Pello Reyes Review
The 24 inch Pello Reyes fills the gap between a great all-around bike and a mountain-bike-specific bike, helping your child progress without being overkill for their skill level. Read the review for more reasons we love this “can do anything” bike!
BEST FOR: Your average to intermediate rider on a wide range of terrains and distances, especially those who will be tackling increasingly aggressive trails.
SEAT HEIGHT: 25.25" - 31"
WEIGHT: 21.9 lb.
|Geared Bike Type||
Mechanical Disc, Dual Hand (No Coaster)
9/Sram – Grip
25.25" – 31"
Pros & Cons
- Kid-specific "Ride Right" lightweight frame design
- SRAM 9x grip shifter for easily tackling elevation changes
- Grippy Kenda K-RAD 24 x 1.95 tires
- Disc brakes for better stopping power
- Cane creek headset
- Super responsive steering
- Optional Spinner Grind Air fork
Pello Reyes Review – Results of Our Test Rides
Well-suited and adaptable for basic mountain biking to longer family rides along paved trails, the Pello Reyes is one magical multi-trick pony. Featuring responsive Tektro mechanical disc-brakes, a lightweight aluminum frame and fork as well an optional air fork, the Reyes is well-thought out for versatile, long-term use. In fact, you know you’ve got a sweet bike on your hands when mom and dad keep stealing it from the kids! Whether at the bike park or around the neighborhood, the Reyes performed like a champ.
From the moment our kids hopped on the Pello Reyes, they were in love. And to be honest, from the moment the parents hopped on it, we were in love too! The Pello Reyes features a lightweight frame and nine gears for easily tackling hills, grippy Kenda K-RAD tires for confidence on any terrain, disc brakes for better stopping power, and super responsive steering. This precision-crafted bike was built for turning on a dime, stopping on a dime, and dominating every path in between.
Compared to other higher-end 24″ bikes, Pello Reyes is unique in that it fills that gap between a great all-around bike and a mountain-bike-specific bike. Pello offers super high-quality designs that will help your child progress their skills and become more confident while not being overwhelming or overkill for their skill level.
While still having a more upright frame design and grip shifters suitable for the average rider, the Reyes steps it up a notch by providing mechanical disc brakes and wider, knobby tires, which makes the bike suitable for more aggressive dirt riding as well.
With a 6″ seat height range of 25.25 – 31″, the Pello Reyes fits kids with inseams approximately 22 – 29″. Most high-end 24″ bikes are built in this range, with the Pello’s 25″ minimum seat height being on the “smaller” end, while the woom 5, the largest 24″ bike we recommend, has a 26.4″ minimum seat height.
Lightweight Frame & Optional Suspension
Packed with features, including a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame and fork and Tektro mechanical disc brakes, the standard Pello Reyes weighs in at a mere 21.9 lbs. Our testers were able to dominate hills they had been unable to summit in the past on heavier bikes.
For more aggressive riders, Pello also offers a Spinner Grind Air fork for an additional $140. If your child is already hitting the trails with no hesitation, the shock is a worthy upgrade! Based on our experience with our own kids, until a child is fully confident on trails, the additional weight a suspension fork adds to a bike often does more harm than good. Learning how to properly maneuver, shift, and brake on the mountain is much easier to accomplish on a lighter-weight bike.
If your young grom is ready for a shock, the Reyes is fully capable as its frame is suspension corrected and the Spinner Grind Air fork (with 55mm on travel) comes installed and fine-tuned to work with the Reyes. If you purchase the suspension fork, the rigid fork is also included to allow for maximum versatility. The Reyes we tested out didn’t come with the Spinner shock, but we’ve only heard great things about it.
Pello Reyes with Suspension Fork
Rider’s Body Position
A rider on the Reyes remains relatively upright, even a tad more so than on other bikes like the woom 5 or Guardian 24 inch that you would consider less aggressive. Its upright stance is pretty on par with mountain bikes by Islabikes and Prevelo – the Creig 24 and the Zulu Four. Whether your rider prefers an upright position or a more leaned forward stance is really up to personal preference and riding style. For beginning mountain bikes riders, however, the somewhat upright position can better help them get up and behind their seat when riding down hills.
