Puky Balance bikes come in a range of several different sizes, and with over 60 years of experience this German brand can be relied upon to produce a good quality and reliable bike. Puky bikes are well known for the child friendly, step through frames on most of their models and they also feature particularly child friendly ergonomics.
This post will review the Puky Balance bike range in detail, but 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 2017 and bikes starting from those suitable for two year olds there should be something for everyone!
|Puky LRM Learner bike||29cm - 40cm||Low step through platform.|
|£55 - £60|
|Puky LR1 Learner bike||34cm - 45cm||Kickstand added||£60 - £65|
|Puky LR1L Learner bike||34cm - 45cm||Pneumatic tyres||£60 - £70|
|Puky LR1 BR Learner bike||34cm - 45cm||Rear brake added||£60 - £70|
|Puky LR XL Learner bike||41cm - 51cm||Higher saddle so more suitable for older children||£100 - £110|
|Puky LR Ride||38cm - 48cm||Aluminium frame and high quality features||£175|
Puky LRM Learner bike 2017
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.
The low platform really comes into its own on this bike, as this makes it ideal for the smallest of bike riders, as it allows the child to rest their feet as they scoot along.
Another excellent feature of the Puky LRM Learner 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 children aged around 2. The saddle can be adjusted right up to 40cm, so it is has a great range and will 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 range.
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 minimum 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 LR1 Learner Bike 2017
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.
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. One addition that we really like is the kick stand which helps to prevent the bike being thrown to the floor at every opportunity!
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.
This is a great bike for 3-4 year olds and is available in the same 4 colours including ocean blue, lovely pink, red and kiwi.
It is slightly more expensive and prices start at around £65 but this still provides great value for an excellent bike from one of the leading manufacturers around.
Puky LR1L BR Learner Bikes
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
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 LR1XL 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.
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 Learner Bike
A new addition to the Puky range of learner bikes is the superb Puky LR Ride. 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 at around £175.
Puky Balance Bike Accessories
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!