Prevelo crank lengths are custom sized for each size bike to make sure little riders have optimum pedal ergonomics. And they have ultra-narrow Q-factors to match the narrow hips of young cyclists. If that sounds like technical mumbo jumbo, here's the point - Prevelo cranks will help make small riders more comfortable and efficient on their bike.
The Zulu Three features Prevelo's signature confidence inspiring geometry. Prevelo geometry utilizes a low bottom bracket that lowers the center of gravity of the bike and rider, making for a more agile and confident ride. The slack front end makes the bike forgiving to young trail riders experimenting with tough terrain.
The Zulu Three features the new Microshift Advent Super Short derailleur. The super short cage provides ample ground clearance for small wheels, while simultaneously providing best in class gear range. The clutch helps minimize chain drop while still providing crisp, accurate shifts.
All Zulu Threes are equipped with tubeless ready tires and rims, so you can ditch the tube, reduce flats, and get a more comfortable grippier ride. Bikes ship with tubes installed and will need to be setup tubeless by you or your mechanic.
|Model||Zulu Three||Zulu Three HEIR|
|Weight||22.96 lbs||21.2 lbs|
|Color(s)||Go-Go Grey, Bodacious Blue||Battlestar Black|
|Fork||Spinner 300 20 AIR - 80mm travel - ⌀30mm Stanchion - lockout and adjustable compression||HEIR®20 80mm travel - HM Carbon Fiber / AL6061 Lower - AL7050 Hard Anodized ⌀30mm Stanchion - adjustable rebound, lockout and compression|
|Chainring||30t 3mm Offset Narrow-Wide Aluminum||30t 3mm Offset Narrow-Wide Machined Aluminum|
|Rims||WTB i27 Tubeless Ready||Stans Crest MK4 20 Tubeless Ready|
|Saddle||Prevelo Big Kid with Steel Rails||Prevelo Big Kid with Chromo Rails|
Getting your kids the right size bike is important and, fortunately, also easy. You just need two pieces of information about your little rider:
Children who are learning are more sensitive to bicycle height than children who already know how to ride a bike. If the rider is new we recommend erring on the side of a smaller bike. If the rider is experienced and confident, it is OK to err on the side of a larger bike.
We include ride age as guidance for our bikes as a quick reference. But because riders of the same age can have very different sizes, inseam is a more reliable size indicator than age.
|Model||Min Inseam||Max Inseam|
|Alpha Zero||12½ in||16½ in|
|Alpha One||14 in||17½ in|
|Alpha Two||15½ in||22 in|
|Alpha Three||19 in||23 in|
|Alpha Four||23 in||28 in|
|Alpha Five||25 in||30 in|
|Zulu One||14 in||17 in|
|Zulu Two||16 in||22 in|
|Zulu Three||21 in||26 in|
|Zulu Four||24 in||29 in|
|Zulu Five||25 in||31 in|
"The Prevelo Zulu Three is the gateway drug of mountain bikes."
This is truly a fantastic bike. By using all 'adult' bike parts you end up with a quality bike that can be ridden and maintained. No riveted chainrings and awkward chain guides here. Instead a narrow wide chainring and 10spd, 11-34T cassette will leave your kid climbing like a mountain goat. I was truly shocked by how much terrain my 5 year old could suddenly climb now that he has good gear ratios. Then when we pop out to a road section I just say 'four clicks with your finger' and he's ready to go.
I am very impressed with the quality of the Prevelo Zulu Three and the attention to order detail that Jacob provided. I ordered a short stem at the same time as the bike for my 5y/o son. Jacob saw that and offered to install the short stem and still provided the standard stem in the box so there was one less thing for me to do when the bike arrive and still left me the larger stem for room to grow. The bike shipped extremely fast, the packaging was good, setup required was minimal and my son loves the bike. His riding and confidence have improved substantially in the past few weeks since delivery and the gearing, 20" wheels/tires, have allowed us to ride trails he was not able to ride before. We are both having more fun as a result. There is no other bike on the market at this price point that includes a real air sprung fork & hydraulic brakes. This is a quality bike that will hold its resale value much better than a lesser quality bike when my son outgrows it in a few years. Very happy with my purchase!
I bought this bike for my daughter because I wanted her to have the best bike available. Having raced at the pro level for over 20 years I'm a strong believer that riding a quality bike makes all the difference. From the construction of the frame to the choice of components it's clear a lot of thought went into this bike. Putting the short cage Zee rear derailleur on it is genius! And the kid sized components are perfect. My daughter had now transitioned from riding on the street to riding trails and no ride goes by without her yelling at the top of her lungs, "This is Awsome!!" I give this bike 5 stars without hesitation! We are very happy with the bike!
Purchased the bike for my son's 5th birthday. He is tall for his age but the low standover height makes it manageable for him. Shipping was quick, bike packaged well, and not many adjustments at set up. Also, the fact that they ship direct is a plus in and of itself as many manufacturers will only ship to a bike shop. And if you live in Texas the number of LBS's that carry legit kids bikes are very few and far between. Shifting is smooth and after only a couple of rides, my son has started to figure out how to shift. Now that he can climb, it has become is favorite thing to do which makes me proud, a little perturbed and very winded. Ha! The brakes are definitely an improvement from cable v-brakes. There was enough adjustment in the levers to allow for 1-finger braking by small hands and he's taking to the technique after slapping the binders on a couple of times when grabbing a handful of brakes. All around a great bike that we will get a lot of use out of. Our family rides a lot and if you are looking for a quality bike that will allow your child to progress their skills and confidence on the bike when moving up to 20" look no further.
I bought the Zulu three for my 6 year old. What a great bike?!?! Out of the box and on the trail in 15 minutes. I’ve been recommending this bike to all my friends. The only downside is my 4 year old wants a Zulu theee now (but he’s not big enough yet!)