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Two Unique & Very Expensive Balance Bikes for Little Shredders

Mar 3, 2022 at 9:24
by Ed Spratt  
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At the end of 2020 Specialized launched its very light full carbon version of its Hotwalk strider bike, but recently two other brands have created some new balance bikes that could rival it for expense and weight.

Firstly there is the Cycles Léon 12" balance bike built using the brand's expertise with titanium that also features a lightweight carbon fork and wheels. Cycles Léon has paired this to aluminum bars, stem and seatpost for what is a very clean and futuristic looking bike. When creating its titanium balance bike, Cycles Léon decided to only make 10 available to purchase for a price of €1100 or around $1200. For this cost you get a bike weighing just 2.5kg, which if you are counting grams, is 400 grams heavier than the Specialized but it does get bonus style points for having a titanium frame.

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An even more exclusive balance bike we have spotted recently is this nearly completely custom build from Light-Wolf. The German custom bike and wheel building company wanted a project to keep them entertained through the winter so decided to order a complete carbon balance bike from AliExpress. Once it arrived, they stripped it down and started a very special rebuild that barely left any of the original bike outside of the frame.

The original balance bike from China already matched the Specialized Hotwalk at 2.13kg but by the end of the project Light-Wolf had managed to cut 13% of the weight and the final build hits the scales at a tiny 1.8kg.

Light-Wolf's build is not for sale but we can bet it would be very hard on the wallet. One benefit Light-Wolf does mention with this special bike is it is a lot easier to carry once your child has become too tired to ride.




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  • 404 116
 TBH I find crap like this mildly offensive given the suffering in this world. If someone has this kind of money to throw away they should buy the kid a Strider and give the rest to an aid organization. That kid will never know the difference but the kids that need medical aid, food and shelter sure the friggn heck will.
  • 70 18
 Agreed. Or they could donate Strider bikes for kids who wouldn't ever get one.
  • 152 8
 Kind of like most adult bikes no? How many people will actually notice the 10g theyre fancy new carbon frame saves that cost 3k? Or when people upgrade to the latest phone every time its out? Or people that buy branded t shirts instead of supermarket ones?
  • 58 37
 what does markkarlstrand think should be the maximum amount that is allowed to be spent on a balance bike?
  • 43 49
flag bman33 (Mar 3, 2022 at 10:32) (Below Threshold)
 @14pslope: Exactly. What does markkarlstrand think the maximum amount allowed to be spent on a home, a car, clothing, food, laptops, etc. etc? Love how some people just LOVE to spend (steel) other peoples money.
  • 33 8
 Hoes mad
  • 60 11
 Agreed. Good thing the rich who are pulling all the political strings are keeping everyone distracted by conservative vs liberal battles. Meanwhile have a look at the historical tax rates for corp's and the wealthiest tax brackets. They claim trickle down, but it's really trickling up. While the "american dream" fads into the rear view mirror, the rich are pooping in golden toilets, wiping their asses with $100 bills and laughing at the homeless and people working 3 jobs just trying to afford rent. Let freedumb ring!!
  • 10 8
 @14pslope: The number should probably be derived a factor of the number of children forced to live in poverty and no know where their next meal comes from.
  • 96 82
 Sorry, but how much money I make and how I spend it is none of your damn business.
If you're so high and mighty about this idea, why do you even mountain bike? That's money that could be used to send to starving children. Same for your computer or anything else frivolous you've ever purchased. Sell your computer while you're at it.

