Ridgeback Scoot

Ridgeback Scoot

Scoot Awards

Some balance bikes just look right.  No gimmicky plastic, no strange protrusions or attempts to look cool, just a good looking bike built on a sturdy frame, with air tires on metal rims.  The Ridgeback Scoot is just such a bike.  100% bike, 0% fluff.  From its sturdy heirloom-quality frame to its highly adjustable seat height, the Ridgeback Scoot is perfectly portioned for maximum comfort and control.  With a longer wheelbase and handlebars than most, the Scoot allows kids to easily gain and maintain control of the bike.  Plus, with the six inches of adjustable seat height, ranging from 14″ to 20″, any preschooler is certain to get years of use out of the Scoot.

First Impressions of the Scoot

Right out of the box, the Scoot just feels right.  From the grips to the tires, the Scoot simply screams “ride me!”  Even without flashy colors and streamers, our testers quickly heeded its call and jumped at the chance to take it for a spin.  After one ride, our four-year-old begged to ride the Scoot to preschool everyday and our three-year-old tester declared the bike “his” and took off across the nearest open field.

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Needless to say, the Scoot was well loved by all of our testers.

Sizing of the Scoot

Proportioned for older riders, the Scoot was a perfect fit for our two, three and four-year-old testers but was too big for our 18-month-old.  Although our 2.5 year-old tester had no problems maneuvering the 12 lb. bike, the Scoot is most likely too tall and heavy for newly 2-year-olds.  Preschool-aged-kids of various height however, had no concerns fitting on the bike.  In fact, the Scoot is essentially the only balance bike we’ve found that has comfortably fit kids aged 2 to 6 years-old. ridgeback scoot sizes

Seat Height and Seat Posts

Each Ridgeback Scoot comes with two seat posts, which allows for the full six inches of seat height adjust.  In order to prevent the seat post from hitting the ground when used in its lowest position, the longer seat post should be reserved for older riders with inseams greater than 18″.  Swapping out the seat post is as simple as removing one screw below the saddle and swapping out the seat posts.  The aid in quick height adjustments, the Scoot’s are also equipped with a quick-release seat post clamp. Additional features of the saddle include a handle for easy carrying, extra-thick padding as well as an adjustable tilt.  The adjustable tile is unique to the Scoot and while the tilt is slight, it does allow beginning riders to sit more upright on the saddle and more experienced riders to lean forward to run. ridgeback seat features

Handlebars and Brakes

Another unique feature of the Scoot is its extra-wide handlebars.  Four inches wider than the Strider and FirstBIKE, the additional length provides older riders with a more natural riding position and increased handling. Ridgeback handlebars 2 The brake on the Scoot is also scaled to fit the youngest hands.  While most kids generally do not have the hand-eye-coordination to regularly use a brake until the age of three, our 2.5-year-old tester was able to use the brake without any problems (hand shown below).   The bikes also come with a quality bell that was well received by our testers, but is also easily removed if needs be. ridgeback brake

Ridgeback Scoot vs. Other Balance Bikes

Although more expensive than other top-selling brands, the Scoot is an exceptional deal.  With its lifetime warranty and maximum seat height of 20″, the Ridgeback is truly the king of adjustability and durability. ridgeback vs. other bikes

Bottom Line:

The perfect bike for preschoolers or for taller toddlers with at least a 14.5″ inseam and who can handle a heavier bike.  Built to last, the Ridgeback is also a great investment for growing families who are looking for a bike to hand down to younger siblings.  The Scoot is also a great fit for families who have two kids of different ages ready to ride a balance bike.

Where to Purchase:

The Ridgeback Scoot are exclusively imported distributed in the US by WeeBikeShop and are available at WeeBikeShop and Amazon.

Scoot vs. Scoot XL

For older kids in clothing sizes greater than 4T, we found the Scoot XL (link to our review) to be a better fit as it allowed them more time to grow on the bike. The XL has a slightly larger frame and has a 14″ wheel versus a 12″. The XL’s sell for $199 and are available at WeeBikeShop.com.

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FTC Disclosure: I am not affiliated with Ridgeback bikes and was given no monetary compensation for this review.  I was, however, provided a bike by WeeBikeShop to help facilitate this review.  All opinions given in the review are mine.  I am an affiliate of Weebikeshop as well as several other balance bike retailers.

      • Bob

        With a 3.5 year old almost in between 3T and 4T (15 3/4″ inseam) and is currently 35.5 lbs. I am just about sold on the Scoot 12″.
        We live in north-central Utah and deal with on and off snow, so we can probably get some use in the wintertime. I am hoping that the higher quality construction will help with durability. Any thoughts on other bikes that might be better? The Jumper is awesome, but expensive, and he’s old enough that I’d like him to start to get familiar with the hand brake. Other options I was weighing were the Muna and the… dunno. All the bikes that dad likes because they’re pretty are too expensive and lack a brake. (The early riders are beautiful, though).

        • I agree, the Ridgeback Scoot would be best as its wider handlebars and longer wheelbase will allow for greater handling in off-road, sometimes snowy conditions. If possible, an upgrade to knobby BlackJack tires would also be worth considering. For a more affordable option, I would look at the Muna. The LikeaBike is great, but is best for skate parks as the shock has too much give for longer rides.

          • Bob

            Thank you. The Muna’s shorter max seat height is turning me off. Don’t know how much he’ll use it this winter, and I want to make sure it will still fit him through next summer. We don’t anticipate another pedal bike until 5 or 6 years old.

