12 Sport Balance Bike


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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 with 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
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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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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 12 Sport is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 302.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love this product! This is the second strider bike we have owned. First child could ride a bike without training wheels at three. The second child is riding at two. Amazing product!! He has rode a strider bike since he was about a year and a half.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far, so GOOD! I bought this for my son who just turned 3 and so far, I can't get enough of all of his smiles and antics on the Strider 12 Sport! Up until now, he's been on 3-wheeled scooters and trikes, but now he's really moving! When we presented it to him on his birthday, he wasn't sure what to make of this new surprise, despite the fact that it was his favorite color (love all the color options, by the way). But after he opened up his other gifts, he threw a leg over and started chasing us around the house with it - Just like that! No coaching, no explanation; he got on and immediately got it! Now he and his older sister are in constant competition (weather permitting) outside in the driveway and on neighborhood sidewalks! Design and assembly are very simple and the quality is robust - perfect for little ones who are hard on their gear. Thank you!
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike for the hesitant kid! I bought this to get my 4 year old on a bike. He wasn't able to ride a bike with training wheels on the gravel roads where we live. He was hesitant at first, but now ia doing great at balancing the bike. It won't be long before he'll be on a regular bike, then I can put my 2 year old on thr balance bike! Also, I got this bike at a great price!
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality I bought this for my 2 year old granddaughters birthday, she loved it! We were impressed with the quality of the materials, it looks like it will take a lot of "love" and last for years! I plan to buy another soon for our next birthday girl!
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My "MO" as a Popo I bought this in December, for my granddaughter's second birthday. That's my "MO" as a Popo. Grandchild turns 2, they get a Strider of their color choice. 7 of my 9 grandchildren have reached the age of two so far. The bikes are a great tool for teaching them balance, steering and fun on a bike, and when they reach "pedal age", they can really take off. My older G-kids are now getting pedal powered bikes and have no problem riding them, thanks to Strider.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bike My 6year old has been trying to learn to ride a bike with training wheels for a several years now. He hasn't been able to get the peddling down so he kept getting frustrated. So I started researching other options and learned about Strider bikes. He actually enjoys learning to ride a bike again! And the customer service, I must say is AMAZING! The rims for the bike were both bent due to rough handling during shipment, I contacted the company and they were fast at getting me replacements.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't be beat! We have owned Strider​ bikes for nearly 7 years. The original is still going strong, with a few minor repairs. My children have never used training wheels, and have gained so much confidence. Two of my children were riding two wheel pedal bikes by age 4, and the youngest isn't far behind. So many friends' children are using training wheels well past kindergarten, and we're sailing along on two wheels thanks to Strider!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Bike! I bought 3 Strider ST-4 bikes for Christmas gifts for grandkids. My older grandkids grew up with Striders and allowed them to ride a pedal bike by 3 yrs. old. I BELIEVE IN STRIDERS . . . and do everything I can to see that little ones learn how to ride successfully . . . THE STRIDER WAY! Thanks Strider
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect bike for my 2 year old! This was a Christmas present for our 2 year old daughter. She absolutely loves it! Great for learning to ride and she has picked it up rather quickly. It has gone from riding I our house to riding it in the snow. Looking forward to getting the Strider ski attachments.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daughter Loves this bike! Bike was delivered about a week ago and it is the best purchase!!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it ! Best purchase of my life. My 2 yr old grandson loves it. Nice to have something loved this much and doesn't need batteries.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality built I bought this for my son as a Christmas gift and he loved it! Durable built, easy assembly.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Bought in December when deal was going only for the Suzuki sport. We are a Honda family but we respect the "GOAT" Ricky Carmichael #4. My son is already super fast on it and will be ready for spring and summer since he rides it inside. We have been looking at the ski attachment maybe next year. We will definitely be recommending you and your products to others.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great design-for assembly, fit, function I bought this for my 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter. It's been a real 'hit' for both her and her 4 1/2 yr old sibling. I think they both will be riding with "papa" for years to come by learning to balance and steer on the Strider Sport.