Strider Balance Bike

Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike

Strider Sports was established almost a decade ago, and has now grown to be a market leading company built on the back of the Strider balance bike.

Introduction

Strider bikes are known to be innovative, sporty and great fun to ride, and with models ranging from bikes for 2 year olds through to adult balance bikes there is a great range to choose from. This guide will look at the range of Strider balance bikes in detail so that you can find the best model for you.

Comparison Table

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Model

Saddle Height

Features

Price

Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike

Strider Classic

28 - 41cm

Large saddle height range.


Lightweight


Integrated footrest

Strider 12 Sport balance bike

Strider Sport

28 - 48cm

Extras include XL seatpost and handlebar pad

Strider 12 Pro balance bike

Strider 12 Pro

28 - 48cm

Alumunium frame


Cool number plate

Strider Youth 16 Sport balance bike

Strider Youth 16 Sport

49.5 - 64.8cm

Perfect for 6 - 11 year olds

Strider Adult 20 Sport Balance Bike

Strider Adult 20 Sport

69.9 - 84.6cm

Balance bikes for adults and teenagers

Product reviews

Strider 12" Classic Balance Bike

The ‘lead in’ Strider balance bike is the Strider 12” classic balance bike. This is one of our very favourite balance bikes, as it is packed with a huge range of features and offers a saddle that can be adjusted from 28 - 41cm.

Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike

This means the bike is suitable for children of all age ranges from 18 months right through to 5 years - and can grow with your child as they learn to ride. Please note that an optional additional seatpost is required to make the seat height large enough for 4-5 year olds.

The seat is one of the lowest on the market, which means that the youngest of children will be comfortable with their Strider balance bike almost as soon as they can walk. The saddle height is one of the most important features to consider when you are researching balance bikes, and you can check out some of our other recommendations for balance bikes for 2 year olds here.

This Strider balance bike is one of the lightest and most adjustable balance bikes available at just 3.0kg, (the Puky LRM balance bike is 3.5kg in comparison) with a new design that includes a smaller moulded seat and ultra light wheels.

All Strider bikes feature puncture proof, Eva polymer tyres and the main benefit of these wheels is that your child can ride on rough terrain without having to worry about getting a flat. Ideal for those afternoon rides in the woods!

Other features include improved cartridge wheel bearings, an adjustable handlebar height between 46cm and 55cm, and a frame integrated footrest. This is a particular feature of a Strider balance bike and can help older children to develop advanced riding skills.

The Strider 12” Classic balance bike is available in a range of 4 exciting colours, and priced at £66 it is a fantastic mid-range option for budding riders.


Strider 12" Sport Balance Bike

The Strider 12 Sport balance bike includes all of the features of the classic model, but includes some additional extras to justify the extra £22 spend.

Strider 12 Sport balance bike

The most significant of these is the inclusion of the extra-long seatpost, so this means that you can genuinely extend the saddle height up to 48cm.  A padded seat is also included, as well as a race pad for some cool styling and additional protection.

This means that the Strider 12 Sport balance bike is a much better option for slightly older children, and for those children more confident with their balance as some of the extra features would be wasted on 2-3 year olds.

The Strider 12 Sport Balance bike is available in a choice of 5 different colours and is slightly more expensive than the classic version at £88.


One of the selling points of a Strider balance bike is that once your child has mastered the art of balance, the bike becomes a toy and the grippy, off road tyres means that is ideal for the park, the woods and the BMX track.

Some children have become experts with a whole range of tricks, and there is a whole programme of events, challenges and tournaments dedicated to Strider balance bikes. The Strider Classic and Sport both come equipped with a built in launch pad footrest, which gives the rider a place to put their feet while gliding as well as the ability to pump and perform jumps on the bike!

Events include the Strider British Balance Bike Championships which provide children which the chance to show off their skills on some of Britain’s best BMX tracks. What a great breeding ground for future British sporting champions! If you are just starting out, then you can practise your skills at a Strider Adventure Zone which is a friendly environment where children can try out new tricks and improve their skills.

Strider 12 Pro Balance Bike

The original Strider balance bike was built around the concept of being lightweight, and Strider have taken this to the next level with the Strider 12 Pro balance bike.