            BTW. I LOVE this site. Spent hours on it just soaking it all in. Thanks for doing all of this!

            • Glad to help! In addition to having a taller max seat height, the Scoot is also better quality and has a longer wheelbase, so if you want time, the Scoot is definitely the way to go.

      • Lakme

        Hello Natalie, Thank you for providing such detailed reviews. My son just turned 4 last month, he is 40″ tall with 16″ inseam. I cannot decide on whether to get the regular scoot or scoot XL. We had tried 12″ balance bikes before with little success when he was 2 years old so I am a little wary about 12″ scoot being a little small for him .Thanks

        • Considering his age, I would go with the XL as long as his inseam is truly in 16″ (without shoes). My youngest is barely in 4T clothes and can ride in XL. It is slightly too big, but he can ride it. Then again, if your son is more timid, he might be more comfortable on the Scoot. If you happen to live in colder climate, I would get the XL for sure so as the guarantee he has plenty of room to grow into the bike come Spring and Summer.

      • Emily

        Our 3.5 year old has been riding the Strider for about a year now. We’re looking to upgrade to a bike with hand brakes. He really enjoys taking the bike on the trails as well as the street. Are the standard tires on the Ridgeback Scoot good for both the trails and the street or should we get the Black Jack tires?

        • The standard tires are good for basic riding on trails. My little guy had no issues taking the Scoot on pump tracks and dirt trails, but when going down single-track trails, he does much better on a bikes with knobby tires like the Black Jack. So if you plan on doing longer trail/single track rides, then I would upgrade, if you just riding on dirt trails off and on, then the standard will be fine.

      • Rokelle Layton Reeve

        Just wondering my daughter is 2.5 shes very tall 39 in, and is in 5t clothes. would you go with the scoot or scoot xl

        • Wow, 2.5 and in 5T clothes, that’s awesome! She could really go either way, if she is on the athletic side, I would go with the Scoot XL, if she is more hesitant I would go with the smaller Scoot.

      • Loren

        Hi Natalie! I am conflicted. My 3.5 year old is a little guy. Not quite 30 lbs yet. His height is average. He is very coordinated and athletic which brings me to my question..I cannot decide between the Too Too or the Scoot for him. Do you have a recommendation that you think would be best for him? Also thank you for all of the great info and charts! You are always my go to for bike info! It is incredibly appreciated! 🙂

        • Glad to help :). I think he would be great with either, but I would probably go with the Scoot as considering his age, it will provide more room for growth. The Scoot is longer, wider and taller than the Too Too and is much better for preschoolers.

      • Kimberly M. Brown

        This bike seems perfect for my 3year old. He’s about 41 pounds and roughly 40 in tall. Also looking at the Tykes charger. Thoughts?

        • Kimberly M. Brown

          Hmm. Just read about the XL. Not sure if we should go that route? My son is still in 4t bottoms but he wears 5t shorts and 5t tops. 5 t pants are still too long.

          • For a three year old, even though he is tall, I wouldn’t go with the Charger simply because it is a much bigger and heavier bike than the 12″ bikes. The Scoot would be my first pick for him, but if he is firmly in 4T pants, he will fit just fine on the Scoot XL. If he is on the athletic side and eager to ride, then I would go with the XL. It is bigger than the Scoot and will fit him, but it is more bike to handle, which can be intimidating for beginning riders. If he is the type to go for it, then he shouldn’t have any issues with the XL. As a reference my 3yo is barely in 4T pants, does just fine on both bikes, but he is also experienced, so the larger size doesn’t bother him.

      • Jaina

        My son just turned 2 at the end of October and he’s a pretty small guy – 27 lbs, still in 24 month clothing (I think he’s around 33″ tall – he only started wearing 24 close to his birthday). We were thinking of getting him a balance bike for the holidays and I was originally targeting the Yedoo Too Too, but seeing as he will be 2.5 and probably in 2T clothes around the time he’d be actually using the bike (since it probably won’t be too usable until spring), this bike also caught my eye since it seems like maybe it has a longer life. I’m definitely concerned it might be too heavy for him though. Any thoughts, or other bikes you think might be good for him?

        • If he is a more aggressive rider and eager to learn, then the Ridgeback will work great for him once he is in 2T clothes. If he is more timid, I would go with the Too Too. My little guy above in 2T could fit on the Scoot and rode it just fine, but he was much more comfortable on his smaller Rothan, which is much closer in size to the Too Too.

          • Jaina

            Thank you. I think my instinct to go with the Too Too originally may have been the right one. This will actually be his first bike, so while I’m not sure of how eager/aggressive he will be, I’m thinking it will probably be better to have something lighter rather than something that could be a little out of his comfort zone. I wouldn’t want his first experience to discourage him. He would get at least 2 solid years with the bike I’d think and that sounds good.

            Also thanks so much for this site – it is amazing! And also replying to everyone who asks a question!

            • You’re welcome and I agree, a heavy bike from the get-go can really slow down a child’s progress. Lighter is better when learning.

      • Saskia

        I have an energetic 18-month old who is wearing 3T (almost 35 inches, 30 lbs). I want to get him a bike that will last a couple of years, but not be too big and heavy for him since he’s only 18 months old and his coordination skills are appropriate for his age. Based on your reviews, it seems like the Scoot is the way to go.

