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.

Best balance bike for 4 year old

Many of the points we mentioned in the article on the best balance bike for 3 year olds will also apply to 4 and 5 year old children.

Almost all manufacturers will have balance bikes that are suitable for 4 and 5 year olds so it is impossible to feature them all here. However, we have provided details of some of our favourite models below:

PictureBikeSaddle heightWeightFrame MaterialPrice
Strider 12 Sport balance bikeStrider 12 Sport27cm - 48cm2.9kgSteel£88
Jack & Josie balance bikeChillafish Jack & Josie36cm - 43cm4.9kgSteel£45
Early Rider Evo balance bikeEarly Rider Evo38cm - 46cm4.25kgWood£125

Children in this age group will be very confident on their feet, although abilities on the bike may vary. Some children may have been practising for 2 years or more on a smaller balance bike and need an upgrade, whereas other children may have preferred scooters or not been introduced to balance bikes before now.

One factor to consider when looking for the best balance bike for 4 year old is the size of the bike. 4 and 5 year old children are much bigger than 2 year olds, so they will need a bigger and heavier bike to support the extra weight.

As with all children you will also need to consider the saddle height which is probably the most important thing to think about with all balance bikes.

You need to make sure that the lowest setting of the saddle is around 2.5 – 3cm lower than their inside leg. You will probably find that you will need a saddle height from around 36cm for a 4 year old.

This means they will be able to rest their feet flat on the ground easily when sitting on the bike and you can read more on this in our balance bike saddle height guide.

Recommended balance bikes for 4 year olds

Strider Sport balance bike

Strider 12 Sport balance bikeWe have highlighted 3 models of balance bike in the table above, and the first of these is the Strider Sport balance bike.

Strider balance bikes are sporty and fun to ride, and although the Strider Classic is a fantastic bike we think it is worth an extra £22 for the Strider Sport if you are shopping for a 4 or 5 year old.

This is because the Strider Sport is equipped with an extra long seatpost, meaning that you can extend the saddle height to a whopping 48cm.

All of the other features of Strider bikes are included, with grippy, off-road tyres and a padded seat for comfort. Although the Strider Sport is not a budget option at £88 it is a top quality balance bike and our recommended pick for 4-5 year olds.

Chillafish Jack & Josie

Jack & Josie balance bikeThe Chillafish Jack & Josie balance bike is an excellently priced option for a 4 year old with prices starting at around £45.

This is a quality balance bike with a steel V-tube frame so it is strong and durable and a clever feature of this bike is the floating footrest that children can use as they are gliding along.

It is available in two different colours, so you can choose between a white frame with flowers or a black frame with a flame design.

The seat height starts at 36cm with a maximum height of 43cm, so this would be an excellent choice for a balance bike for a 4 year old.

Early Rider Evo

Early Rider Evo balance bikeIf you can stretch your budget beyond £100 for a balance bike for a 4 year old, then an excellent option is the Early Rider Evo.

Early Rider produce beautiful wooden balance bikes, and the Early Rider Evo is no exception with a birch plywood flame, a stylish design and 14 inch pneumatic wheels.

At 4.25kg, this bike is heavy and sturdy enough to support a 4 year old rider, but it is not too cumbersome for the child to manoeuvre and they should be able to handle the bike confidently.

It is 1kg heavier than the Early Rider Lite which features in our guide for best balance bikes for 2 year olds.

The Early Rider Evo has a minimum seat height of 38cm, although as it is a wooden balance bike it is not as adjustable as some of the metal balance bikes which are other options for 4 year olds.

Overall, this is a high quality wooden balance bike that would make a great purchase for a 4 year old, although it is a more expensive option at around £129.