Strider 12 Sport

87/100
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Facts

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Weight
6.7, 7 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Strider 12 Sport. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

12 reasons to buy

  • The Strider trained kids onto pedal-bikes with no need for training wheels.
  • Owners said this bike was durable, lasting 4 years and as a hand-me-down.
  • With two seatpost lengths, the Sport had plenty of room for growth.
  • The Sport was light enough for kids to carry by themselves.
  • Most folk found it easy to assemble the Sport.
  • Multiple colors offer options for most kids.
  • There are a lot of reports of customer service being helpful.
  • A lot of kids were eager to ride the Strider, day after day.
  • Many parents saw the Sport as a great way to improve balance.
  • With quick-releases, adjustment of handlebars and seatpoles was easy.
  • Solid foam tires omitted punctures and the need for pumping.
  • It was said that the Sport was both solid and sturdy.

10 reasons not to buy

  • Testing detected excessive amounts of harmful chemicals in the Sport’s grips!
  • Solid foam tires were slippery and lacked traction on some surfaces.
  • Rust was apparent on new bikes and quickly spread on exposed areas.
  • Buyers were saddened to find bushings, not bearings used in the headset.
  • For some tikes, handlebars were stiff and difficult to turn.
  • A few parents felt the Sport was overpriced, considering the build quality.
  • Wheel bearings failed after 6 to 11 months, in a couple of cases.
  • The seatpost extended below the downtube, striking some kids’ running feet.
  • In two cases, the Sport arrived with a folded-in headtube.
  • Stickers on some editions came wrinkled and peeling, but rarely.

Bottom line

Strider are heralded as pioneers in the balance bike world. The 12” Sport is probably the most popular model available. It’s definitely been responsible for initiating a love of cycling and for training many toddlers to ride a real bike without the aid of training wheels. It does seem critical to mention that a German laboratory found excessive amounts of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and naphthalene in the Strider Sport’s rubberized grips. These substances are suspected to be carcinogenic. With increased awareness, it seems likely that Strider will replace these with a safer substance. In the meanwhile, you will want to replace them by yourself. Weight and cost are kept low by using bushings instead of bearings and solid foam tires instead of inflatable rubber. However, these tires are accused of being slippery on certain surfaces and in the presence of the slightest moisture, causing slips and accidents. This led some parents to see the Sport as overpriced. Despite this - and even though reviews seem to be duplicated across many websites - it does seem that the Strider Sport has received many glowing reviews.

Expert Reviews

62/100 based on 2 expert reviews
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Made for Mums
Level 1 expert

Strider Balance Bike Review

Level 1 expert

…this featherweight model is the ideal starter bike as it facilitates independent riding quicker than a pedal bike… My only complaint is that there’s no handle…

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test.de
Level 1 expert

Balance Bikes Tested: Three Good, Eleven Poor [German]

Level 1 expert

The Strider Sport offers good driving dynamics and seating comfort… The poor overall grade ultimately results from proven pollutants in the handles; PAH values and naphthalene are too high.

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Two Wheeling Tots
Level 1 expert

Strider Bike

Level 1 expert

For ages 2.5 to 4, the Strider Sport is a better purchase… Older and more adventurous riders will likely benefit from the air tires and hand brakes offered by other brands.

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The Bike Dads
Level 2 expert

Strider Balance-Bike Review

Level 2 expert

It’s light weight and low seat height offer a really affordable option… For kids 3 years plus you may want to look at other bikes that offer pneumatic tires, sealed bearings, proper headset, handbrake and aluminium construction.

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Bike Exchange
Level 1 expert

The Balance Bike Group Test

Level 1 expert

It has the lowest standover height of all bikes tested… with the low weight it’s the perfect choice for children starting out… covering the wheel bolts would greatly improve safety.

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User Ratings

98/100 based on 2880 ratings
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#4 Best Balance
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