Body Position on Pello Reyes vs. woom 5
Bottom Bracket Height and Crank Length
The bottom bracket of the Pello Reyes is set low for great pedal efficiency and also keeps the bike’s center of gravity lower for better control on the trails. Mindful of the additional clearance needed on trails to prevent pedal strike, the Reyes’ bottom bracket it set slightly higher than other brands, such as the woom 5 (shown below).
When we took the Reyes to the bike park, we also took along the woom 5 as a comparison. Both bikes are incredibly crafted and do well on varied terrains. However, for navigating non-flat dirt trails or all-terrain jumps, tight turns on berms, etc., the Reyes is the clear winner. Our testers still loved the super lightweight woom 5 because it was easy to climb hills, but they did have frequent complaints about the pedals hitting the dirt as they summited hills or took sharp angles against berms.
From floor to bottom of the pedal at its lowest point, the Pello Reyes measures 4.6″ of clearance, while the woom 5 only measures 3.5″. The Pello Alpha Four, a bike designed for aggressive all-terrain riding, measures similarly to the Reyes at 5″.
Wheels and Tires
Kids aren’t always the best at articulating why they prefer one bike over the other, so when they can, you know it’s something that made a huge difference in the quality of their ride. After our trip to the bike park, our 8-year-old tester was raving about the tires. When asked why he liked them, he said, “You know at the top of the jumps… I could roll over them so much more smoother because the tires gripped in the dirt more.”
Designed to be versatile, like the Reyes, the K-RAD 24 x 1.95 tires are wide and knobby, but without being too raised to be loud on paved surfaces. With great traction, they are fully capable for basic trail riding, as well as on paved or compact dirt trails.
Compared to similar bikes like the Prevelo Alpha Four, which has 24 x 1.5 tires, the Reyes’ wider and knobbier tires make it more mountain ready.
Equipped with Alex Tubeless ready rims, the Reyes is also ready to go tubeless which can prevent almost all punctures as well as increase traction. Tubeless tire setups can be run at a lower air pressure, which allows the tire to flex to meet the trail, thereby providing more traction.
Gearing and Shifting
The high-end Sram X9 grip shifter on the Reyes shifts smooth and easy for seamless elevation climbs and changes. With a kid-friendly sized grip, shifting was a breeze for our testers. For your average rider, nine gears may not be necessary, but for an adventurous kid that’s going to tackle increasingly aggressive trails (or upgrade to the suspension fork for true mountain biking), those nine gears are going to come in handy.
Being equipped with a grip shifter, versus a trigger shifter, allows the Reyes to be more versatile for terrains while still being friendly to basic trail riders. In our experience, grip shifters are better for younger and more basic riders as a child does not need to move their hands to shift – they simply twist forward and back.
Trigger shifters require kids to partially release their grip and extend either their pointer finger or thumb to shift. For more confident, advanced riders, trigger shifters work great and are preferred, but for most kids on a 24″ bike, grip shifters are typically easier.
In the end, this is really a call on personal preference, but for a large percentage of kids, we’ve found that grip shifters are much more manageable.
At 140mm, the crank arms are long enough to provide ample torque, but not too long to create pedal strike. Ideally, the perfect crank arm length really depends on the rider’s inseam, but for kids in the 7+ age range, the 140mm crank arm, in combination with the bottom bracket height, is a great fit.
Those nine gears cover a gain ratio of 2.05 – 6.34, almost identical to the Prevelo Zulu mountain bike (2.0 – 6.3), but a slightly lower range than the Prevelo Alpha (2.2 – 6.8) and the woom 5 (2.4 to 6.8). Being geared slightly lower, Reyes’ 2.05 granny gear stands ready to power kids up hills. On the high end, Reyes’ 6.34 gear won’t allow its rider to max out at the same speed as the Prevelo Alpha or woom 5 on long flat rides, but the differences are slight.
