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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