Balance bike saddle height guide

We have already seen from all of the models that we have reviewed on this website that there is a huge range of balance bikes that vary in style, tyre size, frame structure and many other variables.

However, one of the most important aspects to think about when you are choosing the best balance bike is the balance bike saddle height. If you get the saddle height wrong, then your child is going to have problems getting on and off the bike and won’t be comfortable during their ride – so it is very important to get this right!

The first thing you will need to do is to accurately obtain the inside leg measurement of the child for whom you are buying the bike. You will then need to compare this with the minimum saddle height of the balance bikes that you are looking at.

Most balance bikes will come with an adjustable seat, and they will advertise the range of heights available. You will be able to compare these on the Ultimate Balance Bike guide we have prepared on the front page of this website, or you can take an example such as the Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike which has a saddle height that can be adjusted from 29.5cm to 40cm.

The Strider 12 Classic balance bike is one of our favourite balance bikes in the market, as this saddle height is ideal for a 2-3 year old that is looking for a balance bike to last for a couple of years. It also offers seat post and handlebar extensions so the bike can keep growing with your child.

Check out our guide to the best balance bikes for 2 year old if you are hunting for a bike in this age range.

Balance bike saddle height

When you are comparing the inside leg measurement of your child with the balance bike, make sure that the minimum saddle height is around 2.5cm – 3cm less than their inside leg. This means they will be able to sit comfortably on the bike and get on and off it easily. If you choose a bike with an equal saddle height to their measurement, then they will probably have problems getting their feet flat on the floor which is vital to learning to ride the bike properly.

You should then be able to adjust the saddle height as your child grows. All bikes will have an adjustable seat to some degree, although you will probably find that steel balance bikes have a larger range than wooden balance bikes. Good luck looking for the best balance bike!

Prince Lionheart Balance Bike

Prince Lionheart is a company that specialises in innovative products for babies and young children, and they offer a really good quality balance bike as part of their range

Prince Lionheart Balance Bike review

Prince Lionheart balance bike


  • Lightweight and strong wooden balance bike
  • Sporty design
  • 12" rubber air filled tyres
  • Great option for a mid-range bike
  • Best for 3 – 5 year olds with 37cm minimum saddle height

£55

The Prince Lionheart balance bike is made from 100% birch plywood, which gives the benefit of being good for the environment as well as being lightweight and strong.

This bike is aimed at the core market of 2-5 years olds, and weighs in at a competitive 4.5kg.

It has a stylish and sporty design, with the makers name brandished down the side of the bike and the racing number 73 on the front, which kids will love.

The wide 12” rubber tyres have a spoked design which enhances the appearance of the bike, and comfort is provided with rubber hand grips and the padded seat.

Making sure you select a bike with the correct saddle height is one of the most important aspects of choosing the best balance bike for your child. The seat on the Prince Lionheart balance bike can be adjusted to 3 different heights between 37cm and 43cm, so this bike is included in our recommended balance bikes for 3 year olds.

You can read more in our balance bike saddle height guide, and if you are looking for a bike for a 2 year old you can also check our guide to this age range.

The Prince Lionheart Balance bike is a good quality wooden bike that won’t let you down, and gets very favourable reviews. An alternative wooden balance bike in this category is the Jiggy Wooden balance bike, and there are plenty of options of metal bikes including Bike Star, Strider and Puky.