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 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
    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®


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 266.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Independence is just a bike ride away! I bought this bike for my little cousin 3, years ago, and when she was outgrown the bike it was ready for my daughter to use! It was a little faded and the seat post was a little worse for wear, but strider sports fixed me right up with new stickers for after I painted and a new seat! I couldn’t be more happy with the customer service I received and I’ll never buy or recommend another brand❤️
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best balance bike ever! I bought this for my daughter who has low muscle tone. Af first she was apprehensive, but after she learned to just walk while kind of sitting on the seat, it was all over! She loved it! She is now 5 and was one of the first kids in the neighborhood, her age, riding with no training wheels! I am so proud of her! Now her little 2 year old sister rides it around the house!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome first bike! My 2year old grandson, took to it right away! I love that it supports learning balance...future BMXer in the making!!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience Bought the bike for my 20 month old grandson, although he is still warming up to it, the quality of the bike and customer service experience was top notch.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best birthday gift We purchased the strider and base along with helmet for our sons first birthday. Not a single day goes by where he doesn't get on it and practice his riding skills!! He is a natural thanks to Strider!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing to work with for adaptations! I can't say enough about Strider!!! We have 2 little guys - 3 and 1. The oldest has a limb difference. I emailed their customer service, and heard back from Ann immediately. By the end of the following week, we had a bike arrive at our front door, complete with a modified handlebar. In playing with the adapter, he surprised us and there were a couple things we had to change. Ann reached out to check on us, I mentioned our issues/changes with the adapter. Two emails later, we have another adapter on the way. I'm absolutely blown away by the dedication and determination of Ann and Charlie to get my child rolling. Wow! I've spent so much of these first 3 years advocating for him to have the same experiences as other 3 year olds. This is the first time I feel like I have teammates on the journey!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They will love it!! Can't keep my 3yo off it and he has to take it with us everywhere we go!! It's so cute he puts it in the trunk and even his 7yo sister likes to take it for a cruise!!
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 2year olds most prized possession My son received his Yamaha strider for Christmas when he was 10 months old. By the time he turned two he was riding with his feet up and has loads of self confidence and control. He also has the snow ski's for his wheels and enjoyed them this past winter. Riding comes second nature to him and I feel all kids should own a strider!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Child Should Have A Strider!!! My two grandchildren ate, drank and slept their Strider bikes!!! Jamie started on his at 13 months and went straight to his pedal bike at 3 years old without training wheels! He couldn't get enough of his bike!!! Our Charlie Girl took to hers with just as much joy!!! We became a dealer so we could give them away to children to spread the love of biking...best bike ever!!!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome bike! We got this bike when my grandson was 1 1/2. He is now 3 1/2 and prefers this bike over his pedal bike. He has better coordination and balance than any 3 year old. He now races on a bmx track and does outstanding! He also rides a PW 50 and a TTR 50. His Dad rides on the back, but he does all the steering and gas. This bike has taught him to balance and love to ride. He absolutely loves this bike and takes it every where with him! In this picture he has on his Strider jeans. The pads in them are a bonus that make him feel like he is in riding gear like his Dad.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bomnproof remarkably durable. Two kids. Skipped trainers all together. Just rode "trails" with my 6 year old. #bmx family
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well designed bike! My 20 month old son immediately took to the Strider Sport the second I unboxed it. He loved helping me put it together and couldn't wait to throw his leg over it and try it. Within days he was scooting around our house with ease. I am very happy I purchased the Strider Sport.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy play for great grand-ma Our little guy turned two. What fun just walking around the block. The Strider stays at my house so he has only used it 3 times but already knows how to steer and balance on seat just walking.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Bike We bought this bike for our 18 month son. He was unsure of it at first, but after his second and third ride he begs to get back on it. Great product and his favorite color!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Notch! My four year old and two year old love their Strider. The seat and handlebar adjust easily as kids grow. The bike is also very light - my four year old can carry and lift it herself. Better than a scooter and helpful with balance as they learn to ride a bike. Super fun!
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike and Customer Service! I ended up calling to confirm the mini grips would fit our Strider ST-4 and they will! Great Customer Service! If you're undecided about which balance bike to buy or even considering something with 3 wheels? Don't do it! Buy a Strider! The hand grips I just ordered are the only part we've ever had to replace. If your still undecided do some research on the difference in design of the Strider(Lightweight, durable, low center of gravity) and other bikes (heavy, poorly made, high center of gravity) like most bikes with training wheels. Buy a Strider! We're glad we did!
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Taught my 6 year old to balance I bought this bike after taking the training wheels off my 6 year olds bike. I couldn't hold him up and he couldn't balance or ride the bike. After 4 times on the strider bike, he was able to switch back to his regular bike and ride. It was amazing. I should have done this sooner!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have!! The Strider bikes are a must have for ltitle kids!! They are incredibly durable and well built. We have two boys who love riding their bikes. It is unbelievable how quickly they learn to balance a bike!! Highly recommend to anyone with young kids!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality balanace bike! My son never wants to stop striding! He picked this up so fast! And my 5 yr old was riding a pedal bike at 4 without training wheels! Although she missed her strider so much we bought her another just for playing around. Both participated in the Strider World Cup, it was adorable and all my son has talked about weeks before and now he wants to practice every day to do it again (he just turned 3). We love Striders!!! My little guy goes down hills and just sails, his balance is amazing bc of this little bike, so I'm happy we'll be able to skip training wheels again:) my son wants to ride this from sun up til sundown, definitely worth it!!
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best kid's bike!! Our 3 and a half year old has doneso well on this that we got a second one for our other son's 2nd birthday. We love them!!!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy seat! We bought this for our grandson! He loves it especially the comfortable seat!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike! It has been great to see our son grow and be more adventurous on the bike.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome bike!!! We have used the same bike for two children. I searched around to find the right bike and kept coming back to the Strider brand. Absolutely best choice! Our first child was not into it much but our second child has been going hard on it for two years now and it just graduating to a pedal bike this weekend as he races in his first Strider comp. Highly recommend this bike for any child starting out.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Kids! We gave this strider to our 2 year old for his birthday and it was an instant hit!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best first bike Our daughter has been riding her Strider since 15 months old. She now rides with both feet up and cruises easily. It still fits her over a year later and she still has room to grow because of all the adjustments that can be made.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Bike! We love these bikes and have boughten few through out the years. We love that this bike is lighter than the older models and that it holds up well to the normal wear and tear of kids.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome balance bike Our son is 2 1/2 now and has had his bike for a year. He didn't show interest in riding it until 8 months ago and loves it now. He has learned how to balance well on it. Thank you for a great bike!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike Great bike to learn to ride a bike with no training wheels. Great way for kids to learn to balance, get exercise and have fun!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from quick to learn on Our twins received their Strider's from Santa! And they love them and go every where on them.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Kids! Bought for our little boy when he was 1.5 years old and it has been the best purchase yet.
Date published: 2017-07-21
  • y_2017, m_11, d_18, h_22
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.3
  • cp_2, bvpage2n
  • co_hasreviews, tv_11, tr_255
  • 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