Pros: Looks just like a chopper, smooth ride, handling is good, seat is easily adjustable
Cons: A little heavy for younger riders. Not a stunt bike.
My husband and I decided to buy this bike for our 8 year old son for Christmas. I was kind of worried about the money we were about to invest for this bike, considering it was only for a 8 year old but...Our son really loves choppers. He always loves to watch Orange County Choppers on the discovery channel and he loves watching West Coast Choppers too. We chose the black frame with the red flames because it looked meaner than the other colors. There are two sizes the 16" and the 20". The website suggests the 16" for ages 4-7 but depending how tall your 7 year old is, you might need to go with the 20". We saw the 20" in person and thought it was too big for him, but it actually turned out to be perfect. Our son is about 4 feet tall so you can use that as a guide when choosing which one to get.It looks much better in person then it does in photos. Make sure you have a lot of open space to practice, your turns are much wider than a regular bike,and the steering takes some practice too but after a couple of tries it gets easier from there. The kick stand is pretty cool too. It is actually located in the middle of the bike. You kick it forward and it actually keeps the bike off the ground. I was surprised how heavy it was. Younger riders may need help if the bike tips over. I feel this bike is really durable and will last a long time if it is taken care of. The bike is so nice sometimes I'm afraid of our son scratching the paint job. This bike would probably be better for responsible children. The amount of detail that was put into this bike is worth the price. We especially liked the fat tire in the back. The flames are only decals but it still looks nice. The bike does have rear brakes which seem to work good. This bike is only good for cruising, doing stunts on this bike is not recommended (considering how heavy it it is for our son,I think doing jumps on this bike would be nearly impossible). Our son loves his bike. It took him about 5 minutes to get used to the handling of the bike, after that he was riding like a pro. My husband and I did not buy the accessories for the Stingray because they were a little cheesy. We opted for another style Orange County Chopper helmet instead of the one that matches the Stingray. The helmet that matches the bike had Stingray on the helmet and the Schwinn logo. We thought it would be going overboard.