Strider 12 Pro balance bike

This bike is made from extremely lightweight aluminium, which means that it weighs in at a very impressive 2.4kg (this compares to the 2.9kg of the Strider Classic and Sport). It also has a very different look in striking silver.

The weight is kept down with the Strider exclusive white Ultralight Wheels which have a five spoke design with 10 supporting gussets, providing maximum support with this very lightweight material.

Other quality features of the Strider 12 Pro balance bike include a unique aluminium handlebar which is specifically designed for smaller hands, and a number plate that looks really cool to give the bike a very racing feel.

This bike is also really easy to assemble with a quick clamp adjustable seat and handlebar height so no tools are required. It is priced at around £110..


Strider Youth 16 Sport Balance Bike

The Classic, Sport and Pro bikes are all aimed at riders aged 2-5, as this is when most children will be learning to ride before they graduate to a ‘proper’ pedal bike.

However, there are also bikes available for children aged 6 and above, as some children learn at a later age and these bikes are also suitable for children with special needs.

Strider Youth 16 Sport balance bike

Strider offer the Strider 16 Sport balance bike, which is suitable for children aged 6 – 11 and is a redesign of the previously featured Super Strider 16” bike.

The most obvious difference between this bike and the previous models is that it is much larger. The seatpost is suitable for children with an inseam of between 52.1 – 67.3cm, and it is also able to support riders weighing up to 85kg. The bike itself weighs 8kg, so this is not a bike that is quite as easy to carry around!

This bike looks great with wide handlebars, a fully padded seat and a front and rear v brakes, so it has plenty of features. It also includes cross terrain tyres and the fully integrated footrest, so it is suitable for older children who want to practise their tricks if they have outgrown their first Strider model.

Although the Strider 16 Sport balance bike is quite expensive at £150, it is a sturdy and top quality bike and one of the leading models around for older children.


Strider Adult 20 Sport Balance Bike

The final bike in the Strider balance bike range is the Strider 20 Sport balance bike. This bike is one of the few balance bikes available for teenagers and adults, with a very similar design to the Strider 16 Sport bike including the wide handlebars and integrated footrest.

Strider Adult 20 Sport

This bike is featured in more detail in our post on Adult balance bikes, and one of the very few models available for this age range.

It has an adjustable handlebar for various rider heights, as well as removable footrests for striding or advanced riding. 

It is designed for riders weighing up to 242lbs / 110kg


As with all balance bikes, riders should be well equipped with a helmet, pads and other safety gear – especially if you are going to be practising those tricks on your Strider!

Puky Balance bike

Puky balance bikes come in a range of different sizes, and with over 60 years of experience this German brand can be relied upon to produce a good quality and reliable bike.

Introduction

Puky balance bikes are well known for their child friendly, step through frames on most of their models and they also feature particularly child friendly ergonomics.

This guide will review the range of Puky balance bikes in detail, so to get started on this leading brand we have produced this easy to view table which shows each model, the suitable range, the size of bike and distinguishing features.

With fresh designs for 2018 and bikes starting from those suitable for two year olds, there should be something for everyone!

Comparison Table

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Model

Saddle Height

Features

Price

Puky LRM Learner Bike

29cm - 40cm

Low step thorough platform.


Foam tyres

Puky LR1 Learner Bike

34 - 45cm

Kickstand added

Puky LR1L Learner Bike

34 - 45cm

Pneumatic tyres

Puky LR1L BR Learner Bike

34 - 45cm

Rear brake added

Puky Balance Bike Reviews

Puky LRM Balance Bike

The Puky LRM Learner bikes are the smallest bikes in the range and are suitable for the youngest children who are just starting to learn to ride to build their confidence and co-ordination.

Puky LRM Balance Bike 2018

One of the main features of the Puky LRM Learner Bike is the low platform, as this makes it ideal for the smallest of bike riders, allowing them to rest their feet as they scoot along.

Another excellent feature of this bike is the special learner bike saddle. This is height adjustable with the lowest setting at just 29cm, which is one of the lowest saddle heights on the market and makes the Puky LRM Learner Bike especially suitable for 2 year olds.

The saddle can be adjusted right up to 40cm, so it has a great range and can grow with your child.

