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Strider Sport 12" Balance Bike

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Product Description

The Strider bike is a revolutionary new learning vehicle for children ages 1 to 5 years old. Besides providing great fun and exercise, the Strider also teaches steering, balance, co-ordination and builds self-confidence.

At 6.7 pounds, the Strider is less than half the weight of a tricycle or small pedal bike with training wheels. The adjustable seat height starts at 11 inches to accommodate the shortest of new riders (about 30 inches tall) and extends to 16 inches to allow the Strider to grow with the child.

With its welded steel frame and foam-filled, puncture-proof tires, a Strider is capable of handling off-road ventures into grass, dirt, gravel, and even mud puddles!

Super durable, and with a wide variety of accessories to extend its use range (XL seatpost, brakes, even skis!), the Strider is the best bike option on the market for kids 1 to 5 years old.

This model is similar to the previous ST-4, but includes two seats, one for smaller riders, and the XL for ages 3 and up (bigger and with an extra-long seat post).



Unique 12.7mm steel handlebar is 43% smaller than standard to allow better control with tiny hands. Custom logo mini-grips are soft urethane with protective ends. Machined-aluminum quick release allows “No Tools” height adjustment from 46-56cm (18-22”).



Strider-exclusive, ultralight one-piece wheels sport a raised-letter, five-spoke design with 10 bearing support gussets for maximum strength at the lightest weight possible.

Top-quality sealed cartridge bearings roll smooth and never need adjustment.



EVA polymer (industrial foam) tires are super light and durable yet offer a smooth ride. Best of all, they never need air and will never go flat.



The durable, all-weather mini-saddle is designed specifically for beginning riders and their tiny hips. Smaller, narrower, and lighter than a typical saddle, this seat allows for proper riding position and posture. ** The Sport model also includes a padded XL saddle and long seatpost to fit kids over 3 years and allows seat height adjustments up to 48cm (19”).


Bar and seat clamps

Machined aluminum quick release allows “No Tools” saddle height adjustment from 28-41cm (11-16”) for the perfect fit for your child.



Unique, frame-integrated footrests are properly positioned directly below the saddle for natural bike balance. This position also fosters the advanced ability to stand while gliding as well as pumping and jumping the bike.


Brake mount

Strider-exclusive rear brake mount allows the addition of a foot-operated brake once the kids are proficiently gliding with feet on the footrests. (Brake sold separately, see Balance Bike Accessories)


What is the advantage of a balance bike over a tricycle or a little bike with training wheels? 

On both tricycles and on standard bikes with training wheels, the child doesn't ever learn to balance, which is an important component of bike riding. A balance bike teaches them to balance at a young age in a an easy and fun way. Both my boys were able to just get on a conventional pedal bike, ride down the street, turn around, and come back, on their very first go at around age 3.5 (my older boy) and age 4 (my younger boy). They still preferred to ride their balance bikes for some time afterwards, simply because they were more comfortable and more in control..and therefore able to do tricks and jumps! :-)

In addition, both tricycles and bikes with training wheels can be unstable and tip over on a sharp turn. My boys have both had some fairly serious tricycle accidents (tripodding over on a turn and smashing their face and hand), but never any major crashes on their balance bikes.

On a balance bike, the child is fairly low to the ground, so has a much more stable center of gravity. If you need to stop or steady yourself, just put your feet down! When the child's feet are close to the ground, they are ready to stabilize and rectify any loss of balance. 

When can my child start riding?

Usually around age 2 is standard, but the two models that I carry adjust to very young riders, so technically as soon as they can walk, they can start playing with a balance bike.

My child is just standing astride the bike and not doing anything. Is this bike going to work for us?

There are a few stages to balance bike riding. Allow your child to enjoy wherever they are at and experiment for themselves with all the new sensations and reactions. Try not to pressure them to move onto the next stage too quickly. This is a fun Physics lesson for their little minds and bodies, they see how each of their actions has a reaction on the bike.

  1. Beginning riders may just stand and hold the bike while standing astride it and not moving. That's fine, they are getting used to that feeling or being astride a bike and holding the handlebars.
  2. After this, they may begin to walk forward with the bike, still without sitting on the seat. Perfectly fine. At this point they are working on moving forward without losing control of the handlebars.
  3. Once they get the hang of walking the bike forward while standing up, they might figure out that they can SIT DOWN on the seat and walk forward, and this makes the process easier. 
  4. Now that they have the hang of sitting down on the seat and walking forward with their legs, they figure out that if they push off harder with their legs, they can coast off the momentum, and go faster! 
  5. At this point, maybe time for going over bumps, curbs, etc...or doing little jumps! Children over 3.5yo might enjoy the optional brake kit for the Strider, or for the Wishbone, moving to the Big Bike configuration. 

How should I adjust the seat?

The balance bike rider should be able to sit on the seat and have feet flat on the floor WITH KNEES BENT. Balance bikes are not like a pedaled bike where the rider can barely touch the ground on tiptoe when seated. The ability to bend the knees with feet on the ground is crucial for proper balance, propulsion and handling. When the rider's seat is at or below the level of the knees, it's time to raise the seat!

Can be used indoors and out

It's the perfect companion for trips off the beaten track, making rough and bumpy paths comfortable for the rider - an all-terrain bike! My son rides over sand, grass, dirt...no problem. Every other vehicle gets stuck. Inside, there are no sharp edges to create havoc in the house, scratch floors or furniture.

On city sidewalks, super-maneuverable and lightweight balance bikes are fantastic. And because kids find riding balance bikes so much fun, walking through the neighborhood, jogging in the park, or going on a short hike without a stroller now becomes a real possibility. Kids find it fun to whizz down to the corner store, take the dog for a walk, or whatever activity they can bring their bike on.

Product Videos

STRIDER 12 Sport Assembly Video (03:17)
Assembly video for the STRIDER 12 Sport: http://www.striderbikes.com/product/bikes/12/sport/sport Ryan McFarland, Founder... "The 12 Sport model offers every feature a child (or parent) could want. It is the perfect balance of performance, options, and value, featuring more than 8 years of design evolution and manufacturing improvements." This model is similar to the previous ST-4, but includes updated graphics and an extra-long seat post.
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Warranty Information

STRIDER® products come with a two-year warranty against manufacturing defects. Bottom line: we want you to be happy with your Strider products, we want your child to be successful at riding, and we are motivated to resolve any issues in a very timely manner. Simply contact us by phone or email through our website at http://www.striderbikes.com/contact-us.

Please include this information if possible:
The date of manufacture of your bike (located on your frame tag)
The serial number from your bike (on the same tag)

We want to make sure your ownership of a STRIDER™ Balance Bike is the best experience it can be. To this end, we request that you register your bike’s serial number through http://www.striderbikes.com/warranty-registration. This will activate your warranty, allow us to track your bike, and allow us to send you technical updates and helpful tips. PLUS, for every bike registered, we donate $3 worth of Strider products to Special Olympics through the Strider Rider Fund.

If you have warranty questions, please feel free to contact Strider at http://www.striderbikes.com/contact-us

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