12 Classic Balance Bike


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The Strider 12 Classic is our traditional entry-level balance bike. This simple and durable model is lightweight making learning to ride easy for first time balance bike riders. The Strider classic utilizes the basic characteristics as the top-selling Strider 12 Sport at an affordable price for the budget-minded family.

The 12” Classic is great for skill-building with features including adjustable seat and handle bar height, built-in footrests, and a plastic all-weather seat. Available in a selection of vibrant colors, the Classic is a great entry into the genuine Strider brand. Watch in amazement as your child transitions to a pedal bike without ever needing a tricycle or training wheels!

Strider Bikes are designed with a low seat height so children can start riding when they are 18 months old. The Classic will grow with your child up to 3 years old. If you are looking for a full-featured bike that can grow with your rider even longer, check out the Strider 12 Sport.

Strider® Bikes have taught millions of children how to balance and ride on two wheels—without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. With over 1 million sold, parents agree Strider is the top of the line balance bike brand!

The Classic model has a seat height range from 11-16", fitting children with an inseam 12-17".

* 4 - 5 years requires separate purchase of an XL seat post.

Strider Classic Features

  • Learn to ride and balance on two wheels without training wheels or pedals
  • Patented design is simple and durable for years of use
  • Maintenance free puncture proof tires
  • Lightweight with lowest seat height for the youngest possible starting age
  • Unique, built-in footrests for smooth, easy gliding and trick riding
  • Durable, all-weather plastic mini seat won’t rip or tear
  • Easily adjustable seat and handlebar height—tool included

    • Lightweight
    • Lowest Seat Height
    • No-Flat Tires
    • Handlebar Pad
    • Padded Seat
    • Toddler-Sized Grips
    • No-Tool Adjustment
    • Number Plate
    • Perf. Footrest
  • Classic

    • 6.7 pounds
    • 18 months to 3 years
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  • Sport

    • 6.7 pounds
    • 18 months to 5 years
    • Added safety
    • Better comfort
    • Better control
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  • Pro

    • ONLY 5.6 POUNDS!
    • 18 months to 5 years
    • Added safety
    • Better comfort
    • Better control
    • Racier look
    • Larger ride-on platform
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Wheels & Tires

Ultralight wheels have a five-spoke design with 10 bearing support gussets for maximum strength at the lightest weight possible. Cartridge bearings roll smoothly and never need adjustment.

EVA polymer tires are super light, durable, and have a smooth ride while never needing air or going flat.


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.

Strider 12 Classic is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 71.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely the love the Bike !!! Greyson and I have a blast tearing up the neighborhood. Bike is well built but still light enough for Greyson who just turned 2 years old. Can’t say enough great things about the bike . Can’t wait for his first Race ...
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love strider bikes. My son started riding his strider at 18 months old and still wearing diapers. This past year we have traveled all over Ny for BMX races. He loves it so much and puts in so much effort. He won the NYS race and is so proud of himself. Thank you Strider for the wonderful bike. Not only do my children get great exercise but it is building confidence.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING The Strider bike is amazing. The balance and coordination our two year old learned riding this bike made for a "big boy" bike without training wheels. I have bought this for a nephew who just turned two. Best beginner bike available.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome concept My 3yr old got has had his strider for a little over a year and has been in love since day one. He participated in the PA strider cup and came in 9th. He now rides a 14” pedal bike without training wheels and has no fear. Strider has given my son the confidence to ride and I love it. I have told everyone I know that the strider is a must have birthday or Holiday presents for a 1 to 1-1/2 year old....seriously go get one, you will not regret it!!!! Lastly, I don’t believe the strider just helps with bike riding, my son can run so fast due to the muscle and exercise he has gotten from this great item. He can keep up with kids twice his age. Thank you strider!!!
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything you read here is "True News"!! 3 years 9 moths old and my son just transitioned to a Trek 12" pedal bike. We took 1 lap around the block without the pedals and then put them back on. He was doing laps at full bore within 15 minutes. The Strider balance bike made the transition SOOOOO easy!! AND, because of the skills he learned on his Strider, he was able to start, stop, and negotiate turns without ANY intervention within 1/2 hour of riding his new pedal bike. Now my 1.5 year old will be starting the Strider.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Bike My 4 year old is riding a pedal bike and the best part is I didn't have to do any teaching to make it happen. Her Strider did all the teaching for me. She was so confident with her balance from her Strider, it only took a few minutes of getting used to the pedal bike and she was off. Can't say enough good things about Strider Bikes.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best gift ever received! My son received his Strider for his 1st birthday. We didn't put it together until he was 15 months. At first he would just sit on it each day and I would pull the bike around the house. Around 18 months he began to walk with it straddled between his legs and by 20 months he was striding. We worked with him and the bike every day (no kidding), but it was never forced, my son was so eager to play with his Strider from the day we opened it. Now he's 2 and we ride on average 3 miles a day. Great form of exercise for both child (and adult). We are so grateful for his Strider.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best purchases you can make for a kid Both of my daughters loved their Strider and were on a pedal bike by the time they were three years old. It took longer to find a pedal bike small enough for them than it did for them to learn to pedal. Striders are among the most light weight balance bikes on the market, which is an important factor to you little one. If you're on the fence about getting one, I hope this review convinces you to make the investment! They also have great resale value once your child is on to the next level.
Date published: 2017-06-16
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