Boys balance bike

Balance bikes are so popular now that you will see both boys and girls whizzing around as they learn to balance, steer and brake before graduating to a proper pedal bicycle.

Most balance bikes are unisex in design, although almost all of the main manufacturers will offer their most popular models in a range of colours.

We have already covered pink balance bikes, which will probably appeal to the girls in your family, so if you are looking for a boys balance bike then you will most likely be looking for a bike with a bright red or blue colour, or one with a funky or sporty design.

Best Boys Balance Bikes

Best bikes for 2-3 year old boys

Puky LRM balance bike

Puky LRM Balance Bike

Many of the bikes you are probably looking at for a 2 or 3 year old from manufacturers such as Puky, Strider, WeeRide or Kettler all offer blue versions of their best-selling models.

We think that the Puky LRM makes an ideal first balance bike, with a low platform, height adjustable saddle and safety handlebars. It is available for between £65 - £70

Sporty Boys Balance Bike

There is a great range of sporty balance bikes available which will be ideal for the little boy in your family.

You could choose a BMX style bike such as the Chillafish BMXie, or one of the bikes we have featured in our article on motorbike balance bikes.

However, our favourite sporty boys balance bike is the Strider Sport, which is ultralight and has an adjustable saddle from 29cm – 41cm so it is suitable for all ages.

Strider 12 Sport balance bike

The Strider Sport features a padded performance seat with mini handlebars and grips, as well as a footrest to help your little boy learn to balance as well as pull off some tricks!

The bike includes puncture-proof EVA tyres so it is easy to maintain and it is available for £88.

Best Cheap Boys Balance Bike

We have made some recommendations in our post on best cheap balance bikes, and all of these bikes are suitable for both boys and girls.

There are some great value bikes with both wooden and metal frames available between £30 and £40, but perhaps our favourite is the Banana balance bike.

Banana Balance Bike

This bike looks really cool with a curved, banana shaped frame, and the 2019 version is new and improved with a twin bearing headset for improved steering and improved tread pattern for better grip.

The Banana Balance bike is available in several different colours and is generally available for around £37.99

Best Wooden Boys Balance Bike

Wooden balance bikes can be painted in all sorts of fun and funky designs, and we think that little boys will love the range of Kiddimoto Kurve balance bikes!

These bikes are most suitable for 3 year olds and upwards, and are available in a number of exciting designs including Police (pictured below), Fire and Union Jack.

Kiddimoto Kurve Police Balance Bike

These quality bikes look amazing and include pneumatic rubber tyres for a smooth ride as well as a padded seat.

Kiddimoto Kurve balance bikes are available from £45.

Best Balance Bike for Older Boys

Slighty higher up the price range is the Adventure Zooom balance bike.

This bike has an aluminium frame and a range of quality features coupled with a sleek and stylish design.

 It has an extremely large range of heights as it comes with two different seat posts. The lowest saddle height is 34cm and this can be adjusted right up to 51cm as your child grows
Adventure Zooom balance bike

The Adventure Zooom will cost just over £100 so it is more expensive than most other models we have features, however it is a quality bike so makes a great introduction to cycling.

This is a just a small selection of the huge number of balance bikes that are available for boys of all ages from 18 months up to the age of 11 or 12, so with such a great choice you should be able to find the best boys balance bike!

Kettler Balance Bike

Kettler balance bikes are aimed at children aged 2-4 in the core balance bike age range, and with several different bikes in their range, Kettler is an excellent brand to consider when you are looking for the best balance bike for your child.

Kettler Speedy Balance Bike

Kettler Speedy Balance Bike
  • Sturdy steel frame
  • Scratch resistant finish
  • Adjustable saddle from 33cm - 43cm
  • Good bike for 2.5 - 3 years plus
  • Hand brake included

£45

The entry level Kettler balance bike is the Kettler Speedy Balance bike, which provides a great value option and a very good bike to get your toddler on the move.

The bike is well constructed with a sturdy steel frame (although it does require some construction out of the box), but this means that the bike is likely to stand the test of time with a scratch resistant finish.

All of the basic features of a good value balance bike are included, with a padded, adjustable seat and a safety handlebar, which is useful for when the bike is dumped on the ground.

The seat can be adjusted from 33 - 43cm, so while this may make the Kettler Speedy Balance bike a little too big for the average 2 year old, the large range of seat heights mean that this bike should see your child through to a proper pedal bike.

If you are shopping for a child approaching their 2nd birthday, then read our guide to the best balance bikes for 2 year olds.

The Kettler Speedy Balance Bike also comes equipped with a hand brake, which is not always found on bikes in this price category. This can save a lot on the wear and tear of your child's shoes as they won't need to use their feet for braking!

The Kettler Speedy Balance bike is available in different colours and sizes, including the Kettler Speedy Pablo 12.5” model

This bike has larger wheels, so it is suitable for slightly older children and the handlebar does not have a turning limiter. This bike is available for around £60.

