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Product Reviews / Evaluation Report Summaries (ERS)

Induction Certificate Number:   74020130524-446
Induction Date:   May 24, 2013
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Quadrabyke
MSRP:   $120.00 USD
Company URL:  http://www.q-byke.com
Rating: 

Quadrabyke

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Product & Service Evaluation Specialist / Editor
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  05/24/2013

Quadrabyke is an exciting new play bike for boys and girls from age 3 – 6 years which is uniquely versatile in that it is 3 bikes in one! It quickly adapts to suit a child’s growing confidence from a four wheel mini-quad bike to a trike and then that all important first bike for children.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Bicycles, Tricycles & Accessories 2010 Consumer/Education 3 to 6 years Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Critical Skills Development Design Quality Ease Of Use Marketability Saddle Structure Visual Appeal
5 5 4.5 5 5 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                        





image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 

 



Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious
(Not Applicable)



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 

  Bureau Veritas
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
 QB3S_91053Labeled/Appropriate



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
China

 

About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about.

Image of the Quad Tri Bi cycle - Quadrabyke. With every product or service we evaluate, our strict evaluation guidelines spell it out load and clear, this is not an awards system; passing our evaluation is going to be a serious challenge.  Intense study and analysis by in-house staff, independent credentialed professionals, and consumers is all part of our evaluation process.

For those who were a part of the evaluation process for the Quadrabyke, this was an entirely new experience which few others will find easy to rival. With a plentiful supply of PlayQuotient™ and funQuotient™ combined with quality, safety, and simplicity, Quadrabyke is incontestably set apart from similar products in the same or similar class.

The evaluation process of the Quadrabyke provided an exciting new opportunity for us all.  It was the first children's bicycle in quite some time that was more unique and innovative in concept and design for us to evaluate.  From axle to saddle, the Quadrabyke was pushed well beyond the specs and even in areas which others may not consider. Despite the excessive wear and tear on the Quadrabyke, it took a serious beating yet emerged unscathed in a virtual sense.

As with all bicycles we evaluate, weight that was far in excess of the maximum specified, was applied to the bike continuously for an extended period of time as it was being pushed and pulled, back and forth repeatedly. Brakes, handlebars, pedals, saddle, even axles and wheels went through their own excessive pressures, sometimes in rather unorthodox ways, just as a child will, only to a stronger degree.  The Quadrabyke still managed to continue on towards being in the group of products which made it to the final round of evaluation.  This was one tough product!



Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

First it's a quad-cycle, which allows for toddlers 3 years and shortly after to become with bicycles and build confidence in themselves and their capabilities. Then, the Quadrabyke can be changed into a tri-cycle...but not just any tri-cycle. With a Quadrabyke you can have the two wheels of the tricycle in the rear of the bike, or you can exercise the option of having the rear wheels be switched to the front and the front to the rear.

According to one of the design engineers assisting us in our evaluation the Quadrabyke, there is an interesting point to consider. Having dual wheels in the front provides far more stable control of the tricycle with much less risk of injury to a toddler in comparison with the default design of tricycles seen in retail stores.

Last, but by no means the least, as the toddler continues to grow and develop, you can change the Quadrabyke to become a bi-cycle, now with only two wheels. This will enable a toddler to exercise the use of their arms and legs to a greater degree while at the same time contributing to gross motor development as well as many other critical developmental skills.

The Quadrabyke in essence is unlike other toys which are useful for a limited period of a child's growing up. With the Quadrabyke, it in its own comforting and useful way, "grows" with the child as they develop between age 3 and 6. This makes owning a Quadrabyke not just a product you have purchased but more so an investment in your child's safety, comfort, and proper development.

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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.


