Category: Stepper Bike
A great entry level stand up.
Fun, small, and affordable.
200 Pound Weight Limit.
Not necessarily designed for big and tall.
Our Zike Saber Review
The Zike Saber has solved a few big problems in the Stand Up world. First, the cost. The Saber is the most affordable Stand Up we’ve reviewed. It comes in at about half the price of the next most affordable option. The other solution they’ve provided is a stepper bike that rolls backwards. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it actually is. Most stepper bikes do not role backwards which is a tad annoying, but this also speaks to the engineering of the Saber. It looks to be a pretty simple bike, but the mechanics are thought out to provide a good riding experience.
The Saber shines brightest as a fun, recreational bike for adults. However it can definitely deliver a good workout and could be used in fun biking events, or for commuting to work. There are plastic guards in place to keep pant legs out of the chains. The long foot platforms allow the rider to choose a foot position that suits their style. Standing closer to the front of the platform provides a more upright riding position and a more shallow pedal stroke. This is the more recreational and comfortable position for cruising. Placing the feet closer to the rear of the platforms gives a deeper pedal stroke but puts the rider in a more prone position which in turn puts more weight on the hands. This is a more aggressive position that is good for climbing.
Another big win for the Saber is the flexibility for terrain. It’s great on paved trails and asphalt but can jump onto dirt without any problems. Single track riding may not be the best place for it since ground clearance could be a concern. The pedals are not independent of each other so some practice riding before hitting any aggressive dirt would be a good idea. The response the bike delivers when turning in dirt can be dependent on the weight distribution of the rider. This can be affected by which pedal is down when turning. Ground clearance can also be affected by the same. Usually not an issue on paved surfaces but could be on uneven terrain like unimproved dirt.
Although the Saber weighs in at around 50 pounds, it doesn’t seem that heavy. The bike is small and easy to move around. The frame design should allow it to fit some off the shelf racking solutions making it easy to transport. The weight also doesn’t seem to affect the performance. Since this is a more recreational bike, it’s not expected to be built for speed. The tires are 45 psi which means a softer but more recreational ride. The weight also doesn’t seem to affect climbing since the Saber does great on moderate hills.
The Saber is a great value and priced commensurate with it’s performance in the market. Lovers of this bike may want to seek out some aftermarket product to enhance their experience even more. The bike does not seem to be designed for big and tall. The suggested weight limit of the bike is 200 pounds and the rise of the handlebars can be limited by the length of the brake cables. However, there is an option for a 3 1/2″ riser that will raise the handlebars without the need to extend the brake cables. There is also a 4 1/2″ neck extension, but you have to take off 2 spacers and replace the front brake cable for a longer one. If there is a question regarding fit, contact Zike and ask some questions.
Last Updated: May 1st, 2017
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