Frog Tadpole Plus balance bike review

Designed by the company who only make bikes for kids, the Frog Tadpole Plus balance bike promises high performance and low weight to get your child’s riding off to a flying start.

Frog Tadpole Plus
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Lightweight, and with child sized components makes the Frog Tadpole Plus an ideal mid price point first bike for taller children

Reasons to buy
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    Child specific design

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    adjustable reach brake lever

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    Locking headset

Reasons to avoid
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    Wide saddle

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.