We have prepared a separate guide for the best balance bikes for 2 year olds, and the Puky LRM Learner Bike is featured here as the low platform and low saddle height make it an ideal bike for this age group.

If you would like to look at an alternative, then a competing bike in this category is the Weeride First Balance Bike. This bike also offers a low platform and step through frame, but the lowest seat height is 35cm which makes it more suitable for slightly older children.

Other features of the Puky LRM Learner Bike include safety handlebar grips, soft luxury foam tyres, a height adjustable handlebar and ball bearing wheels and steering.

It is also one of the most lightweight learner balance bikes on the market and weighs in at just 3.5kg – so it is easy to transport and carry around either in your car or by hand if and when your child gets tired of riding.

The Puky LRM Learner bike makes an ideal first balance bike and is available in four different colours including ocean blue, lovely pink, red and kiwi. It is available now from around £55 - £60 so this is a similar price to the Strider 12 Classic and a great option for a mid-range bike.

Puky LRM Plus Learner Bike

The Puky LRM Push Learner Bike has the same dimensions as the base level Puky LRM bike, but offers extra features such as a kickstand, mudguards and a bell.

Puky LRM Plus Balance bike

The extra features mean that the Puky LRM Plus is slightly more expensive and you should expect to pay around £80 for this bike.

One addition that we really like is the kickstand which prevents the bike being thrown to the floor at every opportunity!

Puky LR1 Learner Bike

The Puky LR1 Learner Bike is the next model up, and although it has a similar appearance to the Puky LRM Learner bike it is more suitable for slightly older children.

Puky LR1 Balance Bike 2018

We talk a lot about saddle heights on this website, and this is because the height of the saddle is one of the most crucial elements to consider when choosing your bike.

The lowest setting for the saddle on the LR1 Learner bike is 34cm, as compared to 29cm for Puky LRM Learner bike so this means the bike will probably be too big for most children who have just turned 2 and this is the standard model of balance bikes for 3 year olds.

This bike has many of the features of the Puky LRM learner bike including the low platform, safety handlebar grips and height adjustable saddle. You should expect to pay around £70 for the Puky LR1 Balance Bike

Puky LR1L Learner Bike

The Puky LR1L Learner Bike is another model offered by Puky. The bike is the same size as the Puky LR1 Learner bike, but a significant difference is that this bike has pneumatic tyres rather than the foam tyres of the LRM and LR1 bikes – this means that the bike has an appearance more like a ‘real bike’ and the pneumatic tyres generally provide a more comfortable ride.

Puky LR1L Balance Bike 2018

This is a great bike for 3-4 year olds and is available in several colours including ocean blue, lovely pink, red and kiwi.

It is slightly more expensive and prices start at around £75 but this still provides great value for an excellent bike from one of the leading manufacturers around.

Puky LR1L BR Learner Bike

The jury is out on whether balance bikes should come equipped with brakes, and brakes are not usually found on bikes for smaller children aged up to 3 who lack the ability and co-ordination to use them

Puky LR1L BR Balance Bike 2018

Brakes can be useful on bikes for slightly older children, who will have more confidence in their riding and may require a brake if they build up a significant speed.

Puky caters for balance bikes with brakes with the Puky LR1L BR Learner bike. This is a bit of mouthful, but essentially offers all of the features of the LR1L bike but with the addition of a rear brake drum.

This means that the low platform, pneumatic tyres and height adjustable saddle starting at 35cm all come as standard with this bike, so we think it is really worth considering for children confident on their feet and who may have some prior experience of riding.

Puky LR XL Bikes

If your child is taller or is starting to ride balance bikes at a slightly later age, then the largest bike in the Puky range may be suitable for you. This is the Puky LRXL, which is the biggest model in their range designed for children over 95cm that are not yet ready to ride a normal bicycle.

Puky LR XL Balance Bike

The Puky LRXL comes equipped with all of the features of the smaller bikes, but has a higher saddle with a range between 41cm – 51cm.

The step through frame is still featured, along with the safety handlebar grips, the rear drum brake, kick stand and pneumatic tyres. It is generally available in black or green and is a bit more expensive at around £110.