        • The Scoot is a big bike for an 18-month old! Based on his clothing size, he will fit the bike, but because of its size, it going to hard for him to maneuver at first. If you expect him to grow quickly, then the Scoot should be fine, but I would also look into the Too Too which is more manageable for his age. Another option is to wait a month or so until the Dimensions balance bike (which is essentially the same as the Scoot, but lighter and with some upgrades) is available. It will be more expensive than the Scoot though (not sure what the MSRP will be).

      • Jane

        okay need sizing help I have 2 kids who might want to ride it, First just turned four and inseam measures 15.5 ” Second child just turned six and their inseam measures 19″ which size would you suggest for each of them?

        • I assume they both need balance bikes? My top picks would be the Ridgeback Scoot or Saracen Freewheel for the four-year-old and the Ridgeback Scoot XL or the Stampede Bikes Charger 16″ for the six year old. Most balance bikes are really small for 4 and 6 year-olds, but all four of these are well suited for kids their age. Thanks!

      • Stephanie

        My 3.5 year old daughter is only 27 pounds with a 15 inch inseam. Would this bike be too heavy for her?

        • Ivan of WeeBikeShop gave a great answer above, which you should make sure to read. Essentially, yes being only 27 lb. it could be too heavy for her. If she is on the “athletic” side and is eager to learn, she could do fine on the Scoot, but if she is timid, I believe she would be better off on the lightweight Too Too or Dimensions as Ivan mentioned above.

      • Hi Stephanie,
        The best way to answer your question is to explain the criteria we use here in our showroom when assessing a child’s needs. Here’s the formula we use: Child’s weight divided by 3 = Maximum weight of their first balance bike.
        In other words, we prefer a 3:1 ratio in Child Weight:Bike Weight. There are a few exceptions of course. Some children are lean and tall, but very athletic and coordinated at a young age. We use some discretion in these situations.
        Your daughter is 27 pounds and the scoot is 11 pounds. The ratio is too small, it’s only 2.45 to 1.
        If you were to select something like the Dimension 12 (also by Ridgeback, same bike but with all-premium alloy components and tires) the ratio would be 3:1 because the Dimension 12 weighs just under 9 pounds. Another option is the TooToo by Yedoo, which weighs only 8.4 pounds.
        The flip side of this coin is that we also try to fit children with the largest balance bike possible because the larger/heavier the balance bike, the more it will perform like a real bike (and less like a toy), and this will make the transition to a much heavier pedal bike in the future feel much more natural and eliminate the need for a 2nd [larger] balance bike in between Balance Bike 1 and Pedal bike 1.
        When choosing a balance bike that is extremely light weight, consider how you would feel about riding a moped for 1-2 years and then buying yourself a new Harley Davidson. The transition from a 200 pound moped to an 800 pound Harley.
        Ideally, your child’s first pedal bike should not weigh more than 2x the weight of the balance bike they used for training.

      • Hal Egan

        Thank you Natalie for providing such a wonderful site. I’ve been doing a ton of research. My 3 1/3 year old weighs in at 35 lbs but is only 35″ tall with an inseam right about 14″. Though open to others I’m considering either the Dimension 12 or the Saracen. My concern with the Saracen is he will outgrow it too soon. I’d like to get at least this and next summer out of it. My concern with the Dimension is that it may be too large for him. From what I understand it’s better to buy a bike that fits now not in the future. Also I’ve heard no real reviews of either. You’ve briefly commented favorably on both. I’m guessing the Dimension will fit like a Scoot but be much lighter. This will be his first bike so that’s why I’m considering the Dimension over the Scoot. Would love to hear your thoughts on the Saracen and Dimension(Price not a concern). Would love to hear from Ivan as well since he deals with both.

        • For his first bike, you can’t go wrong with the Dimensions. It is large enough to last him a year or two and is also lightweight to help him get started. Being over 30 lb., he would probably be fine on the Scoot, but if he is hesitant at all, the lightweight Dimensions will be beneficial. The Big Apple tires (or Black Jack if your headed off road) are another benefit of the Dimensions. The Big Apple provide additional cushioning while the knobby Black Jack’s are amazing off-road. I’ll pass along your question to Ivan to see if he can provide some input as well as he is the US distributor for both of the bikes.

          • Hal Egan

            Thanks Natalie. A quick follow up. With his inseam just reaching 14″ you think he’ll be ok on the Dimension? The extra inch on the Saracen is tempting but I just don’t want it to be too small for him by next summer. Thank you again for everything.