Image of some of the features of the Quadrabyke
 
Independent Evaluators - Initial Report Outline
PRODUCT | SERVICE: Q-Byke, Ltd - Quadrabyke

MEDIA PLATFORM:
MEDIA CONTRIBUTION:
TARGET AGE GROUP:
Juvenile Recreational Mobility Toy
Progressive Skill Development
3 to 6 years Toddlers


This Week's Independent Evaluators

Mechanical Engineer
Design Engineer for Special Needs Mobility Equipment

"With our company, we are dedicated to the design and manufacturing of products that must meet the following criteria;
  • Works beautifully and flawlessly, requiring very low maintenance
  • User friendly and assures the buyer that it will provide many years of fun and pleasure
  • Available at an affordable price yet maintains quality well beyond that of standard retail boxed products
In our evaluation of the Quadrabyke we found that it has been crafted in a design and manufacturing structure which is consistent with the criteria we expect out of the equipment we produce."


"Our company designs special mobility equipment for children with 'Special Needs' who have mobility impairment concerns. As we were evaluating the Quadrabyke we decided to use the bike with a group of families with ASD children. During this study. the Quadrabyke was referred to by the physical therapists participating in the study as, '...a true marvel in regard to safety, functionality, and visual appeal with our ASD kids.'"

"Having the option for dual wheels in the front of the bike with brakes for front and rear wheels provides more stable control of the Quadrabyke when in tricycle mode. The potential risk of injury to a toddler is reduced greatly in comparison with the default design of the boxed tricycle products available in retail stores."

Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D.
Director of Behavioral Studies

"While going through your evaluation package you provided there were two categories which I took special interest in, ChildSafe-Play™ Element and funQuotient™. The Quadrabyke fulfills the highest expectations for both parents and educators alike. What you have here is a product which meets the high expectations and demands in terms of quality, affordability, durability, and multiple use application."

"Being CE marked tells a buyer this is a product that meets the standards required to meet CPSIA regulations. This in turn assures the level of ChildSafe-Play™ Element to be adequate to enable the Quadrabyke to be used in home or educational environment. I determined from my analysis that there was no question of progressive skill development from use active play with the Quadrabyke to be absolute.
"

"The funQuotient™ of the Quadrabyke continues remains strong throughout the entire lifetime of use for a child. Each of the configurations of use of the Quadrabyke stimulate the development of new developmental skills while sharpening others to a greater degree by simply having fun and plenty of it! With so many different ways for a child to use the Quadrabyke, children will discover a literal endless journey of fun and laughter as their discover new experiences of fun and accomplishment."

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* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate product or service evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member or division of GreyWolf Corp, or GreyWolf Corp itself.



Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

Image of the Quadrabyke.
 
The Quadrabyke had plenty its share of attention when it comes to consumer feedback. Just as the Quadrabyke, Moms were not hesitant in the slightest to try the product out with their toddlers. For the Moms as well as many of the Dads, it was nothing short of absolute amazement.

As one of the evaluation participants shared with us, "It was so marvelous how the bike can be changed so easily from 2 to 3 to 4 wheels yet still remain steady with no apparent risk of my child's safety, I was utterly amazed. The bike was far superior to many others I have been looking at and even had a better price. I also feel my tot is more safe with this bike than the others." Do we need say any more how consumers responded?

In conclusion of the spontaneous consumer hands-on evaluation of the products they examined, we sat down and went through the video-tapes and consumer feedback forms to establish where "Quadrabyke" stood in the response with the consumers. The Quadrabyke reached well beyond the realm of all other bikes we have evaluated to date with consumer evaluation participants.  Quadrabyke earned its place in the category for Consumer Hands-on Evaluation.

A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings". To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

The categories which have been selected to be featured in this product evaluation summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.


The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

CRITICAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

As referenced earlier in the product evaluation summary, it is easy for anyone to see the impact of PlayQuotient™ and funQuotient™ for a child with the Quadrabyke. From my own position, as well as that of our staff, evaluators, and all other professionals who too part in the evaluation of the Quadrabyke, "The Quadrabyke contributes so substantially to the betterment of a child from the strong PlayQuotient™ and funQuotient™ on so many various levels in indoor Play. It does so in a manner that many other products most likely cannot."

