A great, rugged bike with knobby tires for all-terrain riding. Due to its weight, the Muna 12" is best for kids over 30 lbs.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Seat Height: 13" - 18"
Weight: 11 lb.
Brakes: Hand Brake
Tire Size: 12"
Grips Bumper: Yes
Frame Material: Steel
Meet Muna. Made with the perfect combination of spunk and features, the Muna balance bike is sure to make your wallet as happy as your child. Scaled for kids ages 2 to 4, it comes with knobby air tires, a rear drum brake, and 5″ inches of seat adjustments (13 to 18″).
Available in two models, Firetruck and Pinkie, our testers universally loved the contrasting colors on the Firetruck model we tested. The several emblems of fire fighter hats, as well as numerous smiley faces, also helped to engage new, and often hesitant riders. The two models are identical, except for the paint colors.
Some standout features of the Muna balance bike include the child-sized handbrake lever, drum brake and knobby tires. One of the only few balance bikes that come standard with knobby tires, the Muna is particularly a good choice for those looking to ride off-road. For those planning on cruising the pavement jungle, the knobs on the tires are not high enough to be a nuisance on the pavement. Our youngest testers, several who had their first experience with a balance bike on the Muna, also benefitted from its larger seat. Touching the frame when set to its lowest position, the narrow front portion of the seat easily allowed them to walk the bike around while still having a soft place to sit down.
When tested on dirt and mud, the Muna performed like a champ and had no problems loosing traction in the loose dirt. Heavier than his standard bike, out two-year-old tester wasn’t able to carry the bike up hills quite as easily, but the difference was minor.
At the local skate park, the Muna was also well received. Whether cruising up and down hills or around banked turns, the Muna kept up with the best of them.
The high step over-height of the Muna, was however, an issue when going up and down stairs.
For our youngest tester, the Muna was an unexpected surprise. With a hesitant personality by nature, he was resistant to ride his sister’s 8 lb. FirstBIKE, but eagerly took on the 12 lb. Muna. To be fair, the FirstBIKE did not have the lowering kit he needed, but his preference towards the heavier Muna was unexpected. Not yet gliding, he happily walked the Muna around his neighborhood. Due to the vast range of seat heights on the Muna, his four-year-old sister was also able to happily ride the bike.
Compared to other bikes in its price range, the Muna shares a lot of features. While very similar in design to the Strider, it comes standard with air tires and a handbrake, which the Strider does not.
The TykesBykes 12″ and the Muna, however, share a surprising amount of features. Built with the same handlebar, brake levers and drum brake, the tires are the main distinguishing factor between the two. Unlike the TykesBykes, the Muna does have a plastic cap to cover its rounded bolts.
Compared to the Scoot, the Muna is slightly smaller, has narrower handlebars and is not quite as high-end.
Bottom Line: Like their motto states, the Muna truly is a “Small Bike with a Bike Attitude”. Rugged enough to ride with the big boys, yet gentle enough for a timid toddler, the Muna balance bike is highly recommended for kids in the 2.5 to 3.5 age range. Due to its heavier weight, it is not recommended for the smallest toddlers, but shouldn’t be a problem for kids over 30 lb.
By: Natalie Martins
Last Updated: December 29, 2016
FTC Disclosure: FTC Disclosure: Two Wheeling Tots received a Muna Firetruck from Torcano Industries, Muna's US distributer, to help facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was provided by Torcano and Two Wheeling Tots is not an affiliate of Torcano. We are, however, an affiliate of Amazon.