Puky LR Ride BR Learner Bikes

A new addition to the Puky range of learner bikes is the superb Puky LR Ride bike

Puky LR Ride BR Balance Bike

This is a very different bike to most of the other models in the Puky range, as the design is completely different with an aluminium frame and a host of top quality features.

The low platform that is featured on all of the other Puky learner bikes is replaced with an aluminium fork, and the quality of the ride has also been improved with rear wheel suspension and Aheadset steering.

This bike looks superb with bi coloured aluminium rims, a handlebars pad and no detail has been spared with impact resistant powder coating. The carry handle which is attached to the saddle is also a neat addition.

The Puky LR Ride is suitable for children from 90cm with a saddle height ranging from 38cm – 48cm. The aluminium frame also keeps the weight down on this bike to just 3.9kg.

All of these quality features come at a price and the Puky LR Ride retails from £160.

Puky Accessories

Puky helmet

Your child will want to look good when they are out exploring on their Puky balance bike, and there is a range of accessories designed to complement the bikes. The first accessory you will probably need is the safety helmet in case the rider takes a tumble – these look really stylish and will get your child used to wearing a helmet when they graduate to larger bikes.

A helmet will set you back around £34.99, but it is well worth the investment and they are available in a range of colours.

Other exciting accessories for your Puky balance bike include a safety bell, a handlebar basket and a learner bike bag that has a built in carry strap.

Puky Balance bikes are robust, stylish and although they may be slightly more expensive than other models on the market they are built to withstand use by energetic small children and have a high resale value when you don’t need them anymore. We think the Puky range is a great choice when you are looking for your best balance bike!

Boppi balance bike

The Boppi balance bike is a great value bike that is available as either a wooden balance bike or a metal balance bike.

Both bikes are priced at under £30, so this is an excellent option in the budget balance bikes category and a very good alternative to the best-selling Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike.

The bikes are manufactured by Bopster, who are a UK based company that offer a great range of balance bikes, trikes and scooters as well as go karts and skateboards as well.

 

Boppi Metal Balance bike

 

Metal Boppi balance bikeBuy now from £28.99

 

The metal version of the Boppi balance bike includes a strong and light tubular frame with features including an adjustable padded seat and cushion pad handlebars.

The frame bike weighs just 3kg, so this compares well to the Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike of 2.7kg and should be comfortable for a 2 or 3 year old child to handle.

Although the Boppi metal balance bike is slightly heavier than the Chicco Red Bullet balance bike, this is because the Chicco bike is very small and the short wheel base means that it can be difficult to handle for small children. The extra weight of the Boppi balance bike means the bike is slightly longer and better balanced.

The all important saddle height starts at 30cm and can be increased to a maximum of 40cm, so this is a good range and comparable to other good bikes in this sector.

The lowest saddle height we have seen is 29cm on the Puky LRM Learner Bike and the Strider Classic, which are both much more expensive bikes.

Another feature of this metal Boppi balance bike is the 11 inch EVA tyres. This means that the tyres are filled with foam so they are puncture proof, and these sorts of tyres are also used on most Strider balance bikes.

EVA foam tyres are excellent for younger children learning to ride on smooth surfaces and they also require less maintenance.

Although the metal Boppi balance bike does not offer many additional features, it is an excellent basic balance bike, a great choice for 2 or 3 year olds and superb value at under £30. It is available in up to 6 different colours including blue, red, pink, yellow, purple and green.

 

Wooden Boppi balance bike

 

Wooden Boppi balance bikeBuy now  from £29.99

 

Boppi balance bikes are also available as wooden balance bikes, with an environmentally friendly birch plywood frame and a choice of several exciting colours and designs.

As with most wooden balance bikes, the saddle is not as adjustable as the metal version of the bike, with just two heights available at 35cm and 39cm. This means that a 2 year old might find the lowest saddle height of 35cm too high.

This bike also features EVA foam tyres and padded handlebars, and as the frame is wooden it is available in a choice of fun designs which have been painted on to the frames including Flame, Purple Flower, Space, Blue Racer (pictured) and Hand Print.

An integrated carry handle is included for when your child gets tired and you need to carry the bike, and carrying the bike shouldn’t be too difficult as this bike weighs just 2.5kg which is one of the very lightest bikes on the market!