        • Hi Hal,
          The Freewheel by Saracen starts out a little bit lower than the Scoot (13″ instead of 14″, but this only means the seat will be raised around 1″ or so. From there, the seat can be raised another 5″ so it’s possible to use this bike until age 5-6 if needed. A review of the Freewheel is in process but it’s not expected to have any earth shaking revelations in comparison to the Scoot. It comes from the same production facility as the Scoot, shares most of it’s components, and the Saracen brand itself is world renowned in professional mountain biking and downhill competitions. World Champion medals have been won on Saracen bikes. Buy it with confidence.
          The Dimension 12 is another new product we are proud to offer. It can be purchased from us or from any of our carefully screened authorized dealers. The Dimension also comes from the same production facility that builds the Scoot and the Freewheel. It’s a Ridgeback UK product, which is a company producing bikes for over 30 years. This isn’t their first rodeo, they know what they’re doing. That said, you are correct, the geometry of the Dimension 12 is equal to the Scoot. The primary differences are: Premium Schwalbe tires (two choices), aluminum-alloy handlebars, threadless stem, threadless headset and seat post, plus alloy wheel hubs with sealed bearings that rival the ones used in professional racing wheels. The rims are also powder coated black for a distinctive look. Overall the Dimension 12 weighs exactly 9 pounds (a touch under with the bell removed) whereas the Scoot weighs 11.3 pounds. Both frames are 6061 aluminum, both forks are heat treated high tensile steel, as they should be to withstand the excessive trauma that forks must be capable of supporting. One other thing about the Dimension is the color- on the carton it’s described as “scotch-brite” meaning that the raw aluminum is buffed out by hand to give it a DeLorean-like finish. Color options are limited to the seat clamp, brake barrel at the hand lever and the optional BrakeLight.
          The most succinct way to describe the difference between Scoot and Dimension is the former is a VW and the latter is an AUDI. Both are great, but one is more refined.

          • Hal Egan

            Thank you for all the information. Sounds like both are going to be very well made and will serve him well. I will be placing an order for one in a day or two. Thanks again.

      • Erika

        I have an almost 3.5 yo (3.5 in a few days) that has a strider and her 18 mo brother is just starting to get interested in using it. The 3.5 yo has just just gotten into using the strider for more than a few minutes. I’d like for them to each have a bike that we can use for walks and paved trails. I think the 3.5 yo is 38 inches tall and 30 lbs. in between 3T/4T clothes. I was thinking about the scoot for her but when I saw the comments about the 3:1 weight ratios being important I wondered if it would be too heavy for her. Do you think the Saracen would be the better option or since she has used a balance bike some she’d be ok with the scoot?

        • Since she already knows how to ride and is at least 30 lb., I think she would be fine on the Scoot. If she is hesitant or timid at all, the lighter Saracen may be better, but if she isn’t, then I think she would do fine on the Scoot.

      • Ernest

        I have a 4.5 year old girl. She is 3’4″ and 31 lbs. with about 14.5-15″ inseam. She is fairly cautious but great on a scooter. She has a 1.5 year old younger brother who is getting comfortable on a Woom1, so now she wants a balance bike of her own. Hopefully she will be pedaling soon. What would you recommend? Thank you!

        • Awesome. I love that she is being inspired by your younger sister :). For her age and size, I would go with the Scoot or the Saracen. The Saracen is lighter, but the Scoot is slightly taller and also comes in more colors. If she is a fan of a particular color, I would go with the Scoot, if not, probably the lighter Saracen.

          • Ernest

            Thank you for the recommendation. I am leaning toward the Scoot. What are your thoughts on the Radio Flyer? Its lighter and less than half the cost.

            • The Radio Flyer is not tested to meet bicycle safety standards, it would be broken into many pieces during such testing. The Scoot and Saracen and Dimension are all built in a bicycle factory that produces 1,000,000+ bicycles per year and tested for compliance with bike safety standards. The testing consists of about 8 different attempts to destroy the bike with anywhere from 300-450 lbs of force. There really is no comparison. You get what you pay for with the Radio Flyer: a toy masquerading as a bike with a weight limit, no brakes and poor geometry. The cost to produce Radio Flyer in China is somewhere around $15-16. Also, the handlebars are a unitized construction with zero forward extension. Not only does this result in very poor handling/steering feedback to the rider, it’s also one of the most obvious distinctions between a toy bike and a real bike. The marketing of balance bikes has become fiercely competitive, and the big brands know that most Americans are not aware of the differences in safety testing protocol used for bikes versus those used for toys. If it looks like a bike, there is no law prohibiting them from calling it a “bike”. Lots of toy awards can only mean one thing.. you’re getting a toy. Now you know, it’s your call..

              • Ernest

                I purchased the Scoot from Weebikeshop and it has been a huge success. My daughter balances on it like a champ and we will probably be transitioning to pedals within the year. Thanks for the advice!

              • Awesome, glad to hear 🙂

            • As Ivan mentioned below, there is a substantial difference between the two. If the Scoot is in your budget, I would absolutely go for it. Yes, the Radio Flyer is lighter, but it also has a lot of plastic components that don’t function as smoothly. For a 4.5 year-old, the Scoot is going to be much more comfortable for her to ride and much easier to maneuver. In addition, at 31 lb., she shouldn’t have any issues on the Scoot, plus, the additional weight, as well as the true bike build, will much better prepare her for moving up to a pedal bike than the Radio Flyer.

      • Jessica Ng

        Hi Natalie,

        Your bike reviews are so detailed and helpful! Thank you!! We have a very tall 3.5 yr old who is 42 inches and 42 lbs. She wears between a 4T and 5T in pants and is somewhat cautious. Judging from your reviews, would the Scoot or Saracen be a good fit for her? Which would you recommend or should we go to a larger bike like the Scoot XL?

        • Hi Jessica,
          If she has an inseam crotch to floor of 16″ or more, the Scoot XL or the Dimension XL is your bike. If it falls under 16″ (doubtful) then the Scoot is your best bet. Use a hardcover book to simulate a bike seat and pass one edge against the wall to square it up. Measure floor to binding. Most parent under-measure, not accounting for padding of the seat, softness of rubber tires, or compression of soft tissue (this is why the textbook helps to remove the guesswork).

