Ditch the training wheels and grab a balance bike for your child's first two wheel adventure. Balance bikes redefine how kids learn to ride. Training wheels are a thing of the past and the transition to pedals is quick and easy. Look for a light alloy frame paired with tubed tires, child sized grips, recessed/rounded axle bolts or covers and a child friendly rear reverse mounted brake. For fit, measure your child's inseam and compare to minimum and maximum seat heights, best to have an inch our two more inseam than minimum seat height.
12 inch Balance Bikes
Hands down one of the best balance bikes out there and in our opinion one of the best pieces of kids bike equipment available. Have an 18 month to 3.5 year old? This goes to the top of the list. Best in class weight, stand over and geometry, check out our first look here.
Prevelo Alpha Zero
With loads of time on this machine, we give it a "top pick" rating for 12 inch balance bikes. Aimed at 18 months plus, this robust little machine will be railing corners and laying skids in your neighborhood soon. Check out our full review here.
Weight: approx 8.5 lbs | MSRP: $199 US | Min-Max seat height: 11.5"-14.6" | Where to buy: prevelo
Likeabike Kokua Jumper
Believe the hype, this is one of the funnest balance bikes around. Your little guy/gal a daredevil in toddler clothing? Look no further, here is the best bike for bike parks, skate parks, and driveway jump sessions. Don't worry about lack of brake on this one, it is an active ride and feet provide the stopping power! Be prepared to go through some shoes...
This little machine but it ticks all the boxes. Light weight, quality construction, pneumatic tires, reverse mounted v brake and flash paint job would put a smile on any 2- 4 year olds' face.
Weight: 7.7 lbs | MSRP: $199-219 US | Min-Max seat height: 11"-15" | Where to buy: islabikes
This robust little bike will take the toughest of beatings. Sealed bearings, reverse mounted tektro v-brake and 2.125 inch wide tires make this a great bike for those 2-4 year old's pushing the limits of off-road Flintstone style pedal power.
Weight: 8.9 lbs | MSRP: $195 USD $235 CDN | Min-Max In seam: 12"-17" | Where to buy: spawn
One of the lightest balance bikes available and a low stand-over height make the Strider great for the 18 month - 2 year old crowd. If you are super eager to get them on a bike as early as possible, this bike is the bike...but it will not last long. If you are willing to spend the extra money, we would recommend to jump straight to a premium bike (woom, prevelo, spawn, isla) as the extra features are worth it. Our full review here.
14 inch Balance Bikes
Early Rider Trail Runner XL
A monster truck of a balance bike, this off road specific little ripper has short chain stays for quick turns and huge 14 x 2.4 inch tires to roll over anything. Live in the country side? Does your 3-6 year old spend most of their time in the dirt? Here you go, Bon appetit! Our full review here.
16 inch Balance Bikes
Stampede Charger 16
Aimed at the 5 to 7 crowd (up to 9 with XL kit), the Charger 16 is and excellent choice for large riders wanting a balance bike. Great value in this nifty machine with internal cable routing, protective grips, drum rear brake and wide stable handle bars. Truth be told, us Dads also ride this in the back alley races! Review coming soon.