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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Early Rider Alley Runner. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
21 reasons to buy
- One parent said her 2-year-old derived great joy from riding the Alley Runner.
- A pleased parent reported that her son’s confidence increased quickly and markedly aboard this bike.
- The brushed-metal finish of the Alley Runner was frequently lauded. Owners called it stylish and beautifully crafted.
- A wide-rimmed, 20-spoke wheelset proved toddler-tough.
- High quality parts were upgradeable and replaceable. This included the ability to upsize to 14 inch wheels.
- At a featherweight 7lbs; it was easy to control, easy to carry and lighter than a wooden bike.
- Parents deemed this bike durable, and destined to be a hand-me-down for generations to come.
- Real, sealed bearings on the headset and hubs made the Alley Runner stand out amongst balance bikes.
- A studded pleather saddle was good-looking and had just the right amount of cushioning.
- The build-quality was said to be excellent, solid and smart.
- A removable rubber restraining strap allowed parents to limit steering, for little beginners.
- The lightweight aluminum frame was durable, attractive, light and of very high quality.
- Assembly was said to be easy, with simple instructions and a supplied allen key.
- On the lowest seat height, the Alley Runner was small enough for children as young as 21 months.
- Various adjustment points allowed many settings for growth.
- The Alley Runner was often admired for its speed.
- Fat, grippy tires aided stability and balance.
- The Alley Runner was safe, featuring no sharp parts or bolts that could cause injury.
- Numerous parents praised the neutral raw colorway, that suited all genders.
- The geometry of the Alley Runner was seen as well considered and great for kids.
- An integrated, threadless headset proved long-lasting.
7 reasons not to buy
- A few owners saw the Alley Runner as ‘pricey’, while one expert just thought it was too expensive.
- A couple of parents said it was taller than other balance bikes, requiring the seat-tube to be cut down.
- Some parents would have appreciated the availability of additional colorways.
- The Alley Runner lacks a footrest for coasting, unlike some other balance bikes.
- A couple of reviewers felt that handlebar adjustment was limited, unless the stem was replaced.
- The inability to add brakes was a problem for some.
- The Alley Runner is sometimes advertised as having a carbon-fibre bar and seatpole, which is no longer true.