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12" Feature-Rich, Mid-Level Model
(Replaces ST-4)
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Ryan McFarland, Founder… "The 12 Sport model offers every feature a child (or parent) could want. It is the perfect balance of performance, options, and value, featuring more than 8 years of design evolution and manufacturing improvements."

This model is similar to the previous ST-4, but includes updated graphics and an extra-long seat post.


Unique 12.7mm steel handlebar is 43% smaller than standard to allow better control with tiny hands. Custom logo mini-grips are soft urethane with protective ends. Machined-aluminum quick release allows “No Tools” height adjustment from 46-56cm (18-22”).


Strider-exclusive, ultralight one-piece wheels sport a raised-letter, five-spoke design with 10 bearing support gussets for maximum strength at the lightest weight possible.

Top-quality sealed cartridge bearings roll smooth and never need adjustment.


The durable, all-weather mini-saddle is designed specifically for beginning riders and their tiny hips. Smaller, narrower, and lighter than a typical saddle, this seat allows for proper riding position and posture. ** The Sport model also includes a padded saddle and long XL seatpost to fit kids over 3 years and allows seat height adjustments up to 48cm (19”).

Bar and seat clamps

Machined aluminum quick release allows “No Tools” saddle height adjustment from 28-41cm (11-16”) for the perfect fit for your child.


Unique, frame-integrated footrests are properly positioned directly below the saddle for natural bike balance. This position also fosters the advanced ability to stand while gliding as well as pumping and jumping the bike.

Brake mount

Strider-exclusive rear brake mount allows the addition of a foot-operated brake once the kids are proficiently gliding with feet on the footrests. Brake sold separately.

