Backed by ex-mountain bike world champion Steve Peat, ZumZum looks to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter for its wooden suspension balance bikes

Balance bikes are big money, and ZumZum claims to have designed the ‘coolest ever’ with their wooden suspension bike.

The company, backed by ex-mountain bike world champion Steve Peat, is looking to raise $50,000 for the project on Kickstarter, offering backers the chance to get their hands on one of the machines for $149 (£97).

The patented design and suspension frame protects the child’s spine when riding on uneven surfaces, also helping them to develop strength and coordination, according to the designers.

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“We have designed a new kind of balance bike with natural suspension and non-marking rubber tyres making it perfect for any surface outdoors and, as well as indoors,” ZumZum says on its Kickstarter page.

“Consisting only from three parts. It is simple, light and easy to maintain. The bike grows with your child and can be adjusted to the needed size.”

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With only 36 ZumZum bikes left at the earlybird $149 price tag, backers have been coming thick and fast to the scheme, with the estimated retail price after Kickstarter standing at $249.

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Find out more on the Kickstarter page.