In this post, we’re going to review a Coleman mini bike: The CT200U model. Mini bikes, also known as pocket bikes, are miniature versions of motorcycles, and they’re intended for kids and teenagers.
The Coleman CT200U has an old-school design and one of the most powerful engines in the mini bike market today.
In this full review, we’re going to try out the Coleman mini bike, talk about its features, pros, cons, and more. We’ll also offer up some good alternatives to it. If you’re looking for a mini bike, then this review will help you decide whether to buy this bike, or get a different one. Read on below to find out.
P.S. if you’re looking for a cool Coleman vehicle with 4 wheels, check out our Coleman KT196 go-kart review!
Features Of The Coleman CT200U
Here are all of the features and specifications of the Coleman CT200U:
- Recommended age range: 12 and up
- Old-school design
- 196cc engine
- Sturdy metal frame
- Low-pressure tires
- Hand-operated brakes
- Clutch and chain-drive
- Weighs 112 pounds
Breaking Down The Features
Gas-powered: This mini bike uses gasoline fuel to run. It will need to be re-fueled about once or twice per week, depending on the usage. Because mini bikes are not street legal, you’ll need to re-fuel it at home.
Recommended age range: The manufacturer recommended age range is listed as between 12 and 14. Keep in mind that this is only a recommendation, based on the bike size and weight. This doesn’t mean that only a kid who satisfies the age range can ride it. You can relax the age range a little, if the bike is a good fit for you.
Old-school design: This mini bike has a different design from the regular modern pocket bikes. It has a retro and simplistic design, that looks like something from the 80’s. This is an interesting choice of design, considering the target audience for this bike likely doesn’t remember that time period. The design consists of thick off-road tires, an open engine, and a thin but sturdy frame.
196cc engine: This mini bike has an engine displacement of 196 cc. Engine displacement refers to the total volume swept up inside the engine cylinders as the vehicle moves. 196 cc is very powerful for a mini bike; typically, you’ll see mini bikes with an engine displacement of just 70 cc, so 196 cc is a big step up from that. Engine displacement relates to power, speed, and durability of the vehicle in engine.
Sturdy metal frame: The bike’s frame and rack are built with durable metal that won’t break or wear down after continuous use. The design is important here; the thin and strategically shaped frame makes the bike much stronger and more durable. It can withstand years of use, falls, off-road riding, stunts, race, etc.
Pull-start: A pull start is a simple way of starting the engine instantly by pulling a plus or key. It is a common method of starting the engine on small machines and vehicles, including mini bikes. A pull start is useful for kids’ mini bikes, because children will find it very convenient for starting up the bike. And anyone can do it.
Low-pressure tires: Low pressure tires are made from material that provides a smooth and stable riding experience. Being thick and low-pressure, they’re designed to traverse over off-road terrains with ease, which makes it great for outdoors riding.
Hand-operated brakes: The CT200U has two simple hand-operated brakes.
Clutch and chain-drive: This bike has a rugged clutch and jackshaft for power transmission. The chain drive then transmits power from the engine to the wheels. These are standard and necessary functions for a mini bike, and any motor bike, to have.
Weight: This mini bike weighs 115 pounds, which is not very heavy, but it’s actually above average for a mini bike. This is because a 196 cc is significantly bigger than a typical mini bike; this makes the mini bike heavier too. It’s still not too heavy for children and teenagers to use.
Pros & Cons
- The design of this mini bike is pragmatic and compact. It’s small, weighs only 115 pounds, and has a thin frame. It has a minimal design that works to its advantage. It gives it a streamlined appearance and reduces any extra load. The old-school retro look works pretty well for this bike.
- The CT200U has a powerful engine for a mini bike. Its engine is 196cc, which is the same as the Coleman KT196 go-kart, and that’s much bigger! But having such a powerful engine for a mini bike improves its performance and speed greatly.
- This bike is great for off-road riding. Between the large tires, the high speed, the powerful engine, and the sturdy frame, it can be taken outdoors and be used in the same way as a dirt bike. This bike is popularly used in hunting, racing, and riding in the woods.
- The mini bike is easy to assemble and can be done by anyone, with a little trial and error.
