The Peg Perego Orion bicycle seat is an affordable and fun option for families who love to bike outdoors.
Peg Perego isn’t a big name in the bicycling world. In fact, the Italian company is actually known for its car seats and ride-on toys.
Considering the company’s emphasis on vehicles (they have toy partnerships with manufacturers like John Deere and Polaris!), stepping into the bicycle realm wasn’t too much of a stretch.
Still, when Peg Perego chooses to do something, they do it big. This front-mounted bike seat features a unique mounting, innovative installation, and an all-terrain suspension system.
Plus, it offers robust safety features, comes in fun colors, and is affordable. In this review, we’ll detail the top features of the Peg Perego bike seat. We’ll also outline what we do and don’t like about this product, before offering an overall impression.
Age & Weight Limits
The Peg Perego front-mounted bicycle seat is recommended for children older than 12 months old. Weight-wise, it can accommodate children up to 33 pounds.
With a weight limit of 33 pounds, the Peg Perego can be used by children until between 2 and 3 years old.
Top Features of the Peg Perego Bike Seat
Easy Mount System
Often, bicycle seat shopping is a system of trial and error. Some seats just don’t fit on all bicycles.
The Peg Perego Orion bike seat was designed with a universal mount system. The bracket attaches to the head tube of your bike but can be attached in four different ways. Thanks to these options, the Orin seat can fit on a variety of bicycles.
The most infuriating part of any baby product is the installation. Thankfully, Peg Perego uses an innovative bracket system to make installation a snap.
To begin, you’ll install the bike seat’s bracket to the head tube of the bicycle. While this requires a few screws or two, it should be an easy task.
Once the bracket is securely attached, the Orion bike seat snaps right into the bracket. It’s similar to connecting a car seat to a base. It’s just as simple to remove too if you want a ride without the seat, or if you need to transfer the seat to a different bicycle.
Safe and Smooth Ride
With any child bicycle seat, the top priority is safety. With a built-in suspension system, an adjustable 3-point harness, and footrests, your child will enjoy a smooth ride while remaining safe.
The Orion bike seat is outfitted with an all-terrain suspension system that ensures a smooth ride. There may be bumps in the roads, but your child won’t even notice!
The three-point harness can be adjusted to accommodate your baby and keep them secure. Meanwhile, the adjustable three-position footrests keep little feet safely contained, away from you or the bike’s moving parts.
What We Like
Front-Mounted Bike Seat
This is what makes the Peg Perego bike seat worth it. A front-mounted bicycle seat offers more peace of mind than a rear-mounted one.
While bicycling, it can be unnerving for a parent to not have their little one in their field of vision. With a front-mounted seat, your child is right where you can see them.
While shopping for a child bicycle seat, you’ll be bombarded with options nearing the $200 price point.
For families who only casually ride, anything nearing that price isn’t truly worth it. Those families will worry about getting their money’s worth.
Starting at over $70.00, the Peg Perego Orion bike seat is an affordable option for families who want to include toddlers in some fresh air exercise! At half the price of many bicycle seats, it’s a budget-friendly choice.
On the Orion bike seat, directly in front of the child, is a handlebar. It’s a handy device for helping steady a little one in the seat.
However, once the child gets a bit bigger and the handlebar becomes cumbersome, it can be removed.
Fun Color Options
I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a fun color. While many bike seats chose to keep it safe with neutrals, the Orion is a welcome splash of color.
The Orion comes in four different color options.
- A bright red and gray
- A red and blue (very reminiscent of Spider-Man!)
- A vibrant bright blue and gray
- A summery lime green and gray
What We Don’t Like
Low Weight Limit
With a maximum weight limit of 33 pounds, the Peg Perego seat is on the lower end of the spectrum for child bicycle seats.
The Thule RideAlong, for example, has a max weight limit of 48 pounds. For older children, the Mac Ride front-mounted seat can accommodate up to 60 pounds!
A lower weight limit means less time to enjoy the product. According to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the average child can hit 33 pounds in their second year.
In most states, the law states children can’t ride in bike seats until 9 months old. If your child reaches 33 pounds before his third birthday, you haven’t got a lot of use out of the seat!
No Footrests Continuous Sliding Feature
Most child bicycle seats feature continuous sliding footrests. Once the feet are strapped in, they can be moved up or down the entire length of the leg supports. This offers a customizable fit for your child.
The Orion’s footrests do not continuously slide. Instead, it has three different positions the footrests can lock into.
While the three options do allow for some customization, a continuous slide would be preferable.
Since most bicycle rides occur in warmer weather, it’s ideal for children’s bicycle seats to have adequate airflow to keep them cool.
Ventilation in bike seats is provided through holes in the seat’s back. The Orion only has one slim hole. Otherwise, the child is up against thick weatherproofed padding.
On very hot days, this lack of ventilation can lead to one sweaty (and unhappy) toddler.
For families of causal bike riders, the Peg Perego bike seat is the right ride for the right price. This front-mounted seat keeps your child in your view while giving them a smooth and safe ride. Plus, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of finding the right seat for your bicycle, as the innovative Orion mount system makes it fit on virtually any bike!