Bumbleride Speed ReviewPrice: $550.00 List | $478.88 at Amazon - 13% off
Pros: Easy to push and turn, compact for small spaces
Cons: Doesn't track as straight, harder to adjust harness
Bottom line: Nice maneuvering but hard to use and keep on track
Rolling Resistance: 132 Feet
Folded Dimensions: 25"W x 15.4"H x 34.5"L
The Bumbleride Speed is a jogging stroller made by Bumbleride. This high-end jogging stroller is easy to maneuver with a locking swivel front wheel, is great for navigating crowded spaces, and good for those with limited space. It has adjustable tracking, all-wheel suspension, an adjustable handlebar, and pneumatic tires. Unfortunately, we weren't able to adjust the tracking well-enough to keep the Speed running straight. And, while it has similar features to other joggers, it isn't as easy to use and the execution isn't as well done or nice. Overall, there is much to like about this Bumbleride, but it isn't a great option for running and it paled in comparison to less expensive options.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Matt and Emily Reichardt started Bumbleride in 2004 after the birth of their first child. Based in San Diego they design products for active lifestyles with kids. Bumbleride uses OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Class I certified textiles and 100% recycled polyester fabric made from post-consumer water bottles (rPET, polyethylene terephthalate). Bumbleride works with a family run manufacturer in Taiwan committed to making the Bumbleride products the best they can be.
This comparison chart includes the overall scores for all of the strollers we tested in this review including the Speed (in blue).
The sections below include information on how the Speed performs in comparison to the competition. Individual metric results are used to determine the overall score with an emphasis on run-ability and ease of use.
The Speed earned a 7 of 10 for run-ability. This stroller has adjustable tracking, all-wheel suspension, and an adjustable handbrake. It runs smoother than we initially suspected that it would, but even with the adjustable tracking, we couldn't keep it running straight on the trail.
It is easy to tip and turn and the optional 30 degrees locked front wheel position limits the need for tipping but translates to jogging as opposed to running. For full running, you need the fixed wheel position. It is lighter weight than most of the competition and has less rolling resistance, but it runs more like a full-size stroller than a true dedicated jogging product.
Ease of Use
The Speed earned a 7 of 10 for ease of use. This performance is better than the average for the group, but it isn't as simple as the less expensive Burley Solstice with its high score of 9.
Fold and Unfold
The Speed has a fairly involved folding process that is three steps and requires both hands to work simultaneously. The fold requires moving the belly bar, pulling the stroller lock levers and folding in using the handlebar. It auto-locks and self-stands. Unfolding is very easy and only two steps.
The Speed has single action brakes with a wide easily accessible pedal. The pedal is only average to set and release and it is not sandal foot friendly and could hurt the top of your foot.
The storage bin on the Speed is large and fit our large diaper bag with some effort. It has a maximum weight capacity of 10 lbs which is about average for the group, and the sides are mesh. It has access from the back only and is easy to use. The Speed also has two mesh back pockets and a passenger stow pocket on the left side of the seat.
The Speed has a large canopy that is rated UPF/SPF 45+. The canopy has a large mesh peek-a-boo window with magnetic closure. This canopy is really big coming past the knee with a zip off back panel for additional ventilation.
The Speed has a 5-point harness with adjustable crotch strap. The buckle has a safety button on the back that makes it hard to open because it is difficult to press them both at the same time. Each strap adjusts individually which makes it a more involved process but it isn't difficult.
This stroller has a reclining seat back and no adjustable leg rest. The leg rest is covered in canvas and leads to a small footrest.
The seat back has a one-handed adjustment toggle and it reclines deep enough for comfortable napping.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Speed doesn't come compatible with any infant car seat carrier. There are two adapters available for this stroller including the Speed Car Seat Adapter - Graco/Chicco which works with several Graco options and the award-winning Chicco Keyfit 30; and the Speed Car Seat Adapter - Maxi Cosi/Cybex/Nuna with works with some seats made by Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Cybex, including the Cybex Aton 2.
Ease of Setup
The Speed took us over 13 minutes to put together. It is easy enough to do and the manual is good once you get past all the warnings.
We put ours together using mainly the pictures but the written instructions are concise and clear.
The Speed earned an 8 of 10 for maneuverability. This stroller has a swivel front wheel and shorter wheelbase making it easy to navigate smaller spaces and crowded areas. The Speed manages fairly well off-road and the 30 degree locking wheel lets you move over the bumps without the wheel going sideways.
The Speed has all-wheel suspension and adjustable handlebar with a rubber cover and a padded sling style seat which all combine to give the passenger a relatively comfortable ride.
Weight and Folded Size
The Speed earned an 8 of 10 for weight and folded size. This stroller is 26.6 lbs and measures 13,283 cubic inches. These measurements make it the smallest folded strollers in the review, but not as light as much of the competition.
The Speed earned a 7 of 10 for quality. While sporting one of the higher end prices for this type of gear, the Bumbleride didn't measure up to the quality of strollers that cost $100+ less. This stroller has thick canvas fabric that is somewhat rough. The fabric covers an aluminum frame with plastic joints. The wheels are plastic and the tires are pneumatic rubber. There is a nice attention to detail here, but it lacks the sleek and polished finish of some of the competition that have hidden connection points and fabric tucked in grooves.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz
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