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We LOVE our Strider Bikes!!!! My daughter is 4 and she got her strider at 18 months, my son is 2 and he got his strider for Christmas. Both of our kids have learned incredible balance and maneuvering skills from their Strider. We have to run to keep up with them. The bikes are very well made and ergonomically comfortable for my kids little bodies. We are so happy with our decision to go with Strider and our little ones have benefitted greatly. Thank you for making such an incredible product.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing experience I bought this for my son for Christmas to match his cousin. I was able to order with easy and they shipped it out so fast! I was on vacation when I ordered and with the holidays I thought it would take some time but we got it in like 4 days! Bike was so easy to assemble and my son is so happy! I will for sure do business again with this site!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! I bought the Strider 12 for my grandson and he absolutely loves it! The bike came on time and in perfect condition. Thank you!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have toy for young toddler, We purchased this for our two year old grandson. Within minutes he was riding his bicycle with the most joyful fun and enthusiasm. Highly recommend the sport model for tool less adjustments.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this bike I bought this bike for my daughter when she was 18 months old at first she kind of just walked with it. By the time she turned 2 she was going all over the place with this bike I can't even get her off of it. The bike overall is built well and just a great bike for the price. I just wish I would have bought this bike for my 3 older daughters. the bike is really easy to put together and even better you do not have to have any tools to adjust the seat or handle bar. They also have lots of other parts to really give it a personalized look. I would recommend this bike to everyone that is looking for an awesome bike for there kids.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very light Best christmas present for my almost 3 year old! High quality bike and very light, hes loving riding it around the house and trying to balance on it by himself.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My son loves it My son is thrilled with his bike. It’s made well and exceeds our expectations.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks like a tiny motorcycle. My two year old loves is and his uncles do too! He couldn't stand with it on his own at first but after 24 hours he's now walking with it unassisted both backward and forward!
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Christmas hit!!!!
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You can't go wrong with this bike We bought this originally for our 18 month old awhile back. After he perfected it he was on to a pedal bike at 4 years old (with no training wheels)! And good thing he was, because his little brother kept taking the bike to ride himself. Now I have my 2 year old on it and our 4 year old on a pedal bike. We are firm believes in what STRIDER is doing and highly recommend it to every parent/toddler.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great gift! We bought this bike for our grandson, but he hasn't had a chance to use it yet, it's for Christmas. However we have talked to so many who have one and they do not have any complaints, so we are excited to see what he thinks!
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bike. EVER I bought the Strider Sport model for my son when he was 2, my husband was skeptical because he didn’t have pedals. Our son is now almost 3 and has been LOVING his bike. He rides it every single day, he’s gone from walking his bike, to fast paced walk, to a full blown run. He’s been lifting his feet and coasting for quite some time now. I’ve has multiple compliments from older generations who also had doubts about this bike, tell me they LOVE IT and can’t believe how well our son is doing on it. I highly highly recommend this bike. My mother just purchased the Sport model for our daughter who is almost 2 ( she’s has been to short to touch the ground up until recently) I definitely plan to upgrade to the new Strider bike. P.s when we moved from Alaska to Georgia my sons Strider was packed in our luggage! :D it’s extremely lightweight.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for my 3-year-old I’m so happy we bought this for our son. He loves it and gets so much exercise now! He’s already learning to balance like a pro & loves keeping up with his brothers!
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Granddaughter loves it!!! An absolutely great little bike. She is already learning to balance on the first day.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall Best! My son is going on 3 years old. Strider is the fourth bike we've tried in one year and a half. FINALLY, we've got a winner! Not only is my son the most comfortable I have ever seen him on a bike, but the flow of the Strider is bringing out the very best in him.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Son taught himself What a Great investment. My son was not quite 18months old and Santa brought him this bike. He rode it every where., started by walking, seated and so on. He ride inside the house and it made no marks on laminate floors, then we would go around the neighborhood. Rode it Forever, then I bought him a pedal bike and he didn’t know how to pedal. So he used training wheels for a month then I took them off and literally gave him a little nudge and he was gone, he was 4 and riding a big boy bike, full of confidence
Date published: 2017-10-28
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