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on 28 August 2012
I have a rear seat, purchased for our eldest, which never really got used. Partly because it was fitted to an old bike and I'd much rather ride my new bike, partly because I didn't like how it affected the balance of the bike, and partly because it meant he was hidden behind me. When I discovered that I could now get a front fitting seat, that would fit my new (full suspension) mountain bike I had to give it a go with our latest arrival.
Fitting the bar to the bike, whilst straightforward, was a little fiddly, especially due the size/shape of my bike's head tube. I found it tricky to position the bracket such that the finish of the bike wasn't damaged, I even took an angle grinder to the bar to take off some of the sharp edges. I should point out that I don't think this would be necessary for most bikes/frames, and it should be an easy 5 minute job. Once the bar is fitted to the bike it's just a matter of screwing on the seat - with a special hand fastened safety screw (that can't be undone by little fingers!), and fixing the webbing strap underneath the seat to the bar.
I had a quick ride (minus child!) to see what it felt like. As others have mentioned the pedalling position is a little different to normal to prevent your knees knocking on the seat, but for the kind of rides I'll be doing with the seat in place, it's not a problem.
Putting her in the seat was easy enough, but the 5-point harness, whilst good, only just went tight enough at full adjustment. She's 18 months and certainly not small and the seat does claim to fit children as young as 9 months.
After a first ride, about 6 miles, impressions are very good. Balance is good, I like that my arms are around her, it gives me the feeling that I'm protecting her, plus I can talk to her, point things out, see what she's doing and try my best to stop her removing her helmet which she was intent upon doing!
All in all a very nice seat, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and would buy again should the need arise. It would be nice however if the front bracket was improved for bikes with larger head tubes, and ideally something that could be fitted/removed quicker as I don't intend to leave the bar on the bike.