Born Again Pagan
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Bikes: Schwinn hybrid, Raleigh MTB
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From the Trail-a-Bike website re: Compact.
• Compact folding frame design will accommodate a rider with a 2" shorter inseam than the Original Folder 1 model
• Shorter reach, shorter cranks, smaller chain ring and a narrower handlebar fits smaller riders just right
• Lower center of gravity gives parents and children increased stability
It's intended for kids aged 3-5, up to 85 lbs. The Original (non-compact) has the same weight limit but not the smaller dimensions and is intended for kids aged 4-6. FWIW my son is almost 4 and still needs the blocks to reach the pedals and, as the pics illustrate, the handlebars are set quite low for him to reach them. I'm sure he'll still be able to fit the bike 2 years from now but my hope is that he'll want to ride his own bike by then.