Best balance bikes 2024: two wheelers for your toddlers

The best balance bikes are an amazing way to introduce your little one to the joy of cycling. We explain how to choose and hand pick our favourites

Best balance bikes image shows a child in a pink helmet and t-shirt, black leggings and silver boots riding a balance bike with their back to the camera
(Image credit: Hannah Bussey)

With no cranks or pedals, the best balance bikes are the first step to life on two wheels for the smallest of riders. 

But rather than simply removing these parts from a regular kid's bike, the best balance bikes will be precisely designed and engineered to create the perfect foundation for learning the key skill of cycling, balancing on two wheels.

You can trust Cycling Weekly. Our team of experts put in hard miles testing cycling tech and will always share honest, unbiased advice to help you choose. Find out more about how we test.

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ModelAge rangeBike weight (claimed)Brakes
Strider Bikes Sport1.5 - 5 years3.0kgNo
Hornit Airo1.5 - 5 years2.95kgNo
Frog Tadpole2 - 3 years4.17kgRear
Vitus Smoothy3+ years3.2kgNo
Cannondale Trail1 - 4 years4.0kgYes/no
Strider 12 Sport0.5 - 3+ yearsNot specifiedNo

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