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Trek Jet 12

Trek

Jet 12
2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (20 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

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Pros

  • Built to Last  (17)
  • Stable  (16)
  • Smooth Ride  (15)
  • Highly Adjustable  (14)
  • Easy to Grow Into  (14)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • First Learning  (15)
  • Street Riding  (5)
  • Light Trails  (2)

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(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

  • Stable
  • Built to Last
  • 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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4.0

2 kids and it's still going strong

By snaly

from Bethel, CT

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • First Learning
    • Street Riding
    • 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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    (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

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Light Trails
      • Street Riding
      • First Learning

      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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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic durable bike

      By Noodle

      from Virginia

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

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

      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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        (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
        • Built to Last
        • Stable
        • Easy to Grow Into

        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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          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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              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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                1.0

                Far too heavy

                By Parental Unit 28877145224

                from Lafayette, CO

                About Me

                Pros

                • Built to Last

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                  Comments:

                  The padding and full chain guard are nice touches, but this bike weighs far more than a small bike should. Bikes are supposed to be fun and the mass of this thing is both frustrating for children (when trying to get moving or progressing up even slight inclines) and adults (when you have to carry it when your child quickly tires of it).

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                  1.0

                  Quality

                  By Meh

                  from Santa Monica, CA

                  About Me

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Wears Quickly
                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments:

                      Front bumper cracked in under 24 hours of owning. Stickers were also peeling off. Returned it after owning it for less than 24 hours.

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