I swear, some people are such obnoxious White Knights that they don't even stop to think about how hypocritical they are.
  • 6 4
 @bman33: I can’t tell if this is supposed to be a pun about overpriced boutique steel frames, or a criticism of the concept of redistribution of wealth, which you believe is to steal from the wealthy?
  • 40 0
 Silly rabbit, these bikes aren't for the kids, they are for the dad's to brag about to their riding buddies. I agree completely with you however. Ours had a strider and loved it...because it was bright green. lol.
  • 1 0
 @RaceReadyBraking: first one is circa the cost of a pair of ee wings - bit of perspective needed I think
  • 10 9
 You'll be easy to spot on the trail, decked out in finest Walmart attire riding a Huffy and being pursued by every charity under the sun.
  • 30 11
 @nickfranko: No, but I should have a say in how much you and I are taxed, and I would argue that currently, the tax system is massively skewed to favour those making 150K +
  • 3 11
flag scary1 (Mar 3, 2022 at 11:13) (Below Threshold)
 @nickfranko: ex-ACTLY
  • 30 7
 I really hope everyone bitching about the price of this is riding a 1995 Stumpjumper. The whole world of high end cycling is a very expensive one. We are quick to say shut up and take my money on a 5-6k bike or a 2k wheels set, but, fuck a kids bike, we could save the world with the money on a kids bike. We could save the world with the money we spend on smart phones but we all have one.
  • 19 12
 At the very least, Pinkbike doesn't need to bother profiling this bullshit. For most people, we don't even want to see this. Those that don't care, won't miss it. Those that care about this crap will seek it out anyway.
  • 9 2
 Agreed. It's what I think of when I see $600 million yachts.
  • 25 27
 Haters going to hate. Here we go again. Any uber expensive bike, bike part or anything more expensive than minimum wager can afford. If you find this offensive, your the problem. If you have a lot of money, do whatever the F you want with it. No one in a FREE world should ever feel obligated to give to any charity. Would it be nice, sure, but its their money. If your OFFENDED, even mildly, F off and work harder to donate to these charities you think others should donate to.
  • 22 6
 @islandforlife: You have a choice to open the article on your news feed,
You also had a choice to read the article,
And then another choice to comment on it.

I’m willing to bet that the hits that PinkBike got on the speckalized carbon strider bike, made putting this on their front page a no-brainer.

You’re welcome to make different choices, and not engage in any item that you find not to your liking. I however enjoyed skimming the article, looking at some super cool strider bikes, and thought, lucky kids get to rip some super cool strider bikes…..

Make better choices for yourself
  • 3 1
 @sunringlerider:
I get your point, but there are several much more practical balance bike for kids.
What looks like limited adjustment is a concern straight away, kid grow very quickly.
Decent manufacturs also have a range of sizes available, a back brake is also a helpful addition.
  • 9 17
flag suspended-flesh FL (Mar 3, 2022 at 11:54) (Below Threshold)
 KIDS DON'T NEED A RIDE - THEY NEED AMMUNITION

#godforgiveme
  • 4 12
flag islandforlife FL (Mar 3, 2022 at 11:55) (Below Threshold)
 @onawalk: "Make better choices for yourself" yet also thinks this article has "super cool strider bikes". I'm more than ok with my choices... haha.
  • 14 0
 This is clearly an effort by the deep state, big cycle, and Outside to desensitize our children to the costs of modern bikes, so that when they come of age, they don't flinch at the notion of dropping $10k for an NX build. It's all part of the long term plan... bastards!
  • 8 4
 @islandforlife: im not sure I understand your reply.

You were originally griping about how Pinkbike shouldn’t include this in their news feed..
I pointed out that you had several opportunities to ignore it, but you didn’t (making questionable choices for yourself)

I think it showcased some cool strider bikes
  • 3 3
 @nickfranko: hear hear - well said!
  • 1 0
 @Wyndbrook: oh ya even it was that rich I wouldn’t own one. My daughter have a 12” Commencal and has out grown that and is on a 14” Commencal. The Ramones is a bad ass little bike.
  • 15 8
 So just to be clear. Everyone upvoting this is donating all of their disposable income right? You all bought an aluminum bike with entry level componentry and donated the difference to a starving children organization right?
  • 16 6
 @markkarlstrand; when did you become so self-absorbed that you feel the need to announce what offends you on a bike forum?
  • 12 11
 @woofer2609: so, I work hard and prepare myself to be qualified for a high-paying job because I have a penchant for big houses, boats, vacations, etc., and you think I should pay a higher percentage of my income than the guy who chose to work a lower paying job?
I’d love to hear your justification for that…
  • 12 1
 By that logic, shouldn't we all sell our bikes and donate the money to a good cause? Lord know most people ride crap that I was riding on a steel rigid bike 30+ years ago, so all our flashy new bikes aren't really necessary. And we can also hike the same trails we ride, so any bike is really a waste and we should return to our feet and give our hard earned money to people who need it more than we do...OR....who cares how people spend their money? I bet a little kid would know the difference between 2 bikes, when one is more than double the weight of the other and a noticeable percentage of their body weight. Sure as hell makes more difference to their little bodies than dropping $5k to save a 2 pounds on a bike for an adult.
  • 5 3
 @14pslope: more like KharlMarksTrand....
  • 24 3
 @nickfranko: People never hesitate to slide down your slope. Some things are reasonable and some are not but we get to choose where to draw that line. Frivolousness is subjective, and if you want to be as ass about how resources in this world are allocated that's your right but you'll still be an ass.