During our tests, our testers had no complaints about the gearing of the Reyes. Its wide range within the nine gears worked great at the bike park as well as in the neighborhood.
Many kids transitioning to a 24″ bike are still not entirely proficient with shifting. As a result, we’ve seen many of our testers think they don’t like a bike simply because they aren’t using the gears correctly. Take the time to make sure your child understands why shifting is important, and how it can help them.
We’ve had success with this by having kids ride up and down medium inclines and requiring them to keep their bums on the seat. When they can’t stand up to gain more momentum, they quickly figure out those gears!
From paved to compact dirt trails, the ability to stop on a dime is essential for older riders who can ride more aggressively and with more speed. The Reyes’ Tektro mechanical disc brakes offer vast improvements in stopping power as compared to standard v-brakes, but without the tricky bleeding and adjustments that can come with hydraulic disc brakes.
For the adventurous mountain bike rider, hydraulic disc brakes are king (like those on the Prevelo Zulu), but for the average rider, the increased stopping power of mechanical disc brakes are a welcome upgrade to standard v-brakes.
Often overlooked, the headset of a bike (the component that attaches the handlebars to the fork on the bike), is essential for maintaining top-notch responsiveness on a bike. If a headset comes loose or is not able to keep the alignment on the bike straight, the performance of a bike will suffer. The Reyes, like all Pello bikes, features a Cane Creek headset. Cane Creek headsets have set the standard for headsets in the bike world for over two decades. They are simply the best and as a result, you will never have to worry about your headset when purchasing a Pello bike.
The Reyes’ child-proportioned seat comes from bike saddle manufacturer Cionlli, which has an entire line of junior performance saddles. Padded for comfort, it can also be adjusted forward or back on its rails to dial in a more precise and comfortable body position for your rider. Kids with longer or shorter-than-average torsos benefit most from this feature.
Ease of Assembly
Given the high-end components that this bike features, I expected it to be a lot more complicated to assemble than it actually was. Even with disc brakes, it only took about 15 minutes until this thing was up and ready to roll.
The Pello Reyes’ uniquely versatile features put it in its own class, but it’s still helpful to compare it to other all-terrain friendly 24″ bikes including the Frog 62, Prevelo Alpha Four and the woom 5. We love all of these bikes and each has specific strengths, but the Pello Reyes is our favorite pick for developing riders needing maximum versatility while riding on everything from compact dirt singletrack to paved bike paths.
Pello Reyes’ wide gain ratio, grippy tires, and disc-brake stopping power will dominate the bike park or basic single track, while its comfortable body position and lightweight frame make it a great option for paved family bike rides as well. The Reyes’ grip shift makes it truly versatile for whatever style trails your growing rider wants to tackle.
woom 5‘s combination of an upright position, a wide gearing range, and slightly wide tires make it ideal for beginning to intermediate riders on various surfaces.
Prevelo Alpha Four is perfect for your average aggressive rider. With trigger shifters and an aggressive body position, it’s ideal for adventurous young riders – especially those who want to hit the mountain trails.
Frog 62 comes standard with both road and all-terrain tires, and is ideal for kids who haven’t yet dialed in on one particular type of riding or terrain, but want a high-performing bike for whatever ride they choose. Trigger shifters make it better suited for intermediate to advanced riders.
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|Bike (link to review)||Pello Reyes||woom 5||Prevelo Alpha Four||Frog 62|
|Best For||Aggressive dirt trails & occasional paved riding or mountain biking||Great all-around, best for riders of various mild terrains||Intermediate trail riders||Ambitious neighborhood & light trail riders|
|Weight||21.9 lb.||18.1 lb.||21.2 lb.||20.3 lb.|
|Seat Height||25.25" - 31"||26.4″ – 32.3″||25.8" - 31.2"||26" - 32.5"|
|Shifters||9sp/SRAM Grip||8sp/SRAM Grip||8sp/Shimano Trigger||8sp/Shimano Trigger|
Whether your child is an adventurous rider looking to tackle the mountain or bike parks, or a neighborhood rider looking for a top-notch bike to easily take them from paved trails to pump tracks, the Reyes stands ready.