The wooden Boppi balance bike is also very competitively priced at under £30, so it is a great alternative to the Jiggy Wooden Balance bike which is available at a similar price.

These Boppi balance bikes are both great bikes and excellent value for money, with the metal bike having the advantage of a more adjustable seat but the wooden balance bike is lighter and available in fun and eye-catching designs.

We hope this review helps you to find the best balance bike for your child and don’t forget the accessories such as a bike helmet and gloves.

Chillafish balance bike

Chillafish produce stylishly designed, innovative and fun balance bikes, with Chillafish balance bike models ranging from the Bunzi balance bike for very small children through to the Jack & Josie and BMXIE for a cool and stylish off road ride.

Bunzi Balance bike

Bunzi balance bikeBuy now  £32

 

The first bike in the Chillafish balance bike range is the Bunzi balance bike, which is an extremely clever design as a unique 2-in-1 balance bike that can be converted from a 3 wheel tricycle into a 2 wheel balance bike without the need for tools.

This means that it is suitable for younger children from around 12 months, and the extra stability provided by the 3 wheels means they will soon be racing around the living room and enjoying life on their bike.

The seat position is low to the ground on the 3 wheel bike, which makes it easy to ride and an ideal way to learn the principles of steering and using your feet to get along.

The Bunzi balance bike can then be converted by removing the seat and changing the bike into balance mode, but if you find your child isn’t quite ready for this yet you can switch between the modes as often as you like.

The seat is adjustable on the Bunzi balance bike (from 22cm in 3 wheel mode to 25cm in 3 wheel mode), and this is essential as children grow very quickly at this age! The bike is also very light to carry and ideal for use in the home as well as outdoors.

A really exciting option which makes cycling a lot of fun for very young children and a great introduction to balance bikes.

BMXie balance bike

BMXie balance bikeBuy now £50 – £55

 

Most balance bikes are aimed at children between 2 and 5 years, as by this age children are confident on their feet and have the co-ordination to ride a larger bike.

The Chillafish BMXie balance bike is aimed at this age group, and with a cool and stylish BMX design it looks great and also performs very well with a range of quality features.

This bike is great to use on more uneven surfaces like the park or rough trails, as with inflatable tyres it provides excellent grip and looks and feels like a real BMX. This makes the BMXie really popular and a fun bike to ride.

The frame is made from high quality fibre glass material, which sets it apart from the competition and other clever features include a detachable footrest which can be stored under the frame

Kids will also love the number plates as well as the sticker set for customisation.

The seat is adjustable, which is the case with most balance bikes and with a seat height ranging from 32 – 39cm it will be suitable for most 2 to 5 year olds. You may find that 32cm is a little high for most 2 year olds, so consider a Strider or Puky bike as an alternative which start at 29cm. Check out our guide to balance bike seat heights here.

The Chillafish BMXie is perfect for riders who prefer a BMX and off road style with a superb design and high quality specification. It is available in several colours including blue, green, red, pink and yellow.

The BMXie will set you back around £50, so if you are looking for a BMX style balance bike that is slightly less expensive you could consider the Stompee balance bike which is generally available for around £44.

Jack & Josie Balance bikes

 

Jack & Josie balance bikeBuy now  £50

 

The Chillafish Jack & Josie balance bike is aimed at slightly older children aged 3 and above, and differs from the BMXie with a more retro style.

Jack & Josie is available in two very different colours, and you can choose between a bike with black frame and a flame design or white frame with flowers.

Both bikes consist of a steel V-tube frame for strength and durability, and a clever feature of the Jack & Josie bikes is the floating footrest for easy balancing while the riders are on the move.

The seat is also adjustable on these bikes, and with the seat height beginning at 36cm it is definitely a bike for 3 years or above. The maximum saddle height is 43cm.

Jack & Josie balance bikes are also equipped with wide handlebars for easier steering control as well as 12 ½ inch inflatable tyres.

Jack & Josie bikes are generally available for around £50

All of these beautifully engineered bikes from Chillafish are extremely high quality, so although they may be more expensive than other bikes on the market you will definitely get what you pay for and the bikes should retain a high resale value.

