12 Sport 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)

item #st-s4     User Manual

The Strider 12 Sport is the most popular Strider model. Durability and a wide range of features make the Sport perfect for itty-bitty riders starting out at 18 months to growing 4-5 year olds perfecting their balance and riding skills! With a decade of design evolution and manufacturing improvements, the 12 Sport is the best performance and value.

A step up from the entry level Classic model, the Sport includes additional features for both parents and children! The patented steel frame and puncture-proof tires require no maintenance. Seat and handlebar height are quickly adjustable without the use of tools. The popular Sport model has improved ergonomics, with built-in footrests and a padded seat sized perfectly for toddler hips. Mini-grips tailored for small hands improve control and a cushy handlebar pad looks great while improving safety. Available in an assortment of vibrant colors, the Strider 12 Sport quality and range will make your child’s Strider Balance Bike experience one-of-a-kind from beginning to end!

Strider Bikes are designed with a low seat height so children can start riding when they are 18 months old. The Sport features an extra-long seat adjustment range so it will grow with your child even longer, up to 5 years old!

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 Sport model has a seat height range from 11-19", fitting children win an inseam 12-20".

Strider Sport Features

  • Learn to ride and balance on two wheels without training wheels or pedals
  • Durable, functional, and packed with features for years of use
  • Perfect for growing kids with widest age range from 18 months to 5 years
  • Patented steel frame
  • Puncture-proof tires need no maintenance
  • Lightweight with lowest seat height for the youngest possible starting age
  • Unique, built-in footrests for smooth, easy gliding and trick riding
  • No-tool, height adjustments for seat and handlebar for perfect sizing
  • Ergonomically-designed padded seat for hours of comfortable riding
  • Mini grips with custom logo sized perfectly for little hands
  • Cushy handlebar pad for added good looks and safety

    • 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
  • Sport

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

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


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.

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.


Smaller, narrower, and lighter than a typical saddle, our padded seat allows for proper riding position and posture. The Sport model features a long seat adjustment range for growing children, allowing seat-height adjustments up to 48 cm (19 in).

Bar and seat clamps

Machined aluminum quick release allows “No Tools” saddle height adjustment 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.

STRIDER Sport is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 203.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike!
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strider to 16" no training wheels My 4 year old has been on a Strider since he was 18 months old, racing other Strider riders at the BMX track weekly. The balance and speed still amazes me. We recently upgraded him to a 16 pedal bike, before we left the store we had them remove the training wheels and install a kick stand. We knew he didn't need them, and didn't want them to be an option. Within 10 mins he was riding his bike with out help. If he would lose his balance he would lay the bike down like he would a Strider, no wipe outs. Within 3 days he was starting by himself. This was made all possible by his Strider and riding since he was 18 months old. I also have a 2.5 year old who I put on the Strider at 14 months, she has been riding at the BMX track since she was 16 months old. I believe in the Striders and promote them to everyone. My Mother In Law have a problem, we have 7 Striders between the two of us! So saying we believe in them is an understatement!
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike!!! Bought for our son a few months ago and cant keep him off of it. He absolutely loves it.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bikes My oldest started with a strider at about 3 and my middle child at 2. My oldest is now 6 and STILL loves his bike and my now 3 year old zooms on her bike and is very proud of being able to keep up with her big brother. These bikes are solid. We use them almost every day and I recommend them to everyone!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike! We bought this bike for an Easter gift for our daughter how is 3 and she absolutely loves this bike and rides is every day. Great balance bike that can grow with her.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gets Kids Ready and Balanced for a 2-Wheeler Young As a Mom of 3 and a pediatric occupational therapist, I can truly say that this bike is AMAZING! All 3 of my own kids learned to ride bikes at age 3 due to all of their time on their Strider. During the toddler years, which are the essential times to build balance and work on a child's vestibular system, this bike promotes independence while neurologically challenging kids in a fun and meaningful way. Thank you Strider!!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's Genius!!! The scary part about riding a bike is balancing. This bike enables them to get the balancing side of things down before they even try it on a pedal bike. I have three boys the older two rode a pedal bike by age 4(literally on their own) and my youngest at age 3 is super close to being ready for a pedal bike. So glad we got this bike for our kids !!!
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I would have got it sooner Bought the bike for my 2 year old son and within 2 months he is picking up his feet and coasting down hills. Have a bike with training wheels and he would get frustrated with it and not want to ride. With the strider he rides it almost every day and really gets really excited when we go to the pump track. Would recommend this bike to any kid that can walk.
Date published: 2017-04-13
  • y_2017, m_5, d_23, h_6
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_1.0.0-hotfix-1
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_9, tr_194
  • loc_en_US, sid_ST-S4, 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