German Startup Releases Wireless Balance Bike Brake

Jan 10, 2022
by Alicia Leggett  

Remember when you were learning to drive a car and your driving instructor had an extra brake on the passenger side in case of trouble? Well, now there's a similar option for balance bikes.

MyStopy, a German startup, has created a remote-controlled brake that can be fixed to balanced bikes, allowing parents to stop their kids' bikes if they see them about to, say, ride into traffic or into obstacles.


The system includes a brake with an integrated rear light, a USB-rechargeable remote control, and a bracelet that holds the remote control. It has a range of about 100m and is straightforward to install, requiring only the removal of the seatpost and seatpost clamp, which then hold the mySTOPY in place when reinstalled. The MyStopy has a claimed battery life of 105 hours and is rechargable via a micro USB.

Currently, the MyStopy is compatible with German-branded Puky balance bikes at the moment, but MyStopy encourages fans of other brands to write in and make suggestions on which wheels they'd like to use MyStopy with in the future. As a brand focused on making products for children, mySTOPY also stresses sustainability in its manufacturing practices, sourcing components as locally as possible and using 60% recycled materials.

The basic kit retails for €59.99 including VAT. More information is available at mystopy.de.


125 Comments

  • 196 0
 Now parents can remotely trigger some sick skids
  • 81 0
 Will this fit on a Canyon bike, asking for my friend Richy.
  • 7 0
 @racecase: I also have a friend on a canyon that I could use this for.
  • 29 0
 Put that thing on the front tire for some good entertainment.
  • 17 0
 Remote OTBs
  • 1 0
 remote end-o for those bad boys
  • 1 0
 Yea slicks next for da kindar ;')
  • 1 0
 Or attach it to the front wheel for instant punishments
  • 134 2
 (In my best old man voice) Back in my day, falling was the best way to learn how not to fall.
  • 3 1
 AWESOME!!
  • 62 1
 username checks out
  • 6 3
 @mypinkbikeself: LOL! Lowkey hilarious observation/comment.
  • 62 0
 Riding into traffic builds character
  • 3 0
 @nfontanella: school of hard knocks
  • 7 2
 I'm guessing you'd be more likely to cause a crash than prevent one when messing with someone's brakes remotely
  • 14 1
 @nfontanella: this world clearly needs more darwinism not less ! Another "innovation" that will hurt natural selection damn it !
  • 3 0
 @nfontanella: exactly, these people have no idea.
  • 1 0
 @nfontanella: and police attention
  • 2 0
 @kilgore-trout: I just have to say, that is a top notch username you're rocking. Three cheers for Kurt!
  • 112 1
 In Germany we sure do know how to suck the Fun out of everything!
  • 8 1
 sex before marriage=verbotten. sex after marriage=compulsory!
  • 44 0
 "You vill schtop ven vee tell you too!"
  • 6 0
 As your two year old nose manuals away
U vill not i vill nevva shtop @sngltrkmnd:
  • 2 1
 best comment ever!!
  • 1 0
 @sngltrkmnd: I kann your Englisch total nicht understand X3
  • 45 0
 Can we get one with a wireless accelerator? "No brakes and pull up sweetie!"
  • 5 6
 I need this for my wife’s bike, she loves to try and stop/balance right where I say she needs to let off the brakes and let her wheels roll.
  • 3 1
 @unrooted: just have her check out mtbexp.com awesome group of women riders she might prefer to learn from
  • 37 4
 Does'nt seem necessary to me, if the kids wizzing along you braking for them could make things worse, plus they need to learn braking themselves. Teach them away from traffic and nasty obstacles and let em learn as we did, save your money and the need to create another gadget, battery disposal, more plastic and the like.
  • 4 1
 Good way to knock out those baby teeth on the bars though.
  • 11 1
 Cant learn to brake without brakes - most balance bikes dont have them.
  • 3 5
 @paulskibum: Then buy one with brakes?
  • 4 1
 @muddytreker every single kid and parent is different, i know this would have worked for my eldest daughter, not the youngest though.
  • 6 1
 Teaching a 1or 2 YO is the goal but for those panic moments when the kid picks up speed and is headed for a car/drop etc... and they are giggling to loud to hear you yell stop. I can see this having value.

