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Bike Comparison

Which bike is best? Wood or metal? Which size bike will fit my child?

 

At Balance Bikes Canada, we are available to answer your questions and find which bike is best for your child.  We have tested each brand we sell with toddlers and preschoolers to make sure it passes our kid testing and we will not carry a brand that our own demo riders do not love.

 
These balance bikes are all based on the concept that teaches children how to balance first and make the transition to ride a two-wheeled bike without the need for training wheels. The bicycles have no pedals and the bike works by having your child walk, run, and glide with the bike. When your child is ready, he or she will be able to move-up to a pedal bike without the usual falls, bumps and scrapes that come with the traditional method of removing training wheels on a two-wheeled bike. 

The chart below will provide you with some comparing information to help in your selection.  One of the most important features to ensure proper fit is to measure your child's inseam  and make sure it is long enough for the starting end of the bike.   The chart below lists starting height in inches. 

Bike Models and Sizing

 
 

Model

Material

Wheel size

Wheel type

Bike weight

Max child weight

Seat height

Warranty

CAD MSRP Price

 

Strider

Metal

12"

EVA Polymer

6.4 lbs (4.9 lbs for Pro)

60 lbs

11 - 16"

up to 19" with XL post

2 years

$139.00

 

Mini Glider

Metal

12"

EVA Polymer

8 lbs

100 lbs

12" - 17.5"

Lifetime

$159.00

 

Go Glider 16"

Metal

16"

Air

10 lbs

125 lbs

16" - 25"

Lifetime

$199.00

  Strider 16  Metal 16" Air 17 lbs 187 lbs 19.5" -25" 2 years $299.00
  B-Bip by Mamma Cangura non-toxic plastic 12" Plastic

6.7 lbs

60 lbs 13" - 17" 3 years $149.00
 

Kinderbike Laufrad

Metal

12"

Air

9 lbs

75 lbs

13-17"

Lifetime

$129.00

 

KinderBike Mini

Metal

12"

Air

9 lbs

75 lbs

11-15.5"

Lifetime

$129.00

 

Kazam

Metal

12"

Air

9.9 lbs

60 lbs

14 - 17.5"

2 years

$145.00

  Runners Speeders Metal 12" EVA and A Series - Air 6.7 lbs 80 lbs 12-17" 2 years $110 / $115 (A Series)
  Runners Ultralight Aluminium 12" Air 7.9 lbs 80 lbs 13.5-18" 2 years $139.00
  Runners Junior (1-2.5 years) Wood 10" Plastic 3.6 lbs 60 lbs 11-12.5" 1 year $89.95
  LIKEaBIKE Mountain Wood 12.5" Air 7.7 LBS 165 LBS 12.5" - 16" XL up to 17.2" 2 Years $319.00
  LIKEaBIKE Mini Wood 12.5" Air 7.7 LBS 80 LBS 11.5" - 14.5" 2 Years $329.00
  LIKEaBIKE Jumper Metal 12" Air 7.5 LBS 100 LBS 13.4 - 18.5" 2 Years $289.00
  Prince Lionheart Wood 12 " Air 10 lbs 75 lbs 12 - 16" 1 year $139.99
  Prince Lionheart Chop / Whirl Wood 12 " Air 10 lbs 75 lbs 15 " -18 "  1 Year $149.99
  Runners/ Princess/Police Wood 12 " Air 9.5 lbs 65 lbs 12.5" -16.5" 1 year $139.00
 

Wishbone Wood

Recycled Edition

Wood

12"

Air

8.4 lbs

10.4 lbs

65 lbs

11” -18”

9" - 20"

1 year

$239.00

 

 

FirstBike

Composite

12"

Air

7.5 lbs

75 lbs

13.5 - 17.5 ( with lowering kit 12")

5 year

$199.00+

 

 

This chart shows our recommendations based on demo riders.

Balance Bikes Canada Recommendations (some new models still under review, chart to be updated accordingly)

Age/Clothing size

Strider

Firstbike

Strider16

Kinder

LIKEaBIKE Prince Lionheart

Wishbone

Mini Glider

B-Bip

Kazam

 Runners

Go Glider

18 mos - 2.5 yrs

(2T or smaller)

X

 

 

 X (Mini only)

X (Mini only)  

  X

 

 

 

 

 

2.5 yrs - 3 Yrs

(2T - 3T)

X

X

 

X

X X

 X

   X

 X

 

X

 

3.5 yrs - 4 yrs

(3T - 4T)

X

X

 

X

X X

X

X

X

X

X

 

4 to 5 yrs

(4T - 5T)

 X

 X

 

 

X X

X

X

X

X

 

 

5 1/2 - 10 yrs

(6T and up)

 

 

 X

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

X

Please note for ages 2.5 and under, we recommend the Strider Classic or Sport as a first bike it is the lightest of all the brands, has a low seat height and is easy to carry.

If you prefer a wood model, we recommend the Wishbone 3-in-1 as it starts off as a trike.