Woom UP is an e-bike for kids

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Proper tyres, brakes, suspension and potent battery power, on this kids bike (Photo: Woom)
Proper tyres, brakes, suspension and potent battery power, on this kids bike (Photo: Woom)
  • Tired of having to cut those family mountain bike rides short? This e-bike is the solution
  • Woom is an established bike brand for kids, which has now added battery-power
  • These bikes have all the features of an adult off-road e-bike, albeit at smaller scale

Think e-bikes are for unfit riders or those with knee and hip problems? Think again.

American kids bike specialist, Woom, has now designed a hardtail e-bike for junior riders.

Using its deep knowledge of making bikes for little people, Woom’s UP has exciting potential for mountain bike obsessed kids.

For any adult who has tried to ride a mountain bike route with kids, the experience is similar: frustration created by the discrepancy in fitness. With a Woom UP, your kids can now join on those two- to three hour mountain bike rides, without having to worry about tantrums and fitness thresholds.

Woom is marketing two versions of its UP e-bike. Both have aluminium frames and use hydraulic disc brakes, which are hardly ever seen on kids bikes.

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The Woom UP features full app integration, allowing your kids to monitor their battery range (Photo: Woom)

Enough power to make your kid feel like a pro at climbing

Providing the pedal-assistance for these Woom UP e-bikes, is a mid-drive motor and battery system from Fazua. The German electric powertrain specialist has created a very lightweight 250W mid-drive motor, capable of adding a pro mountain biker’s leg-power output to your kids’ riding experience.

Beyond the e-bike components, these Woom UP e-bikes have. The 24” wheel version uses an 80mm front suspension fork and 600mm wide handlebars, delivering good steering stability. It is recommended for riders aged 7-10.

On the 26” UP, there is a 90mm suspension fork and wider 680mm handlebars. Woom says that its 26” wheel UP is configured for kids between 11- and 14.

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Why would a kid need an e-bike? For clearing those long climbs (Photo: Woom)

A very premium build specification

Both bikes use a SRAM 1x11 drivetrain, which means your kids will be able to ride up the steepest inclines, with a Woom e-bike.

Product planners at Woom have also selected a quality tyre, for the UP range, using the Rocket Ron from German brand, Schwalbe. On both the 24” and 26” wheel Woom e-bikes, tyre width is a generous 2.35”.

How fast can these e-bike go, with pedal-assistance? Engineers at Woom have responsibly calibrated the Fazua mid-drive motor to disengage at speeds beyond 20kph. The UP’s battery power is intended to help kids on long climbs, instead of making them go way too fast, on lever roads.

As with all e-bikes, the Woom UP isn’t cheap, with a retail price of R50 000.

 

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