Strider is often the first name parents turn to when buying a balance bike, but with countless other companies entering the market, Strider’s competition is increasing. So how do the Strider models hold up to the competition? Overall, Strider bikes are well-designed and well-built, for which we recommend them as the hands-down winner in balance bikes sold at big-box stores.
Kids aged 18-months to 3 years old: Strider Classic is affordable and great for young kids because it’s lightweight, easy to adjust, and easy to ride.
Preschoolers aged 2.5 to 4 years old: The Strider Sport is a better purchase at this age as it comes with an extended seat post to increase the maximum seat height by 3″.
Sharing Siblings: For sibling of various ages, Strider’s wide range of adjustability make it the easiest bike for siblings of varying heights to share.
NOT IDEAL FOR: Kids aged 3+ in the higher percentiles for height who would benefit from a larger frame and kids older than 5.
Strider’s standard 12″ balance bike is available in three models: the Classic, Sport, and Pro. All three models have the same size frame and foam tires, but the primary differences are that the Sport and Pro (vs. the Classic) have an extended seat height range and a padded seat. Additionally, the main benefit of the Pro is that the frame is made of aluminum, which results in a lighter bike.
Strider is one of the smallest balance bikes on the market. With a minimum seat height of 11″, kids as young as 18-months can ride a Strider. Being one of the lightest as well, the Strider is a great starter balance bike for kids. While its small frame isn’t ideal for older and/or taller kids, the extended seat post on the Sport and Pro models does allow kids up to age 5 to ride the Strider.
Remember, a properly fitted balance bike allows the seat height to be set 1″ to 1.5″ less than a child’s inseam (measured crotch to floor without shoes on). To allow room for growth, it’s ideal to purchase a bike with a maximum seat height of at least 2″ above the child’s current inseam.