This question came in from a customer named Rick.
I was about to purchase a Jumper when I saw the Dimension was going to come out. I held off on the Jumper to see some reviews of the Dimension. I realize it’s fairly new but so far there’s been nothing. Not even from the dealers.
This will be my 3yr old sons first bike. He likes the looks of both and will fit fine on either. So those are a wash. I tried a pro’s/con’s list but it’s small and so far seems to favor the Jumper. I already have a brake I can add to the Jumper if need be. Would you be able to point of some of the areas where the Dimension excels over the Jumper? Thanks Rick
Thanks for reaching out to us. Excellent (and difficult) question. My opinions of the Kokua Jumper are based on my memory and experience selling them over 5 years ago when I first started selling the bikes. Back then Likeabike had 2 US distributors and the bikes were much more popular.
When it comes down to differences there are a few and my opinion as to which one is better comes down to what essential features are included on the base models of these two brands. Both models feature alloy frames, hubs, seat post and Schwalbe tires. The Likeabike comes with a steering limiter and I don’t think it is a deal breaker if the Dimension doesn’t have one – I agree with their function but I have not witnessed as many jackknife incidents. One feature the Dimension has that the Kokua doesn’t is the rear brake with easy reach lever. I think this feature should be standard at this price point. The higher quality hubs, wheels and tires make these bikes much faster and rear brakes are essential. I know you can add a front brake to the Likeabike but not in the rear due to it’s unique suspension system.
The rear suspension on the Kokua is pretty cool and while it’s practicality could be argued, in my mind the benefits can be seen for riding off the beaten path. Between the two bikes, suspension set aside, I like the geometry of the Dimension; due to the angle and rise of the top frame tube. I like more room and a lower stand-over height for the adventurer-type kids who are more more daring and willing to try obstacles and aggressive terrain.
Hope this helps. If you are interested in another balance bike with the same frame geometry but with components that may be a little heavier due to them being steel, check out the Scoot – I’ve sold hundreds of these and they are one of my favorites.
Go with a Ridgeback and you won’t be disappointed. They after all are a well-known bike company and it’s what they know.
Thanks and let me know if you have any other questions.