Sorry but locking up the rear brake and skidding and maybe falling is far less concerning than riding into traffic and getting hit by a car.

This would have helped when my granddaughter pointed her balance bike down a steep hill and just disappeared so fast. I could have locked up her wheel before she went full speed into the black berry bushes. A bit of grass burn would have been much better than cuts to 50% of her body(diaper and helmet protected the rest) .
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: oh dude, sorry to hear that, hope she is better now. My daughter just switched from the balance bike to a 16 inch pedal bike, she can ride and pedal just fine, the brakes is what she hasnt been able to control, i run next to hear every time she wants to ride, but it is tiresome since she likes to pedal pretty fast and thats precisely my fear, not being able to stop her at the right moment.
On the other side i register the running part on my strava and it adds kms, elevation and time to my weekly targets, so i achieve them one or 2 days earlier. haha
  • 1 0
 @Narro2: all good and still ripping at 9 YO.
  • 1 0
 Just get em one of those backpacks that senses crashes or cars and turns you into bubble boy...it would be more fun to watch how far they bounce...and would probably scare the bejeezus out of em and make they start looking around more.
  • 2 0
 @mrkj221: you clearly havent had to buy one yet.. or even worse dont know the target user..
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: I agree with you, this thing looks pretty awesome, if only it was designed to suit more than just the puky! cant say that the puky was ever on my radar when looking for balance bikes and the 'dutch style' dropped frame doesn't seem, to me, to be the most universal style, surely it could have been put on the seat stays or seatpost somehow.
  • 1 0
 @Narro2: As is everybodys view and opinion different, mine still stands the same.
I would work around the need if only to avoid another battery gizmo being disposed of
after such a short user life, then theres what if I depended on it and it did not work ?
  • 28 1
 If this was a thing 15 years ago, Jackson Goldstone wouldn't have just signed a huge contract with Santa Cruz.
  • 1 0
 Or maybe his parents don't suck!
  • 18 0
 When wireless shifting and droppers came, everyone went "haha what if we did wireless brakes next?".

Well, here we are.
  • 16 0
 Wolfgang, slow down or mama will have to activate ze Ferngesteuerter Bremsassistent .
  • 3 0
 "Those Germans have a word for everything."
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: if they didn't have a word for it, it would bring them in Erklärungsnot.
  • 1 0
 @Kainerm: Boy, those Germans really DO have a word for everything.
  • 15 1
 Kid: Dad why didn’t you stop me before running in the street.

Dad: Sorry son I was texting.
  • 13 3
 As a parent of 3 groms there is nothing scarier then your kid ripping the balance bike, unaware of driveways, intersection, bike path traffic and later steeper sections of trail and the like... even at a young age they get going at much faster then jogging pace, which turns a leisurely strider stroll into an all out oh shit - panic sprint... this would happen all the time... and think if only i had a remote control brake.... well done myStopy!!!!!
  • 9 2
 Or they could just learn the way we all did. I dunno, I don't think this teaches kids anything. What happend to cause and effect, action and reaction. When I was a kid, I put my hand on a hot stove. Guess what!! I didn't do it again. Still here, and much wiser.
  • 10 1
 As a dad who heats with a woodstove this made me laugh! Whenever people with little kids come over they're always worried about the stove. I always reassure them, "Don't worry, they'll only touch it once!"
  • 3 1
 Agreed. One of my earliest memories is burning myself with a match. Literally burned into my brain.
  • 4 0
 @VtVolk: its not aimed at rural folk
  • 9 0
 This stuff comes too late. I already have back pain from running after hunched over
  • 11 2
 Perfect tool for the german 40+ helicopter mom. There ist no more hope for humankind!
  • 2 0
 yes, but there's hope .... at least there's a helping hand:
www.imom.com/4-ways-to-avoid-being-a-helicopter-parent

