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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Strider 12 Classic. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
16 reasons to buy
- Many owners have praised the Strider for successfully teaching their children to ride a bike.
- Striders are intentionally lightweight, making things easier for tiny riders.
- After training on a Strider, transitioning to pedals was said to be easy and intuitive.
- The Geometry of the Classic was well thought out. The positions of the saddle, bars and footrests made for a good fit for toddlers.
- The Classic is designed to allow for growth, accommodating 18-month to 3 year-olds.
- Customer service was universally lauded for prompt and attentive responses.
- Some parents described the Classic’s build quality as top-notch.
- On the Classic; both the handlebars and seatpole are easily adjusted, for growing riders.
- The solid foam tire is puncture-proof and grippier than cheaper plastic types.
- As the base model, parents appreciated the Classic’s low price.
- Experts note that Striders are ‘function-driven’. Buyers aren’t paying for frills.
- The Classic is widely available from both physical and online stores.
- It’s gentle enough for indoor use, but sturdy enough for rough outdoor roads.
- Assembly was almost always easy.
- The Classic now comes with a longer, padded second saddle to aid growth spurts.
- One owner said the Strider was tough enough to withstand their car driving over it.
8 reasons not to buy
- The foam tires were less durable than pneumatic rubber.
- Plastic bushings, rather than bearings, are used in the headset and wheels.
- A number of owners received handlebars that were too stiff for children to turn.
- Notoriously for some users, the clamp for the steering handle did not fit.
- Some buyers saw the Classic as overpriced, considering the foam wheels and bushings.
- Two owners did not receive handlebars with their Strider.
- The hard plastic saddle was seen as too firm by some parents.
- Some 3 year-olds were apparently too tall for the Classic 12”.