Best Balance Bikes for Kids 2018

Best Balance Bikes for Kids 2018

We have compiled our annual listing of the Top 10 Best Balance Bikes for 2018.  See the reasons we ranked them like we did and what makes them great options for your kids.  Prior to devoting our free time to blogging, we were retailers of balance bikes and kids bikes since 2009.

If you stumbled upon this web page and still aren’t what a balance bike is or what features your child need sin a balance; see our guide here.

#1 – Woom 1 Balance Bike

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The Woom 1 is at the top of our list of favorite balance bikes.  Woom is a newcomer to the balance bike market in the USA (2014) but has roots based in Austria with the first bikes going into production in 2013. Woom has an up-cycle system that allows parent so trade in their Woom and upgrade to the next size up.  As you will notice, there is a number 1 in the photo above that as this is the first bike in their sizing system.

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Our first impressions of the Woom 1 balance bike is the high attention to detail, low frame geometry and the unique paint and graphics.  Woom 1, 2 and 3 models feature a low center of gravity and a low bottom frame bar to allow for easing dismounting and standing over the frame when not seated. This also helps children ride in an upright position with more control and confidence.  Beyond the Woom 3, children are becoming proficient riders, therefore the Woom 4, 5 and 6 models are transitions to full-size bikes. The Woom 1 features a lightweight alloy frame, steering limiter, easy reach brake lever, ergonomic seat with quick release and aluminum wheels making this one of the lightest bikes on the market.

See our articles on the remaining models of Woom pedal bikes here.

  • Ideal for Riders: 1-4 Years
  • Seat Height: 10.5″ – 14″
  • Bike Weight: 7.5 lbs
  • Air Tires: Yes
  • Brake: Rear

Woom 1 – 12″ Balance Bike ($199.99)

 

#2 – Ridgeback Scoot Balance Bike

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The Scoot has always been one of our favorites and once you get your hands on one, you will agree. For those of you unfamiliar with Ridgeback; they are the European version of Trek – a highly respected bicycle company.  The Scoot from Ridgeback comes in two sizes; the Scoot with 12″ wheels and the Scoot XL with 14″ wheels.  Both feature an aluminum 6061 frame, alloy rims, rear brake and semi-slick tires. The Scoot comes in a choice of 4 colors (blue, red, pink, orange) and comes with an additional seat post for taller children.  The Scoot is a real bike and not a toy like other balance bikes in the market.

  • Ideal for Riders: 3-6 Years
  • Seat Height: 14′ – 20″
  • Bike Weight: 11.2 lbs
  • Air Tires: Yes
  • Brake: Rear

Ridgeback Scoot 12″ Balance Bike ($199.99)

 

#3 – Yedoo Too Too Balance Bike

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Yedoo is a Czech company that specializes in larger wheeled foot bikes and scooters.  With their success in creating these great scooters, it was only natural to add a balance bike. Their design and manufacturing is focused on quality and safety.  The word “yedoo” is based on the Czech word “jeduu” which is an expression that is equivalent to the word “wee” that is exclaimed as children glide on their bikes and scooters.  The Too Too is a 12″ balance bike that that features a lightweight steel frame, aluminum wheels, rear v-brake with easy-reach lever, and a steering limited to prevent the bike from jackknifing. One feature we truly love is the ergonomic seat which adjust farther away from the handlebars as the seat is raising.  Makes a lot of sense because as children’s legs and arms grow comparably. An incredibly light bike at 8.2 lbs, yet built with a strong steel frame. For the price, this may the best balance bike available.

  • Ideal for Riders: 1-4 Years
  • Seat Height: 12″ – 18″
  • Bike Weight: 8.2 lbs
  • Air Tires: Yes
  • Brake: Rear

Yedoo Too Too 12″ Balance Bike ($159.99)

#4 – Firstbike Street Balance Bike

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Firstbike are truly unique in the materials used to build them.  The bike frame, fork, wheels, seat post and handlebars are made of a durable composite plastic resin. The frame acts as a shock absorber and limits the shock on a child’s spinal cord.  Not only does the frame improve ride quality, but it also is resilient to fading, cracking, rusting, warping and even breakage. Another unique feature is the rear drum brake that provides a more gradual stop,  is adjustable and prevents little finger form being pinched in the moving parts.  Schwalbe  tires, reflective frame accents, sealed bearings, adjustable saddle height and steering limiter are a handful of features that are standard on the Firstbike Street and Cross.

  • Ideal for Riders: 1-4 Years
  • Seat Height: 12″ – 18″
  • Bike Weight: 8.2 lbs
  • Air Tires: Yes
  • Brake: Rear

Firstbike Street Balance Bike ($159.99)

 

#5 – Cruzee Ultralight Balance Bike

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Cruzee made the Top 5 due to the fact that they are the lightest balance bikes in the world.  Not a lot of high end components on this model but that is how they keep it at a mere 4.4 lbs in weight.  This particular bike ranks high because being lightweight is a highly sought after feature for a toddler balance bike. The Cruzee features lightweight 12″ mag wheels with EVA foam tires; and buyers have the choice of either black or white mag wheels.  The next model up from Cruzee, the Ultralight Air; features aluminum spoked rims and air-filled tires. If you look at the hubs you can also see they have the slim nuts which are great for helping avoid ankles hitting protruding nuts.  No brakes on this model; so we don’t recommend buying this bike for kids ages 3 and up because with increased speeds at this age; brakes are helpful.  One great option they do have is quick release handlebars and seat post for quick adjustments.  The Cruzee is available in 10 cool colors and we just love the high resistance to scratching paint that is done via a process called “Synthetic sapphire”.

  • Ideal for Riders: 1.5-3 Years
  • Seat Height: 12″ – 18″
  • Bike Weight: 4.4 lbs
  • Air Tires: Yes
  • Brake: Rear

Cruzee Ultralight 12″ Balance Bike ($159.99) Available at Cruzee