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Parent's guide to finding the best balance and pedal bike

A child will never forget their first bike since it's a pretty important milestone for both the child and parents. Our goal is to take the confusion out of the process and help parents make the best possible choice for their child. Below we've highlighted our choices by age groups and ranked them based upon key features.

BIKE RANKING BY AGE GROUP

  • Top Pick - (Bestowed to bikes with the most suited features within a specific age grouping.)
  • Highly Recommended - (Given to bikes that contain most of "Top Pick" features.)
  • Recommended - (Given to bikes that have many of the preferred features.)
  • Recommended w/ Reservations - (Given to bikes that may lack preferred features in two or more categories (ie. seat height or bike weight) for that age grouping.)

*Please note: A "Top Pick" in one age grouping may only be "Recommended" or "Highly Recommended" in a different grouping and/or vice versa. Our ranking guide is not designed to diminish the overall features and quality of an individual bike, it's designed to assist parents with selecting the best bike within a specific age bracket. Results may vary depending on the child's height and weight.

Best Balance Bikes for Toddlers ages 18 mo. and Up

Brand/Model Rating Price Seat Height Brake Footrest Limiter Weight Wheel Tires Frame Warranty
Prevelo Alpha Zero Top Pick $199 10"-13.5"* Hand No No 8.5lb. 12" Air Aluminum 5 Year
Yedoo TooToo Top Pick $159 12"-18" Hand No Yes 8.25lb. 12" Air Steel Lifetime
FirstBIKE Highly Recommended $159 13.5"-17.5"¨ Hand No Yes 8.4lb. 12" Air Composite Lifetime
Strider Pro Highly Recommended $109 11"-16" Option Yes No 6.4lb. 12" Foam Steel 2 Years
MUNA 10ˆ Highly Recommended $89 12"-17.5" No No No 5.5lb. 10" Foam Steel 2 Years

*References child's inseam

Best Balance Bikes for ages 2.5 and up

Brand/Model Rating Price Seat Height Brake Footrest Limiter Weight Wheel Tires Frame Warranty
Prevelo Alpha Zero Top Pick $199 10"-13.5"* Hand No No 8.5lb. 12" Air Aluminum 5 Year
Yedoo TooToo Top Pick $159 12"-18" Hand No Yes 8.25lb. 12" Air Steel Lifetime
Ridgeback Dimension 12 Top Pick $299 14"-20" Hand No No 8.9lb. 12" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Charger 12 Highly Recommended $119 12.5”-17.5” Hand No Yes 11lb. 12" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Saracen Highly Recommended $199 13″-19″ Hand No No 10.7lb. 12" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Ridgeback Scoot Highly Recommended $179 14″-20″ Hand No No 11.2lb. 12" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Early Rider Alley 12" Highly Recommended $189 13.7”-17.7” Hand No Yes 7.2lb. 12" Air Aluminum 2 Years
MUNA 12" Highly Recommended $119 13"-18" Hand No No 11lb. 12" Air Steel 2 Years
FirstBIKE Highly Recommended $159 13.5"-17.5" Hand No Yes 8.4lb. 12" Air Composite Lifetime
Subrosa Altus Highly Recommended $175 13"-17.5" No No No 9lb. 12" EVA Steel 2 Years
Strider Recommended $119 11"-19" Option Yes No 6.4lb. 12" EVA Steel 2 Years
KUNDO Ultra Recommended $139 14.5”-17” No No No 7.1lb. 12" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Linus Recommended w/ Reservations $175 15.75"-20" No No No 12lb. 12" Air Steel Lifetime

