Bicycle

Dynacraft Magna Gravel Blaster

Family fun has become more precious than ever. With kids involved in so many activities and parents running around trying to keep everyone on schedule, time together is getting rare. All the more reason to take special care when searching for just the right bike for our kids.

This can prove to be quite a challenge; after all, if we want our family to continue biking together, we have to find a bike that the kids will love and want to keep riding.

We also want to get the best price without sacrificing quality. Myself, I don’t want to spend a fortune on something my kids are going to outgrow in no time; however, I don’t want something so cheap it will fall apart on them the third time they ride it. A conundrum for any parent. Hopefully, this article will give you some insight on the Dynacraft Magna Gravel Blaster and help you make the choice that’s right for you and your little one.

Let’s start with a little bit about the company. Dynacraft is based in American Canyon, California and is a major importer and distributor of brand name bikes such as Barbie, Hot Wheels, Magna, Malibu, Next, and Rhino. Dynacraft brags of using top-grade parts and production methods to ensure the safety and durability of every bike they sell. They supply the largest, most-respected toy, department, and mass merchandise stores in the country. They recently added a top of the line distribution centre in Napa, California to reduce delivery times to customers.

The Dynacraft Magna Gravel Blaster comes in green and black and is sized at 12”.

It can be found at all the popular places like Target, Amazon, Kohl’s, Walmart, Wayfair, and of course, eBay. Prices seem to range from around $47.99 to $75.20. It is a simple little coaster. A 1-speed boys bike with a recommended starting age of 3 and an end age of 5. It’s sturdy construction gives it a shipping weight of just under 25 pounds. The BMX styling makes kids feel like real cyclist while they learn to ride.

It also features a rear coaster brake, removable training wheels, adjustable seat, and most importantly, a few safety features like a handlebar pad and a chain guard to protect new riders. To reassure parents, Dynacraft features a full lifetime warranty on the frame and a 2-year guarantee on its components.

The Gravel Blaster Bike bike itself is built on a steel frame 8” high.

 

The adjustable seat is covered in durable vinyl for long life. The bicycle also features plastic pedals and steel rims. It has a maximum weight capacity of 50 pounds. Care is simple; cleaning only requires a wipe down with soap and water. Overall assembled dimensions are 33” long, 19” wide (including training wheels), and 24” high.

Product reviews seem to put the Dynacraft Magna Gravel Blaster in the upper end of customer satisfaction. The reviews I found reviews from Target and Amazon average it at about a 4 out of 5 ratings for quality and durability. Some of the good attributes pointed out in these reviews included being easy to put together in 5 simple steps (in fact, it appears that it is so easy to put together, the company doesn’t even include instructions other than basic bike safety information).

It is hailed as a great starter bike, with a very solid construction, great value for the price, and easy to ride. The smooth speed, gripping traction and wonderful brakes surprised parents, especially considering the inexpensive price tag. Many rave about the long-lasting construction pointing out that the heavy build helps make sure it will stand up to even the toughest and most adventurous riders. Some parents say that the great balancing of the bike makes it easy for their kids to learn and get rid of the training wheels faster than their friends who have different style bikes. Boys love the cool knobby tires, flashy graphics and awesome handlebar design.

As with any product, there are also some complaints. A few were even scathing in nature. Some of these gripes include the bike wearing out quickly, the chain falling off repeatedly, can’t be stored outside (one customer stated that his son’s rusted in no time), kids quickly outgrow it, seat loosens up (tipping the child backwards despite repeated tightening), and some say it is too heavy and hard for the parent to carry when the little one gets tired.

A few people noted that the gears sometimes lock up or make a loud pop, and are hard to turn. Some complained that they received their bikes with various bends, scratches, and dings. In my experience, such defects often fall on the shipper rather than the producer, although I could find no evidence to confirm this one way or another.

But, most of those that complained agree that the bike is easy to learn to ride and they all loved watching their kids take off on theirs on in no time. Most also assert that it was worth every penny of the purchase price. Very few of the customer reviews that I found stated that the buyer regretted their decision to buy this bike. Also, the number of satisfied customers far exceeded the number of those who were not happy with the product. From the research I did, satisfied customers outnumbered the unsatisfied ones by almost 3 to 1. So, if you’re looking for a good value to get your child up and pedalling around with the rest of the family, the Dynamax Magna Gravel Blaster seems to be high on the list of good possibilities.

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