I bought this for my son-in-law and grandson. They are loving it!
Bought the Mac ride for my 19 month old son and he absolutely loved it from the first ride. After just a few test spins around the block we had him out on his first longer ride ~45 min and the only times he got upset was when I would stop and suggest we get off the bike, he just wanted to keep going! It is great having him right in front so I can talk to him while riding and make sure he is enjoying himself. The setup is super easy and I love that I can come right off a solo ride and throw it on my mountain bike in seconds with no alteration to my bike setup and no contact on the frame. Would recommend the Mac ride to anyone who wants to share the joy of riding with their kid.
Got the Mac Ride because of the GBN YouTube video about taking kids riding. Turns out it's also an easier way to get the little guy to daycare too.
He wasn't too keen the first couple of rides but once he got used to being up so high he was fine.
I have it fitted to a Mondraker e-Crafty. Thought the strange top tube might be a problem but it adjusted to fit no problem.
The Mac Ride child seat is literally my favorite thing that I have ever bought! I've had this seat for over a year now. I tried several other child seats before finding this one, but none of them were fun to ride with. This thing is expensive, and there's nowhere to demo one, so it was a big leap of faith. I got it, installed it, and put my son on it, at which point he freaked out and said he didn't want to go on it because it's scary. My heart sank and I thought I just wasted $200, but I told him we'd just go 10 feet and if he still didn't like it, I wouldn't make him ride it. My wife stood 10 feet away and we rode toward her. After about 2 feet he started yelling, "Faster! Faster!" We haven't looked back. We ride a couple hundred miles a month together and it brings me so much joy to spend such fun, quality time together. You do have to ramp up use though, just like with your riding. I went from mostly 5-7 mile rides with him to a 25 mile ride and he was walking like a cowboy for 2 days. He was really suffering, we had to take him to the doctor, and I felt horrible. It's not a passive riding experience, and your kid has to work relatively hard to stay on. Also, his butt takes even more of a hit than yours does because he can't anticipate bumps like you can. I now say, "bumps" when the trail looks rough and he can gauge how his butt feels and if he wants to stand through the section. We had to practice this technique and he seems to know what he needs, as he sometimes sits and sometimes stands when I say "bumps". If you're on the fence about buying one of these, don't wait. I'm going to be so sad when he outgrows it. I wish I had bought it a year earlier!
The Mac Ride is a spendy item, especially for young parents, but the minute I put my boy on it and took him around the block I had no regrets. It was worth every penny. We use it every single day, and my son cries when he has to get off. He LOVES it. And I get to spend so much more time riding my bike. It's so adjustable, really comfortable for my son, and works well for me pedaling, riding, etc. And it comes on and off the bike so easily once you get the spacer installed. I would recommend this to anyone.