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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Strider 12 Pro. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
15 reasons to buy
- At 5.6lb, the 12 Pro was light enough for an 18 month old child to lift and carry.
- The 12 Pro’s ‘performance’ footrest had a wide area for feet to rest on.
- Maneuverability was increased, due to the lighter aluminum frame.
- Narrow grips with large ends are comfortable and stop little hands sliding off.
- The 12 Pro’s light weight allowed kids to move faster than on steel models.
- An aluminum frame boosted rust-resistance over that of steel models.
- After using a 12 Pro, some children trained onto pedal-bikes within minutes.
- The 12 Pro was easy to put together with a single, included allen key.
- A ‘pro-level’ race plate limits oversteer and bears an inspiring ‘number 1’.
- The 12 Pro, like other Striders, was seen as a great way to improve balance.
- Handlebar and seatpole adjustment was easy, using quick-release levers.
- Solid foam tires were completely puncture-proof.
- Owners said the 12 Pro was solid, standing up to drops and crashes.
- Plenty of room for growth was offered, with included long and short seatposts.
- Parents felt that the 12 Pro’s extra cost was well worth it for the weight savings over standard models.
6 reasons not to buy
- Some owners felt the 12 Pro was overpriced.
- A rear handbrake would increase security and assist training.
- Shiny foam tires rolled with less traction and ease than inflatable alternatives.
- The seat-tube, extending below the downtube, could catch on kids’ ankles.
- More colors than just silver and special editions would have been nice.
- Some parents were concerned that product registration required giving their children’s personal details.