Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate, better known as “EVA”, is the material used to create the foam rubber tires found on all Strider 12-inch balance bikes. This versatile material is also used for many different types of padding and equipment for various different sports such as ski boots, bicycle saddles, hockey pads and is typically used as a shock absorber in sports shoes. Why do we use EVA foam rubber and not the more typical pneumatic heavy duty rubber tires on our bikes? In short, EVA is lightweight and requires no maintenance. There are plenty of other reasons for using EVA tires as well, they are puncture proof, durable, and provide the best ride on all your toddlers’ different terrains. Just like our balance bikes at Strider we want to keep it simple and fun.
In order to keep the balance bikes as lightweight as possible Strider chose top of the line EVA tires to give little tikes the easiest start. Being half the weight as pneumatic air tires the EVA tires make the overall weight easy for toddlers to manage. As we like to note at Strider, weight is an important factor to keep in mind when choosing a bike for little kids to start out on.
Although EVA tires are lighter, you shouldn’t rule air tires out completely. Around the age of 4, when your child is more advanced and getting ready to make that transition to a pedal bike, pneumatic/air-filled tires can help adjust to the heavier weight of a pedal bike. Air tires are great for when your child is ready to start going off the beaten path. It provides good bounce and cushion to help them maneuver through tougher ground. Once they are ready for the transition the weight of a bike won’t be as new to them and they’ll be riding a pedal bike before you know it!