12 Classic Balance Bike


Free shipping on all orders over $50!

Please choose your bike color
*Free shipping on U.S. orders over $50
  (excludes Alaska, & Hawaii)

Designed for children
18 months to 5 years old

Child over 3 years? See the Strider 14x Sport

item #st-m4     User Manual

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
    View Strider®
  • Sport

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

    • ONLY 5.6 POUNDS!
    • 18 months to 5 years
    • Added safety
    • Better comfort
    • Better control
    • Racier look
    • Larger ride-on platform
    View Strider®

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 Classic is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 67.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to get started in riding and racing! Bought it for Christmas and my son has not wanted to get off since!!!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bike! We heard of the bikes through a friend All three of my kids love their Strider bikes. It took some practice but to see them zipping around now is awesome!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bike! When I first bought a strider bike for my daughter back in 2007, I thought it was crazy to buy such an expensive toy. I finally caved after talking to several moms who said they were the best! I am so glad that I listened. Both my kids have grown up with STRIDERS. My daughter got her strider when she was 2 and my son (who is 8 years younger than my daughter) starting riding his as he started to walk near his first birthday. My daughter used her STRIDER nonstop for 3 years and transitioned to a peddle bike in under 5 minutes with no training wheels. I remember learning to ride a bike was so stressful. My daughter never had to deal with that. When my son was born, we put it on our BABY REGISTRY because we knew how much my daughter loved her bike. Honestly most of the things I buy my kids are used sparingly. If I listed all of the items I have purchased my children (FROM BIRTH), the only thing they have used more than their STRIDER bikes is their bed - and that is debatable given how much they are on these bikes. My daughter used her strider bike solidly everyday for 3+ years. My son uses his daily! Part of the reason we got so much use out of them, is that I allowed them to use them both indoors and out. If you plan to really really use them outside I almost would recommend getting two - one for indoor use and one for outdoor use. We live in Chicago, and with the cold winters we just let them roll around inside on them. I honestly would recommend these bikes to anyone! They are light, but VERY sturdy. I never write reviews, but a good product deserves praise!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 2 year old loves it! I bought this bike for my 2 year old son after reading reviews on it and im sooo happy i did. From the moment he wakes up till he goes to bed all he talks about if riding his bike! It gives him so much confidence in himself and its so easy for him to ride it around. Great first bike!
Date published: 2017-05-19
  • y_2017, m_10, d_17, h_2
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.3
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_2, tr_65
  • loc_en_US, sid_ST-M4, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_strider

Get the "Learn to Ride Guide" by joining the Strider Bikes mailing list.

Side profile of a Strider Balance Bike