- wooden construction is like built-in suspension; the wood absorbs some shock when riding off road
- the wheels have no spokes (my friends' kids have gotten their feet stuck in Strider spokes)
- pneumatic (air filled) tires: 1) make for a more comfortable ride, 2) last longer, 3) “offer far greater traction on surfaces and prevent wheel 'slide-outs'. Wheel slide-outs occur when a tire looses traction due to poor gripping ability and are fairly common with EVA polymer wheels.” Source: http://www.kinderbikeusa.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64&lang=en Strider will tell you that their EVA polymer tires are better because they won't pop on rough terrain, but in the 3.5 years our Runners bike has been used by 2 kids on and off road, we have never had a flat. If we did get a flat, we could simply get a tube for the tire. If an EVA tire goes, you have to replace the whole tire (more expensive).
- Steering limiter limits the turning radius and prevents wipeouts. This one is so important because beginning riders have a tendency to crank the handlebars farther than they should. Just watch a kid play with a steering wheel on a ride or playground structure!
- Runners is a Canadian company.
|runners Balance Bike|
- it is the lightest balance bike on the market
- you can start your child on it earlier because its lowest seat height is lower
- it costs less
- no maintenance tires
- metal frame can be left out in the rain without worries
- foot rest to put feet up when coasting
- optional brake mount
- optional ski bike attachment
|Classic Wooden Runners Bike||Strider 12|
|Weight||9.47 lbs||6.4 lbs|
|Wheels||No spoke wheels||Five-spoke wheels|
|Seat height||Seat adjustable from 12.5″ to 16.5″||Seat adjustable from 11″ to 16″|
|Tires||Pneumatic high quality cross country tires||EVA (never flat) polymer tires|
|Frame material||Solid birch||Steel alloy|
|Brake mount||No||Optional add-on|
|Prince Lionheart Balance Bike (Runners knockoff)|
UPDATE: For a review of Woom Bikes USA's WOOM 1 balance bike, please see this post.