Alpha Three

Size Guide
Sizing

Prevelo Bike Sizing

Getting your kids the right size bike is important and, fortunately, also easy. You just need two pieces of information about your little rider:

  • Inseam
  • Rider Experience

Measuring Inseam

  1. Have the rider stand against a wall, hold a book between their legs so that it is firmly against their crotch (the same place their bicycle seat will be).
  2. Measure the distance from the floor to the top of the book.

Rider Experience

Children who are learning are more sensitive to bicycle height than children who already know how to ride a bike. For this reason, our recommendations for bicycle sizing vary slightly based on the experience lever of the rider. The chart below takes into account the fact that experienced riders tend to adapt better to a bike that is slightly larger. For this purpose we categorize young riders as either "Learners" or "Pedalers"

  • Learner: riders who either have not yet learned to ride a pedal bike, or are still frequently putting their feet on the ground while riding.
  • Pedaler: riders who can ride confidently and only put their feet down to stop.
Model Wheel
Size
Approx. Rider Age
(years)
Learner Inseam
(inches)
Pedaler Inseam
(inches)
Alpha Zero 12" 1½ + 12.5 to 16.5
Alpha One 14" 2½ to 4½ 13.5 to 16.5 13 to 16.5
Alpha Two 16" 3½ to 6 16 to 18 with short seat post
(21.5 to 24 with long seat post)
15 to 17.5 with short seat post
(20.5 to 23.5 with long seat post)
Alpha Three 20" 5 to 9 18 to 23 17.5 to 22.5
Alpha Four 24" 7 to 11 24 to 29 23 to 28
Zulu Three 20" 5½ to 9 21 to 26 20 to 25
Zulu Four 24" 8 to 11 24 to 29 23 to 29

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20-Inch Wheels | V-brakes | 8-Speed

  • The 20" Alpha Three is our smallest geared bike. The 8-speed Shimano drive train and 11-34T wide range gearing is the real deal and gives growing riders truly usable gear range. It features:
    1. Prevelo confidence inspiring low and narrow geometry. Prevelo geometry keeps the rider low, balanced and in control.
    2. Lightweight 6061 aluminum frame with custom formed tubing.
    3. Lightweight aluminum alloy fork with chromoly steerer.
    4. Tektro front and rear v-brakes.
    5. Quick release front and rear wheels for toolless wheel removal.
    6. Three piece crank with squared taper bottom cartridge bearing bottom bracket and ultra narrow Q factor.
    7. Custom made cranks. All Prevelo cranks are sized specifically for each model bike, down to the millimeter.
    8. Shimano ALTUS 8-speed drivetrain. This 8-speed derailleur has a SHIMANO Smart cage. This unique pulley cage permits the use of a shorter pulley cage without comprising gear ratio width. Because kids’ bikes have small wheel diameters, rear derailleurs on kids bikes hang low and close to the ground. The Prevelo Alpha bikes use Smart cage derailleurs to keep things high and away from the ground.
    9. Shimano ACERA RAPIDFIRE Plus Shift Lever. Small hands have a hard time using twist shifters. We use reliable silky smooth thumb shifters. They are easy for small hands to operate, have an indicator display, and operate just like shifters on high performance bikes.
    10. 95% assembled. Just install the handlebar, seatpost, front wheel and pedals.
  • MEASUREMENT SPECIFICATION
    Weight (including pedals) 18.9 lbs / 8.6 kg
    Minimum Saddle Height 20.7 in / 525 mm
    Maximum Saddle Height 25.5 in / 648 mm
    Bottom Bracket Height 8.1 in / 205 mm

    Geometry


    MEASUREMENT SPECIFICATION
    A Wheel Size 20"
    B Wheelbase 32.9 in / 835 mm
    C Effective Top Tube Length 17.4 in / 443 mm
    D Head Angle 69°
    E Seat Tube Angle 71.5°
    F Chain Stay Length 13.8 in / 350 mm
  • Components

    COMPONENT SPECIFICATION
    FRAME 6061 heat treated aluminum alloy custom formed tubing
    FORK Aluminum alloy blades with chromoly steerer tube - 35mm rake
    SEAT CLAMP Aluminum alloy with toolless adjustment
    FRONT BRAKE Tektro aluminum alloy V-brake
    REAR BRAKE Tektro aluminum alloy V-brake
    FRONT BRAKE LEVER Tektro aluminum alloy
    REAR DERAILLEUR 8-speed Shimano Altus double servo with Smart cage
    SHIFTER REAR Shimano Acera RAPIDFIRE Plus
    FREEWHEEL/CASSETTE Shimano 11-34T
    CRANK SET Prevelo anodized alloy 3-piece square taper with 110MM crank length.
    SPROCKET 32T with double chain ring guard
    BB SET Sealed cartridge
    HEAD SET 1 1/8" threadless
    RIM Aluminum with grinded sidewalls
    FRONT HUB Lightweight alloy 1-piece forged CNC with quick release
    REAR HUB Lightweight alloy 1-piece forged CNC with quick release
    TIRE & TUBE Kenda Small Block Eight Pro 20 ×1.5
    SADDLE Prevelo big kid saddle
    HANDLEBAR Prevelo aluminum big bore - 580mm width x 40mm rise with 31.8mm to 22mm taper
    HANDLEBAR STEM Aluminum 60mm extension
    GRIP Kraton rubber
    PEDAL Composite with 9/16 chromoly axle
  • Trying to decide between the Alpha Three and the Zulu Three? Click here to learn the difference:  Alpha Series vs. Zulu Series

 

 

What people are saying

Bottom line: We’re big fans of Prevelo’s Alpha Three, and highly recommend it for riders ready to step up to a 20″ bike!

