Balance Bike Review

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The cream-of-the crop for adventurous toddlers and preschoolers. Perfect for aggressive riding along paved trails, hard and packed dirt, or at the skate park.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $300

Recommendation: Exceptional

Seat Height: 13.4" - 18.5"

Weight: 7.5 lb.

Brakes: No Brakes

Footrest: No

Limiter: Yes

Tire Size: 12"

Grips Bumper: Yes

Bolts: Covered

Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy


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Exceptional for ages 2.5, 3.5, Highly Recommended for 4.5 and up, Best in Class in PRE-BMX Bikes

Simply stunning.  I admit, I tried not to like it, but I failed miserably.  Knowing very well that the Jumper is the one of the most sought after balance bikes in the world, it was hard to fathom how such a simple bike could be that much different than the 20+ bikes we already own.  Ten minutes into our second ride, the Jumper left me breathless and officially I joined the bandwagon. In the beginning, I thought I had won the battle.  On our two-year-old son’s maiden voyage of the Jumper, he wasn’t too keen on the shock of the bike and abruptly cut our ride short.  While running along a flat path, every stride appeared to be dampened by the shock, making his riding much less efficient.  Quite simply the bike was tiring him out. Upon getting home, I took a look at the shock and realized the problem. The adjustable shock was set to be as loose as possible to allow for maximum compression during jumps, for simple riding the shock should have has been set for the least compression. likeabike 5 With the bike properly adjusted, we headed off to the local mini pump track for our second ride. While normally excited to ride, this time was different. Upon realizing that the only bike I had for him was the Jumper, a full-blown toddler tantrum quickly began to brew. Due to his less than stellar first ride, he was hesitant to get on the Jumper again, but a little “song and dance” on my part, he was off.  While still skeptical, he began his typical route along the edges of the park. likeaBike 2 And then he found a small jump.  Never having tried it before, I expected him to take a look at it and quickly ride by, but much to my surprise he decided to tackle it. Jumper series 1 Not once, but multiple times, jumping a little farther with each attempt. Upon discovering the soft landing provided by the Jumper, he was addicted and his confidence level quickly sky-rocketed and his love affair with the Jumper began.  For our third ride, we headed to the skate park and once again, he was in balance bike heaven. Likeabike 5.5 For a two-year-old still in 2T clothes, watching him fearlessly ride down stairs only to then walk back up to do it all over again was quite a site to see. With the soft, grippy Big Apple tires, the Jumper was also truly in its element at the skate park. With every jump and through every banked turn, the Jumper gracefully glided our son over and around every obstacle without a hint of hesitation. As shown in the video clip below, Jackson Goldstone, the YouTube star, shows just how capable the Jumper is in a skate park.

While other bikes offer the grippy Big Apple tires as well, when used in conjunction with a shock on a lightweight aluminum frame with a low-step through height, a true masterpiece is born. likeaBike 6In addition to the shock and tires, the individual component of the Jumper are just as impressive. Each wheel is perfectly trued along a lightweight aluminum rim with a beautifully machined aluminum hub.  To provide extra cushioning, the saddle is thickly padded as well as the headset.

likeabike 4.6The Jumper also features a clever, re-moveable turning limiter that provides soft, yet firm resistance to aggressive turns.

LikeaBike 3 Compared to other higher-end bikes on the market the Jumper isn’t cheap, but it certainly holds its own. In addition to being the only balance bike on the market with a shock (well that we know it), its Big Apple tires come standard with puncture proof protection (although I will still recommend using tire sealant) as well as an extra-long seat post to allow for five inches of growth. LikeaBike Compare

The Jumper also has a quick-release seat post clamp and covered bolts.

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Bottom Line:  The cream-of-the crop for adventurous toddlers and preschoolers.  Perfect for aggressive riding along paved trails, hard, packed dirt or at the skate park.

MSRP: $300

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: December 20, 2016

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  • qwertyuiop

    Thanks for the review, after 3 months on a kokua jumper my son has achieved so much! Please feel free to share my video from the skatepark.