"If we shouldn't have a strider bike, why should I have electricity? I should be making as much money as possible through ethical channels and giving it all away! Hell, I shouldn't have children because they're a huge expense and I could use that money to better the lives of others! Even better, I should kill myself because I use so many resources that would be better served helping others!" Flip the easy fallacy in the other direction and you start getting stuff like, "With all that money, why doesn't Jeff Bezos buy all of the avocados from Mexico just for the heck of it?" Yeah, he could do it and it wouldn't be infringing on someone's rights—they're selling and he's buying—but it would still be an a*shole move that decreases the welfare of others.

That's what all this sounds like, and yeah, you could do all of those things, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that a carbon strider bike for something that barely knows it exists is less important than helping out someone who is struggling. Be the nice person who decides to buy the cheaper strider bike and give a little of that income away. Also, people who don't talk about how much they make are either ashamed that what they do isn't worth what they're paid for it or they're trying to keep someone else from making more. Don't buy a carbon strider bike, and while you're at it don't make one either.
  • 5 2
 Do you say the same thing to people with expensive cars, or houses bigger than they need? There are more reckless things people could spend the money on.
  • 12 5
 @markkarlstrand I find your house to be too expensive. Your bike. Your shoes. The dinner you put on the table. You should live in a shanty while not owning a frivolous MTB and wearing no shoes and serving your family a potato (not baked because that costs money) for dinner so you can give the rest of your money to those who need it more. Sound stupid to you? Now you know how you sound to me.
  • 5 1
 @RaceReadyBraking: the difference is most adults don't grow out of their mountainbike frame in a matter of a year or two. so this is essentially a spendthrift purchase on something with an incredibly limited window of use. I agree with OP, this is just some cycling company trying to capitalize on the ugly consumerism of the uber rich.
  • 4 3
 @SprSonik: the kid will outgrow the bike in a matter of a few years. this is akin to buying a toddler $12,000 sneakers. sure you're free to spend your money however but don't be surprised when you draw scorn, and don't delude yourself into thinking that there is some comparability between luxury ego spends and a bike a grown up buys themselves and owns for a decade.
  • 6 14
flag wobblegoblin (Mar 3, 2022 at 14:13) (Below Threshold)
 @Caligula1620: it must suck for people that think $1200 is a lot of money.
  • 4 8
flag Caligula1620 (Mar 3, 2022 at 14:36) (Below Threshold)
 @unrooted: it must suck to try and burn someone and misread the amount.....
  • 2 3
 @Caligula1620: not really,
Willing to bet that titanium strider bike lasts way beyond your current bike. Prolly past down through several kids, might even be way better maintained in the process.
We tend to take better care of those costly investments, than the dollar store ones.

So, a way better value than the expensive sneakers, and even exaggeration your $12,000 sneaker is a pretty silly comparison.
  • 6 1
 @Caligula1620: I think @unrooted was noting the original cost of the strider in the article…
  • 1 2
 @Caligula1620: lol!! Tell us how it feels...
  • 2 1
 @onawalk: I'm not sure I understand your not understanding.
  • 13 6
 Wow, I don't think more than a single person has ever replied to any comment I've made on a PB article. I guess I struck a chord. This was an off the cuff over-simplified comment shaped by top of mind issues, but I stand by it. We can all probably do a better job balancing funding our own needs/wants and giving to those less fortunate than we. Carry on...
  • 2 1
 @nickfranko: He might be hypocritical, but that doesn't make him wrong!
  • 1 1
 Dumb take is dumb.
  • 10 2
 @gks333: You seem to mistakenly assume that wealth is distributed in accordance with how hard you've worked... There are some well rich well lazy people and vice versa.
  • 8 13
flag Boxmtb FL (Mar 3, 2022 at 15:18) (Below Threshold)
 @markkarlstrand: We live in America and its our choice how we spend our money, If you want to give all your money and give to the poor, good for u. But if one day we can't buy expensive bikes, the next its cars and houses, the next its electricity and water, where do you draw the line. This isn't communism.
  • 13 0
 @A-HIGHLY-EDUCATED-PROFESSIONAL:
Thank you. I was trying to add a similar thought to this conversation, however, you have done a far better job at saying what I was trying to, so just wanted to say thanks.

