Exceptional Rating for 18-month-olds and 2.5-years-olds
Best in Class for Best Safety Features
FirstBIKE is an award-winning German-designed bike that has recently made its way to the US. With its unique composite frame, four different tire options, eighteen different color combinations and a claim to be the safest balance bike available, FirstBIKE talks a good talk, but does walk a good walk? As one who currently owns more balance bikes than pairs of shoes, I can honestly say it not only walks a good walk, it redefines what a good walk is. From its industrial-grade sealed bearings that glide like butter, to its weather resistant composite frame with a lifetime guarantee, it is quite simply the best all-around and indeed safest balance bike on the market. Here’s why:
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First off, although composite, the frame is highly durable and easily withstood multiple jump sessions from my 5 foot, 10 inch self.
The composite nature of the FirstBIKE frame allows for several advantages over metal or wood. First, it is essentially impermeable to the elements.
With no paint to chip, metal to rust or wood to warp, the FirstBIKE is truly an all-season bike that will last for generations. All-season you ask? Yep, there is an optional ski kit available for $45.
Second, the molded nature of the frame allowed the designers to recess all bolts into the frame itself, thereby eliminating any risk of kids being scratched or injured by exposed bolts.
The recessed nature of the bolts, as compared to exposed or covered bolts, additional allows for greater clearance for running.
Lastly, the composite seat post is unique is that it is incredibly easy to adjust and cannot rotate, thereby preventing the seat from swiveling.
The Saddle (Seat):
The saddle is made of a soft, yet sturdy rubber that is specially designed to grip the child’s bottom and prevent slipping and sliding. It it also ergonomically designed to be comfortable for the ride. As an added bonus, the non-porous nature of the seat make potty-training accidents a breeze to clean up (not that I would know :)).
The Wheels and Tires:
Despite all its other incredible features, the sealed, industrial bearings are what truly make this bike superior. Compared to other balance bikes, the FirstBIKE appears to glide effortlessly across the pavement. With one slight push, the bike begins to balance and the fun begins.
To help ensure you get the best bike for your child, FirstBIKE offers four different tires. For those whom may be riding in dirt and in streets, the “Cross” model comes with a 12″ air tire with knobby tread while the “Street” model comes with a smooth tread 12″ air tire for those whom stick to pavement. For those who want extra cushion out of their tires, the “Big Apple” and “Special Edition” bikes come with SCHWALBE premium pneumatic “Big Apple” tires and Schraeder valves for a smooth ride (the same tires found on the LikeaBike Jumper).