Violet got a new 20" bike last week! I wasn't planning on a new bike this year, but it was clear the 18" was too small. The seat was raised as high as I could get it and her knees were still bent. Violet spent her own money for the bike. She paid for 90% of it with money she had saved and a few birthday gift cards. This bike has handle bar brakes. No more back pedal brake. She got used to it pretty quickly. We went on a few bike rides this weekend and she's really got the hang of it. Still won't let her go down big hill yet until I know she feels really confident with the brakes.