The Chillafish balance bike range caters for all balance bike riders from toddlers just learning to walk to more experienced riders ready to try some tricks on their BMXie or Jack & Josie. Enjoy the ride!

Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike

Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike
Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike

Buy now £29.99

The Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike is manufactured by Chicco and is the sister bike to the Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike, with the same specifications making it an ideal bike for a 2 year old.

The Chicco Pink Arrow balance bike is one of the very lightest bikes on the market at just 2.7kg, which makes it an ideal starter bike especially if you are shopping for one of the little girls in the family.

The bike is constructed from a metal frame painted a striking pink colour, and other features include an adjustable seat, safety handlebars and plastic tyres, which means that it can be used as a toy inside if the weather isn’t great or if your little girl is just starting to learn. A hand brake is not included on the Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike, but this is not necessarily a problem as younger riders often lack the co-ordination to use a brake and use their feet to stop or slow down instead.

As per our review of the Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike, the thin chassis and light weight nature of this bike make it a great choice for 2 – 3 year olds, although the very short wheel base can sometimes make the bike difficult to handle.

The Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike is generally available for under £30, which makes it exceptional value and a candidate for one of the best budget balance bikes around. However, if you are shopping for your 2 year old and would like more options then don’t miss our guide to the best balance bikes for 2 year olds.

Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike

Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike

Specialized Hotwalk Boys Balance bike
Specialized Hotwalk Boys Balance bike

Buy now £130

 

  • High quality bikes
  • Different models for boys and girls
  • Lightweight aluminium frame
  • Pneumatic tyres

 

Specialized are well known in the cycling industry for producing high specification bikes for all ages, so it is no surprise that the Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike is one of the best quality models available for toddlers and early riders.

The Specialized Hotwalk Balance bike has been relaunched for 2017, with specific and different models designed for boys and girls.

The Specialized Hotwalk Balance bike is highly recommended to be purchased for children of ages between 2.5 and 3, and the tough and rugged design should last riders of this age right through to their first pedal bike.

Specialized balance bike seat height

Both the boys and girls models of this bike are suitable for children from 85cm in height, so if you are looking for a bike for a younger child of between 18 months and 2 then we recommend checking out our Best Balance bike for 2 year olds guide. A 2 year old will probably find the seat height a bit too high on the Specialized Hotwalk Balance bike.

Specialized Hotwalk Balance bike 2016 girls
Specialized Hotwalk Girls Balance Bike

One of the main differences between the boys model and the girls version is that the Hotwalk Balance bike for girls has a step through frame.

We are not sure why Specialized think that this is only necessary for girls, but this does make the girls model easier to mount and this feature is fairly common on bikes for younger children.

 

 

The seat height can be adjusted as you child grows over time, and although there is not a huge range of different heights this bike should see your child through to the age of 4 or 5 by which time they should be ready to graduate to a ‘proper’ pedal bike. The maximum recommended height for the Specialized Hotwalk Balance bike is 110cm.

Specialized balance bike features

As mentioned at the start of the review, Specialized are a brand renowned for quality bikes so the Specialized Hotwalk Balance bike comes with a range of features including an integrated footrest, a padded seat and Specialized Rhythm Lite Sport which are proper air tyres and make for a more comfortable ride.

The frame is constructed from Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium which helps to keep the weight of the bike down, and the steel seat post is integrated with the saddle. The bike also looks top of the range with a stylish design with the boys bike available in green and the girls bike in a stylish pastel blue (which is a departure from the stereotypical pink of the 2015 model)

Overall, this is a top quality balance bike which will last the test of time and will retain its value or can be passed down to friends and family.

The Specialized Hotwalk balance bike is currently available for £130, but if you like the look of this bike but are working towards a smaller budget then check out the Bike Star Balance bike which has a similar style for around £50, the range of bikes from Puky or the Strider Classic Balance bike for £66.

 

Early Rider Lite Balance Bike

Buy now  from £85

The Early Rider Lite balance bike is a quality, lightweight wooden balance bike produced by Early Rider, a forward thinking and innovative British company that also manufacture the Sphrevelo, The Early Rider Classic and The Alley Runner.