The Kettler Speedy Balance bike weighs in at 4.1kg, so this lines up with the fact that we would recommend these bikes to children aged 2 and a half or older as a 2 year old may find this difficult to handle. 

At around £45, the Kettler Speedy Balance bike will give you everything you need from a starter bike with all of the features you will need and a little bit more.


Kettler Spirit Air Balance Bike

Kettler Spirit Air
  • Includes boarding frame with running board
  • 12.5" wheels
  • Ergonomic seat for comfort
  • Adjustable saddle from 37cm - 46cm
  • Slightly heavier bike better for older children

£85

If you are sold on a Kettler balance bike, then it may be worth spending an extra £20 or so for the next model in their range which is the Kettler Spirit Air balance bike.

This bike features a step through frame with a running board, for safely boarding and dismounting the bike. This feature is only usually found on bikes for the youngest children, but if your 3 or 4 year old is new to balance bikes this will make it easier for them to get going.

The steel frame is scratch resistant and durable, and the bike also features ball bearing mounted, 12.5” wheels with pneumatic tyres for a comfortable ride.

Safety features include a handlebar with rear brake and there is also a parking stand so your child can enjoy “parking” their bike when they are not using it.

The Kettler Spirit Air Balance bike is available for around £80 and weighs 6.3kg. The heavier weight of this bike means that it would probably be most suitable for children that are slightly older as it would be difficult for a 2 year old to handle.


Kettler Run Air Balance Bike

Kettler Run Air
  • Similar features to the Spirit Air 
  • Step through frame with running board 
  • 12.5" spoke rims
  • Ergonomic seat for comfort
  • Hand brake and parking stand included

£100

The final model to feature in the range of Kettler balance bikes is the Kettler Run Air balance bike. This has a similar design to the Spirit Air bike, with the step through frame and a running board included.

The ergonomic seat is also a feature of this bike, and the saddle can be adjusted from 37cm – 46cm. Additional features include the 12.5” spoke rims, safety handlebar with brake and the park stand.

The Run Air balance bike is available in a sporty black and red design or a stylish purple and green.

Kettler balance bikes cater for children of all ages, from the very youngest children with the Kettler Speedy through to sportier models like the Run Air balance bike.

Weeride balance bike

Weeride are well known for their range of excellent bike seats, but they also produce award winning balance bikes that are well worth considering when you are looking for the best balance bike.

Weeride balance bikes are available for all children aged between 18 months and 6 years, with the range containing just two options which are the Weeride First Balance Bike and the Weeride Deluxe Balance Bike.

Weeride First Balance Bike

Weeride First balance bike
  • Step through frame
  • Adjustable saddle from 31cm
  • Great option for 2 year olds
  • Soft saddle with carry handle
  • Non slip, rubber air tyres

£40

The Weeride First Balance Bike will be a great introduction to cycling for the very youngest children, with a stylish metal frame that comes in a choice of red or green.

One of the defining features of the Weeride First Balance bike is the easy step through frame which makes the bike manageable for young riders, and the seat is adjustable from 31 - 42cm which means that the saddle height can be changed as your child grows.

This makes it comparable to the Puky LRM Learner Bike which has a similar feature (but is usually more expensive at around £70).

The bike has been recently improved with a soft saddle that makes for a comfortable ride and also comes with a carry handle for parents. This comes in handy when your child has had enough of riding and you end up carrying the bike!

The Weeride First balance bike now includes pneumatic air tyres with an angled valve, a rear band brake for extra safety and safe non slip hand grips.

These features make this bike an excellent choice for 2 year olds and is featured in our guide to the best balance bikes for 2 year olds

It is marketed as being suitable for those from 18 months, but we think that toddlers of this age might struggle with this bike and there are more suitable options available.

Weeride Deluxe Balance Bike

Weeride Deluxe Balance Bike
  • Quality 14 inch frame
  • A range of excellent features
  • Seat height from 45cm - 52cm
  • Suitable for 4-6 year olds

£100

If you are shopping for a slightly older child or need a bike larger than the Weeride First Balance bike, then your next option from Weeride is the Weeride Deluxe Balance Bike.

This is a much larger bike that is designed for older children that are not ready to ride a pedal bike yet, and it is a quality bike with a 14 inch frame, a beautiful Weeride paint finish and a stylish two tone seat.

The 14 inch wheels make this a great choice for older children as many other models use bikes with a 12 inch frame.

The seat height ranges from 45cm – 52cm, so this bike might even be too old for 3 year olds and we think it would be most suitable for the 4-6 year age range.

Check out our other recommendations in our guide to the best balance bikes for 4 year olds.

The Weeride Deluxe Balance bike also features proper air tyres which provide a comfortable ride, a rear hand brake and safe non slip hand grips.

Available for around £100, this is not a budget option but the quality finish in silver or red from Weeride means this will be one of the best looking bikes in the playground.

Kiddimoto balance bike

Hands up who wants a Union Jack, Pastel Dotty or Fire Engine themed balance bike?