- The bike is user-friendly for young children. It’s easy to switch on the bike, use the clutch, steer, and turn.
- Some customers have reported problems with the clutch; it can make a lot of annoying, squealing noises when running. Since there’s warranty on this bike, you can contact Coleman to get it replaced and/or restored
- The customer service isn’t great; they don’t actively respond to calls, so you’ll have to leave a voicemail or message, and wait for them to get back to you.
- The manufacturer recommended age range and weight capacity don’t seem to be accurate.
My Rating: (4.0/5)
Frequently Asked Questions About The Coleman CT200U Mini Bike
There are many questions that people have about the CT200U mini bike, so we’re going to compile the most common ones here and answer them. If you have any questions, please send them to us here, and we’ll answer them. If a lot of people are asking the same question, we’ll add it here.
Does it come with fuel?
No, it doesn’t come with oil. You’ll have to get your own in order to fuel it.
How hard is it to assemble?
Assembly is not hard; you’ll have an instruction manual that details how to do it. You may need some help, if you’ve never done something like it before. The main parts you need to assemble are the front tire, forks, front rack, and clutch cover.
What is the maximum speed?
It reaches a maximum speed of around 20 MPH. This will depend on the rider weight. So if you’re a light rider, then it might reach slightly higher speeds. For heavy riders, it will be slightly slower.
Can this bike be used by adults?
This is an interesting question. While the recommended age range is listed as 12 – 14, this doesn’t really tell you much. It can be used by people who don’t fall in that age range. A better measurement to look at is the maximum weight capacity. As long as you fall below the weight limit, you should be able to ride it (provided you’re not too big and tall for the bike). This bike’s maximum weight capacity is 200 pounds.
What should I do to maintain the bike?
There a few regular maintenance procedures that you should follow, like you would with any motor vehicle. Cleaning the clutch, changing the oil, and inspecting the tires.
Is this bike street legal?
No, this bike does not have the necessary features to be considered legal to drive on the road. You can drive it off-road, indoors, and on private property.
The following video shows the Coleman CT200U mini bike in action. You’ll notice how fast the bike goes, and how sturdy and durable it looks for a mini bike. It also shows how well the bike travels over rough surfaces like gravel, which is a testament to its thick tires and its off-road capability. The video also tests how the speed of the bike changes when the throttle screw is used, and when it’s not. Take a look for yourself:
In summary, we found in our review of the Coleman CT200U that it’s a powerful 196cc engine gas-powered bike that’s above average for a mini bike, in features and performance. It has a sizable engine capacity, a fast maximum speed of anywhere between 20 and 25 MPH, and a sturdy metal frame. It can ride over all sorts of off-road terrains with ease. The design, although it’s not flashy, has a cool retro and minimal look that suits the bike well. The bike is user-friendly and easy to operate, as well as easy to assemble.
On the negative side, this mini bike has purported problems with its clutch, as well as the noise it makes while riding. After a few years of continuous use, you’ll have to get some of its major parts replaced. The customer service could see some improvement, as they don’t respond fast enough, and you’ll have to wait for a response to a voicemail or message. The manufacturer-written age range and weight limit are also not accurate, as this bike can be used by a wide range of people, and it can hold a weight of over 200 pounds.
Overall, it’s a cool mini bike for both teenagers and adults. It’s fast, powerful, affordable, and simple.
Alternative – Coleman CT100U
If you’re looking for a slightly smaller mini bike, then you can try out the CT100U model by Coleman. There are many similarities it shares with the CT200U, with a few differences. In fact, most of the features are the same. This mini bike is like a smaller version of the CT200U. It weighs slightly less, has a smaller engine, horsepower, and weight capacity.
You’re recommended to get this bike if you’re looking for something smaller that also costs less. Maybe it’s a kid that you need the bike for. While the CT100U can hold adults as well (up to the weight limit), they’re better suited for kids and teenagers. They have a smaller frame, less mileage, and are generally intended for lesser usage. Anyways, if that’s a little confusing, here’s a comparison between the two bikes:
|Model||Picture||Engine displacement||Weight capacity||Weight|
|CT100U||98 cc||150 lbs||100 lbs|
|CT200U||196 cc||200+ lbs||112 lbs|