nr2. of 4 rules is a great one: Let them experience the consequences of their choices.
  • 1 0
 On the other hand, it's a perfect match for a bike named after being vomit-ey...
  • 1 0
 @RayDolor: you're right, pukey is a ridiculous name
  • 1 0
 @vhdh666: I'm not disagreeing but all 4 points in that blog post are the same point rephrased. The author must love to unnecessarily overcomplicate things.
  • 1 0
 @bananowy: exactly
same as Stopy is doing with Pukey
overcomplicate
  • 1 1
 @vhdh666: I don't know man... all this talk about "bubble wrap" and how it will stop kids from learning seems to assume 1-2YOs actually learn how to stop on their runbikes. They don't. Parents just run and grab them. I don't have my own kids but have seen enough friends sprint their arses off with backs hunched in a very unhealthy-looking way to stop disaster from happening when their kid gains too much speed in the wrong place.

Seems to me like this remote brake thingy mainly serves to save parents' backs and lungs. I think I'd use it for my own convenience, not for the kid's safety.
  • 1 0
 german heli-moms are on another level
  • 4 0
 First, and long anticipated family mountain bike trip to Whistler, day one. Riding down the steep hill from the ski-in condos to the Green Lake trails. Four kids ages 7-3 riding single file (with lots of space between them) and my wife and I next to them also on our bikes shepherding them along.

Oldest son (7) hits a bump and goes OTB and pile drives into the ground, the bike on top of him. Second son (5) can't avoid him and goes down in a tangle of boys and bikes. Daughter (4) also can't avoid and pile drives into her two brothers. All 3 are crying at the top of their lungs. Now I am yelling at youngest son(3) who was far behind on a coaster brake bike with training wheels to STOP! He slams on the coaster brakes, and skids when suddenly the rear tire fails and is shredded to ribbons. His bike brakes no longer work as there is no ground contact with the rear tire. His bike accelerates because of the grade of the hill, and he hits the three bike/kid pile up at speed and launches over them, and also ends up on the concrete. My wife and I run over to try and rescue 4 crying kids, blood everywhere and bent bikes.

Fortunately, the injuries were (just) bruises and lots of scrapes and cuts. If I had a video, it would surely have made a Friday Fails highlight reel. And Heck Yes - I would have liked to have some remote brakes back then!!

Good news, they all survived their bike trauma. All 4 are wonderful athletes. One son is an excellent mountain biker, still rides with dad, and daughter is planning to go to a Dirt Series co-ed camp with Dad this summer!
  • 4 2
 Why spend all the time writing this
  • 1 0
 @michaelbozof: so you didn't spend the time reading it, did you?
  • 1 0
 @waldo-jpg: no i dont really care about willy's children getting hurt and I dont know why you should either. The remote brakes would not have helped if the kid was going fast enough. He prob would have just skidded out and/or crashed anyway.
  • 4 0
 As a parent I can see the value. We used the pushbikes everyday to go around in in Zürich and I had to emergency sprint on regular occasion to stop them from crossing roads with difficult to read traffic. In such cases the « learning by crashing » approach is maybe not the most efficient…
I also understand that as long as one doesn’t experience such situations first hand, the stopper looks like a joke.
  • 7 0
 Drag Racing parachutes or GTFO.
  • 6 0
 *Installs "MyStopy" on the front wheel where it belongs*
  • 3 3
 No! Call it “My first OTB”.
  • 2 0
 My son was on a balance bike very early and no way would he have had the finger strength to actuate a mechanical brake to actually stop.

Put the button of this brake on the bars and you got a brake that even small kids can use with little force… other than that i see little advantage.
  • 2 0
 What a new idea.. Wait it's not... It's same like 2013 from Hungary.
hungarytoday.hu/minibrake-hungarian-invention-global-market-22845

This startup faild, becouse bad supply chain and other startup incubator things..

Hope you better luck and future
  • 5 0
 WOW Pinkbike your content sure is good today!!! keep it up!!!
  • 4 3
 Maybe it's a joke?

I have a theory about how Outside runs things: It's not about what's interesting or "good", but what promotes the most clicks.

That said, why in the effing hell do they keep posting so many team change notices?