For the rest of the reading public, I will politely add, if you are commenting here as someone who
a) was born into, and has only lived in, what may be loosely termed a "liberal western society" and
b) believes in the inalienable rights of the freedom of the individual,

then I would tentatively suggest that were you to leave, and spend a significant proportion of your life living in a society born out of, and built upon a different cultural and historical tradition, you may begin to see the potential advantages not only to others, but also to yourself, of alternative viewpoints based on tempering one's personal desires with a recognition of one's place within a wider community.

This is not to say you should, nor are under any obligation to do so, since I, nor anyone else, have the right to tell you what to do with your life, or your money.

I bid you have a fine day, and hope you are reading this from a place more peaceful and stable than some find themselves today.
  • 13 16
 @JapanDave: That's the beauty of being raised in a "liberal western society that enjoys the inalienable rights of the freedom of the individual". It allows us the freedom to look at other cultures and societies to determine that the USA is by far, the best, and ultimately, the only way humans can truly enjoy their inalienable right of freedom. That is, until our corrupt government starts to compel us to do things like wear masks, call men women, etc, etc, etc.....
  • 6 0
 @PACNW-MTB: I understand the beauty of being raised in one too Sir (I hope it is a Sir, apologies if not, just trying to be polite); in the UK of one Margaret Thatcher in my case, so can appreciate the attractions after close to three decades born and bred in its freedoms.

However, it is my experience that whilst one can look from one's own society at others built on different footings, one is mistaken if one thinks one truly understands what one is looking at, until one ventures beyond and spends a similar length of time therein.

As a result, it is difficult to make truly objective judgements about which may be preferable from within the walls of one's own society. It may just be that both are preferable, just at different times and in different contexts.

Where I live in Japan for example, the government, whilst probably corrupt like any other, has never compelled anyone to wear a mask, just strongly advised it. And whilst one can find some very rare exceptions, everyone generally has chosen to do so. Me too it turns out, although I didn't think I would initially.

Anyway, have a great day Sir, and enjoy.
  • 4 3
 @DubC:not to get political button the government is just putting estrogen in your water supply, start drinking strictly your piss and your world perspective will right itself
  • 2 2
 @A-HIGHLY-EDUCATED-PROFESSIONAL: Now this I agree with! My money my choice!
  • 3 3
 @A-HIGHLY-EDUCATED-PROFESSIONAL: yer buddy Bezos could do a little more good in the world…instead of sending Capt Kirk into space for 10 minutes.
  • 3 1
 @nickfranko: he has a device to go online and say crap. What a waste of money. could be feeding a child somewhere
  • 1 0
 @bman33: I'll donate to buy you a spelling book.
  • 2 1
 Or not, maybe people work hard for their money and just because you or other people don’t have the means to purchase stuff like this doesn't mean they shouldn’t spend their money on whatever they want.


You Americans are getting of track from your capitalist society, seems us Canadians are making up for it.
  • 6 1
 If your not riding a budget bike with entry level components and driving a clapped out civic your door box is invalid. Nothing is expensive if you can afford it. You work hard for nice things , enjoy them. I hate shame culture
  • 1 0
 Ya fuck those kids
  • 1 0
 Tell them to get a job
  • 3 4
 These products appeal to douchebags and cunts. And such cimpanies exist to supply that demand...probably the executives of those companies are also douchebags and cunts. And the beat goes on.
  • 1 1
 @islandforlife: 100% reasonable and objective.
  • 1 2
 @onawalk: He wrote an objective comment, characterizing that as "griping" just goes to show your willingness to be a c*nt for the sake of it.
  • 4 0
 Aw cmon guys, this article is obviously trolling people that don't have kids. Kids old enough for a balance bike don't give a sh*t if its carbon, just if its got stars on it.
  • 2 1
 Well said, why the hell do they want so much, when others have nothing
  • 1 0
 @nickfranko: hearin' ya, these opinionated dingbats probably use a carbon fibre ladder to climb onto their high horses.
  • 2 5
 #WOKE
  • 1 0
 That's Capitalism for ya.
  • 1 1
 @lucaj: Nope, not mistaken at all. What does your comment have anything to do with mine stating that its their money. Let them do what they want with it. Are you saying that if you make "easy" money vs "hard physical or mental" labor money its justified or not? Whats the point of your reply?
  • 1 2
 @sonuvagun: There was nothing objective about the comment,
None of these comments are objective you absolute muffin stump.
  • 1 2
 Please keep politically charged comments to yourself. I say buy a strider & have a party with the rest of the money!
  • 2 1
 People are gonna argue about how it's their freedom to spend their hard earned moolah. And yes in capitalist democracies it undoubtedly appears to be your 'choice'.