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STRIDER Sport is rated 4.931 out of 5 by 87.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2 kids one srider: on pedals by 4 yrs and by 3 yrs Hello Strider, We love the balance bike! It’s awesome that the concept driving the first bikes, over 200 years ago, have come back for the wee tots. We have two boys, nearly five and nearly three, and both learned their two-wheeled balance on a strider. It was my vision that each kid would learn balance on the strider, and pedaling mechanics on a tricycle then the two would marry at the right time. Theo (born Jan, 2010) got his Strider for Christmas before he turned two and walked on it for nearly 6 weeks until he had his first glide – “weeeee” he said. He tried pedals (on a 12” bicycle) at 3 yrs. 5 months, and while he could do it, he wasn’t comfortable with it just yet. I borrowed the strider concept and removed the crank and pedals from that 12” bike, so that he could have a taller balance bike and so his 2 year younger brother (Owen, born Jan, 2012) could take over the strider (about 18 months). Theo transitioned onto a pedal bike at 4 years without ever experiencing the crutch of training wheels! Owen (adept at the strider, fully six months ahead of Theo), took to the strider practically instantly!! Just two months ago, having ridden a strider for over a year, Owen was exposed to a pedal bike. At 22 months old, I put him on a 12” pedal bike, walked with him saying, “pedal-pedal-pedal little guy, just like the tricycle” and he took off! He used his handle bar balance checks and rode a pedal bike, without training wheels at under 3 years!! He can also ride Theo’s 16” bike, albeit his feet are a good 6-8 inches from touching the ground, but he can RIDE it! I’ve included a video compilation (it’s 8 min but stick with it ;) of Owen’s bike-learning year. Oh, and Owen was born with a critical congenital heart defect requiring open-heart reconstructive surgery at 10 days old. He also has an underlying neurological condition affecting the stability of his eye muscles, so while he now has glasses to correct astigmatism and myopia, he mostly only uses one eye for all his antics. He pretty much goes all-in all the time, smiling! Thank you strider!! While there are other balance bikes on the market, I strongly feel that the design and engineering behind Strider is superior. It has the lowest minimum seat height yet extends high enough for an older toddler; with the narrower handlebar, smaller grips and light-weight frame geometry, it allows very small children to manipulate and maneuver the bike with little effort, more of a reflex than a process. I feel it is the best balance bike on the market. Mark Weissinger Moab, Utah http://youtu.be/NrCr_3nYkeE
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best way to start little ones As a rider myself I understand the concept of forward progression and balance. We started our 18 month old boy on a Strider and within a few tries he grasped the idea. Now on our 2nd child she has reached the same age this time for our little girl we again chose the Strider with its low stand over height, easy adjustments and of course it's pink color we are excited to watch Team Walter stride together!
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Parent Approved and Kid Tested First Bike I’ll be honest. This is not his first bike. But it is the first bike he can actually ride. All other bikes that we have either been given or bought have all been too heavy for him to ride. He just wasn’t strong enough. Not so with the Strider bike. We love this Strider Sport Balance Bike – my son jumped on it and is starting to pick up his feet to balance. Soon he’ll be bombing down the street with his feet up. In no time, he’ll graduate to a bike with pedals. That is why the Strider balance bike is so awesome – it will help my Little Man be able to ride a pedal bike before he’s three. Amazing! We actually used this method with my Princess. But she was five! We simply took off the pedals of her existing bike and she learned to ride it by balancing. My son could never be strong enough to do this with his big boy bike in the garage. This is why I am so glad that Strider sent this bike for us to review. The Strider Sport Balance Bike has some amazing features I love: Handlebar – this smaller handlebar is great for my Little Man’s small hands. Wheels – the lightweight wheels make maneuvering this balance bike so easy for my guy. Plus, the tires don’t need air and will never go flat! Seat – our Sport model incuded an XL seat for kids 3+ but my Little Man loves this seat more. I love that the seat is adjustable and will grow with him {plus, you don’t need tools to adjust it!} Footrest – though he has not yet used this feature yet, I am sure when he gets even more comfortable on his balance bike he will be resting his feet and coasting along, Our only problem right now is that he always wants to go outside to ride his bike. Always. So in this Fall rainy weather, when I don’t want to stand in the rain, I am stuck making him happy.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Balance Bike! I got the Strider Sport (12") for my 2 year old Nephew "D", and he loved it the moment it was put together! Instantly deciding it was time to get on any play, as well as consider it his Motorcycle! He improves his skills in balance every time he uses it, and will probably be riding a bike by summer time with how well he's doing! I am considering getting the bigger Strider Sport for myself now! Considering it's been 18 years since I could last ride a back, and the last time I attempted to I had terrible balance and got scared! Great quality, awesome bike, quick to put together and just get up and move. I wish I could have had something like this when my oldest four kiddos were smaller!
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the money for a quality product! ! $ I bought this for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday & she loves it!!!
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 3 year old son LOVES it! This is my sons second balanc bike, but by far the best one! I love the fact it comes with two seats, as he is almost ready for the larger one. I love the ease of the adjustments on the seat and handle bars. Love that I can add a break! This bike with grow with him! The only down falls I've seen so far is one, the bike frame scrapes on a curb when he goes on and off the side walk so after only a couple weeks it has scraped off the paint. And the other thing are the blots that hold the back wheel on hit my sons legs or feet when he's moving along. At first it bothered him but he quickly learned to not hit it and now it's not an issue, I wouldn't let this part of my review deter you from getting a strider bike! Overall my son and I both LOVE this bike!! he rides it every single day, either in the house or outside!
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this for my independent son! We love our Strider Balance Bike because it’s teaching our already-independent son to work hard at what he wants (riding on two wheels) and problem solve how to get from point A to point B! He has already moved from sit-walking to sit-running! We aren’t quite ready to coast down a small hill yet, but when it warms up, we will work on it more! Strider Bikes are an excellent Christmas or birthday gift for any child who needs to learn to ride a bike with confidence!
Date published: 2014-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Product - helped my daughter! My youngest has been scared of riding her big kid bike without training wheels, but is more than old enough to learn. When I received the STRIDER bike for review - they thankfully sent an additional seat with a longer/taller adjustment for her to use since she was 5 when she first started riding her STRIDER. After just a few weeks of riding around in our driveway and down our street on the STRIDER, she asked if I would help her ride her big kid bike. She started pedalling within just a few moments of my help and now rides like a pro! It only took her one afternoon of practice and she was off down the street on her own. All it took was a little time on the STRIDER learning to balance, and get the confidence she needed! I love this STRIDER bike and highly recommend it for all young ones to start riding on. I wish we had used one much sooner as I honestly believe she would have been riding a pedal bike much sooner if she had first learned on a STRIDER instead of training wheel. Now, she has just today moved up a size of bike and is tearing up the neighborhood with her sister and friends and has even asked when our family can all go on bike rides together. I now have a hard time keeping her home, she is always off on her bike somewhere - Thanks STRIDER! *I received a free product for my review - however all my reviews are my personal and honest opinion!
Date published: 2014-06-06
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