Mondraker is launching an electric balance bike, the Grommy. Oh boy. We think this is going to get the comments section going. All kids on bikes is good, right? But is this a bike? Does this cross the line from pedal assist bicycle to motorbike? Or does this just make for more fun for more kids? Or, is this just a big marketing ploy and there’s no such thing as bad publicity? Hold back those furious fingers a moment, and come check out the spec of this eBalance bike.
The bikes will come in two sizes: the Grommy 16 and Grommy 12. The Grommy 16 will – surprise surprise – have 16 inch wheels and is aimed at children aged 5-8 years, while the 12 – no prizes for guessing the wheelsize – is aimed at ages 3-5. Both have a 250W motor which will offer a maximum speed of 17.7km/h, and three speed settings: ‘Balance’ (max speed 8.1km/h), ‘Fun’ (max 12.1km/h) and ‘Advanced’ (max 17.7km/h). That top speed is pretty fast! You can also turn off the motor and use it like a normal balance bike – though we can already imagine the tantrums over that one. Recharging takes just one hour, but you also only get up to an hour of assist.
The promotional imagery shows kids riding some jumps and pump tracks. On a balance bike, without pedals, you can’t put a quick half crank in to add a bit of speed, but with a bit of motor assist that’s an option. With space to put your feet while you’re motoring, kids can keep their feet up and out the way, or stand up to clear features. These design features would seem to lend themselves to more technical riding opportunities. But with the foot platform, it would be interesting to see how easy it is to use your legs to ‘paddle’ like a standard balance bike.
Mondraker founder Miguel Pina said:
“Since our inception we’ve strived to make bikes differently, but bringing Grommy to life has been a completely new experience for the Mondraker family, and that’s part of why it’s super exciting to introduce today.
“The inspiration for the name of this e-balance bike came from a term used to describe young riders: ‘Groms.’ We’ve tried to invoke that sense of fun and freedom for younger kids in its creation – something that has never felt more important than during this difficult year.
“It’s not just the bike that will allow your kids to learn how to ride – Grommy is the bike you wished you had when you were young!”
The bike comes with Tektro disc brakes and 140mm rotors, internal cable routing and 2.25in wide Vee Tire Crown Gems – certainly designed for more than just your local park. The 16in model has a claimed weight of 8.5kg, and the 12 is 7.5kg – so you better hope that battery lasts until you get home. The usual parent hack of slinging the balance bike over your shoulder using an inner tube as strap is going to be a little tougher with one of these.
Is this the berm whipping huck machine your child has been waiting for? Or is this not actually a bike at all? Where is the line between a kids’ motorbike and one of these? For €749, one of these could be yours. Well, not yours – your kid’s – with a maximum rider weight of 40kg, even if you’re just a big kid at heart, you’re probably too big for this.
And, like all big launches, there’s a shredit video to go with it!
We’ve no doubts whatsoever that this would be a fun toy to play out on. But whether it’s a bike…hmm… Ok. We’re done. Unleash your fingers and let them fly in the comments!