        • I would go with the Scoot or the Scoot XL, not the Saracen. If she is just starting out on a balance bike, the extra room the XL provide will greatly benefit her, especially if you live in a colder climate where she won’t be able to ride year-round. Being extra cautious, she probably won’t be ready to transition to a pedal bike by the end of fall (or before it gets too cold), so she will likely ride it again come Spring. As a result, you want to make sure she has plenty of room to grow into the bike. My son it is 4 and in 4T clothes (too small for 5T) and has much more room on the XL than the others. Here a comparison picture of him on all three.

          • Jessica Ng

            Thank you Ivan and Natalie for your replies! Another option that we are toying with is the woom 2 and leaving the pedals off to begin with. More expensive but would be able to use it for much longer. Good or bad idea?

            • If she was just about ready to transition to a pedal bike, then that would be a great choice, but since she is just starting, I wouldn’t recommend that path. The main reason is that by the time she is ready to use the WOOM2 as a pedal bike, she is likely going to be too big for it. My son above can already fit on the WOOM3 and your daughter sounds like she is taller than him. Being cautious, the lighter, simplified balance bike is probably going to be the best route for her. The good news is that balance bikes generally have a great resale value :).

              • Jessica Ng

                That is really great advice. I will hold off on the woom 2 and consider the scoot vs scoot XL. I still have to measure her inseam which should help with the decision. Either we go with the scoot XL and she can grow with it or go with the scoot and hope that she’ll catch on before she outgrows it. We have baby #2 on the way so the scoot would be more ideal as a hand me down to get the second started sooner I think. Never thought his bike buying thing would be so complex…especially for my tall child!! So thankful for your guidance.

              • I know, bikes can be tricky. Well, let me rephrase that, buying a bike is easy, but finding the best bike can be tricky!

      • Mario

        Hi Natalie,
        My son will be turning 3 yrs old in 4 months (Sept.) and wears between 3T & 4T clothes. Pretty tall for his age. I was set on the Scoot and now I’m second guessing myself with the Scoot XL. Any thoughts?

        • If he is in 4T clothes and is just now starting to ride a balance bike, I would go with the XL as it is going to provide him the most room for growth, especially if you live in a colder climate were he won’t be able to ride year round. If he is really lightweight or more timid, then I would consider the Scoot or the Dimensions XL (the aluminum version of the Scoot XL).

      • Jackie

        Thanks for your great reviews! They are so helpful. My daughter just turned 4 – average height, but she has shortish legs and a long torso. Inseam is 16″ She has been wearing 4T leggings for awhile but until very recently 4T pants were too long for her. She is neither especially athletic nor timid. She has had very little experience with bikes other than trikes. In Chicago – we have a short season, so I don’t expect her to learn in a year. Scoot, or Scoot XL?

        • I would absolutley go for the XL, especially since you have a shorter riding season and since she has a longer torso. The XL is actually a larger frame as well as larger tires than the Scoot, so it is going to provide more room for her torso as the bike is actually longer. As far as size, my little guy is in 4T pants (barely) and fits on the bike with the seat slighty up from the bottom, so your daughter would likely fit on it without any problems. Plus, sorry for my delay in getting back to you, the end of the school year is getting crazy!

          • Jackie

            Thanks so much for your advice. We got her the XL – at first she wasn’t thrilled with it, then we lowered the seat so a friend could try it. When she tried it with the lowered seat it was perfect. She learned to balance very quickly after that.

            • Awesome, glad to hear. It is a great bike!

      • Laura

        I’m trying to decide between the Ridgeback Scoot and the Frog Tadpole. My son is 2.5 years old, 37″ tall with 14.5″ inseam and a beefy 36lb build. He will be riding primarily on grass and a paved driveway. Which bike would you recommend?

        • Both are great bikes, but they have their differences. The Frog is a better for more adventurous riding (trails, jumps etc.), while the Scoot is essentially a great all-around bike. The main difference is that the Scoot offers a lot more room for growth, so if you live in a climate where your child won’t be able to ride for a good portion of the year, I would go for the Scoot as it provides more room for growth, if not, then I would go for the Frog.

      • Todd Neely

        Hi Natalie, I have a two year old with 11.5″ inseam and a 2 month old. I have been reading the reviews and other posts but I’m still torn between the Scoot and the Woom 1. The Woom 1 sounds like the best option for now but in 6 months she’d likely be set for the Scoot which could then last quite a bit longer (but i see her wanting to ride a pedal bike by age 4 though i can’t predict the future, balance bikes look so small for 4 year olds). So I question if I should just wait 6mo and go for the Scoot or get the Woom 1 with the idea that by the time she outgrew it she could be ready for a pedal bike. Thoughts? BTW – We live in CO and can ride pretty much all year. Thanks for all the work you’ve done to help everyone out.

        • The Scoot and the WOOM1 are very different in size with the WOOM1 being one of the smallest and the Scoot being on the larger end. Considering you have a 2mo daughter to pass the bike down to, I would go with the WOOM1. Younger siblings generally start riding younger than their siblings and she will likely want to start ridings years before she will fit on the Scoot. She will likely be able to fit on the WOOM1 as soon as she is ready, as early as 18 months. For your daughter, considering she can ride year round, she will likely be able to ride the WOOM1 until she is ready to transition to a pedal bike. My 4yo can still ride on the WOOM1 (although it is too small for him) and can also ride on 16″ bikes. As soon as he transitioned into 4T pants, the WOOM became too small for him, but he still rides it for fun, he just has to hold his legs up higher, which he doesn’t seem to mind too much.

