Size guide: Is your toddler ready for a front mounted child seat?
Is my child old enough to use a shotgun seat?
The Shotgun seat is designed for kids 2 years and up, whilst the Shotgun 2.0 & Pro seats are designed for kids 18 months and older – this difference is due to the seats' footpeg positions, and a child's minimum inseam required to reach the footpegs in order to ride safely.
Beyond your child's size, there are a few developmental milestones to check they have ticked off before you hit the trails. Every child is different, and you know your little one best, but as a general guide the following signs are a good indication that your little person is ready to ride shotgun.
- They can sit unaided
- They can follow basic instructions
- They can stay awake (for the length of your bike ride)
When will my child outgrow the shotgun seat?
The Shotgun seat has a maximum weight limit of 22kg/48lb, whilst the Shotgun 2.0 and Pro seats have maximum weight limits of 27kg/60lb. Which for most kids, will see them safely riding shotgun until 5 or 6 years – or until they are more interested in riding their own bike instead, which is a great result.
Can I adjust the height of the foot-pegs, or extend the legs of the shotgun seats?
Each of our shotgun seats provide different levels of adjustability to grow with your child.
- The Shotgun seat has a fixed leg length and foot peg height.
- The Shotgun 2.0 seat has a fixed leg length but 2 foot peg height options.
- The Shotgun Pro seat has extendable legs with 7 different foot peg height options.
Note: On all three seats you can rotate the legs forward or back to suit your rider.
Is my child too tall to use a shotgun seat?
Our shotgun seats do not have a maximum height limit, but if your child is 4 or 5 years old, and is very tall for their age, and you the parent are fairly short – you may struggle to see over your child's helmet whilst riding.
We are yet to have a shotgun seat returned for this reason, but each child, adult and bike are unique. If you're concerned, we suggest taking the shotgun seat for a test ride at your local stockist.
Take a shotgun seat for a test ride:
Find a shotgun seat at your local stockist.
Have a question?
If you have a question about sizing or for help determining whether your little one is ready to ride shotgun, please contact our customer care team. Alternatively, you could ask our knowledgeable & helpful community of MTB parents over in our Kids Ride Shotgun Facebook group.