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TomRide Electric ATVs: Are these the ‘Tesla’ of Kids ATVs?

TomRide ATVs for Kids are leading the ‘charge’ for the best electric ATVs for young riders ever built.

With the increase in performance over the years with electric cars, both in speed, battery life and safety, electric ATVs were inevitable. 

There are already many companies that provide electric ATVs for adults, with them having positive reviews for not only being better for the environment, but also because they require less maintenance. Also search and rescue teams utilise them because they’re quieter, allowing teams to hear calls for help without gas powered engines downing out the noise.

The electric ATVs available for kids are good, but honestly they haven’t been comparative to their gas fuelled counterparts in terms of speed, power and riding time. For more information about electric ATVs and kids four wheelers, check out our Electric ATVs For Kids Guide here. 

Until now. TomRide has revolutionized electric ATVs for kids and have created essentially the ‘Tesla’ of off-roading for young riders. 

Below is everything you need to know about TomRide and what makes them so special.

Who Are TomRide? The TomRide Story

TomRide was established in 2013 and is a family owned business originally based in Israel. Their mission was to provide a safe, reliable, authentic off-road riding experience for kids, without the need for complicated maintenance and environmentally friendly.

It didn’t take long before they were receiving interest internationally and the business moved its base of operations to California, with retailers in the US and Europe distributing all over the world.

“At TomRide we create unique ATVs for children that are top of the line in safety and in performance. Our aim is to allow kids to find their in adventurer and give them the confidence to ride within their limits” – Emil Ganon (TomRide Co-Founder).

 

The Technical Wizardry inside a TomRide ATV

The TomRide ATV line is a mini-marvel of engineering.
 

The creators decided to use a gearbox with a locking differential system using a brushless motor with no chain. This unique mechanism increases the ATV’s stability, requires minimum maintenance and provides a safe mechanical environment for kids.

Locking differential system? No chain? A brushless motor? What does this all mean?

For the non technical this means with no chain, no slack – providing instant torque. An electric engine can ‘turn on’ to ‘full power’ instantly. The brushless motor allows for better energy transfer and can estimate how much torque is required to move, which conserves energy when it needs to for other use. 

TomRide ATVs are strong and powerful – you will feel it the moment you push the throttle! So when accelerating from stop, be careful not to jolt forward!

 

The differential system is essentially designed to provide better stability and ride, with less moving parts and therefore less maintenance.

The TomRide also comes with advanced shock absorbers together with the professional off road tubeless tires enabling a smooth and fun riding experience.

Another perk of TomRide is that it comes fully assembled – no bolting wheels, seat, shocks or anything else – it is ready to go straight out of the box ready for a ride. 

The Safety Features on a TomRide ATV Are Superb

Each part of TomRide ATVs are designed specifically for children when taking into consideration the weight and the size of young riders. 
 
In order to provide the young rider with the highest safety standards, there are some excellent safety features.
 
Parents 3 Speed Key – this is pretty standard amongst all kids ATVs, so it is no surprise TomRide has them. The speed key allows you to limit the speed of the ATV. Tom Rides has 3 settings. This allows you to keep your kid riding at a speed that matches their ability, but also slows the process of wear on the engine and keeps the ATV in good condition.
 
Braking Feature – a hydraulic sensor for the breaks which cuts out the motor when you apply the breaks. This can save your child’s life, but decrease wear and tear on the breaks
 
Electronic Gear – a common mistake with kids riding ATVs is gear crunching – more specifically, whilst moving forward, changing to reverse by mistake. This isn’t good for the ATV, nor for the rider. Tom Ride has their electronic gear only accessible when the ATV comes to a complete stop, so no chance of this happening at all!
 
Rollover Bar – this is to prevent the ATV rolling onto the rider in a crash. Needless to say, this is important for kids. It also acts as a backrest for parents if they want to jump on the ride too, for tutoring.
 
Wheelie Bar – a bar that stretches across the undercarriage at the back of the ATV. This has two purposes. The first is essentially to stop kids from rolling backwards when attempting to do a wheelie – very useful for balance control when practicing. The second is that it help protect the underbelly of the ATV itself.
 
Heel Net – TomRide knows ATVs, so they are well aware of the little irritations when riding. Having your foot slip off the foot-peg is a pain. The heel net stops that from happening.
 
Safety Flag – I love this feature – it’s available to get on standard ATVs, but it’s a nice prebuilt addition – basically it allows parents, spectators and other riders to see the young rider and ATV much easily. 

 

TomRide ATV Models

TomRide have two models – the original TR240 and the more recent TR290.

The former and the first TomRide created, was designed for 6 year olds and over to experience the safest way to experience off-road adventures. 

The TR290 was built afterward for the older rider, 10 years and up – which can easily be for adults too.

TomRide TR240 ATV - Designed for 6 Years and Up

TomRide

As mentioned above, this is the ‘original’ Tom Ride ATV that was developed, aimed at 6 years and over. 

From the various reviews dotted around the internet this is probably the best and safest electric ATV for a young beginner – particularly with the adjustable speed controls, rollover bar and general versatility of the ATV for Kids.

This Is What A TomRide TR240 Can Do

The video below is definitely worth watching if you are thinking about going for a TomRide – the agility of the kids ATV is excellent and shows the rider traversing all kinds of terrain slowly and carefully, whilst speeding up for some track riding.

Why the Rollover Bar Is Great For Parents

Here is a good video showing the practicality of the rollover bar doubling as an extra seat for the parents to help their little one learn how to ride.

