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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 12 Classic Balance Bike Red - SKU: ST-M4BL-SPECIAL , UPC: 848953000643
Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike Blue - SKU: ST-S4BL , UPC: 848953000612
Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike Green- SKU: ST-S4GN , UPC: 848953000629
Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike Pink - SKU: ST-S4PK , UPC: 848953000636

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 77.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great investment!!! We bought this balance bike for my son when he was 18 months. At first he just walked around with it and eventually he was sitting on the seat and cruising. He really picked it up by 2 and by 3 he was pedaling a peddle bike! Now he’s riding his pw50 dirt bike with NO training wheels and he’s only 3. I seriously have to give SO much credit to his strider bike for that. Such a great investment! :)
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product and customer service Bought a Strider Classic 12 for my 18 month old and he’s picking it up slowly but surely. Very impressed by the build quality and functionality, it exceeds my expectations. Found that the headset was missing a part and the customer service representatives helped me quickly and efficiently to find the perfect replacement. Thanks Jenn! Kind regards, Simon.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Bike Great Bike My son was approximately 20 months old when he started out on the strider bike. At age 2 my son started riding his pedal bike (no training wheels) like a pro. Now I have to try to keep up with him.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! My son was born without a fully formed right hand, I actually doubted he’d be able to ride a bike without a full grip. I bought him the strider when he was 2 1/2 and there was no stopping him!! At 3 years and 2 months old, he jumped on a 2 wheeled pedal bike and without any assistance, he rode halfway down the block. It was just amazing. I tell everyone I know with young kids to buy a strider and only a strider!!
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best first bike ever!! We gave this bike to our son last Christmas (2016) when he was 2.5 yrs old, he loved it from day one and was trying to balance by day 3! Thanks to this bike he has learned to balance quickly and just enjoy the outdoors! He rides it around the park, to school, and even down the mountain hills when I go hiking. This Christmas he received the 14X Strider and he was able to go straight to the pedals the first week at 3.5 yrs old! We are thrilled with his balancing skills and his overall confidence. Thank you Strider!!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great gateway bike and way to burn off energy. I got this for my son at 16 months, and at first he just walked with this between his legs then at 22 months it clicked and he was looking for hills or any other excuse to keep his feet up. Now at 3 years old he loves to go mountain biking with his strider. Just watch out as there are no brakes other than feet.
Date published: 2017-12-26
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
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