      • David

        Hi Natalie – thank you for this wonderful site!
        My son is 2.5 but pretty tall at 38″ with a 14.5″ inseam (with his regular shoes), and he’s 33 lbs. This will be his first bike. We were initially looking at the FirstBike but given we do get snow in the winter (Ohio) and his height I was worried he would outgrow it. Do you think the Scoot will be too big for him? He’s overall a cautious kid but it would be nice to get something he doesn’t outgrow either!

        • You are right in that he is right on the edge. Considering your winters come earlier than most and he is cautious, I would go with the lighterweight Saracen now. It is the same size as the Scoot, but lighter. He will likely only walk on the bike for now and may need encouragement to keep going, but once winter passes, he will likely be a great fit on it and be ready to roll for years to come. If you prefer to have him comfortable and ready to go from the beginning (a valid concern considering he is cautious), then I would look at the Yedoo Too Too as well as the Charger 12.

          • David

            thank you!!!

      • econjon

        Hi Natalie,

        Our son is nearly 3. He’s 38lbs and 39″. He’s never had a bike but is very active and not hesitant. Also we’ve got a newborn boy and would love to pass the bike along. We’re thinking:

        1) Too Too
        2) Scoot
        3) Saracen (but when will we get it?)

        Thank you!!

        • If you plan on passing it down, I wouldn’t recommend the Scoot. It would fit your 3yo perfectly, but younger siblings tend to want to ride earlier than their older siblings and the Scoot is too big for little ones. Between the two, considering your son’s size, I would go with the Saracen first and then the Too Too. The Saracen are back in stock, so you should be able to get it within a week (depending where you live of course).

      • Rebecca

        Thanks for your site – it’s very helpful.
        We are looking for a balance bike for our son for Christmas. He’ll be 2yr & 7 months then. Currently, he is average height, approx 11″ inseam, and on the light side. He has an 8 yr old brother – so no hand-me-down balance bike and no one to pass it on to. We live in Australia and he can ride it year round on footpaths, skate parks and on grass, etc. I was looking at the FirstBike though I’m put off by it flexing, but I liked it’s sealed wheel bearings, lowering kit, air tyres and hand brake . A friend recommended the cruzee – I like it’s good seat height range and how light it is. They also said their son rides it on the beach. I also read your review of the ridgeback scoot and I liked it too. I thought we couldn’t get the scoot in Australia but my hubby just said the local bike shop stock it. How important are air tyres and hand brakes? How important are limiters? What would you recommend?

        • Rebecca

          Also, if we got the Cruzee – how would he go transitioning from such a light bike to a pedal bike when he’s ready?

          • The Scoot is going to be too big for him as the minimum seat height is 14″. Between the Cruzee and the FirstBIKE, is really depends on what you are looking for. The foam tires on the Cruzee make the tires puncture proof, but they don’t provide any cushioning for the rider. It also doesn’t have a handbrake. The FirstBIKE is available with air tires and a handbrake, both of which I highly recommend for most riders. The FirstBIKE does flex, but generally not until around the age of 5, when the bike is probably too small for them. Heavier riders may experience flexing sooner.

            As for turning limiters, the are pros and cons. For most kids, I don’t believe they are necessary. Turning too sharp is a problem that causes kids to crash, but I have found it is better for kids to learn how to properly steer a bike while on a balance bike when they can’t ride as fast, versus on a pedal bike were they are more likely to get hurt. That being said, I have watch many kids transition from bike with turning limiters to pedal bikes without a problem. From what I have seen, the main advantage of a turning limiter is to prevent the brake cable from being wrapped around the stem of the bike (from twisting the handlebars).

      • Debbie

        Great site. Very informative and helpful. Buying bikes for my very active grandkids in Michigan, boy and girl. Both will be 3 in Nov. Boy is 30-35 lbs. Girl is 27-32 lbs. In seem for both is ~13.5″ barefoot. Costco has a cheap EZee Glider. Would you recommend that or buying a better bike like the Scoot, Yedoo Too Too (aluminum or steel), Saracen or Other? Only thought is at 3 and winter coming, they may not ride the bike very long before transitioning to a peddle bike..?? Kids don’t have to have same brand. Will probably ride pavement, grass, sand and dirt. Any recommendations or thoughts? Money is not a critical factor; safety and fun are. Also, do Blackjack tires make a big difference? Thank you for your help.

        • Glad to help! Being in Michigan, you are going to want a bike that will provide them plenty of room for growth. The EZee glider is a good bike, but small. They likely won’t get two years of use out of it. If you aren’t on a tight budget, I would go with the Saracen Freewheel for both, or if you wanted different color bikes, I would get a Scoot for the boy. Both of these bikes will surely fit them until they are ready to transition to a pedal bike. As for the BlackJack tires, they are amazing, but if they don’t plan on riding on all-terrain surfaces (mainly mountain biking trails) they probably won’t need them, but there certainly isn’t a downside to having them!

          • Debbie

            Thank you so much for the input! This site and your experience are invaluable to buying a bike. They will definitely want different colors so we will go down the Saracen and Scoot path. Looking forward to watching them go!
            Thanks again!

