Islabikes Rothan balance bike review

If you're looking for a kids' bike then you certainly should consider options from Islabikes

Cycling Weekly Verdict

A £150 the Rothan isn’t the cheapest balance bike on the market, but factor in all the finer points of detail, such as the rounded allen key bolt through wheel axles that prevent rider injuries in crashes, 12” puncture resistant tyres, and a balance bike specific scooped saddle that helps a bottom stay put and little feel touch the floor, all adds up to giving the feel of a real bike and enhances the experience of riding a bike for the first time. Add to all this a choice of four bright colours, makes it’s perfect for picky toddlers.

Reasons to buy
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    Size specific and light action brake leaver

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    Small diameter bars

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    Integral steering limiter

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    Choice of four colours

Reasons to avoid
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    Hard to fault it!

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Islabikes is celebrating its 10th year on the market this year and has enjoyed success launching premium kids bikes this year too.

The Islabikes Rothan is the industry marker of how to build a kid's first bike.

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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.