Early rider lite balance bikeThe Early Rider Lite balance bike is aimed at younger riders from 18 months to 3 years, and as the name suggests it is the smaller version of the Early Rider Classic, which is the flagship model of the Early Rider range. These are both quality bikes, and we have dedicated an entire blog post to the differences between these two models if you are looking to choose between them.

The Early Rider Lite is a beautiful looking wooden bike, featuring a stylish fiery design on the main body and it is made from marine birch ply. It is a really lightweight bike weighing in at just 3.2kg, so it is easy to handle and this is one of the reasons that it is an ideal starter bike for younger children.

The bike features an adjustable saddle with the lowest height at just 29.5cm (this compares very favourably with the Puky LRM balance bike which starts at a similar height). The saddle can be extended up to 38cm so it will grow with your child.

Another feature that makes it a great bike for younger riders is the steering lock that can be set to restricted or unrestricted. This means that when the lock is in place the rider can concentrate on their balance so they can go a little bit faster, and once the lock is removed they can then use the steering for balance rather than just putting down their feet.

Other features of the Early Rider Lite Balance bike are the 12 inch pneumatic air tyres at the front and the rear. The benefit of the air tyres is that these provide a more comfortable ride, although there is also the possibility of a puncture! The air tyres are a feature common with the Early Rider Classic. The faux leather seat also looks great with the wooden frame and stylish design.

This is one of the more expensive wooden balance bikes on the market and is available from £85 – £100, and there are cheaper models available just as the Jiggy Wooden Balance bike which is available for around £35.

However, it is a fast and nimble bike that is one of the most popular around and makes an ideal birthday present for a 2 year old if they are ready to learn to ride by then, and the large range on the adjustable saddle means that the Early Rider Lite should see your child all the way through to a pedal bike.

Storm balance bike

Storm balance bike
Storm balance bike

Buy now     from £34.99

 

The Storm balance bike is one of the lightest balance bikes on the market, and as it is one of the smaller bikes around then it would be ideal for younger children learning to ride and would make an excellent 2nd birthday present. It would also be a great Christmas present for any children around this age who could grow into the bike.

The Storm balance bike looks great, and little riders will love to emulate their older cousins from the 1980’s with the stand out BMX style. The metal frame means that the bike is sturdy and robust and it is available in blue, red or pink. We really love the design of the white frame with the coloured forks that give the bike a fresh and contemporary feel.

Other features of the Storm balance bike include adjustable handlebars and safety rubber handlebar grips which will come in useful in the event of a fall and to help protect little hands and fingers. The saddle has an adjustable height from 35 – 43cm which means that your child can grow with the bike, however, if you are shopping for bikes with the lowest initial saddle heights then you might want to look at a rival such as the Puky LRM Learner bike which starts at just 29cm.

This bike is one of the cheapest on the market and is generally available from between £30 – £40. This means it is great vale and a direct competitor for bikes such as the Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike, however one drawback we found with the bike is the hard plastic tyres which would not provide as comfortable a ride as pneumatic air tyres. If your child really takes to the bike then the wheels may need replacing after some heavy use!

The Storm balance bike is a great choice for a starter bike and ideal for children to learn the principles of balance and steering from a young age.

Mongoose balance bike

Mongoose is a market leading American company renowned for producing stylish, quality and durable mountain bikes, and their contribution to the balance bike market certainly catches the eye.

Mongoose boys balance bike

 

Mongoose boys balance bikeBuy now £49.99

 

Mongoose offer a selection of 2 different balance bikes aimed at either boys or girls, and the Mongoose balance bike for boys is one of our favourite bikes that we have reviewed.

The first thing that stands out about this bike is the frame, which is produced from natural birch plywood and offers an eye catching design.

The wooden frame means that the bike is environmentally friendly, and the black background is complemented by flames along the side and on the front of the bike, and with red handlebars, 12 inch red aluminium wheels and a black saddle so this will really appeal to little riders who want to get on their bike.

Other features of the Mongoose balance bike for boys include an adjustable saddle and pneumatic air tyres which provide a comfortable ride. Most leading balance bikes offer this style of tyre, although others such as Strider prefer the EVA foam tyre.

