Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike
- 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.
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.