Early Rider Balance Bike - A Review
If you're looking for a bike which is environmentally friendly the early rider bike is definitely one to consider.
This article evaluates all the features of the early rider classic balance bike and the early rider lite balance bike and will help you decide if one of these bikes is right for you and your child.
The classic version of the bike is designed for kids aged from 2 to 4.5 years old.
The smaller version of the balance bike which is aimed at kids from around 20 months to 3..5 years which is the early rider lite.
The early rider lite is slightly cheaper, smaller and lighter and designed for younger children but shares many of the features of the classic version.
Early Rider Lite
(12 - 20 months)
Perhaps the unique selling point of the early rider balance bikes is that they are made of marine birch ply. This means unlike other balance bikes it is water and weatherproof so you don't have to worry too much if it's out in the rain.
The wood is made out of FSC certified birch. So the wood comes from a sustainable source.
The pneumatic tyres offer a smooth ride for young riders. On the Early Rider Classic there is a 14 inch wheel at the front and a 12 inch wheel at the back. On the lite version of the bike, the wheels are both 12 inch.
The bike weighs 4.5 kilos which isn't the lightest but should be fine for the kids the bike is aimed at to control. The early rider lite weighs less at just 3.5kg which is very light for younger users.
The minimum seat height on the classic is 31.5cm (12.4 inches) and the highest seat height is 39cm (15.35inches). f your looking for a lower minimum seat height, check out the early balance bike lite which has a minimum seat height of just 29.5cm and 38cm maximum seat height. This is perhaps the only area where the early rider balance bike falls down compared to some of their metal competitors. Like other wooden balance bikes the seat height hasn't got the widest adjustment range. Having said that if you buy the right seat height for your child at a young enough age and height than it should last you for quite a while.
If your looking for a lower minimum seat height, check out the early balance bike lite which has a minimum seat height of just 29.5cm and 38cm maximum seat height.
The reach on both bikes is also adjustable. On the classic the reach is 28cm-30.5cm and on the lite is 26cm-28.5cm