I'm interested in the lesson we're teaching the (dentist's) kid receiving this gauche little bauble.

If they can actually comprehend the difference between one of these stupidly over-engineered machines over a £50 Stompee or Strider, they may well get the idea that they are better than other kids because they have more expensive stuff.

That's gonna blow back on them pretty hard when they get smoked by their peers riding pig iron.
  • 2 1
 First of all strider not the best in their class, there are superior balance bikes; As for the donations, the more people earn, the more they donate ( for tax and just personal purposes) so it is not appropriate to judge people by their income;

Also bike cost within ballpark of the MTB hardtail
  • 1 1
 @onawalk: Not true at all, he made a point that the market for those things isn't being expanded via articles about it here. How isn't that objective?
Who cares about other comments, they got nothing to do with your panty waste. You still got to clean that up on your own.
  • 3 2
 @sonuvagun: They made an opinionated point, one that doesn’t necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of others, that’s not an objective comment. All of the comments are simply our opinions on the subject.
Why there would be such strong dislike for a company that likely none of us are even remotely invested in is boggling to me.
Both companies built what look to be super cool strider bikes (do props to them I say) Neither is going out of their way to mass market them, so even less concern to all of us, and if they did, who cares…..we are all a bunch of adults riding bicycles around in the woods for recreation. There’s little to nothing humble, noble, or life saving about that.
This has absolutely no negative impact on anyone.
Hope you can rest easy there clown-shoes
  • 2 4
 @onawalk: If you had to type that much, it means you're wrong.
  • 2 0
 m.pinkbike.com/photo/22165361

This one was free and just as cool.
  • 2 1
 @sonuvagun: Clearly
  • 1 0
 Agreed@nickfranko:
  • 2 1
 @onawalk: your argument defeats itself rather frequently.
the strider will likely last longer by virtue of it not being used longer than a year or so by the original owner, so ya....no shit it's going to be in good condition lol.
Maybe if they have a ton of kids it will keep getting passed down, but that's a very specific rich person we're talking about. I'd wager there are more rich people that make ego purchases, than give hand-me-downs to their numerous children.

