little one ride with confidence right away.

 

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4.5 stars

(based on 22 reviews)

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Pros

  • Built to Last  (19)
  • Stable  (18)
  • Smooth Ride  (17)
  • Highly Adjustable  (16)
  • Easy to Grow Into  (15)

Cons

  • Heavy  (10)
  • Wears Quickly  (2)
  • Front Hub Squeaks Already 
  • Chain adjustment 

Best Uses

  • First Learning  (17)
  • Street Riding  (6)
  • Light Trails  (3)

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5.0

Great for my 3 year old!

By Happy Mom

from Park City, UT

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Built to Last
  • Highly Adjustable
  • Stable
  • Smooth Ride

Cons

    Best Uses

    • First Learning
    • Street Riding
    • Light Trails

    Comments:

    My daughter received this as a gift for her 3rd birthday and is in love! She no longer wants to ride her balance bike but wants her new blue bike (she has a younger brother so we went with the boy theme but she loves the robots). We take the bike on dirt trails and it rides great. She is quickly learning how to break and getting the hang of it. This bike will definitely last for our 2 kids and is great quality.

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    Originally posted on Trek's website
     
    5.0

    Great bike!

    By Frank

    from San Diego

    About Me

    Pros

    • Stable
    • Highly Adjustable
    • Easy to Grow Into
    • Smooth Ride
    • Built to Last

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • First Learning

      Comments:

      Great fit for our son. Most 12" bikes we tried were too big for him but this one fit well.

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      Originally posted on Trek's website

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      good value for the money

      By roadie

      from minsk, belarus

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Built to Last
      • Stable
      • Highly Adjustable

      Cons

      • Front Hub Squeaks Already

      Best Uses

      • Street Riding

      Comments:

      I think this bike is a good value overall. Cons are few and include mountain rubber that makes washing the bike after the kids ride more effort than it should be and prodigious weight that while makes the bike durable is a handicap towards the overall weight limit on the class 3-4 hitch mounted bike carrier. the front brake lever is out of reach of a 3 year old. it must be much closer to the bars to be useable, that or it needs to be push operated like gear switchers on flatbar bikes. sad, the nasty habit of starting off with the rear brake only can't be broken. frankly I'd rather see trek have built a simpler cheaper 3 wheeler in this size for the euro market as the kid gets stuck off pavement and on broken pavement constantly due to the training wheels lifting the driving wheel off the packed dirt

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      Originally posted on Trek's website
       
      4.0

      2 kids and it's still going strong

      By snaly

      from Bethel, CT

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Easy to Grow Into
      • Smooth Ride
      • Stable
      • Built to Last
      • Highly Adjustable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • First Learning

        Comments:

        This bike has been a great "learner" for two of our kids and is still going strong (ours is an '08 model, but it looks identical to the others here). Well made and very durable (sorry to hear about the other reviewer - Ours still has the fenders and chain guard in great shape after countless uses). It outlasted our kids! We have a 16" and 20" Jet waiting for them each to grow into and I'm sure they'll be just as good.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great solution for young riders

        By bocky

        from Oregon

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Built to Last
        • Easy to Grow Into
        • Highly Adjustable
        • Smooth Ride
        • Stable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Street Riding
        • First Learning
        • Light Trails

        Comments:

        This bike was really easy for my son to ride without training wheels when he was 2. A great option for the 2-3 year old.

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        Originally posted on Trek's website

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Big fans of this bike!

        By runsararun

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Getting Started

        Pros

        • Easy to Grow Into
        • Highly Adjustable
        • Stable
        • Built to Last
        • Smooth Ride

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • First Learning
          • Street Riding
          • Light Trails

          Comments:

          When we first evaluated this bike for our little man (3 year old) who had been charging the world on his balance bike we too thought it was just too heavy. We went for it anyways due to the quality of construction and the fact that his balance bike was doomed to a landfill after demolishing the bearings trick riding out of a barn... So I have to say I soon saw the benefits of such a hefty frame and the fantastic stability it provided. He was able to ride this bike with no training wheels on the first attempts. I did bring him to a soccer field with knee pads and gloves on just in case, but ride two he graduated to a basket ball court and he has never actually had training wheels on it. But that's all thanks to balance bikes:) The bike is bomb proof and at 4.5 years old he is outgrown it and into a 16 inch. I do recommend this bike and am happy we started with a small 12 inch. It just wasn't one of those moments where buying big so could grow into it benefited him so we are glad we bought a size appropriate frame. He tried a 16 inch a couple of times last year without the same positive success...the 16 inch he could handle with training wheels (because of it's size he would just topple) but the 12 inch he could fully handle without.

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          Originally posted on Trek's website

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic durable bike

          By Noodle

          from Virginia

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Easy to Grow Into
          • Built to Last
          • Highly Adjustable
          • Smooth Ride
          • Stable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • First Learning

            Comments:

            We bought this bike almost 2 years ago for my then 3 year old who was riding easily on a run bike. He was riding on the Jet 12 in about 3 minutes. We like that it is heavy because it made it easier for him to ride and when he got older and wanted to make the longest skids possible it never flipped out under him when he braked hard. He's almost 5 now and we just upgraded to a 20 inch bike, which he can ride easily -- that's how much the Jet 12 can grow with the kids. It's still in great shape to pass on to his younger siblings even though he rode it almost every day, rain or shine, through mud/puddles/sand/trails/street. My only very small gripe is that the handle grips wore off quickly from him laying it on the ground.

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            Originally posted on Trek's website

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Bike For a first timer

            By elolson

            from Tucson, AZ

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Highly Adjustable
            • Smooth Ride
            • Stable
            • Easy to Grow Into
            • Built to Last

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • First Learning

              Comments:

              Folks complain about the weight but what they don't understand is that allows for a very low and stable center of gravity that make this bike very east to ride for a child just learning. It is forgiving and will allow a first time rider to transition from training wheels to free riding as soon as they get the whole pedaling concept. Our 3.5 year old was riding without training wheels in about 15 minutes and 2 hours later could start himself as well. Now we can't get him inside, he loves it. The bike is solid and well built. The short cranks are perfect for very young legs that do not have any power yet. I would highly recommend this bike for any young first time rider.

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              Originally posted on Trek's website
               
              1.0

              Too Heavy Duty

              By Prairiedog

              from Denver, Colorado

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                  Comments:

                  The reveiw by the person from Lafayette, Colorado is SPOT ON. I could not beleive how exact we felt about the bike. It really is an indestructable bike but just too over engineered resulting in a heavy bike. I am certain you could just pound the heck out of the bike for several years. By the time your kid will have the wear with all to pedal this tank, he will out grow it and need a bigger bike.

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                  Originally posted on Trek's website
                   
                  5.0

                  Great Durable Kids Bike

                  By Mom of a biker boy

                  from Van. CA

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                  • Stable
                  • Smooth Ride
                  • Built to Last

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • First Learning

                    Comments:

                    We got this for our 2 1/2 year old who was constantly asking for a bike with pedals after his run style bike. Within a week he could ride this one with no problem, was one of the smaller 12" bikes for stand over and such, but just as much growth as the taller ones. Super durable, stable and all around great! After many crashes and tumbles this bike still looks like new. We have used it for over 6 months now and still love this bike, truly built to last. This bike has seen jumps, curbs, skateparks and everything now, you can spend less and get a bike that falls apart, or spend the money and get something that will take anything your kid can throw at it.

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