Maybe this ^ is to feed the fantasy team folks?
  • 6 0
 @nurseben: You have a "theory" that clickbait articles are part of the business model?

Big if true!
  • 2 0
 @mi-bike: They don't call Ben the sharpest knife in the drawer for nothing!
  • 1 0
 @aka-bigsteve: you ride a push bike and I’m the sharp one, wahahahs!

Look at all the clicks this article got, it’s not about mountain biking, but it created conflict, generated clicks.
  • 1 0
 I wonder about modulation. No, seriously...sometimes my little guy gets whipping down an incline on concrete, and I'd like to just slow him down a bit. Side note - I wish they'd slack out the head tube angle on those things a little. Would make situations like the one described above a little less puckery. It's not like they have to worry about pedaling efficiency.
  • 3 2
 when are they going to make them for adults? teaching the gf to ride took close to 10 years off my life. and trying to convince her that she cannot in fact "nail that sick hit" yet was a chore in itself.
  • 2 0
 But for all we know this could’ve simply been a case of the blind leading the blind.. after 10 yrs of water bottles and high cadence agony she’s ready to throw down at all costs
  • 3 0
 Classic. Sicher (reliable) for dad and Einfach (simple) for mom. Also that light is nicely hidden behind the wheel:
  • 4 1
 Why are they making a product to encourage overcautious parents? What happened to “No pain, no gain”?
  • 4 0
 I ride with some adults who need this
  • 4 0
 Move over zee German fun police are here!
  • 2 0
 I ´d love to have this option included into some kind of bike lock. You know how satisfying if would be to see the thief going OTB
  • 19 16
 First ebikes, now this. I thought this was a mountain bike website.
  • 4 2
 wokeness
  • 2 0
 Perfect to add to your fast mates bike stealthily to slow him down at your leisure
  • 3 0
 And here I thought e-brakes had been a thing for close to 100 years.
  • 3 0
 ok, let's start 2022 with a bang LOL
  • 4 0
 Braking news!
  • 4 1
 This takes helicopter parenting to a whole other level!
  • 2 0
 Surprise stopping causes skid marks to suddenly appear in both the driveway and underwear
  • 7 4
 The f*ck is this doing on PB?
  • 3 0
 this is Outside or is it Pinkside or Outbike? Whatever it is isnt what it used to be
  • 2 0
 This technology will soon trickle down on MTB's.
  • 1 0
 @supermuck: a brake that wears down tyres.... doubt it
  • 2 1
 This is probably the least intuitive way for a toddler to learn how to ride a bike. A diservice for the kid and a piece of trash for the planet.
  • 2 0
 Frankly, its brilliant and if it was available when my kiddos were young I would have brought one.
  • 3 1
 I'm glad I grew up big wheeling. where does the bubble wrap pop out....
  • 3 1
 Germans doing german things
  • 1 13
flag BikesNRussets (Jan 10, 2022 at 20:57) (Below Threshold)
 *Breaks don’t work for Jewish kids
  • 6 0
 @BikesNRussets: seems spelling doesn't matter to racist yanks........
  • 4 2
 Well that's one way to get their baby teeth out
  • 5 0
 Can it be mounted on the front wheel???
  • 3 0
 [Hilarity ensues]
  • 1 0
 i want a full remote controlled balaance bike. treat my kid like an rc motorcycle
  • 1 0
 This is the most useless shit, it's like putting a cat on a roomba and using it to transport it.
  • 3 2
 Shouldn't this be no the PinkScooter website vs. here?
  • 1 0
 Seems skidz really are for kidz, whether they want them or not.
  • 1 0
 only 60 bucks that seems too good
  • 2 1
 Scooters are like Covid , annoying as fuck and never going away
  • 1 0
 They should make one for the front and call it “My first OTB”.
  • 2 1
 that's make insurance companies happy
  • 1 0
 Shitty invention. Leave the kids alone and let them learn.
  • 1 0
 Goodbye reckless fun, hello OH&S.
  • 1 0
 FunStopy
  • 1 1
 game changer for ridiculous asshats
  • 3 2
 Really Pinkbike?
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