I know the sneaker analogy was silly, that's the point. Spending a significant amount of money on something your kid will outgrow in a year is silly imo. thanks for playing
  • 2 1
 @onawalk: ah you're probably right. not sure if I'm onboard with mocking the financially challenged tho.....lol
  • 2 0
 @onawalk: How dare you be so reasonable, eloquent, well-mannered and considerate... That sort of nonsense will get you nowhere!
  • 3 2
 @nickfranko: Agree!!!!! I work hard, put my life on the line everyday at work, make good money, and donate some to various organizations that I feel appropriate. If I want to spend it on something as an expensive scoot bike, it's not of anyone's business. Unfortunately, these comments are part of the exact reason why are our culture is so jacked up. These are the same people that will be running our countries. It's a very scary thought!
  • 1 1
 @rulivng: yep, idiots will be running countries (already are really) and making real stupid decisions, people are getting worse and high and mighty opinionated clowns are top of the list.
  • 51 0
 Next e-strider bikes. They are the same a striders as they only have stride assist and no throttle. The kids get as much exercise as a regular strider but can go out for longer rides with their older more fit friends.
  • 6 0
 Your way too late, Estriders have been a thing for a few years now
  • 6 0
 Too late... Mondraker already did it: mondraker.com/es/en/new-grommy-ebike-for-kids
  • 16 6
 hate to break it to you... but e-striders came out a few yrs ago! I saw one at the local BMX track the other day... entitled fat kid in the making
  • 11 6
 @derekr: Or a future pro dirty biker. You throwing shade at a kid looks really good on you! haha
  • 7 0
 @Tsoxbhk: Shade is on the parent my friend! The kid never had a chance.
  • 2 0
 That make me so sad...do the kids drive them with their Iphones so they don't need to exert themselves holding a handlebar?
  • 4 0
 They're called Stacyc bikes, and my girls love em, like a very nimble and downsized pw50. Easier to run and learn on. Gets em used to twist throttle alot quicker.
  • 2 7
flag Tsoxbhk (Mar 3, 2022 at 11:41) (Below Threshold)
 @derekr: I am thinking your kids will be the ones with no chance!
  • 3 1
 @pink505: you guys are all well aware that small dirt bikes have been around since the dawn of time right…
It’s literally no different, maybe you’ve all forgotten that just because someone has the option to use a motor, they make all sorts of different choices.
  • 2 0
 @derekr: As long as his parents are forcing him to go to dental school, I wouldn’t worry.
  • 1 1
 In my day we walked uphill to school both ways.
  • 2 0
 @Tsoxbhk: Thanks bud! My kids rip on their non-motorized bikes because they were challenged as they grew up rather than given a crutch! But thanks for your concern friend!
  • 2 5
 @derekr: cool bruh,
My daughter rips on her BMX (she has a BMX background), her mountain bike, her kayak, her XC skis,…but also on her dirt bike, her downhill skis, on a jet ski, etc. The choice to add a motor to a recreational sport doesn’t mean you stop doing the other.
Everyone needs to climb down off their high horses and chill. Pre-judging people based on the their choice of recreation says more about you as a person than it does about them…
Slagging a child, or their parent cause they’re using an e-scooter is, well it’s pretty shitty
  • 4 1
 @onawalk: hey bruh, that's cool your kid does so many activities! You must be an amazing parent keep it up! Keep twisting my words all you want but keep the motorized "recreational devices" off the damn BMX track!
  • 1 1
 @derekr: apologies if I twisted your words, I’m not sure where I did, but apologies.
Average parent, my daughter just rocks.
You mentioned “entitled fat kid in the making” in your original post, then “throwing shade on the parent”
I guess that’s what drove me to comment in the first place.
Was I taking your comments out of context somehow?
  • 33 0
 No real bike news, have to post things to attract commenter ire. Mission accomplished, fuck these things.
  • 2 0
 f*ck the outrage articles? I agree.
  • 28 0
 I feel like this article should be locked and only available to Outside+/BETA users, riff-raff like me can't possibly be the correct demo.
  • 24 0
 My dream is to make custom fitted bikes for 3 year olds. There is a gap in the market for bikes that will precisely fit your little jewel. Delivery time 14 months.
  • 1 15
flag PACNW-MTB (Mar 3, 2022 at 12:59) (Below Threshold)
 14 month lead-time? For a bike that will fit the kid for a year? Better re-think your business plan!
  • 17 0
 @PACNW-MTB: Damn, your sarcasm detector seriously malfunctioned here...Wink
  • 1 12
flag PACNW-MTB (Mar 3, 2022 at 15:25) (Below Threshold)
 @SprSonik: No. didn't miss it at all, just playing along with it...
  • 5 0
 @PACNW-MTB: Nice try, but you'll need a bigger ladder for this hole.
  • 1 6
flag PACNW-MTB (Mar 4, 2022 at 10:26) (Below Threshold)
 @maestroman21: The hole between your ears?
  • 20 0
 Pinkbike- "Hey yall how can we completely piss off people and create a comment storm here on March 3


Editor- "Ummm...i've been sitting on this story for such a day as this..."
  • 16 2
 bike industry has actually gotten lame.
  • 29 2
 You must be new here
  • 10 0
 Could hear the chuckle from my desk. Pinkbike trolling its readership with this one.
  • 8 0
 Such a low effort article for some serious comment engagement, editors always know how to rile us up
  • 10 1
 Going out on a limb but I doubt I would get along very well with the type of person that would spend this amount of money on a toddler bike.
  • 4 8
flag SprSonik (Mar 3, 2022 at 13:21) (Below Threshold)
 That's a you problem. Some people just happen to make enough money that this is like you buying a basic strider for your kid...maybe not even that much of a hit. Who cares how people spend their money. It doesn't tell you a thing about that matters.
  • 5 0
 @SprSonik: It would imply they have more money than sense.
  • 1 1
 @lucaj: The expression is "more dollars than cents(sense)".
  • 4 0
 Well yeah, cuz they can do what they want, but they're still wankers.
  • 11 1
 what a time to be alive
  • 6 1
 So dumb. I get buying quality shit for your kids, but this is Gucci excess at its finest. Anyone who has this kind of money to spend so flippantly needs to find somewhere more worthwhile to put it (pay some taxes, donate to a worthy cause, go on a trip with your kid instead, etc).
  • 8 3
 If I was building high end bikes I'd probably want to build something like this for the little ones in my life too just because it would be cool...?

