Tike Tech strollers are designed with the outdoors in mind. The strollers aim to make it easier for active families to get out and get moving – together. Tike Tech offers three models of strollers and all were updated and improved for 2010. We received the Tike Tech X3 Sport Single stroller – a rugged all terrain 3 wheeled stroller.
X3 Sport Single Specifications
- Stand Up Size: 45″L x 23.5″W x 35-43.5″H (front to back wheel)
- Folded (w/o wheels): 36″L x 18.5″W x 14″H
- Folded (w/ wheels): 36″L x 23″W x 23″H
- Width: 23″
- Frame: Aluminum
- Weight (w/o wheels): 17.5 LBS
- Weight (w/ wheels): 25.5 LBS
- Handle height (ground to handle): 35 – 43.5″
- Wheels: 16″ air filled wide track knobby tread
- Weight Capacity: 60 LBS
- Seat back height: 21.5″
- Head room (inside canopy): 25″
All Terrain X3 Review
The Tike Tech X3 Sport stroller arrived and I dove into the box, eager to put it together. The stroller was easy to assemble until I got to the front tire. The frame of the stroller is in tact and you have to put the front tire in between two spokes. The problem is that it doesn’t fit naturally or intuitively. The front fork goes on the front wheel skewer must go in between some finger nuts on the tire axle. I had to put a lot of pressure on the fork to get it to go in the right position – it would have fit much more easily outside all of the nuts, but that wouldn’t hold it securely.
The directions don’t really help explain and the images in the Owner’s Manual aren’t detailed enough to really help. The assembly of the front wheel is essential to the stroller working right, obviously. So I set it aside for my husband to do because I wasn’t confident I was doing it correctly. My husband also had trouble getting it assembled and I actually sent photos including the one above on the right to Tike Tech customer service to confirmed we assembled it correctly.
If the front wheel is not correctly assembled it affects the “Q.A.T” (quick adjustable tracking) system meant to “assist your stroller to track straight.” After we thought we had the stroller good and ready to go we noticed it was veering to one side and we couldn’t get the front tire to align completely straight. It was frustrating. I had to loosen front wheel skewer, point the front of the wheel in the opposite direction it was pulling and then tighten the skewer again. After a couple of attempts at adjusting the alignment, it was rolling straight. Another small complaint about the front wheel assembly is Mud Guard over the front tire. It simply screws on the frame of the stroller, but it doesn’t stay on straight at all. So, even when the tire is actually straight, it looks out of alignment because the Mud Guard is out of whack.
Once we had the stroller assembled my husband was eager to take it to the woods near our house where he likes to run. Until the X3 he had to run the trails back there by himself because they are, well, trails and not many strollers can handle it. After the first run with the X3 my husband was impressed. The stroller handled the terrain very well. He said, “This is the only stroller I’ve used that can do that.”
The X3 Sport has 16 inch knobby tread tires that are large and in charge. The stroller has IFD Shox (independent frame damping) to help create a totally smooth ride. Both my children have enjoyed relaxing runs in the stroller, even falling asleep while riding on the trails.
There are many features on the X3 that help keep your little one comfortable on even the most rugged surface. The seat is fully padded so there’s nothing hard up against your child. Even the straps on the 5-point harness are padded. There’s also a chest strap to keep kids very secure in the seat. There are two small pockets to hold food or cups while on the move. The seat reclines to nearly flat and has a very impressive sun shade. I love the recline mechanism and think it’s one of the easiest I’ve used to move the seat up and down. It can easily be done with one hand.
One are that isn’t as comfortable is the small foot bed. My 3 year old has no where to place his feet when he’s in the stroller other than right next to the front tire, which seems like a bad idea to me. The other Tike Tech strollers that have a swivel front wheel have a foot bed and guard over the tire to prevent your child from kicking the wheel. The X3 tire doesn’t swivel so there is no solid guard over the wheel, only the Mud Guard. In the photos below you can see where my son’s feet rest naturally and with his feet resting on the Mud Guard. However, the Mud Guard is not solid or meant for a foot rest.
The X3 Sport has a ton of safety features that will make even the most nervous parent feel secure. In addition to the five point harness with chest strap, the stroller has a rear parking brake that is easy to use and locks both tires. There is also a brake on the handle bar that brakes the front wheel. Further, there’s a wrist tether strap to make sure the stroller doesn’t get away from you. The stroller folds in the center so there is also a lock to make sure the stroller stays securely open when in use.
To Buy or Not to Buy
To Buy… The X3 is a serious All-Terrain stroller that can easily handle and maneuver off-road adventures. The large tires, excellent suspension and numerous safety features make it a good choice for multi-surface speed walks and jogging. The front tire is locked in the straight position for serious runners (and not for day-to-day strolls).
Or Not to Buy… The front tire is difficult to assemble and the mud guard is flimsy and doesn’t stay straight. I wish there was a larger foot bed to increase little one’s comfort and keep feet away from the front tire.
Shop! The suggested retail price of the Tike Tech X3 Sport is $300 and it is available in four colors. It’s currently on sale for $250 at diapers.com. There are lots of Tike Tech accessories including Infant Car Seat Adapter, Rain Cover, Bassinet and Foot Muff. Check out the website for Tike Tech retailers.