Best Balance & Pedal Bikes for ages 3.5 and up

Brand/Model Rating Price Seat Height Brake Footrest Limiter Weight Wheel Tires Frame Warranty
Ridgeback Scoot Top Pick $179 14″-20″ Hand No No 11.2lb. 12" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Ridgeback Scoot XL Top Pick $199 16" - 22" Hand No No 12.5lb. 14" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Ridgeback Dimension 12 Top Pick $299 14"-20" Hand No No 9.9lb. 12" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Ridgeback Dimension 14 Top Pick $309 16"-22" Hand No No 9.9lb. 14" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Prevelo Alpha One 14 (pedal) Top Pick $359 12.5"-16" Hand No No 14.4 14" Air Aluminum 5 Years
Saracen Top Pick $199 13″-19″ Hand No No 10.7lb. 12" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Early Rider Trail XL Top Pick $229 14.7"-19.2” Hand No No 8lb. 14" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Linus Highly Recommended $175 15.7"-20" No No No 12lb. 12" Air Steel Lifetime
MUNA 12" Highly Recommended $119 13"-18" Hand No No 11lb. 12" Air Steel 2 Years
Stampede Charger 12 Highly Recommended $119 12.5”-17.5” Hand No Yes 11lb. 12" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Stampede Charger 16 Highly Recommended $159 16.5”-23” Hand No Yes 13lb. 16" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Stampede Sprinter 14 (pedal) Highly Recommended $239 17"-25” Hand No No 16lb. 14" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Stampede Sprinter 16 (pedal) Highly Recommended $249 22"-26” Hand No No 18lb. 16" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Early Rider Alley 12" Highly Recommended $189 13.7”-17.7” Hand No Yes 7.2lb. 12" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Yedoo TooToo Highly Recommended $159 12"-18" Hand No Yes 8.2lb. 12" Air Steel Lifetime
KUNDO Ultra Recommended $139 14.5”-17” No No No 7.1lb. 12" Air Aluminum Lifetime
FirstBIKE Recommended $159 13.5"-17.5"* Hand No Yes 8.4lb. 12" Air Composite Lifetime
Strider Recommended $119 11"-19" Option Yes No 6.4lb. 12" EVA Steel 2 Years

Best Balance & Pedal Bikes for ages 4 and up

Brand/Model Rating Price Seat Height Brake Footrest Limiter Weight Wheel Tires Frame Warranty
Prevelo Alpha Two 16 (pedal) Top Pick $369 16"-25" Hand No No 14.9lb. 16" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Stampede Charger 16 Top Pick $159 16.5”-23” Hand No No 13lb. 16" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Stampede Sprinter 16 (pedal) Top Pick $249 22"-26” Hand No No 18lb. 16" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Ridgeback Scoot XL Top Pick $199 16"-22" Hand No No 12.5lb. 14" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Ridgeback Dimension 14 Top Pick $299 16"-22" Hand No No 9.9lb. 14" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Early Rider Belter (pedal) Top Pick $399 19.5"-23" Hand No No 12.5lb. 16" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Prevelo Alpha One 14 (pedal) Top Pick $359 12.5"-16" Hand No No 14.4 14" Air Aluminum 5 Years
Ridgeback Scoot Highly Recommended $179 14″-20″ Hand No No 11.2lb. 12" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Ridgeback Dimension 12 Highly Recommended $299 14"-20" Hand No No 9.9lb. 12" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Early Rider Trail XL Highly Recommended $229 14.7"-19.2” Hand No No 8lb. 14" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Linus Highly Recommended $175 15.7"-20" No No No 12lb. 12" Air Steel Lifetime

Best Balance & Pedal Bikes for ages 5 to adult Ranking not applied.

Brand/Model Price Seat Height Brake Footrest Limiter Weight Wheel Tires Frame Warranty
Prevelo Alpha Two 16 (pedal) $369 16"-25" Hand No No 14.9lb. 16" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Stampede Sprinter 16 (pedal) $249 22"-26” Hand No No 18lb. 16" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Early Rider Belter (pedal) $399 19.5"-23" Hand No No 12.5lb. 16" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Charger 16 $159 16.5”-23” Hand No No 13lb. 16" Air Aluminum 2 Years
Ridgeback Scoot XL $199 16"-22" Hand No No 12.5lb. 14" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Ridgeback Dimension 14 $299 16"-22" Hand No No 9.9lb. 14" Air Aluminum Lifetime
Strider 16 $249 19.5″-25.5″ Hand No No 17.7lb. 16" Air Steel 2 Years
Strider 20 $289 26.5″-32.2″ Hand No No 21.2lb. 20 Air Steel Lifetime

Price can vary between brand models. Price listed includes combined promotional and MSRP averages.
¨FirstBIKE offers an optional lowering kit (12" - 16") that is available as an add-on (strongly recommend for children under 2.5 years).
Strider includes an additional XL seatpost and saddle with 12" Sport models: 11" - 19"
ˆMuna 10" is designed for toddlers under 18 months - 2.5.
Warranty indicates the manufacturer's promise to stand behind their product. Some restrictions may apply.

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