Zike Z150 Elliptical Scooter

Once called the Wingflyer, Zike's Z150 is a cool ride-on by any name.

Zike Z150 elliptical scooter - review

The Zike Z150 ride-on is unlike anything I've ever tried, combining the pedal action and handbrake of a bicycle with the upright stance of a scooter. Imagine an elliptical scooter—the stationary trainer, but set on wheels. Using the Zike is fun way to burn calories (you'll feel it in your hamstrings!), and the Z150 model is suitable for kids, teens, and adults. Plus, it folds up so it's easier to transport than a bicycle.

Zike Z150 Pros and Cons


  • Fun, low-impact but challenging workout
  • Collapsible for easier transport
  • Easy to assemble
  • Suitable for kids (8 years old and up) and adults up to 160 lbs.


  • Heavy to carry
  • Pricier than a scooter (but cheaper than many bikes)
  • High steps mean kicking off is hard for smaller kids

Zike Z150 - Review

First of all, what is a Zike? It's a human-powered elliptical scooter with wing-like pedals instead of a flat, stationary deck. It has a steel frame, a rear disc brake, and aluminum alloy wheels with inflatable, rubber tube tires. Its handlebar stem can be folded, and the handlebar is adjustable for taller or shorter riders.

The Zike Z150 isn't exactly a scooter, although it resembles one at first glance with its low-slung pedals and tall handlebar stem. It isn't exactly a bike, although it has a drive system with a chain and a brake on the handlebar, plus a kickstand. To make the Zike (once aptly called the WingFlyer) "fly," the rider pumps the pedals (aka "wings"), rather than pushing off from the ground as he would on a traditional scooter.

Testing the Zike Z150, I felt very tall. Balancing up on the wings takes some getting used to, and pumping them isn't easy. Making the Zike fly is definitely a challenge for the leg muscles. My family and I tested the Z150 model, which is suitable for ages eight and up, including teens and adults up to 160 pounds (although my husband is over that limit and can still ride the Zike).

There are four other models, including the Saber, which comes in several colors and can accommodate adults up to 200 lbs (but is much more expensive than the Z150). The Z100 also comes in several colors and is recommended for kids ages 6 to 10.

On the Z150, my lightweight six-year-old did not have the heft or strength to pump the pedals. My nine-year-old, also fairly small for her age, initially had trouble kicking off, balancing, turning, and stopping (OK, pretty much everything to do with riding it). She quickly picked up the necessary skills with some assistance and coaching, although she is still put off by the responsiveness of the handbrake. The Zike stops flying FAST. But now that she has the hang of it, my daughter loves to fly.

The Zike Z150 is billed as portable because its handlebar stem unlocks and folds. It does fold easily and well; we threw it in the trunk of our car and took it to a park—where everyone stopped and stared! But it's heavy. I wouldn't want to carry it around any more than lifting it in and out of a car. And if it falls on your leg or your child's, it hurts.

Assembly was very quick and simple. The instructions were clear and there were only a few steps (basically, attaching the pedals and handlebars).

We had it out of the box and on the sidewalk in no time, and everyone in the family hopped aboard to give it a try. In the months since, it has continued to be popular for everyone in the family as well as any kids who visit.

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