Web site: bumbleride.com
Bumbleride’s niche is all-terrain strollers designed for outdoor enthusiasts. Started by a husband and wife team in San Diego, Bumbleride is a small stroller company with three basic models: Indie, Flite and (new for 2016) Speed.
The models. The Indie ($500, 20 lbs.; pictured) is Bumbleride’s flagship stroller: tri-wheel, quick release 12” inflated tires, boot, adjustable handle, full recline and deep storage basket. Basically, the Indie is a more stylish version of the Mountain Buggy Urban Single or BOB Revolution. In a recent refresh, the Indie gained a new longer (and adjustable) footrest, new included bumper bar and locks on the front wheel so it can be pushed in a straight line, plus suspension on the front wheel. The Indie ships with a car seat adapter included in the box.
Bumbleride has two spin-offs of the Indie: A twin version that runs $730 and now can hold two infant car seats. It weighs a rather hefty 32 lbs. And a four wheel model called (wait for it) the Indie 4 (22 lbs., $600 with bassinet). It has two smaller 8.5″ air filled tires on the front and 12″ air filled rear wheels. Bumbleride says the goal is a stroller that “bridges the gap between urban and off-road terrain” strollers. And some folks prefer four wheels to three.
For 2016, the Indie 4 will be relaunched as a stroller with a reversible seat, dropping the bassinet. The price will be $530.
Departing from the all-terrain script, the Flite ($200, 14 lbs.) is a lightweight stroller with two handles (like a Peg Perego), a big canopy, full recline and car seat adapter bar. We liked all the included accessories such as a rain cover and travel bag. Bumbleride tells us this stroller will be discontinued in 2016, but it is still for sale as of this writing.
New for 2016, the Speed is Bumbleride’s first true jogger with a lockable front wheel, air-filled tires on quick release wheels with suspension and one-step fold. It’s clear that Bumbleride did its homework here: the prototype we viewed features a height adjustable handle, big canopy with extended shade and aluminum frame for lighter weight (24.5 lbs. on our scale). Price $550.
Our view. Reviews for Bumbleride are mostly positive—the Indie probably gets the best marks from readers, who often compare it to the BOB Revolution. The Indie is three pounds lighter than the Revolution and fans like its easy fold, height adjustable handle, car seat adapter and more. But critics point out the Indie doesn’t have as smooth of a glide as the Revolution. The strap that reclines the seat could be better designed (it is too difficult), say our readers. Overall, however, the Indie earns a 90% positive rating on Amazon—which few strollers achieve.
The Speed is still too new for a rating yet.
Bumbleride has made steady improvements over the years—it will be interesting to see how the Speed fares. Baby Bargains Resale Rank: Excellent. Rating: B+
Amazon Customer Reviews: Bumbleride Indie