      • Amy Harr

        Hi Natalie, This is a great site. I was wondering…I have a 38″ 3 y.o. boy w/ 15″ inseam. New rider, sort of timid but sort of not. Can’t decide between Scoot, Scoot XL or Saracen? We live in Texas so can ride all year. Also have 1 y.o. boy twins that will be coming along behind big brother soon on bikes. One is heavier (22 lbs) & more adventurous & one is taller by 3/4″ (21 lbs), but slightly more timid than his twin but willing to try after he see it done. Would like to hand one of them the 3 y.o.’s bike when he moves up to pedal or maybe two new bikes? They all seem like good options though. Thanks!

        • Thanks and glad to help! Since the bike will be handed down to one of the twins, I would go with the Saracen, simply because it is the lightest. It will fit your older son just fine now and will be light enough for the twins when they are wanting to start. Plus, younger siblings tend to want to ride younger than their older siblings, so the smaller and lighter, the better.

      • Jessica Newman

        This site is awesome! I need a little help narrowing it down. Son is 2yrs 4mo old. 36.5 in and 30lb. He is a bit more on the timid side vs rough and tumble but not TOO timid but is general a clumsy kid. Torn between Saracen, Scoot, Yedoo, & Charger(scamper)… We are coming into winter soon so he prob wont start using it a lot more until he is about 2yr 8mo. I liked that yedoo and scamper have turn limiter but not sure if its that big of a deal… son is on the taller side but thin. Looking for the best option then 2nd best… also how comfortable/ergonomic is a good plus.. thanks!

        • Glad to help! Considering his size I would go with the Too Too first, followed by the Charger 12, the Saracen and the Scoot. If he happens to be solidly in 3T clothes, I would then go with the Saracen, Too Too, Charger and then the Scoot. Considering he won’t be riding much this winter, if he is on the edge, I would go with the Saracen.

      • Courtney

        This is a very informative site! I have a question on what balance bike is recommended. My son is 4 years 4 months and has a 17″ inseam (without shoes) and weighs 36lbs. His only bike experience is a plastic trike. He has a 9 month old sister. I was thinking the Scoot sounded like the best option as we camp a lot and want a bike he can use on the pathways. Plus in a year or so, he can get a pedal bike and his sister can use the scoot. Does this sound good or do you have a different recommendation? Thank you!

        • The Scoot sounds like a good option for your 4yo, but I would probably go with the Saracen instead. My only hesitation is that the Scoot is likely going to be too big for you daughter when she is ready to ride. Younger siblings generally start riding balance bike sooner than their older siblings, so the Scoot’s 14″ minimum seat height is going to be a challenge for her. The Saracen has a 13″ minimum seat height which will allow your daughter to ride it months before she would fit on the Scoot.

          • Courtney

            Thank you! After more consideration, I think my son may pick up the balance bike quickly and am concerned he will want a pedal bike. Would the Radio Flyer Glide and Go (Air Tires) be ok for his height (41″ tall, 17″ inseam)? My husband wants to go the pedal bike with pedals removed route, but I am concerned about weight and want to make sure he learns balance properly.

            • The maximum inseam on the Radio Flyer is 18″, so it will fit him just fine for now. The Radio Flyer is inexpensive, so it won’t brake the bank to try it out!

      • Nikki Quinn

        Hello! I need help in deciding what bike to get for my daughter. She just turned 3 but is in the 95th% for height, she is wearing 4t pants. I think she is about 33 pounds. Her inseam is about 16″ with sneakers on. I would like a bike with rubber/air tires and am willing to go up to $200. I would like for this to last her at least 2 years before getting a pedal bike and be able to hand it down to her younger brother who is currently 6 months old but also in the 95th% for both height and weight.

        She is very good on her trike and has tried a pedal bike once andid took to it quickly although if she doesn’t get the hang of something quickly she gets frustrated and gives up.

        I was debating on the 14″ scoot but think it might be too heavy. I was also looking at scoot 12″, scamper, public, laufrad, Saracen, either linus and boot scoot. Any suggestions to narrow down my search would be greatly appreciated!

        Thank you!!!!

        • Out of those you mentioned, the Saracen would be my top pick as it is larger enough while still being lightweight. My second choice would be the Scoot as it is the same size, but slightly heavier. If she is already in 4T pants she will outgrow the others you mentioned fairly quickly.

      • Jennifer S

        Hi Natalie! Such a great site, thanks so much for the detailed reviews. Hoping you can help me narrow down my choices. Looking for a bike for an almost 3 yo girl — thin but tall (37″, 31 lbs, 4T). Ideally something lightweight with room to grown, and sturdy enough to pass down to her younger brother in a couple years. Which of these would you go with: Saracen, Too Too, Strider or Scoot? Thanks!

        • Considering she is already in 4T clothes, you are going to want a larger bike. The downside of that is your son won’t be able to use it for quite a while. Younger siblings tend to want to ride balance bike at a earlier age than their siblings. The Saracen and the Scoot would be the best size for your daughter, but would delay your son riding in until he around 2 to 2.5. The Too Too will still fit your daughter now, but it will be on the smaller side and she will outgrow it within a year. If your daughter is on the athletic side and will likely move up to a pedal bike sooner, rather than later, than the Strider would be a good option as it will fit her now (if you get the Sport model with the extended seat post), but also fit your son when he is ready. The Strider doesn’t have air tires or a hand brake, but will help to teach her balance.

