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Specialized Hotwalk

Santa’s sack is going to be lighter this year and so are cycling-mad parents' wallets: Specialized has just unveiled the ultimate kids’ bike – the 2.1kg Specialized Hotwalk balance bike that will cost £999.

Specialized says it took the same tech from its top performance road bikes and applied it to a kids’ bike: “We created something two-year-olds had only dreamed of until now.”

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.