    • That is amazing, three months?!?! That’s awesome. The Jumper is the perfect bike for skate parks. It is up on our review page 🙂 Thanks so much for reporting back.

  • Lisa Strauss

    Hello, I have a toddler that just turned 2 who has been doing awesome on his balance bike (eZee Glider). We’re very into mountain biking so we’ve been taking him with us on some mellow trails and pump tracks. The ezee glider is falling apart and we’re looking at getting him a nicer bike with some air tires and possibly suspension. He’s really great at balancing and picking up his feet (even around corners) although on the dirt trails he’s getting bounced around a lot and is more hesitant to pick up his feet. He has short legs (18 month pants are fitting him perfect right now). We can get away with his current bike for a bit longer, but I want to get him something better for mountain biking. I was thinking possibly the Jumper or the Tadpole and hoping that he’ll fit into it in the spring. What do you think? (here’s a video of him from last month

    • Wow, he just turned two? He’s amazing and clearly loves riding and is certainly deserving of a new bike. Between the two, I would probably go with the Tadpole as the shock on the Jumper simply has too much give for trail riding and is better suited for skate parks. Assuming that you live near Draper, if you would like to try both bikes out in person, shoot me an email at [email protected] and I might be able to make something happen.

  • Kelsey Leonardsmith

    We have a jumper scored from craigslist and it’s definitely the one that all the kids fight over. I’m wondering what you think about the optional front brake kit. Our other bikes mostly have rear hand brakes and two of the kids who sometimes ride the jumper ride pedal bikes with hand brakes. I really can’t tell how likely they would be to endo on it, it seems unlikely given the low to the ground geometry and it would probably save some shoes. Though it’s $30.

    • Front brakes aren’t my favorite due to endo’s, but unless the kids are going pretty fast or on a hill, they aren’t too likely to endo. If the kids are really killing their shoes, I would consider it if the kids can understand not to use it when they are going way too fast or down hill (which is clearly counter intuitive) or if they use it gently to slow them down and then use their feet to stop. If they have the all or nothing personality like my boys (“gentle” seems to be a foreign language to them), then I would probably advise against it and invest in some shoes with a hefty toe, like Keens.

  • Jacqui

    Hello :)! Love all your information Thankyou! My Son is 20 months old, 16kg with an Inseam of 12-12.5 inches. I live in rural australia and he’ll be riding across grassy paddocks, down grass hills, on rocky gravel roads and weekly sessions at skate parks or the local BMX circuit. Do you think the Jumper is the best bike for him?I’ve read all your reviews and almost settled on this bike (hopefully the suspension isn’t too hard work for undulating grass tracks ?) Thankyou so much ill look forward to your thoughts !

    • If he is mainly going to be riding on uneven surfaces, then the Jumper will be a great choice. On flat surfaces, the suspension has a little too much give, which slowed down our testers, but on rough terrain, it is amazing. If you plan on having him ride long distances, however, I would also consider the Ridgeback Dimensions 12 which has the same cushioning tires as the Jumper, but with a hand brake. The tires will provide a good amount of cushioning and the hand brake will certainly come in handy when he gets up to higher speeds. Then again, the Dimensions may not be available in Australia.

      • Jacqui

        Hello, by the way I got one and it’s the best balance bike in the world !!!!!! He’s so good on it and really allows him to do tracks that no other balance bike would allow! So awesome

  • MisisHans

    My son’s 2nd birthday is coming up and I have been reading alot of reviews for which balance bike we should get him. My son has seen this bike before and totally fell inloved with it, but since he was 1 yr and half that time and quite pretty small for Jumper we didn’t purchased it. But after reading your review, I am now so excited to see my boy with Kokua Jumper! He sure has a great taste for bikes! He loves going to ramps and hills and quite adventurous. Thank you for the enlightenment!! Hug and Love from Berlin!

    • The Jumper is one pretty bike. We were finally able to get a chance for our third child to ride one and it was amazing, especially for jumps! Happy riding.