The maximum weight of the bike is 35kg, and this bike will be suitable for children from age 3 and upwards as 2 year olds will struggle with the weight of the bike and the saddle height. If you are buying a bike for a 2 year old then check out our recommended bikes here.

The Mongoose boys balance bike is generally available for £59.99, but the best price that we can find is for £53.99 which represents a 10% discount and a fantastic price for such a quality bike!

Mongoose girls balance bike

 

Mongoose girls balance bike Buy now £53.99

 

Mongoose also provide a balance bike that will appeal to little girls, and this bike provides many of the same features as the above bike. The frame is also made from birch plywood, so offers the same environmental benefits although does not offer many different saddle heights, which can be a drawback of wooden balance bikes.

The pink frame is decorated with pretty flowers and petals, so this is a real contrast to the black and red flame design offered on the boys bike. The other features are exactly the same with 12 inch wheels, pneumatic tyres and safety handlebars.

The Mongoose balance bike is suitable for girls aged 3 years and above, and the pedal less design is a great way to learn to ride and to pick up the fundamentals of balance and steering. This bike is also available for the sale price of £53.99 and either of the Mongoose balance bikes will really catch the eye in the playground or around the house!

 

 

Differences between Early Rider Lite and Early Rider Classic

Early rider Lite v Early Rider Classic

 

Early rider offer some of the best quality wooden balance bikes around – they are brilliant bikes made from high quality birch wood, offer a range of superb features and look stylish with a sleek design and fiery emblem on the frame.

If you have looked through all of the reviews and decided on an Early Rider balance bike as the most suitable for your child (great choice by the way), then a quandary that you may find yourself in as a parent is whether to buy the Early Rider Lite or to go for the Early Rider classic – so we thought it would be useful to compare the two bikes for you!

Main differences between Early Rider Lite and Early Rider Classic

Although the Early Rider Classic is a superb balance bike, and one of the leading bikes on the market – some children will be on their feet and ready to ride before they are big enough to handle the Classic. This is where the Early Rider Lite really comes into it’s own, as it is designed for children as young as 18-20 months with a range of features to suit.

Weight

Early Rider Lite
Early Rider Lite

 

The first main difference that you will notice is the weight of the bike. The Early Rider Lite weighs in at just 3.25kg, making it one of the lightest wooden balance bikes available and easy to handle for smaller children.

The Classic weighs 4.25kg in comparison, which would make it quite difficult for a smaller 2 year old to get to grips with – but on the other hand the Classic will be able to support older children as they grow and is suitable for riders up to 5 years of age.

 

 

Saddle height

Early rider classic
Early rider classic

 

Both bikes offer adjustable seat heights, which means that you can increase the height of the saddle as your child grows. One of the most important aspects to consider when buying a balance bike is the seat height (check out our saddle height guide), and if you buy a bike where the saddle is too high then your child will be disappointed as they won’t be able to ride it properly!

The lowest saddle height on the Early Rider Lite is just 29cm, so this will be suitable for younger children and is comparable with models such as the Puky LRM Balance bike. The lowest seat height on the Classic is 31.5cm.

 

 

Tyres

The third main difference between the bikes is the tyres. Both bikes come equipped with pneumatic (air) tyres, but the Early Rider Lite offers 12″ tyres at the front and rear, while the Classic features a 14″ front tyre and a ‘Fat Boy’ 12″ tyre on the rear. These tyres help to support the sturdier frame of the Early Rider Classic, with the Lite offering speed and agility.

Price

As the Early Rider Lite is a smaller bike, it is slightly cheaper than the Classic and can be purchased for around £80. The Classic will set you back closer to £100.

We hope this helps to summarise the main differences between Early Rider Lite and Early Rider classic. They are both very high quality balance bikes, and both models come equipped with a range of other features including the stylish wooden frame, an embossed faux leather seat and a dual steering system.

The Early Rider Lite is built for younger children, so if your child is ready for a balance bike by the age of 18 – 20 months then this will be the bike for you. If they master balance, steering and riding by the age of 4 then they should be ready for a pedal bike by this age, but if you think your child will be enjoying their balance to the age of 4 and beyond then the Early Rider Classic will be a better investment. Happy riding!