Then you will love the range of wooden Kiddimoto balance bikes that are British made and are among the best wooden balance bikes available. There are also lightweight metal bikes as well as BMX bikes and mod scooters on offer from Kiddimoto to complete their range.

A fantastic choice during your search for the best balance bike!

Kiddimoto Kurve balance bike

Kiddimoto Kurve Pastel Dotty balance bike
  • Wooden frames
  • A range of eye catching designs
  • Award winning British bikes
  • Three different saddle heights from 37cm
  • Most suited to 3 years and above

£65 - £70

The most well known bikes of the Kiddimoto range are the Kiddimoto Kurve balance bikes, which are beautifully designed wooden bikes with a gracious curved styling and a sturdy construction manufactured from birch ply wood.

The Kiddimoto Kurve balance bikes come in a wide range of exciting and distinctive styles, including Police, Fire, Flower, Union Jack and Pastel Dotty (one of our favourite pink balance bikes). Other options include Red Dotty, Skullz and a funky Splatz style so there should be something for everyone!

The Kiddimoto Kurve is one of our recommended balance bikes for 3 years olds, partly due to the saddle heights which offer three different positions ranging from 37cm to 39.5cm

This is a relatively high starting saddle position so the bike would be too big for 2 year olds. However, it would be ideal for 3 or 4 year olds who are just starting to learn to ride. As a comparison, our recommended balance bikes for 2 year olds such as the Weeride First or the Strider Classic have saddle heights starting between 29 - 31cm.

Other features of the Kiddimoto Kurve balance bikes include a 12 inch pneumatic tyre with inner tube and safety is also a priority with a steering lock that stops the bike from turning more than 30 degrees and preventing jack knife. The comfortable rubber hand grips protect little hands and the bike weighs in at 4.5kg.

Kiddimoto Kurve offer award winning, British designed bikes and are generally available for around £60 - £70 making them an excellent choice of balance bike.

Kiddimoto Super Junior Balance Bike

Kiddimoto Super Junior Balance Bike
  • Lightweight steel frame
  • Saddle height from 34cm - 45cm
  • Pneumatic rubber tyres

£60 - £70

The second bike in the Kiddimoto range is the Kiddimoto Super Junior Balance bike, which we has also reviewed in a separate post.

This is completely different from the Kiddimoto Kurve, as it is made from metal and has a lower starting saddle height so it is great for younger children.

It boasts an impressive range of features, including a padded seat for comfort and an adjustable saddle with a minimum height of 34cm. This can extend up to 45cm so it can grow with your child until they are ready for a pedal bike.

The lightweight steel frame makes the bike easy to transport and it is available in a number of funky and exciting colours for around £60.

Kiddimoto Super Junior Max balance bike

Kiddimoto Super Junior Max Balance Bike
  • Extra features including a brake and grippy footplate
  • A range of funky designs
  • Pneumatic air tyres

£80

The Kiddimoto Super Junior Max is based on the same frame as the Super Junior, but offers a number of extra features such as a brake for the front wheel, an extra grippy footplate and pneumatic air tyres. 

This makes for a more comfortable ride and a superior performance, although the extra weight of this bike would make it more suitable for children aged 3 and above. A carry handle is also included on the seat for if (and when) the child gets tired.

Similarly to the Kiddimoto Kurve, it is available in a number of funky designs including the Union Jack, Stars (pictured), Skullz and Pastel Dotty.

The extra features make it around £20 more expensive than the Super Junior bike so is available for around £80.

Kiddimoto BMX Balance Bike

Kiddimoto BMX Balance Bike
  • All terrain balance bike, BMX style
  • 12 inch pneumatic air tyres
  • Saddle height from 38cm

£99

This high quality, BMX style balance bike is perfect for any terrain with a lightweight, durable frame and 12 inch pneumatic tyres.

The bike has a saddle height starting at 38cm, so it is ideal for slightly older children aged from 3.5 – 5 years.

The bike is painted in a striking gloss red, so it looks great and weight in at just 4.8kg.

Kiddimoto Scooter Balance Bike

Kiddimoto Scooter Union Jack
  • Distinctive Mod Scooter design
  • Birch Plywood Frame
  • Footboards for freewheeling

£150

Our final featured bike from the Kiddimoto range is the Kiddimoto Scooter Wooden Balance bike.

This is an excellent replica of the real thing, with the Union Jack design based on the iconic Mod Scooters of the 1960’s.

The scooters are manufactured from sustainable birch plywood, and feature footboards for freewheeling as well as pneumatic tyres for a comfortable ride.

The saddle is not adjustable on this bike, so it may only be suitable for your child for a short while – but it is fun bike balance bike and one of the most distinctive models available.

Accessories

Kiddimoto also offer a great range of accessories including a number of kids helmets which are perfect for smaller heads. Designs include Police, Pastel Dotty and Pink Goggles.

There are also kids bike gloves available to complete your outfit and to make sure your child is fully protected while they are out on their bike.