But, HUGE waste of money that could be better spent...? Smile
  • 4 0
 "The original balance bike from China already matched the Specialized Hotwalk at 2.13kg but by the end of the project Light-Wolf had managed to cut 13% of the weight and the final build hits the scales at a tiny 1.8kg."

Paging @dangerholm
  • 10 2
 Yeti starter pack.
  • 3 0
 Nice to look at these superbikes, but it would be nice to also feature some more budget strider bikes on this website. You know, for those new to the sport. I don't mind if these super strider bike articles end up behind a paywall.
  • 5 0
 Amazed they haven't Mulleted these!
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 Their hair hasn't grown long enough to become a mullet yet
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 @brass-munky: @brass-munky: You haven't met my 18-month old, obviously. His mum won't let me cut his hair (because it's 'cute') and he looks like he's about to audition for Nicole Kidman's part in a reboot of BMX Bandits. He hasn't even got a BMX background...

He has got a balance bike though. It cost me £30 second hand and he loves it.
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 I turned my son's 14" into a mullet bike as soon as he was tall enough to stand over it with a 16" fork & wheel up front.

It might sound silly, but at smaller wheel sizes the difference in rollover can be pretty significant.
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 Dentists in training, nice.
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 Pffh! The idea that this is "too expensive" for my little future-tooth jocky is insulting. $1,200 isn't even two crowns. And lord knows that little Lancelot deserves carbon just as much as the rest of us.

I'm gonna crank that out this afternoon right after I finish my lunch loop, and drop off my SB130 Lunch Ride with my domestique for a full rebuild.
  • 4 0
 Has any kid ever broken a balance bike wheel?? ... just in case, they made carbon ones!
  • 6 1
 its not for the durability, its for the tuned lateral compliance.

Buddy Lindsay, 3rd ranked UCI DHX (under age 4) swears by these.
  • 2 1
 my 3 year old broke hers, it just another toy, she uses it indoors, outdoors, leave it out in the sun and rain, i had to buy a second one for my second daughter.
  • 2 1
 @Carlostheshredder: because carbon wheels never break…
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 Well this bike hasn't got brakes, so those wheels will come in handy when the kid hits the wall of an underpath at full speed.
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 But what if you are dentist? Shouldn't you overpay for your kid's bike too? Surprised theres not a $3000 Yeti option available....lol
  • 2 0
 That's sick. Literally hundreds of dollars more than my first car. Can't wait to watch helicopter moms to push their toddlers over the jump lines at valmont in boulder on their carbon striders
  • 1 0
 I wish Univega was still around so I could make a Boralyn version of these. Or even old American Bicycle manufacturing in St. Cloud Minnesota could make a beryllium version
Carbon and titanium are for paupers, let’s go for the really exotic stuff!
  • 3 0
 Oh the truth in that last line. Someone PLEASE make a hydration pack with a Strider bike strap.
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 The Thule rail 12 has accessory straps on top and bottom like a backpacking pack so you can DEFINETELY strap a strider onto it. The packs are surprisingly durable and nice too. Hope this helps!
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 A must buy for a divorced dad or must-have for a kid with divorced parents...
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 Good stuff but I'd say it's mainly a status thing for dad, I don't see the value but I don't see the value in a 20 grand custom bike. Buy what makes you happy if you can afford it.
  • 4 0
 Balance bike I bought for my wee girl cost £35 and weighs 1.9kg
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 They should make a kids sprinter van to go with this.
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 Powerwheels Tacoma TRD OffRoad
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 I have been looking for something like this. My favorite hobby is jumping striders and other kids bikes on my backyard jump line, and they have all been destroyed. Maybe one of these would survive longer than 5 minutes
  • 3 0
 With supply chain problems these days, you probably need to order the balance bike before you make the kid…
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 Tagged "Reviews and Tech" lol Big Grin

