Age of the child
The construction of the Thule Yepp Nexxt Mini
The Thule Yepp Nexxt Mini is compact and comes in a range of colours. The construction consists of durable water repellent materials, feels solid but is extremely lightweight at just 1.9 kg.
The shape of the seat gives the little one sufficient protection with the use of the five-point harness and adjustable shoulder straps. The locking mechanism is magnetic and child resistant. A click confirms that it’s on well.
The height of the foot rests can easily be staggered for a precise fit. The foot straps work remarkably well with a simple clipping mechanism, ensuring your child’s feet are secure. This is one feature that I thought might wear out over time, but that didn’t happen.
Thule also provides a set of keys allowing you to lock the seat to the bike to prevent theft.
Observations and things to consider
The seat was mounted on to my 3-speed omafiets style Batavus. The bike was well suited for cruising the city with its upright style of riding. I didn’t feel like the seat was an obstruction at all. Though I would be cautious if using the seat on a bike with a low flat bar as you could be kissing the back of the seat.
My bike also has a front wheel lock on the stem. This ensures the handlebars and seat don’t swing off to the side. While not necessary, it’s a nice feature to have on a dedicated bike with a child seat.
Though I do recommend using a center mounted double kickstand. It keeps the bike upright and stable when strapping in your child or taking them out.
Adjusting the shoulder straps was simple and quick. I was always confident that she was secure and comfortable. However, there were times when the straps would slide down her shoulders but I found this was more the result of what she was wearing. There is harness clip available by Thule to prevent the straps from sliding down.
Labeled as a shock-absorbing seat, it provided a smooth ride even when going over cobblestone roads in Amsterdam.
The seat also doesn’t get hot, even if left out in the sun. So there is no concern if your toddler is wearing shorts. If it happens to rain, a quick wipe down is all that’s needed to get it dry.
Add-ons for the Thule Yepp Mini
Well constructed, durable weather-resistant materials
Secure clipping mechanism
Seat can be removed quickly
Light at 1.9kg
Shoulder straps sometimes slide down
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Thank you for this great review!
I am curious about child’s height limit of this seat. I am also in denial with my almost 4yo daughter but because she is very light at only 26lbs but 38.5″ tall I would love to know if it would make sense to get her this one to ride a bit longer with her in the front. She is currently on the Mini Bobike but she has obviously outgrew it by height and I want to keep her in the front if I safely can . I read the iBert might do it but I feel this Thule would make my ride feel more comfortable.
Hey thanks Kristal for your comment. As far as I can tell there is no height limit of a child for the seat. The weight will come into play first. The measurement from the bottom of the seat where the toddler sits to where the straps come through the backrest is about 10.5” and you have roughly 16-18” of slack for each shoulder strap before it connects to the harness. I say roughly because it depends on the length of the waist strap as well. Perhaps comparing those measurements to the Mini Bobike might give you a better indication. The only issue in terms of height might come from straps slipping, or comfort from the shoulder pads, but from what I gather there should be more play compared to the Bobike.
I can’t commend on the iBert. I’ve never seen anyone use one here in the Netherlands. Thule is the most common followed by the Bobike.
Thank you Gus for replying so quickly.
I was not clear enough though.
My daughter’s seat straps are still fine for her but it’s her legs that are too long to be accommodated on her Mini Bobike. She is still riding with me on it but it is definitely too tight. It looks like the Thule Yepp has more room to accommodate longer legs but what do you think?
Ah, that’s a good point about the legs. I don’t recall an issue with my daughter’s legs being too long near the end of her tenure with the seat. The foot rest can be extended to about 11” which I can only guess is longer than the Mini Bobike. Dutch bikes typically have a long stem as well, so her thighs/knees were well below the handlebar. That might be something to consider, extending the stem if possible for a little more room.
In terms of the size of the seat, the Thule looks wider as well with a more conducive shape for sitting, but there are no specific measurements for either.
Extending the stem is a great idea I had not thought about, thank you! I will measure how long our footrest can be extended to compare but all the info you provided very helpful and for sure more detailed than what I could find so far.
Thank you so much!!!
Hey I’m happy I could help. Good luck and have fun riding with your daughter!