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Eastern Pusher Review

Lightweight, size adjustable, wider foam tires, and available in 5 colors, the Eastern Pusher is a good, basic balance bike. Read the review below for all the details!

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RATING: Recommended

BEST FOR: Beginning riders aged 18 mo. up to 4 years

SEAT HEIGHT: 10.75" – 17"

WEIGHT: 4.5 lb.

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$129.99

Tire Type

Foam, Puncture Proof

Child's Pants Size

18-months, 24-months, 2T, 3T, 4T

Frame Material

Aluminum Alloy

Rating

Recommended

Weight

4.5 lb.

Seat Height

10.75" – 17"

Tire Size

12"

Footrest

No

Sealed Bearings

Yes

Turning Limiter

No

Grips Bumper

Yes

Bolts

Rounded

Brakes

None

Available Colors

Red, Blue, Pink, Black, Yellow

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Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Lightweight (4.6 lbs.!)
  • Quick-adjust seat and handlebar heights
  • Sealed bearings for smooth tire rotation
  • 6" of seat height adjustability
  • Rounded bolts to prevent scratches
CONS:
  • Minimal padding on seat
  • Long seat post can bottom out on curb & jumps
  • Handlebars and seat often get out of alignment

Eastern Pusher Review: Results of our Test Rides

Lightweight, size adjustable, and available in five different colors, the Eastern Pusher is a great basic balance bike for kids aged 18-months up to turning 5 years.  With six inches of seat height adjustability, foam tires, and tool-free height adjustments on the seat and handlebars, the Pusher is a great choice for basic neighborhood riding.

Toddler riding the Eastern pusher balance bike.

Size

The Pusher easily fit our 20-month-old tester but was slightly small for our 5-year-old tester.  With a low minimum seat height of 10.75″ the Pusher accommodates ages 18-months up to smaller 5-year-olds.

The handlebars were slightly too high for our 20-month-old tester, but being an eager rider, he didn’t let that bother him.  Although our 5-year-old tester in size 5 clothes enjoyed riding the bike, the Pusher is better suited for kids wearing no larger than 4T clothes.

Collage showing front and side shots on the Eastern Pusher balance bike of 20-month-old in 24-month clothes and a 5-year-old in size 5 clothes

Geometry, Frame & Bolts

The Pusher’s super lightweight alloy frame has a low-step through for easy in-and-outs, and as seen above, positions the rider in a comfortable, upright position.  Weighing a mere 4.6 lbs., the bike feels solid and sturdy and is easy to carry and/or throw on a stroller when needed.  To protect small legs from scratches, the Pusher also features low-profile rounded bolts.

Pusher’s Low-Profile Bolts vs. Strider’s Exposed Bolts

Collage showing the Eastern Pusher's low-profile bolts compared to Strider's more protruding, exposed bolts. Low profile bolts mean less risk for scratching kids' legs.

Tires & Bearings

The Pusher comes with wide, foam, puncture-proof tires.  Providing plenty of traction for everyday riding on paved surfaces, the Pusher’s foam tires performed great through the neighborhood, but like all foam tires, we wouldn’t recommend them for all-terrain riding.  Providing less traction and no cushioning as compared to air tires, the foam tires are best suited for neighborhood riding.  Compared to Strider’s tires, the Pusher’s are wider but have slightly less tread, but we didn’t notice a significant difference in performance. For some young, new riders, wider tires can make it a little easier to balance. For smooth rolling, the Eastern Pusher also has sealed bearings, which prevents dirt from creating friction and slowing tire rotation.

Pusher’s Foam Tires are Wide and Feature Sealed Bearings

Collage: 1) Pusher's tire are wider than Strider's 2) The Eastern Pusher tires have sealed bearings for smooth rolling, 3) Foam tires perform better on paved surfaces

Brakes, Turning Limiter, Footrests

The Eastern Pusher does not have brakes, a turning limiter, or a footrest.  While we do prefer balance bikes with brakes when possible, we have not found many benefits in turning limiters or footrests.  You can learn more about brakes, limiters, and footrests in our article Balance Bikes: The Authoritative Sizing and Buying Guide.  If you prefer a balance bike with brakes, the Kinderbike Laufrad and Muna bikes are both good options but are considerably heavier.

Seat and Handlebar Height Adjustments

For easy, tool-free adjusting, the seat and the handlebars have quick-release levers.  The quick-release levers are easy to adjust, but like all bikes with quick-release levers, we found the seat and handlebars often come out of alignment.  The seat on the Pusher also offers very little padding.

Features of Seat and Handlebars

3-picture collage for Eastern Pusher: 1) Little padding on seat, 2) Quick-release levers on seat post 3) Quick-release on height-adjustable handlebars

While accommodating small and tall riders, the extra-long seat post on the Pusher doesn’t allow for very much clearance when set to its lowest seat height.  With under 2″ of clearance, the seat tube easily bottoms out when going over curbs or jumps. As shown is the third picture below, the seat post caused our tester’s back tire to go up, which pushed him forward and off the bike, which can easily lead to injury. Additionally, the bike couldn’t roll down because the seat post was stuck on the cement. While this is a definite concern, remember that this is only when the seat height is set to its lowest point. Most riders that are young enough to need the Eastern Pusher set to its lowest seat height are just walking the bike around and wouldn’t be ready to go over curbs.  This is only a concern for the very adventurous and youngest riders.

Pusher’s Long Seat Post Can Bottom Out

 

Comparisons

As compared to similar balance bikes, the Pusher is a great value.  It isn’t as lightweight as the Cruzee and doesn’t offer as many upgrades as the Strider, but has wider tires, low-profile bolts, and a more rugged appearance.

 

Bottom Line

The Eastern Pusher is a great basic balance bike for every day, pavement-pounding riders.  Its wide range of seat heights and easy height adjustments also make it a great choice for sharing siblings.

 

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