Come on PB, have the common decency to use a tag for shit like this that we can easily block from our feeds without missing actual content.
  • 2 0
 Turns out Vitus makes a lighter aluminum balance bike for 1/27th of the price.

vitusbikes.com/products/nippy-balance-bike
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 The Smoothy gets you an upgrade to air tires and a pretty nice magnesium frame with a built-in handle for not much more:
vitusbikes.com/products/smoothy-balance-bike
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 No brake?!? The Woom 1 or Prevelo Alpha Zero are much better and $200.
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 I'm so excited to get my girl a woom, just needs another 2.5 inches in the inseam! Been trying to get this girl to eat extra protein but it doesn't go fast enough!
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 Neither of these bikes have brakes, do they? How it is legal to sell a child's bike (I'm looking at you, Strider) without a brake, is beyond me. I have seen some messed up kids because of this.
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 Uses Flintstones brakes.
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 Commencal makes balance bikes that you can mount a disc brake on. Way cooler than Strider, and not actually that much more. Think I paid like $240 for my little guys. Definitely a bit opulent, but he sure loves the crap out of that thing.
  • 1 0
 Is it right that the law in the US (and Canada as well?) is that kids' bikes must have two forms of braking? In the UK they don't have to have any brakes, might be the same in Europe too.
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 With no pedals, it's classified as a ride-on toy or mobility device, not a bicycle.

From past experience, brakes on a 12" bike will slow kids down a little but are completely unreliable if they need to stop quickly or at high speeds.

There's no good way to overcome the physics of a smaller wheel just not having enough contact patch for effective braking.
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 @TimTucker: Strider sells a foot brake for the rear wheel. It works infinitely better than no brake. It is optional. Kinda like the Boeing 737 Max fiasco; charging extra for safety just doesn't fly anymore (pun intended)
  • 3 0
 Disposable silk nappies with gold leaf pigs on
  • 2 1
 Why do bikes cost so much? Is it market-driven demand?

Or is it wasting R&D and manufacturing capacity to turn out crap like this!?
  • 1 0
 The balance bike…. cardboard box arrives bubble wrap sounds unveiled, young fella drawling on a throffen!… Eh… Bike bubble wrap…. box…. Bugga!
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 Whoever buys this for their kid should be slapped ...
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 They look nice, but I would rather spend my money on a full carbon/titanium lawn chair for myself.
  • 2 0
 For the parent who has way too much money, and way too little heart to put that money to a good cause. This is just wrong.
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 Titanium kid's frame. Let's get bitching about e-bikes, this is way out of the universe
  • 2 0
 Maybe Flavor Flav will put it on a chain!! Wink
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 All that money and no bottle cage mounts?!?
  • 2 0
 i bet this little marvelous toy will get a Puncture in no times.
  • 2 0
 COD ( child of dentist) bike
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 (future) dentist bike. Once you’ve had the caviar…
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 From a both practical and cost perspective I firmly believe nothing beats the Islabike range.
  • 2 0
 Whoa. Last thing I spent $1200 on was a truck, even has brakes.
  • 2 0
 This is what we do with the worlds resources?
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 Buy two… your kid will still pick a scooter
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 My worst fear
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 @ryd-or-die: Try only buying really crap scooters. That should swing them towards the bike. Worked for me...
  • 1 0
 Bought Bungi Bungi Lite 12, looks awesome - even better than these. And its light too and like 150$.
  • 2 0
 FUBAR
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 I want to see jackson goldstone put those through their paces
  • 1 0
 I went for the wooden version at a fraction of the price
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 WORTHLESS
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 a footrest would be nice since it has no pedals
  • 2 1
 Little shredders or little douchebags?
  • 2 1
 little douchebags fo sho
  • 2 1
 Probably all UnVaccinated buying these bikes!!!! Cant believe this
  • 2 0
 Fucking conservatives
  • 1 1
 Really don't understand the issue with fancy kids bikes. They're no more superfluous than fancy adult bikes.
  • 1 0
 To be fair that titanium bike has nice welds.
  • 1 0
 That ain’t it
  • 1 0
 WHY THO
  • 1 0
 HOLY POTKETTLE!!!
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