I first spotted the UR online about three years ago, when our youngest was an infant. The articulated chassis intrigued me, and while living in Europe I was thrilled to finally spot one "in the wild". I finally had the chance to play with one at a shop in Denmark, and was smitten.
Not readily available in North America, we ordered a Mutsy Urban Rider while visiting family in Europe. We were expecting our second child, but with three years between the two kids, we decided we probably didn't need a true double, although there would be times when having two seats would be appropriate. We settled on the UR because of the Duoseat. We also ordered the Joey seat and bassinet/carrycot, and a range of accessories including the swivel wheels, the shopping bag, and the Step-Up board, as well as the Babysitter frame.
We've been using this stroller for about four months now. Our original stroller is a Bugaboo Cameleon, and it has been getting much less use since our second child was born. Our baby is still content in the bassinet, and since the Joey bassinet seems to me to be very cosy and comfortable, I prefer to use it for now. I like the carry handle, which is integrated into the canopy. As well, the attachment point is quite high on the chassis, with the effect that the bassinet is raised a good distance off the ground. Makes it very easy to reach the baby, even after a c-section!
So far, the Duoseat has been used only a handful of times. I prefer a truly flat surface for a newborn, so have prefered to use the bassinet. There are canopies for both seats, although the rear canopy is considerably more generous. The front seat does not recline. There are three recline settings for the rear seat; the newborn recline must be secured with a strap (attached to the frame of the Duoseat), while the other three are very easy to adjust. We've been using the footmuff for the rear seat, which includes a wedge to make the seat more appropriate for a newborn, but it is by no means a flat seat, which is why I've preferred the bassinet thus far. Moreover, the Duoseat can only face forward. The seats are small-ish; my very tall three year old is a bit cramped in the front seat, but he loves riding in what he calls his "double-decker stroller"! His head touches the canopy. Because the footmuff wraps around the baby akin to a soft carrycot, it is a bit tricky getting the baby in and out of the rear seat, especially with the canopy attached. When the rear seat is in newborn mode, the baby's head can be felt when touching the fabric of the canopy or head of the footmuff, and I find myself stepping carefully when pushing the stroller in this position. When using the Duoseat, there's a lot of weight to push: chassis, seats, two kids, and a loaded diaper bag; it makes for a good work-out! That said, the Duoseat meets our needs, providing seats for both kids in the footprint of a single stroller. I think it will be better yet once the baby can sit in a more upright position.
We've used the single seat only a few times on the UR chassis, mostly at times when we've taken two strollers. (The baby in the Cameleon, the preschooler in the UR.) The seat can be used forward-facing or rear-facing. It is easy to recline the back and adjust the legrest, and I like having a storage pocket on the back of the canopy. I had ordered a Mutsy footmuff online, but after waiting three months without receiving the item, I cancelled that order; my Bugaboo footmuffs fit well enough. The single seat has had quite a lot of use, though, with the Baby-Sitter frame. With the seat fully reclined and the legrest up, it has been very comfortable for our baby.The frame has "feet" which can be raised to allow the seat to rock, or lowered to hold it still.
Steering with the articulated chassis takes some adjustment. The turning radius is fairly large (especially since I'm so used to my Bug!), which makes the stroller a bit cumbersome in tight spots, and pulling the stroller backwards (such as when getting off an elevator) is tricky. In those cases, I typically lock the chassis so it no longer steers and push the stroller as a fixed-wheel pram. I've used the swivel wheels only a few times so far, as the ride they give isn't nearly as smooth as the large air tires (naturally) and therefore not as suitable, in my opinion, for a young infant. While the swivel wheels certainly improve the turning radius of the UR, they are not in the same league as those of the Cameleon.
The Step-Up board is another favourite for our preschooler. He calls it his skateboard, and loves to ride. My stride is long, and I have to take care to not kick the swivel wheel at the back of the board, even when the handlebar is extended to its highest position. I wish that there was a way to secure the board out of the way when it is not in use but still connected to the chassis.
The chassis itself is very sturdy. It is definitely heavy, but feels very well made and durable. I love the cantilevered look! The air tires are easy to remove and attach, although the swivel wheels take a bit more effort. Ours has a leather-wrapped handle, which is attractive and comfortable to use, but unfortunately already getting a bit scraped. I'm considering making a cover to protect the leather from excess wear. The handlebars have four telescopic height positions, making the stroller comfortable for "drivers" of various heights. The chassis itself is very easy to collapse; neither the bassinet nor the Duoseat can stay attached for the fold, the single seat can (I've been told, but haven't tried). The chassis plus the bassinet take up a significant chunk of the trunk space of our station wagon (Volvo XC70), but I am still able to fit in quite a few bags of groceries, too. I imagine with the seat rather than the bassinet it will take up considerably less space. And when collapsed, the chassis can be towed or pushed on two wheels for convenience.
I also purchased an adapter for our Graco SafeSeat. As mentioned, I prefer a flat surface for an infant, but appreciate the convenience of being able to attach the carseat for quick errands. The adapter will allow only rear-facing for the carseat.
I am glad we bought the shopping basket. Probably because of the articulated chassis, the stroller itself has limited storage space, and what there is is exposed to the elements. The shopping basket easily hooks into place, and has a huge volume. With the bassinet in use, it is a bit of a challenge to place bulky, rigid items into the basket, but nevertheless easy to toss in a coat, blanket, or toy. With its own handle, I often carry the basket from the stroller into the house to unload the toys, etc., that have accumulated there during our outing.
I would like to purchase the Fun Seat. I know our preschooler would love this!
I love the aesthetics of this stroller. The cantilevered design is unique and eye-catching, as is the articulated chassis. When the shopping bag is not attached, the bassinet seems to almost be floating. I've lost count of how many times people have commented on my Urban Rider: in a queue at Williams-Sonoma, while out shopping, and even while at emergency at the local paediatric hospital. It certainly isn't why I picked this stroller, but I have to admit that it is fun!
I love the flexibility of the stroller: newborn, baby, toddler, two children. I suppose one could accomodate three kids, by the Duoseat and the Step-up board! It is well-made and feels durable, gives a superb ride for the passenger and is comfortable for the driver. I only wish the purple seat had been available when we ordered last summer!
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