Christmas Present for a 6 Year Old – Unboxing and Riding

This video is adorable – a Christmas present for a young rider. This is actually a really good video to watch showing how the TomRide is packaged and how easy it is for a 6 year old to ride. Check it out below:

Technical Specs For The TR240

  • Volt – 24V 20amp Batteries
  • Watt – 500W Brushless Motor
  • Distance – 2 hours or 10 Miles of Continuous Riding Per Charge
  • Speed – 4mph, 8 mph and 17mph
  • Dimensions (length/height/width) – 51″/30″/30″
  • Rider Weight Limit – Up to 170lbs (80KG)
  • Battery Charge Time – Up to 12 Hours
  • Speed Control – Separate Parent Key Enables 3 Speed Limitations
  • Chainless Motor – Safe Mechanical environment for the younger rider
  • Hydraulic brake System – Designed specifically for kids
  • Brake Sensor – Immediate stop when brake handle is pressed
  • Wheelie Safety Bar – Support the rider to find the right balance point
  • Electronic Gear – Shifts only in complete stop
  • Professional Tubeless Tires – 6 Inch off-road tire
  • Adjustable suspension system – For any terrain with any rider
  • Roll Over Bar – Secure the young rider
  • Flag 47′ – Awareness for other ATV riders to see the vehicle – improving eye contact for parents
  • Adjustable Handlebars – for changing height for the rider
  • Rear carrier Rack
  • LED Light

TomRide TR290 ATV - Designed for 10 Years and Up

TomRide

The 290 is a beast compared to the 240, but don’t let that scare you off or worry too much. It still has all the same safety advances the 240 does, such as the speed control, rollover bar etc.

This to me is the best electric ATV for kids out there at the moment, hitting speeds of up to 30mph, riding distances of 25 miles on a full charge and being able not just hold a weight for kids, but also most adults. The torque and acceleration on this is incredible too.

This is a great move up from the 240 when your little one hits 10, or for a new starter over 10 years old, this is electric perfection.

How Fast Can The TR240 Go? This Fast…

The video below shows just how good these ATVs are. The Tom Ride 290 is shown getting up to 30mph on various terrain here, being effortlessly controlled and what is most noticeable – how quiet it is! A standard gas ATV would be very loud – the only noise you hear from the TomRide is the the slight whirr of the electric motor and the breeze of speed rushing past!

… Concise Control Is Just As Important As Speed…

Speed needs to be equal to control, and this video example shows how great the wheelie bar is for learning to balance when wheeling or mounting. 

Plus this is the best TomRide video showing how quiet this ATV really is.

…And This Is What Your Kid Could Do On A TR290 When They Get Really Confident

When the young rider gets really confident, the tricks shown here just shows what can be accomplished with an electric TomRide ATV on a good track, such as jumps and wheelies.

Technical Specs For The TR290

  • Volt – 24V 20amp Batteries
  • Watt – 1000W Brushless Motor
  • Distance – 2 hours or 25 Miles of Continuous Riding Per Charge
  • Speed – 4mph, 12 mph and 30mph
  • Dimensions (length/height/width) – 57″/37.4″/37.4″
  • Rider Weight Limit – Up to 200lbs (90KG)
  • Battery Charge Time – Up to 12 Hours
  • Speed Control – Separate Parent Key Enables 3 Speed Limitations
  • Chainless Motor – Safe Mechanical environment for the younger rider
  • Hydraulic brake System – Front and Back
  • Brake Sensor – Immediate stop when brake handle is pressed
  • Wheelie Safety Bar – Support the rider to find the right balance point
  • Electronic Gear – Shifts only in complete stop
  • Professional Tubeless Tires – 8 Inch off-road tire (Kenda)
  • Adjustable suspension system – For any terrain with any rider
  • Roll Over Bar – Secure the young rider
  • Flag 47′ – Awareness for other ATV riders to see the vehicle – improving eye contact for parents
  • Adjustable Handlebars – for changing height for the rider
  • Rear carrier Rack
  • LED Light

How Much Are TomRide ATV's?

Tom Rides are more expensive than your average ATV – they are electric after all and the technology that they’ve been built with is brand new, so you’re affectively paying for state of the art kids ATVs.

Pricing varies depending on dealers, so I’ll just go on what their website says.

The TR240 is currently on sale for $1290

The TR290 is priced at $1990

If a one off purchase is too much for you, they do have finance options from $74 and $95 on the TR240 and TR290 respectfully.

It’s worth mentioning their Warranty & Support too.

TomRide warranty is 4 months and will be free from any defects or workmanship within this period. After this any repairs have to be paid for that are out of warranty and that are classed as wear and tear. 

Their support line is open from 9-5 EST.

TomRides Drove Across Israel

If all of the above hasn’t convinced you how good TomRide ATVs are, then perhaps this will.

In 2015, three men wanted to fulfil a life long ambition and drive across Israel in 3 weeks – a 400 mile journey – on ATVs and they picked TomRide 290s to do it. 

Two of the riders were film makers – Director Adam Yogli Rabinowitz and Editor Roi Maoz. They were accompanied by Tzafrir Ariel, who is an ATV enthusiast. As far as tests go, this is probably the ultimate for any ATV, especially an electric one. Also it was being filmed, so there was no room for error!

So how did the TomRides do? Perfectly.

Despite the harsh terrain, heat and the extra weight from backpacks filled with camera equipment, there were no mechanical problems for the entire ride, which was from the North forests to the South deserts. 

This is not only a great promotional bit of advertising for TomRide, but also for young riders looking to document their own adventures on their ATVs. For our advice on the best value cameras and equipment for off-roading, check out our Camera guide here.

To see the Tom Rides in action on this awesome Israel off-road trip, you can watch the official video below.

Interested in TomRide? Check out there website at www.tomride.com 

Prefer gas powered ATVs for Kids? Check out our complete user guide for parents here on buying a Kids ATV.