      • Kathy Snow

        Kathy Snow
        Hello Natalie
        Thank you in advance for your advice!
        Im looking for a balance bike for my 2.5 yo grandson, who is on the tall side. He has a sister also on the tall side 14 months younger than he is. Im looking for a bike which could be passed down. My granddaughter will be 2 in October. Im thinking about the 12″ scoot or the 12″ Saracen. Any ideas which would be better they are the same price. What is the weight capacity of each, and does the Saracen really only reach to age 4 even though it has an extra seat extension?
        This is for Christmas, Im having a hard time making up my mind!

        • Hopefully I’m in time to help! The Scoot and the Saracen are very similiar in size, but the Saracen is lighter. If you grandkids are tall, I would consider the Saracen, but not the Scoot as it is pretty heavy for a 2 year-old. The Saracen also fits great with a 4yo as my 4yo in 4T had no problems riding it this past summer. Hope that helps!

      • Margie

        Hallo Natalie, following your suggestion we got a First Bike for my son and he is using it a lot since a year now. He has a 15,5 inches inseam and in March he will be 3 years old and he is 37,5 inches tall. He is getting a bit taller for the First Bike but he is not interested in pedaling yet. We often bike together in mtb tracks and he is quite a good rider downhill. We were thinking of a Scoot but we have difficulties finding it here in Italy. Would you suggest another brand or should we insist with a pedal one? Thanks a lot in advance!

        • Sam

          Hi Margie. I thought I would comment on finding a Scoot in Italy, since I am in the Netherlands and did some sleuthing to locate these balance bikes. Revolve Bike Shop in Ireland sells the Scoot and ships to Europe. Hope that helps!

          • Sam, thanks so much, I really appreciate it!

            • Sam

              Glad to help out when I can. And just to put it out there for others who might stumble upon this, the Revolve Bike Shop in Ireland will switch the handbrakes from the left to the right if requested.

        • If he is not interested in pedaling yet, I would stick to a balance bike, especially if you are trail riding. Even if he does learn to ride a pedal bike, he will be more confident on his balance bike for all-terrain riding. The Scoot would be a great choice as it has wider handlebars for better handling as well as a brake. Another option would be the Tadpole Plus from Frog, https://www.frogbikes.com/lightweight-kids-bikes/balance-bikes/tadpole-plus.aspx. My last suggestion would be the Early Rider Ally XL as it has knobby tires, BUT it has narrow handlebars as no brake, so it isn’t ideal.

          • Margie

            Thank you very much Natalie and Sam for your suggestions! We are still doubting in buying a Scoot in Ireland as Sam suggested to use for a year or so or use all the seat height of the First Bike and save money to buy a good pedal bike.We would love to buy a Woom 2 but again we have found no dealers for Italy. It is such a shame our country does not produce good quality kids bike.I looked on Amazon and Ebay but I had no luck. I am sure we will do trail riding with it as we have lots of tracks here and no skate parks. Do you have any suggestions for finding a Woom in Europe or an alternative good first pedal bike? Thanks so much in advance!!!Margie

            • Sam

              If you go to Woom’s website, in the upper left hand corner there is an icon for Europe. If you click on it, it will take you to a German website that sells the Woom bikes. I just ordered some accessories from them myself. Best of luck!

            • I agree with Sam, try to order through WOOM directly or give them a call to see what they can do. WOOM is an Austrian company, so I assume they would have a way to get one to Italy.

      • Jamie

        Hi! What would you recommend for a 4 year old that is 39.5 inches tall, 16.25 inseam and weighs 36lbs? He has experience with a tricycle. We took him to a bike shop and he tried a balance bike but preferred the pedal since that is what he is use to. He rode the 16″ Hotrock but it seemed a bit big for him. I think 14″ would be a good fit but there aren’t too many options. We are trying to decide between a balance bike or pedal and which model would be best for his size and that will last a bit too. Thank you for your help!

        • If he hasn’t riding a balance bike yet, I would really try to start there. Balance bikes allow kids to learn how to balance, steer and stop a bike without any assistance. Bikes with training wheels do not, which is why kids have to relearn to ride once the training wheels are removed. If your son is adamant about getting a pedal bike, one option is to remove the pedals and have him learn to balance on the bike first. Once that is mastered, add the pedals and watch him ride away:). If you expect him to take sometime to actually learn how to balance, I wouldn’t recommend this method as he may outgrow the bike before you get a chance to put the pedals on. If that is the case, I would absolutely go with a balance bike first as they are generally cheaper than pedal bikes, but they are lighter, easier to control and in many ways, more fun for younger kids to ride.

          • Jamie

            Thank you so much! What balance bike would you recommend for his size? We remeasured him last night and he’s just under 40″ with a 17″ inseam. We have been looking at the Ridgeback Scoot 14″ or the Commencal Ramones 14″ for pedals. Is there another brand or size that would fit his proportions better? Thanks again! You’re website is just amazing and so helpful 🙂

            • Jamie

              He’s feeling pretty set on pedals so if you could recommend a pedal bike too that would be great. That way we can remove the pedals like you suggested until he gets the balance piece. Thanks!

      • Mali

        Hi! Which balance bike would you recommend for a 2 year old who is 39 inches tall and 38 pounds? Thanks for the advice!

        • It really depends on your budget and her inseam. Two bikes that do come to mind however, are the Saracen Freewheel, if she is larger framed and the Yedoo Too Too if she has a smaller frame.