- Wild Tales Of

 

Kid Centric Features

kids sized bicycle crank

Kid Engineered Crank


8 Speed Shimano Drivetrain with Wide Span Gearing


Internally Routed Cables


Kid Size Hand Brakes and Easy to Use Shimano Rapidfire Shifters

 

 


Sealed Bearings


Quick Adjust Seat Height


Built Kid Tough


Confidence Inspiring Geometry

 

 

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JL
07/30/2017
Jason L.
United States

AWESOME!

My son loves this bike. He’s four years old and we ride the beginner trails at the bike park together almost daily. The only thing that’d be better is if my son was tall enough for the Zulu Three. Unfortunately he was a few inches shy of the mark when he needed a new bike. But the good news is my son was tall enough for the Alpha 3! It was the only bike with 20” wheels that I could find to fit him this spring. We upgraded from a Woom 2 with 14” tires and single speed so, initially, it was a big jump up. However, my son quickly adapted and the bigger tires and gears made a huge enjoyment in our biking together. We’re riding about 100 miles per week in serious mountain terrain. Many of the trails we are riding now are rated as intermediate XC trails. This bike has made it a ton of fun to ride together. Everyday he’s keeping up better and better. My son has become my little shredder. On DH trails, he purposely finds every rock he can to ride over and even with multiple hits to various components it’s still going strong. This bike stands up to some serious punishment. We’ve had it for a number of months now with very hard daily use and it holds up. If I’d bought a department store bike it’d be trashed in a week of our riding (not to mention how unsafe it’d be for this type of riding). This bike just keeps going. In contrast to the Prevelo, I’ve seen many “name” brand kids bikes (even those made for 7 - 10 year olds) fall apart on these trails and parents constantly shelling out to fix them over and over again. That means down time from riding (and all the tears/frustrations those kids suffer) and total cost of ownership skyrocketing past the cost of our Prevelo bike. My kid may be the exception at 4 years old doing hardcore mountain biking, but he doesn’t have to be. With a little patience and a passion for biking any kid can become your best biking buddy. I wouldn’t trade anything for the memories my son and I have made this summer riding at the bike park and XC nearly everyday. If you’re hardcore like us and your kid can fit the Zulu, go for it. If they aren’t as hardcore as us and/or can’t fit the Zulu, then get this bike. You won’t be disappointed.

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JW
07/27/2017
Jason W.
United States

My six year old can bike now!

My daughter was riding on a training wheel bike but could not make the transition to a regular kid's bike until we got her a Prevelo Alpha Three. It is very light and low to the ground, so she felt confident initially just balancing on it and very quickly pedaling on it. Now she can ride it easily and confidently all around. What a great bike for kids!

CR
07/06/2017
Chad R.
United States

Great little bike for a growing cyclist

I bought this bike for my 5 yr old son who started on a 14" wheeled bike. Height wise he is just at the minimum for this bike, both in height and inseam. I didn't want to spend the money on a 16" wheeled bike that he might quickly out grow. The Alpha Three's frame is very accommodating, and will fit him as he continues to grow. It is truly a gorgeous looking bike. Right out of the box everything worked great. I only had to adjust the reach on the brake levers for his smaller hands. The shifting works great, and I like that the bike uses QR skewers and a traditional seat/seatpost design. I lowered his seat and moved it forward. I'm so glad I found out about this bike as there was nothing else out there this flexible with rider size. I wish the brake levers had more of a bend in them, so he could reach them a little better without straining his hands, but I do understand that this style will be more flexible in the long run. Thanks for an amazing bike, an easy shopping experience, excellent customer service and super quick shipping.

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06/05/2017
Brian Y.
United States

Rocking the Alpha Three

My 5-1/2 year old daughter absolutely loves her Alpha Three. The kid-friendly brakes made the transition away from coaster brakes a snap. Understanding the gears and timing took minimal coaching and then it was ON. A couple clicks of the thumb you’re climbing up a hill with ease, push back with your index finger and you’re racing Daddy home! My daughter absolutely loves her Alpha Three and I would highly recommend the Prevelo line of bikes for all stages of young riders. You won’t be disappointed. Thanks again Prevelo! -Brian and Avery

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05/16/2017
Jodi

Best bike!

We got this bike for my 5 year old. He had been riding a two-wheel pedal bike for over a year. The bike he had was getting boring for him. Not to mention, he wouldn't stand and pedal when going uphill. As soon as he got this bike, the excitement came back for him. He loves being able to switch gears! On top of that, for some reason, he has better form (stands when going uphill etc). This bike is amazing and it was worth every penny. I like for my boys to get outside and do some physical activity and this bike helps motivate him to get out there. It's well made, easy to maneuver and most importantly, fun!!

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