There was much more that could be added here yet to maintain this as a summary, only limited highlights are being featured in this section. The Quadrabyke leaves no room for doubt that it delivers a substantial contribution to critical skill development. The final analysis in our evaluation came to a perfect score in this category for CRITICAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.

DESIGN QUALITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold stars

The design quality of the Quadrabyke is of the finest degree according to the Design Engineer for Special Needs Mobility Equipment who participated as an independent evaluator. The Quadrabyke was pushed to the limits in weight capability as well as analysis of the design quality of the hub, crankset, chain ring, handlebars, saddle, and many other parts which are a part of the Quadrabyke in the evaluation. Every test was completed without failure. One of the primary design features which deserved great merit is how it can be assembled in less than 10 minutes with all needed tools included! This makes the Quadrabyke assembly process simple and fast.

The Quadrabyke is is a literal masterpiece of careful planning, design, and manufacturing both aesthetically as well as functionally. The Quadrabyke pulls a perfect score in this category for DESIGN QUALITY.


EASE OF USE : Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4  1/2 gold  stars

EASE OF USE is a common factor with the Quadrabyke. Easy to assemble, and so simple to use, kids are able to just jump on the bike and away they go quickly. No matter how the Quadrabyke is assembled, the ease of use remains constant which is a valuable factor in a buyer's mind.

Although the Quadrabyke is so outstanding in ease of use, there is a small element which pinged the Quadrabyke 1/2 a point in this evaluation. To put it in more simple terms, the piece which is used to have dual wheels on the Quadrabyke can be a little confusing to those who are not mechanically inclined. One side has the threads going clockwise and the other side has the threads for the axle to screw in counter-clockwise.

NOTE: The alternate threading for the axles was designed with an excellent functionality and purpose. We strive to cover as many possible perspectives as possible in our evaluation process, including but not limited to "possible" challenges or confusion. The 1/2 point loss is not to be interpreted as a flaw. The Quadrabyke pulled an almost perfect score of 4.5 stars in this category for EASE OF USE with an outstanding and over the top evaluation.


MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The marketability of the Quadrabyke is an undeniable point of perfection. The Quadrabyke literally assures a retailer of a very strong potential in sales, especially in any venue. The Quadrabyke covers a vast variety of potential sales markets, especially with the current state of the economy and other public concerns. With an excellent MSRP, and a first-class visual appeal, the Quadrabyke is one which has proven it captures the attention of kids and adults alike. The immediate first impression is a tough call yet we believe it has what it takes to take it all the way to the top. The Quadrabyke pulls a perfect score in this category.

SADDLE STRUCTURE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Saddle structure is a very important element of the overall evaluation with the Quadrabyke. The design engineer evaluator made note in his report of how the saddle of the bike was "...well designed so that the center of gravity on a child's spine at all ages it was designed for is never shifted out of balance." He made a point of how the saddle, (more commonly referred to as the seat), was ..."Just as another innovative creation I evaluated some years back for your group, the saddle is a superbly designed piece which fits so well with overall symmetry of the Quadrabyke." His key point was how the saddle was designed in such a way that multiple age groups can make use of it with the same level of access, comfort and convenience with but a minor adjustment. That fact alone adds a generous level of value in the SADDLE STRUCTURE category. No doubt about it, the Quadrabyke pulls a perfect score in this category quite easily.

VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

When it comes to Visual Appeal, if there were a higher score than the 5 stars, the Quadrabyke would surely capture it. The Quadrabyke was designed with a perfect balance of design structure as well as visual appeal. All it takes is but one look at the Quadrabyke by a child and the first words you are likely to hear out of their mouths are "I want.."

When you combine the scoring from our evaluators reports, our in-house evaluation, and the consumer feedback, it should not be of any surprise that the Quadrabyke pulled a perfect score with a score of [5] Stars in this category for VISUAL APPEAL.

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EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
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    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



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